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Pastor Steve Mickel recently announced his upcoming transition to become the next District Supervisor for the Northwest District of the Foursquare Church. Starting July 1st, Pastor Steve will oversee more than 280 churches in the District, which includes Westside Church, a Foursquare church planted in Bend, Oregon in the 1950s. On June 25th, Foursquare will install Evan Earwicker and Ben Fleming as the senior pastors of Westside Church. Ben and Evan have been serving faithfully as senior pastors alongside Steve since 2021, and will continue to serve as senior pastors after Steve’s transition. God has been preparing Westside for this moment through our model of shared leadership, long before Steve ever considered this transition within the broader Foursquare movement.

Commissioning Sunday
June 18th 

We will spend time during each of our morning gatherings praying for and commissioning Pastors Steve and Suzanne Mickel as Pastor Steve transitions into his new role as our Foursquare District Supervisor. Make sure to say thank you to the Mickels at a short reception after each gathering!

 Prayer and Worship Night
June 21st 

Join us for an evening of worship and prayer on June 21st at 6:30pm. We have been in a beautiful season of prayer and want to lean into what God is doing and pray for this season in the life of Westside Church. Childcare will be provided for children up through 3rd grade. Register for Childcare

Installation Sunday 
June 25th

We will be joined by Foursquare General Supervisor, Wendy Nolasco, as we install Pastor Evan Earwicker and Pastor Ben Fleming in their roles as Senior Pastors of Westside Church. We are excited for this new season at Westside and invite you to join us for one of our gatherings at 9am or 10:30am. 

Steve makes this transition with the support and confidence of the Leadership Team, and the appointment of Evan and Ben to continue as senior pastors is affirmed by Foursquare, Westside’s Church Council, and Westside’s Leadership Team. As the Apostle Paul did with the church in Antioch, Steve and Suzanne will make Westside their home church—they will continue to live in Central Oregon—and continue to participate in the community as Steve’s home base from which he leads and serves the District. Evan and Ben will continue to be mentored by Steve, and Steve will provide oversight and accountability for their leadership in his official capacity as District Supervisor.

A video of Steve’s announcement to the church from Sunday is embedded below.

Pastor Steve announces his transition alongside Pastors Ben and Evan, and Foursquare General Supervisor Wendy Nolasco on May 21st, 2023.

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

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