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