A mobile church: That serves in the community

 Teaching Sunday
November 5th
Parkwood Club
3045 Madrona Dr.
10:00am- Coffee
10:25am Worship/ Teaching

Adults- (Tim Blair) Romans 8:3-8 
"Gifts Given to All"
Children- Lisa Blair
Youth- Ryan & Sarah Pyke
Going Where the People Are
This time of year there are many community events and many ways to help reach out to people in need. These o pportunities are immense if only Jesus followers  would see the needs that are truly all around them. We, however, keep our eyes closed to the many poor and homeless that surround our city. I hear comments on Facebook about the homeless and how local residents don't want them in their neighborhoods or backyard. Well, they are here regardless of what people think and they are not going away. We even avoid crowds this time of year thinking that we'd rather not be around so many people. If only we would realize that we are truly living in the middle of an  abundant field of people who need Jesus. We need only to seek ways of connecting and serving them. 
Jesus intentionally spent his time around the crowds and people of the villages. These people were the poor, the sick and even the socially outcast. These were the kind of people that some today have said they don't want in their neighborhood! The calling for all Jesus people is to love others and to serve those in need. This is what it means to follow Jesus! It means we must leave our comfort zones and go into places that are unfamiliar and engage people different than ourselves. "Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16

Jackson Park- Ghost Train Event Connected with Hundreds of Families  
On Saturday, October 28th Ekklesia workers set up four canopies in Jackson Park and provided a carnival experience for the hundreds of families that attended the event. Each year the Foster Care Association of Kitsap County hosts the Ghost Train event in Jackson Park in order to raise money for their services to foster children. Ekklesia members connected with hundreds of families and answered many questions about our church and also the tiny cottage project we are involved with. Public community events offer excellent opportunities to spread the mission of Jesus and connect with the crowds. This was Jesus' method of ministry as he moved about Judea and blessed people wherever he could. Thank you to all the workers who helped with set up, and with the carnival games that we provided. 

Ekklesia Carnival Games at the Ghost Train Event on Saturday, October 28th, 2017

Don't Forget
On Saturday night to:

Men's Work Retreat at Ocean Shores- Nov. 10-12

A men's work retreat is being planned for the second weekend of November, 10th-12th. We will be pulling up the old carpeting in the house and replacing the flooring with snap laminate throughout. We will have a crew going over to Ocean Shores early on Thursday morning the 9th to begin pulling up the old carpeting and preparing the floor. The majority of workers will arrive Friday evening and begin the process of installation of the new flooring and trim.  

Prayer Needs

  • Craig Thomas - who broke his wrist on Sunday evening.
  • Ekklesia members looking for work- praise for those who found new employment
  • 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 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.
  • Praise- The Parry family has received reassignment orders from the Navy and they will be remaining in Port Orchard!

Ekklesia Men's Retreat & Work Party at Ocean Shores- Nov. 10-12 

Ekkklesia men are encouraged gather at Ocean Shores over the Nov. 10-12 weekend. We will be pulling up the carpet in many rooms and installing laminate flooring throughout the house. 

Helpline Food Bank- Thanksgiving Food Distribution Nov. 20-21 

Ekkklesia members will be helping again this year with the food distribution to over 1,000 families. The food bank distribution will again occur at the National Guard Armory on Mile Hill. On Monday and Tuesday of that week we will need workers from 9am til 6pm. This will be a great opportunity to serve others in our community. 

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 are now parked in front of Lowe's and we await the transfer of #9 in the next few days. 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!
Leo's Towing placing cottage #1 for display on Tayler St. 

Thank You For Supporting Us! 

We have been blessed by so many people who have supported our work planting the Ekklesia Church. Your prayers and support enable us to dedicate our time toward connecting with people in our community. We share our time, love and service with whomever we meet. By doing this we are building the Kingdom of God.  
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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