Ekklesia Church This Week

A NEW CHURCH FOR NEW PEOPLE IN A NEW COMMUNITY
February 24th, 2017
 

February 24th, 2017 - In This Issue:
Helping With the Food Bank's Spring Projects
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Up Coming Dates
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Prayer Needs
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House Churches You Can Join
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Leadership Meeting Saturday Evening- Feb. 25th
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Aaron Hanson's Blog


A New Church That Loves Others by Serving Them

Ekklesia Service Sunday
 
February 26th
at Parkwood Club
3045 Madrona Dr.

10:00am Coffee and Juice
10:25 Worship and Sharing
11:30- Serving in the community
1- Food Drive at Albertson's
2- Sandy's yard

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EK Family Retreat
March 31st- Apr. 2nd
Sound View Camp

The Goodmans are the new caretakers  at Sound View Camp and will be assisting with our  Family Retreat scheduled for Mar. 31- Apr. 2nd. There will be no cost for the retreat as we will be working on several work projects at the camp. 
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Up Coming Dates
Feb. 25th Leadership Meeting
Feb. 26th Service Sunday
Feb. 27th Bell/Hanson Group
Mar. 2nd Ehlert Group
Mar. 31-Apr. 2nd Family Retreat
Apr. 15th Easter Picnic Egg Hunt
Apr. 16th Easter Sunday
Apr. 21-23 Ocean ShoresYouth Retreat
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Prayer Needs

Holly and Scott Waite's friend- Diana- struggling with cancer
David McKee- Lisa Blair's brother- who has been diagnosed with an optic nerve tumor. Dave began undergoing treatment in September.
Bell's renter- Roy Eagan who has cancer, a wife and two children
Karlee Elizabeth's birth -  Rachel and Josh Bedford are very pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Karlee Elizabeth Monday the 13th at 8:17am. She weighed 7lbs 4oz and was 20 inches long. Her family is very excited to welcome her into the family. 
Ruth Ann Autumn- Anna Cartwright's mother as she recovers
Danny Ehlert- pray for Danny as he recovers from a heart attack that he experienced three weeks ago. He is now doing a lot of walking!
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House Churches You Can Join
Mon. 6:30pm Bell/Hanson
Wed. 6:30pm Kenady
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
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Aaron Hanson's Blog 

Christian Apologetics- Theology & Philosophy
https://fortheloveofreason.wordpres
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Getting Out Into the Community
The Tuba City Mission in Arizona is a significant ministry model that shapes much of what Ekklesia attempts to accomplish in the Port Orchard community. Paul and Ann Ghee were the lead missionaries in the Tuba City Mission for over 25 years which was on the Navajo Reservation.  Paul and his wife, Ann, moved to Tuba City in October 1987 to work among the DinĂ© (the preferred name of the Navajo people) and the Hopi.  Paul and Ann worked tirelessly over 26 years serving in Tuba City and becoming known as the church that helped the community. Paul passed away on May 29th 2013 after a brief  illness. At his memorial many local Navajo leaders rose to express their gratitude for the work and ministry of Paul and Ann in their community. The assistant Chief of Police at Tuba City stated that he remembered how Paul spent the first few years of his work wearing a tie and spent most of his time in the church office. Paul's impact on the community, he stated, actually began when he took off the tie, got out of the office and began serving the people. This is when his impact really began. I was also personally transformed by Paul's motto for the many church youth groups that visited each summer. His belief was that we should be "The Hands and Feet of Jesus" in our community and that is what most of his summer-time groups became. We would paint houses, build decks, haul a vast amount of firewood up to the reservation donated by the Flagstaff fire department. We would roof houses and every year (and I do mean "every" year) send groups out into the local Tuba City cemetery to clean, hoe, and tidy up the graves. Thinking of all the work projects we accomplished, none of us were licensed contractors.   We were just a group of willing chaperones and 50 to 60 young people open to the calling to serve others in the community. This idea of becoming "the hands and feet of Jesus" in the community created a great environment to mentor youth toward a life-time of Christian service. It is with this same intention that the Ekklesia Church brings this rhythm of service home to our own town of Port Orchard. We are committed to participating in a regular pattern of community service leading to evangelism and the sharing of the Name of Jesus. 
Paul and Ann Ghee during a visit to Seattle in 2007
Helping With the Food Bank's Spring Projects
Every Spring Ekklesia receives multiple requests to help at the South Kitsap Food Bank with their many projects during this time of year. The food bank operates a greenhouse business that provides spring time plants to the community as a way of supporting the work of the food bank. Every Spring many things need to happen around the greenhouses in order to prepare for the  sale of Mother's Day flowers and many other plant products. Many truck loads of topsoil is purchased and trucked in over several weeks in February and March. Many planter pots are purchased in the Spring and then filled with the topsoil in preparation for the hundreds of plants. All these projects require help and thats when the food bank calls Ekklesia requesting help. Over the last few years Ekklesia has provided many workers to help shovel out the topsoil out of the truck and then move it all by wheel barrel to a back holding area. A group helped out in this way on Thursday of this past week and we expect another load of dirt to come in again in two weeks!

Matt Miller and Micah Blair unloading topsoil at the Food Bank
The Food Bank will also be needing our help in a few weeks to fill the many new planting pots with top soil. This is an easy job that the whole family can participate in. We will get the word out when the new supply of pots arrive. 

Leadership Meeting Saturday Evening
Feb. 25th 6pm- Hanson Home
This Saturday night the Ekklesia leadership will hold our monthly planning meeting and ministry vision casting. We will meet at the Hanson home at: 
14024 137th KPN, Gig Harbor
6pm- potluck dinner
A leadership meeting last year at the Cartwright home

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

February Blessings          
It's that time of year when Spring doesn't feel far away. Many are approaching our ministry with requests for assistance and we will do our best to help. May the Lord guide our work to bless those in need and spread the love of Jesus in our community. Thank you to so many people for supporting our work as we pour ourselves into our community and offer a willing hand of service. May the coming weeks offer you and your family new ways to share the Kingdom of God. 

Tim and Lisa Blair