On Wednesday, April 28th at 7pm we are gathering a small group of Westside Home Church leaders to have a round table discussion about the future of community at our church. This is a time where we want to hear from you. This is not a one way discussion. Pastors Steve and David will set the table with some thoughts and questions and then we will talk about what has worked in the past, what hasn’t and where we all sense the Lord is leading Westside. The voice of Home Church leaders is extremely important so please register for your spot (either in person or virtual) for this night of discussion.
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
Shout out to Westside Home Churches in partnership with our Outreach team! This month we are partnering with Shepherd’s House to support their warming shelters with breakfast each week.
Home Churches stepped up to meet the need in such a beautiful way. We love partnering with our city!
A simple email to home church leaders addressing supply needs for an outreach trip to Africa ended up bringing in donations totaling around $1500. Brent Earwicker, Global Outreach Coordinator said, “I wanted to report that Westsiders were so generous, purchasing most of the items off the Amazon wishlist: tents, sleeping bags, boat parts, lifejackets, & audio equipment. I was able to carry some of them over in February, and will be taking the rest in May on my next trip.”
Earwicker also said, “It was fun to be inundated with boxes full of useful gear to help propel our African teams forward on Lake Victoria and throughout East Africa. Life and ministry is so tough over there, when we get the chance to resupply their tools & service items it goes a long way!”
It was wonderful to have a way to quickly get the word out to Home Churches! And thank you to everyone who stepped up to the need and gave so generously.
Here’s a shot of the director, Moses Lubega, in a new tent they slept in on Buvuma Island.
Thank you to all the families who came and created Care Packs for the homeless at our Family Outreach Event on Saturday.
It was wonderful to see the creativity and love that went into making cards that were included in all of the Care Packs. The group put together over 400 Care Packs! Half are going to the Warming Shelters, with the other half sent home with these awesome families to hand out to people in need. Way to go, Westside Families!
Our Donation Drive this week for cold weather gear also was a huge success! All supplies collected will be donated to local Warming Shelters serving our community this winter.
Thank you, Westsiders, for your love, care, and generosity to our community!
Josh Cordell, our Westside Family Pastor, reported the following,
“We hosted a beautiful event at Westside Church on Saturday. We had around 30 families come put together care packages for the homeless in our area. Included in the package was a cute card, colored on one side with a handwritten note or encouraging word on the other side.
A seven-year old told me, “It feels good to help people.” Isn’t that the truth!
One family told me that their six-year old, on a recently cold day, had pointed out how she felt bad for homeless people having to deal with the weather. That same day they received the email about this event.”
It was so good to see families serving together. One of the best things was a family with three teenagers all sitting together coloring their cards… and loving it!
Stay tuned for more impacting Family events to come!
Easter Sunrise Service
April 4th, 7 am on the lower lawn
Communion, Worship, & a Message from Pastor Steve
Register to attend below
On April 4th, 2021, we’ll join with millions of worshippers worldwide to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. Our Easter Service will be streamed online at westsidelive.org, Facebook Live, and Youtube at 8:30 and 10:00 am.
We are also offering a unique sunrise worship service at 7 am, outside on our lower lawn, for our early risers. This gathering will feature communion, Worship, and a short message from Pastor Steve. To attend the sunrise service here in person, register above. He is risen! It’s time to celebrate.
Do you ever feel like the happy ending of your story is a million miles away?
Then you know how the Jewish people felt when they returned to their wrecked land after exile and began rebuilding the temple. They were distracted, discouraged, and ready to throw in the towel. But the prophet Haggai reminded them they could find courage in the God who had never left them.
Sometimes the landscapes of our lives feel wrecked, with our hope and purpose in shambles. We, too, get distracted and discouraged. However, God’s presence and promises give us the courage to press on and trust Him with our story.
In this 7-session study on the Book of Haggai, learn to walk confidently in your calling, stay motivated despite opposition, and courageously invest your life in God’s purposes, trusting Him for results you may never see in this lifetime.
The group materials will be online videos with study materials to be watched and discussed in small group settings. Both in-person small-groups, as well as zoom groups, will be available.
Wednesday, February 24th is our large gathering with both Middle and High school. Spots are limited, so register today to grab a seat. We can’t wait to be together as we worship, hear a good word, and have some fun. Register HERE to be a part of this awesome night.
Help us care for our community this winter by donating items needed for the Bend and Redmond Warming Shelters. Deliver items to the church on Saturday, February 27th, from 10 am-1 pm, or before that during regular Office Hours (Monday-Thursday 9 am-2 pm).
Donation Items needed: Warm hats, ski gloves, coats, army-type blankets, sleeping bags, hand and foot warmers, soft granola bars, Band-Aids, toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, and $5 gift cards to McDonalds.
It was so good to gather together to enjoy community and hear an awesome message from Pastor Ben! Join us for the kick-off of our separate Middle School and High School once-a month services and our combined service too. To find out more details and to register, visit westsidechurch.org/events.
*All youth services will be socially distanced with masks required.
We believe that God has created you to parent your kids with strength and purpose. Sometimes you just need a little support to navigate parenting’s unfamiliar terrain and our rapidly changing culture.
Westside Parenting Summit is a resource to equip and encourage parents to create healthy and purpose-filled families. This online parenting conference, launched online on February 2nd, 2021, will provide insights from parents, pastors, and experts covering various subjects important to families. No registration is needed. You can access our content anytime, anyplace.
Check back throughout the year to find age-specific content being regularly added to the Parenting Summit to support you along the way.
For more information or questions, contact Westside Family Pastor Josh Cordell– email@example.com.