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In chapel today Josh White, Lead Pastor of Door of Hope in downtown Portland, sang and spoke to the Westside community about grace. Speaking from Psalm 139 Josh talked about how God’s grace means that He is with us (Immanuel), He knows us, and His spirit gives us the power to change.
A wonderful reminder of how great a gift God’s grace truly is!
Combining applied arts with fine art, Advanced Art students are creatively integrating form and function to design an original ceramic vessel. After reviewing their sketches with the teacher, they proceed to make their bowls, cups, vases, planters, etc.
First, students are busy wedging their clay, which is a prerequisite to all ceramic projects in order to evenly distribute the clay’s consistency as well as eliminate air pockets. They then use hand building techniques such as slab building, draping, molding, and also have the option to throw on the wheel if they so choose to.
In process currently are a few future masterpieces!
Original ceramic vessel work in Advanced Art class.
Westside’s new soccer field is nearly complete! Over the past eighteen months the north side of our property has seen a whole host of contractors work tirelessly to transform what was once an unevenly sloped field into a breathtaking soccer pitch. We are so grateful for the new facilities we have been blessed to build, christen, and enjoy these past four years, and are excited to soon add a new soccer field to that list!
This new field will provide yet another venue for Westside to fulfill its mission to equip servant leaders by educating and developing the whole person for the glory of God. And in addition, we will now be able to play actual home soccer games! The field will also be a space frequently utilized by PE classes, summer camps, and the local soccer club Bridlemile, who has agreed to a multi-year rental agreement that will provide off-season revenue for the school.
Weather permitting, the concrete bleachers will soon be complete, the surrounding fence is presently being constructed, and the scoreboard is soon to be delivered. The project as a whole will cost $ 2.5 million dollars, and we have secured funding for all but the very last bit. Currently we are in need of $ 150,000 to purchase and install the stadium lights. Would you consider contributing to this project to help us turn on the lights and finish the work?
We are grateful for God’s provision, and our community’s generosity as our new campus on the hill continues to take shape.
Goal to Goal is a video series with our Athletic Director Rob Casteel, where he intends to show the human side of the athletic program. Video interviews will highlight different contributors (coaches, student athletes and parents) to the athletic program.
In Goal to Goal we hope to convey the passion and enthusiasm these people have for Westside and its athletic program.
Rob is with Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Marc Howell below.
Westside’s Varsity Cheerleading team and Drumline led a pep assembly this afternoon in advance of the home games against Dayton tonight.
Alex Rettmann, alumnus (Class of 2008) and Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at Bridgetown Church, returned to his alma mater to speak to the current student body about the need to desire and cultivate covenant relationships rather than consumer relationships.
It is always great to have those who have been nurtured at Westside to come back and return the favor to the next generation of students!
Both Varsity teams won their opening league competition this week at home against Willamina. The girls won 46-43 and the boys won 62-58 in overtime. It was an exciting evening of basketball. Congratulations to the coaches and teams for pulling out a victory in both of these intense games.
Last week AP European History students chose one person or topic that they had studied this year and chose 10 things with which to depict it. These are their historical Christmas sweaters. Quite a festive and historical academic exercise!
Merry Christmas Westside community. May you enjoy these next two weeks with family, friends, and hopefully ample time to reflect on what this Advent season really celebrates, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Good food, thoughtful presents, well decorated trees and great company all have their place this time of year. And yet we hope that you also build in times of remembrance for what happened in Bethlehem some two thousand years ago, the in-breaking of God’s son into our fallen world. May time to contemplate drive us to deep gratitude for our Savior, Messiah, Emmanuel and Lord.
The birth our Jesus Christ, a very first merry Christmas indeed!
The Westside Office Staff would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas! The office will be closed these next two weeks (Monday, December 18th – Tuesday, January 2nd) until school resumes on Tuesday, January 2nd.