A mobile church: That serves in the community
   
Teaching Sunday on
February 11th
The Parkwood Community Club
3045 Madrona Dr.

10:00am - Coffee
10:25am - Worship
Adults Class- Devon Steele
Romans 13:8-14 
"Love Fulfills the Law"

Children's class- Lisa Blair
Youth Class- Sarah Pyke

Ekklesia Participates in 4 Homeless Committees
4 Ways We are the "Hands and Feet of Jesus"
Ekklesia is a mission church in South Kitsap county that is dedicated to serving the poor, hungry and homeless in our community. We believe strongly that all believers have been commanded by God to serve the poor. The words of God to Isaiah detail God's own calling to all believers, which is: "to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter." (Isaiah 58:7) We have received God's calling to respond to the needs of others. Because of this calling we have been participating in numerous local committees that make a significant impact on the homeless population. Once a month these committees meet locally and Ekklesia members are typically involved. In order to help our many supporters understand our involvement in the community, each committee will be described. 

1- Kitsap County- Grant Recommendation Committee- Tim Blair has participated in this committee since 2013. Each year over 30 human service organizations across Kitsap County submit grant applications for funding that will support their work with the poor and homeless. Tim represents Commissioner Garrido's office and the South Kitsap area on this board. Over one million dollars of federal and state money is divided among the many service providers and Tim participates in the process of reading their grant proposals and interviewing their directors each September. This has provided a wealth of information about all the organizations that serve the needy in Kitsap County. 
2- Project Share- This is an alliance of Port Orchard churches that are focused upon the development of services for the poor and homeless. We developed the South Kitsap Severe Weather Shelter last year and have worked together to build over eight tiny houses for the new Santana Village for the homeless. 
3- Port Orchard Homeless Committee- This committee is chaired by Mayor Putannsuu and has several city council members. This committee is a partnership of several local directors and organizations that serve the poor in South Kitsap, like the South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank, Kitsap Community Resources (KCR), West Sound Treatment director, Housing Kitsap (Housing Authority) and numerous church pastors. We have worked on the development of the Severe Weather Shelter, the tiny house village project and a new hotel voucher program. Several Ekklesia members have attended their meetings. 
4- Homes For All committee- This committee is chaired by South Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. It is a partnership of local county staff members and department heads, service organizations, churches and interested individuals. Tim has led the construction committee on this group in the building of many tiny houses for the new homeless village. 

It is Ekklesia's belief that the church should be on the forefront of local issues, participating and leading in many of these efforts to serve the poor, feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. This is our calling from God and Jesus' own calling while ministering here on earth. Let us all seek ways to become the "Hands and Feet of Jesus" in our community!


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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