6/11/15

THIS SUNDAY - EMMAUS ROAD IN BELLEVUE, SHORELINE

Instead of meeting at our regular time and place in Belltown at the Seattle School, Emmaus Road is invited to explore two options to build local connections with congregations and area ministries:


SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT 7-8:30PM
Benefit Concert for Aurora Commons
Bellevue CRC - 1221 148th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA
Bring canned goods, enjoy a variety of music, meet people from your sister congregations and ministries, and support the work of Aurora Commons. Our very own Sax'a'Bone Cirkus  (Pastor Eric Likkel and Dan Ruiter) from Emmaus Road will join a roster of diverse musicians Saturday night to raise awareness and support for the ongoing ministry of Aurora Commons.  Launched by Awake CR Church  this ministry along Aurora Avenue has been serving and reaching a vulnerable population along one of the most spiritually oppressive corridors of our city. Seattle Dream Church, led by Pastor Bomsu Kim, are the event organizers, with Bellevue CR Church offering their facility as hosts.

SUNDAY WORSHIP WITH 1st SEATTLE CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 10-11AM
Pastor Eric Likkel preaches on second Sundays to one of our sister congregations in Shoreline. This is another opportunity to worship and become acquainted with local partner churches. 
Directions to First Seattle CRC.

6/6/15

SUNDAY CREW DAY & DECALOGUE FOUR

Emmaus Road, it's that time of year: people change routines, scatter, hopefully rest, recreate, etc.  But for us as a church, we also conclude one six month shift of Sunday volunteer roles and begin another.  Fittingly, tomorrow we celebrate SUNDAY CREW DAY, as we appreciate one another's service, AND we listen to the FOURTH COMMANDMENT, receiving the Lord's Sabbath instruction. Service and Sabbath are not enemies, they are friends. There are times to be fruitful, and there are times to prune; both are good. That is what tomorrow's theme will be about.


LIKKEL’S LECTIONS 
Gospel: John 15:1-10 
Old Testament: Exodus 20:1-2,8 
Psalter: Psalm 1 
Epistle: Romans 15:13

The Emmaus Road Story

In the winter of 1997, we began as a small team of about 10 people, committed to gathering and growing a church that would connect with others like ourselves; people interested in connecting with God, in the person and work of Jesus Christ, but disconnected from the activity of many mainstream congregations. With the financial support of a larger church organization, our pastor was able to work full time with the team in planning, leadership development, and meeting people in the community.

Our first meetings were open discussion forums. We talked about prayer, scripture, spiritual discipline and the issues with which we all struggle. As friends talked to friends, the first group expanded and we multiplied into two.

Inspired by the journey process as a metaphor for spiritual growth, we searched for a name which would reflect that idea. In the resurrection narrative of Luke 24, we found our name "on the road to Emmaus."

After our first worship event on Good Friday of 1997, both groups began to gather together for worship once a month. In various coffee shops and rental spaces, we gradually increased our worship times to twice a month, and in September of 1998 we decided to gather every Sunday. Since the beginning, numerical growth has been gradual but steady, most often through the personal contact of friends talking to friends.

Today, several small groups continue to meet for open discussions on prayer, scripture, and the process of encountering God in daily life; we all gather for worship each week.