A mobile church: That serves in the community
Ekklesia Teaching Sunday
at the Parkwood Club
3045 Madrona Dr.  

Sunday, April 15th

10:00am- Coffee
10:25am- Worship & Teaching
Adults- Devon Steele
Romans 16- A People of the Gospel  
Youth- Sarah Pyke
Children- Lisa Blair

Romans 16- A People of the Gospel
Our journey through the book of Romans will be completed this week as Devon Steele shares with us from the sixteenth chapter. We began this journey over a year ago on February 5th, 2017 with twenty four lessons from all sixteen chapters. It has been a wonderful exploration and enriched our lives!

In this final chapter of the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul sends his greeting to a very diverse group of people that God used to help build the church at Rome. He lists 35 names in this chapter that are faceless to us but were significant enough to God to have them recorded in His Word forever. In this final chapter we learn the importance of the gospel played out in the lives of actual people and the power of God to finish what He began.

Jesus' Call to Action
When Jesus called people to follow him, He expected his followers to drop what they were doing and to immediately follow or not follow! The decision was simple... go or not go. We have been told to go and make disciples. The sending, the going, the following are all predicated upon the immediate and willing response of a follower dedicated to submission to a Savior. When we examine how people followed Jesus, there was no room for pausing with reflection or delaying for a season so they could consider all the variables surrounding their decision. There was no committee or search process in order for the disciples to dwell upon all the options. There was only the immediate decision made in faith. 
Consider Peter walking on water. He didn't pull out a measuring tape to evaluate the distance that Jesus stood away from the boat. He didn't test the temperature of the water or measure the height of the waves. He didn't send out a survey to establish a consensus of all the disciples in the boat. Peter was the only one of faith who simply got up and stepped out of the boat on faith knowing that the Master was out there. 
Consider the Good Samaritan stopping to help the wounded man. Two other religious men chose not to stop but considered the risk too great and opted to avoid the danger of helping someone in need. It sounds a lot like people today who say, "It's good to help people in need but I don't want them living in my neighborhood." The Good Samaritan simply stopped and provided for the wounded man's needs then and into the future. There was no reconsideration or hesitancy by the Samaritan. He didn't stop to ask the wounded man a few questions before he helped him. The Samaritan simply acted mercifully with intention and clarity of purpose. 
As followers of Jesus, let us all act decisively whenever needs arise as we view each opportunity as a calling toward ministry!

Food Bank Service this Month
This month Ekklesia volunteers have worked on several occasions helping the food bank's garden and greenhouse operations unload mounds of dirt. Just the last week we had two crews work on Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesday, we moved 9 yards of fertilizer and distributed it out covering the outdoor garden mounds. On Thursday, we unloaded another truck load of potting soil which filled many of their indoor pots which will be growing tomato plants. 
Ekklesia volunteers, Ryan Pyke, Matt Miller and Micah Blair along with other food bank workers.
The food distribution building at our food bank
April 22nd 12:30-3:30
On the fourth Sunday of this month, April 22nd, Ekklesia is scheduling a work day at our local South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank. On that weekend the food bank will be remodeling their interior and needing to move many of their internal shelving units and interior walls in order to open up the inside for a new way to distribute the food. We will need volunteers to to move items, carts, boxes and many other objects. Another crew of workers will be needed to split the firewood that Ekklesia has donated to the food bank. We will also be restacking the pile for longterm storage.
Firewood pile at the Food Bank
Prayer Needs  
  • Jon Powless who recently broke his foot and will need many months of rehabilitation. Jon just began a new job but will now be unable to work. 
  • Sam McMurtrey will be having surgery on his shoulder this month. He will be off work for a few months and undergo physical therapy. 
  • Mack and Becky Smith as they travel to South Carolina to visit with Mack's family.  
  • Craig Thomas - requests continued prayers for his mother in San Ramon, CA. Also a praise for Craig's new job at Morrison Gravel. 
  • Melissa Bell's step-dad, David Latham and his wife LaDonna as David struggles with health issues. 
  • James & Angela Goodman and family as they minister at the Sound View Christian Camp. 
  • The selection of a site for the Tiny Cottage Village-  A new site will now need to be found! We need prayers that churches or private property owners will step forward to allow us to use their land. 
  • Direction is needed as Ekklesia builders are designing the new bath house for the Tiny Cottage Village. 
  • The Parry family and Joe- as he has been deployed to San Diego for a few months.

Tiny Cottage Construction Update 

Our local Lowes store on Sedgwick Rd. has stored three of our tiny houses over the winter months. They have now been moved out into the parking lot at Lowe's and are clustered close to many other garden sheds. Thank you to Valerie the store manager for accepting our request for help to park these tiny cottages in their parking lot. 

Ekklesia and First Lutheran will build the bath and shower facility. 
Grace Bible Church built #7, #8 & #9 cottages last August in their parking lot. They are now on display in the Lowe's parking lot.
First Lutheran Church is now storing four of the completed cottages in their parking lot.  #3, #6, #10 & #11. 
Habitat For Humanity has built #10 tiny cottage in Port Orchard
Kaiser Permanente Corp. has committed to building three tiny cottages on the three clinic locations across Kitsap County over the next few months. They did build the #11 cottage which is now on display at the First Lutheran Church parking lot. More will be built in the Spring. 
United Methodist Church in Port Orchard has donated the funds needed to build another cottage to Mr. Winn the SK High School wood shop teacher. The high school will begin construction of cottage #12 within a few weeks.
Spirit of Life Lutheran Church has committed to build a cottage in a few months when one is needed.

We now have eighteen tiny cottages sponsored by local businesses, service groups or churches. Eleven cottages have been built and the twelfth is under construction at the high school wood shop class!

Thank you to Leo's Towing who moved all our completed tiny house to this date. Leo has become gravely ill and will no longer be able to move our houses. Let us lift up Leo in prayer as he struggles with lung cancer. We will now need to secure another tow truck company to help us as the tiny houses need to be moved.
Four tiny cottages completed and parked on Mitchell Rd. at First Lutheran Church

Thank You to Our Supporters!

Spring has definitely sprung in the Seattle area. The Ekklesia ministry is also actively engaging people throughout our community. Please continue to pray for our work and opportunities to pour into the lives of others.  Our ministry is not determined by our activity but by God's grace who opens doors to minister to others. Thank you for your support of our mission. Tim and Lisa Blair

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