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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"  
 
April 14, 2022
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 at which we will embrace moments of being
quiet with our God.
The service will include scripture readings,

worship songs, hymns, and communion.
Additional Information about WCC's Good Friday Service

This service will be live-streamed 
At 7:00pm on Good Friday.
The link to the streaming of this service will be found on:
1) The front page of WCC's website (https://www.westsidechristianchurch.com/)

2) WCC's app. ( FYI If you don't have this app find the link for it in this issue just below the article on  "Spring Cleanup.")

3) WCC's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/westsidechristianchurch)

Childcare will be provided for children 5 years old and younger. 
 There will not be any KidMin programming during this service.
Join us on Easter, April 17th, at Westside Christian Church
to celebrate the truths of the Risen Christ! 
  • 9am Traditional Service
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  • 10:30am Modern Service - *Full children's programs
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  • NOTE
  • ADDITIONAL MODERN 
  • EASTER SERVICE at 12:00pm 
  • *Full children's programs* =  *Westside Kids Kdg - 5th grade and                                       *Westside Kids Jr. 1-week through PreK.* 
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  • NOTEThe 10:30am and 12:00pm Easter worship services will have the same modern music, sermon, communion and *full children's programs*, etc.
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April 17, 2022

SERMON Easter Sunday: "There's Joy in the House of the Lord!"
Psalm 23:6

Click below for WCC's sermon archives  
Sermon archives
Regular Schedule of Worship Services 
Will resume on  Sunday April 24th

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-weeks old through PreK children. 
Sunday Mornings  10:30am

Our prayers and actions are still needed as the Crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries continues. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNCHR) recently reported that "4,656,509 Refugees fled Ukraine. Also there are 7.1 million internally displaced persons." (Data as of 12 April 2022)
LINK FOR WCC'S INVITE to help support Ukrainian refugees in the Czech Republic.
   DEVOTIONAL   
King of the Jews 
 
“Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. 
The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head.
They clothed Him in a purple robe and went up to Him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped Him in the face. Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing Him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against Him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take Him and crucify Him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against Him.” The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law He must die, because He claimed to be the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.” When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed Him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns" - John 19:1‭-‬16 NIV 
 
Matt Ennis writes  "Each week in our staff meeting at Anchor House we do a devotional. This week I decided we would read the selection above in place of a formal devotional. I am grateful we did. I left that reading and short discussion with a weight on my heart.  
 
We speak of Jesus dying for us, but often we forget the devastation He faced. He stood alone as He was disowned by His people. The occupying authority attempted to promote His innocence but finally, He is sentenced to death. Keeping peace was more valuable to the government than clearing an innocent man.   
 
The people of God failed to recognize and honor the Messiah. Instead they acknowledged Caesar as their king. In the face of a heavenly king they abandoned their God and choose an earthly human as their king. They used the system to commit murder breaking God's commandments. They violated a commandment because of their self-righteousness. Rather than worshiping their savior they sent Him to the slaughter.  
 
Pilot also fails to recognize the significance of the man in front of him. He seems to be able to identify His innocence. He seems to get an inkling as to His significance. But his fear of looking bad to a human king blind him.   
 
It makes me think about how many times I am “Pilot” or a religious leader in the lynch mob of angry Jews.  I let my insecurities take over.  I get blinded.  I see Jesus right in front of me but the ways of this world blind me. Religion, the laws of man, and tradition get in the way of seeing my savior right in front of me.   
 
I may be alone in these feelings.  In fact, I pray I am. But something tells me we've all let ourselves lose sight of Jesus.  We've all been blinded by our own insecurities and self-righteous attitudes.  
 
This Easter, let's commit to giving in.  Give in to that "feeling" when Jesus is calling us to pray or share Him with someone.  Give in when "religion" makes us lose sight of what Jesus did and the space He calls us into. Give in when the world says, "go this way" and Jesus says, 'this is the way'. " 

Be blessed and be a blessing,
Matt

04/13/2022


This 9-session program being offered at Westside is the perfect place if one or more of the below items apply to you or someone you know:
1) New to Westside
2) New to Christianity
3) Returning to your faith
4) 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 on Wednesdays (4/20 - 6/15). 
Each weekly session will be held from 6:30-8pm at the church. 

Spots are limited so sign-up soon on the list at the "Welcome Desk" in the lobby or by emailing matt@westsidechristianchurch.com Childcare is available upon request. 
Video Intro to "Starting Point" Series
All men are welcome. The group meets every other Wednesday morning.
For more info please contact bob_lendermon@yahoo.com
Click below to choose from  Westside's archives of previous Bible studies
Link to Video Archives of WCC's Bible Studies

Feeding Empty Little Tummies is a unique program designed to help end child hunger in our local community. It was founded in 2010 to feed our homeless children on weekends, a time when these children often go hungry.

"Today, F.E.L.T. is the only backpack program in Manatee County that provides
proper fresh nutritious food to over 800 children weekly."

Learn more about F.E.L.T.
Thank you to Ray, our fearless Buildings and Ground Team Leader, and his crew who came together for WCC's Spring Clean-up and accomplished much last Saturday!  They trimmed the trees in the parking lot and cleared all the overgrown bushes out.  They also mulched pretty much everything and even cleaned up in front of the office!  On the inside of the building the old sewing room got cleaned out and some drywall was patched. Let’s not forget all the work that went into our brand new butterfly garden just outside the kid’s entrance.  It was wonderful to see all these people working so hard to clean-up and beautify our church surroundings, both inside and outside. YOU ALL WERE AWESOME! So grateful for everyone who helped out.

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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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 12th - 15th--- Junior Camp  (6th-7th grade only)

July 4th-8th----WinShape Camp - Having completed K-5th Grades) See info below 

July 18th -22nd- Christ in Youth Conference(CIY) (9th-12th Grades)
 
 Register on the below link
Register here for any of the above Camps
You can register for the Bradenton WinShape camp below
Registration is still open for WinShape Camp at Bradenton Christian

Want to learn how to play pickleball, brush up on your skills, or simply meet some new friends or cheer the players on?  Try it out at the courts located just to the south of Miller Elementary at the corner of 43rd St W & 9th Ave W.(weather permitting). on any Tuesday at 6:30pm.  

This activity is open to all age levels. If you have any questions please call or text Cindy Otremba at 218-831-6188. Cindy asks for you to let her know if you don't have any equipment and wish to play pickleball so she can address those needs. She says there is some extra equipment for those who don't have it.

Westside's team tournament is scheduled for May 21st. More info to follow.
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 or you could scan the QR code (= the box at the bottom of the above pic.)

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, April 10, 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: $5,175.00
DESIGNATED GIVING: $520.00
MINIMUM WEEKLY GENERAL BUDGET NEEDED: $7,458.37
IN-PERSON  ATTENDANCE: 194
Click To Give Online
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