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Gathering This Sunday
January 14th
The Parkwood Community Club
3045 Madrona Dr.

10:00am - Coffee
10:25am - Worship
Adult Class:
Romans 12:9-21 Darren Hanson
Children's class- Monique Parry
Youth Class: Sarah & Ryan Pyke


Cartwright Missionaries Return From China
Ekklesia's missionaries have returned from the year long work in a provence in China. Seth and Sarah Cartwright's family (Gene, Anna and younger sister Gina) have been key partners in the Ekklesia mission for five years. Seth and Sarah returned home from China on Tuesday of this week and will be leaving for Nashville in two weeks. Seth and Sarah will be sharing thoughts about their work in China on Sunday morning, January 21st. We are also excited to say that Sarah is due with their first child in May of this year! 

The Helpline Food Bank Upcoming Projects
In the spring time the food bank requests help from volunteers to prepare their nursery for the Spring time sale of flowers and plants. The food bank's sales of plants and flowers helps subsidize their operation of food distribution to the hungry of South Kitsap County.  Over the next few weeks Ekklesia volunteers will be serving in several ways at the food bank. 
1. Dirt unloading- Over the next several weeks many truck loads of potting soil will be unloaded at the food bank in preparation for their spring time sales. 
Ekklesia volunteers, Matt Miller and Micah Blair unloading dirt last year.

2. Flower pot filling- As part of the Spring flower sales, over 300 planters will be filled with potting soil by volunteers in March. 

Micah Blair filling hanging baskets with potting soil

3. Flower pot hanging- Once the hanging pots are filled the large quantity will then be hung up inside the Food Bank's green houses in preparation for the Mother's Day sales.
Ekklesia volunteers who helped hang flower pots last year.

4. Food Drives at local grocery stores-  On January 28th the Ekklesia church will have a food drive at the Albertson's grocery store on Sedgwick Rd. We will pass out donation fliers in front of the store entrances and also receive donations as shoppers leave the store. 
A group of Ekklesia volunteers at a food drive last year.

Santana Village Update
Two months ago Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido announced that the new tiny house village would be named Santana Village. Sally Santana was a resident who lived in South Kitsap and passed away in 2013. Sally worked tirelessly as an advocate on behalf of the poor and homeless of our county. It was decided that the first prototype village for the homeless in our county should be named after Sally! 
Over the last few weeks county officials in the planning department have been working with Port Orchard city officials to clear all the permitting hurdles that are part of the village development. We are now about 60-90 days out before the permitting process is complete and we begin moving our constructed tiny houses onto the new site. Once the lease for the property is signed and official notifications are made then we will be able to make the announcement of the location of the new tiny house village for the homeless. We know this process has taken quite some time but God is moving this ministry forward. We will soon be given the permission to begin clearing the property and to also move all our constructed houses to the site!


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. A special meeting was held on 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 month 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 - praises to God for a very productive visit with 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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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

Thank you for supporting our mission!

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 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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