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Last Thursday, Dr. Barry H. Corey, the President of Biola University, spoke to our community during Chapel on the topic of “Kindness.” Dr. Corey is the eighth President of Biola University and author of the book Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue. Dr. Corey also hosted a meet and greet with WCHS students interested in more information about Biola University during lunch and our administrative team spent some time with our Biola guests to discuss the hopes and challenges of Christian education. We are grateful for Dr. Corey and his team to visit and share with our community.
Last Thursday, WCHS hosted Dr. Paul Louis Metzger as the chapel speaker. Dr. Metzger is a Professor of Theology & Culture at Multnomah University & Seminary, Director of Multnomah University’s Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins, and Editor of Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the theology of Culture. Dr. Metger challenged the student body to live out the Beatitudes, that he said are not platitudes. “Those who have been changed from the inside out should welcome those on the outside in.” His recent book “Beatitudes, Not Platitudes” is available now.
You can watch the trailer for Dr. Metzger’s book here.
Dr. Rebekah Josberger, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Multnomah University, was our chapel speaker today. She led us through an audience interactive study of the Book of Exodus, bringing us to the practical conclusion that God loves to dwell in the midst of His people.
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!
In chapel this week we were challenged by Megan Tragethon, Co-founder and Executive Director of Refugee Care Collective, a locally-based non-profit that seeks to welcome refugees to the Portland area. Westside Senior David Xu, who partnered with RCC in his senior project, introduced his project mentor to the student body, as she highlighted what people of faith are doing to try to meet the needs of these families in crisis.
Take a look at one of their videos below!
Westside students, faculty, and staff were the beneficiaries of some amazing acts at this weeks Spring Talent Show. From solo singing acts to our handbell choir, from tap and Irish dancing to the band playing snippets of John Williams classics, it was an impressive demonstration of student (and staff) skill!
Gary Stubbs, a highly decorated retired US Navy officer, spoke with Westside students in chapel day in honor of Veteran’s Day. He focused on humility, with Micah 6:8 (He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?) anchoring his message
Three weeks after graduating from Duke University in 1968, Gary reported to Pensacola to begin flight training with the US NAVY. During the ensuing 28 years, he deployed to every corner of the world, mostly involved in flying the A-6 Intruder carrier-based attack aircraft. He was the Commanding Officer of Attack Squadron 176 and later Attack Squadron 128, the A-6 training squadron on the west coast. Later he received orders as Commanding Officer of the USS Guam, an amphibious assault ship and then was the Commander of Amphibious Squadron Five, commanding up to 10 ships during the evacuation of United Nations forces from Mogadishu, Somalia in 1995. After his retirement from the Navy, he and his wife Chris served with the English Language Institute/ China where they taught English in the University system of the Peoples’ Republic of China and then taught US History at Westside Christian High School here for 5 years.
Westside’s worship team Ignite led music for the first time this year with an engaged and appreciative student body at chapel on Wednesday. Mr. Fox is very proud of this year’s young and inexperienced team. The worship songs played included Good, Good Father, Jesus We Love You, and Holy Spirit. Ignite looks forward to inviting the Westside student body into their time of worship each week.