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We want to celebrate your generosity in participating in our Canned Food Drive! You gave a TON of food- Literally! Westsider’s contributed over 2000 pounds (1 ton) of food to stock up for our upcoming monthly Free Food Markets. Thank You for your kindness and your commitment to caring for others. 

Our March Free Food Market, in partnership with Neighbor Impact, will take place this coming Monday, March 22nd, 1:30-3:00pm. 

We will be distributing food to any and all individuals and families who need them. If you are in need of some supplementary groceries, we invite you to come to our drive-through food ministry at the Westside Church parking lot

You can find all the details at westsidechurch.org/outreach

Hi Westside Church family. As I thought about the most recent covid-restrictions, several ideas were rumbling around in my mind and spirit to share with you.

First, there are people genuinely worried about their and their loved ones well being. Second, there are people genuinely concerned about the limitations on our freedoms as American citizens and the impact of our economy’s restrictions. Third, we must continue to seek God’s voice and obey his leading.

From the very beginning, we have felt that God was asking us to stand in solidarity with our community. To even lay aside our rights as citizens of America if needed to love our region well. We have sought to follow Jesus and his way of love. The vast majority of our church has appreciated the careful and wise steps we have taken in returning to services, caring for our Faith community, and reaching out to the hurting all around us. We can do this. We can change how people see the church and respond to the gospel simply by responding with love and kindness to our community at this moment. How we serve them and lay our lives down for them matters.

In light of this, I wanted to let you know our plans at Westside. We will be moving back to an online-only Sunday service for the next few weeks. We encourage our home churches and small groups to continue meeting if they are able and comfortable but limiting their in-person numbers to 25. For groups that are not comfortable meeting, let us know. We can provide you with digital resources and support to help you continue meeting and connecting via Zoom.

I want to emphasize the importance of connecting during this season. Many are isolated and feeling the weight of that isolation emotionally. If that describes you, then please let us help you find a home church. We also have pastors who are willing to connect with you. Don’t walk alone. Please reach out if you need any type of assistance: physical, emotional, or spiritual.

During this unique season, God is faithful. He is building his church. We continue to hear amazing stories of how Westsiders are finding new and creative ways to connect, care for one another, and minister more effectively in our community.

How should each of us respond to this moment? I’m convinced the call to every Westsider is to extravagantly love those in your sphere and look for opportunities to love outside your sphere. Start with the people around you. Make sure they are ok. Encourage them. Share with them your faith and confidence in the Lord. Pray with them. And look for opportunities to help those outside of your sphere. We’ve all learned how to smile with our eyes. Do that. Everywhere. When I was a kid, I would pray to have the eyes of Jesus. I don’t know why I prayed that, but I wanted my eyes to exude the love of Jesus. This is a great time to ask for that and to practice it. Food drives. Not hoarding. Giving away anything extra you have—coats for the homeless, our giving tree launches online next week where you can digitally choose families in need and buy Christmas gifts for them. Asking everyone you meet, is there anything I can do for you, can go a long way.

1 Corinthians 13 says that perfect love drives out fear. The road forward for each of us is to not drive out fear with fear but with love. Anxiety is often crouching at the door of our hearts, but we don’t have to let it control us or rule over us. Let’s encourage one another, pray for one another (including our government officials, those working on therapies and vaccines, local businesses and those out of work or struggling financially, and for first responders who are bearing the brunt of the current rise of COVID cases).

The leadership team at Westside love you and pray for you often. Be strong in the Lord, steadfast, placing our hope in his enduring love.

Pastor Steve and Westside’s Leadership Team

On Monday, August 24 in partnership with NeighborImpact, we will be hosting our monthly Free Food Market. We will be distributing food and essential household items to individuals and families who need them! If you are in need of any of these items, please come to our drive-through at the Westside Church parking lot. All are welcome! 

What: Free Food Market

When: Monday, August 24 | 1:30 – 3:00pm

Where: Westside Church Parking Lot | 2051 NW Shevlin Park Rd

Who: ALL ARE WELCOME!

On Monday, July 27 in partnership with NeighborImpact, we will be hosting our monthly Free Food Market. We will be distributing food and essential household items to individuals and families who need them! If you are in need of any of these items, please come to our drive-through at the Westside Church parking lot. All are welcome! Interested in volunteering? Please contact Teri at tkruger@westsidechurch.org

What: Free Food Market

When: Monday, July 27 | 1:30 – 3:00pm

Where: Westside Church Parking Lot | 2051 NW Shevlin Park Rd

Who: ALL ARE WELCOME!

Update: Results from the drive are in! A total of 201 bundles of clothes were created for kids of all ages in our community. Thank you for supporting these children through meeting this vital tangible need.

Families all around us are facing increasing levels of stress and trauma.  Sometimes this results in children experiencing unexpected transitions.  Our heart here at Westside is that every child would have a family to love them—and we are committed to being that family in every way we can.  

Our For the City Donation drive this month is focused on meeting an immediate need of children undergoing sudden, traumatic transition. Most often kids are placed in foster care with just the clothing they are wearing when the family crisis occurs. DHS has asked us to create clothing bundles for these boys and girls of all ages to ease that stressful experience.

Watch this video as Melissa Williams, Director of Every Child Central Oregon explains:

If you would like to help with this critical need, please do the following:

  • pick an age (teen sizes are especially in high demand)
  • purchase socks, underwear, pajamas, and outfit that coordinates with that age 
  • bundle the items in one bag of any kind
  • you can also purchase individual items to donate, or feel free to work together as a Home Church to create bundles.

All Kids Clothing can then be dropped off at the Westside Church Drop off station on July 14th, from 8:30am to 6:30 pm. Together- we can show love for our city and extend care to a vulnerable child.  

Questions? Contact Chris Earwicker at cearwicker@westsidechurch.org 

Partnering with Aloha Produce to feed those in need in our city—we are providing fresh produce and dairy to any and all families in need on Thursday, July 9 at 5:30 pm.

We will have a Spanish language host present at this food distribution event, and it will take place in our parking lot. Please join us by picking up food for your family, or sharing this information with friends and neighbors in need.

Interested in volunteering?

Food boxes for our Produce & Dairy Distribution were provided by Aloha Produce through a federal grant that they received. In order to get boxes for future events at Westside, Madras and Warm Springs, we need to help pack boxes for community-wide distribution. Volunteer opportunities are as follows:

  • Wednesday July 1st and 8th, volunteers are needed from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm to pack food boxes at Aloha Produce (20485 Murray Rd, Bend). This is an assembly line where volunteers add items to the boxes as they pass by on rollers. Easy, fun and team-oriented! 
  • We need volunteers for the July 9 Produce & Dairy Distribution day, to prepare goods, help with parking and loading of cars, from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.

Please contact Gonzalo at gfranco@westsidechurch.org to volunteer.

Be sure to follow Iglesia Westside Church on Facebook for a live broadcast of this event, and share with others who may be able to benefit.

The Bookers are Westside missionaries with YWAM in Sydney, Australia. Here’s an update from Adriel about how they are managing the pandemic and important cultural issues.

Hi Westside! As we’ve been watching the events unfold in the USA (and around the world) recently, we’ve been deeply challenged to examine issues of inequality that have emerged from COVID-19 as well as racial inequality and pain, including our own context with Aboriginal Australians. We’ve had some vulnerable and constructive times with our team, unpacking hard issues, asking questions that have no easy answers, and offering our lament and commitment through worship and prayer. We feel more convinced than ever that the way to address pain is through the eyes and action of Jesus and we’re trying to faithfully lean into him as we continue to serve in our own local context.  

The biggest blessing from the pandemic season is our daily “house church” with our team of amazing young people. Through worship and prayer we feel more full of God’s heart for our own city and the nations we serve through our work here. While we’ve had to curb some of our community activity due to pretty tight restrictions in Australia, we’ve also had time to reimagine what reaching our community looks like with creativity as well as online avenues. We’ve been supporting those in our community who sleep “rough” with warm take-away meals. (We really miss getting to eat together though—take away meals don’t lend themselves as much to genuine relationship as sharing a table does!) We have also expanded the Our Scarlett Stories ministry to bereaved families and are currently supporting 80+ women with grief care online. Something that might sound “boring” that is a huge breakthrough for us is that we’ve also achieved government certification for our training which means we can welcome more young leaders to our team through student visa program (when our borders re-open). This has been a major pandemic breakthrough for us! When borders open we have five staff waiting to join our team as well as our next Discipleship Training School starting in September. Please pray our borders will safely open soon! 

As we find ourselves in a sensitive time during this cultural moment, our prayer for ourselves and for you is that we would stay both tender and tenacious, engage from a place of hope (rooted in Christ), and always be open to new ways to love our neighbors well. Focused, faithful, fruitful—this is our prayer. 

Love to you, Adriel & Ryan  

Thank You so much for your generous participation in our non-perishable food drive. On Monday, June 22 in partnership with NeighborImpact, we will be hosting our monthly Free Food Market. We will be distributing food, cleaning supplies, and more to individuals and families who need them! If you are in need of any of these items, please come to our drive-through at the Westside Church parking lot. All are welcome!

What: Free Food Market

When: Monday, June 22 | 1:30 – 3:00pm

Where: Westside Church Parking Lot | 2051 NW Shevlin Park Rd

Who: ALL ARE WELCOME!

Brent Earwicker, Global Outreach Outreach Coordinator and Founder of Bold Ventures, gives a Thank You to Westside for the support of Bold Ventures Relief Fund—and update on what’s happening in Lake Victoria right now.

Your generosity is a huge blessing and it’s multiplying to help a lot of needy people in East Africa. Thank you so much for giving to Bold Ventures. God bless you! To join in and get relief to even more families, visit give.boldventures.global

In May, we all partnered together and resourced four community organizations who are directly caring for those in our city who are struggling. Thank you so much for your generosity, it was a great success! This month, we are preparing for our June food distribution event—Free Food Market. The need has increased each month from 300 people in March to 600 people in April—to 800 people in May. The need is great and we want to be ready to help every car that drives into our parking lot. 

Please bring the following to Westside on June 16 anytime between 8:30am & 6:30pm:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • $25 grocery gift cards

Thank you for your generosity and continued partnership For Our City, Westside!

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