COVID-19 Updates

The Westside leadership has sought to do what is wise for our church body during this time of COVID-19. We have suspended our in-person Sunday morning services and are instead live streaming the service. When Washington County moves to Phase 2, we plan to resume our in-person Sunday Worship service. Check here for regular updates.

Join us Sundays at 10:30 am for our live stream service.

August 1

The past four months have been difficult for many of us. Some have been struggling with discouragement, anxiety, loneliness, or just plain boredom. So we'd like to give you some encouragement.

See the end of this email for some encouraging words. We'd also like to remind you of various gatherings that allow us to get together for fellowship and encouragement.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

Some have signed up to attend the 10:30 service in-person tomorrow morning. It will be wonderful to see you again! 

Those who can't attend will be able to watch the live stream. Here is the link. Dick Papworth will continue our "Making the Best of the Worst of Times" series from 1 Peter. His message will be called "Love During the Storm" and will be taken from 1 Peter 1:22-2:3. He'll be explaining the role love can play in our response to the terrible unrest that is engulfing our cities and nation.

We plan to continue opening up our Sunday morning service to in-person attendance. We'll send you an important email tomorrow about you can attend next Sunday.

NEW BIBLE READING PROGRAM FOR KIDS

The seven Sunday School students who read through the Gospel of John in July did a great job! Congratulations! For August, the kids are encouraged to read through the Book of Acts. Those who read Acts by the end of August will receive a prize. Contact Leslie or Sherrie when you have finished.

YOUTH GROUPS

Check your email, socials, or Band app for connection information about The Power and Bridges gatherings for junior high and high school youth.

GLOBAL PRAYER GATHERING THIS MONDAY AT 7:00 PM

You are invited to take part in a one-hour time of prayer for the nations. The prayer focus will be on India and local outreach to Indians. This will be a Zoom gathering. See the separate emails for connection information and a list of needs that we'll be taking to the Lord.

LIFELINE, IRONWORKS, AND LIFE GROUPS

The ladies continue meeting for summer Lifeline Bible studies. If you haven't attended yet, you're missing out. More information here.

Men, sign up for the August 14-15 Ironworks Men's Campout. That's the weekend after next. Click here for more information.

Life Groups are meeting, and some are having speciall fellowship activities. Contact your group to see what's planned for you this week.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

You may continue to give to Westside’s ministries by donating online with a credit or debit card, or you may mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606. Your gifts help us continue Westside's ministries and missionary outreach.

SOME ENCOURAGEMENT

If you're discouraged or struggling with anxiety, allow us to share some encouragement from Psalm 10, This Psalm is extremely relevant in view of the harsh words, violence, and anarchy that has been engulfing Portland and a number of other cities.

The writer of Psalm 10 reacts to similar evil that is affecting him and his people. He says the wicked curse, deceive, and attack the poor. They also try to push God out of their lives. But, of course, they can never succeed at that because God always has the final word and remains "king forever and ever" (v. 14).

Evil people seem to be getting the upper hand now, but our God will most certainly have the final word. Read Psalm 10, and be encouraged!

Your Elders,
Dan Graham, Dan Hickman, Dick Papworth, Mike Raichart, and Jim Willams

July 25

Here's information you need to know about some of this week's gatherings.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

Connect to our Sunday Worship live stream tomorrow morning at 10:30. Here is the link. Join us from wherever you are in worshipping, remembering Christ and his death, and learning from the Word. We'll also have a special announcement that you won't want to miss.

Herb Kirchem will continue our series "Making the Best of the Worst of Times" by teaching 1 Peter 1:13-21. We encourage you to prepare your heart for this message by meditating on it ahead of time.

SOME GOOD NEWS

We have decided to open up our Sunday morning services to in-person attendance to as many people as possible beginning August 2. We want to do this legally, safely, and in a way that best honors Christ. Watch for an important email on Monday about how we plan to do this and how you can register to attend.

GATHERINGS FOR KIDS

Parents, here is this week's lesson on serving Christ. Check the separate email that was sent out about the Bible reading program. Kids who finish reading all of the Gospel of John by July 31st will receive a prize. Contact Leslie or Sherrie when you have finished.

YOUTH GROUPS

Check your email, socials, or Band app for connection information about The Power and Bridges gatherings for junior high and high school youth.

SUMMER LIFELINE FOR WOMEN

The ladies are meeting for these summer Lifeline Bible studies:

Tuesdays, 10:00 am via Zoom – Philippians
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm via Zoom – 1 Peter
Tuesdays, 10:00 am at Rood Bridge Park – “The Cure” book club
Tuesdays, 1:00 pm via Zoom – “The Cure” book club
Thursdays, 7:00 pm at Huerta and Ingram homes – Luke

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

You may continue to give to Westside’s ministries by donating online with a credit or debit card, or you may mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606. Your gifts help us continue Westside's ministries and missionary outreach.

Your Elders,
Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

July 17

We're happy to share information about this week's Westside gatherings.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

Join our Sunday Worship live stream tomorrow morning at 10:30. Connect online here. Join our time of worship from your own home by singing the songs and remembering Christ and his death for us by partaking of the symbols of bread and juice or wine.

Jim Williams will give the second Bible message in our series from 1 Peter. His message will teach us how we can personally profit from the messages of the Old Testament prophets. Watch a preview of the 1 Peter series here.

GATHERINGS FOR KIDS

Parents, check the separate email that was sent out about this week's resources for your kids.

YOUTH GROUPS

Check your email, socials, or Band app for connection information about The Power and Bridges gatherings for junior high and high school youth.

LIFE GROUPS AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS

Life Groups are still meeting this summer so we can continue fellowshipping, learning, and praying together. Some groups are meeting in person while others are using video conferences. Check with your leader for instructions for your group.

The Monday, Tuesday, and Friday men's breakfasts have gone back to meeting on Zoom. The Saturday breakfast is still meeting in person. Again, check with your group leader for details.

SUMMER LIFELINE FOR WOMEN

The ladies are having these summer Lifeline Bible studies:

Tuesdays, 10:00 am via Zoom – Philippians
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm via Zoom – 1 Peter
Tuesdays, 10:00 am at Rood Bridge Park – “The Cure” book club
Tuesdays, 1:00 pm via Zoom – “The Cure” book club
Thursdays, 7:00 pm at Huerta and Ingram homes – Luke

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

You may continue to give to Westside’s ministries by donating online with a credit or debit card. It’s simple and secure. You may also mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

Your Elders,
Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

July 10

We encourage you to make use of the many Westside fellowship opportunities that are available. We need to continue to “stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24). Here’s news about Westside gatherings this coming week.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

Join our live streamed worship service Sunday morning at 10:30. Connect online here.

This week we will begin a new 13-part Bible teaching series from 1 Peter called “Making the Best of the Worst of Times.” These messages will show us from God’s Word how to live for Christ and walk in victory during the difficult times that we’re currently facing. Watch a preview of this series here.

This Sunday Dan Hickman will preach the first message from chapter 1 entitled “Hope that Carries through the Storm.”

We’ll also be worshiping through singing as well as remembering Christ and his death as we partake of the Lord’s Supper together.

Make use of the live chat during the service by posting words of encouragement, prayer requests, and questions.

GATHERINGS FOR KIDS

Parents, we encourage you to help your kids connect to this week's Sunday School video lesson and use the other printable materials that were attached to the separate Sunday School email.

All Sunday School kids are invited to join a new Bible Reading program that will begin with a reading of the Gospel of John. Kids, if you are unable to read on your own you can ask your mom or dad to read to you. Try to read one chapter each day. Everyone who finishes reading all the Gospel of John by July 31st will receive a prize. When you have completed your reading of John, please text Leslie or Sherrie.

YOUTH GROUPS

Check your email, socials, or Band app for connection information about The Power and Bridges gatherings for junior high and high school youth.

LIFE GROUPS AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS

We encourage you to keep connecting for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. Some of our Life Groups and all of our men’s breakfasts are meeting in person while other groups continue to meet via Zoom. Check with your leaders.

SUMMER LIFELINE FOR WOMEN

Ladies, you are encouraged to engage in one of these summer Lifeline Bible studies:

Tuesdays, 10:00 am via Zoom – Philippians
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm via Zoom – 1 Peter
Tuesdays, 10:00 am at Rood Bridge Park – “The Cure” book club
Tuesdays, 1:00 pm via Zoom – “The Cure” book club
Thursdays, 7:00 pm at Huerta and Ingram homes – Luke

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

Finally, a reminder that you may continue to give to Westside’s ministries by donating online with a credit or debit card. It’s simple and secure. You may also mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

Your Elders,
Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

July 4

Please know that we care for you and look forward to the day when we’ll once again be able to gather in person on Sunday mornings. We ourselves deeply miss being able to fellowship with you in person. Please pray that we’ll be able to begin gathering soon.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to live stream the Sunday Worship service and meet in small groups either virtually or in person. All of us need to make use of the fellowship opportunities that are available to us. We need to “stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24)

Here’s news about Westside gatherings this coming week.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

We invite you to join our live streamed service tomorrow morning at 10:30. Connect online here.

We’ll be worshiping our wonderful Lord through singing as well as remembering Christ and his death as we partake of the Lord’s Supper from our own homes.

This week we’ll have something special for you. All of us Elders will share from our hearts about God’s work in us and some deep desires that we have for Westside right now. We encourage you to join us for this important “Heart of the Elders.”

You can make use of the live chat during the service by posting words of encouragement, prayer requests, and questions.

Special thanks goes to the live stream crew that has been working so hard behind the scenes to make the Sunday service available to everyone. They are true heroes!

GATHERINGS FOR KIDS

Parents, you can help your kids view this week's Sunday School video lesson taught by Suzie Davis by clicking this link.

YOUTH GROUPS

Check your email, socials, or Band app for connection information about The Power and Bridges gatherings for junior high and high school youth.

LIFE GROUPS AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS

We encourage you to keep connecting for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. Some of our Life Groups and all of our men’s breakfasts are meeting in person while other groups continue to meet via Zoom. Check with your leaders.

SUMMER LIFELINE FOR WOMEN

Summer Lifeline continues this week. Ladies, we encourage you to engage in one of these Bible study groups:

Tuesdays, 10:00 am via Zoom – Philippians
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm via Zoom – 1 Peter
Tuesdays, 10:00 am at Rood Bridge Park – “The Cure” book club
Tuesdays, 1:00 pm via Zoom – “The Cure” book club
Thursdays, 7:00 pm at Huerta and Ingram homes – Luke

Contact Amy Hickman or Suzie Davis if you’re interested in joining one of these groups or have questions.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

You may continue to give to Westside’s ministries by donating online with a credit or debit card. You may also mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

We hope you’ll join us tomorrow morning at 10:30.

Your Elders,
Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

June 20

We want to keep you informed about news from Westside. Here are upcoming gatherings that you’ll want to know about. Even though we’re not yet able to gather as a large group, we encourage you and your family to take advantage of as many small group and virtual meetings as you can.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

Join us for our livestreamed service tomorrow morning at 10:30 by connecting online here. The live chat will again be open. Connect a few minutes early to see important announcements.

It will be Father’s Day when we honor, thank, and encourage our fathers. Dan Graham will give a special Bible-based message, “Fathering through the Storms.”

You can watch recordings of past Sunday services, Sunday School lessons, and other presentations on our YouTube channel.

The audio versions of all our sermons are posted on our website.

GATHERINGS FOR KIDS

Parents, check a separate email containing links to great resources just for your kids.

YOUTH GROUPS

Check your email, socials, or Band app for connection information about The Power and Bridges gatherings for junior high and high school youth.

LIFE GROUPS AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS ARE MEETING

Some of our Life Groups and all of our men’s breakfasts are meeting in person (taking wise precautions). Other Life Groups continue to meet via Zoom. We encourage you to keep connecting for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer.

SUMMER LIFELINE OPTIONS FOR WOMEN

Starting June 30, Women of Westside is offering women opportunities to develop spiritually and fellowship together.

Tuesdays, 10:00 am via Zoom – Philippians
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm via Zoom – 1 Peter
Tuesdays, 10:00 am at Rood Bridge Park – “The Cure” book club
Tuesdays, 1:00 pm via Zoom – “The Cure” book club
Thursdays, 7:00 pm at Huerta and Ingram homes – Luke

If you are interested in joining one of these groups or have questions, contact Amy Hickman or Suzie Davis.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

Many of you have discovered the convenience of giving to Westside’s ministries by donating online with a credit or debit card. It’s simple and secure. You may also mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

Looking forward to being with you in person!

Your Elders,
Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

June 13

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

Join us for our live streamed service tomorrow morning at 10:30. Connect online here.

The service will include worship, a time of remembering Christ with the Lord’s Supper, and a Bible message.

Our special guest speaker will be Bill MacLeod, Founder and Executive Director of Mission Connexion. Bill has dedicated his life to mobilizing churches in the Portland area to make disciples of the nations. He’ll be speaking on “The Power of Partnership” from Mark 6:31-44.

Watch recordings of past Sunday services, Sunday School lessons, and other presentations on our YouTube channel. The audio versions of all our sermons are posted on our website.

WE’RE STILL LISTENING TO YOUR FEEDBACK

We’re encouraged that a number of you have given us feedback about our proposal to bring on a full-time youth pastor. If you missed the video or want to watch it again, click this link.

If you consider Westside your church home and haven’t responded yet, please do so in the next several days. Send an email with your comments and questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have questions, we'll get back to you.

PLANS FOR OPENING UP

We look forward to when we’ll be able to again meet together in person on Sunday mornings for worship, learning, and encouragement. We’ll be doing this just as soon as Washington County is allowed to move into Phase 2. The Deacons have formulated plans for meeting safely. Watch your email for the big announcement and important instructions you’ll need to know.

Even though we’re not yet able to gather in person, we encourage you and your family to take advantage of as many virtual meetings as you can.

GATHERINGS FOR KIDS

Parents, check a separate email containing links to great resources just for your kids.

YOUTH GROUPS

Check your email, socials, or Band app for connection information about The Power and Bridges gatherings for junior high and high school youth.

LIFE GROUPS AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS

Some Life Groups has started meeting in person (taking proper precautions, of course). Other Life Groups continue to meet via Zoom for encouragement, fellowship, Bible study, and prayer.

Late Word: All weekly men's breakfasts are now meeting in local restaurants. No more Zoom gatherings. See the calendar for times and locations.

In the next couple of days, we’ll be emailing some Bible discussion questions that can be used in your Life Group this week.

SUMMER LIFELINE OPTIONS FOR WOMEN

Starting June 30, Women of Westside is offering women opportunities to develop spiritually and fellowship together.

Tuesdays, 10:00 am via Zoom – Philippians
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm via Zoom – 1 Peter
Tuesdays, 10:00 am at Rood Bridge Park – “The Cure” book club
Tuesdays, 1:00 pm via Zoom – “The Cure” book club
Thursdays, 7:00 pm at Huerta and Ingram homes – Luke

If you are interested in joining one of these groups or have questions, contact Amy Hickman or Suzie Davis. For more information.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

Many of you have discovered the convenience of giving to Westside’s ministries by donating online with a credit or debit card. It’s simple and secure. You may also mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

Your Elders,
Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

June 5

We’ve been trying to keep you updated with ways you can take part in worship, fellowship, and learning during these challenging days. There will be a lot happening in our fellowship this coming week.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

We invite you to connect with our live streamed worship service Sunday morning at 10:30.

In addition to singing praise to the Lord and remembering Christ through the Breaking of Bread, we’ll be continuing our study of the last book of the Bible, The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Scott Goff will give a stirring message from chapter 20 called “The Last Day in Court.”

Video recordings of past services are always posted on our YouTube channel. You can also find audio recordings of sermons on our website.

GATHERINGS FOR KIDS

The Saturday Zoom meetings for the Sunday School are on pause for now.

However, kids can watch this week’s Sunday School video lesson. Parents, you might have your kids watch the lesson while you take part in the live streamed Sunday Worship service.

Kids, be sure to join the CIA (Christianity in Action) club. There are prizes for completing your “missions.” Your CIA mission this week is to draw a picture of one of your favorite Bible stories. Then use the picture to tell the story to one of your parents and think about what God wants to teach you through that story. When you have completed this mission, text Leslie or Sherrie to let them know you have finished the mission.

YOUTH GROUPS

Junior High and High School guys and gals, watch your socials or Band app for information about your gatherings.

LIFE GROUPS, LIFELINE, AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS

Life Groups, Lifeline, and men’s breakfasts continue to gather via Zoom for encouragement, fellowship, study, and prayer. A number of you have been connecting. If you haven’t joined in yet, you’re missing out on a lot of encouragement and blessing. It’s not too late to start!

Watch your email for a special Bible study based on Revelation 20 that your Life Group can discuss this week. If, for some reason, you can’t connect with your Life Group, do the Bible study on your own.

DID YOU WATCH THE SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION ON THURSDAY EVENING?

We’ve been hearing from many who appreciated this presentation. If you missed it, you’ll get another chance. Watch your email for a link to the video.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

You can continue to give to Westside’s ministries through the website, or mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

It's our desire that you'll experience the reality of God's blessing in your life this coming week.

Your Elders,
Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

May 30

We’ve come to the end of another week, and we’re still abundantly blessed by the Lord. Just like we were last week and will be this coming week!! There's a lot happening in our fellowship this coming week.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

Our Sunday worship service will again be livestreamed tomorrow morning at 10:30. Here’s the link to the service.

Connect a few minutes early and quietly prepare your heart to worship and remember Jesus and learn from the Word of God. Jim Williams will be giving a message from what many believe is one of the most encouraging and victorious passages in the Bible – Revelation 19.

Video recordings of past services are always posted on our YouTube channel, and you can find audio recordings of sermons on our website.

A WORD ABOUT THE LIVE CHAT

A live chat will again be available during the service for thoughts and encouragement relating to Jim Williams’ talk. At the end of the service, you’ll be able to fellowship together and share prayer requests. All prayer requests will be covered in prayer throughout the week.

If you’d like to send a private prayer request to the elders, please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They will gladly pray for you.

GATHERINGS FOR KIDS

There will be no Saturday Zoom meetings for the Sunday School this week. However, kids and their parents can watch this week’s Sunday School video lesson on “Unity” by clicking this link.

We encourage you to use the discussion questions and other printable materials that were attached to a separate Sunday School email sent out on Thursday. Also, kids, join the CIA (Christianity in Action) club if you haven’t already. There are prizes for completing different “missions.”

YOUTH GROUPS

Junior High and High School guys and gals, watch your socials or Band app for information about your gatherings.

LIFE GROUPS, LIFELINE, AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS

Life Groups, Lifeline, and men’s breakfasts continue to gather via Zoom for encouragement, fellowship, study, and prayer. A number of you have been joining in, and we continue to hear reports about how people are being encouraged and blessed. Ask your leader how you too can connect.

A special note for Life Groups – Watch your email for a special Bible study based on Revelation 19 that your Life Group can discuss this week. If you can’t connect to your Life Group, do the Bible study on your own. You’ll be helped and encouraged.

WATCH A SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON THURSDAY AT 7:00 PM

Please plan to join us for a very important video presentation this coming Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. We’ll be opening up our hearts and sharing a vision for increasing our efforts to make disciples among our youth and in other ministries. Next week you’ll receive another email with a link to the presentation. Watch for it.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

You may continue to give to Westside’s ministries through the website, or you may mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

PLANS FOR OPENING UP

As Washington County moves into Phase 1 of opening up on Monday, we Elders and the Deacons are thinking through how we might be able to again gather in person in our building. We want to do this safely, legally, and in a way that honors Christ. We need wisdom from the Lord about how to do this.

Your Elders,
Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

May 22

PLANS FOR OPENING UP

We look forward to the time when we’ll be able to again meet together in person for worship, learning, and encouragement. We long for this and need this! The Deacons and we Elders are working on plans for doing this safely when the time is right. Please pray for us. We need wisdom from God (James 1:5).

Even though we’re not yet able to gather in person, we encourage you and your family to take advantage of as many virtual meetings as you can.

SUNDAY 10:30 WORSHIP SERVICE

We’ll again be livestreaming our 10:30 Sunday morning worship service. You can connect online here. The service will include worship singing (sing along from home), a time of remembering Christ with the Lord’s Supper, and an encouraging Bible message by Dick Papworth from Revelation 5 entitled "The Beginning of the End."

Go to our YouTube channel to watch recordings of past Sunday services, Sunday School lessons, and other presentations. Audio versions of all our sermons are posted on our website.

GATHERINGS FOR KIDS

Parents, encourage your kids to join the Sunday School Zoom meetings on Saturday mornings. Check the separate email that went out today for connection information and a link to this week’s Sunday School lesson.

YOUTH GROUPS

Bridges for high school youth will not meet this Sunday because of the Memorial Day holiday. Check your socials or Band app for connection information about The Power for junior higher and other youth meetings.

LIFE GROUPS, LIFELINE, AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS ARE MEETING

Life Groups, Lifeline, and men’s breakfasts continue to gather via Zoom for encouragement, fellowship, study, and prayer. 

Life Groups, click this link to download this week’s Bible study based on Sunday’s message on Revelation 5. 

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

Many of you have discovered the convenience of giving to Westside’s ministries by donating online with a credit or debit card. It’s simple and secure. If you have any questions about how to do this or encounter technical problems, please contact Dick Papworth. You may also mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

FINANCIAL WORRIES?

If this crisis is impacting your ability to meet your financial needs, please reach out to an Elder or Deacon. We’ll try to do what we can to help.

Your Elders,
Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

May 16

We’re encouraged that the Lord is working in the hearts if many in our fellowship. Even though we’re unable to gather in our normal meetings, please take advantage of as many of our virtual meetings as you can.

Some have been benefiting by doing this, but others aren’t. If you haven’t been connecting, it’s not too late to start. Don’t let being without a computer or the internet stop you. You can even connect to any Zoom meeting with an ordinary telephone. Check with your leader for help.

Here is a list of this week’s gatherings.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

You can again watch our 10:30 Sunday morning worship service. The service will be prerecorded this week instead of being live. Our Bible teacher will be Peter Mead who will be speaking on how to handle loneliness during this time of COVID-19.

Although the service begins at 10:30, you’ll be able to connect as early as 10:15 to watch some important preliminary announcements. Connect to the service here. Recordings of past services are always posted on our YouTube channel.

GATHERINGS JUST FOR KIDS

Parents, encourage your kids to join the Sunday School Zoom meetings on Saturday mornings. Join the 2nd to 5th grade meeting at 9:00 am and the Preschool to 1st grade meeting at 10:00 am.

All Sunday School students are invited to join the CIA – Christianity in Action club. Each week you will be given a new mission (should you choose to accept it) that will help deepen your love for Jesus and help you show the love of Jesus to others around you. When you have completed your mission, text Leslie or Sherrie to let us know you have finished it.

Watch an exciting new CIA episode when Agent 003 surprises Sunday School agents who completed their mission! 

Here is a link to this week’s kids’ lesson.

YOUTH GROUPS

The Power for middle school youth will meet this Sunday at 4:00 pm via Zoom. High schoolers can join Bridges this Sunday at 3:00 pm via Zoom. The Bridges small group time will be on Thursday night at 7:00 pm instead of the usual Tuesday night.

Check your socials or Band app for connection information.

LIFE GROUPS, LIFELINE, AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS ARE MEETING

Life Groups, Lifeline, and men’s breakfasts continue to gather via Zoom for encouragement, fellowship, study, and prayer. We strongly urge you to join in. Ask your leader how you can connect.

A special note for Life Groups – Some groups have decided to study certain Bible passages or topics during their Bible discussion times. If your group needs ideas, click this link to download a Bible study based on Peter Mead’s Sunday message on loneliness.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

You may continue to give to Westside’s ministries through the website, or you may mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

FINANCIAL WORRIES? DON’T SUFFER IN SILENCE.

We recognize this crisis is impacting many regarding their ability to earn income and meet their financial needs. Please don't suffer or worry in silence. Please reach out to an Elder or Deacon if you’re concerned. We’ll try to do what we can to help.

We encourage you to reach out to others in the body through phone calls, texts, and video chats. Make it a point to contact someone who might be feeling lonely. We need one another during these days.

Your Elders,

Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

May 8

We want to keep you informed about Westside happenings so we can stay encouraged and connected with one another. Here’s a list of this week’s gatherings.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE LIVE STREAM

Watch our live-streamed worship service on Sunday morning at 10:30. It will be Mother’s Day, and we’ll be honoring our special mothers. Guest speaker Terry Hickman will teach from the Word on the topic of “Biblical Womanhood.” Click here to connect to the service. If you miss the live service, you can watch a recording later. Recordings of past services are always posted on our YouTube site.

GATHERINGS JUST FOR KIDS AND THEIR PARENTS

Parents, encourage your kids to join the Sunday School Zoom meetings on Saturday mornings. Check the email that was sent out for how to connect.

All Sunday School students are invited to join the CIA – Christianity in Action club. Each week you will be given a new mission (should you choose to accept it) that will help deepen your love for Jesus and help you show Jesus' love to others around you. Kids, your mission this week is to do something nice for your mom! When you have completed your mission, text Leslie or Sherrie to let us know you have finished it.

To view this week's "Trust Talk" video provided by Jen Blazek, click on this link. See the separate email for links to videos of the songs, discussion questions, and other materials.

YOUTH GROUPS

There will be no youth groups this Sunday so our youth can spend time honoring their moms. Check your email or social media for instructions on how to connect to your Tuesday evening gatherings.

LIFE GROUPS, LIFELINE, AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS ARE MEETING

Life Groups, Lifeline, and men’s breakfasts continue to have video gatherings for encouragement, fellowship, study, and prayer. We encourage you to join in. Ask your leader how you can connect.

GLOBAL PRAYER GATHERING NEXT THURSDAY

This coming Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 pm, we’ll have the opportunity to have a part in making disciples in other countries and cultures at a special Zoom Global Prayer Gathering. Some information from our missionaries will be shared. Then we’ll go into God’s Throne Room and intercede in prayer for the nations. This will be a great opportunity to join together to connect to God's heart on behalf of people he loves. Check the email that was sent out for how to connect.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

You may continue to give to Westside’s ministries through the website, or you may mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

Even though the Westside body can’t meet in person, we encourage you to reach out to others in the body through phone calls, texts, and video chats. We need one another during these days.

Your Elders,

Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

 

May 2

Here’s a guide to upcoming Westside gatherings this week.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE LIVE STREAM

Watch our live-streamed Sunday worship service tomorrow morning at 10:30. The service will include worship singing, a remembrance of Christ and his death through the Lord’s Supper, and a Bible-based message by Jim Williams on the topic,” Road Trip to the Truth.” Watch the service here. If you miss the live service, you can use this same link to watch a recording later.

YOUTH GROUPS

Middle schoolers and high schoolers, join your Power and Bridges groups this week through Zoom meetings on Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings at 7:00. Check your Band app, email or social media for times and connection instructions.

LIFE GROUPS, LIFELINE, AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS

Life Groups, Lifeline, and men’s breakfasts continue to have video gatherings for encouragement, fellowship, study, and prayer. We encourage you to join in. Ask your leader how you can connect.

GATHERINGS JUST FOR KIDS AND THEIR PARENTS

Parents, encourage your kids to join the Sunday School Zoom meetings on Saturday mornings. Note that the times have changed. The Zoom meeting for the 2nd to 5th grade starts at 9:00 am. Join the 2nd to 5th grade meeting. The preschool to 1st grade meeting starts at 10:00 am. Join the preschool to 1st grade meeting.

Watch this week's Sunday School video lesson provided by Laura Huerta. Use the discussion questions and other printable materials that were sent with a separate email.

All Sunday School students are invited to join the CIA – Christianity in Action. View the CIA video.

Each week you will be given a new mission (should you choose to accept it) that will help deepen your love for Jesus and help you show Jesus' love to others around you. Completed missions will earn rewards.

Your CIA mission for this week (May 1-7) is to memorize and recite the April memory verse to one of your parents. When you have completed your mission, let us know you have finished it.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

You may continue to give to Westside’s ministries through the website, or you may mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

Even though the Westside body can’t meet in person, we encourage everyone to reach out to others in the body through phone calls, texts, and video chats. You’ll be an encouragement to others and be encouraged by them!

Your Elders,

Dan, Dick, Mike, and Jim

 

APRIL 18

We hope you're well, encouraged, and continuing to learn new things from the Lord and his Word.

WORSHIP SERVICE LIVE STREAM TOMORROW

We encourage you and your family to connect to our live-streamed worship service tomorrow at 10:30. We'll be worshipping together through singing and remembering Christ's sacrifice as we take part in the Lord's Supper.

Then a special and timely panel discussion will focus on the very important topic of how to continue growing spiritually and staying connected with one another during this difficult time of COVID-19.

Click here tomorrow at 10:30 to link to the service. If you log in to your YouTube account, you'll be able to participate in the live chat during the service. You can use this same link to watch a recording of the service later.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

You may continue to give to Westside’s ministries through the website or you may mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606. If the Lord puts it on your heart to help some in our fellowship who have financial needs, you may designate your gift for the Benevolence Fund.

DO YOU HAVE A NEED?

Please let us know if you have a need. We and our deacons care about you and want to do whatever we can to help.

Your Elders

APRIL 10

Today is Good Friday, the day we remember the crucifixion of our Savior, Jesus Christ. For Him it was anything but a good experience. The hours he hung on the Cross involved horrible suffering--both physical and spiritual.

He submitted to death because He wanted us to experience forgiveness and a close relationship with God. This makes it a very good Friday for us. Read more here.

Here’s a guide to upcoming Westside gatherings.

WORSHIP SERVICE LIVE STREAM THIS SUNDAY

This Sunday you’ll be able to tune in to our live-streamed Easter service. Click here at 10:30 to link to the service. You can use this same link to watch a recording of the service later.

SATURDAY GATHERINGS JUST FOR KIDS

The Sunday School team is hosting Zoom meetings for our Sunday School kids and teachers on Saturday mornings. There will be a meeting for Preschool through 1st grade at 10:00 and another for 2nd through 5th grade at 11:00. Watch your email for how to connect and other exciting resources just for our kids.

YOUTH GROUPS

Middle schoolers and high schoolers, you’re invited to The Power and Bridges through Sunday Zoom meetings. There will be no meeting this Easter Sunday. Bridges guys and ladies are also meeting Tuesday evenings at 7:00. Check your email for instructions on how to connect.

LIFE GROUPS, LIFELINE, AND MEN’S BREAKFASTS ARE MEETING

Life Groups, Lifeline, and men’s breakfasts continue to have video gatherings for encouragement, fellowship, study, and prayer. We encourage you to join in. Ask your leader how you can connect.

DO YOU NEED HELP?

If you have any spiritual or practical needs, don’t hesitate to contact us. We and others in the Westside body want to do what we can to help you.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

You may continue to give to Westside’s ministries through the website or you may mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

If the Lord puts it on your heart to help some in our fellowship who have financial needs, you may give online and designate your gift for the Benevolence Fund.

We hope this update will be helpful for your spiritual growth today. May this weekend by a special time of remembering the sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of Christ.

Your Elders

 

APRIL 4

During these days when we’re unable to gather in person, we can stay connected, grow together, and help one another.

WORSHIP SERVICE LIVE STREAM THIS SUNDAY

Tomorrow morning you’ll again be able to tune in to our live-streamed worship service. We’ll begin with worship music focusing our hearts on our wonderful Lord. We encourage you and your family to engage by singing along. The words of the songs will be on the screen. We’ll share some important announcements, Andy Gossard will give a Bible message for Palm Sunday, and we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.

THE LORD'S SUPPER

During this part of the service, we'll introduce the Lord’s Supper and invite you to partake of the emblems that remind us of the death of our Savior. Please prepare your own bread and juice in your homes in advance.

YES, WE CAN FELLOWSHIP TOGETHER!

These are difficult days for many. Some are discouraged. Some are afraid. Some are lonely or bored. Some have been laid off from their jobs. Some have been struggling with sickness, although we aren’t aware of any in our body who have contracted coronavirus.

We can come alongside one another with encouragement, prayer, and practical help. Take time to call others to find out how they’re doing and to offer encouragement. Take advantage of the various virtual meetings that are going on each week.

OPPORTUNITIES TO GATHER IN SMALL GROUPS

It has been good to see a number of our groups meeting together through the use of Zoom and other video conferencing tools. Groups that are doing this include youth groups, Lifeline, Life Groups, ministry teams, and even men’s breakfasts. Yes, it is possible for men to eat together while apart!

If you haven’t joined in yet, contact your group leader and find out how you connect. You’ll be encouraged, and you’ll be able to encourage others.

DO YOU NEED HELP?

If you have any spiritual or practical needs, don’t hesitate to contact us. We and others in the Westside body want to do what we can to help you.

You may have financial needs as the result of being laid off your job. If so, we are concerned and might be able to help. Please contact Paul Kauffman of the Deacons.

WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING

Even though we can’t gather in person, ministry is continuing. You may continue to give to Westside’s ministries through the website or you may mail your gift to 526 SE 9th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123-4606.

If the Lord puts it on your heart to help some in our fellowship who have financial needs, you may give online and use the drop-down menu to designate your gift for the Benevolence Fund.

We hope this update will be helpful for your spiritual growth today. We close with this promise from the Lord:

Psalm 34:19 – “The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.”

Your Elders

 

MARCH 27

We remain committed to keeping you updated with ways you can take part in worship, fellowship, and learning during this time of coronavirus social distancing.

WORSHIP SERVICE THIS SUNDAY

We're again planning to live stream our worship service this Sunday morning. Click here on Sunday at 10:30 to link to the service.

The service will include worship music directing our hearts to the Lord, several important announcements, a Bible message from Revelation 4 by Tim Boettcher, and a celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

THE LORD'S SUPPER

We look forward to the day when we can again break bread together at Westside. Until then, we'll include the Lord’s Supper in the live streamed service.

During this part of the service, we'll introduce the Lord’s Supper, and then we'll partake of the emblems together from our various homes. We ask that you prepare your own bread and juice in advance. Exactly what you use for bread and juice is not nearly as important as the fact that you'll be remembering Christ.

How to prepare your heart:

1. Be in the Word and walk in fellowship with Christ during the week.
2. Let the Holy Spirit stir up worship in your heart as you remember what Christ has done for you on the Cross.
3. As you partake of the bread and juice, thank Christ for what he has done for you.

NEW VIDEO UPDATE FROM THE ELDERS

Watch this new message from the Elders.

OPPORTUNITIES TO GATHER IN SMALL GROUPS

It is important that we care for one another and find ways to fellowship together even though we cannot meet in person. Here are several good options:

1. Make use of video conferencing technology to regularly meet as youth groups, Life Groups, Lifeline, men’s breakfasts, and other groups. Some, like Life Groups, Lifeline, and ministry team meetings, are doing this with Zoom and other applications. Check with your group leader about how you can connect to your group.

2. Telephone people in the body, especially those in your Life Group, to find out how they are doing, give them an encouraging word, and pray for them over the phone.

3. Pray for one another. Pray for good health, peace, and freedom from fear. Pray for opportunities to show the love of Christ to your neighbors. Pray for those who are sick and suffering in other parts of our country and in other countries.

If you have any spiritual or physical needs during this time, please contact us. We and others in the Westside body will do what we can to help you. We love each of you.

Your Elders and Deacons

 

MARCH 22

It was wonderful to be able to connect with one another this morning through our live streamed service. From the feedback we’ve received, it was an encouragement to many.

Thank you, Karl and Ted, for making sure the technology worked! Thanks to those who took part in the service, including Ian Williams who had a message from Matthew 11 that was powerful, relevant, and encouraging.

If you missed the service or want to watch again, click here

The Elders been talking through our next steps in dealing with the “new normal” and how to respond as a church.

1. What steps can we take personally to protect ourselves and others?

We respect the potential dangers associated with this disease. Please follow the guidelines and take the precautions recommended by health authorities. Practice social distancing by staying home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out and then maintain 6 feet of space between you and other people. Wash your hands often. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.

2. What steps are we taking as a church?

On March 13, we informed you that we temporarily suspended all gatherings (Sunday morning services, Life Groups, men’s breakfasts, youth groups, and Lifeline). One of the best ways we can love our neighbor as ourselves during this time is to do our part to slow the spread of this disease. We are continuing to monitor the situation. When the medical authorities inform the public that it is safe to return to normal activities, we will resume meeting as a congregation at Westside.

3. What is planned for Sunday mornings?

• We plan to continue live streaming our Sunday morning services, although how we do it may change in response to any new directives issues by the authorities. We’ll continue to inform you through emails.

• We’re working on possible ways to remember Christ by celebrating the Lord’s Supper together. Watch for emails with information on how you can participate. In the meantime, we encourage you to do this in your own families. Sing songs of worship to Christ, read Scriptures that exalt Christ, and partake of the bread and the cup in remembrance of Christ and his sacrificial death.

• Use our website to listen to Bible teaching in past sermons. Click here.  Do this individually or as couples and families.

4. How do we personally stay in contact with each other?

It is extremely important that we continue to care for and find ways to fellowship together during this difficult time even though we cannot meet in person. Let us suggest several options:

• To keep you informed, we’ll be sending out regular emails and posting on our website and Facebook page. If you know of someone who may not be receiving our emails, please give their information to Ruth Keller so she can add them to the communication list. We don’t want anyone to be left out!

• We encourage you to pray for one another. Pray for good health, peace and freedom from fear, and opportunities to show the love of Christ to our neighbors. Pray also for those who are suffering in other parts of our country and in other countries.

• Make use of video conferencing technology to regularly meet as youth groups, Life Groups, Lifeline, men’s breakfasts, and other groups. Some are already doing this with Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp, Skype, and Instagram. We highly recommend Zoom and encourage your group to consider using it to connect. For some of you, technology is scary, but there are people in the body who will be happy to help you get set up. Just ask for help.

• Telephone people in the body, especially those in your Life Group, to find out how they are doing, give them an encouraging word, and pray for them over the phone.

We love each of you and are praying for you. If you have any specific spiritual or physical needs during this time, please contact us. We and others in the Westside body will do what we can to help you.

The concerns and guidelines being issued related to COVID-19 continue to change. Although this is a serious and potentially fatal disease, we can rest in the fact that God is in control, he loves us, and is always there to strengthen us in our time of need. We have an opportunity to share hope with those around us as we seek to make disciples starting right where we live.

The Elders and Deacons

 

MARCH 19

We hope you are finding ways to stay close to the Lord and to our Westside family as you cocoon away from human contact over these next few weeks.

We love each of you and are praying for you. We also want you to know that if you have any specific spiritual or physical needs during this turbulent time, we and others in the Westside body will do whatever we can to help you.

For example, if you are housebound and cannot go out to buy groceries or pick up prescriptions, please let know so we can help you. Please do not hesitate to communicate with us or members of your Life Group so we can be aware of any needs you may have.

We plan to live stream the service this Sunday morning. Watch for an email with instructions on how to connect.

Galatians 5:13-14 - Through love serve one another, for the whole law is fulfilled in one word, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Your Elders and Deacons

 

MARCH 16

The Elders and Deacons continue to follow the rapidly changing situation of the coronavirus pandemic.

Taking precautions

We respect the potential dangers associated with this disease and encourage people to take precautions recommended by health authorities: Wash your hands often with soap and water. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Stay home when you are sick. Those in high-risk groups (the elderly and those with compromised immune systems) should stay home and avoid crowds as much as possible.

One of the best ways we can love our neighbor as ourselves during this time is to do our part to slow the spread of this disease. This is what love requires of us. For this reason, the Elders and Deacons have taken the step to temporarily suspend all gatherings (Sunday morning services, Life Groups, Youth Groups, and Lifeline). We plan to begin livestreaming our Sunday Worship messages.

How to give

While Westside gatherings are suspended, you may continue to give online. If you prefer giving by check, mail your check to Westside.

Reach out to others in Jesus’ Name

During this time of crisis, God can use us to show the love of Christ in practical ways to our friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Many of them are struggling with feelings of hopelessness because everything they have depended on is being taken from them. God can use us to point them to the hope that we have in Christ. Check with your neighbors to see if there are ways you can help them with practical needs. For example, some may be confined to their homes and unable to go out to buy groceries or other essentials.

Trusting God

We are concerned over the wave of panic that has been gripping many people. Fear should not dictate our responses. It is for times like this that we place our trust and confidence in the absolute wisdom, goodness, and power of our God. He is Lord and in control of everything – even when things seem out-of-control to us. Our God can be completely trusted no matter what happens, and we should not be fearful.

We can confidently say:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” – Psalm 46:1-7

Your Elders at Westside Bible Fellowship

Dan, Dick, Herb and Mike 

 

MARCH 15

Good morning, Westside. As you likely know we aren’t meeting this week. We are working on a live stream for next week and will give more details to come. For now, here is a video update.

 

MARCH 13

Dear Westside Church body:

As you know by now, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought much of the world to a halt. During this time we elders and deacons have sought to do what is wise for the whole church body without being alarmist or careless.

We believe it to be wise to suspend all gatherings (all Sunday morning services, Life Groups, Youth Groups, and Lifeline) until further notice. One of the best ways we can love our neighbor as ourselves during this time is to do our part to slow the spread of this disease.

We are working on ways to connect with one another remotely during this time. But we would love to encourage you to take these next few weeks to invest in relationships with your neighbors or those around you for the sake of the Gospel.

We will be communicating more in the coming days.

We understand there is a lot of panic these days. While the implications of this virus are serious and will be costly in many ways, we remember that our hope is not in this world or the things of this world. And we have an opportunity to share that hope with those around us as we seek to make disciples starting right where we are at.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah”
Psalm 46:1-3

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns.

Warmly in Christ,
Your Elders and Deacons