This Week at Ekklesia - November 19th, 2015

November 19th, 2015 - In This Issue:
Up Coming Dates
Prayer Needs 
House Churches You Can Join

Ekklesia a community of Jesus followers
Thanksgiving Sunday at the Pavilion
Sunday, November 22nd
10:00am Thanksgiving Brunch
10:45am worship

701 Bay St. Port Orchard
(park behind the building in the water front parking lot)
On Sunday, Ekklesia will have a Thanksgiving gathering giving God the praise for our blessings. Loads of food will be hot and ready at 10:00am at the Pavilion on Sunday morning. Ekklesia will be providing a cured Ham and Francine Criswell is bringing an amazing smoked turkey. Everyone is invited to bring side dishes to add to the meal. Invite friends and neighbors on Sunday. It will be a day of special thanks!
Youth Activity Night
Sat., Nov. 21st
On Saturday evening all Ekklesia youth are invited over to Ryan Pyke's home for a fun evening of activity. A spiritual encounter is planned which will focus on a fun activity which will have a spiritual meaning. All youth are asked to bring a snack to share for the evening. 
where: Pyke home- 1260 1/2
           Pottery Ave. Port Orchard


Up Coming Dates
Nov. 21st Youth Activity Night
Nov. 22nd Thanksgiving Sunday
Nov. 23rd & 24th  Helpline Thanksgiving Food Distribution
Dec. 12th Leadership mtg
Dec. 19th Christmas party
Dec. 20th Christmas Gathering
Dec. 21st & 22nd  Helpline Christmas Food & Presents Distribution
Prayer Needs
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

House Churches You Can Join

Sun, 7:00pm Bedford group
Mon. 6:30pm Bell/Hanson
Wed. 3:30pm Ladies- Grandma Bobbie
Wed. 6:30pm Kenady/Bedford
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 
A Casual and Comfortable Church
Some people view going to church as a very uncomfortable experience where a ritual happens with experiences and songs that are hard to follow. This Sunday Ekklesia will meet in the Pavilion as casual family groups around tables to eat, share stories, sing a few energetic and inspiring songs and pray for one another. The mood will be upbeat and informal. This gathering will be a great opportunity to bring friends who have been uncomfortable with traditional church but are seeking to connect with a family of genuine believers who are just like them. Sitting around a table with a cup of coffee is a comforting experience for the typical Pacific Northwesterner and this is what Ekklesia will be like on Sunday! We will also have some great food provided by Ekklesia people. Rumor has it that Francene Criswell is bringing a smoked turkey made in her amazing "Big Bertha" barbecue trailer. You won't want to miss this experience.  
Ekklesia people enjoying the feast at last year's Thanksgiving Gathering
Thanksgiving Feast- 10:00am 
Thanksgiving thoughts and songs- 10:45am

Serving Thousands at the Armory
Next Monday and Tuesday (November 23rd & 24th) the Helpline Food Bank will again be providing their annual Thanksgiving food distribution to over 1,000 family units. Beginning at 10:00am each day hundreds of people will line up outside the National Guard Armory building on Mile Hill to receive their Thanksgiving food donation. Some will come as a family of 3 and many will come as large family units of 7 or 8 people. Ekklesia will be partnering with many other community volunteers to help load baskets and deliver them to the waiting families in the parking lot. If you can only work a few hours, great! You can work however long you are able. Children are welcome to help out also. All adults will need to fill out the volunteer background check document provided by the food bank. Blank documents will be provided on Sunday morning at the Pavilion for all adults interested in helping out with the food distribution on either Monday or Tuesday. Each day the food will be distributed from 10:00am until 4:00pm, so consider how you or your family might contribute to this service partnership.  
Port Orchard families waiting for their Thanksgiving food donation.

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

Ekklesia Volunteers at the Food Bank   
Last Saturday several Ekklesia volunteers gathered at the Helpline Food Bank to help with their annual Thanksgiving Postal food drive. Thousands of pounds of donated food arrived from the many postal delivery routes and our volunteers helped pack storage boxes filled with the donated food. Feeding people is a primary community service that Ekklesia has dedicated itself. Thank you to all the volunteers who have so willingly given of their time. 
Volunteers filling boxes at the food bank with new food donations
Contact: Tim Blair

Donations may be made online or mailed to: 

P.O. Box 601, Burley, WA 98322

It is a great time to bless and connect with new people! Lisa and I have been so blessed by our supporters and the Kairos Church Planting network. We returned from a week of rest in Southern California and a beautiful cruise to Catalina and Ensenada. We came home to a wonderful group of people on mission for Jesus and we are glad to be here! We are also excited about the up coming weeks and months as new people become part of Ekklesia and new people find Jesus. Thank you for your dedication and support!

Tim and Lisa Blair