Ekklesia Church News

A NEW CHURCH FOR NEW PEOPLE IN A NEW COMMUNITY
February 25th, 2016

Donate online at:  www.ekklesiakitsap.org
February 25th, 2016 - In This Issue:
New Calendar on Web Site
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Family Retreat at Ocean Shores
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Prayer Needs
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House Churches You Can Join


Ekklesia families, people, friends on mission for Jesus
Ekklesia 
Gathering Sunday
at "That One Place"
Restaurant
  
Sunday, February 28th
10:00am Coffee
10:25am worship

TOP Gathering Sunday
1386 Lund Ave. Port Orchard
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Youth Activity This Saturday Night
  
Saturday, Feb. 27th
5:00-8:30pm
at the 
Port Orchard Church of Christ 
2585 Carr Ln. SE 
Port Orchard

Several churches will be coming together for a fund raiser and evening focused on 
"Human Trafficking"

The cost is $10.00 per person
All teens are encouraged to dress up. Dinner, music and a speaker will be provided. 
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Up Coming Dates

Feb. 27th Youth Event- Human Trafficking dinner
Feb. 28th Service Sunday 
Feb. 29th  Bell/Hanson group
Mar. 2nd  Kenady group
Mar. 2nd   Ladies group
Mar. 3rd  Ehlert group
Mar. 12th Beach Hike
Mar. 12th Leadership mtg
Mar. 26th  Easter Picnic
Mar. 27th  Easter program
May 27-29  Family Retre at 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

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Ekklesia is a Mobile Church   
   Ekklesia is opening a new chapter in our life this week. We will no longer be meeting together on Sundays in the Pavilion. We are now searching for another gathering spot for our Sunday get togethers. This, however, is not a problem for us since we are dedicated to being a mobile church. What does this mean? Our mobility is our identity as a group of Jesus followers. Jesus even said it himself, "The Son of Man has no place to lay his head." (Matthew 8:20) Jesus spent his time moving around blessing, healing, helping and teaching. He didn't set up a permanent place to do his work. He didn't have an office! He simply moved around to connect with people. He created networks of small group relationships with people and asked them to love and help others. Many people actually followed him around but it really wasn't his plan to have a permanent operations base. His work was mobile and active. He wanted us to impact our city, community, region then the whole world. He said, "You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." 
   So, the church became actively mobile all over the region, meeting from house to house and gathering in some amazing places. They met in large open court yards, in upper rooms, down by rivers, in the homes of the poor and the rich. They met wherever it was possible to simply get together. They were known for who they represented (Jesus) and what they were doing in the community (giving and  serving) and not by where they met on Sundays!
   Think about it. If we didn't have a building to worry about, a mortgage to concern ourselves with and focused our energies on serving the poor and sharing the story of Jesus, how much more effective could the church be across our cities? We would develop an amazing reputation and be known as the group that responds and does something for people when they are in need. We wouldn't isolate ourselves inside our structures which eventually decreases our impact upon the community. Let us consider how to mobilize ourselves across our communities in order to bless others and more tangibly make the Kingdom of God real in our communities. 
   Oh, and another thing, Ekklesia is excited about moving around in our community as we gather on Sundays. Being mobile actually connects us with more and more people who need to know the love of Jesus. Also, meeting in parks in the summer is a great way to get out and visibly share the love of Jesus. 

   A summer park gathering for Ekklesia

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

Family Retreat at Ocean Shores
May 27-29 
Ekklesia will have another Family Retreat at Ocean Shores over the Memorial Day weekend. This will be a time for families and individuals to gather together at the ocean for some time of rest, relaxation and spiritual recharge! We will share meals together and some time to worship together. We'll also provide lots of time to walk the beach and connect with God!

the Ocean Shores beach at sunset

Mark your calendars now and plan on joining us. You may bring out your motor home, tent or just pack into the house. Sleeping bags are required! We'll share our meals together and have a great time getting to know each other. 
the Ocean Shores house being roofed last summer
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 is spring! It is warming up here in Port Orchard and we keep connecting with new people who desire a relationship with Jesus! I'm excited what the next few weeks will bring. We will certainly meet new people and the Kingdom of God will continue to grow! Thank you to all our supporters. 

Tim and Lisa Blair