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Giving Tree season is here! Last year we provided gifts to nearly 700 vulnerable children and their families. This year we’ll have our biggest Giving Tree challenge ever, blessing 813 children and their families. We want to lean into our community with love and generosity in even bigger ways. Choose one of the 3 options below to bless a child, a family, or buy a single gift. Gifts can be delivered to the Westside Church building during the following days..

Monday – Thursday 9am – 2pm
Tuesday, Dec. 8th, 10am – 6pm
Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 10am – 6pm

Thank you, Westside, for the generous ways your giving is bringing hope this Christmas season. Questions? Visit our FAQs at the bottom of this page or contact us!

In light of the recent Covid restrictions to take place starting November 18th we wanted to update you on our service plans. We will be returning to online-only services for youth effective tomorrow. While we are disappointed to not be meeting in person, please see the main Westside Church website to hear Pastor Steve’s heart and the response Westside Church is taking in regards to these new restrictions. We are still focused on building community with your students and will continue to use other media to make sure that we are keeping your students engaged during these difficult times. 

TOMORROW we will be live streaming our scheduled combined Middle and High School Youth Service at 7pm with live worship and a message, so please help your students view the service, and you can join them as well! You can find the service here on our Westside Youth FB Page

While these restrictions are currently in place through December 2nd, we know that things change rapidly. At this time we do not have additional youth services scheduled for December but will be planning those soon. PLEASE check out the Westside Youth Website frequently to see the most recent updates, as well as follow us on FB and Instagram @_westsideyth.

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, November 23rd in partnership with Neighbor Impact, 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, November 23rd | 1:30 – 3:00pm

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

Who: ALL ARE WELCOME!

During the months of September and October we saw a huge community need for our Free Food Market. We were able to give out food to over 600 people each month. Thank you so much for your generous support and we so appreciate all of our volunteers that make this ministry possible.

Westside Kids is hosting a Family Thanksgiving Event on Saturday, November 14 from 2-4 pm on the Westside lawn outside the Atrium.Come by anytime between 2 and 4 pm to pick up a fun Thanksgiving craft for the kids, grab a yummy treat and take advantage of our Harvest Photobooth to commemorate the season or get a head start on your family Christmas card. We’d love to see you and say hi. Please follow physical distancing guidelines and wear masks when you are near others.

Watch this week’s Westside Kids video lessons for 2-5 year olds, K-3rd grade, or 4th-5th grade.

As our nation waits anxiously for the results of the election, pastor Steve encourages us to find hope and peace in God’s promises.

At the time of this post, the election is still still not over, and it is hard to know when it actually will be completed.

I just wanted to do a quick post here to encourage the church, to encourage Westside church, to encourage my friends. There’s just a lot of anxiety right now. I’ve found my stress level has increased significantly over these last couple of days. I’m going back and forth between CNN and Fox News all day long, just always in the background. And and it’s probably a little too much. And so I’m ready to kind of tap out for a bit. But I want to come back to a message that I’ve been kind of sharing over these last several months leading up to the election. It would be so easy to get caught up in all of this. And so a couple of Psalms have come to my mind over these last couple of days that I want to share with you. One is Psalm 75. It’s a song by Asaph. And Asaph was a worship leader during the time of King David. And when he when he wrote this song, Israel was tearing apart, it was divided. There was division among David and his children. There are questions about David’s leadership and an Asaph reminds us who God is. And so when you have a chance, I want you to just take a minute today and read Psalm 75.

He talks about how God is near. He is just and fair that he’s our healer. He’s our provider. He is. Nobody else can claim the kind of power, the authority and and desire or intent that he has to heal our world. Only God can heal our nation. Only God can provide for our every need. Only God can fulfill our hopes. And and I’ve been astonished how easy it is for me and for others to put our hope in a political figure or in a political system to do only what God can do.

Another song that I draw strength from is found in Psalm 46. I think this one is super important for us to meditate on in this moment. So I’m going to actually read this one.

It says that God is our shelter and our strength when troubles seem near, God is near and he’s ready to help. So why run and hide? No fear, no pacing, no biting fingernails when the earth spins out of control, we are sure and fearless. Even when mountains crumble and the waters run wild. We are sure and fearless even in heavy winds and huge waves. Or as mountains shake, we are sure and fearless. A pure stream flows never to be cut off, bringing joy to the city where God makes his home the sacred site where the most high chooses to live. The true God never sleeps and always resides in the city of joy. He makes it unstoppable, unshakable when he awakens at dawn. The true God has already been at work. Trouble is on the horizon for the outside nations. Not long until kingdoms will fall. But God’s voice thunders and the earth shakes. You know, the eternal, the commander of heavenly harmony surrounds us and protects us. The true God of Jacob is our shelter close to our heart. Come gaze, fix your eyes on what the eternal can do. Be still, be calm, see and understand that I am the true God. I am honored among all the nations. I am honored over all the Earth.

So it’s just a quick reminder today as you start your day, as you may take a break throughout the day to refocus our hearts toward Christ, to put our hope again today on Jesus, to turn our eyes upon him. So what I want you to do right now, I just want you to take a deep breath, let it out slowly.

Take another one. I we need we need a couple of these deep breath, let it out slow.

Think about Jesus. He’s with us. He’s for us. He hasn’t abandoned us.

He hasn’t left us to our own devices. He’s near to those who cry out to him, call out to him who put their hope in him.

There’s this old old song, it’s called “Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus”. And every time I sing it or Lindsay leads it at our church, it’s like almost like nostalgia where I contemplate again that as I turn my eyes upon him, as we look intently on his wonderful face, the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

Love you all. Keep your eyes on Jesus today, this rest of this week, the rest of this month, all the way through the end of the year. He is our source of hope and our source of strength. Love you guys. Can’t wait to see you again and hope you guys have a great day.

November 18th is our next youth gathering

Doors open at 6:30, Service at 7pm

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In light of the recent Covid restrictions to take place starting November 18th we wanted to update you on our service plans. We will be returning to online-only services for youth effective tomorrow. While we are disappointed to not be meeting in person, please see the main Westside Church website to hear Pastor Steve’s heart and the response Westside Church is taking in regards to these new restrictions. We are still focused on building community with your students and will continue to use other media to make sure that we are keeping your students engaged during these difficult times.

TOMORROW we will be live streaming our scheduled combined Middle and High School Youth Service at 7pm with live worship and a message, so please help your students view the service, and you can join them as well! You can find the service here on our Westside Youth FB Page

While these restrictions are currently in place through December 2nd, we know that things change rapidly. At this time we do not have additional youth services scheduled for December but will be planning those soon. PLEASE check out the Westside Youth Website frequently to see the most recent updates, as well as follow us on FB and Instagram @_westsideyth.
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