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Hi Westside Family. I, like many of you, received the information from our Oregon Governor to ban gatherings larger than 250 people in order to protect the public from the COVID-19 outbreak. I believe our response to this announcement should not be one of fear, but of wisdom and care for those in our churches and our communities as we implement what our state leadership has put in place.

Starting this Sunday, all of our Sunday services, including our evening service, will be online and available throughout the rest of the week. There will be opportunities online to pray and to continue to give financially, even chat with a pastor and others during the livestream.

We already have a robust online presence with our weekly Sunday services. We will continue to gather online at westsidelive.org during the suspension of our gatherings. Our team will provide full worship and the regular teaching we had planned.  So, while we will not gather at our physical location for a few weeks, we will still gather online in strong community.

This is a time for the church to be adaptive, responsive, and demonstrate Christlike leadership. The church has never been limited to the four walls of the church building. We have seen throughout Church history the many ways the church remained connected, stayed on mission and supported one another in unique ways, even under tremendous persecution.

We have an opportunity to love people in the midst of their fears. We can walk with empathy toward people who are genuinely afraid and love them through it. We are still the church – the visible representation of God’s kingdom. So, let’s go out of our way to love on our neighbors, to encourage people who are afraid, and to pray for those who are sick and the families who have lost loved ones all around the world.

I’m grateful that we can continue to gather as a faith community, even under these challenging circumstances, in homes online. My hope is that we can navigate this together, and in a way that honors Jesus and each other. See you online this Sunday!

-Steve Mickel, Lead Pastor

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Were having an All-Church Family Picnic on June 27th, from 12-2pm, just following our outdoor 11:30am service. 

We will have delicious burgers, hotdogs, music, and yard games. Westside will provide all the food, just sign up with the number of people in your party so we know how much to prepare!   

Bring your lawn chairs and a blanket and enjoy this fun opportunity to connect with others within your church! 

Westsidechurch.org/events

We're having an All-Church Family Picnic on June 27th, from 12-2pm, just following our outdoor 11:30am service.

We will have delicious burgers, hotdogs, music, and yard games. Westside will provide all the food, just sign up with the number of people in your party so we know how much to prepare!

Bring your lawn chairs and a blanket and enjoy this fun opportunity to connect with others within your church!

Westsidechurch.org/events
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Join us for our Middle School and High School Summer Camp held August 15-17 at Washington Family Ranch! 

Camp is for students who have finished 5th grade and are going into 6th grade in the fall through students who have finished 11th grade and going into 12th grade in the fall. 

Cost is $235. For more information and to register your student, visit westsidechurch.org/events

Join us for our Middle School and High School Summer Camp held August 15-17 at Washington Family Ranch!

Camp is for students who have finished 5th grade and are going into 6th grade in the fall through students who have finished 11th grade and going into 12th grade in the fall.

Cost is $235. For more information and to register your student, visit westsidechurch.org/events
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We are registered, but curious if transportation is provided or if parents will be dropping off at camp

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Recently we launched a brand-new television and radio program, Westside.tv, which is available nationally & internationally. 

We are so excited about this new project and how it will allow us to reach everyone, everywhere with the Good News about Jesus. 

You can visit westside.tv for more information, air times, and to watch episodes.

Recently we launched a brand-new television and radio program, Westside.tv, which is available nationally & internationally.

We are so excited about this new project and how it will allow us to reach everyone, everywhere with the Good News about Jesus.

You can visit westside.tv for more information, air times, and to watch episodes.
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Since I was talking about hospitality I had to mention a few of the people that have been most hospitable in my life. Kristan Maxfield Cordell, Sue Marcy Marken, Jeff Clemens & Katie Clemens. Thanks for your hospitality!!!

Thank you Josh! Love the hat! 😂

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Welcome to Westside!

It was a good sermon. Thank You Pastor Steve!

Good morning from Fargo, ND!

Good morning Westside! Watching from CA!

Good morning

Good serman Steve!!

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Join us in-person and online this morning as we worship Jesus together! Pastor Steve Mickel will take us deeper into the Practices of Healthy People. 

Well start at 8:30am in the Worship Center. 
Our 10:00am gathering includes Westside Kids, Youth, and Iglesia Westside (in the chapel). 
At 11:30am well be outside for our family-friendly gathering on the atrium lawn. 

Have a blessed Sunday!!

Join us in-person and online this morning as we worship Jesus together! Pastor Steve Mickel will take us deeper into the Practices of Healthy People.

We'll start at 8:30am in the Worship Center.
Our 10:00am gathering includes Westside Kids, Youth, and Iglesia Westside (in the chapel).
At 11:30am we'll be outside for our family-friendly gathering on the atrium lawn.

Have a blessed Sunday!!
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Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us on the atrium lawn tomorrow at 11:30am for our family-friendly gathering. 

If you prefer to be inside, well meet at 8:30am & 10:00am in the Worship Center. See you there!

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and join us on the atrium lawn tomorrow at 11:30am for our family-friendly gathering.

If you prefer to be inside, we'll meet at 8:30am & 10:00am in the Worship Center. See you there!
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The Westside Art Camp is a free, half-day camp for grades 1-12. Join us for an amazing time of exploring art & creativity on Wednesday, July 14, 9:00am-12:30pm. 

We will offer classes that are age and stage appropriate for kids of all skill levels. 

Space is limited, so please register your kids at https://westsidechurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/886376

The Westside Art Camp is a free, half-day camp for grades 1-12. Join us for an amazing time of exploring art & creativity on Wednesday, July 14, 9:00am-12:30pm.

We will offer classes that are age and stage appropriate for kids of all skill levels.

Space is limited, so please register your kids at westsidechurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/886376
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Join us this weekend as Pastor Steve continues our series on the Practices of Healthy People. 

Our Sunday gatherings are at: 
 8:30 - in the Worship Center
 10:00 - including Westside Kids, Youth, & Iglesia Westside (in the chapel)
 11:30 - Outdoor family service on the lawn

No registration required, see you there!

Join us this weekend as Pastor Steve continues our series on the Practices of Healthy People.

Our Sunday gatherings are at:
8:30 - in the Worship Center
10:00 - including Westside Kids, Youth, & Iglesia Westside (in the chapel)
11:30 - Outdoor family service on the lawn

No registration required, see you there!
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Youth Community Wednesdays - All middle school & high school students join us tonight in the Student Center at 6:30. No registration required. See you there!

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Slowing down!

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Welcome to Westside Church and its online videos. If you enjoy our videos, check out our website at www.westsidechurch.org to find out more about who we are and what we do. Loving God and Loving People in Bend Oregon. ... See MoreSee Less

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Increase in us, Jesus

Good morning!

So so good! 🙌🏼

Good morning!!

Good morning all

Good morning!

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Summer is right around the corner and while we plan Westside Summer BBQs, we are looking for people interested in hosting -- is that you? 

Two evenings have been set aside for Westside BBQs throughout Central Oregon -- your grill can be fired up and cooking on:

Sunday, July 18 and/or
Wednesday, August 18

If you would like to sign up to be a host, please complete the Host a BBQ form at https://westsidechurch.churchcenter.com/people/forms/250141. Once the form is completed we will support you by providing a Host Packet and we will promote your BBQ on the Summer BBQ sign up page -- this is where people will go to sign up to attend your BBQ.

The summer BBQs are a wonderful way to meet other singles, couples or families from Westside Church -- but dont stop there -- feel free to invite others from your neighborhood, family or friend group.

Summer is right around the corner and while we plan Westside Summer BBQs, we are looking for people interested in hosting -- is that you?

Two evenings have been set aside for Westside BBQs throughout Central Oregon -- your grill can be fired up and cooking on:

Sunday, July 18 and/or
Wednesday, August 18

If you would like to sign up to be a host, please complete the Host a BBQ form at westsidechurch.churchcenter.com/people/forms/250141. Once the form is completed we will support you by providing a Host Packet and we will promote your BBQ on the Summer BBQ sign up page -- this is where people will go to sign up to attend your BBQ.

The summer BBQs are a wonderful way to meet other singles, couples or families from Westside Church -- but don't stop there -- feel free to invite others from your neighborhood, family or friend group.
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Starting tonight, our Middle School & High School youth will gather together for Community Wednesdays. 

Join us in the Student Center from 6:30pm-8:00pm as we kick-off summer in style.

Starting tonight, our Middle School & High School youth will gather together for "Community Wednesdays."

Join us in the Student Center from 6:30pm-8:00pm as we kick-off summer in style.
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Do they still need to register?

I'm curious... I was really impressed with how the church handled the thoughtful distancing during the pandemic last year, but it appears things are going back to 'normal' now even though we (especially Deschutes) are still in the pandemic. I get that people are wanting to return to 'normal', but having large gatherings resume during a spike in cases seems questionable, even dangerous. I haven't seen any recent comments from pastoral staff on why this is now happening, after all of the hard work to keep it in check previously. Thanks for listening.

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This tells me although Church is awesome, you can bring the Sabbath into your life in your life, any day any time, just slow down and REMEMBER WHO'S IN CHARGE THE LORD. AMEN & THANK YOU Jesus for being in my life!

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Thank you Bo for your perspective on this, it has given me ideas on what else I can do in my journaling and I have always wondered if I should keep my old journals but I love that you look back at them a year later to reflect 😊

New Gathering Time! This Sunday at 11:30am we start an outdoor family-friendly gathering on our atrium lawn. 

Heres the full lineup of our Sunday in-person gatherings (no registration required): 

8:30am - In the Worship Center
10:00am - Including Westside Kids, Youth, & Iglesia Westside (in the Chapel)
11:30am - Outdoor family service on the lawn

See you there!

New Gathering Time! This Sunday at 11:30am we start an outdoor family-friendly gathering on our atrium lawn.

Here's the full lineup of our Sunday in-person gatherings (no registration required):

8:30am - In the Worship Center
10:00am - Including Westside Kids, Youth, & Iglesia Westside (in the Chapel)
11:30am - Outdoor family service on the lawn

See you there!
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Welcome to Westside Church and its online videos. If you enjoy our videos, check out our website at www.westsidechurch.org to find out more about who we are and what we do. Loving God and Loving People in Bend Oregon. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you pastor Steve for a beautiful message today!!!

Hi Suzanne! I'm on line, the hubby was there in person at 8:30. :D

Nice to see Casey P.

Happy Sunday!!!

Oh my, I so love this message.

Good Morning!

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Welcome to Westside Church and its online videos. If you enjoy our videos, check out our website at www.westsidechurch.org to find out more about who we are and what we do. Loving God and Loving People in Bend Oregon. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good Morning and Welcome!

Pastor Steve, thank you so much for sharing His Word and your heart this morning.

Thank you for this powerful word this morning. Thank you for the three practices you shared to navigate through our pain. God is so faithful and in our darkest moments, most painful moments, God is there holding us, walking with us...In my life, I have experienced that, "Nothing is wasted." And that in His faithfulness he brings beauty and meaning and growth out of our darkest hours. Thank you.

Love you Steve and sue ♥️♥️ thank you great message

Good morning Westside church.

Thank you God.

thank you pastor steve.this message was for me .

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Good Morning! 😇🌹

Good morning beautiful Westside family

Good morning Westside. I need some prayers today for healing

I 🙏 for you Renee Morley .

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Goodmorning! Would you join us for Church today? We gather at 8:30am & 10:00am and livestream the services on Youtube, Facebook & westsidelive.org // link in bio

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Join us tomorrow morning as Pastor Steve continues our series on The Practices of Healthy People. 

No registration required for in-person services at 8:30am & 10:00am.

At the 10:00am gathering:
- Bring your kiddos of all ages
- Iglesia Westside meets in the Chapel. 
- ASL translation is available in the worship center.

We continue to livestream both Sunday gatherings on YouTube, Facebook, and westsidelive.org // link in bio

Join us tomorrow morning as Pastor Steve continues our series on The Practices of Healthy People.

No registration required for in-person services at 8:30am & 10:00am.

At the 10:00am gathering:
- Bring your kiddos of all ages
- Iglesia Westside meets in the Chapel.
- ASL translation is available in the worship center.

We continue to livestream both Sunday gatherings on YouTube, Facebook, and westsidelive.org // link in bio
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We recommend these resources for our current sermon series on The Practices of Healthy People:

The Deeply Formed Life by Rich Villodas
Emotionally Healthy Discipleship by Pete Scazerro

Pick them up at Amazon.com or wherever you buy books.

We recommend these resources for our current sermon series on The Practices of Healthy People:

"The Deeply Formed Life" by Rich Villodas
"Emotionally Healthy Discipleship" by Pete Scazerro

Pick them up at Amazon.com or wherever you buy books.
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