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Ekklesia Teaching Sunday

Sunday, July 1st

Parkwood Club- 3045 Madrona Dr.
10:00am Coffee
10:25am Worship and Teaching
Adults- Devon Steele
Children- Lisa Blair
Youth- Sarah Pyke

"Bible Thumping Do Gooder"
You are the Light of the World
   In my life I have been called many things. Some of them were good and uplifting and some were a label meant to demean. A good friend of mine who attended the community meeting last week about the proposed tiny house village is not a regular church goer. She, however, is a supporter of Ekklesia's ministry and calls me often about the work we do. She is the director of the local food bank and decided to attend the tiny house meeting last week to express her support for the village. During the meeting while another attendee was rudely expressing himself... my friend attempted to quiet the disrupter. His quick response was... "You're one of those Bible thumping do gooders." Later after the meeting she proudly described that moment when she was accused of being that "bible thumping do gooder"... which she had never ever dreamed of being called. 

After some reflection, I concluded that that phrase would actually be a complement if thrown at me. For some it might be an attempt to depreciate... but for a believer in Jesus it is a badge of honor. We do believe in the Bible. We rely upon it and hold it to be our only source of guidance in this dying world. We also believe that doing good to others is part of Jesus' commission to all disciples. We are called to do good and let our light shine so that others will see our good deeds. I would consider it a badge of honor to be called such a thing even if the sender thought he was depreciating me. 

As we move forward in this world and attempt to follow the calling that Jesus placed on our life and ministry we must realize that we will at times endure trials, accusations and even forceful opposition. It might even awaken a passionate sense of our true calling to be the Ambassadors of Jesus and endure in a small way the sufferings he experienced.  
Kitsap County Commissioner Garrido speaking at the community meeting

Ekklesia Service to the Food Bank Last Sunday
After the Ekklesia morning worship gathering last Sunday, two groups of servants participated in two projects which both blessed the South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank. Several of the men gathered at a forested area in Port Orchard where Ekklesia partner, Gary White was contracted to clear of its trees over the next few weeks. Much of the lumber will be sold but the less than valuable trees would be made available to Ekklesia to cut up for firewood. We brought our chain saws and loaded up two truck loads of firewood for the food bank. This resource will be a great blessing to many low income residents whenever their electricity is cut off in the winter months and a heat source is still needed. We will continue to have work parties to cut more fire wood and also to split it on the food bank's property. 
Several Ekklesia women also served at the food bank on Sunday and watered the many plants inside their greenhouses. The food bank is closed on Sundays but the plants still need to be watered during the hot summer months. So, Ekklesia was asked by their director, Jennifer, to put together a watering crew. We are also attempting to put together rotating teams from other churches that will water the plants on alternate Sundays through July and August. The food raised on the plants inside the greenhouses will provide fresh produce to many low income residents through the summer. Many plants are also sold to raise funds for the food bank to support their work. We will do this service again in a few weeks. 
Ekklesia workers arriving to water plants at the Food Bank greenhouses
Molly and Lilli watering

Prayer Needs  
  • David Bedford who underwent back surgery on Thursday, June 7th.
  • Naomi Bedford who also underwent surgery on Tuesday, June 12th.
  • Ben Steele's close friend Matt passed away last week... pray for famly.
  • Jon Powless who recently broke his foot and may have many months of healing if it is able to heal. Jon would appreciate visits by all.
  • Craig Thomas - requests continued prayers for his mother in San Ramon, CA. Also a praise for Craig's new job at Morrison Gravel. 
  • 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. 
  • The selection of a site for the Tiny Cottage Village-  A new site is still under consideration. Pray for the two options that are now being evaluated. 
  • The Parry family and Joe- as he has been deployed to San Diego for a few months.

Tiny Cottage Construction Update
Tiny Cottage #12 Under Construction in Bremerton
On Friday, June 22nd, the United Way of Kitsap County holds it's annual Day of Caring. On this day volunteers came together to work on several projects. One of these will be the construction of another tiny cottage for the village. The Olympic Educational Service District coordinates building projects with their students across the county to build homes through the Habitat For Humanity and all start Friday building the first of many tiny cottages for the Homes For All project. A group of students began on Friday constructing the foundation and walls of the #12 cottage at the Youth Skills Center on National Way in Bremerton. The Youth Build director, Jeff Allen, met with Tim Blair several weeks ago and pledged to build one new tiny cottage with each cohort of students that comes through their Youth Build program. This will translate into many new tiny cottages over the next few years. What a blessing for the Homes For All village project. 
students and supervisors building cottage #12 at the Skills Center in Bremerton

Tiny Cottage Construction Tally
Ekklesia and First Lutheran will build the bath and shower facility in trailer #2 within a few weeks. 
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 coming months. 
United Methodist Church in Port Orchard has built cottage #4 and has donated the funds needed 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 when one is needed.
Tiny Cottage #12- Olympic ESD 114- One cottage will be built at the West Sound Skills Center beginning Friday, June 22nd by high school students. 
The South Kitsap High School has the materials to begin cottage #13 in the fall of this year!

The plans for the new village are coming together as we consider the architect's graphic designs that set the vision for the new proposed village. Please be in prayer as the Port Orchard Church of Christ considers becoming the host of the new village on their property. The church will vote on their involvement on July 8th. 

The architect's design of the Tiny Cottage Village 

Thank You to Our Supporters!

Summer is finally here... the weather is still cool at times and moderately hot on other days. This all provides for great opportunities to work outside with people in our community!  We also look forward to the many new people that God will bring into our lives as we seek to bless others and bring the message of Jesus.  Thank you for your support of our mission. Tim and Lisa Blair

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