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Westside exists to lead people to a life-giving relationship with Jesus.
We do this by,  Sharing Jesus, Showing Love and Building Believers 
 
February 10, 2022

                             Ways to Show Love Beyond Valentine's Day

1) Love through prayer. He has commanded us to love, but He does not expect us to do it on our own. Pray for His guidance, and He will direct you. Ask God to help you see people through His eyes. Through God, you can gain the strength to love those who may be difficult to love. Humble yourself before the Lord—because sometimes you may be difficult to love as well.

2) Love through action. Love isn’t all service, but it is a large part of it. We serve Him by loving each other, and we can serve others in love. Put love into action: volunteer, help a neighbor with yard work, or introduce someone to the love found in His Word.

3) Love through attentiveness. Family and friends love to feel loved. Offer recognition of the time and effort put into the dinner on the table, concern when they’re unhappy, or words of affirmation when they need some encouragement. Simply being available can show your love in big ways.

HOW SHOWING LOVE MIGHT LOOK IN YOUR LIFE

  • Exhibiting patience rather than frustration at the person ahead of you in line.
  • Offering forgiveness when you feel you have been wronged
  •  Setting aside time to spend in His Word each day
  •  Focusing on courtesy in your everyday interactions with strangers and family alike
  •  Praying for a friend, family member, acquaintance—or someone with whom you don’t get along
  • We know how it feels to be on the receiving end of love, so how wonderful it is also to spread love to others. When we consider the gift of God’s unconditional love, we realize how truly lucky we are to be loved by Him. Loving others is how we show Him we are listening and want to do as He does. Not only does sharing love make others feel good, it lifts you up as well. Go into the rest of this year with a heart full of love.
  •   DaySpring Cards Amber, January 16, 2022
 Worship Services

Sunday Mornings

9:00 Traditional Service
10:30 Modern Service
 

Westside Kids   
Sundays at 10:30am
Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm

Your K-5th graders are invited to Westside Kids where they will learn all about God's love in a fun and exciting way by diving into the Word of God and learning practical day to day lessons that will impact them in their faith journey for years to come. Your elementary children will learn they need to make the wise choice, they should treat others the way they want to be treated, and they can trust God no matter what.
            

Westside Kids Jr.

Sunday Mornings  10:30am
Your 6-week old through Pre-K children are invited to Westside Kids Jr. where they will learn that God loves them, God made them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever. Toddlers through Pre-K learn about God through play, Bible stories and worship in fun and engaging ways. If you have questions please

Contact Lisa Stockton at lisa@westsidechristianchurch.com

Westside Christian Church's
April 15, 2022
7:00 - 8:00pm
Join us as we celebrate Good Friday together as a church family.
This somber service will include scripture readings,

worship songs, hymns, and communion.
February 10, 2022

                       "Serve or Be Served?"        Matthew 20:20-28

                                                               GUEST SPEAKER
On this coming Sunday Westside welcomes Aaron Johnson.  Aaron, along with  his wife Jen and the rest of their family are "planting" the Renaissance Church  in Lakewood Ranch. It will be the newest church coming to that area.  Aaron and Jen previously served at a brand new church-plant in Lake Nona, FL. They bring a lot of enthusiasm and expertise to this endeavor. Currently their church is meeting in small groups. They plan on launching worship services in Fall of 2022.
Follow the link below to learn more. 
(FYI - This is a church that Westside has partnered with financially.)

Info about Renaissance Church
Click below for WCC's sermon archives  
Sermon archives
   DEVOTIONAL   

SEEK REST OR ELSE 

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the hear” - Hebrews 4:12

The imagery in this passage is vivid.  Most of us don’t run around using swords anymore.  However, we have seen them in museums, history books, and movies, of course.  We know that a double edge sword has a blade on each side of the sword.  As opposed to our kitchen knives that have a blade on just one side. This was a tool meant to make an impact. 

Paul the author describes a sword that has the sharpness of a surgical scalpel. It is able to split the joints of the bones from the marrow of the bones themselves. It can divide a soul from a spirit. The operator of the sword has a steady hand with precision.

Prior to this verse, the Apostle Paul has just shared with the audience the importance of rest.  He challenges his audience to rest from work, just like God did.  If you refer back to Genesis chapter 1, God worked for six days creating our world.  On the sixth day, he created man.  Then He sat back and enjoyed His creation.  On the seventh day, He did not work. Genesis 2 says He completed all of His work so He rested and made it holy.  A day set aside for us to do the same.

Paul says in Hebrews, “The word of God is alive and active.”  So much so that by wielding a razor-sharp sword, the word has the ability to judge our hearts. God says our work is done in six days.  God assures us His word has the ability to separate our soul and spirit. The soul represents our human form.  The spirit refers to our spiritual relationship with our God.

I think the point Paul is trying to make here is two-fold.
First, even at rest, God is at work with us.  The word remains active even as we rest. Through the Holy Spirit, God is drawing us closer to Him and further from our human form. Let us not forget, Jesus is the living word.  He has already overcome the world.  Shouldn’t we rest knowing His victory is ours.

Secondly, as much as we may try, we can’t ever outrun God.  He knows what is in our heart and in our minds.  We may think we can hide things from Him, but his sword has the ability to reach all places and dissect our innermost and darkest thoughts and feelings.  Those fears, that guilt, and those feelings that we think we can tuck away in a part or our souls that only we can see are not hidden from God. 

God is present in rest.  Seek rest as God sought it and you will find Him

Be blessed and be a blessing,
Matt
02/1020/22

"Show Love Ministry" is  Highlighting 
The Tidwell Fund for Cobán Hospital, Guatemala
Please watch Jasmine Tidwell's  video  (Created in December 2021.)
to learn more about the Tidwell Fund's amazing efforts in 
Guatemala
Watch The Tidewell Fund's Video about their mission work.
See directions below on how to make a donation
thru Westside Christian Church to the Tidwell Fund
Thanks to all for laughing with us at our most recent "Comedy For a Cause" event. 
We raised $3,594.00 for Anchor House Mission! How fun is that??
 
Join us for our next "Clean Comedy for a Cause" on Sunday,April 24th.
Scan the QRCode below to buy tickets - 
OR Click below for more information and another way to buy tickets.
More Info and link to Buy Tickets
"Renaissance Church" Information
Also see article in this issue titled "Guest Speaker"
for more info about this cause.

Join us on the Westside App today for complete information on events .
Click the button below and then scroll to the bottom of the page to get information on downloading the app.

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FYI -All of WCC's adult classes are Bible-based.
Spiritual Warfare by
Max Anders
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Wednesday, January 5th  thru Wednesday, March 9th -2022
7:00pm - 8:00pm meets in Adult classroom
and live streaming on Westside's Facebook page. 
Each session will be available on WCC's website and app starting on the Thursday after each session.
No registration required. 
NOTE: YOU CAN JOIN ANYTIME DURING THIS SERIES
 If you have questions about this study please contact Pastor Tim
at   
tim@westsidechristianchurch.com
Spiritual Warfare
by Max Anders
  • Session 1: Jan. 5th - "What Is Spiritual Welfare?"
  • Session 2: Jan. 19th -"Who are the unseen forces in the Visible War ?" 
  • & "The Belt of Truth"
  • Session 3: Jan. 26th - "What is the Breastplate of Righteousness?"
  • Session 4: Feb 2nd - "What are the Shoes of The Gospel of Peace?"
  • Session 5:  Feb 9th - "What is the Shield of Faith?"
  • Session 6: Feb 16th -  'What is the Helmet of Salvation?"
Click on the link below to watch videos from WCC's previous Bible studies
Link to Video Archives of WCC's Bible Studies

 Open to all men. Come whenever you can.
We know life is crazy! 

NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED! 
Meets  every Friday in Westside's Adult Classroom.

6:30-7:30am 
Click below for more information.

More Information about the "Bros" Bible Study
More Details to follow

Youth Spaghetti Dinner & Dessert Auction Fundraiser
Sunday, February 27th   5:00-7:00pm

Everyone is welcome to come to this fun dinner and dessert auction. It's a delicious spaghetti dinner to raise funds for 6th-12th grade students for summer camps and conferences like  CIY MOVE (Christ In Youth Move).

The entertainment at this dinner includes joining in on the bidding for all the delicious desserts that have been donated.

To get  tickets look for the Ticket Booth in our lobby OR click on the link below to buy them online OR email Russ Duket at  russ@westsidechristianchurch.com

Buy Spaghetti Dinner Tickets
Wednesday, March 9, 2022         6:30 - 8:00pm
This class, taught by Lead Pastor Tim Boyd, is for anyone who is considering membership with Westside, learning more about Westside, or learning more about what a church is.
Please email to sign up at tim@westsidechristianchurch.com
Week of Sunday, January 30, 2022 Summaries

"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. "  Corinthians 9:7 

GENERAL GIVING: $8,387.00
DESIGNATED GIVING: $504.00
MINIMUM WEEKLY GENERAL BUDGET NEEDED: $7,458.37
IN-PERSON  ATTENDANCE: 176
Click To Give Online
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