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Gathering This Sunday
January 7th
"That One Place"- restaurant
1386 Lund Ave.

10:00am - Coffee
10:25am - Worship


Pointing People to Jesus
Ekklesia's mission is to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community. We help, serve and give support to others in need. All this is for one purpose only: to point people to Jesus who is their Savior in this world. We are not saved because because we have served a lot of people. Our level of goodness is not effected in God's eyes just because we fed a lot of people. It is only because we have a relationship with Jesus that we become saved! It is for this purpose, to save people, that we are sent by Jesus out into our community. We serve them and he saves them when they respond to him as their Lord. 

So, last week a new Ekklesia couple approached Tim and asked about what the husband, Mack, needed to do to become a baptized person. He had known about God all his life but had never made the commitment to follow Jesus into baptism. So, after some study together, Mack Smith entered the water on Sunday afternoon, December 31st to put Jesus on as his Lord. He was baptized into water but raised as a new person cleansed by Jesus and committed to following him. This is the purpose of all our service to others. We are called by Jesus to make disciples everywhere in the world. Praise God for the new life created in Mack Smith this week. It will be our privilege to walk with him and serve Jesus together!
By the way, Mack is married to Becky and they have two children. Becky is Matt Miller's sister and has many great memories of growing up here in Port Orchard. Mack and Becky just recently moved back to Port Orchard from Texas. Let's all welcome Mack to the family and Becky back to our church as fellow missionaries who are serving in Port Orchard together.  

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 housing 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 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 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 - 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

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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