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Westside Church Update
Good morning Westside!  Pastor Nathan Cherry here with an update on where things are at in regard to our gathering for worship once again.  The Elders convened last night and after continued prayer and discussion, we have decided that it’s time to open the doors and gather again.  Just to be clear, we will begin worship services here at the Westside Christian Church campus on Sunday, May 31 @ 10am.


Now, I know that there are many opinions and concerns regarding how and why this played out, and the bottom line is we believe it is time for the church to gather once again.  There has been much talk about the safety and health of people over the past several months and we are concerned for that.  But we are also deeply concerned for the spiritual welfare of people in our church and community and believe the time is right to open our doors…in a safe way…to help address those spiritual needs.  Furthermore, with Placer County entering phase 3 and beginning to reopen churches, we, the Elders of Westside Christian Church, believe the time has come.

But I also know that for some of us, we are not ready to gather.  And I want you to know that we love you and accept your decision and pray you will choose to engage with us online as we will continue to provide the entire worship service live on our YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8SsthPH0BtuPlDOGDNBl5A.  Please don’t feel pressure to attend until you feel it is right for you and your family.  You will always be accepted and we respect your decision to not attend at this time.  Rest assured though, when you are ready, we can’t wait to welcome you back.

This also means that there are some of us who probably should not attend.  Again, not because we don’t want you here or are afraid, but because of your seasoned state in life and the health concerns that some of us have, it is probably best that if you fall into these categories, you wait a bit longer to participate at our campus.  Again, it is your decision and we respect whatever you choose to do, but we want what is in the best interest of bringing glory to God and keeping you and our community healthy and safe.

I also want to be clear that it will not be business as usual here at Westside as we still have the health and safety of our parishioners in mind.  So there will be a number of things that will be different this Sunday and we will work to reincorporate many of these back into Sunday worship as time goes on.  And before I get too deep into this, I want to reassure you that we have done a deep clean and disinfecting of our open, public spaces included the floors, restrooms, all surfaces and our chairs.  And we will continue to do so before and after each service to keep Westside as clean as possible. So here are a handful of things to be aware of if you plan to join us this Sunday:

Coffee *Coffee will not be provided at this time. *I encourage you to bring your own in a portable cup with a lid if you  want to have coffee during the service. *And be sure to take it home and thoroughly wash it after the service.

Communion *Communion will be provided, but it will be the pre-packaged kind  like we use for “Church In The Park.” *The communion will be on your seat when you arrive and we ask  that you drop the packaging in an open trash receptacle on your way  out after service.

Auditorium *You will notice that the auditorium is set up differently.  It is  designed to help meet social distancing requirements while allowing  as many people in to worship that we can accommodate. *When you and your family arrive, please choose a place to sit and  feel free to move your chairs closer together so you can be more  comfortable as a family.  But please don’t move the chairs otherwise  so we can make as many people safe as possible.

Kidz Ministry *For the time being, we will not be providing children’s classes or  nursery and encourage you to join us in the auditorium as a family  for worship. *Our Kidz ministry team is excited about having classes again soon,  and we will reintegrate those opportunities when the time is right. *But for right now, all Children’s Ministry classrooms are closed so  please don’t allow your child to go in them.

Restrooms *The restrooms will be open as it is impossible to ask our little ones  as well as those who have a greater need to not use the facility while  away from home. *However, we do encourage you to please use your bathroom facility  at home before attending the service and to refrain from eating and  drinking just before you arrive to cut down on its use. *We will have people on stand-by to disinfect the restrooms after  they get used to help meet the CDC guidelines and  recommendations for gathering. *And parents of small children, we ask that you please accompany  your child if he or she needs to use the restroom facility.

PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) *We encourage everyone to bring their own PPE (Personal Protection  Equipment) such as gloves and a mask as needed, as we are unable  to provide those at this time. *Hand sanitizer and tissue are available throughout our building and  we encourage you to wash your hands with soap and water  frequently for your protection. *We will not be taking people’s temperature here on campus but  encourage you to do so at home before attending to ensure that you  are healthy enough to attend.  *And if you are feeling ill or not sure if you have been compromised  in anyway, we encourage you to stay home and worship with us  online. *And should you discover that you are ill after attending our service,  please contact the church office at your earliest convenience.

Resources *In order to reduce contact between people, we will not be passing  anything out or around at this time during our service.  So there will  be no bulletins or name tags provided. *We encourage you to print out and bring the sermon notes and kid  activity pages with you from home as well as your Bible and a pen or  pencil.   *As I mentioned before, we will not pass the communion trays and  we will provide a place for you to drop off your tithe and offering if  you prefer to not give online.  Or feel free to mail it in as several of  you have done these past couple of months.

Personal Space *I know that we will be excited to see one another again and the  desire to hug and shake hands will be strong.  But for the safety of  our community, for now, we are asking that you refrain form doing  so, so that we don’t potentially pass anything along and have to  further shelter-in for any longer than needed.

I know this email has been long…and daunting…and there will be many of us that feel that these steps are not necessary.  But I want to call on your maturity as a Christ follower to put the concerns and needs of our brothers and sisters above our own and willingly participate in following these guidelines so that we can gather for worship each and every Sunday.  Again, if you are not ready or unwilling to abide by these guidelines, perhaps it is best if you continue to worship with us online until such time that it works for you.

Church, you are dearly loved and God is on the move…He has not forgotten us or abandoned us but is using this as a way to grow our faith and trust in Him.  Thank you for doing your part to make Westside Christian Church a safe place to gather and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ once more.

See you all Sunday!

Nathan L. Cherry Pastor

Westside Christian Church
2000 Opportunity Dr. Ste. 150
Roseville, CA 95678
(916) 781-WORD
ncherry@westsideroseville.org

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Good morning Westside Family,

Pastor Nathan here to let you know that after a very long conversation, the Elder’s made the difficult decision to suspend our ministry programs temporarily for the next two weeks starting today, March 11, to comply with safety measures being asked of us in response to the Corona Virus.  I want you to know that this decision didn’t come easy and that it is not in a panicked reaction of fear but a genuine concern for the health and safety of our community.  We still know and believe that God is on His throne and believe that the church is at the center of bringing the peace and hope of Jesus Christ to the local community around us.

So what does that mean for us?  Well, we will not be having our regular Sunday morning service on March 22 or 29 and our Student Ministry, Celebrate Recovery and Seasoned saints will not be meeting at their respective times and dates until April as well.  And we are encouraging our small groups to consider suspending gathering, especially if you meet in any of our senior saint’s homes, to be as safe as possible.

What we are going to do is stream Sunday service for you on our YouTube channel and Facebook page.  You will be able to engage with Pastor Tom in worship and I will be bringing a message of hope during this trying time.  We will also be posting a number of videos and messages of encouragement on our social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  I encourage you to not only engage with them but to “like” them and repost them on your own social media pages for your extended community.  And you can still give your tithes and offerings online through the Church Center app on your smartphone, on our website, or by clicking the link here.  Or if you prefer, you can simply mail it in at your convenience.

With that said, this is an unprecedented time for the church to be creative in how it continues to do ministry.  Though we won’t be gathering on Sunday, the church still has the opportunity to reach our friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors with the life-saving message of Jesus Christ.  I encourage you to take precautions to be healthy, but reach out to your community and if you are able, offer a helping hand.  It’s a great opportunity to truly be the hands and feet of Christ and though we are all trying to be socially healthy and responsible, we still need each other.  And above all else, pray.  Pray for peace in our land.  Pray for healing.  Pray for level heads and clear thinking.  Pray God’s will be done.

Along those lines, the WCC office will still be open during this time and if you need assistance with anything, especially if you are apart of our Senior community, I encourage you to call us.  We have a group of people on stand-by willing and able to help out with grocery shopping and other necessities that you may need.

Church, we do not live in fear.  And the anxiety around us need not shake our faith.  God has not abandoned us and in fact, let me remind you of the truth of Deuteronomy 31:6 which says, “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”  These words are just as true today as it was when it was spoken through Moses.  Be strong and courageous Church.  Love people well.  Serve those you can.  Know that you are deeply loved by your Westside Church family and by God.  And look forward, with anticipation, to that glorious day when we will meet once again and celebrate the goodness and faithfulness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Attention shoppers

Something that has been on my mind a lot lately is: how we should respond as Christians to retailers very publicly advocating causes that we believe to be wrong. I have personally made decisions to avoid certain retailers because of such things. I have been met with criticism of said decisions including “it won’t make a difference” or “every company probably supports something you disagree with, you just don’t know about it” and even “If I boycott then I won’t be able to shop anywhere”. As I was thinking about this I remembered a passage that I can’t help but feel has application.


1 Corinthians 10:23-30 says:


“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience. I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
The “meat” in this passage could be any product you buy from a retailer Mermaid cookies from Starbucks, a NetFlix subscription, clothing from outspoken retailers, or music from artists that are outspokenly against Godly principles.


Our world is heavily intermixed and we don’t always know what a retailer or their parent corporation is supporting. some may even give to multiple causes both good and bad. In such cases, I believe there is a freedom of sorts. Not that we should purposefully remain ignorant, but that without knowledge there is not what I believe to be a responsibility.
However, with the current cultural fascination with corporate social justice. Retailers are now looking at us right in the face and saying “this meat was sacrificed to idols” With this knowledge, I believe comes a responsibility. Not for the sake of our own conscience, but for those in the world around us. Public opinion and customer trends are a huge factor in corporate direction and strategy. We have a voice to either approve or disapprove with every dollar we spend. To glorify God and serve Him with our life includes doing so with our wallets.

I do not believe this should result in a legalistic rigid lifestyle. As I stated earlier, I “avoid” certain retailers as much as possible. This does not mean that there are not times where I have still made an occasional purchase out of necessity. But our lives are formed by habits that reveal the things we truly love. We do not just wake up one day addicted to caffeine, we live a pattern of habits that make it a necessity for survival. We don’t wake up thinking “I am going to stare at my phone all day” but through habit and routine, we are enslaved. Maybe this means you buy your daily coffee somewhere else or get your groceries from another market as your new habit. But surely you may still have discretionary “freedom” within the confines of christian love to make exceptions.


I hear many Christians complain about our culture and the political climate. But most won’t even give up their morning coffee, stop subscribing to a loved service, or choose to shop at a different store even when that retailer gets in the face of what they believe in. Most believe that their one purchase will not make enough difference. And since most live this way, it is self fulfilling. But I would challenge that we start somewhere smaller, not with the end result of larger cultural change. Instead start with the cultural change within your heart. Live with the integrity of what you believe in your actions and let God deal with everybody else. One of the things my senior pastor jokes about is “ask God if you should have cheerios or wheaties in the morning” It sounds silly but there is truth in the concept. I encourage you to genuinely ask that question for yourself and for your family as you make decisions about where to shop and who to support.

Ephesians 5:15-16 “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. “