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We’re excited about our upcoming Summer events for kids! We look forward to seeing you and your kids at some or all of these activities. We will announce more details soon, but here’s some information to put in your calendar.

Westside Kids Outside Play Day
Wednesday, July 13th, 1pm–3pm
Free event with games, water play, frozen treats and fun for kids entering grades 1-5 in the fall.

Art Camp
Tuesday, August 9th, 9am-12pm
The Westside Art Camp is a free half-day camp for kids entering grades 1-12 in the fall. An all-group gathering will start the day followed by age and stage appropriate classes for kids of all skill levels.

Westside Family Fest
Tuesday, August 16th
Westside Family Festival is an evening event to engage and include the whole family! Carnival style family fun.

May is Foster Care Awareness Month! We are so grateful for those who sacrificially care for children and families in need. You are not just helping one child or one family, you are participating in the hope and health of our entire community.

Kindred Connections | Awareness and Opportunities
Kindred Connections walks beside families by providing mentoring relationships for parents and temporary housing for children in times of need. In partnership with local churches, volunteers build connections with vulnerable families and open their homes to children. While their children are safe, parents can address the difficult season of life. Kindred Connections keeps children safe and gives families hope. For more information and for volunteer opportunities, visit https://www.kindred-connections.org

Featured Project: Kindred Connections Family Fun Appreciation Project
Westside Church has committed to creating an over-the-top Family Fun Basket for every single Kindred Connections Family that is presently hosting a child! To be a part of this outpouring of love and support, please bring the following items to the Westside Church Office on or before May 23rd. Office hours are M-Th, 9am-2pm.

Items needed for Family Fun Baskets—feel free to get creative!

  • Books — young adult fiction, early readers, and children’s
  • Legos — aged 5-7 and 12-16
  • Learning toys — all ages
  • Lotions and body washes
  • Arts & crafts supplies
  • Family friendly DVDs
  • Board or card Games
  • Puzzles
  • Baking mix, cookie cutters, cupcake liners
  • Water bottles or travel cups
  • Tools
  • Chocolate
  • Popcorn
  • $25 family fun center gift cards
  • $25 Regal gift cards
  • $25 restaurant gift cards
  • $25 store gift cards

Every Child Central Oregon | Awareness and Opportunities
Every Child Central Oregon mobilizes community to uplift children and families impacted by foster care in Oregon. Every Child Central Oregon works in close relationship with ODHS.

Have you ever wondered what the journey of becoming a foster parent is like? Are you interested in hearing experienced foster parents share about the joys and heartbreaks of foster care in a no-pressure environment? Visit https://www.everychildoregon.org to register for an upcoming Zoom call or event that will give you the inside story and answer your questions.

Every Child Central Oregon Family Fun Night Project
Westside Church is sponsoring a Redmond Pool Swim Night in May which will serve up to 75 kids & providers. Thank You for your faithful giving that allows us to be a generous church!

ODHS Appreciation Project
We had the pleasure of sponsoring a group of ODHS workers for a night of axe throwing. The workers had a wonderful night out together, and felt cared for and appreciated. Thank you Westside Church!

Children are truly a gift to the world and to our community. So often they lead the way in showing us how to love without prejudice, to create without fear, and to explore without hesitation. They teach us to live in the moment, to be present with those around us, and to be curious about everything!

Children’s Day is celebrated around the world and is an important day in the Latino community. We are partnering with Iglesia Westside to honor the kids in our community and celebrate childhood. On Sunday, May 1 from 12-2pm here at Westside we will have fun activities, games, a bounce house, and prizes for kids, plus a free hot dog lunch for everyone in the family.

Please bring your friends and family to this free event as we set aside this time to love our kids and help them to feel honored and special.

At Westside we believe that part of being a healthy church means healthy marriages. This doesn’t happen without intention. Falling in love is often the easiest part of a relationship. Staying in love takes work, time, and commitment. Let’s learn, together, what is needed to Stay in Love. Join us for our upcoming marriage class “Better Together” which kicks off April 20th

 

Locally | We donated over 1,000 pounds of food through our recent canned food drive! Every month, Westside provides quality groceries for 50–75 families at our Free Food Market because of your continued giving.

Globally | Your faithful giving to Wetstide’s General Fund allowed our church to contribute $10,000 in relief funds toward displaced, hurting families from Ukraine and Russia. Learn more about Westside’s support of people impacted by the war in Ukraine.

Together, we are bringing the Gospel of Jesus to our city and world — in word and action.

How can we work together to support those impacted by Russia’s war against Ukraine?

Westside has donated $10,000 from our General Fund to Foursquare Disaster Relief — part of our broader church family — and their ongoing relief efforts through local Foursquare churches in Europe. These funds will directly provide food, life-saving essentials, and emergency housing for Ukranians displaced and affected by war.

Give | If you would also like to give directly to Foursquare Disaster Relief and support this life-saving work, you can do so below or by texting 4Relief to 77977.

Pray | Would you also consider spending time in prayer for those impacted by Russia’s war against Ukraine?

  • Pray for the churches in Ukraine as they minister to the needs of their nation.
  • Pray for the Ukranian families that are being separated.
  • Pray for the churches and people of Russia, as they are also suffering the consequences of the war against Ukraine.

Together, as the Church, we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to the people of Ukraine.

Westside’s annual Canned Food Drive is happening this week, and all donated pantry items will benefit our monthly Free Food Market. We will provide a drive-through & drop-off option on Wednesday, March 16th, from 10am–3pm — or feel free to stop by the church office any time on Monday–Thursday from 9am–2pm.

Requested donations:

  • Canned veggies
  • Chili
  • Mac & cheese
  • Soup
  • Spaghetti (small package)
  • Marinara sauce (small jar)
  • Canned black beans
  • Canned refried beans
  • Tortillas
  • Peanut butter (small jar)
  • Canned fruit

If you would like to join our Free Food Market team and help out, sign up to volunteer.

Thank You so much for continuing to love our city through I Heart 365! Each month Westside sends out 1–2 text messages that identify specific opportunities to help our neighbors. This has been a beautiful way to come alongside and serve individuals and families who are in great need through the community organizations we partner with.

So far this year through I Heart 365, we have provided dozens of gift cards for young adults with mental health challenges and multiple baskets of cleaning supplies for families navigating reunification following a season of foster care. When people feel alone and unseen or overwhelmed, small practical helps can express the love of Jesus louder than words.

If you are not yet a part of our I Heart 365 text ministry and would like to be, simply text ih365 to 313131.

Westside will offer our monthly Free Food Market on Monday, February 28th, from 1:30pm–2:30pm in the Student Center! In partnership with NeighborImpact, we provide a shopping experience where families can to choose their own supplementary groceries. If this would be of help to your family, or if you would like to pick up groceries for another family in need, we look forward to seeing you!

Location:
Westside Church
2051 NW Shevlin Park Rd.
Bend, OR 97703

If you would like to serve on the Free Food Market team, please sign up to volunteer.

Our Spring Bible study session starts soon!

We will be going through Tara-Leigh Cobble’s study He’s Where the Joy Is: Getting to Know the Captivating God of the Trinity.

Our Morning Session will start on Tuesday, April 5th, at 9:30am and run through May 17th.

The Evening Session will begin meeting in-person! We will now meet Wednesday nights from 6:00pm through 8:00pm from April 6th through May 18th.

Registration will open the first week of March. Mark your calendars and check back here soon to register!

We look forward to studying and connecting together.

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