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Ekklesia Family Sunday
No Gathering on  

Sunday, May 27th

We will have no worship gathering at the Parkwood Club on Sunday morning May 27th. Many of our mission team will be out of town this weekend. So, we thought it best to encourage all our families to plan something to strengthen your own family or connections to friends and neighbors. 

Ekklesia Birthday Celebration Last Sunday
Last Sunday, Ekklesia was blessed with several visitors to our morning gathering where we celebrated out 5th birthday as a church. Over the last few years Ekklesia has poured ourselves into the work of the South Kitsap Food Bank. One of our special visitors last Sunday was the SK Food Bank's director, Jennifer Hardison. She expressed gratitude for the many years and hours of work the Ekklesia volunteers had contributed. We also had another special visitor from Kitsap County. Commissioner Charlotte Garrido attended our celebration and stood before our church expressing her gratitude for the work many of our people had given to help build and develop the new tiny house village. Commissioner Garrido has been the pivotal leader in our community providing direction for this service to the homeless. 
We also had some tear filled moments as some of our precious members expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the support that Ekklesia people had poured into their lives. We also had a few visitor families that attended last Sunday that have financially supported us over these years and have enabled us to serve so many in the Kitsap area. Thank you to everyone who joined us last Sunday!

The Food Bank Needs our Help Next Week 
Another crew of Ekklesia workers are needed next week to help pull off the plastic covering off of the middle greenhouse at the food bank. Each year the food bank relies on volunteers to help apply and remove the large coverings, plastic and shade netting that manage the temperatures during the year. This process is somewhat difficult and Ekklesia workers have been the primary workers making it happen over the last few years. We will plan on having a work party on Thursday morning next week at 9am at the food bank to do this project. 
The middle greenhouse at the SK Food Bank with the  plastic covering

Prayer Needs  
  • 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 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. 
  • The Parry family and Joe- as he has been deployed to San Diego for a few months.

Tiny Cottage Construction Update 

Our local Lowes store on Sedgwick Rd. has stored three of our tiny houses over the last six months. They have now been moved out into the parking lot at Lowe's and are clustered close to many other garden sheds. Thank you to Valerie the store manager for accepting our request for help to park these tiny cottages in their parking lot. 
We are presently working on transferring the titles to five donated construction trailers that are parked in Silverdale, Washington. We are hoping to have the trailers moved within the next few weeks. One of the trailers will become the bathroom facility for the village. This 24 foot long trailer will be moved to the First Lutheran parking lot in Port Orchard soon and our two churches (First Lutheran and Ekklesia) will begin remodel work to transform it into a bathroom facility.

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 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.
New Tiny Cottage- Olympic ESD 114- One cottage will be built at the West Sound Skills Center in June by high school students. 

We now have eighteen tiny cottages sponsored by local businesses, service groups or churches but will determine how many we will actually build when the size of the designated site is determined.  Eleven cottages have been built and the twelfth is under construction at the high school wood shop class!

Ekklesia has been blessed by  Leo's Towing who offered to move all our completed tiny houses over the last year. Sadly, Leo passed away a few weeks ago after a brief illness. We will now need to secure another tow truck company to help us as the tiny houses need to be moved.
Leo moving one of our tiny houses along with City Councilman Fred Chang and Gene Cartwright
Four tiny cottages completed and parked on Mitchell Rd. at First Lutheran Church

Thank You to Our Supporters!

Ekklesia is 5 years old this month. We began our Sunday gatherings in May of 2013 and we have been blessed ever since. We truly thank God and our many friends who have helped make this mission possible over the years.  We also look forward to the many new people that God will bring into our lives as we continue to connect with our community.  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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