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

Sunday, April 22nd

10:00am- Coffee
10:25am- Worship & Sharing
12:00-3:00pm- Food Bank Service

Connecting with People in our Community
Jesus called his followers to leave their comfort zones and take the message of the gospel (good news about Jesus) to everyone in our world. This means we are expected to refuse to stay safe, to stay comfortable, to stay isolated in our personal world. We are called to go, engage and serve. The gift of service is not just to make our world look cleaner or tidier! The process of serving another is to engage them in their personal life by meeting a personal need in their world. We really do care and we want to show them that God truly does love them. We refuse to sit around and wait for others to do what God has called us to do ourselves! 

We take to heart the words of the contemporary worship song, "I Refuse."

Sometimes I.....I just want to close my eyes...
And act like everyone's all right.... When I know they're not.
This world needs God....But it's easier to stand and watch.
I could say a prayer and just move on..Like nothing's wrong.. But I refuse.

(Chorus) Cause I don't want to live like I don't care.
I don't want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to... Sit around and wait for someone else.                          
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh... I could choose... Not to move... But I refuse.

I can hear the least of these .... Crying out so desperately
And I know we are the hands and feet .... Of You, oh God.
So, if You say move... It's time for me to follow through
And do what I was made to do. And show them who You are. 

To stand and watch the weary and lost .... Cry out for help.
I refuse... to turn my back ...And try and act like all is well.
I refuse... to stay unchanged... To wait another day, to die to myself.
I refuse... to make one more excuse.

(Chorus) Cause I don't want to live like I don't care.
I don't want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to... Sit around and wait for someone else.                          
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh... I could choose... Not to move... But I refuse.

Food Bank Service This Sunday, April 22nd
12:00noon - 3:00pm
Ekklesia workers will be descending on our local food bank on Sunday afternoon to help with several projects. The food bank is in the process of transforming their operation into a "shopping on demand" service allowing patrons the opportunity to visit as needed and take food items that are most needed. This process of transforming the building will need help and Ekklesia will do whatever Is needed to help their leaders on Sunday. We will also help the food bank with some grounds cleaning of debris and firewood splitting and stacking. Come prepared to lift, move boxes, move firewood and other needs as the leaders request on Sunday, April 22nd.   
Ekklesia volunteers, Ryan Pyke, Matt Miller and Micah Blair along with other food bank workers.
The food distribution building at our food bank

Firewood pile at the Food Bank
Prayer Needs  
  • Jon Powless who recently broke his foot and may have many months of healing if it is able to heal. Jon would appreciate visits by all.
  • Sam McMurtrey will be having surgery on his shoulder this month. He will be off work for a few months and undergo physical therapy. 
  • 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. 
  • 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 but will determine how many we will actually build when the size of the designated site is determined.  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

Ekklesia Church | P.O. Box 601 Burley, WA 98322 | 360-801-0012 | tblairkairos@hotmail.com | www.ekklesiakitsap.org
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