Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Resources & Westside Church's Community Response

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!

Last year through our annual School Supply Drive, we provided over 500 kids with supplies. This year, the need will be even greater. With your participation, many families will have one less thing to worry about. 

Please read the list of needs below, then join us on August 19th from 8:30am-6:30pm, to drop off school supplies at our Westside Church drop-off station. We can also accept supplies up to August 24th at the church office – M-Th, 9:00 to 2:00. Or if you order supplies online, have them shipped directly to the church at 2051 NW Shevlin Park Rd, Bend, 97703.  Please make sure the delivery date is prior to August 24th.

  • #2 Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Composition Notebooks (college ruled)
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Loose-leaf paper (college and wide ruled)
  • Markers
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Pencil Pouches
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pens
  • Pocket Folders
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Spiral Notebooks (college ruled)
  • Watercolors
  • White Glue

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 

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