Posts with the category “west-side”

Perkins Lecture Series at SPU
by Noël Foulk on April 12th, 2024
On April 23, Seattle Pacific University and the John Perkins Center will hold their annual event and this year it is the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Perkins Lecture Series see information HERE.There are a few folks planning to attend so if you are interested in attending please let us know as we put together a group from West Side. You can let Dee West (west-d@comcast.net) or Rick B...  Read More
The Summer Garage Sale for Marybeth and The Mashiah Foundation
by Noël Foulk on April 12th, 2024
We are beginning to collect items for our annual cul-du-sac sale that will take place this summer. If you would like to donate any items they would be much appreciated. You may drop off at 5629 SW Manning or we can pick up at your convenience. Call Russ at 206-972-9696. One hundred percent of the money that comes in from the sale goes straight to The Mashiah Foundation.The Mashiah Foundation is a ...  Read More
Hear about Musalaha's work to heal Israeli-Palestinian strife
by Noël Foulk on April 11th, 2024
Friends,The death and destruction unleashed by the Gaza-Israel War deeply troubles many of us. Yet in the midst of the heartbreaking violence, Musalaha remains committed to healing the strife between Israelis and Palestinians.Musalaha – an Arabic word for reconciliation – is a Jerusalem-based organization founded by Palestinian Christians more than 30 years ago. Its primary mission is to bring Isr...  Read More
Getting Our (Biblical) Story Straight on AI and Christian Discipleship
by Noël Foulk on March 29th, 2024
What is the story you are telling yourself or being told about the AI revolution we are living through? Does it make you excited, fearful or confused (or all three!)? One thing’s for sure: AI provides great opportunities to think about and have conversations around life’s fundamental questions, for which we find terrific guidance in the Bible. This class explores three of those questions with lead...  Read More
Cold Weather Clothing Drive
by Noël Foulk on February 15th, 2024
Warm clothing and outdoor supplies wanted. See Urgent Request below. West Side will have a warm weather clothing drive - to collect items for The Welcome Table February 18-25. Please bring your clean clothing items or outdoor supplies to West Side and leave at our Welcome Center (Sunday mornings or Tu-Fri, 9am-1pm). They will be delivered to The Welcome Table for distribution. We are bereft. The l...  Read More
Update from Cooper
by Noël Foulk on February 7th, 2024
This week has been a great week! I arrived in Puerto Plata last Friday, January 5th. It was so fun to meet up and reunite with the workers at the Caraballo school. I was amazed with how the painting our West Side team did in 2020 still looks good!I am currently leading a father and son team from Chicago. We are working in Caraballo on a new site that was abandoned and donated to the school. This n...  Read More
Young Life Club Dates
by Noël Foulk on February 7th, 2024
Hello West Seattle Community!We have our club dates scheduled for the remainder of the school year! All meetings will be from 7:15-8:25 pm at Trinity West Seattle (7551 35th Ave SW, Seattle 98126).Themes/changes for these clubs will be sent in a reminder email before the club. For the quickest information look to our insta page @westseattleyounglifeWe hope to provide a meal, fun and games, and a m...  Read More
Changes in Youth and Children's Leadership and Introducing the Youth Apprentice Team
by Noël Foulk on January 26th, 2024
Youth and children’s ministries are important aspects of our ministry at WSPC and we feel confident in God’s work among youth and children and our calling to teach and model a life changing relationship with Christ.WSPC has always been blessed to have great staff and volunteers leading these ministries.  Over the past several years, Stacy Kutz has done a great job as Youth and Families Director, a...  Read More
Adult DR Mission Trip Update
by Noël Foulk on January 26th, 2024
Hola West Side!We are having a wonderful time and are being treated well!Our Airbnb is a very nice house with great outdoor space, a cute friendly kitten and amazing food from the school cook who is also in chef training.Our host, Mariselys, is with us at the school until after dinner. She is gracious and a lovely Christian sister.The work has gone well and we will give more information on it with...  Read More
Strategic Vision Team - January Update
by Noël Foulk on January 19th, 2024
Thank you for praying for the Strategic Vision team that met with our consultant from the Unstuck Group over January 14-15! We had a fruitful and encouraging two days, directed toward understanding our mission field, dreaming about a 5-year vision and clarifying initiatives toward that vision. One distinct theme that emerged is the gift that West Side’s longevity and stability as a worshiping cong...  Read More
Strategic Vision Team Meets Friday & Saturday
by Noël Foulk on January 11th, 2024
Let's be praying for the Strategic Vision team that is meeting with our consultant from the Unstuck Group all day this Friday and Saturday. We trust God's Spirit to respond to the prayers that have been offered over the past 30 days and those that are being offered as the team meets. Please pray for wisdom from above — for God's gospel vision — for unity — for joy — and for the weather to cooperat...  Read More
January Update on Tallulah
by Noël Foulk on January 11th, 2024
Hey West Side!I just wanted to give you an update from Western Washington University!On a personal note, I am doing well! I am learning a lot right now about administration, and what goes on behind the scenes to make sure that events run smoothly. We are doing a Rev. Dr. MLK celebration for students on Friday.Please keep praying for students in winter quarter - it’s the darkest (weather wise), and...  Read More
REFLECT: 7 Days of Prayer
by Noël Foulk on December 22nd, 2023
God's word in Micah 6:8  tells us, "He has shown you. O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” You’re invited to join in communal prayer beginning January 8 leading up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 15. Sign up to receive daily prayer prompts that will lead us to reflect on the themes of peace, justi...  Read More
2023 Christmas Eve Offering
by Noël Foulk on December 7th, 2023
This special offering on Christmas Eve is received each year for special projects or programs that our missionaries have requested, that would enhance or meet needs in their ministries.If you are unable to join us Christmas Eve, you can donate online or send a check with "Christmas Eve Offering" in the memo line. Vic and Leslie TrautweinDental care for 850 children. Kids Alive, Dominican Republic....  Read More
Catch Up with Tom and Debbie Wood
by Noël Foulk on December 6th, 2023
Merry Christmas to all our West Side family! Thank you for your continued prayers and support that has enabled us to have a productive year of ministry despite some down periods due to Debbie’s widespread cancer. We just completed a four-day workshop for iTEE staff and 27 NW church leaders in Long Beach, using new curriculum she developed to “multiply disciple makers.”  We led the workshop in Asia...  Read More
Reverse Advent Calendar
by Noël Foulk on November 30th, 2023
Often an Advent calendar is used to count down the days until Christmas by opening a box and discovering an ornament or something that helps you focus on the Advent journey. A reverse Advent calendar focuses on giving something instead of receiving – a Christ centered idea indeed – since Christmas is all about God giving himself to us as a baby.The idea behind a reverse Advent calendar is simple. ...  Read More
Internship with Kids Alive International
by Noël Foulk on November 17th, 2023
Interns provide a critical boost to the ministry of Kids Alive International as they work with KAI missionaries and staff to multiply their efforts. Cooper will assist in team hosting roles in Caraballo, Constanza and Santo Domingo East when visiting work groups are present (like our adult DR team!). He will also assist with afterschool sports programs at the Constanza school helping with logistic...  Read More
Angel Tree Opportunities
by Noël Foulk on November 16th, 2023
The holidays are fast approaching. A child that is missing their parent due to incarceration needs YOU to help them feel loved and connected to that parent! Prison Fellowship offers inmates the opportunity to give their children a gift from them through volunteers like you.Here are different ways you can help:Choose a child or a family to buy a gift/gifts for the incarcerated parent to give to the...  Read More
What do the Reliable Icons Represent?
by Noël Foulk on October 20th, 2023
AI generated images, ChatGPT, social media — can you spot reliable images and information? For generations Christians have claimed the that the words and images of the Bible are reliable, and used by God's Spirit to call humanity back to the God who holds authority over life and death.This collection of icons are reminders of the narrative themes that we are exploring in our Reliable” series this ...  Read More
Calling All Moms of Teens
by Noël Foulk on October 5th, 2023
Parenting kids into adults through middle school, puberty, and high school demands a whole new level of motherhood. Our kids are changing. We are changing. What worked before doesn't work anymore. The decisions they make have real consequences. It's painful to see them differentiate. It's amazing to see them grow. It's all overwhelming. Gain connection and support alongside other Moms of Teens wit...  Read More
Introducing…. Beth Reyes!
by Noël Foulk on September 21st, 2023
Beth has joined our staff part-time on an interim basis as Congregational Ministry Coordinator. Learn more about her below, including a connection you may not have realized to long time member, Kristin Pimblett! Family is very important to me. I’m part of a very successful blended family. In 1976, my mother, who was raising three girls, married my best friend’s father, who happen to be raising his...  Read More
Music at West Side
by Noël Foulk on September 20th, 2023
Love to sing?  If so, how about joining West Side’s choir?  WSPC choir is a great group of people who love fellowship, as well as singing great sacred music.  For more information about how you can be part of this wonderful group, please contact Anthony Spain at anthonys@wspc.org. Do you have a passion for musical worship and would like to learn more about joining the worship team for contemporary...  Read More
Path From Poverty Presents Harambee
by Noël Foulk on September 20th, 2023
Registration is open for Harambee (Swahili for "pulling together")!You are invited to join us for a fun and inspiring evening. Enjoy a catered dinner and hear updates from our partners in Kenya. Try your luck in the raffle, sprint for delicious treats in the dessert dash, and shop at the Kenyan Marketplace.We look forward to celebrating with you. Your support will help us continue to bring life-ch...  Read More
Praying for Tallulah
by Noël Foulk on September 14th, 2023
Tallulah Reyes is doing an internship with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at Western Washington University where she will be working with college students. Chi Alpha Campus Ministries exist to reconcile students to Christ – transforming the university, the marketplace, and the world. Please keep Tallulah in your prayers. Hello! I moved back to Bellingham on September 1st. It has taken me a little whi...  Read More
Adult DR Mission Trip
by Noël Foulk on September 8th, 2023
Is God calling you to serve more? Are you interested in learning about serving in a short term mission trip?This trip might be perfect for you! The amazing organization Kids Alive International serves kids living in impoverished conditions. These saints and school need us to come alongside them. Sunny weather, a little adventure and lots of fun are some of the perks.Any age (18 and older) and abil...  Read More
Catching Up With Bill and Betty Code
by Noël Foulk on August 31st, 2023
Carys ParkerPastoral InternThis summer, Carys Parker, West Side's Pastoral Intern, will be visiting with some of our members who are not able to be worshiping with us in-person. Be sure to check back each week to see what is happening with our dear friends! This week I had the privilege of going with Lin Snavely to visit Bill and Betty Code who just celebrated 75 years of marriage as well as Bill’...  Read More
Growing Deeper... Racial Reconciliation
by Noël Foulk on August 23rd, 2023
1. Study Guide from Waterbrook Multnomah Press.2. Sermon from Rich Villodas on Racial Reconciliation3. Racial Justice and Reconciliation Ministry at Bethany Community Church4. John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development at Seattle Pacific University BOOKS / RESOURCESUnsettling Truths by Mark Charles and Soong-Chan RahDisunity in Christ by Christena Clevel...  Read More
Growing Deeper... Interior Examination
by Noël Foulk on August 18th, 2023
1. Study Guide from Waterbrook Multnomah Press.2. Sermon from Rich Villodas on Emotional Health, preached in Oct 20213. New Life also has a series on “Living an Authentic Life” - Here is the playlist4. A seminar that Pastor Chris gave during the height of the pandemic from NYC on Seeking Wisdom and Working Through Negative EmotionsBOOKS / RESOURCES1. The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to ...  Read More
Keeping Up With Karol
by Noël Foulk on August 17th, 2023
On July 9th Karol hit the road for the cross-country adventure of a lifetime. Since then she has driven through Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska and is currently in Iowa where she has spent four days helping to harvest, transport and sell vegetables at a Farmers Market in Albert City. Her cross-country road trip has brought many an opportunity like this — ones that take her off the road and in...  Read More
Catching Up With... Katy Hanson
by Noël Foulk on July 20th, 2023
Carys ParkerPastoral InternThis summer, Carys Parker, West Side's Pastoral Intern, will be visiting with some of our members who are not able to be worshiping with us in-person. Be sure to check back each week to see what is happening with our dear friends! Katy is an endlessly and wonderfully curious person who enjoys continued research in her field of speech-language pathology --- specifically s...  Read More
Growing Deeper... Practices of Sexual Wholeness
by Noël Foulk on July 20th, 2023
Study Guide from Waterbrook Multnomah Press.Sermon from Rich Villodas at New Life Fellowship Church on Sexual Wholeness – preached in 2022.  Sermon Series – New Life also has a sermon series called “God and Our Bodies” – Here is the Playlist on YouTube.Timothy Keller’s teaching on Sexuality and Christian Hope is excellent. Also available in Podcast from Gospel in Life: On Spotify and Online.BOOKS ...  Read More
SERVE Updates
by Noël Foulk on July 19th, 2023
One of the Young Lives moms, who was supported with rent grants from the YLCF and the WSPC Deacons, has just finished her education and will start a new job this fall teaching special education/integrated kindergarten. The best part is that her new job is at the school that she attended for K-3! Talk about coming full circle. Our contributions helped pay for rent so that she could focus on her edu...  Read More
Kenya Work Team 2023
by Noël Foulk on July 6th, 2023
"Nothing can touch the immense impact of the Kenya experience. If you want to make a real difference in someone’s life, if you want to have a cultural impact -become involved in PFP. It all starts with a water tank!"—Gretchen, Work Team 2023 volunteerThe Work Team 2023 trip to Makueni was incredible. The team worked hard building tank bases and learned about the challenges facing our partners in K...  Read More
Growing Deeper… Contemplative Practices
by Noël Foulk on July 6th, 2023
Sermon from Rich Villodas at New Life Fellowship Church on Contemplative Rhythms – preached in 2022.Study Guide from Waterbrook Multnomah Press. SABBATH RESOURSES Bible Project 5-Minute Sabbath VideoBible Project “Seventh-Day Rest – Sabbath” – 14 Video ResourcesSabbath and Scripture Podcasts from Christ City Church in Washington DC – 6 minute lectio divina podcasts on the theme of Sabbath.Sabbath ...  Read More
Catching Up With... Freda Ricord
by Noël Foulk on July 6th, 2023
Carys ParkerPastoral InternThis summer, Carys Parker, West Side's Pastoral Intern, will be visiting with some of our members who are not able to be worshiping with us in-person. Be sure to check back often to see what is happening with our dear friends! At the end of June I had the privilege of sitting down with Freda Ricord alongside Pat Nealson to reflect on her past 70 years at West Side. Freda...  Read More
A Look Back at Chris' Ordination
by Noël Foulk on July 6th, 2023
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Thank You!
by Noël Foulk on June 29th, 2023
A sincere THANK YOU to the West Side family for sending me off into retirement in style! Sunday, June 25 was a gift and blessing together in worship and celebration, connecting with longtime church family as well as those new to my church family. Blessings to you all as I will continue to hold you close to my heart and in my prayers. Feel free to follow me on my Kross Kountry Adventure at:KrossKou...  Read More
West Side Presbyterian Church Choir Sings in Benaroya Hall
by Noël Foulk on June 29th, 2023
We all have moments in our life, whether collectively, and individually, when we wonder- “will the night soon pass?” (Isaiah 21:11–12).  During such moments we all look for inspiration and hope, and sacred music throughout the ages has offered an abundance of both.  One of the most powerful pieces of music I know that offers hope following long nights of the soul is Lobgesang by Felix Mendelssohn....  Read More
Welcome New Elders and Deacons
by Noël Foulk on June 29th, 2023
Sunday, June18,  we ordained and installed the new elders and deacons elected by the congregation. Please include them in your prayers for the leaders here at West Side. We are grateful for their willingness to serve....  Read More
God's Work in in the Wanderings
by Noël Foulk on June 21st, 2023
Chris KochSenior Director of MinistryOn June 20, 2023 I was examined by the Presbytery and approved to seek ordination in the PCUSA. Next week Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30pm, there will be a service where I will be ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. Going through this process has reminded me of Gods work in the midst of our wanderings.   I first entered the ordination process in 2001, as ...  Read More

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