A mobile church: That serves in the community
   
Service Sunday Gathering
January 28th
The Parkwood Community Club
3045 Madrona Dr.

10:00am - Coffee
10:25am - Worship
12:00- 3:00pm Service projects

Service projects following worship
1. Food drive at Albertson's market
2. Fire wood collection and cutting
 
Fire wood unloading at the food bank 
Into the Word of God
Ekklesia serves the community because Jesus own words in the Bible described the importance of "good deeds." Everything one needs to know about living and relationships with others can be found in God's Word, which is called the Bible. It's more than just a good book. We believe the Bible is reliable and without error. Ekklesia is committed to knowing God's words and the teachings of Jesus as our road map to living today. In order to learn God's Word we have implemented several opportunities to hear and study the Bible together. 

1. On Sunday mornings as the Ekklesia body gathers we spend time studying the Word of God in the Bible. Over the last few months we have been going through the book of Romans in the New Testament. It describes Paul's core teachings about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the church. We will be studying Romans chapter 13 on February 4th. The first three Sundays each month are called "Teaching Sundays" and the 4th Sunday is our "service project" Sunday. We have several gifted teachers at the Ekklesia church and we enjoy rotating the teaching assignment each week. 

2. On Monday evenings- the Bell/Hanson House Church is presently studying the book of Revelation. On most evenings we gather for a family meal together and then we open up our bibles to study Revelation. We are presently on chapter 15 of the book of Revelation.

3. On Thursday evenings- The Ehlert/Blair/ Iverson House Church has been studying the book of Genesis. We sometimes eat a meal together but lately we have focused on our study and prayer time together. Our study each week explores a new chapter in Genesis along with any historical or archeological background that might help the story come alive. The series is called "the Bible as History" and we are now in the Abraham story. For the next few weeks this group will meet at Grandma Bobbie's home.

4. Daily Bible Reading- Melissa Bell has printed for all Ekklesia members a book mark system of daily bible readings. If you would like to receive one of the multi-page bookmarks please contact Melissa Bell. 


The Helpline Food Bank Food Drive this Sunday
January 28th- 12-3pm at Albertson's Market
Next Sunday, January 28th will be a service Sunday. Ekklesia will have an abbreviated worship gathering, then send out a crew of workers to the Albertson's market on Sedgwick Rd. to solicit food donations. We usually are able to fill over three or four shopping baskets of food within a two to three hour period. This will also be a great opportunity to be the light of Jesus in our community.   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.

Firewood Collection for the Food Bank
Sunday, January 28th 12-3pm
On Sunday, a group of workers  will  also go to a home that has donated a large quantity of wood that needs to be cut up into smaller pieces. The firewood will then be transported on Monday to the food bank for storage. It will be eventually distributed to the needy who may have had their electricity shut off. This type of project is always a great way to help out in our community and truly helps those in need. 
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 know this process has taken quite some time but God is moving this ministry forward. We will continue to pray for the development of this village and that God will open the doors that need to be opened. 


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. 
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
  • Mack Smith requests prayers for his mother Louise Smith who underwent heart surgery last Sunday evening. Mack and Becky almost made an emergency trip to visit her in South Carolina but Louise is now doing 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, John 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 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. 

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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