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Sixth Sunday of Easter, 5/21

During their time at Duke Divinity School, Susannah Long and Michael Conner had the opportunity to take classes through a program called Project TURN, which brings graduate-level courses into prisons and allows incarcerated and nonincarcerated students to learn side-by-side. These classrooms became some of Long and Conner’s favorite spaces, not just for the academics, but for the wonderful friendships they formed. As Long and Conner continued to take classes and then lead worship at North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women (NCCIW), they noticed that most mainstream Christian music, contemporary and traditional, did not account for the experiences of their incarcerated friends, neither in subject matter nor in simple word choice. It became obvious that the whole church, inside and outside, badly needed more songs of praise written by incarcerated songwriters. Last summer, through a grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Long and Conner taught a songwriting class at NCCIW and eight women wrote over two dozen songs about faith and pain and victory, where they see themselves in the bible, and affirming their place as part of the body of Christ.

Join us Sunday as we're led by Susannah Long and friends. We will gather to learn and grow from these songs and testimonies, and will name how this grant, in many ways, embodies a Realized Resurrection.

Kids at EWay:

Sunday Worship Gathering

Sixth Sunday of Easter, 5/21

During their time at Duke Divinity School, Susannah Long and Michael Conner had the opportunity to take classes through a program called Project TURN, which brings graduate-level courses into prisons and allows incarcerated and nonincarcerated students to learn side-by-side. These classrooms became some of Long and Conner’s favorite spaces, not just for the academics, but for the wonderful friendships they formed. As Long and Conner continued to take classes and then lead worship at North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women (NCCIW), they noticed that most mainstream Christian music, contemporary and traditional, did not account for the experiences of their incarcerated friends, neither in subject matter nor in simple word choice. It became obvious that the whole church, inside and outside, badly needed more songs of praise written by incarcerated songwriters. Last summer, through a grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Long and Conner taught a songwriting class at NCCIW and eight women wrote over two dozen songs about faith and pain and victory, where they see themselves in the bible, and affirming their place as part of the body of Christ.

Join us Sunday as we're led by Susannah Long and friends. We will gather to learn and grow from these songs and testimonies, and will name how this grant, in many ways, embodies a Realized Resurrection.

Kids at EWay

Atrium I:

After Jesus died and rose again, he appeared to his disciples and friends many times. What would you do if Jesus appeared to you? For the next several weeks we will explore how he appeared to his friends and disciples.

Atrium II:

Bible Challenge time! For the next several weeks we will read together and think about the Appearances of the Risen Lord. Before Jesus ascended to heaven to be with the Father, he appeared many times to his disciples. He continued to teach them, often with his actions. Last Sunday we looked at Jesus' appearance to two people on the way to Emmaus. Do you remember how they knew it was Jesus? What were the two things Jesus did with them that we do each week at church? Bring your Bible Challenge folders and Bibles if you can!

Atrium III:

Last Sunday we looked at Jesus' appearance to two people on the way to Emmaus. A very special story for us! This Sunday we will continue our study of the Exodus. This Sunday we will encounter the last and greatest plague. With it comes the institution of Passover. Do you know how Passover is celebrated by Jews? Or how Easter is related to Passover? What about Eucharist? It all starts here!

Community:

Giving Update:

Through Wednesday, May 17th, we have received contributions of $102,724 towards our budgeted contributions of $108,000 for our Fiscal Year from June 2016-May 2017.

The contributions we receive in this fiscal year will help set our budget for the coming fiscal year. Almost 90% of our budget goes to compensation for our pastors, staff, artists, and children's teachers, so we appreciate our community's continued generosity.

Thanks again for your generous support of Emmaus Way! You can contribute online, by sending a check to 1821 Hillandale Rd Suite 1B-103, or by putting a donation in the metallic bowl at church.

If you have any questions at all about our community's budget or finances, please feel free to talk to me or a member of Lead Team. --David Thiessen, Treasurer

Ekklesia , 5/21:

Please join us for Ekklesia after church on 5/21. Over a shared meal, we'll discuss the 2017/2018 fiscal year, exciting updates about space, as well as the evolution of EWay's staff team.

Ritual of Releasing, 5/22:

If you're a woman in the community who has felt burdened by the weight of brokenness for any length of time--be it brokenness of relationship, illness, infertility, miscarriage, or disappointment with the pieces of your life that are simply on hold-- and you were not able to make the Ritual of Releasing during Lent, please join us for another Ritual of Releasing Monday, May 22nd from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at Duke Gardens.

The hope for this Ritual of Releasing is that we might communally and individually release our burdens, acknowledging that our losses are neither meaningless, nor definitive; and sanctify for each other both our grief and our hope, knowing that these moments of releasing are wide-eyed, outstretched arm acts of prayer. If you have any questions, please contact Molly.

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