Sneak Peek for this Sunday

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I was speaking with a friend who told me how much he wished he had never been born.  I was surprised by this. “Really?” I asked him. “You don’t believe anything was worth this life? And hey, I’d be super disappointed for I wouldn’t have known you.”  He laughed and we talked more about those feelings, which speak of a heart narrative that is ruling his own thinking. It is his belief that his life doesn’t measure up, isn’t important.  Now I know I have had such feelings -- which makes me a great person to talk with for I get how deep they can go. But how painful to live with them, when the reality is, by every measure of all of creation, the love for us is immense, absolutely immense.  There’s so much beauty, joy, pleasures, laughter, fun in our lives that are all evidence of God’s immense love for us. That God loves us -- like a father, “daddy” is the biblical name “Abba” -- is the basic, bottom-line of all of the scriptural testimony. Immensely loved.  

Indeed in Sunday’s passage, Ephesians 3: 14-21, Paul prays a prayer that outlines just how all encompassing this love is -- it is love with dimensions.  This Sunday we are reflecting on the love we get to show God as we have received Love from God, but also we are expressing love as we commission the Wells’ Family and Jan Shoemaker off to their missions work on our behalf in Seattle and Houston, respectively.  We will be praying for them in worship and celebrating their presence with us after worship with a feast of burgers, hotdogs, and all the salads and sides you might want to contribute.

Don’t miss experiencing love in worship by not coming Sunday, and don’t miss expressing love in worship for God and for these families whose lives have immensely blessed our lives.


Q & A Gathering

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You’ve probably heard a lot this year about important decisions that The United Methodist Church is facing regarding inclusion of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Where will the Church as a whole go from here? And how will that affect us at Westside?

Bring your questions and concerns to church on Sunday, July 7. After the worship service, we will remain in the sanctuary and hear the latest from Pastor Brian and Mark Smith, Westside’s Lay Delegate to the Annual Conference.

We’re in this together! Let’s share.

You're Invited!

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Pastors Brian and Karen Shimer will be celebrating both of their 60th birthdays and you’re invited!

Saturday, July 13
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Canby UMC
1520 N Holly St
Canby, OR 97013

There will be music, refreshments, and stories (it’s open mic, so bring your best!)

Please RSVP at signups.wumc.me.

News from Paraguay

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Here’s the latest message from our friends, The Revetts, currently serving as missionaries in Paraguay:

Greetings from Way-Down-South!

By visiting www.tmrevett.blogspot.com you'll read about some cool events like the first-ever Mother’s Day at the Nevenga Renda Ava-Mbya Guarani community, Paraguayan youth making "prayer blankets" for cold children, and Ana's 2nd grade graduation.

We hope that you and your loved ones enjoyed the Father’s Day weekend, and look forward to hearing from you.

Help Build Hope

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Last Saturday, a large group of Westsiders joined Christ UMC in framing 45 walls for a Habitat for Humanity family.

In less than two hours, interior and exterior walls were nailed together (square and flush!) and loaded for shipment to the build site.

The family purchasing this home was present - a mom and her four children. It was a joy to work together to provide affordable housing.

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Prayer Gathering

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This Thursday, you are invited to come and pray with others. Communal prayer is a powerful thing. Pray for yourself, your church, your family, friends, community, country, and world.

We will gather in the Family Room at 6:30 pm.

They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus. —Acts 1:14 (NLT)

This Sunday at Christ UMC

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Don’t forget that we are gathering at Christ UMC this Sunday to celebrate the completion of the Help Build Hope day.

Christ UMC is located at 12755 NW Dogwood St in Portland. The service will begin at 10:30 am.

We will still have an 8:15 service at Westside. If you’re unable to attend at 10:30, please come walk this journey of faith with us at the earlier service.

Sneak Peek for this Sunday

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Remember -- 2nd Service this Sunday is happening at CHRIST UMC, 12755 NW Dogwood St in Portland, at 10:30 am.  There will be no 10:00 am service at Westside.  We are meeting at Christ UMC as the joint worship opportunity after the Help Build Hope day on Saturday June 15th.  

We will have the 8:15 service at our building so if you cannot make second service, come to first service.  Come worship. Come connect with God in community. We need these times of connection. They are good for our hearts and provide necessary nourishment for our souls as we walk this walk of faith.

And it is just that walk that we are looking at this Sunday, both Father’s Day and Trinity Sunday.  For Jesus invited us all to “follow.” This entails movement. Sometimes we are tempted to stop moving, stop walking, and just stand, point and be critical of others.  But that is not the movement into which Jesus has called us. We are to stir up the flame within us, be filled by the Spirit and walk. Specifically in Colossians 3, Paul has very specific instructions for the believers in that city, and for us, on how to keep walking.  Using powerful word pictures Paul tells it like it is. If you cannot make the 10:30 service at Christ UMC, come to Westside at 8:15 as we look at this incredible passage and “walk” together.

Walk. Be filled. Move. Keep in step. Stir up the fire. Take action with Jesus.  

Parsonage for Rent

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If you know of someone looking for a home to rent, please forward this information to them:

House for Rent: 970 SW Tropicana Ave, Beaverton  97005

One-story home, approx 1800 sf, with large fenced-in backyard and two-car garage.  Quiet neighborhood near Hwy 26 and Murray Blvd, close to Nike.  4 BR, 2 BA, 2 living areas.  Fireplace, dishwasher, washer/dryer hookups.  One year lease, one month rent deposit, $250 deposit per pet.  $1950 per month.  Contact Virginia at office@westsidejourney.org or 503.643.8070 for more info.

Farewell Barbecue

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After the worship service on June 23, we will be loving on and offering up traveling mercies to our friends, Jan Shoemaker and the Wells family, as they continue their journeys in other places.

For our Fourth Sunday Feast, please bring a salad or a side. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided.

Mark your calendars now to join us.

Volunteer Opportunities

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The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District has free, family-friendly, community-wide events coming up this summer that could use some more volunteers. These events are fun, unique, and meaningful ways to connect to the community.

These three events are the biggest ones all year, and have the greatest need for volunteers:

  • Party in the Park at the HM Terpenning Recreation Complex on July 27

  • Big Truck Day at the Conestoga Recreation and Aquatic Center on August 3 

  • Fiesta en el Parque at Evelyn Schiffler Park on August 18

There are many, many other events, located all over Beaverton, including track meets, concerts, and more. Click here to see the full list of events that need volunteers, and click here to see all the shifts and sign up. Most shifts are just 3 hours, and each volunteer's help makes a big difference to our community! Students as young as 14 can volunteer, or younger kids can help alongside their guardian.

Thank you for your service to our community.

Upcoming

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Joint Service at Christ UMC

10:30 am, Sunday, June 16
12755 NW Dogwood St, Portland

We will celebrate our Help Build Hope collaboration by attending second service at Christ UMC.  The 8:15 Morning Watch will still be at Westside.

Help Build Hope 

Friday and Saturday, June 14-15
Christ UMC, 12755 NW Dogwood

Last chance to  sign up at https://helpbuildhope.com/cumc!

Baptism at the Lake

Sunday, July 21, 11:00 am

Our annual service at Hagg Lake, at the Sain Pavilion, is July 21.  This will be the only service that day. Worship, music, and the joy of baptism.  Potluck lunch to follow; bring a dish.

Annual Conference

Wednesday through Saturday, Eugene

 

Sneak Peek for this Sunday

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Pentecost. It was a day unlike all others. The promise made by Jesus to the disciples was fulfilled where the Spirit that had been “with them” by being in Him, now was “within them,” outpoured. The disciples had waited and God had come -- like a wind, like fire, and they had been filled, spoke in other languages, and witnessed boldly to Jesus. The result of Peter’s first sermon was 3000 added to the church that day. Imagine what that was like. And then, having been filled, they were filled again and again, and the boldness showed up time and again.

What began on the Day of Pentecost, continues today. God isn’t done moving dynamically. Sometimes people experience a personal pentecost, a new experience of the Holy Spirit moving upon their lives. This can be as simple as hearing God speak or as profound as a time of being immersed in God’s Holy Spirit. Other times whole areas or a whole country experiences such a move of the Spirit, followed by many conversions and awakenings. There have been many, many of these ongoing movements throughout history. One in 1972 involved a chapel service at a college in Kentucky that rather than lasting one hour lasted 186 hours and led to student teams leaving every weekend for months after that and going across the country to share at other college campuses and the Holy Spirit showed up in a similar way at each.

God is still moving. God is still alive. And God still moves in ways that are surprising and can be earthshaking. This Sunday we will revisit that first Pentecost, hear stories of other awakenings and look at how God might be asking us to position ourselves for such a move today.

How open are you to the move of God’s Holy Spirit? In what ways are you positioning yourself to experience Pentecost in your life?

Dad's Day

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Wracking your brain for a unique gift for Father’s Day? How about some quality time together?

Spend the morning on Saturday, June 15, making a difference for another family in our community. Join the Help Build Hope crew to hammer together all the walls needed for a new home.

Meet at Christ United Methodist Church, 12755 NW Dogwood St, at 8:00 am. By lunchtime, a family will be that much closer to having a home.

Register you and your dad today at helpbuildhope.com/cumc! Ages five and up, and all ability levels welcome.

And don’t forget that we’re celebrating this event at Christ UMC during the 10:30 worship hour on Sunday the 16th.

Last Chance!

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The online Gifts and Talents Workshop begins on Monday, June 10. The first set of worksheets will be emailed this Friday. If you want to be a part of this journey of discovery into your God-given gifts, sign up by Thursday, June 6, at signups.wumc.me.

Consider inviting your out-of-town friends or family (mind the time zone!) It’s only $10 for the entire six-week course, which meets every Monday from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, June 10 through July 15. Don’t forget that you’ll need a camera and a microphone on your computer.

For the best use of Pastor Brian’s time and energy, the workshop will be cancelled unless two more people sign up.