Ekklesia Church News

A NEW CHURCH FOR NEW PEOPLE IN A NEW COMMUNITY
February 11th, 2016

Donate online at:  www.ekklesiakitsap.org
February 11th, 2015 - In This Issue:
Ekklesia Family Retreat in May
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Up Coming Dates
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New Calendar on Web Site
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Prayer Needs
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Ekklesia Leadership Meeting on Saturday
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House Churches You Can Join

Ekklesia families, people, friends on mission for Jesus
Ekklesia 
Love Feast  Sunday
at the Pavilion
  
Sunday, February 14th
10:00am Potluck brunch
10:45am Worship & Sharing

Everyone is encouraged to bring a breakfast dish to share! 
Pavilion Gathering Sunday
701 Bay St. Port Orchard, WA 
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Youth Devotional This Saturday Night
  
Saturday, Feb. 13th- at 6:30
Pyke home- 
1260 1/2 Pottery Ave., 
Port Orchard

All youth are asked to bring a healthy snack.
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Ekklesia Family Retreat in May
  
May  27-29th
Ocean Shores 

more details in the coming weeks
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Up Coming Dates

Feb. 13th Leadership mtg
Feb. 13th Youth Activity
Feb. 14th Love Feast- gathering
Feb. 15th Bell/Hanson group
Feb. 17th Kenady group
Feb. 18th Ehlert group
Feb. 20th Ladies Night Out
Feb. 20th Youth Activity
Feb. 21st Jared & Laura King speak
Feb. 27th Rend Collective Concert
Mar. 26th  Easter Picnic
Mar. 27th  Easter program
May 27-29th Family Retreat- Ocean
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Prayer Needs
Monique Parry's friend-
prayer for friend Mindy and daughter- Mallory who was diagnosed with cancer
Ron Weeks-  wife (Pam) who continues to recover from several cancer surgeries. They feel so blessed to know of her continued recovery and God's goodness!
Francene and Lee Criswell's neighbor- Ron-A father of 4 children dealing with cancer 
Elizabeth Herrera - the passing of her father a few months ago in Arizona
Ekklesia House - pray for a new opportunity that has presented itself for us to build a new homeless shelter community in South Kitsap.
Gathering- the location of a new place for Ekklesia to gather on Sundays
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House Churches You Can Join
Mon. 6:30pm Bell/Hanson
Wed. 6:30pm Kenady/Bedford
Wed. 4:30pm Ladies- Grandma Bobbie
Thurs. 6:30pm Ehlert/Blair
Sat. 6:30pm Youth group
 
For further information call: 
360-801-0012 or e-mail us at 
ekklesia.kitsap@gmail.com

Loving One Another   
Jesus said, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:35 It's really easy to love people who like you and complement you all the time. It's easy to love people that are similar to you, like the things you like, agree with your beliefs, and do the same things you do. It's so much easier to love people that have similar life experiences as you. Jesus' words become a challenge when we really try to act upon them and love people that are different, don't like us, believe differently, act differently and just would rather not be around us. 
We are all called to love people no mater the differences!
Love is unconditional. Love doesn't look at the problems but looks at the possibilities. Love is a gift to everyone because they deserve it. Love drives our pursuit to help, support, connect, serve and share our personal life with others. 
In the first few years of the church back in the first century A.D. the followers of Jesus met on Sundays and called their gathering the "Love Feast." They would meet together around a common table to eat and show love for one another no matter their economic situation whether slave or master in the Roman Empire. They just practiced the words of Jesus and loved one another equally. 
On Sunday, the Ekklesia gathering will be more than a Valentines Day Party, it will be a love feast where Jesus people will express their love for one another. We will eat together, sit around tables together, and share our love for Jesus and each other. It will be a love feast for sure! 

  
The Pavilion Is Closing- New Gathering
Ekklesia has been so blessed over the last three years to have been allowed to use the downtown location called the Pavilion as our primary gathering place on Sunday mornings. Ekklesia is a mobile church dedicated to being active and seen in the community. We aren't interested in focusing our identity around a specific location. We want to be known for who we are and what we do in the community and not for our weekly location. So, as the Pavilion and it's leaders plan to close their event center on Bay Street, Ekklesia will pray about a new location that we will use as our gathering spot. We will ask God to place us somewhere in Port Orchard that will impact people and allow us to filter regularly out into the neighborhoods to bless others. The gathering spot will be our launch pad into the community. We will use our house churches in the same way. So, it really doesn't matter where we are located as long as we see our city as a mission field that needs Jesus. We will keep you posted as the Pavilion winds down it's operation and liquidates it's equipment and furniture. The next few weeks will be interesting and fluid. So, stay prepared for optional gathering locations in the coming weeks. 

The Pavilion in Downtown Port Orchard is Closing- March 15th

The Pavilion on the left and Bay Street in Port Orchard

New Calendar on Web Site
The Ekklesia web site now has an up-dated calendar reflecting the many events and Sunday rhythms for the next several months. Check it out!
New Sunday rhythms
1st & 3rd Sundays- Teaching Sundays
2nd & 4th Sundays- Service Sundays
5th Sundays- Family Sundays

Ekklesia Leadership Meeting Saturday 
Ekklesia leaders will have their monthly meeting Saturday evening at the Cartwright home. Everyone is invited to gather around 6:30pm for a potluck meal to share then  the meeting will follow. Everyone is encouraged to come prepared to discuss their Action Items (AI) that they were assigned to work on. We will also need to discuss possible new locations for our Sunday gatherings.


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
It may be February but the weather in Port Orchard is warming up and the feeling of Spring is in the air. We are blessed by the new life in our ministry as new people gather with our new church. Thank you to all our supporters that pour themselves into our work financially and with their time!  

Tim and Lisa Blair