Ekklesia Church This Week

A NEW CHURCH FOR NEW PEOPLE IN A NEW COMMUNITY
February 3rd, 2017
 

February 3rd, 2017 - In This Issue:
EK Family Retreat
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Youth Winter Retreat
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Super Bowl Connection Time
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Up Coming Dates
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Prayer Needs
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Severe Weather Shelter is Open
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New Trailer Purchased For Ekklesia
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House Churches You Can Join
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Aaron Hanson's Blog


A New Church For New People Serving South Kitsap

Ekklesia Teaching Sunday
 
February 5th
at Parkwood Club
3045 Madrona Dr. 

10:00am Coffee/Juice
10:25 Worship and Teaching
Seth & Sarah Cartwright to speak

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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 providing the construction of new bunkbeds at the camp. 
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Youth Winter Retreat 2017
Ekklesia youth, a Winter Retreat will be happening out at Delano Bay on the Key Peninsula Feb. 10th-12th. Registration is now $50 after the Feb. 1st cut off date. Ryan and Sarah are both chaperons.

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Up Coming Dates
Feb. 5th Teaching Sunday Gathering
Feb. 5th Super Bowl Party- 3pm
Feb. 6th Bell/Hanson Group
Feb. 9th Ehlert Group
Feb. 11th Leadership meeting
Feb. 12th Love Feast Sunday
Feb. 10-12 Youth Winter Retreat
Mar. 31-Apr. 2nd Family 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
Pregnant mother-  Rachel Bedford as she nears the birth of Karlee Elizabeth
Severe Weather Shelter- Praise for the new location at the United Methodist Church and the need for trained volunteers
Tiny House Village for Homeless- continued need for a good piece of property to host the village
Severe Weather Shelter- pray for homeless people to come and for the volunteers as they serve
Opportunities to serve in our community and touch lives!
Ruth Ann Autumn- Anna Cartwright's mother as she recovers

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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 

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Seth & Sarah Cartwright will Speak at Ekklesia on Sunday- Feb. 5th
Seth and Sarah Cartwright will be leaving for their mission to China in a few weeks. They will both be sharing their vision for the work there this Sunday during our Ekklesia gathering. Seth and Sarah both graduated from Oklahoma Christian University last year and are now preparing for this new work. It is such a thrill to see how the Lord is using this young couple as they go out on faith and travel to China to work for almost a year. Let's bless them this Sunday as they share their vision and passion for serving Jesus. 

Creating Community
Many people in our community struggle with their relationships with family and others who might have hurt them in their life. Many live in isolation without healthy friendships or basic companionship. They are lonely, depressed and in need of a sense of personal value to others. They may have lost a loved one and now live alone. They may view the world as hostile and uncaring to their personal needs. These and many of our own neighbors are the people who Jesus called us to love and connect with. Jesus people are here in this world to bring life and love to all with whom we come into contact. We are to create community for the lonely, the out cast, the homeless, the rejected and the unloved. People move into our community daily because of various reasons. They are here because of jobs, family, life difficulties or even military deployment. Everyone is in need of community and this should be our focus. When Jesus fills our heart he also calls us out into the community to love and serve others. The is how the Kingdom of God is shared and expanded. So, when a call for help is given or a request for volunteers is shared, let us see every need as an opportunity to connect and create community in the name of Jesus!  

Ekklesia has intentionally created several opportunities for people to connect in a community of believers. These community gatherings are called "House Churches." Several times per month Ekklesia people get together in each other's homes to share food, share the word, share with others by serving and even share in some fun by recreating together. These four focuses (Food, Word, Service and Recreation) are meant to create community within our particular body of Christ. Each group or House Church is a mini church functioning independently to connect with each other and with people outside our group. The Gospel (or good news about Jesus) drives us to love others and create this community.  

Super Bowl Connection Time!
On Sunday afternoon, February 5th, Ekklesia is planning a special time of fun and connection as everyone is invited over to the Bell home to watch the Super Bowl. At this point we really don't care who is in the game. Our focus will be on having a time of good fun and community. Everyone is invited over to the Bell home on Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm. Kick off time is scheduled for 3:30pm. Everyone is encouraged to bring snacks and side dishes to share while we enjoy the afternoon together. 
Where: Bell home- 7800 Square Lake Rd. 
When: 3:00 pm
Bring: snacks or side dishes

Severe Weather Shelter is Open

The Severe Weather Shelter is now open for business and people are coming in from the cold. The shelter is open whenever the DEM (Department of Emergency Management) determines that the temperature in Kitsap County will dip below 32 degrees or whenever more than an inch of rain is forecast for our area. This week our shelter was open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings due to our cold temperatures. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to assist with this ministry and for all the donations given to this cause. 

New Trailer Purchased for Ekklesia
Every year Ekklesia participates in many events in our community that require canopies, folding tables, chairs and many tubs of supplies. These events occur in parking lots, parks and in various locations across our county. We also participate in many service projects that require the transportation of equipment such as lawn mowers, yard tools and various other supporting equipment. We also haul things for people such as furniture, fire wood, donated bikes, food bank supplies or other donated items that support projects in Port Orchard. A ministry trailer has been on our needs list for some time. So, last Sunday, Gene Cartwright found just what we needed on Craigs List for a good deal. Ekklesia now has an eight foot enclosed trailer that will be used for many of our needed projects. What a blessing it will be to serving others in our community! Thank you Gene for finding and securing the purchase of this needed tool!  

The New Ekklesia Ministry Trailer
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          
The last days of winter are holding on as nights remain cold. 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