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“To be a person is to have a story to tell.” – Isak Dinesen “I’ll let you in on the sweet old truths, Stories we heard from our fathers, counsel we learned at our mother’s knee. We’re not keeping this to ourselves, we’re passing it along to the next generation—God’s fame and fortune, the marvelous

Psalms

 Psalms is a compilation of a millennia’s worth of worship, worry, wonder and wisdom. Spanning the depths of sorrow to the heights of joy, this beautiful collection contains truth that will challenge and change us as we let it seep into our right-here, right-now lives. Here are some resources to help you dive deeper into the treasure chest that is the book of Psalms. Psalms Reading Plan This plan is designed to take the reader through the entire Book of Psalms during the summer o…

Lead in Marriage || Singleness

Our whole life should bear witness to God’s love for the world.  Marriage and friendship are the first place for us to practice covenant-love relationships.  These relationships become our loudest Gospel proclamations.

Emotional Health Resources

The emotional healthy life requires seeing ourselves for who we really are, so that the Holy Spirit can reveal our true identity in Christ. “Your ability to accurately perceive your emotions and stay aware of them as they happen. This includes keeping on top of how you tend to respond to specific situations and certain people.” Here are some resources to dig deeper into the your own emotional health.Scazzero’s Books – Can be purchased at the Westside Bookstore or with…

I Heart 365

Thank you Westside for your extreme generosity 365 days a year. Last year through I Heart 365 texting, you generously gave $7055.00 worth of items which included clothes, furniture, diapers and baby items, household items, and gift cards. We provided practical help for people from various walks of life that needed a reminder that they are seen and deeply loved. Read this story below to find out how your giving through our community partner, Pregnancy Resource Center, has transformed a despe…

Building in Baja

The sun was rising over the desert as a caravan of vehicles and trailers spewed dirt around corners in the small town of Tecate, Mexico. The cars were stuffed with families who decided to spend their Spring Break in an unusual way. Rather than vacationing poolside in a sunny spot with friends, these 39 people made up of adults, teens, and wiggly children were here to build houses.

Cascade Youth Camps

Kelly was stirred. Looking for opportunities to get involved at her local church she saw a chance to combine her love for kids with God’s heart for the overlooked and undervalued. Her first time serving at a youth camp for foster teens completely changed her.

Good Friday

Isaiah 53:3-9  The Voice (VOICE) So he was despised and forsaken by men,this man of suffering, grief’s patient friend.As if he was a person to avoid, we looked the other way;he was despised, forsaken, and we took no notice of him.Yet it was our suffering he carried,our pain and distress, our sick-to-the-soul-ness.We just figured that God had rejected him,that God was the reason he hurt so badly.But he was hurt because of us; he suffered so.Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him.H…

Super Nan

When her mother fled for her life from an abusive marriage, Julie was six years old and became a mothering child. Julie and her three brothers were left behind with their struggling father. Her father was full of anger and resentment at the circumstances around him and took it out on others.