A NEW CHURCH FOR NEW PEOPLE IN A NEW COMMUNITY
This Week at Ekklesia - December 3rd, 2015

December 3rd, 2015 - In This Issue:
EK Leadership Mtg. -Sat. Dec. 5th
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Thanksgiving Gathering was Awesome 
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Up Coming Dates 
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Prayer Needs
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House Churches You Can Join

Ekklesia a community of Jesus followers
This Sunday at the Pavilion
  
Sunday, December 6th
10:00am Coffee & Juice
10:30am worship

701 Bay St. Port Orchard
(park behind the building in the water front parking lot)
  
On Sunday, Tim will teach the adults: "Avoiding Humbugitis"
Ryan & Sarah will teach the youth: Gospel of Mark
Katie will teach the children
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Youth Activity Night
Sat., Nov. 21st
6:00pm
Teen game night Saturday evening 6pm at Ryan's house. We will be having a special dessert to celebrate Lilli Parry and Lili Bell's birthdays! We look forward to seeing you all there! 
where: Pyke home- 1260 1/2
           Pottery Ave. Port Orchard

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EK Leadership Mtg.
Sat., Dec. 5th
6:00pm- Cartwright home
All Ekklesia house church leaders and ministry leaders are reminded of our monthly meeting at the Cartwright home. 

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Up Coming Dates
Dec. 5th Leadership mtg
Dec. 5th Youth Activity Night
Dec. 18th Christmas party
Dec. 20th Christmas Gathering
Dec. 21st & 22nd  Helpline Christmas Food & Presents Distribution
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Prayer Needs
Angela Goodman- with the passing of her grandmother in Portland
Ron Weeks- wife (Pam) who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Francene Criswell's neighbor Ron- A father of four children dealing with cancer
Elizabeth Herrera- the passing of her father on Monday morning in Arizona
An Employee at That One Place restaurant- dealing with difficulties
Heath Wilson- dialysis difficulties
David Shaw- needs a place to live 
That One Place- staff transitions
Conrad and Chanda Hanson-who were married a few months ago.
Seth Cartwright & Sarah Redding- up coming wedding on January 3rd!
Ekklesia House- pray for a new opportunity that has presented itself for us to build a new homeless shelter community in South Kitsap.
The Pavilion- as they consider their business options.
Mayor Tim Matthes- lost the recent election
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House Churches You Can Join

Sun, 7:00pm Bedford group
Mon. 6:30pm Bell/Hanson
Tues. 6:30pm Kenady/Bedford
Wed. 3:30pm Ladies- Grandma Bobbie
Thurs. 6:30pm Ehlert/Blair
Sat. 8:00am Men's group TOP
Sat. 6:30pm Youth group

 

For further information call: 
360-801-0012 or e-mail us at 
ekklesia.kitsap@gmail.com
Avoiding Humbugitis
For many people, this is not "the most wonderful time of the year." They're done with all the crowds, the lights and the perpetual Christmas music. They are not merry, they do not deck the halls and they do not have sugar plums dancing in their heads. They would rather wait it all out and avoid the crush of people. Diagnosed correctly, one comes down with Humbugitis whenever you find yourself avoiding people and viewing them as an agitating irritant. In the words of Scrooge it would be best if there were less people and "decrease the surplus population." But we know the treatment for "Humbugitis" prescribed by Jesus and it centered on how we view people. Jesus said, "love your neighbor." He showed us how to love the poor, the homeless, the oppressed and social outcasts. He taught us to turn the other cheek, to also give our coat and to go an extra mile. We are not on this earth to simply "do business" but to make "mankind our business." People in need should not be invisible to us. Our focus as followers of Jesus is to seek ways to connect with and to bless people in this world. This is the calling of the church and our purpose. So, as the Christmas season kicks into full swing let's all find ways to follow Jesus' lead and to love our neighbor regardless of their social standing, life struggle or personal hurt. It is why we are here. God bless us everyone!     
The Goodman family at last week's Food Bank Thanksgiving Food Distribution

Mollie Bell, Gina Cartwright and Lili Bell serving last week at the Food Bank Thanksgiving Food Distribution
Thanksgiving Gathering was Awesome
  
On Sunday, November 22nd around 60 Ekklesia people gathered to give thanks for our blessings and gifts from God. We feasted at tables as many family, friends and homeless neighbors to enjoy a meal of smoked turkey, ham and many other side dishes. The meal was topped off with a time of worship and thanks sharing lead by Katie Stefanoff and Thomas Buckley. May we never forget our blessings and how to share them with others! We will share another special meal gathering on Sunday, Dec. 20th as our children and youth lead us in a time of worship and focus on the birth of Jesus.  
Port Orchard families waiting for their Thanksgiving food donation.


Ekklesia volunteers loading baskets with donated food for families waiting in line.

Ekklesia's Thanksgiving Gathering

Contact: Tim Blair
360-801-0012

Donations may be made online or mailed to: 

P.O. Box 601, Burley, WA 98322

Ekklesia is about new people in a new community seeking ways to love, serve and transform lives. Thank you to all our many friends and supporters for your constant encouragement. It means so much to us as we receive questions about our work and ministry in Port Orchard. We know that many new people will come to God's kingdom because of your willingness to partner with us in this work.  

Tim and Lisa Blair