Nov
30
to Dec 25

Christmas Eve Volunteers

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CHRISTMAS EVE VOLUNTEERS

Did you know that more people check out WestGate Church during our Christmas Eve services than at any other time of the year (besides Easter)? 

We want to make sure these guests have a great experience, but we need your help with the following things.

  • Directing traffic in the parking lot whilst wearing a brightly colored vest

  • Greeting guests with cheerful salutations

  • Helping run kids programs (from nursery to Pre-K) so our littlest guests have a great time

  • Making home-baked cookies and treats for our guests. The more gluten, the better!

Get your Inner Elf on, and help us make Christmas Eve extra special.  

Sign up by clicking on the box to the right that corresponds to the campus you attend.

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Dec
24
3:00 PM15:00

Christmas Eve 2018

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YOU'RE INVITED

One of the most beloved Christmas songs ever* is the song “O Holy Night.”

This was the very first Christmas song ever broadcast live on the radio. It’s been recorded by both Mariah Carey AND Celine Dion. And Elmo. Spotify lists it as one of the most played songs around Christmas.

One of the lyrics from that song is “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.”

If 2018 has shown us anything, it is that we are a people, God knows, who are weary. Weary of the darkness. Weary of the tragedy. Weary of all the endless ways that humans are terrible to one another. And even weary of our own incapability as humans to fix things.

We are a people who yearn for hope. Hope that things will get better. Hope that peace will reign.

Which brings us to this Christmas, and a stirring, counter-intuitive, surprising thought.

What if the birth of a poor peasant baby more than 2,000 years ago is the hope that we all long for?

So join us as we examine that powerful idea this year at our Christmas Eve services.

It’s a time for the whole family, complete with great Christmas music, festive lights and even hot coffee and cocoa and cookies. So join us.

Maybe even start a new family tradition.  We hope to see you there.

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* Not including songs involving the tragic trampling death of an elderly relative.


SARATOGA CAMPUS


 

 

 

 

DEC 24 SERVICE TIMES

3 + 4:30 + 6pm

This is a family-friendly service, but children's programs are provided for kiddos from nursery through pre-K.

11pm

Our family service, where kids (and grown-ups) are invited to come in their PJs.  No children's programs are provided for this service but littles ones are welcome.

8pm (Grief Shared)

For some, the holidays are particularly difficult because they have experienced a loss. To help folks through this time, we offer a special Grief Shared Service.  Childcare is provided for children from nursery through grade 5. 


SOUTH HILLS CAMPUS

 

 

 

DEC 24 SERVICE TIMES 

3pm + 4:30pm

This is a family-friendly service, but children's programs are provided for kiddos from nursery through pre-K.


SUNNYVALE CAMPUS

 

DEC 23RD SERVICE TIME 

5pm

The Sunnyvale Campus will celebrate their Christmas Eve service during their regular Sunday night service time on Dec. 23rd. This is a family-friendly service, but children's programs are provided for kiddos from nursery through pre-K.


 
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Beautiful Day Info Night
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

Beautiful Day Info Night

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BEAUTIFUL DAY INFO NIGHT

Come find out how you - yes you! - could help make Beautiful Day 2019 a runaway success.  Last year, more than 2,600 people gave 10,000 volunteer hours at 16 different service projects to serve the underserved in our city.  Find out how you can help. You’ll be the first to hear about our newest projects, have a chance to ask questions, meet the Beautiful Day team, and see if this is something that you want to do.  

Plus, there’s free childcare provided.



 

Beautiful Day is the time where we take church out into the community.  Our goal is to inspire an army of volunteers and – together – to love our city well and in the process, show the Bay Area a little bit more about what Jesus is really like. 

TUESDAY, JAN 8

SARATOGA THEATER

 
 
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Discover WestGate
Jan
13
1:00 PM13:00

Discover WestGate

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DISCOVER WESTGATE

If you’re new to WestGate Church and want to learn more about our community, this is the place to start. Discover WestGate is your chance to hear about our culture and values, enjoy a free meal, meet some great people, and hear from our lead pastor Steve Clifford. Did we mention there's free lunch?  Oh, yeah and childcare is included!

JAN 13

1 - 3 PM

SARATOGA CAMPUS

 
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Jan
18
to Jan 19

Student Ministries Winter Retreat

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STUDENT MINISTRIES WINTER RETREAT

This Winter, WestGate Church’s Student Ministries are headed up to Sacramento for the Unleashed Conference. This annual conference is hosted by Bayside Church, one of the largest, most influential churches in the nation and features incredible speakers and worship. This dynamic, all-student conference is a great time for students to learn and grow and be challenged in their faith - as well as have a blast hanging out with each other at the Hyatt Place hotel.

Here are some of the details.


COST:
$150 (by November 26th)
$160 (after November 26th)

DEADLINE:
The deadline to sign up is December 10th.

CONFERENCE LINK:
Here.

DEPARTURE:
11am, January 18th from our Saratoga Campus

RETURNING:
5pm, January 19th at our Saratoga Campus

ADDITIONAL COST:
Please bring money for lunch on Friday and Saturday.

STUDENT WAIVER FORM
If you’d like to go, you MUST complete this student waiver form and submit it by December 10, 2018.

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Please pay the full amount using the form above. If you prefer to pay via cash or check, or to submit the student waiver form, please email Camille Holm at cholm@westgatechurch.org.

STUDENT MINISTRIES RETREAT

JAN 18 - JAN 19

 
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Feb
23
to Feb 24

Baptism

 
 

BAPTISM

For literally hundreds of years, followers of Jesus have made public declarations that they are “all in” with Jesus in a ceremony called “Baptism.”  Baptism is a public declaration of faith done by a believer in the presence of a local group of Christians. Here’s some information about what Baptism is, and what it isn’t:

Baptism was a nearly universal practice in the early church.
It was not only something Jesus Himself did, but something that He called His followers to do.

Baptism was a formal response to the Gospel. 
It was not done accidentally, or haphazardly. People who were baptized usually were questioned and responded with an answer to ensure they clearly understood they were making a formal stand to identify with Jesus and claim and proclaim Him as their Messiah. It was an important aspect of the salvation process (Repent and be baptized. – Acts 2:38)

Baptism was a personal response to the Gospel.
This means that it was a personal decision made by an individual, not by a tribe or family or nation. Infants, because they cannot make decisions, were not baptized.

Baptism was communal.
The result of Baptism was reception into and identification with this new community that followed Jesus. Baptism signified communion with Jesus, and therefore, with all His followers.

Baptism is a sacrament.
A sacrament is a symbolic religious activity that physically points to an invisible reality. In this case, the cleansing of a person’s physical body with water represents the cleansing of that person from sin by the miraculous power of Jesus’ sacrifice. The person going under the water is a symbolic representation of the death of their old self. Emerging from the water symbolizes the resurrection, through the power of Jesus, into new and eternal life.

It was the new mark of God’s Covenant People.
There is a link between Baptism (and the New Covenant of Jesus) and the mark of God’s old covenant with the people of Israel. Similar to the old mark, Baptism can also serve as a signpost that helps people distinguish who God has called and chosen into His beloved community, though the real signpost is the presence of the Holy Spirit.

If you’re “all in” with Jesus, and would like to be baptized, you can sign up here.

FEB 23

SARATOGA CAMPUS

FEB 24

ALL CAMPUSES

 
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Dec
5
5:30 PM17:30

Christmas KidzTown LIVE

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KIDZTOWN LIVE!

Ring in the Holiday Season with KidzTown LIVE: The Friends, Fun, and Flurries Christmas Edition.

This gingerbread-snapping event is a perfect chance to bring your friends and neighbors. We'll have a super-fun interactive Christmas story, a milk and cookies after-party and (as always) a FREE dinner.

Dinner is free for all families with children in K-3rd grade (siblings welcome).

DEC 5

5:30 – 7pm

SARATOGA WORSHIP CENTER

 
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Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00
HSM, JHM

Christmas Spruce Up Day

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CHRISTMAS SPRUCE UP DAY

WestGate Church's Christmas Eve Services are the most attended services of the year, with hundreds of visitors coming onto our campus to hear the amazing, life-changing news about the birth of Jesus.

We want to make sure our guests have a great experience.  

SO WE'RE GOING TO DO SOME HOLIDAY CLEANING.

We’ll be doing some deep cleaning to make sure our place is in tip-top shape. And it's WestGate Church, where we can make anything fun.

Come on out - get your elf on - and help us make sure everything is in order for our extra-special guests who will be visiting with us on Christmas.

 

SATURDAY
DEC 1

SARATOGA CAMPUS ONLY

9am-Noon

 
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Nov
17
to Dec 16

Advent Conspiracy 2018

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ADVENT CONSPIRACY

Each Christmas, WestGate Church encourages its members to escape from the rampant consumerism that often overtakes the holiday and instead remember the true spirit of Christmas – the radical generosity and self- sacrifice of God Himself for our benefit.

During this time, we encourage people:

  1. To worship more fully

  2. To spend less, and

  3. To give more.

Instead of going into debt buying things, we encourage people to simplify and give each other meaningful gifts of time, hand-made gifts or shared experiences. And we take a special offering to raise money for water projects across the world so that others might have clean drinking water. It’s Jesus’ Birthday – and want to give Him a gift He’d want.

ADVENT CONSPIRACY OFFERING
This special offering will be taken during the weekend services on DEC 15-16 with 100 percent of the funds raised donated to global water projects to provide clean water to people across the globe. Last year, more than $230,000 was raised and WestGate partnered with Living Water International and Tukutana to build wells in impoverished areas in Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda and India.

 

Learn More about the Advent Conspiracy

SPECIAL OFFERING

DEC 15 + 16

(select your campus, then under "FUND" select "ADVENT CONSPIRACY")

 
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Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

Community Market

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COMMUNITY MARKET

On Saturday, Nov. 10,  WestGate Church will be hosting our (first ever!) Community Market at our Saratoga Campus. 

We'll not only feature the ministries of WestGate Church (and our local ministry partners) but we also wanted any local businesses and artisans in our community to have a chance to introduce themselves.

Oh yeah, and there will be awesome food.

NOTE: If you'd like a booth to showcase your business or non-profit, please sign up online at LINK and our team will get back to you.

NOV 10

9am – 1pm

SARATOGA CAMPUS

 
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Nov
9
to Nov 11

SALIR A LA LUZ, VIVIR NUESTRA FE

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SALIR A LA LUZ, VIVIR NUESTRA FE

El Area de la Bahia es un lugar lleno de inovacion y de technologia lleno con diversidad y muchas culturas.  Es un lugar dinamica, lleno de energia y siempre cambiando.  Pero tambien es un lugar que drasticamente necesita escuchar las buenas nuevas.  En esta conferencia aprenderas Como convertir una fe privada en una fe publica.  Ojala y nos puedas acompañar, te esperamos.

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Nov
8
to Nov 22

#Campfire Relief Efforts

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#CAMPFIRE RELIEF

Earlier this week, as part of WestGate Church’s multi-phase plan to assist with the Camp Fire relief efforts, more than $20,000 in funds were donated to give emergency assistance to people affected by the most destructive fire in the history of the state of California.

These funds were given to two organizations. The first was Convoy of Hope - a humanitarian organization that is currently providing survivors with emergency food, water and immediate basic supplies. WestGate Church also donated to Chico First Assembly, a sister church near ground zero of the fires that is one of the operating center hubs for relief efforts in the affected area.

The following is a list of three ways you can tangibly help those affected transition back to normalcy.

THREE WAYS TO HELP 

  1. PURCHASE ITEMS FROM THE RELIEF WISH LIST
    This list of items was compiled by relief workers and agencies in Chico, CA who are currently working with families and individuals affected by the Camp Fire. They represent the most pressing needs.

  2. DONATE GIFT CARDS
    Purchase a gift card from Safeway, Target, JC Penny, Amazon, Kohls or Walmart. Write the amount on the card itself, and drop it off. Relief organizations will distribute them to those in need.

  3. WRITE A LETTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT
    We’ll put your personal letter of encouragement with the gift cards that will be delivered to the victims of the fire.

 

WHERE TO DROP OFF DONATIONS

You can drop off Gift Cards and items purchased from our Wish List at our South Hills Campus Main Lobby on Monday, Nov. 19th from 9am-6pm and on Tuesday, Nov. 20th from 9am-7pm.  

PLEASE NOTE:
If donations need to be coordinated outside of this time frame, please email compassion@westgatechurch.org.  

PLEASE NOTE:
At this time, we are only accepting items specified on the Wish List. Please do not donate used or second-hand items, or items that are NOT on the Wish List.

Donation Drop Off Times

Nov. 19th :: 9am–8pm
Nov. 20th :: 9am–7pm

South Hills Campus Main Lobby

6601 Camden Avenue
San Jose, CA 95120

(Click on the LOUD fund under giving type)

 
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Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

KidzTown LIVE

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KIDZTOWN LIVE!

KidzTown LIVE is an exciting monthly event for families with kids ages K-3rd grade. Join other families for a night of dining and entertainment. This event is not only fun but also gives you some practical tips for continuing faith-building conversations at home.

Dinner is free for all families with children in K-3rd grade. Invite your friends, too. You don't want to miss this! Please RSVP by Monday, November 5th.

 

 

NOV 7

5:30 – 7pm

SARATOGA WORSHIP CENTER

 
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Nov
5
to Dec 9
HSM, JHM

Adopt-A-Family 2018

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Adopt-a-Family

Adopt-A-Family provides a way to support local families in our community who could use a little extra help this Christmas providing meaningful gifts for their children. 

WestGate Church partners with families in our own church as well as our partners in the Moreland School District to identify families in our community going through financial hardship.  Our goal is to help parents and families going through a tough season make Christmas a time of joy and generosity.

HOW ADOPT-A-FAMILY WORKS:
We want to allow parents to shop for the gift themselves, because no one knows what their kids want and need better than the parents. Just like last year, we are asking for gift cards for places like Target, Walmart, Kohl’s, Safeway ($50-$75 per child).  These packages of Gift Cards will be dropped off at the participating schools. 

WAYS TO HELP

If you would like to sponsor a family (either as an individual, as a life group or as a group of friends) fill out the Adopt-A-Family card in your bulletin or sign up by clicking the button below.


If you attend WestGate Church and the Christmas season is a hardship for you (OR or if you know of a family that attends WestGate Church that could benefit from this initiative) please click on the button below to fill out a nomination form. A member of our Care Team will follow up with you.

 

 

ENDS Dec. 10

 

 
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Nov
3
to Nov 4

Copy of Baptism

 
 

BAPTISM

For literally hundreds of years, followers of Jesus have made public declarations that they are “all in” with Jesus in a ceremony called “Baptism.”  Baptism is a public declaration of faith done by a believer in the presence of a local group of Christians. Here’s some information about what Baptism is, and what it isn’t:

Baptism was a nearly universal practice in the early church.
It was not only something Jesus Himself did, but something that He called His followers to do.

Baptism was a formal response to the Gospel. 
It was not done accidentally, or haphazardly. People who were baptized usually were questioned and responded with an answer to ensure they clearly understood they were making a formal stand to identify with Jesus and claim and proclaim Him as their Messiah. It was an important aspect of the salvation process (Repent and be baptized. – Acts 2:38)

Baptism was a personal response to the Gospel.
This means that it was a personal decision made by an individual, not by a tribe or family or nation. Infants, because they cannot make decisions, were not baptized.

Baptism was communal.
The result of Baptism was reception into and identification with this new community that followed Jesus. Baptism signified communion with Jesus, and therefore, with all His followers.

Baptism is a sacrament.
A sacrament is a symbolic religious activity that physically points to an invisible reality. In this case, the cleansing of a person’s physical body with water represents the cleansing of that person from sin by the miraculous power of Jesus’ sacrifice. The person going under the water is a symbolic representation of the death of their old self. Emerging from the water symbolizes the resurrection, through the power of Jesus, into new and eternal life.

It was the new mark of God’s Covenant People.
There is a link between Baptism (and the New Covenant of Jesus) and the mark of God’s old covenant with the people of Israel. Similar to the old mark, Baptism can also serve as a signpost that helps people distinguish who God has called and chosen into His beloved community, though the real signpost is the presence of the Holy Spirit.

If you’re “all in” with Jesus, and would like to be baptized, you can sign up here.

FEB 23

SARATOGA CAMPUS

FEB 24

ALL CAMPUSES

 
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Nov
2
6:15 PM18:15

Friday Night Lights @ Prospect

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PROSPECT HIGH SCHOOL FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

We want to support our neighbors across the street, so we thought we’d show up IN FORCE to Prospect High School for their final home football game of the season.

We'll meet at 6:00PM at our Saratoga Campus and then walk over to cheer on the Panthers for Senior Night.

Bring money for admission ($6 at the gate) and there is dinner available (awesome stadium food) sold by the Booster Club at the game.

FOOD AVAILABLE FROM PROSPECT CONCESSIONS:

  • Hot dogs

  • Chili Cheese Dogs

  • Hamburgers

  • Cheeseburgers

  • Cheese Nachos

  • Chili Cheese Nachos

  • Various Assorted Chips

  • Cup-of-Noodles

  • Chili Cheese Cup-of-Noodles

  • Samosas

  • Soft Drinks

  • Hot Chocolate

  • Coffee

  • Bottled Water

  • Brownies
    Candy

Friday, Nov. 2
MEET AT SARATOGA CAMPUS AT 6:00pm

KICKOFF
7pm

 
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Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

Pumpkin Palooza

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PUMPKIN PALOOZA

Fall is FINALLY here, and we thought we’d throw a huge PARTY for our neighbors!

It’s a little something we like to call PUMPKIN PALOOZA, which in WestGate lingo means FREE food, bounce houses, music, prizes, and more. The only thing more fun would be jumping in a huge pile of leaves.

To join in the fun and make this awesome event happen, click the link to volunteer.

Saturday, October 27
11am - 2pm


WestGate Church
South HIlls Campus

If you’re interested in volunteering at this event please email Kim Hanna at khanna@westgatechurch.org

 
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Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

Club 45 Game Night

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Club 45 Game Night

A Club 45 Game Night is a super fun time for all 4th and 5th graders. We start with dinner then move into loads of silly, messy, and hilarious games that you can either participate in or just watch and cheer for. Everybody has a blast at our crazy Game Nights. You won't want to miss it!

Contact Liz with any questions.

OCT 19

6:30-8:30pm

SARATOGA CAMPUS GYM

 
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Oct
11
11:48 AM11:48

Safe Car Park

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SAFE CAR PARK

There’s a new issue that San Jose (and other cities in the Bay Area) are facing.

It’s called “Houselessness.”

San Jose has close to 3,000 “houseless” people - a term that refers to people who have a job, are gainfully employed, but for a variety of reasons can’t find a home. Many were pushed out of their low-income apartments, or can’t afford first-and-last month’s rent, or have medical expenses or employment hiccups that caused them to lose their home.

Many of these houseless are families, and since Santa Clara County doesn’t have a residential facility that allows families to stay together (they always separate men from women and children), these families elect to stay together, using their vehicles as shelter.

As a result, WestGate Church and faith communities around the area have partnered with the City of Saratoga to established Safe Parking sites.

For the month of November, WestGate Church’s Saratoga Campus will be an official Safe Park location. We will provide a safe place for people living in their vehicles to stay overnight. Local police will patrol the area for safety, and portable showers will be installed for the participants.

We are looking for volunteers to help create a warm and caring check-in environment for the participants.

If you’d like to help, please sign up to volunteer by clicking on the button to the right. We’ll get in contact with you, and provide you with official training to make sure you’re prepared.

SAFE CAR PARK

Nov. 1 - Nov. 30

7:30pm-9pm

SARATOGA CAMPUS

 
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Oct
11
11:39 AM11:39

Santa Rosa Photography

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NORCAL FIRE RELIEF FAMILY FAIR


ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS (both professional and skilled hobbyists).

When the Tubbs fire ripped through Santa Rosa last year, it not only destroyed 5,600 buildings and homes, it destroyed precious family keepsakes and memories. On October 20th, our sister churches in Santa Rosa are holding a picnic and event for those families affected by the fires. 

We want to send a team of at least 25 photographers to help take new family portraits of the families affected to help them replace their lost family photos. Our friends at MixBook are donating a $100 voucher for 100 families to print picture book albums or framed pictures - but we need good photographers to take those photos.

If you’d like to help, sign up below and we’ll get you more information. Use your artistic skills to help those affected by these fires create new memories.

 

JULY 27

SANTA ROSA

 
 
 
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Oct
7
8:00 AM08:00

Newcomers Reception

 
 

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

Are you new (or kinda new) to WestGate? We’d love to get to meet you! You’re invited to our Newcomers Reception, a super-informal and fun place where you can meet some of the WestGate staff, ask any questions you have and snack on some snacky-snacks. 

OCT 7

SARATOGA CAMPUS

10:45 am
(immediately after the 9:30 am Sunday morning service in the Gym. Join us for a 29-minute party with our WestGate staff and team members)


OCT 7

SOUTH HILLS CAMPUS

You’re invited to meet key South Hills staff on Sunday, October 7. Stop by the piano in the Worship Center lobby (look for the balloons) after either service. Looking forward to seeing you!


SUNNYVALE CAMPUS

Come join us after the 5:00 pm  service in the lobby on the first Sunday of each month for our pot luck dinner. Meet our Campus Pastor, Corinna Girard, and other Sunnyvale staff.
 

 
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Six40 Life
Sep
19
to Sep 24

Six40 Life

 
 

SIX40 LIFE

Building upon the foundation that is Discover WestGate, Six40 Life is an interactive lab led by our WestGate Church staff designed to help you understand more about the heart of our culture—why we exist and what we think Jesus wants to do through us.

We examine what it means to become more like Jesus—to be Six40 Disciples—right here and right now in this church and city.  During this time, we dive into what we call "the three loves" that are articulated by Jesus as being the highest calling of humanity.

To love God.
Love one another, and
Love our neighbor.

Six40 Life is currently on Winter Break. We will have a new and exciting Six40 format available in February!

 
 
 
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Sep
10
to Sep 24

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

 
 

EMOTIONALLY HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY CLASS

What if….emotional maturity and spiritual maturity are inseparable. What if it is simply not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature?

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and Relationship Skills 2.0 are two 9-week courses which can be taken in order or individually. Their goal is to equip people to deal with the frustrations of life, the busyness of life, and the overwhelming nature of life and give people simple and practical tools to connect with God and live out an emotionally-healthy spiritual life.

The EH Spirituality Course:

  • directly addresses the reality that emotional maturity and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.

  • equips people to develop a personal, first-hand relationship with Jesus by incorporating stillness, silence and Scripture as daily life rhythms.

The EH Spirituality Course moves people through 8 powerful life changing sessions:

  • The Problem of Emotionally Unhealthy Spirituality

  • Know Yourself That You May Know God

  • Going Back in Order to Go Forward

  • Journey Through the Wall

  • Enlarge Your Soul Through Grief and Loss

  • Discover the Rhythms of the Daily Office and Sabbath

  • Grow Into an Emotionally Healthy Adult

  • Go the Next Step to Develop a “Rule of Life”

    In the process, the goal is to know yourself better so that you might know God better.

 

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality:

Mondays
SEP 10 – NOV 05

 

Relationship Skills 2.0:

Thursdays
SEP 13– NOV 08

 
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Beach Baptisms
Aug
26
3:00 PM15:00

Beach Baptisms

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IT'S TIME TO PARTY

It’s time to celebrate!

Join us as ALL FOUR WestGate Church campuses come together for one giant Beach Party.  

Sure, there will be sun and fun, but it will also be a time where we’ll celebrate folks who have made a decision to follow Jesus.  And they’ll get baptized right there on the beach.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

Bring your own picnic (and maybe even bring a little extra to share).

CAN I GET BAPTIZED, TOO?

If you’d like to get baptized, you can sign up by clicking the button to the right.

WAIT.  ISN'T PARKING IN SANTA CRUZ A NIGHTMARE?

It can be, but if you’d like hassle-free parking, WestGate Church will be providing a free shuttle service from the parking lot of Santa Cruz Bible Church - starting at 2:45pm.

 

 

AUG 26

3pm - 6pm

Seabright Beach

 
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Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Public Faith Forum :: RACE

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PUBLIC FAITH FORUM :: RACE

There's no issue more controversial, or liable to cause arguments, than the topic of race.  A person's race is often tied to their culture, their heritage, their family, their family's history, their identity and their sense of personhood - so when someone dismisses (or even *seems* to dismiss) your race, it can feel like an assault on your personhood. 

When local Bay Area Pastor Bryan Loritts wrote an op-ed piece in Christianity Today about how he felt like an outsider as a black man in the predominantly white American church, he received an overwhelming response of more than one million views and sparked a provocative national conversation about what it means to be a person of color AND a Christian in the United States.

Join us for our third PUBLIC FAITH FORUM as we discuss the charged topic of race.

Bryan Loritts will be by to discuss insights from his new book Insider Outsider: My Journey as a Stranger in White Evangelicalism and My Hope For Us All, where he dives deeper into what it's like to be a person of color in predominantly white evangelical spaces today and offers helpful wisdom on where we go from here.

Drawing on insightful snapshots through history, eye-opening personal experiences, and Biblical exposition, Loritts awakens both our minds and hearts to the painful reality of racial divides as well as the hope of forgiveness.

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As Loritts writes, "It is impossible to do theology devoid of cultural lenses and expressions. Like an American unaware of their own accent, most whites are unaware of the ethnic theological accent they carry." 

Provocative.  Right?  

During the evening, we'll talk about the "accents" we carry.  We'll also have a panel of pastors and leaders from WestGate Church of various ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds share their stories and insights.  The panel will also field questions from people who have written in their earnest questions. 

The goal of the evening is to create space where people of faith can explore deep and important issues together with Biblical wisdom, nuance, candor and practical action steps from a panel of thoughtful and knowledgeable people.

We hope to all learn the art of listening to stories unlike our own, identify the problems and pitfalls that keep Sunday morning segregated, and participate in an active movement with God toward a holy vision of what Dietrich Bonhoeffer calls "life together."

Join us for our third PUBLIC FAITH FORUM.
 

AUG 23

Dinner at 6:00pm

Forum - 7-8:30pm

SARATOGA CAMPUS

 

 
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Club 45 Pool Party
Aug
19
1:30 PM13:30

Club 45 Pool Party

 
 

CLUB 45 SUMMER POOL PARTY

Join us for some fun in the sun! Bring the whole family and have a good time with other Club 45 friends!
We will provide drinks and hot dogs, but please bring a side dish or dessert to share. There will be a brief informational time for parents to learn about upcoming events, and then it's time to hangout poolside, eat some delicious food, and swim! Have your Club 45 student bring a friend, if they'd like. All are welcome!  

 

AUG 19
1:30-4:30pm

Church on the Hill
500 Sands Dr  San Jose, CA 95125

 
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Aug
12
to Aug 13

Celebrate Mission 2018

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CELEBRATE MISSION 2018

Every year, we pause during our Compassion Immersion sermon series in August and celebrate the incredible things that happened for each of our Global Outreach (GO Teams) in the previous year. 

Join us as we celebrate missions and our missionaries for our Celebrate Mission 2018 dinner, held at the WestGate Saratoga Campus Theater. You will hear reports from each of our various missions teams as well as great stories and encouragements from several of our Global Missionaries.

This year, we also have special guests including Tom Randall (who serves in the Philippines) and Jon and Angela Condie (who serve at a medical hospital in the Middle East) and others who will share their unique stories and perspectives about global missions. 

Free Dinner and Child Care for infants through Kindergarten is provided, but everyone must RSVP by clicking the button to the right.

AUG 12

6:30-8:30pm

SARATOGA CAMPUS THEATER

 

 
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Aug
12
11:30 AM11:30

Voluntour

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VOLUNTOUR

Have you been thinking about joining a volunteer team at WestGate Church but aren't sure where to serve or how to get started? Well here's your chance to test-drive some of our ministries by signing up for our next Voluntour.

You'll have the opportunity to see ministries in action and talk to some nice folks who are already serving and then see which one is a fit for you.

 

AUG 12

11:30am-12:15pm
SARATOGA CAMPUS (Meet in the Gym)
SOUTH HILLS (Meet by Piano in Lobby)
 

 
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Aug
11
5:30 PM17:30

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FOOD TRUCK SATURDAY

What do Saturday night services at the Saratoga Campus have that the Sunday morning services don't?

SPACE!
Also, FOOD TRUCKS!!!

We're encouraging folks (who are able) to make the move to Saturday night. We will have food trucks after each service. Tacos, pulled pork, chicken, and rice bowls.

It’s going to be amazing.

So come out Saturday night, August 11th.

*(Oh, yeah, and bring cash!)

SAT AUG 11

5:30-8:30pm
SARATOGA CAMPUS

 
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Aug
10
5:00 PM17:00

Preschool Movie Night

 
 
 

Preschool Movie Night


Attention, parents of preschoolers! Come to our end-of-summer Preschool Movie Night.  

Hop on your surfboard and catch a wave to the end of summer in style! Come on over to the Saratoga campus for a preschool luau! We will enjoy a potluck dinner, a family craft, a photo booth, and a fun Veggie Tales movie! Don't forget your grass skirts and leis to enjoy “surf,” sun, and family fun!  

How to join the awesome, low-stress fun

  • RSVP to come (click on the button to the right)
  • Come to the Saratoga Gym at 5pm on August 10th
  • Bring a dish to share for the potluck dinner
 

AUG 10


5-7pm
Saratoga Campus

 
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Aug
3
5:30 PM17:30

Family Night

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FAMILY NIGHT

We can’t believe the start of school is just around the corner! So let us help you end summer on a high note with a fun night to come together as  a family, play some games with some other really cool families, and then have some mocktails while your kids watch a movie. Not to mention the yummy, FREE pizza dinner!

For families with children entering kinder–5th grade this fall—younger siblings are welcome!
 

AUG 3

5:30-7:00 pm

SARATOGA CAMPUS

 
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Jul
30
6:30 PM18:30

Pizza + Praise Night

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PIZZA + PRAISE NIGHT

"Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, the nourishment of the mind with His truth, the purifying of the imagination of His beauty, the opening of the heart to His love, the surrender of the will to His purpose."   — William Temple

Join us and our worship teams as we gather together for a meal, and then spend some time together in prayer and worship. This will be a time for community to come together as one, combining all age groups and campuses.

JULY 30

6:30-8:30pm

SARATOGA CAMPUS
 

 
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Jul
28
9:00 AM09:00

Respite

 
 

RESPITE

Respite is a time when parents or caregivers of children with special needs can drop their kids off so they have a few kid-free hours to rest and recuperate.  

During that time, folks who have a heart to spend time with children with special needs hang out, play games, and do fun activities with the kids.

We need volunteers to help at the next Respite, Saturday, July 28, from 8:15am-1:15pm, at the Saratoga Campus. Training and a light breakfast are provided for those who volunteer.

Families with a child with special needs may email Sarah Burlini for more info or to sign up.

 

SAT, JUL 28

SARATOGA CAMPUS

Event is 9am-1pm

Volunteers needed 8:15am - 1:15pm


 
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Jul
28
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Back to School Drive 2018Hin

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BACK2SCHOOL DRIVE

This past spring, WestGate Church's School Impact Team met with the teachers and principals of 10 different school campuses (including every school in the Moreland School District) to ask how our church could help support the teachers and staff of those schools.

In every single case, the teachers asked for help providing school supplies for their students.  With few exceptions, state law now prohibits schools from charging fees for classroom items and activities and from requiring students to bring materials needed for school - so teachers and schools often end up buying these supplies from their own pockets.

But it's not just school supplies.  Many teachers and principles said they'd love to have Payless Shoe store gift cards - so that kids who come to school without good shoes can get new ones.

Regardless, we now have an official list that educators and principals have said are the actual things they need.

So here’s our chance to step up and really help some underserved and under-resourced kids in our city.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

DONATE SUPPLIES TO ANY WESTGATE CHURCH CAMPUS ON JULY 28-29

  1. Go to the official list below.
  2. Buy things.
  3. Drop off these items at the donation station in the lobby on the weekend of July 27-28 at ANY CAMPUS. 

DONATE FINANCIALLY

Let us do the shopping for you.  If you don't have time, or will be out of town during the weekend of the donation collection, you can give financially right now.  Just text WGSARATOGA to the number 77977 and select "BACK2SCHOOL" from the drop-down menu.

DONATE YOUR TIME

Join us Wednesday, August 1st from 10am-1pm for our "Pack Day.”  We’ll be putting all the backpacks together for the schools in the Saratoga Gym.  Bring your kids - they will have a great time serving!

JOIN THE SCHOOL IMPACT TEAM

If you want to be part of a team that seeks to serve and support the teachers and staff at local public schools, email Faith Hines for more information.
 


OFFICIAL LIST

Black Jansport Backpack       $36.00    
When polled, we found that this simple black Jansport backpacks are preferred by schools and students.  This brand is well-made and has durability to take a beating and still last throughout the year.

Ear buds        $10.00    
All of the schools, in the Moreland School District have access to in-classroom technology and require students to have earbuds (3-5th grade) or head phones (TK-2nd grade).

Head Phones    $20.00    
All of the schools, in the Moreland School District have access to in-classroom technology and require students to have earbuds (3-5th grade) or head phones (TK-2nd grade).

Crayola Washable Broadtip Markers        $3.00    
These were the specific type of marker preferred by teachers because no other kid-focused marker brand seems to match the quality of Crayola.  The tips taking a beating, and they last a long time. 

Crayola Washable Finetip Markers     $3.00    
See above...

Expo Dry Erase Markers (Black Fine Tip)        $5.00    
These are used daily by teachers and students in nearly every classroom.  

Expo Dry Erase Markers (Multi Color Fine Tip)      $5.00    
These are used daily by teachers and students in nearly every classroom.  

Unscented Baby Wipes (6 pack)       $13.00    
Schools are not allowed to use Clorox wipes or hand-santizer any longer but these wipes help keep little hands and shared surfaces clean and sanitized.

Printer Paper (Multi Color)       $7.00    
Becasue white paper is BORING!

Target Gift Card      $25-$100    
When asked, the typical teacher in the Moreland School District said that he/she spends at least $500 a year (out of their own pocket) on classroom supplies.  These gift cards will help teachers buy the specific supplies they need for their students

Payless ShoeSource Gift Card    $25.00    
Remember the feeling of new school shoes? We want all kids to have that same feeling, regardless of their financial ability.

 

 

DONATE SUPPLIES
All campuses
July 28 - July 29

 

PACK DAY
WED Aug. 1
10am-12pm
-or-
12pm-2pm

 
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Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Moana Family Movie Night

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FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

This summer, WestGate Church is going to transform the parking lot of our South Hills Campus into the largest outdoor movie theatre in all of San Jose for a family movie night.  

We’ll be showing the hilarious and family-friendly Disney animated movie MOANA. 

We're not saying there's going to be a spontaneous audience sing-along, but we're not saying there WON'T be.

What can we say except, "You're Welcome."

Using our state-of-the-art 12-quadrillion-lumen giant outdoor projector and screen, and top-notch surround sound AV equipment, you’ll wonder if you’re actually inside a movie theatre.  Until you realize no, you’re actually *outside*.

This is perfect for the whole family.  

We’ll also have free:

  • Popcorn. 
  • Red Vines. 
  • Water.  
  • Lemonade.  
  • Fun inflatables.
  • Games and crafts for the kids.
  • Instructional Bollywood dancing for all ages!

DINNER OPTIONS:

You can bring your dinner, or if you'd like, we'll have Indian street food available for a small charge.

WHAT TO BRING:

Lawn chairs or blankets.  
     (NOTE: Recliners are welcome, but you'll have to unload it yourself)
Your friends and neighbors.
     (NOTE: This event is open to everyone)
 

 

JULY 27

SOUTH HILLS CAMPUS
7:00-9:30 pm
 

 
 
 
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Jul
14
5:00 PM17:00

Food Truck Saturday July

 
 

FOOD TRUCK SATURDAY

What do Saturday night services at the Saratoga Campus have that the Sunday morning services don't?

SPACE!
Also, FOOD TRUCKS!!!

We're encouraging folks (who are able) to make the move to Saturday night. We will have food trucks after each service. Tacos, pulled pork, chicken, and rice bowls.

It’s going to be amazing.

So come out Saturday night, July 14th.

*(Oh, yeah, and bring cash!)

SAT JULY 14

5:30-8:30pm
SARATOGA CAMPUS

 
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