Ekklesia Church This Week

A NEW CHURCH FOR NEW PEOPLE IN A NEW COMMUNITY
March 17th, 2017
 

March 17th, 2017 - In This Issue:
Ekklesia's Spring Family Retreat
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Up Coming Dates
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Prayer Needs
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Teen Retreat To Ocean Shores
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House Churches You Can Join
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Aaron Hanson's Blog


A New Church In the Community to Share the Love of Jesus

Ekklesia Teaching Sunday
 
February 12th
at Parkwood Club
3045 Madrona Dr.

10:00am Coffee and Juice
10:25 Worship and Teaching
"Done Trying and Start Trusting"
Week 3: Darren Hanson
 Romans 2:1-3:20
Classes for all Ages!
Adults- Darren Hanson
Youth- Tim Blair
Children- Lisa Blair

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Workers Needed Next Thurs. at Food Bank
March 23rd at 9:00am

Workers are needed next Thursday at 9am to unload more top soil for the food bank's nursery. 
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Up Coming Dates
Mar. 19th Teaching Sunday
Mar. 20th Bell/Hanson Group
Mar. 23rd Ehlert Group
Mar. 26th Service Sunday
Mar. 31-Apr. 2nd Family Retreat
Apr. 15th Easter Picnic  / Egg Hunt
Apr. 16th Easter Sunday
Apr. 21-23 Ocean ShoresYouth Retreat
May. 21st Coffee Oasis dinner
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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
Scott Wallis- in Swedish hospital with an Autoimmune disorder that has numbed much of his body. Treatment will take three weeks.
Danny Ehlert- pray for Danny as he recovers from a heart attack that he experienced several weeks ago. He is now doing a lot of walking and physical therapy.
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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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"What May Be Known About God is Plain!"
Believing and Wondering
We live in a world where "Truth" is seen as relative and holding a clear belief in God is viewed as suspicious. Still many cultural leaders live their lives wondering about the existence of the Creator and go to their grave with the suspicion that there just might be something in the Spiritual realm beyond. I read this excerpt from a book about Steve Jobs recently on a friends's Facebook post. It seemed relevant to Ekklesia's study in Romans. 

"In his biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson recalls a scene near the end of Jobs's life that exemplifies the ambiguity of our secular age: 
One sunny afternoon, when he wasn't feeling well, Jobs sat in the garden behind his house and reflected on death. He talked about his experiences in India almost four decades earlier, his study of Buddhism, and his views on reincarnation and spiritual transcendence. "I'm about fifty-fifty on believing in God," he said. "For most of my life, I've felt that there must be more to our existence than meets the eye." He admitted that, as he faced death, he might be overestimating the odds out of a desire to believe in an afterlife. "I like to think that something survives after you die," he said. "It's strange to think that you accumulate all this experience, and maybe a little wisdom, and it just goes away. So I really want to believe that something survives, that maybe your consciousness endures." He fell silent for a very long time. "But on the other hand, perhaps it's like an on-off switch," he said. "Click! And you're gone." Then he paused again and smiled slightly. "Maybe that's why I never liked to put on-off switches on Apple devices."
From How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor by James K. A. Smith
 

Last week, Ekklesia explored in our teaching time Romans 1:18-32. The reading made it clear that the belief in God is a clear process of observation of our natural world that screams the very hand print of God. The problem is that our culture has been deluded where our "thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened." Romans 1:21 May we all seek to know our Creator and his son Jesus! May we listen to their words and pursue a personal relationship that gives hope and purpose of life. 

Ekklesia's Spring Family Retreat
Sound View Camp- Mar. 31st-Apr. 2nd 
At the end of this month many Ekklesia members will be journeying out on the Key Peninsula to enjoy a time of rest, relaxation, worship and some service. We will be staying in several of the camp's cabins and enjoy a great time of fellowship and food together. On Saturday the plan will be to tackle several projects that will assist the camp in it's preparations for a full year of retreats and camps with many others. We will helping with painting in some cabins, craft supplies organization and the construction of canoe and kayak racks to hold the camp's armada of water craft. Everyone going will be assisting with the food and be assigned to a specific meal time. Because we will be helping with several work projects, there will be no cost for the weekend retreat. An event page is posted on the Ekklesia Facebook page. Let us know if you are going so we may have a head count. 
Sound View Camp's beach and pier

Teen Retreat to Ocean Shores  April 21-23
All Ekklesia youth are invited to participate in a joint youth retreat in April with the Port Orchard Church at Ocean Shores. The weekend will be filled with a great time to relax, have fun with other teens and to spend some time focusing on God. There will be a fee for the weekend retreat. Ryan and Sarah Pyke will be leading the group out and will coordinate all details. Let them know if you are interested in going!

The Ocean Shores 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

Spring Time is Finally Here  
It was very wet through February and the first of March. As we head into the middle of March the days are clearing, the sprouts are beginning to pop out and the birds are very busy.  It is that time of year when God's workers will be able to get into our neighbor's yards to bless and serve them in many ways. Pray that Ekklesia servants find people in need who need the love of Jesus. 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