This Sunday, Emmaus Road will spend a morning supporting New Horizons.
We have partnered with this ministry for over fifteen years; they have been addressing the needs of Seattle's homeless youth since 1978!
Sunday morning, we convene downstairs for coffee and prayer at 10:30AM, then enjoy brief words by Volunteer Director Isabella Moliterno about the focus of New Horizons and the needs on our streets. We then put our supplies together for donation, and end our time with pizza!
July 30 - Fifth Sunday for Service: New Horizons; details August 6 - Communion; Acts 9:1-31 Saul Becomes Paul August 13 - Acts 9:32-43 Peter Continues August 20 - Acts 10 Cornelius and Peter August 27 - Storyteller Sunday; Matthew 7:24-27 Wise and Foolish Builders September 3 - Communion; Acts 11:1-13 Peter Gets Pushback
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.