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

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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.