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 Teaching Gathering This Sunday
December 31st
Parkwood Club
3045 Madrona Dr.

10:00am - Coffee
10:25am - Worship
Aaron Hanson will teach
Ryan & Sarah Pyke- youth class
Lisa Blair- children's class


A Year on Mission- 2017
Ekklesia is a church dedicated to blessing others in our community. We are committed to finding ways to get involved with the poor and homeless and to help them find relief. This is our kingdom purpose and the way that we express the tangible gospel of Jesus Christ in our community. This was an exciting year filled with many opportunities to bless others. We helped the homeless in many ways and also found many opportunities to connect with our own people in special ways. We truly felt the Lord's guidance as the tiny house village really began to develop. It is our prayer that this ministry blesses the lives of many in need in the coming months and years. Thank you to everyone who supported the Ekklesia mission and prayed for our workers in the Port Orchard community.

Here are a few of the highlights of Ekklesia's past year and our many community connections that illustrate our desire to be the "Hands and Feet of Jesus" in our town!


  January- Gina Cartwright was baptized            January- Severe Weather Shelter Opened


        Seth & Sarah Cartwright spoke                                         Ekklesia's new trailer
            about their mission to China


      Volunteers helped at the Food Bank                               Ekklesia's Family Retreat


  April- Said goodbye to the Waite family                                      Easter Picnic 


                    April- Easter Sunday                                     Youth Retreat at Ocean Shores


            May- Tiny House Building party                      Ekklesia men building a tiny house


          June- Tiny House Building party                     July- Classic Car Show- raised $4,100


       July- BBQ/ Worship in Clayton Park                        July- Lillith Parry was baptized


  October- Blessing Bags for the homeless                     October- Jackson Park Carnival


 Nov.- Men's Work Retreat at Ocean Shores    Thanksgiving food Distribution at Food Bank


               December Teaching Series                              Christmas Gathering for Children


              House Churches met all year                                       Candle Light Worship 

Ekklesia to Build the Bath and Shower House for the new Tiny House Village
Ekklesia has been asked by Kitsap County Commissioner Garrido to begin working on designs for the new bathroom and shower building that will be placed in the tiny house village for homeless residents. This will be an extended version of our original prototype tiny house. Rick Bell (Ekklesia House Church leader) has designed this new bath house and it will house both toilet/sink rooms and also three shower rooms. One of the rooms will be large enough for wheel chair access.  The First Lutheran Church will also be partnering with Ekklesia to construct this new bath and shower house. A special meeting was held last Monday, Dec. 18th between the Kitsap County planners of the village and an architectural firm that has donated their time to be the designers and land development firm. Some great meetings have occurred between the county and the City of Port Orchard to drastically reduce the permit fees. We have been so blessed as God has opened the doors of city and county officials to make this all possible. We are also so grateful to the loving family that has opened their hearts to the homeless and has offered the use of their land for this project. 
The prototype Bath and Shower house design presented to the county
Also, last week a mechanical contractor firm in Silverdale has agreed to donate up to three mobile office trailers for use as the tiny house village offices, kitchen, security building and laundry facilities. One might be used for the security gate office, another for the storage and laundry and the third largest one for the kitchen and gathering room. We will most certainly be busy remodeling the interior of these three trailers as the deal is firmed up! Pray for everything to go smoothly!

The large 10'x32' trailer which will become the kitchen and meeting room facility
Prayer Needs

  • Craig Thomas - as he visits his mother in San Ramon, CA.
  • Ekklesia members with new jobs! Lori White, John Powless
  • 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. Also for Heath Goodman as he recovers from surgery. 
  • The selection of a site for the Tiny Cottage Village-  A site is now being considered! We need prayers that all the red tape will be taken care of and the land preparations might begin.
  • 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. 

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New Years Party- 2018
6:30pm

Ekkklesia friends and neighbors are all invited to the Bell home on Sunday evening, December 31st at 6:30pm. Bring your favorite games to play and also some snacks to share with the group. 

Tiny Cottage Construction Update 

A big thank you to our local Lowes store who has stepped up to help park three of our recently built tiny cottages. Cottages #7, #8 & #9 are now parked in front of Lowe's. These three cottages will remain in front of Lowes until we receive the go ahead to move them to the new village site. Thank you to Valerie the store manager for accepting our request for help to park these tiny cottages in their parking lot.

Prayers are needed as Kitsap County planning officials are meeting with City of Port Orchard planning officials and determining the land use details on a piece of property we are considering for the new homeless village site. Everyone is very excited and we only need to receive the "go ahead" in order to begin the grading and development work on the proposed property. A local family has stepped forward to offer the use of their property for the village and it's location is just right. 

We will now begin the process of designing the community kitchen building and the bathroom building for the village. Several opportunities to build more tiny cottages will occur over the next few weeks. Volunteers will be needed. 

Ekklesia and First Lutheran will build two more cottages in the coming weeks. 
Grace Bible Church will build #7, #8 & #9 cottages on August 19th in their parking lot.
First Lutheran Church will now store three of the completed cottage in their parking lot.  #6, #3 and #10 
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 in the next few months.
United Methodist Church in Port Orchard has committed to giving the funds to build another cottage to Mr. Winn the SK High School wood shop teacher.
Spirit of Life Lutheran Church has committed to build a cottage in a few months.

We now have eighteen tiny cottages sponsored by local businesses, service groups or churches. Ten cottages have been built!

Thank you to Leo's Towing who continues to offer his services to move our cottages when needed!
Four tiny cottages completed and parked on Mitchell Rd. at First Lutheran Church

Happy New Year! 2018

A new year has come and it is truly amazing to consider how Lisa and I have been blessed by so many people who have prayerfully choosen to support our work here in Port Orchard. We know that it is only through your commitment to Jesus and your desire to see our work flourish that we have been sustained these six year. Thank you for entrusting us with your love and support. May the Lord bless you and your family in this coming new year! 
Thank you. 
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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