12/24/16

CHRISTMAS EVE @ 7PM in MAPLE LEAF

Looking forward to our annual Christmas Eve service tonight, 7PM!

Now in Maple Leaf, Emmaus Road's worship location is
1059 NE 96th Street
Seattle, WA 98115

10/29/16

EMMAUS ROAD MOVED TO MAPLE LEAF!

After fifteen-ish years in Belltown, Emmaus Road has relocated worship gatherings.  As of October 16th, we now meet every Sunday at 10:30 AM in a church building at the corner of NE 96th and 12 Ave NE (1059 NE 96th St, Seattle, WA 98115).  Stay tuned for more details of how this story is unfolding.  Please join us for worship!

9/24/16

9/25/16 CHURCH CHAT @ LIKKELS'

Meeting up at Likkels', 11:30am-1PM tomorrow (Sunday, September 25th), to talk through hopes and challenges related to a possible move to Maple Leaf on Sundays.

Please contact Pastor Eric Likkel if you have interest or questions!

7/16/16

THIS SUNDAY: TWO BOATS



Remember our April 3rd gathering at Fisherman's Terminal? Against a backdrop of boats, we pondered Jesus' calling to become "fishers of men," and how small crews of disciples are sent out to harvest - to connect with people and invite them into life in Christ. We gather as the church - like crews of boats in harbor - but we scatter for mission, sent out in teams. Part of this gathering/scattering rhythm includes working on boats and training the crew. Emmaus Road is taking tomorrow, July 17th, to spread out in two directions, to work on a couple boats and train a couple crews:
  • in South Park, we are invited to the Ruiters' home to pray, fellowship, and work for a few hours helping Dan and Reba cultivate a space for neighborhood hospitality (yard work). 
  • up in Lake Forest Park, Mike and Teresa Elenbaas have invited Emmaus Road households from the north end to come over and discuss launching a new group.

Mr. MATT's FAREWELL LETTER

After seven and a half years, our beloved Godly Play Storyteller, Mr. Matthew Park is moving to Philadelphia with Michele. Look for Matt's farewell letter in a separate message.


UPDATES on SUMMER PRIORITIES

  • Establishing "IN" rhythms - meeting in homes July 17th, August 21st
  • Recruiting new Godly Play Storyteller; posted job description to Seattle School last week
  • Launched Learning w/Elders Mike & Rennie; had first "huddle" last Friday

Still need to....
  • Recruit Treasurer
  • Recruit Children/Youth Ministry Coordinator

JULY, AUGUST

7/9/16

PARABLES OF HIDDEN KINGDOM; AURORA COMMONS DONATIONS

THIS SUNDAY - PARABLES OF THE HIDDEN KINGDOM

Mark 4:21-34 includes a group of short parables which reveal the hidden nature of the Kingdom
What do we not see? What gets in the way of seeing?
Why did Jesus use parables with the public, but direct explanation with his disciples?
What can we take away from Jesus' model of teaching?

Likkel's Lections:

SUMMER PRIORITIES

These may not be your personal priorities, but this is the list in your pastor's head, in terms of priorities for Emmaus Road:

  • Rest/Renewal
  • Explore/Establish UP, IN, OUT rhythms for growth
  • Recruit new Godly Play Storyteller (see below)
  • Launch Learning w/Elders - Mike, Rennie
  • Support Dan, recently transitioning into Music/Liturgy Leader
  • Recruit Treasurer
  • Recruit Children/Youth Ministry Coordinator

Please contact Pastor Eric, or Elders Mike or Rennie, with insights or questions about this list. Stay tuned for more information.


Mr. MATT is MOVING

After seven and a half years, our beloved Godly Play Storyteller, Mr. Matthew Park, is moving to Philadelphia to pursue graduate studies. Michele is also going to begin a church planting residency there. Matt's last Godly Play session will be Sunday, July 31st, but a farewell moment for Matt and Michele may be planned for Sunday, August 21st. Stay tuned!
 

JULY, AUGUST


  • Sun July 17 - RuiterHeis Day - brief morning fellowship; afternoon service project & BBQ
  • Sun July 31 - Church @ Seattle School  (Mr. Matt's final Godly Play session)
  • Wed August 3 - New Horizons Dinner - Crown Hill Group Hosts
  • Sun August 21 - Church @ Mark & Angie's; Last Farewell, Matt/Michele!
  • Wed September 7 - New Horizons Dinner - Mayhem Group Hosts

6/17/16

FOUR SOILS, FATHERS DAY, SUMMER SCHEDULE

THIS SUNDAY - FOUR SOILS

Happy Fathers Day! Our journey through the gospel of Mark takes us to a parable about gardening - something some dads like to do (along with some moms). 

What do we learn about ourselves, as spiritually fertile soil? 

What do we learn about ourselves, as farmers of the Gospel seed?


Likkel's Lections:

SUMMER PRIORITIES

These may not be your personal priorities, but this is the list in your pastor's head, in terms of priorities for Emmaus Road:
  • Rest/Renewal
  • Explore/Establish UP, IN, OUT rhythms for growth
  • Recruit new Godly Play Storyteller (see below)
  • Launch Learning w/Elders - Mike, Rennie
  • Support Dan, recently transitioning into Music/Liturgy Leader
  • Recruit Treasurer
  • Recruit Children/Youth Ministry Coordinator
Please contact Pastor Eric, or Elders Mike or Rennie, with insights or questions about this list. Stay tuned for more information.

Mr. MATT is MOVING


After seven and a half years, our beloved Godly Play Storyteller, Mr. Matthew Park, is moving to Philadelphia to pursue graduate studies. Michele is also going to begin a church planting residency there. Matt's last Godly Play session will be Sunday, July 31st, but a farewell moment for Matt and Michele may be planned for Sunday, August 21st. Stay tuned!

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST

CHURCH AVAILABLE TO COME OVER 

July 3rd and August 21st are two Sundays when Emmaus Road does not have use of the Seattle School.  These would be good opportunities to invite the church over for coffee and donuts, lead a prayer, and sing the Old 100th Doxology. Don't forget to invite your friends and neighbors who have always been curious about your church. If interested, speak to Pastor Eric, or Elders Mike or Rennie.

6/10/16

MARK NELSON MEMORIAL SATURDAY, 7:30PM

Please join us at EMP’s Sky Church on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at 7:30 p.m., to honor and celebrate the life of Mark Nelson, a beloved brother in Christ, a leader in Emmaus Road, our worship and music leader for several years.

For details (and to indicate whether you will be able to attend),
click here: https://tnstrong.com/2016/06/04/tnstrong-mark-nelson-memorial/

This will be Emmaus Road's worship gathering for the weekend; NO SERVICE on Sunday morning.

Next week, we are back at the Seattle School of Theology/Psychology, 10:30AM.

5/21/16

CHURCH @ LIKKELS - 11:30am (5/22)

Join together at the Likkels' home (call Eric if you need the address), for fellowship, little song, short lesson on the "Thy Kingdom Come," and prayer. Eric will be coming home from the 10am service at First Seattle CRC (you are welcome there, as well), so our gathering is pushed back an hour from our regular time.  11:30AM @ LIKKELS!


CLOTHING DRIVE FOR AURORA COMMONS - June 5th Delivery Day 

Angie and Torii have been communicating about a men's clothing drive to help support the ministry of Aurora Commons and have a list of specific requests to share. We do not know how long or abundant this drive needs to be, but for now, we are designating the first Sunday of each month as a delivery day, June 5th being the first one. This could also expand to include New Horizons.

  • New underwear 
  • New (or gently used), socks 
  • Gently used (or new), jeans, shirts, and mid-weight jackets, fashionable and in good enough condition, that someone would be proud to wear them 
  • Gently used (or new), shoes in all sizes 


MAY & JUNE: 




SOMETHING TO CONSIDER: 
July 3rd, July 17th, and August 21st, we'll likely need some other households to host Emmaus Road gatherings when we do not have use of the Seattle School. We may also try out some service projects, social gatherings, spread out across small groups, or even go on a field trip. Please stay tuned - summer holds potential to play some new ministry rhythms together.

4/2/16

CHURCH @ FISHERMEN'S TERMINAL





Why gather outside in view of Seattle's historic fishing fleet? Because it reminds us of a crucial lesson: we, the church, are more FISHING BOAT than FERRY. What does that mean for you and me? Let's find out tomorrow.





Details:

  • Interbay neighborhood, south side of Salmon Bay, near foot of Ballard Bridge 
  • Follow directions to Chinook's restaurant and park in lot 
  • Pastor provides Top Pot donuts 
  • Get coffee @ CaffĂ© Appassianato 
  • 10:30AM, meet under, or near, blue roofed area (Dock #8) 

APRIL DATES:
  • April 5th - New Horizons Dinner - Crown Hill Group - contact Angie 
  • April 10th - NO CHURCH GATHERING. So many leaders and families are simultaneously out of town, it is best to enjoy a Spring Break Suspension Sunday. 
  • April 17th - Church @ Seattle School 
  • April 24th - Church @ Likkels' home 
  • April 28th - Theology Pub Thursday

3/26/16

EASTER BRUNCH 10:30AM, SEATTLE SCHOOL

It's CROCKPOTAPOCALYPSE time again!
Easter worship and brunch, with friends from the Seattle Dream Church.
10:30AM, Seattle School at Elliott/Wall.























Luke 24:13-32 is our Gospel Text for the day.
Looking to sign up for the potluck?
Check out the Facebook Post here.


3/19/16

PALM SUNDAY 2016


Tomorrow we remember Jesus' Triumphal Entry before observing Good Friday and then celebrating the Resurrection!


LIKKEL'S LECTIONS


SUNDAY CREW

Host: Grennans
Greet: Biff
Take-down: Mark R.
Nursery: Kristen VL, Reba
Read: Erin, Jade
Godly play: Teresa
Big kids: Amy
Slides: Josiah


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Leadership Development 
To allow Mike Elenbaas to focus on leading as an elder, we pray for someone willing to take on Stewardship Team leadership, specifically the role of being church Treasurer. If you feel this might be worth exploring, please talk to Pastor Eric or Mike directly.

Calendar
March 25 - Good Friday; 7:00 PM combined worship @ Harbor Church, with Sanctuary
March 27 - Easter Brunch (thanks, Amy Araucto, for volunteering to coordinate!)
April 3 - Fishing Boat, not Ferry Boat - Alternative location TBA (no Seattle School)
April 5 - New Horizons Dinner - Crown Hill Group
April 28 - Theology Pub Thursday; 7:00 PM @ Razzi's; topic: Gospel Ecosystem

New Look for Office
Thankfully, no neighbors or firefighters were killed when Greenwood blew up. The church office windows were among the (property) casualties. Check out the new look.

3/12/16

SPRING FORWARD - SET CLOCKS AHEAD

In favor of Daylight Savings, Benjamin Franklin suggested: "Every morning, as soon as the sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing; and if that is not sufficient? Let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectually..." We cannot do that, so instead, you have this church eNews message, reminding you to SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD tonight. Worship resumes, 10:30AM at the Seattle School tomorrow, but it will feel early!

LIKKEL'S LECTIONS 

Psalm 51:1-3 
Isaiah 6:1-5
1 Timothy 1:15
Mark 2:13-17

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

March 25 - Good Friday; 7:00 PM combined worship @ Harbor Church, with Sanctuary
March 27 - Easter Brunch
April 3 - Alternative location TBA (no Seattle School)
April 5 - New Horizons Dinner - Crown Hill Group
April 28 - Theology Pub Thursday; 7:00 PM @ Razzi's; topic: Gospel Ecosystem

When Greenwood blew up, the church office windows were among the (property) casualties. Thankfully, no neighbors or firefighters were killed!


2/26/16

THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th, and BEYOND

New Horizons in the news - view Q13FOX clip







Not only is New Horizons home to the second largest youth overnight shelter in the state; turns out they are the ONLY privately funded such shelter in Washington.
Emmaus Road dinner night: WEDNESDAY, 3/2/16, 6-8:30PM

Sunday, February 28th 

Mark 1:40-45 - Jesus and a Leper, Jesus and You 


Likkel's Lections 

Psalm 5:1-3,11-12
OT: 2 Kings 5:1-14
Gospel: Mark 1:40-45 
Epistle: Hebrews 9:12-14 

Church Calendar 

March 2 - New Horizons Dinner; 6:00-8:30 PM
March 5 - Youth Mentor peer training and conversation #2; 2:30-4:00 PM @ First CRC
March 6 - One hour delay; worship @ 11:30 AM to avoid disruptions w/Hot Chocolate Race 2016
March 13 - Daylight Savings begins; set clocks ahead Saturday night
March 25 - Good Friday; 7:00 PM combined worship @ Harbor Church, with Sanctuary
March 27 - Easter Brunch (help wanted needed for brunch coordination)
April 3 - Alternative location TBA (no Seattle School)
April 28 - Theology Pub Thursday; 7:00 PM @ Razzi's; topic: Gospel Ecosystem

2/6/16

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7th and BEYOND










As we gather at the Seattle School for worship, we will continue moving through the Gospel of Mark. We will listen to 1:21-34 and learn from the revelation of Jesus' spiritual authority, as well as Jesus' authority over spirits!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Youth Mentor Training
Saturday, February 13th, 3-5PM
Join the conversation; shape the vision!

Theology Café (@ Greenbean)
Thursday, February 25th
Topic: Immigration
more details coming....

1/28/16

THIS SUNDAY, 1/31/16

Last week, we spent time listening to Mark 1:16-20. Jesus speaks two clear commands: "Follow" and "Fish"! We follow up this Sunday, at Mike and Teresa's house, learning together about fellowship.  This is crucial to fulfilling Jesus' commands. Our growth as followers of Christ, and our activity as "fishers" of people, is shaped and sustained by the Spirit, through relationships of grace, commitment, and presence together. We will spend time hearing from the Word and measuring against current and past experiences.

WORSHIP ORDER - 10:30AM @ Mike and Teresa Elenbaas'
  • Greet
  • Psalm 133
  • Invoke
  • Song
  • Ecclesiastes 4:12 - Strand of Three Cords
  • Siyahamba
  • Godly Play with Mr. Matt downstairs
  • Teaching and Reflection on Fellowship
  • Congregational Prayers
  • O Lord Hear Our Prayer
  • Benediction & Old 100th Doxology

MAP/DIRECTIONS
Call pastor Eric....

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Theology Pub Thursday - tonight (1/28/16)!
7:30PM, Razzi's
details....

New Horizons Dinner
Wednesday, February 3rd
Belltown Group hosting
Contact Biff or Eric

Youth Mentor Training
Saturday, February 13th, 3-5PM
Join the conversation; shape the vision!
Contact Nicole

1/14/16

THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 17th, 2016




















10:30AM Gather @ Seattle School of Theology/Psychology (regular time/place)

  • Song
  • Teaching (brief) on James 1:27
  • Prayer
  • Song
  • Benediction Song

11:00AM Godly Play with Mr. Matt (for about 25 minutes)

while the rest of us assemble Winter Survival Kits for the staff and crowd of Aurora Commonsenjoy fellowship, and watch/listen to a game.

Please consider purchasing some of these items to bring along on Sunday (a signup genius form will be sent out soon to help us coordinate, although any/all of these items will be welcomed):

  • Thermal socks
  • nuts
  • dried fruit
  • beef jerky
  • pudding snack
  • chocolate kisses
  • chapstick
  • lotion
  • band aids
  • antibiotic wipes
  • Kleenex
  • cough drops
  • tampons
  • emery boards
  • razors for men
  • gift certificate to Jack in the Box (specifically because it is near Aurora Commons)
  • all to be placed in large zip lock bags
Here is a signup list

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.