A mobile church: That serves in the community
   
Teaching Sunday on
February 18th
The Parkwood Community Club
3045 Madrona Dr.

10:00am - Coffee
10:25am - Worship
Adults Class- Sarah  Pyke
Romans 14:1-12 
"Grace in the Gray"

Children's class- Devon Steele

Ekklesia is an Incarnational Church
Jesus came to us to show us how to live and to bless the people on this earth. During his time on earth Jesus didn't expect people to come to him, although many did. He actually called his disciples to come follow him during his journey among the villages and dirt roads of Judea. This type of ministry is called an "incarnational" ministry. John wrote in his gospel about Jesus that, "the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." When someone connects with people "in the flesh" it is said to be "in carnate." When we sit in our own place and hope people will come to us in our churches, we are being "attractional." Most churches fall into this later category. Incarnational churches put on many events and worship gatherings inside their building hoping that people will come and receive the blessing of learning and knowing about Jesus. 

Jesus, however, didn't follow this pattern. He didn't spend three years with his disciples holding discipleship training classes in a Jerusalem upper room. He told his followers to come along with him as he engaged people in their towns, homes, market places and worship locations like the temple and many synagogues. When he arrived in new places he looked for good things to do like healing the sick and feeding people. He also took those teachable moments when he gained people's attention to teach them many new things about the Kingdom of God. This is how Jesus carried out his own "incarnational" ministry. He didn't typically have a regular place to sleep at night and not a regular food coordinator. He just had many women and men seeing to his needs and the needs of his closest followers. 

When Jesus established his church he didn't intend for it to be a sedentary, isolative group of people who avoided contact with the outside world. He expected us to get out and engage the world in every corner of society where people get together. He wanted us to be the catalysts for good in our communities and to spread the message of the Kingdom with Jesus as our leader. 

So, this is the message and method of the Ekklesia church. We are a mission church with no headquarters other than Jesus Christ. We only desire to love and serve others in order to bring them closer to the One who saved them. This is how we make disciples. We are an incarnational group of people committed to living like Jesus lived and serving like Jesus served. 

Ekklesia's next Service Sunday will be on February 25th. Get ready to serve and to bless others!
A montage of service events over the last few years!


Santana Village Update
Several weeks ago the volunteer architectural firm working on the village project determined that the proposed village site on Bethel Rd. would not be viable as a site due to conditions on the property that were prohibitive to building the village there. So, the Homes For All committee has decided to continue their search for a workable site where our tiny houses and portable buildings may be placed. We will now be in the process of approaching local churches with the idea of leasing their open property for the placement of the village. This will delay our plans to open the village but it will not deter our commitment to make it a reality. Keep praying for this work to help the homeless in Kitsap County. 


Ekklesia to Build the Bath and Shower House for Santana 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 Church leader) has designed this new bath facility 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. 
The prototype Bath and Shower house design presented to the county
Also, in December a mechanical contractor firm in Silverdale 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 when the site is determined! Pray for doors to open up and a site to be located ASAP!

The large 10'x32' trailer which will become the kitchen and meeting room facility
Prayer Needs
  • Mack Smith requests prayers for his mother Louise Smith who underwent heart surgery several weeks ago. Louise is now in recovery and doing much better. They ask for continued prayers for Louise. 
  • Craig Thomas - praises to God for a very productive visit with his mother in San Ramon, CA. Also a praise for Craig's new job at Morrison Gravel. 
  • Ekklesia members with new jobs! Lori White, Jon Powless & Craig Thomas
  • 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 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.

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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.

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!

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

Thank You to Our Supporters!

It is February al ready  and Lisa and I feel God moving in our mission here in Port Orchard. We know that this year will bring surprises and many new opportunities to serve people. 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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