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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. 

A perfect “All Skate” moment! To participate, please drop off pantry stable items on or before Monday, March 15th, at the church office during regular office hours, (M-TH 9-2) or during our Donation drop off drive- thru event on Monday March 15th from 8am-6pm. 

When we first started our monthly Free Food Market, in partnership with Neighbor Impact, little did we know how much it would be needed in the year of 2020.

Always an awesome way to love our community, our food ministry has become a necessary stop gap for those struggling in our city, amidst one of the most insecure and unstable times in recent history. This pantry and canned food drive will enable us to serve more people, more fully, for the next few months. 

We are so grateful for the community of Westside Church that gives generously and serves faithfully – all to let our city know that we see them, we care, and so does the God that we put our trust in. 

*Pantry items most needed: 

canned fruits and vegetables 14.5 – 16 oz size

canned beans and chili 14.5 – 16 oz size

dried beans 1 – 2 lbs size

rice 1 – 2 lbs size

pasta

pasta sauce 32 oz max

boxed mac and cheese

peanut butter max 15 oz size 

canned or boxed soups

canned stews

canned fish or meats 

cereal 10-18 oz

jam/jelly

$25 grocery cards

clean re-usable plastic and paper grocery bags

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!

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.

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

I Heart 365 is our Outreach texting system! Short explanation? We send out needs via text, and you, upon receiving the text, have the ability to respond to those needs that resonate with you or that match a resource that you already have. (bicycles, extra coats, baby supplies, ect.)

OK! So how does it work exactly?
1. Trusted agencies, or one of our own Community Group leaders, calls Westside Church and asks if we can help with a specific need for a family or an individual.
2. We send out a brief text describing the situation and the items needed. 3. Those who would like to respond bring their donations to the Westside Church office.
4. Westside facilitates delivery of all of the donated items to the family or individual in need.

It’s that simple! And because I Heart 365 is a group of more than 800 people who want to help those struggling in our community,  there is never any obligation to respond to a texted need unless you feel inspired to.  Also, we intentionally only send out two I HEART 365 text needs a month, in order to choose prayerfully and facilitate well.

To sign up for our I HEART 365 texting line, and start hearing about specific needs and opportunities to help, text ih365 to 313131. 

March Update on our most recent ih365 requests:

In March, we sent out two I Heart requests- and as always, the Westside community responded with empathy and generosity.

Thank You to those who brought sleeping bags, gloves, coats, hand warmers, toiletries and gift cards in support of the Bend and Redmond Warming Shelters.

So grateful for this outpouring of love
Kind and caring Staff member
A safe and warm place to rest

Our second March I heart request was in aid of a Family of 6 who were in need of household items for a housing transition. Thanks for being extended family to this family in need!

Partnering with a Family Access Network staff member to care for a local family of six!

We are happy to be serving as the host site for the Summit High School Blood Drive. Friday, February 12th, 12:30-5:30pm. This event will be located in the Westside Church Atrium, 2051 NW Shevlin Park Rd., Bend

If you are able to support our community in this unique and needed way, please book your appointment today!

Thanks so much for being a part of making this food ministry possible! Thanks to Neighbor Impact, those of you that donated extra food, our 38 volunteers and the generosity of the Westside Church family as a whole- we provided food for 172 families and a total of 707 adults and kids at our January Free Food Market!

In partnership with Neighbor Impact, we will be hosting our next monthly Free Food Market on February 22nd, 1:30-3:00pm. 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 lotAll are welcome! If you would like to serve on the Free Food Market team, please fill out our volunteer link.

What: Free Food Market

When: Monday, February 22nd | 1:30 – 3:00pm

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

Who: ALL ARE WELCOME!

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