Ekklesia Church This Week

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

 Ekklesia's Season to be Thankful And To Give Back
 
 

November 13th- Worship Gathering- 10am


Gathering This Sunday at Parkwood Club
3045 Madrona Dr., Port Orchard  

Project: Making Blessing Bags for the Homeless
November 11th, 2016 - In This Issue:
Youth Mystery Party- "Once Upon a Time"
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Up Coming Dates
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Postal Food Drive- 10,640 lbs Collected!
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Prayer Needs
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Thanksgiving Connections Next Week
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House Churches You Can Join
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Aaron Hanson's Blog




A Church Serving in the Community

Ekklesia Service Sunday
 
November 13th
At the Parkwood
3045 Madrona Dr.
10:00am Coffee & Juice
10:25am- Worship
11:00 Service Project
Blessing Bags Packing
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Youth Mystery Party
"Once Upon a Time"
Sunday Night
Nov. 13th - 6pm
Parkwood Club

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Up Coming Dates

Nov. 13th Service Sunday
Nov. 13th Youth Mystery Party-
               "Once Upon a Time"
Nov. 14th Bell/Hanson group
Nov. 16th Kenady group
Nov. 17th Ehlert group
Nov. 20th Thanksgiving Set-Up
Nov. 20th Thanksgiving Gathering
Nov. 21st, 22nd- Thanksgiving food 
                           distribution
Nov. 22nd Joint Thanksgiving Service
Dec. 21st Christmas Food Bank set-up
Dec. 22nd, 23rd Christmas Food & Presents distribution
Dec. 25th Family Sunday
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Prayer Needs

Francene Criswell's friend- Adam - Brain cancer and seizures- his wife Morna is also asking for prayers
Craig and Evalina Kenady- personal decisions
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.
Ron Weeks- aneurysm in neck and head- recovering wonderfully! He sends his thanks for the many prayers.
Monique Parry's friend- Praise God!
Mallory had an amazing opportunity to go to New York a few weeks ago where a surgeon was able to remove 99% of the tumor! The family is elated and praising God! 
Bell's renter- Roy Eagan who has cancer, a wife and two children
Praise!- Stormy Millier arrival
Pregnant mother-  Rachel Bedford

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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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The Church Goes Where People Gather 
Wherever the people of Port Orchard gather in large numbers, the Church should also be present. Whatever the occasion... Summer festivals, Car Shows, Farmer's Markets, Back to School Fairs, Community Trunk or Treats, Thanksgiving festivals and Christmas pageants... These are all wonderful opportunities for the Church to be present and connect with thousands of local residents. Isn't this where you would have found Jesus during his ministry? He didn't spend most of his time with religious people but with the crowds and in the population centers of Judea and Galilee. He  would have sought out places where crowds could be found or where they could find him. This is why last weekend's community Trunk or Treat and Ghost Train events were so important. These events created crowds of thousands of local residents and a vital opportunity for the Church to be out among the people. The Church should not be known for where their building is located but by what they are doing in the community! Let us look for opportunities to connect and be present whenever these events occur. Let us truly be the Salt and Light for Port Orchard. 

A look at the long line of people waiting for a ride on the miniature train.

Ekklesia to Develop a new Severe Weather Shelter for the Homeless
Over the next several weeks Ekklesia volunteers will be partnering with several other local churches and the Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) to develop our own South Kitsap Severe Weather Shelter. There are presently four locations in other places in the county that open up Severe Weather Shelters whenever the DEM determines the weather conditions warrant such a mobilization. There has not been a Shelter location for South Kitsap in several years. So, at a community meeting at City Hall two weeks ago, Port Orchard Mayor Putannsuu asked for faith community leaders to develop such a shelter. Tim Blair with Ekklesia Church and Chris Nolte of Elam Lutheran agreed to head up the project. We are hoping to secure a site within a few weeks and then develop a corp of volunteers from many churches that would staff the shelter. Last year the DEM mobilized the shelters for only 18 nights. So, this ministry would not require constant work throughout the winter months but only on those nights when the DEM mobilizes our crews. Let us pray for this opportunity to serve the most needy in our community!

Postal Food Drive 
10,640 lbs Collected! 
Ekklesia volunteers worked last Saturday at the food bank unloading Postal Delivery trucks loaded with donated food and boxing the food inside the new storage building. During the three hour project we received and boxed 10,640 lbs of food for the food bank! It was such a blessing to know that all that food would go to people who really needed it. Thank for all the hard work!
Waite family boxing food inside the storage building
Thanksgiving Connections Next Week
Next week Ekklesia will have many opportunities to connect and serve others in this community. 
1. Food Bank Set Up- Nov. 20th 8-11am 
 Workers are needed Sunday morning, Nov. 20th to set up the Food Bank's food supplies in the National Guard Armory for the Thanksgiving distribution.
2. EKs Thanksgiving Potluck/Gathering- Nov. 20th 11am
On Sunday, Nov. 20th, Ekklesia will also have out annual Thanksgiving gathering and potluck. We will gather at the Parkwood Club at 11am for a time of thanksgiving, worship and food!
3. Food Bank's Thanksgiving Distribution- 
    Nov. 21st-22nd at the Armory
Volunteers will be needed on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21st and 22nd to help distribute food to over 1,200 families at the National Guard Armory. 

 Thanksgiving Gathering 2015

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
The days are growing shorter and the rains have certainly begun. God is certainly using us to help the needy, the homeless and those questioning God. May we be equipped for the opportunities God plants in our life as He directs our path. God is certainly opening doors and we need only to walk forward ready for whatever may come.  We have been so blessed and it is because of people like you that have helped us in this work. Thank you for your support. 

Tim and Lisa Blair