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Sharing Hope this Advent

Several of our local mission partners have tangible ways that members and Connect Groups can share hope this Advent – we will post information and links here as opportunities emerge – check back often!

If you would like to give to these partners directly, visit the links to their sites. You can also give via West Side on our give page and selecting "Local Ministry Outreach" or YoungLives Care Fund" on the pull down menu.

YoungLives

YoungLives Seattle Giving Tree
Christmas is fast approaching and with it comes a lot of added stress, anxiety and feelings of loss for our young moms. And this year, the pandemic has created more economic strain, fear and anxiety than ever before. This Christmas, YoungLives hopes to ensure that EVERY child of our young moms has a present under the Christmas tree to open. We currently serve 25 young moms ages 14-24, who together care for 43 kids! We would love to provide each child with a new toy as well as a pack of diapers and wipes (to help out the mommas).

At this time, all the moms and kids have had someone assigned to them. Thank you to all that volunteered!! 

YoungLives still needs your help! You can donate to the YoungLives Care Fund on our give page and it will be used where needed most.

Bridge Disabilities Ministry

Bridge Disabilities ministry quickly responded to the COVID shutdown by replacing their cancelled spiritual connections social events with delivering 30 to 50 isolation care packages twice monthly that include food, PPE, activities and a spiritual connection. This care package project sends a simple message to people with disabilities (who are four times as likely to report being socially isolated even before COVID-19): You are not alone, we care about you.

Read more HERE about how to participate in this mission of extending Jesus’ love in this tangible way.

WIN (Westside Interfaith Network)

Westside Interfaith Network (WIN) is a group of churches in the West Seattle area who are working together to provide a "network" of help and services for people in need throughout our community. In addition to local churches providing help, they work with local social service agencies to offer a broader range of help for people in need.

There are lots of ways you can help our "neighbors" through WIN and together we can make a difference! Click HERE to find out how you can help this season.

Angel Tree

Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ by providing presents and monetary gifts at Christmas.

If you would like to be an angel to a child this Christmas, please contact Lisa West by December 1. We purchase specific presents chosen by incarcerated parents to stay connected to their children while they can not be available. Presents are not due until December 17th. Please consider contacting Lisa to get more info or sign up.

Please help us make a child feel more loved by their parent and Jesus!

GOOD NEWS! We have enough angels for the children! Thank you to all who volunteered.

West Seattle Young Life

This year, Young Life has decided to turn their annual Banquet Fundraiser into an Online Giving Campaign that you can join from the comfort of your own home. They are excited to still share stories of what God is doing in West Seattle Young Life and ways you can partner with us to reach our goal.

West Seattle Young Life is thrilled to announce that they will be launching their 4 for 40 Giving Campaign. Between Sunday and Wednesday (November 22-25), we hope to raise $40,000 to support West Seattle Young Life's work of coming alongside teenagers and pointing them to Christ during these extraordinary times.

While the 4 for 40 Giving Campaign fundraising dates have passed, they are still in need of additional support.  If you would like to support West Seattle Young Life in their campaign, click HERE for more information.

Triple Blessing

November 13, 2020

As you may remember, West Side distributed all local outreach budget early in pandemic to help local partners such as the Food Bank and Union Gospel Mission. This month we sent out additional funds – three times the first distribution – as we learned from local partners the growing needs as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic and ways that they are responding.
 
Lake Burien Presbyterian Church has responded to the increased needs in their area with a COVID relief fund that so far this year has distributed $160,000 to individuals referred by social service partners. Serve elders discovered that their fund is down to $300 with the winter months approaching and Session agreed that we wanted to extend blessings in partnership with Lake Burien to those in need of help.
More information on LBPC's program: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/putting-a-taste-of-home-into-food-bank-boxes/ 
 
When Serve elders called Union Gospel Mission we learned that their budget begins in October. Their mission capacity in the 2021 depends on funding during these months and the COVID shutdown has greatly reduced donations. West Side was one of the original 15 founding churches that UGM was planning to reach out to for help when our elders called first!
 
Bridge Disabilities Ministry quickly responded to the COVID shutdown by replacing their cancelled spiritual connections social events with delivering 30 to 50 isolation care packages twice monthly that include food, PPE, activities and a spiritual connection.  This care package project sends a simple message to people with disabilities (who are four times as likely to report being socially isolated even before COVID-19): You are not alone, we care about you. Read more here about to participate in this mission of extending Jesus’ love in this tangible way.
More information: https://bridgedisabilityministries.wordpress.com/2020/07/06/get-involved-bridging-isolation-care-packages/
 
Additional funds were also sent to West Seattle Food Bank, White Center Food Bank and Westside Interfaith Network food program.

Are you able to triple your blessing?

We know that many in our West Side family donate over and above their monthly tithe/offering directly to these local organizations. Can you “triple it” with us this holiday season? We wonder what impact could be had for those struggling in Seattle if each of us made an additional gift to a local or global ministry partner dedicated to loving the vulnerable in Jesus’ name.