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

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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.