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For The City

Westside Church will offer our monthly Free Food Market on Monday, January 24th, 1:30-2:30, inside the Westside Church Student Center! In partnership with Neighbor Impact, we provide a shopping experience where you get to choose your 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

*Location has changed to inside the Student Center gym for 2022.

This week marks the completion of For The City, a 2-year giving and serving campaign. When we launched this campaign in the spring of 2019, we didn’t realize how God would use this campaign to strategically position our church to support and encourage families in our community throughout the unexpected challenges of the past 14 months. Today, we still desire to embody the way of Jesus: to love God and love people. As we intentionally engage in proximity to our city, we will see the life and love of Jesus bring transformation to everyone, everywhere across Central Oregon and beyond.

The Campaign is complete, but the initiatives will continue. To give to the For the City initiatives moving forward, select “Ministry Fund” on our Giving Page.

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

We are so excited that Westside Church has a Bilingual Ministry that includes a weekly live and online Bilingual service! Launched in April of 2020, we saw the current needs of our city as a reason to launch without delay! Our Bilingual Ministry is an opportunity for increased unity and understanding and shared mission. We feel that being a diverse people reflects the love and heart of Jesus towards our world.

We have immediate opportunities for involvement in our bilingual service worship ministries. All languages and instruments are welcome and we would love you to join in on this beautiful adventure! Volunteer Today

This is what Christmas gifts for over 800 kids looks like. The combination of generous people and the most organized group of volunteers I’ve ever seen means that kids in Central Oregon that may not have opened anything Christmas morning have gifts for them and their families. It’s really beautiful. I took a second to look at a few of the bundles that have been collected specific to a child’s requests and thought about the smiles and excitement on Christmas morning. Overwhelming! Thank you to all that gave and to all the amazing volunteers!

– Josh Cordell, Family Pastor

On Monday, September 24th, 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, September 28th | 1:30 – 3:00pm

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

Who: ALL ARE WELCOME!

Dear Westsiders. 

Thank you for continuing to be a part of our For the City Campaign! Your consistency to give generously and allow us to show for our community especially in this season has been incredible. We wanted to give you a quick update on all that God has been doing through us in this time. Check out our video update above.

For the City FAQ

What is For the City? 

For the City is a 2-year giving and engagement campaign that we launched on Easter 2019. It was birthed from our Vision of seeing the life and love of Jesus flow through our neighborhoods and workplaces and every school, business, area and arena of our city- through US. This is God’s heart- He loves our city and that love should radiate through His people. 

When does the For the City campaign finish? 

We will celebrate the completion of the For the City campaign on Easter of 2021! We are so grateful for all of those who have pledged and have been giving monthly or as they have felt led to give. Your generosity in your giving to Westside Church and in your giving to the For the City fund enabled us to be a present help in time of need to our city. Thank You!

Although the giving campaign is ending next spring, our heart for being a church for the city has only grown.This is OUR calling, not just pastors, church staff, or missionaries, but everyone. We all own this. Being “For the City” is part of our identity and will continue to happen in every neighborhood and Home Church- through simple acts of kindness as well as coordinated opportunities.  

Did we complete all of the For the City Initiatives? 

For the City launched with 6 Initiatives: An East Side Church Plant, A Latino Ministry, an emphasis on City Without Orphans/Local Outreach, New Media to reach Everyone, Everywhere, increased City Impact and a Downtown Building. As the video reflects, we have launched and have great movement on 5/6 of our planned initiatives! For now, we have put any plan for a Downtown Building on hold. A physical structure has not seemed like a necessary focus in the midst of Coronavirus restrictions. However, we will revisit this dream of a space in the center of our city with you, when the time feels right and as we feel directed by Jesus. 

What’s Next?

Our For the City Campaign and giving has enabled us to launch out into loving and serving our city well. We have made headway in our initiatives, but more importantly we have seen God weave His heart for our city into the tapestry of who we are as Westside Church. Being For Our City is now a beautiful part of our identity, created wholly by the individual threads of Westsiders like you showing up for our neighbors and community both individually and collectively. Moving forward, we foresee the life and love of Jesus flowing even more deeply through our Home Churches, Community groups, Youth and Young Adults, and the relationships each of us have built. We impact our cities through everything we do, and through everything we are as God’s people. We are teachers, doctors, parents, marketplace leaders- independently playing a part in our shared mission and vision. Every day we champion, carry, and resource our city. In this time especially, our city needs a church like that. A church that shows up and remains steady with all of the work there is yet to do.