And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 

—2 Corinthians 9:8

Everyone has a blessing they can share with others, and everyone seeks to experience abundant life. At West Side we’re learning that abounding in generosity abundantly blesses both the giver and the one receiving a gift.

Twice a year we make these gifts financially to local and global mission partners. Throughout the year, as Connect Groups and individually, we seek ways to bless our neighbors through service.

Thank You West Side Family!

This June $98,700 was given to our Bless Big Global partners! With Session matching that means we are sending $197,400 to encourage our partners in the gospel in Ukraine, Kenya, Nigeria, Syria, and the Dominican Republic. We thank God for your generosity in participating in sharing and showing the good news of Jesus around the world.

Serve Now!

Your time makes a difference, whether individually or in your Connect Group. Click the button below to see different serve opprtunities!

YoungLives Easter Basket

As the hearts of our Connect group were drawn to the teen moms of the YoungLives ministry, we assembled 40 Easter baskets for the children of these moms. The baskets included a book that shared the gospel, either Benjamin's Box: The Story of the Resurrection Eggs or The Week That Led to Easter, a coloring book with crayons, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and Easter candy. We were blessed working together on this project and prayed for the moms and children to be blessed.

Welcome Table (WIN)

Our Connect group served at the Welcome Table Ministry. We worked at a variety of tables offering clothing for men, women and children; household paper goods, and groceries. A hot meal was also offered. The church who hosts this ministry houses homeless men in a recovery program, and the men served alongside us. It was a treat to meet them and hear their stories. We started by helping set out the goods on the tables. People were lined up to choose their items, some arriving hours before the event opens. In 90 short minutes the crowds had come and gone, and we helped put things away into an old bus they use for storage. This ministry is obviously well run and meets real needs in our community.

YoungLives Staples Boxes

For our Rooted serve day, our group chose to support teen moms through YoungLives. A few members went shopping for supplies -- like diapers, body wash, etc., and then we all came together to assemble twenty-five baskets. The generosity overflowed into paper sacks since the baskets couldn't hold all the goodies! Each basket was personalized with the mom's name and dropped off to a YoungLives staff member and one of the young ladies, who kindly helped me unload a very full SUV. What a joy to love our neighbors

Food Lifeline

Six of us went to Food Lifeline (food bank for the food banks) this afternoon. We helped process 3000 pounds of cabbage to prepare it for distribution to food banks. The best news is if you are a regular volunteer, you can be trained on a forklift!

West Seattle Junction Clean Up

Food Lifeline

Our Rooted Group did our Serve Day with helping clean up West Seattle, picking up litter, cleaning behind garbage dumpsters etc. The rainy weather held off until we were driving home!
It’s surprising how much you can learn and how much produce you can process in a couple of hours — pulling out the rotten and moldy items for compost and then sorting the rest into boxes of “hard" and “soft" fruit and vegetables for stacking. It’s all sent out to area food banks for use within a couple of days.

Rooted Serve Days

On April 9 and 16, West Side Connect Groups participated in Serve Days - opportunities to serve our community. 151 hours were donated in West Seattle!

YoungLives Mother’s Day gift bags

On Saturday, April 16, eight members of the Wednesday night combined Zoom/in person Rooted Group were finally able to meet in person to wrap items for 25 Mother's Day gift bags for YoungLives moms. The gifts, chosen to help the recipients feel how loved and cherished they are by God and to enhance their quiet times with Him, included coffee cups, decorative lanterns, journals, chocolates, and carefully ironed jewel-toned satin pillowcases. Along with a personalized gift tag, each mom also received printed cards with encouraging Bible verses. What an honor to be allowed to help support these young women and the ministry of YoungLives

In 2021, you gave $145,000 to 15 nonprofit mission partners in our community and beyond.

You Can Make a Difference.

Every dollar given and every hour served impacts nonprofits doing incredible work.
Your generosity makes a difference in the lives of those they serve.
Here are some stories of how Bless Big has helped change lives in communities here and all over the world.

Is This My Neighbor?

From Lin Snavely

There are lessons our Father wants us to learn. This was mine. Martha Wilson knew Nancy only in passing, but when she saw that Nancy,72, had become physically weak and unkempt, she sprang into action. She enlisted Christine Miller and me to help clean Nancy’s apartment, get her food and line up social services. Nancy was in trouble… and we were too late. Within a few weeks, Martha called...  Read More >

Olive Crest

Thank you for West Side Presbyterian’s continued support of Olive Crest’s children and families. Your generosity has allowed vulnerable children in our community to experience the joy of the Christmas season.

We also continue to be grateful for West Side’s Care Community which has been such a blessing this past year, surrounding one of our fosterfamilies with support and encouragement. This kind of care is life-changing for our foster families and the children they care for – thank you!

Flash Food Drive

Whit Center Food Bank

With our flash food drive on February 6 for the White Center Food Bank, we were able to deliver 150 pounds of food to help restock their shelves. Tom, the volunteer we worked with, also has a connection to West Side - he lived across the street from Paul and Carreen Smith for 20 years!

Highland Park Elementary

On November 23, a group of West Siders delivered Thanksgiving food boxes to the families of 30 students. The families were identified by the school social worker and the food provided by another organization. Each family received a turkey, a ham, a gallon of milk and the rest of the fixing for Thanksgiving.

As part of the Thanksgiving eve service, West Siders dropped off supplies to help restock the Family Support Office at Highland Park. The Family Support Office works to support students and families in need of various types of assistance. We were able to deliver over 700 diapers of assorted sizes along with laundry detergent and snacks.

Do You Have a Story?

We love hearing about your Blesses Big experiences! Share your story to inspire others.

Did you know...

West Side offers Serve Grants to engage Connect Groupsin the local community, to connect to and develop relationships with local mission partners. Click to button to find the application.
For questions, contact Stacy at stacy@wspc.org.