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March 31, 2022
Westside exists to lead people to a life-giving relationship with Jesus.
We do this by,  Sharing Jesus, Showing Love and Building Believers 
 
 Worship Services

Sunday Mornings

9:00 Traditional Service
10:30 Modern Service

Westside Kids  Kdg. - 5th 
Sundays at 10:30am
Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm

Westside Kids Jr. 6-week old through PreK children. 
Sunday Mornings  10:30am

Westside Christian Church's
April 15, 2022
7:00 pm

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed."   1 Peter 2:24

Join us as we celebrate Good Friday together as a church family.
This somber service will include scripture readings,

worship songs, hymns, and communion.
Join us on Easter, April 17th, at Westside Christian Church as
we celebrate the Risen
Savior! 
  • 9am Traditional Service
  • 10:30am Modern Service - *Full children's programs
  • NOTE: ADDITIONAL MODERN EASTER SERVICE ADDED AT 12:00pm WITH *Full children's programs =  *Westside Kids Kdg - 5th *Westside Kids Jr. 1-week through PreK. 
  • NOTE: The 10:30am and 12:00pm Easter worship services will have the same modern music, sermon, communion and full children's programs, etc.
    FYI full children's programs = Westside Kids Kdg-5th and Westside Kids Jr. 1-week through PreK
March 31, 2022           

Sermon: The Way Out of the Grave
Deuteronomy 30:11-20

Click below for WCC's sermon archives  
Sermon archives
The Sunflower is Ukraine's national flower. You may want to display the flower as a sign of your support for all the Ukrainians who are suffering persecution, homelessness, sorrow  etc. We can only imagine....so we pray.

UKRAINE HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

Click below to learn about Westsides' invitation to respond to the refugee crisis
in the Ukraine and surrounding countries.


The Titus family are friends of church members Robert and Sara Shrout. 
LINK FOR WCC'S INVITE to help support Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic.
   DEVOTIONAL   

MY PLANS
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16:3 NIV

I was looking through various translations of Proverbs 16:3. I found that I received each one differently. For as long as I can remember, I have considered this as a verse that makes me think of success. If I commit my actions to God, He will be in my plans. Almost like God is some sort of genie in a bottle. It's a transaction based understanding. If I do A, God will do B for me and B happens to be something I planned out.

The New Living Translation seems to support my understanding as it says, "Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed." Essentially, if I commit MY actions to God, MY plans will succeed. I seem to be the central focus of this approach.

There seems to be a flaw in my understanding. If I am the one whose plans are being fulfilled, how can my actions honor God? If I were to truly commit my actions to God, could I still have my own plans? If whatever I do is for God, shouldn't my plans really be the same as His plans? Can I have plans that are my own if I have truly surrendered fully to God?

Usually when I read the King James Version of the Bible I walk away confused. Old English is tough for me to comprehend. However, in this case the KJV has been key. It says, "Commit thy works unto the LORD, And thy thoughts shall be established." The other versions speak about plans, but this version speaks about thoughts. That makes sense. If my actions are intentional for God, my thoughts will be for Him too.

Think about it from the perspective of a project around the house. Maybe it is Saturday and you are going to do a deep clean of the house or you are building a new shed. That day your actions will be focused on that project. It consumes your thoughts and plans. Or maybe you are planning a vacation. It takes over your thoughts and plans. You may change your budget because you want to save for vacation or you decide to work overtime to earn more for this trip you are excited about. The vacation consumed your actions and your thoughts.

God wants us to be the same with Him. He wants us to be consumed by Him. As we commit our actions to Him, He takes over our thoughts. His plans become ours. This is not a transactional relationship He is calling us into, but an overwhelming infiltration. God wants our hearts to be filled with Him. He wants our actions and thoughts to show this.

Be blessed and be a blessing,
Matt
03/31/2022

Click below to choose from WCC'S from Westside's archives of Bible studies
Link to Video Archives of WCC's Bible Studies
This is the perfect place for you if are new to Westside, new to Christianity, returning to your faith, or exploring God and Jesus. It's a safe place to ask questions about God and have conversations about faith.

Matt and Julie Ennis will lead this group for 9 sessions (4/20 - 6/15). 
Starting Point will meet Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm at the church. 
Spots are limited so sign up now by emailing
matt@westsidechristianchurch.com
Childcare is available upon request. 
From Sunday, March 27th till April 10th WCC's Show Love Ministry
will be highlighting  Our Father's House.
Learn More about "Our Father's House
Chili Cook off
AND

Cornhole Tourney 2022 
Benefitted Westside Kids on Sunday, March 27th raising $487.00 for KidMin! Way to go Westside and friends! Fun had by all.  
Westside's First, Second and Third place. Congrats to our 7 Chili chefs extraordinaire. 👏
Westsides' Corn Hole Winners and  team members

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Led by Ray, Westsiders family and friends are encouraged to come to Westside on Saturday, April 9th starting at 8:30am for our Church Clean-Up Day

We will have outside and inside jobs including; (but not limited to) remulching, general cleanup, light landscaping, cleaning out part of the Kidmin area for new preteen room, carpet stretching and clean, etc. Please contact Ray Wilburn at 1-830-507-9571 with questions. Signing up at the Connect Center is preferred, yet if  Saturday, the 9th rolls along and you discover you are available just come on over from 8:30 on.

NEW ROOF
Westside' new flat roof will be installed starting this Monday, April 4th and possibly running all the way until next Wednesday.  They are hoping to finish it in one week but they are anticipating a lot of work needing to be done to our existing structure before installing the new roof.
Summer Camps, Conferences & Events for K-12th Grade
Unbeatable ways for kids and students to grow deeper in their relationship with God while making memories with friends (new and old)! Below are the dates for the currently scheduled ones. The opportunities vary from K-12th grade.

June 12th-15th------ Vacation Bible School (K-5th Grades)
June 27th -July1st--- Junior Camp (6-8th Grades)
July 4th -8th----WinShape Camp - Having completed K-5th Grades)                  See info below 


July 18th -22nd- Christ in Youth Conference(CIY) (9th-12th Grades)
 
Check out the below link for more info.
WCC's Summer 2022 Info

Want to learn how to play pickleball, brush up on your skills, or simply meet some new friends?  Join others from the church every Tuesday 6:30pm starting next Tuesday, April 5th at the courts located just to the south of Miller Elementary at the corner of 43rd St W & 9th Ave W. This activity is open tp all age levels. If you have any questions please call or text Cindy Otremba at 218-831-6188. She did ask for you to let her know if you don't have any equipment and wish to play pickleball so she can address those needs. Cindy says there is some extra equipment for those without. Mark your calendars for Westside's Pickleball Tournament will be held Saturday May 21st. 

You can register for the Bradenton WinShape camp below
Registration is still open for WinShape Camp at Bradenton Christian
Monday April 4th   6-8pm
Longhorn Steakhouse
 
As our team comes near to the end of the season 
🎉Come out and cheer Westside's team on to victory 📣
Upcoming games are Friday 4/1 (no kiddin") and Monday 4/4
Join us for the next "Clean Comedy for a Cause" at Westside on 
Sunday, April 24th.
 Click #1 button below for more information and ways to buy tickets.
Click button #2 for information about the charity that benefits from this night.

 
#1 More Info and link to Buy Tickets
#2 Renaissance Church Information
Week of Sunday, March 27, 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: $5,068.00
DESIGNATED GIVING: $557.00
MINIMUM WEEKLY GENERAL BUDGET NEEDED: $7,458.37
IN-PERSON  ATTENDANCE: 232
Click To Give Online
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