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I’m concerned over the increasing cultural and political polarization in the US. I feel frustration because so many are talking, and so few listening! I feel concern because there’s so much emphasis on Being Right and so little on Being Kind!

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KELLIE MICKEL’S STORY Have you ever thought, “Wow, this church is so big, it’s really hard to get connected.”? For a lot of us, we want to take a step toward connecting more deeply to those in our world. Our family, our friends and neighbors; we long for community.

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After God miraculously made a way for His people on dry ground through the Jordan River, He commanded them to build a memorial with stones representing each tribe. The stones were to serve as a memorial for God’s forgetful people of His mighty power and relentless love. It was within the context of community and reflection that God was glorified and His people were reminded of the God they served.

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It’s amazing what happens when we invite people to give and they catch vision and respond. This week the West Campus  VBS was attended by almost 300 kids from our community where they learned that God is Faithful.  Through the week they collected back to school supplies which will be distributed at the south campus August 22nd from 10am – 1pm.

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We are super excited for the upcoming series Mixtape! It is a 4-week series of 4 different speaker addressing current “burning” or “passionate” topics from their hearts. We asked these 4 speakers to give us some of their favorite songs to create our very own mixtape for Mixtape.

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On Friday, July 24th, we got the chance to celebrate and honor the life of Steve Stern, a dear friend, brother and pastor. For those of you who were unable to make it to the service, please celebrate with us here.  

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On Saturday afternoon, July 18th, church family member, Steve Stern, went home to be with Jesus after a four-year battle with ALS. Steve was a Pastor at Westside Church in Bend, Oregon for many years as well as a local businessman. Steve was a man after God’s own heart and his legacy will continue through the lives of his wife, Bo Stern, his four children and two grandchildren.

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Lindsay Parnell Westside Youth Worship Director    Westside’s School of Music is right around the corner, and I can’t tell you how excited we are for it! We are taking 5 weeks to cultivate community and teach our young musicians all about what it means to worship, and serve on a worship team. We will eat dinner together, have a short teaching on the heart of worship, and then break out into groups according to instrument.

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Are you looking for a way to spice up your summer with your neighbors? We have created Block Party Kits that can be picked up at the church for FREE.   We hope this will help encourage you to organize a block party this summer and build relationships in your neighborhoods.  Each kit contains: two fold out tables the option of 20 plastic folding chairs two children at play signs (along with 12 orange safety cones) large drink cooler/dispenser corn hole game bocce ball set outdoor p…

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Jenna Javens Have you ever wondered whether or not missions is for you? Perhaps it is solely for those “anointed” with the ability to endure nights of flooded tents, possess a love for mosquitoes, and a boldness to preach to the masses? Wonder no more.

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Brent Earwicker  Earlier this year as I was in prayer asking what to do about a false apostle who had come to hinder our work on a certain island, Jesus anchored my soul to a verse in Jeremiah that has held me steady in the midst of this tumultuous season: “The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream; And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat?” says the LORD. “Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the …

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Steve Mickel  At Westside, we often say, “if we could do anything, without restriction, what would we do?” This “blank canvas” kind of thinking creates innovation. So often we allow the boundaries that exist to limit our thinking and creativity. But here’s the problem: blank canvases are actually hard to find in the chaotic world where the demands of life press in on us and can stifle innovation.

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Corey Parnell Let me start by saying I shamelessly gave this blog a title that would make you read it. Hymns really do make me mad, but probably not for the reasons you think. I was raised on hymns, and contrary to what my obsession with 90’s rock might make you think, I love them.

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Get ready for a life changing adventure taking place this summer at Westside Church.  Each day begins at Blast to the Past Bash where kids will sing, shout, praise, pray, and be introduced to a Bible story and the daily theme. After they experience the other activities of the day, kids gather back at the Bible Blast to the Past Bash to be encouraged to love God and to be motivated to serve others.

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Casey Parnell  I live in a small studio right across from Bend’s equivalent to Central Park; minus the multi-million person metro surrounding it. I used to own a house and so I had actual furniture for a season of time, but when I sold the house I sold everything else. This left me without a kitchen table for a number of years.

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