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Partnering with Aloha Produce to feed those in need in our city—we are providing fresh produce and dairy to any and all families in need on Thursday, July 9 at 5:30 pm.

We will have a Spanish language host present at this food distribution event, and it will take place in our parking lot. Please join us by picking up food for your family, or sharing this information with friends and neighbors in need.

Interested in volunteering?

Food boxes for our Produce & Dairy Distribution were provided by Aloha Produce through a federal grant that they received. In order to get boxes for future events at Westside, Madras and Warm Springs, we need to help pack boxes for community-wide distribution. Volunteer opportunities are as follows:

  • Wednesday July 1st and 8th, volunteers are needed from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm to pack food boxes at Aloha Produce (20485 Murray Rd, Bend). This is an assembly line where volunteers add items to the boxes as they pass by on rollers. Easy, fun and team-oriented! 
  • We need volunteers for the July 9 Produce & Dairy Distribution day, to prepare goods, help with parking and loading of cars, from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.

Please contact Gonzalo at gfranco@westsidechurch.org to volunteer.

Be sure to follow Iglesia Westside Church on Facebook for a live broadcast of this event, and share with others who may be able to benefit.

The Bookers are Westside missionaries with YWAM in Sydney, Australia. Here’s an update from Adriel about how they are managing the pandemic and important cultural issues.

Hi Westside! As we’ve been watching the events unfold in the USA (and around the world) recently, we’ve been deeply challenged to examine issues of inequality that have emerged from COVID-19 as well as racial inequality and pain, including our own context with Aboriginal Australians. We’ve had some vulnerable and constructive times with our team, unpacking hard issues, asking questions that have no easy answers, and offering our lament and commitment through worship and prayer. We feel more convinced than ever that the way to address pain is through the eyes and action of Jesus and we’re trying to faithfully lean into him as we continue to serve in our own local context.  

The biggest blessing from the pandemic season is our daily “house church” with our team of amazing young people. Through worship and prayer we feel more full of God’s heart for our own city and the nations we serve through our work here. While we’ve had to curb some of our community activity due to pretty tight restrictions in Australia, we’ve also had time to reimagine what reaching our community looks like with creativity as well as online avenues. We’ve been supporting those in our community who sleep “rough” with warm take-away meals. (We really miss getting to eat together though—take away meals don’t lend themselves as much to genuine relationship as sharing a table does!) We have also expanded the Our Scarlett Stories ministry to bereaved families and are currently supporting 80+ women with grief care online. Something that might sound “boring” that is a huge breakthrough for us is that we’ve also achieved government certification for our training which means we can welcome more young leaders to our team through student visa program (when our borders re-open). This has been a major pandemic breakthrough for us! When borders open we have five staff waiting to join our team as well as our next Discipleship Training School starting in September. Please pray our borders will safely open soon! 

As we find ourselves in a sensitive time during this cultural moment, our prayer for ourselves and for you is that we would stay both tender and tenacious, engage from a place of hope (rooted in Christ), and always be open to new ways to love our neighbors well. Focused, faithful, fruitful—this is our prayer. 

Love to you, Adriel & Ryan  

Thank You so much for your generous participation in our non-perishable food drive. On Monday, June 22 in partnership with NeighborImpact, we will be hosting our monthly Free Food Market. We will be distributing food, cleaning supplies, and more 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, June 22 | 1:30 – 3:00pm

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

Who: ALL ARE WELCOME!

Brent Earwicker, Global Outreach Outreach Coordinator and Founder of Bold Ventures, gives a Thank You to Westside for the support of Bold Ventures Relief Fund—and update on what’s happening in Lake Victoria right now.

Your generosity is a huge blessing and it’s multiplying to help a lot of needy people in East Africa. Thank you so much for giving to Bold Ventures. God bless you! To join in and get relief to even more families, visit give.boldventures.global

In May, we all partnered together and resourced four community organizations who are directly caring for those in our city who are struggling. Thank you so much for your generosity, it was a great success! This month, we are preparing for our June food distribution event—Free Food Market. The need has increased each month from 300 people in March to 600 people in April—to 800 people in May. The need is great and we want to be ready to help every car that drives into our parking lot. 

Please bring the following to Westside on June 16 anytime between 8:30am & 6:30pm:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • $25 grocery gift cards

Thank you for your generosity and continued partnership For Our City, Westside!

Battling Coronavirus and Blessing Others in Mexico.

Many of you may have been wondering about our missionaries, and how they are managing the coronavirus overseas. We wanted to share this from our Mexico missionaries, Steve and Holly Taft, and how God is using them during, “such a time as this.”

Twice a week for twelve weeks, we have been reaching our community through giving of food, YOU have been a major part of this ministry and we want to say “THANK YOU”! 
We have been keeping close track of the names of the families and how many are in each. As of this week we have served over 500 families, totaling around 1600 people. It is a rewarding but hard ministry as you experience the depth of need, I personally have a new appreciation of those that are called to serve in soup kitchens!
Today we had a great example of God’s multiplication, this is a miracle we experience often at Casa de Fe! We made up 51 bags of food, passed out 51 bags of food and had 3 bags extra to give away! NO we did not miscount, we believe the Lord wanted to show us His hand in this ministry. We pray over the bags of food to multiply within people’s homes so that they experience His desire for multiplication in their families and realize HIS provision for them. 
We have led people to the Lord, prayed for many and given out Bibles. We have high expectations of  HIS Kingdom multiplication through your ministry here in Playa del Carmen.

Because of the faithful giving of Westsiders, we are able to continue to support the work of our missionaries, Steve and Holly Taft. How wonderful is it that God multiplied their food ministry? We may be facing uncertainty in the world, but God is ever-present, active and working alongside us. Please continue to pray for Casa de Fe in Mexico, including the church, staff and volunteers. We will be providing updates from our missionaries during the month of June, so be sure to check back for more updates!

May 27 was our For the City Donation drive—and you guys showed up! We had 93 vehicles come through to drop off donations.  (91 cars, 1 pedestrian, and one stroller, with mom attached.)

Together we gathered:

  • 180 boxes and bags of diapers
  • 141 boxes and bags of wipes
  • 144 propane cans
  • 120 pairs of jeans
  • 130 boxes of protein bars

Your generosity towards our city is beautiful. These donations will be given to four community organizations that are serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness and poverty. Thank you for your continued partnership and generosity.

How to Help local Foster Families and Foster Youth

May is Foster Care Awareness Month! We want our Westside family to know that there are simple ways to support foster families and foster youth in Central Oregon. With the impact of COVID-19, there are even less families opening their homes, and more children suffering abuse and neglect.

Right now Every Child has a goal of showing appreciation to all 166 foster care providers across Central Oregon. Here’s how you can help:

  • Provide gift cards for groceries, meals, or family fun.
  • Build a flash box filled with activities, gift cards, and items for guardians and kids.

Sign up to provide gift cards, flash boxes here. Let’s help Every Child meet their goal!

Sometimes, foster parents have specific needs for the kids they are hosting —from car seats, to diapers, to bikes and more. If you are willing to meet these specific needs, please sign up to help foster families now and beyond the month of May, here.

PS: If you’re wondering if 166 foster care providers across Central Oregon is enough to meet the need of kids going into care… it’s not! There is a great need for more foster homes, especially during this season. If you’re interested in learning more about how to take the next step, visit everychildcentraloregon.org/connect to learn more about volunteering, meeting tangible needs, making a donation or explore becoming a foster parent or respite care provider.

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