Ekklesia Church This Week

A NEW CHURCH FOR NEW PEOPLE IN A NEW COMMUNITY
August 12th, 2016

 Family Sunday- August 14th
All Ekklesia is encouraged to spend time with neighbors, family or friends!
No worship gathering at the Parkwood Club.
August 12th, 2016 - In This Issue:
Prayer Needs
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Tiny House Village For Homeless
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House Churches You Can Join
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Building God's Kingdom in South Kitsap

Ekklesia Family Day This Sunday
 
August 14th
No gathering at Parkwood Club

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Up Coming Dates

Aug. 14th Family Sunday 
Aug. 15th Bell/Hanson- no group
Aug. 21st Teaching Sunday
Aug. 28th Service Sunday- in Park
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Prayer Needs

David McKee- Lisa Blair's brother- who has been diagnosed with an optic nerve tumor. Dave will begin undergoing treatment in September.
Ron Weeks- aneurysm in neck and head- the procedure was on Aug. 11th
Monique Parry's friend- 
prayer for friend Mindy and daughter- Mallory who was diagnosed with cancer
Francene and Lee Criswell's neighbor- Ron-A father of 4 children who had cancer is now in remission!
Francene Criswell's close friend Patricia Ramsey passed away. Pray for husband Tim and grandson Seth.
Bell's renter- Roy Eagan who has cancer, a wife and two children
Pregnant mothers- Becca Miller & Rachel Bedford
Marena Woodbury & Victor Chatman as they take in homeless friends.

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House Churches You Can Join

Mon. 6:30pm Bell/Hanson
Wed. 7:00pm  Young Adults
Wed. 6:30pm Kenady- on Summer break
Wed. 6:30pm  Ehlert/Blair
Thurs. 6:30pm Goodman- coming 
Sat. 6:30pm  Youth group

For further information call: 
360-801-0012 or e-mail us at 
ekklesia.kitsap@gmail.com
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Sacred Space is Wherever Christians Are! 

Some people believe that when one goes inside a church building somewhere they are entering a Sacred Space where God can be found. This assumes that the inside of church buildings is sacred and the outside world is not. There is even an attitude that Jesus people need to withdraw from the world and only spend time with other religious people. Ekklesia doesn't believe in such a division of sacred and world. We believe that wherever the people of Jesus go in this world... that place becomes Sacred Space! Whenever we as people take the name of Jesus to work, to a play zone, to a place of recreation or wherever... we are creating a sacred space there at that time and place. This is why the people of Jesus were named the "called out" or Ekklesia in the Bible. We are called to be out in the world sharing the name of Jesus wherever we go. Thus, we are creating sacred space throughout the world. This is why so many Old Testament scriptures talk about the future Kingdom of God being like a river flowing out into desert places and creating fertile areas. The Kingdom of God flows out to the places where people of love and peace go. So... if we perpetually concentrate our efforts and messages in closed spaces where most people of the world refuse to go then the spaces where God flows will be contained and limited. So.... Ekklesia has chosen to be out... to be perpetually attempting to flow out among people in the name of Jesus... to bless... to love... to heal.... to help... to do what Jesus did for others. When we do this... the Kingdom of God has come near to our community and Sacred Space expands. 

 

So... this Sunday, August 14th, Ekklesia will have a Family Day. Everyone is encouraged to meet with family, neighbors and friends to connect and show them love. It's very simple. Spend your time loving people in whatever ways you can. Then in a week, August 21st, Ekklesia will gather for a teaching Sunday at Parkwood Club. The last Sunday of the month, August 28th, Ekklesia will gather in Clayton Park on Dwight St. in Port Orchard.   


A Clayton Park gathering last June

  Tiny House Village for the Homeless
A very productive meeting occurred last week with a new organization that has committed to the development of a village for homeless residents of Kitsap County. We are very excited about this new partnership and more meetings are being scheduled in the coming weeks to lay the groundwork for this new community effort. Please pray for us to be led by the Spirit through every decision and that our efforts will be surrounded in protection by God. May the doors open where they need to open and close where they need to close. We will provide more details in the coming weeks as our plans solidify. 

Proposed concept art for a new Tiny House Village in Port Orchard
Contact: Tim Blair or the Ekklesia Church at -  360-801-0012

Donations may be made online at:  www.ekklesiakitsap.org

or mailed to:  P.O. Box 601, Burley, WA 98322

Thank you
Ministry is filled with opportunities. Lisa and I are grateful to have been given this ministry to the Port Orchard community as new people come into our lives to serve and love. We continue to be blessed with the knowledge that so many of you are praying for us. Thank you for your support. 

Tim and Lisa Blair