May
1
to Jun 30

Meet Ups

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WESTGATE MEET-UPS

We want to help everyone who comes to WestGate Church move from attending to belonging.  This is more than a t-shirt slogan (although we did print t-shirts with that saying on them).

We believe the Christian life isn’t just difficult to do alone.  It’s impossible.

So, this summer, during the months of May and June, we're inviting you to join our staff and key leaders to join us as we…well…just do stuff.

So check out this sweet list of WESTGATE CHURCH MEET-UPS and let the fun begin.


HIKING AT QUICKSILVER :: GOLFING :: FLY A KITE
SURFING :: HIKING AT FREMONT OLDER ::
DOG PARK MEET-UP :: BOOK CLUB ::
PAINT SOME CERAMICS :: BURGER BASH
HIKING AT FREMONT OLDER (2) :: HIKE AT CALERO ::
WARRIORS GAME WATCH PARTY ::
TACO TUESDAY (YOUNG PROFESSIONALS) ::
SF COFFEE CRAWL (YOUNG PROFESSIONALS) ::
BIKE RIDE (ADVANCED) :: BIKE RIDE (INTERMEDIATE) :: BIKE RIDE (BEGINNER) ::
FAMILY PARK DAY :: VASONA PARK FAMILY PICNIC ::
MEN’S BACKYARD BBQ (SARATOGA CAMPUS) ::
GO SEE TOY STORY 4 :: KIDS PLAYDATE - PARENT HANGOUT! ::
FAMILY PLAYDATE :: FAMILY DINNER PICNIC IN THE PARK ::
ROSE GARDEN PICNIC DINNER :: M/W NOON LAP SWIM
HIKING ST. JOSEPH HILL :: SENIORS LUNCH :: CHIX AND FLICKS
BOARD GAME NIGHT ::
FILOLI GARDENS :: MOMMY AND ME WALK IN THE PARK
BOOK CLUB (2) :: PETROGLYPH CERAMICS
BACKYARD BBQ + SWIM (SOUTH HILLS) ::
LADIES WINERY SIP AND SNACK :: ESTATE SALE SHOPPING



GOLFING

Play 18 holes at Coyote Creek or Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Cost, approximately $65 for a round. Meet at Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Approximately 5 hours. Must sign up/RSVP at the link below four days prior to the event date in order to secure the tee times.


HIKING AT QUICKSILVER

Go hiking at the Quicksilver Mines Trail in South San Jose. Meet at 8am at the Trail Head at 17571 McAbee Rd, San Jose, CA 95120. Meet at 8am. Hike will last roughly 1.5 hours. It’s an aerobic hike, but not too tough.


FLY A KITE

Let’s go fly a kite. Up to the highest height. No seriously. This is great for kids and families, and anyone who loves books by Khaled Hosseini or is really into yards and yards of string. We’ll meet at the Mountain View Kite Park from 6pm–8pm.


SURFING

Meet at the parking lot at the end of 41st Street in Santa Cruz at low tide. We’ll surf for roughly 3 hours. (Weather permitting. We won’t surf if it’s raining, but hey, it’s May and the likelihood of that is really small.)


BIKE RIDE (ADVANCED)

This will be a 2-hour road bike ride around through Saratoga/Cupertino and/or Los Altos. Must be able to ride efficiently and manage some hills. Meet at 2pm at the upper patio of the Saratoga Campus Worship Center.


FAMILY PARK DAY

Come hang out with your kids at Saratoga Creek Park from 10-11:30am. Bring a snack to share. We will meet by the playground. The park is located on Hoyet Drive off of Cordelia Avenue (off Lawrence Expressway).


VASONA PARK FAMILY PICNIC

This is perfect for families with kids. We’ll be going to Vasona Park for a family picnic. We’ll meet at noon, and head over to the Oak Meadow Park (it’s the big field to the left immediately past the park’s entrance). We’ll be meeting from about 12noon-1:30pm. Please bring a picnic lunch and blankets or lawn chairs!


BIKE RIDE (INTERMEDIATE)

OPTION 1: Meet at the WestGate Church South Hills Campus at 1pm and we’ll go for a moderately nice road bike ride around the beautiful back roads around South Hills. Maybe we’ll be gone for an hour. Maybe two. We’ll see how we feel.


OPTION 2: This is a moderately paced bike ride (average speed 16-18 mph). It will probably include one moderately challenging hill climb. The ride will be approximately 20-28 miles and take under 2 hours. We will meet at the South Hills Campus parking lot (6601 Camden Ave, San Jose, CA 95120) at 9am-11am. More than likely it'll be a loop from SH to either Bailey or Willow pass. Bring water and if needed, a Powerbar. If we're so inclined, we might wrap-up by getting coffee afterwards.


BIKE RIDE (BEGINNERS)

We’ll be going on a morning bike ride along Baylands Trail around Moffett Field. This is a casual ride good for adults of all ages and children 8 yrs and older. For those wanting to ride one way it is possible to catch the VTA Light Rail at the Lockheed Station in Sunnyvale and ride it back to downtown Mt. View (bring money for fare). We’ll meet at the Stevens Creek Trail entrance at Central Ave, Mountain View, CA. We’ll ride from 8:00am - 11:00am


WARRIORS WATCH PARTY

So, sure, the Warriors looked a little rough-around-the-edges in Round 1. Which likely means the second round opponent - the deadly-and-terribly-unfun-to-watch - Houston Hardens, will be filled with much tension. And who knows what after that. And if this Spring is like ‘15, ‘16, ‘17 and ‘18, we’ll be watching deep into May. Join us at Buffalo Wild Wings (near WestGate Mall) or Smokeeaters (on Almaden Expressway at Almaden Ranch) and we’ll cheer the Dubs on together. Fill out the form if you’re interested, and we’ll let you know where we’ll be watching a few days before after the schedule is set.


BOOK CLUB

Join us for a book club, where we’ll read interesting and provocative books and then discuss them. For the month of May we would discuss "The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction" by Adam McHugh. For the month of June we would discuss "The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines" by Nathan Foster. We’ll meet in the dining area inside Whole Foods Market on Blossom Hill and Almaden Expressway from 7:15pm–9:00 pm.


PAINT SOME CERAMICS

We'll get together to make some painted ceramic items. We’ll do this from about 5pm–6:30pm on Thursday, May 23rd and Thursday, June 13th. Meet at Color Me Mine at 5337 Prospect Rd, San Jose 95129.


HIKING AT FREMONT OLDER

Intermediate/advanced hiking at Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. Meet at 7:30am. We are going to hike part of Seven Springs Trail loop, approximately 3-4 mile hike. Parking is limited; if lot is full, park on the street down from lot.


COFFEE CRAWL (YOUNG PROFESSIONALS)

We’re going on a Coffee Crawl in the City. We will be visiting some popular coffee shops in San Francisco to do a coffee tasting. We will either rally up at the Saratoga campus or possibly BART on Fridays at 11am and plan to be back by 5:30pm. This is for anyone who finds themselves wanting to adventure in the city, want to explore coffee/matcha, and meet other young adults.


TACO TUESDAY (YOUNG PROFESSIONALS)

Hey Young Adults! What’s better than Tuesday? Taco Tuesdays, of course. Join us for Taco Tuesday with La Burrita Food Truck at Hapa's Brewing Company in San Jose.


HIKING FREMONT OLDER 2

Intermediate/advanced hiking at Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. Meet at 9am. We are going to hike part of Seven Springs Trail loop, approximately 3-4 mile hike. Parking is limited; if lot is full, park on the street down from lot.


CALERO HIKE

Hike around the Calero Reservoir at Calero County Park, 23205 McKean Rd. Meet at 9am on May 17th and 8am on June 15th. The hike is easy-to-moderate and should take roughly 60-90 minutes.


KIDS PLAYDATE (PARENTS HANG-OUT)

PLAYDATE! Meet at the Seven Seas Park in Sunnyvale. Parents hang out while kids play on the awesomely-fun structures or splash pad. Play from 10am-12noon.


FAMILY PLAYDATE

This is perfect for families with young kids. We’ll be hanging out at Seven Seas Park in Sunnyvale. This meetup will be a time for parents/kids to connect. The park has multiple playgrounds (geared more towards younger kids), a water play area, and a grass field. We will meet on Tuesday nights from around 5:30-7pm. For anyone who wants to come, we will be meeting at the water play area. Note: parking can be a bit challenging sometimes, but in worst case, people can park walking distance away in one of the neighborhoods.


FAMILY PICNIC IN THE PARK

Hey, it’s Friday Fun Day at the Park. At the end of a long summer week, who wants to cook on Friday night? So don’t! Bring your family, pack a picnic dinner (or buy something take-out!) and bring a blanket and join us for a Family Picnic Dinner at the Park. We’ll be meeting at Doerr Park (Park Wilshire Drive and Potrero Drive in San Jose), which is a *great* park featuring a large grassy area to kick a soccer ball around, basketball hoops, tennis courts, a toddler playground as well as large play structure with ninja warrior type obstacles that’s great for slightly older kids!  Meet from 5pm-7:30pm, at the covered picnic tables


GO SEE TOY STORY 4

Woody and Buzz and the whole crew are back for the final installment of this beloved Pixar franchise. Since Toy Story 4 comes out on June 20, so we’ll all go see it Saturday, June 22nd. We’ll watch the movie at Century 20 Oakridge at the Oakridge Mall, and then afterwards, hang out in the high-class Mall Food Court. Exact times are yet to be determined.



DOG PARK MEET UP

Got dogs? So do we! Take your furry friends and meet us at the Jeffrey Fontana Dog Park (at the corner of Golden Oak Way and McAbee Road) in San Jose, CA 95120 from 2-4pm on Sunday. We’ll let the dogs run free, we’ll chat, and perhaps even discuss why cats are miserable pets.


MEN'S BACKYARD BBQ (SARATOGA CAMPUS)

Are you a guy? Do you like grilled meat? But we repeat ourselves. On Wednesday, May 22 from 6-9pm, we’ll be meeting at a home that has a big backyard, with a deluxe grill. RSVP and the event coordinator will send you the info! Come hang out with other guys . Cost is $10.


BACKYARD BBQ + SWIM (SOUTH HILLS)

Do you attend the South Hills community? Join us for a backyard afternoon swim party. Bring your own towels and grub. Lots of grass, a BBQ, and pool (NOTE: no life guard on duty!). This is at a home in the Willow Glen area (and after you RSVP, the event coordinator will email you with all the deets).


ROSE GARDEN PICNIC DINNER

Bring your picnic basket or sack dinner and blanket and meet up at Municipal Rose Garden Park at the corner of Dana Ave and Naglee Ave San Jose, CA 95112. Look for us by the fountain in the park. We’ll be there from 530pm - 7pm on June 21.


MONDAY/WEDNESDAY NOON LAP SWIM

Join us on Mondays and Wednesday through May and June for a lap swim at Santa Clara International Swim Center ($6 drop in or $5 per swim with advance card purchase from the nearby Kiely Community Center). Arrive a bit before noon. Swim in a lane that goes your speed; half the lanes figure out their own workouts, the other half are open swim, generally more relaxed. Will likely be setup for Olympic long course 50 meters. Swim for an hour then depending on schedule go grab a bite to eat nearby. Long course lanes doing workouts generally can repeat 100s freestyle on 1:30 or 1:40 or 1:50 and will do 2500-3000 meters; open swim is suitable for beginners - note pool is mostly all deep.


 

HIKING ST. JOSEPH'S HILL

Join us as we hike St. Joesph's Hill in the morning. Meet at the Jones Creek Trail Entrance (note: closest intersection is Jones Rd and College Ave). You can park on the street on Jones Rd which is a residential area. Walk all the way to the end of Jones Rd and it will dead end at the entrance to the Jones Creek Trail which is also known as St. Joseph’s Hill Open Space Preserve. The hike will last about 1.5 hours. Meet at 8:30am.


SENIORS LUNCH

Are you a senior (as in “age 55+” not as in “I am about to graduate high school”). This lunch is open to men and women at a HOA Clubhouse in Los Gatos (it holds up to 56 guests, so come one, come all.) The lunch will start around 12pm with no ending time (to allow people to visit and connect for as long as they’d like. RSVP below, and the host will contact you about exact location details. Cost will be roughly $15 for the food.


BOARD GAME NIGHT

Do you love board games? So do we. We’ll have a night where we’ll play (and teach) awesome board games to adults and/or kids at our house. Kids can play their own games or watch a movie while parents play adult board games OR, depending on the crowd, we can play family friendly games with parents and kids. The time will be from 8pm-10pm at a house in the 95124 area (the event coordinator will email you the address after you RSVP below).


FILOLI GARDENS

Join us as we go to Filoli Gardens. Filoli is a country house set in 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by a 654-acre estate, located in Woodside, California, about 25 miles south of San Francisco, at the southern end of Crystal Springs Reservoir, on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains. If you love flowers and strolling through beautiful gardens come join us as we admire the beauty and fragrance of different blooming flora. We will meet in the front of WestGate Saratoga Worship Center at 9:30am and carpool or caravan to Filoli. Admission to Filoli is $22, Students $15, Children 5-17 $11


MOMMY AND ME WALK IN THE PARK

Mommy and me walk in the park (strollers and all). We’ll meet at Almaden Lake Park, 6099 Winfield Blvd. San Jose 95120 and walk from about 11am-1pm. We’ll meet at the back entrance of the park off of Winfield Blvd.


BOOK CLUB (2)

Enjoy reading? Enjoy talking about what you’ve read with other folks? If so, join up with a group of gals to discuss John Ortberg's Who Is This Man? We will alternate meeting at a couple of homes near the Saratoga Ave/Payne area of San Jose (very close to the Saratoga Campus). We’ll be doing this on Sunday nights starting on June 16 from about 4:30pm-6:00pm. RSVP and we’ll contact with details about where to meet.


Petroglyph Ceramics

Paint Your Own Ceramics at Petroglyph located at 1140 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125 in downtown Willow Glen. Get creative, try something new, bring a friend, bring a drink, personalize a mug, paint a dinosaur, make a one-of-a-kind bow for your pet. We’ll be there Sunday from roughly 1-3PM-ish.


LADIES WINERY SIP AND SNACK


Ladies come and join us at the Testarossa Winery for their Sip and Snack on May 30th from 11:30am-1:00 Bring snacks to share. If you want a tasting, the cost is about $20 Meet at picnic table area. Testarossa Winery 300 College Ave. Los Gatos


ESTATE SALE SHOPPING

Join us to go shopping at ESTATE SALES (these can be as far north as Mountain View and as far south as Morgan Hill). Definition of an ESTATE SALE: An Estate Sale is a way of liquidating the belongings of a family or (house) estate. These are usually much more than GARAGE or YARD sales. They are used when someone is in need of a way to sell items due to downsizing, moving, divorce, bankruptcy, or death. If you are interested, RSVP and the event organizer will contact you and get you details about the when/where of the sales that week. This usually lasts from 9am-noon.


CHICKS AND FLIXS (LADIES ONLY)

Ladies out there! Join us for a movie and then brunch or lunch following. The movie is TBA, but we'll send out some movie options the week of and decide the time and movie at that time. This is for all ages 18+ and all campuses welcome.

 
 
 
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Jun
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KidzTown Summer Volunteers 2018

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DO SOMETHING COOL WITH YOUR SUMMER - SERVE IN KIDZTOWN!

Each summer we invite you to serve in KidzTown to make it possible for our amazing year-round team of leaders to have time to refresh and recharge. More than that, for parents, it gives you an opportunity to be in your child’s specific class (or not) if you so choose.

We’ve made it super simple for you! We will partner you with an experienced leader so you just need to show up on the dates you choose.  CLICK on the campus at which you would like to serve to sign up!

SARATOGA CAMPUS

JUNE - AUGUST

SOUTH HILLS CAMPUS

JUNE - AUGUST

SUNNYVALE CAMPUS

JUNE - AUGUST

 
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Jun
1
to Jun 2

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.

JUN 1

SARATOGA CAMPUS & WG EN ESPANOL

JUN 2

ALL CAMPUSES


 
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2
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Summer Labs 2019

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SUMMER LABS

Summer Labs are fun, interactive learning environments where we come together to learn, grow and deepen our understanding of God by examining a variety of important topics.

Summer Labs will be held on Wednesday nights from June - August at the Saratoga Campus.  Check the course list below for precise dates and times.  


WEEKEND LABS
(One Day Labs)

ENNEAGRAM LAB
Sunday June 2 :: 1-4pm - This Lab is now full.
Saturday June 29 :: 8:30-11:30am - This Lab is now full.

To be added to the waiting list please email David Kim at dkim@westgatechurch.org

with David + Nina Kim

The Enneagram is a powerful tool for self-understanding. But it’s not for the faint of heart.

The Enneagram shows us our own set of coping mechanisms that we’ve wrapped up in our childhood wounds so that we don’t have to face the truth and pain. Until we’re honest about this, we lie to ourselves and others about who we really are.

Join WestGate teaching pastor David Kim, and his wife Nina (who are both certified instructors) as they take you through the Enneagram’s nine different personality types that describe the nine basic archetypes of humanity’s tragic flaws, sin tendencies, primary fears, and unconscious needs. David and Nina will help you on your own journey of self-discovery, helping you find your own sacred map to your own soul. And through the process, you’ll find that the Enneagram is a very helpful blueprint for developing character - and a powerful way to invite Jesus into the areas of our own brokenness so that we can be healed, and truly help and love those around us.


GOD’S MANY VOICES : Learning to Listen. Expectant to Hear.
Saturday August 17 :: 8:30-11:30am

with Liz Ditty

Do you wish you could hear God speak to you in your everyday life? This lab will help you discover a God who is infinitely closer and more involved in our world than we give Him credit for.

This one-day lab is an invitation to learn God’s voice from the scriptures and then recognize it everywhere in daily life. Author and speaker Liz Ditty uses biblical teaching and relatable examples, reinforced with reflective exercises to open readers’ ears and hearts to what God is telling them.

Only God’s voice in our lives can give us confidence in our decisions and dreams, give us freedom from our fears and failures, and lead us toward the joy of being fully alive, accepted, and loved by God.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT LABS
(Multi-day Labs)

HOW TO MAKE THE BIBLE SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO SAY

with David Kim

Okay, so here’s the problem. The Bible has been the most important book in human history, but over that time, it’s been used, twisted, corrupted for evil AND it has been the foundational impetus for nearly every beautiful social movement and reform. For example, the Bible was used as a justifying text by the leaders of the KKK *and* by the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.

How can this be?

Is the Bible really that open-ended? Is it nothing more than a Rorschach test, projecting the ideas of the reader?

In this ironically-named lab, pastor and theologian David Kim will walk you through how to read the Bible for yourself - on its own terms (not on yours).

Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, or the gifted, or the scholarly - it’s meant to be accessible. To be read and comprehended by everyone from Uber Drivers to CEOs.

In this lab, David will help you understand everything from why there are so many different Bible translations, to who wrote the books within the Bible, to the different types of writing in the Bible (and how to read and understand them, because a love poem is meant to be read very differently than history).

David will help you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible―their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today―so you can avoid the pitfalls of reading your own preferences and biases (we all do this!) into this ancient book. Ideally, you’ll encounter the God who is the subject of this book - on His own terms.

DATES:

JUNE 19 :: JUNE 26 :: JULY 10 :: JULY 17 :: JULY 24

 


D.E.S.I.G.N.

with Lisa Averill + Martin Woodrow

We believe that God has hardwired each of us to do good works.  And one of the greatest gifts of life is figuring out how God’s made us and then using those gifts. This class will help you understand yourself better so that you can better understand how to find real joy in the unique way God has made you.  During this lab, we’ll examine your unique:

  • Desires

  • Experiences

  • Spiritual gifts

  • Individual style and personality

  • Growth phase and

  • Natural talents.

This class is perfect for folks who want to understand how God’s designed them and how God can use them to change their world.

DATES: JUL 31 :: AUG 7  :: AUG 14  :: AUG 21



BEING A CHRISTIAN IN A POST-CHRISTIAN BAY AREA REALITY

with David Tieche

About a year ago, after skimming through Twitter for 20 minutes, I realized that my teeth were clenched and my shoulders were tightly raised, almost in a defensive posture. This is what reading the news about the world was doing to me. In the words of a close friend, “It feels morally irresponsible not to be outraged by what I’m seeing in the world, but spiritually irresponsible to be this angry all the time.”

What to do?

But even more than that, I realized I had no idea how to even process some of the things that were happening. Is human gender invented? Can it be chosen, like an outfit? What about all the misinformation on the internet? What can I believe? And commentators are saying we’re all living in a post-Christian world, so why is it that the dominant social values are still so influenced Christ’s teachings - things like equality and justice? And why are so many of my friends deeply hesitant of anything even resembling Christianity, but are totally fine with meditation, mindfulness, yoga and other spiritual practices? Also, is the word “evangelical” now useless, co-opted by partisan politics? What word should replace it? Why did 81 percent of white evangelicals vote for a man like Donald Trump? And why do my white Christian friends see things so completely different than my Christian friends of color about so many different issues (Colin Kaepernick, anyone?) It was all so confusing.

In this lab, we’ll have a time of discussion about what it means to be a Christian in a post-Christian world. We want to create a space where we can talk about these issues thoughtfully, do a biopsy on our Bay Area culture, and even come to terms with our own fears (and sinful human tendencies to fight or flight). We’ll examine thoughtful articles and books, and have a place where we can begin the conversation so that we can be at our absolute best (even if the world is sometimes at its worst).

DATES:
AUG 7 :: AUG 14 :: AUG 21  


SPIRITUAL CROSSFIT

with Corinna Girard

This is not your standard Bible study. This is more like a practicum, or a “spiritual gym” where each week we’ll learn how to do a different important, historical spiritual practice (like reading Scripture, prayer, silence/listening, meditating on music, confession, forgiveness). We’ll practice them together, expecting that it will be difficult. But expecting that we can grow together.

Each week in our “Spiritual CrossFit” , we'll help expand your spiritual practice toolbox. The point of this is not to earn brownie points with God, but practices that we can meaningfully connect with the Living God. This is not academic. We’re going to be doing this together for the sake of learning how to live more connected to God in our daily lives.

DATES:
JUL 10 :: JUL 17 :: JUL 24 :: JUL 31 :: AUG 7


RELATIONAL WISDOM

with Kristin Lawrence, Dave Larson and Ben Pierce

Success in life, in relationships and in your career is not merely about raw skill and talent: it also hinges on your ability to relate well with other people. We all want to experience closer connection and less conflict with the people who are most important to us (our spouse, our children, our closest friends) but often don’t know how to get this. And it’s not just in our social settings. Even in your job, it’s true, your technical skills might get you hired, but your soft skills - ability to work well with other people - will get you promoted.

This lab on relationships will help you build skills and gain competency in all your interactions - resulting in stronger relationships, and less conflict.

We’ll help you understand yourself, your own triggers and develop skills that will enable you to:

  • Experience stronger relationships and less conflict

  • Develop a valued influence among family, friends and co-workers

  • Be a compelling witness revealing the transforming power of God in your life.

Each session will use a combination of teaching, movie clips, and practical application to deepen your emotional intelligence and conflict resolution skills in the light of God’s word.

DATES:
JUN 26 :: JULY 10 :: JULY 17 :: JULY 24 :: JULY 31



 

 

 
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Women's Friendship Tea
Jun
8
11:00 AM11:00

Women's Friendship Tea

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WOMEN’S FRIENDSHIP TEA

We all have friends, co-workers and family around us who like tea, but aren’t sure they like church.  So we’re creating a space to invite them to experience something that’s a big part of our life: our church and our faith.  And also tea. It’s a laid-back and fun way for us to connect.

If you have a group of friends or co-workers you’d like to bring and all sit together, you can also host a table.

If this is something that you’d like to be a part of, contact Shirleyn at shirlcannon@yahoo.com for more information.


SAT, JUNE 8

11am-1pm
SARATOGA THEATER

 
 
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Jun
9
9:30 AM09:30
HSM, JHM

Intro to the Six40 Life

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INTRO TO THE SIX40 LIFE

We want to help everyone who comes to WestGate Church move from attending to belonging.  This is more than a t-shirt slogan (although we did print t-shirts with that saying).

We believe the Christian life isn’t just difficult to do alone.  It’s impossible. Which is why we stop a few times each year to encourage everyone at every campus (no matter how long they’ve been apart of our community) to take intentional steps to get more connected to God and to others.  

If you’ve been around WestGate Church long enough, you might have heard of the term “Six40.”  But what is that? Six40 Discipleship is our way of saying that we’re trying to live and love like Jesus.

But...becoming more like Jesus isn’t a one-size-fits-all program.  We’re all unique, broken and gifted in different ways. Which means that steps for personal growth should be both flexible and personalized.

Which is why we’re excited to introduce a brand-new format for our Intro to the Six40 Life material.

It starts with an introductory session, held each second Sunday of the month.  You’ll explore the “three loves” that are core to our culture and values: loving God, loving one another and loving our neighbor.  

After that, you can work through the material - which will help you understand and grow in your faith, whether you're new at this, or have been around church for a while.  And you can go at your own pace and in your own time.

Another part of this is that you’ll be given your own personalized coach to meet with you, listen to your story, and help you figure out what your next step with God might be.  

Sign up today.


SUNDAY
JUNE 09

SARATOGA CAMPUS STUDENT BUILDING

During 1st Service
(9:30am-10:45am)

 
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Club 45 Summer Camp

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CLUB 45 SUMMER CAMP

Are you looking for fun opportunities for your child this summer? We want to invite them to an awesome week of fun, friends and Jesus at Mount Hermon Redwood Christian Camp. For years we have partnered with Mt. Hermon and given our kids this memorable opportunity. They have a fun and spiritually strong program for incoming 4th through 6th graders and we have seen how this week grows the relationship your child is developing with the Lord and their peers as well. 

Click HERE for more information about the camp (please do not sign up through Mt. Hermon's website; we will be handling our own sign ups). Our kids will be going from June 16th-22nd this year so mark your calendar, ask your friends and consider making this life changing week a part of your child's summer. (If your child is currently in 5th grade they have the opportunity to attend this week and/or June 30th - July 6th with our Middle School Ministry at Hume Lake. Stay tuned for sign up dates for Middle School Camp.)  

Signing up for this Club 45 week through WestGate gives you a discount (total cost $485 and Mount Hermon offers partial scholarships). It also enables your child to room with friends from church. We have reserved 7 cabins (51 spots) and they fill up pretty fast so register as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

JUNE 16-22, 2019

Redwood Christian Camp

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Discover WestGate
Jun
23
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!

JUN 23

1 - 3 PM

SARATOGA CAMPUS

 
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Hume Lake Summer Camp
Jun
30
to Jul 6

Hume Lake Summer Camp

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Hume Lake Summer Camp

Middle School and High School students, get ready for an awesome Summer Camp experience!

This year WestGate Middle School and High School will be attending Hume Lake the same week!
Middle School will be attending Meadow Ranch Camp and High School will be attending Ponderosa Camp.

UPDATE: High School spots are filled up but you can join the waitlist by clicking the link below.

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KIDZCAMP 2019 (FULL)
Jul
15
to Jul 27

KIDZCAMP 2019 (FULL)

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KIDZCAMP 2019

POWER UP (FULL)

 
 

Come and join us for the BEST. WEEK. EVER. Our vintage video game themed KidzCamp* is for children entering grades K-5 in the Fall of 2019.  

Power Up will encourage kids to “raise their game” because knowing God and trusting in Jesus fills each of us with the Fruit of the Spirit.

The week will be jam packed with games, songs, and fun activities.

So, come ready to level up in your faith as you learn about some of God’s best players in the Bible.

*KidzCamp is what we at WestGate Church call our Summer VBS program, just FYI.

VOLUNTEER TO SERVE AT KIDZCAMP!

SARATOGA CAMPUS

JULY 15-19
9am-12pm

We’re sorry, but Saratoga KidzCamp is full! Please contact ltoth@westgatechurch.org to be added to our waitlist!

SOUTH HILLS CAMPUS

JULY 22-26
9am-12pm

We’re sorry, but South Hills KidzCamp is full! Please email Laura Blodgett at lblodgett@westgatechurch.org to get on the waitlist.


 
 
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May
15
3:34 PM15:34

Spring 2019 Dedications

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PARENT/CHILD DEDICATIONS

PARENT & CHILD DEDICATIONS
Dedications are a celebration! It's a time where parents publicly commit
to raising their child(ren) in a way that honors God and seeks His help in
doing so. It is done publicly so that we, your family here at WestGate,
can pray, support and encouragement you on this journey.

CLASS: APRIL 28 9:30AM
SARATOGA GYM

DEDICATIONS: MAY 18 + 19
ALL SERVICES    ALL CAMPUSES

 
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May
10
to May 13

Compassion International Mobile Experience

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COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL MOBILE EXPERIENCE

Join us for this 20-minute interactive exhibit, where you and your family will be transported to a developing country like the Philippines, Kenya, or the Dominican Republic.  

You will follow a different child's story - stepping inside their homes, markets and schools. You’ll see first-hand how a story that starts in poverty can end in hope - and how your family can be a part of this beautiful story.  


MAY 10-13
SARATOGA CAMPUS

FRI May 10
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

SAT May 11
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SUN May 12
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

MON May 13
9:00 am - 5:40 pm

MAY 10-12
SOUTH HILLS CAMPUS

FRI May 10
1:00 pm - 8:40 pm

SAT May 11
10:00 am - 5:40 pm

SUN May 12
9:00 am - 2:40 pm

Step into homes in Uganda, visit markets in India and see schools in Bolivia - all without leaving the US. This immersive event from Compassion International is coming to select cities in 2019. It's free and appropriate for all ages. Click on the links above to reserve your spot to attend.

 
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May
10
6:30 PM18:30
JHM, HSM

Student Oscars

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STUDENT OSCARS

Join us on the red carpet as our junior high and senior high students unveil their student-created short films.  It’s a 1980s theme so come decked out in your leg-warmers, your Jordache, and your Swatch Watches. You’ll get to watch the videos from the 4 categories (commercial, music video, small screen, big screen) and see who wins the coveted gold (spray-painted) statue.


Friday, May 10

Soft open: 6:30-7pm
food for sale in lobby

MAIN EVENT
7-8:30pm


 
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May
8
5:30 PM17:30

KidzTown LIVE!

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KIDZTOWN LIVE!

It’s our final KidzTown Live of the season! 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. This month we’ll be looking at PERSEVERANCE: refusing to give up when life gets difficult.

Dinner is free for all families with children in K-3rd grade. We’ll also have our famous 100ft sundae for dessert, so you definitely won’t want to miss this one!

Please RSVP by Monday, May 6th.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

5:30 – 7pm

SARATOGA WORSHIP CENTER

 
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May
4
8:30 AM08:30

Women, Work, and Faith

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Women, Work, and Faith

It's no surprise that a vast majority of women in the Bay Area today have professional jobs and careers, in addition to managing the many needs and responsibilities they may have at home. The practical realities of the area we live in combined with the unprecedented opportunity today for women to find and secure really diverse and interesting careers means that more women are finding themselves juggling extremely busy schedules and a long list of commitments and requirements of their time. This environment can bring to the surface a whole host of questions and feelings about what "work" means for godly women:


- How do I measure success for myself?

- Is it OK to be ambitious and want to climb the corporate ladder?

- What unique gifts and talents do I bring to the workplace?

- How can God use my gifts to accomplish his purpose in my life?

-What does it look like to integrate my faith and my work?


Join us at WestGate Saratoga campus on Saturday, May 4, from 8:30-11:00 a.m., for a lively conversation with other working women on these topics and more. A light continental breakfast and coffee will be served and childcare will be provided.  We hope to see you there!



Saturday, May 4th
8:30-11:00am

SARATOGA THEATER

 
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May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Prayer + Worship Night

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PRAYER + WORSHIP 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 to spend some time together in prayer and worship. It’s a chance for the entire WestGate Church community - all campuses - to gather together to pray as one.

NOTE: There will be childcare provided, but you must RSVP.

MAY 2

7-8:30pm

SARATOGA CAMPUS
 

 
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Apr
27
to Apr 28

Explore The Bible

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SAT APRIL 27 • 8:30-11am
EXPLORE THE BIBLE

Ninety percent of Americans own a copy of the Bible, and while it's the most widely read book in the world, it's also the least understood.  

This incredibly fun, interactive morning lab is for folks who have questions about the Bible (or are skeptical of the Bible) and have been looking for a place to ask them.  

It’s also perfect for people who are new to the faith or are just interested in a fun and intellectually-engaging crash course in the major ideas, themes and characters of this vast book.  

By the end, you’ll have gained a more cohesive understanding of the Bible and will be able to better navigate this ancient and important book.
 

 

SAT APR 27
Saratoga Theatre

8:30am-11am

 
 
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Apr
21
8:00 AM08:00

EASTER 2019

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EASTER

For many people, Easter is mostly about the sweet joy that can only come from gnawing off the ears of a candy rabbit effigy.  Or those Reese's Peanut Butter eggs.  Or the delight of finding a weirdo who will take those black jelly beans off your hands.

But really, the story of Easter is a much bigger deal. 

So big, it actually changed human history.

Join us this Easter as we share the story of Jesus' resurrection. 

It's a story about ultimate hope that maybe Death doesn't have the final say. 

So join us.  We'll have great music, an inspiring teaching, jelly-filled donut holes and absolutely zero black jelly beans. 

We hope to see you there!


Saratoga Campus

GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 19

5:30 + 7pm

SATURDAY APRIL 20

5 + 6:40pm

SUNDAY APRIL 21

8 + 9:30 + 11:15am


ESPAÑOL SERVICE

SATURDAY APRIL 20

6:40pm

Childcare available for Good Friday services for children ages Nursery - 5th grade.
Children's Programs available for all Easter services for children ages Nursery - 3rd grade.


South Hills +
Casa de Fe Campus

GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 19

7pm

SUNDAY APRIL 21

9:30 + 11:15am

Childcare available for Good Friday services for children ages Nursery - 5th grade
Children's Programs available for all Easter services for children ages Nursery - 3rd grade.


Sunnyvale
Campus

GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 19

7pm

SUNDAY APRIL 21

5pm

Children's Programs available for our Easter service for children ages Nursery - 3rd grade.

 
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Apr
20
to Apr 21

Easter Volunteers 2019

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EASTER VOLUNTEERS

WestGate Church's Easter 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 Resurrection of Jesus.

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

But it takes more than 350 volunteers to pull this off.

We need your help with parking, greeting folks, watching the kiddos, and serving our special jelly-filled donut holes.  

Get your bunny on, and help us make Easter extra special.  

 


NOTE ABOUT PARKING ON EASTER (SARATOGA CAMPUS)

To make room for our guests on Easter, we are asking folks who call WestGate their home to help.  If you are not attending a service with a guest, the best times to attend are Sunday morning at the 8am service and either of our Saturday night services.  For folks who are able, we also ask you to park offsite across Saratoga Avenue in the Lucky parking lot.

Also, if you are not bringing a guest on Easter, and if you can only attend on Sunday at 9:30am or 11:15am, please plan to go to one of our other venues in the Theater or Gym to make room for those visiting.

 

 
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Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Easter Egg Hunt

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EASTER EGG HUNT

FREE fun for ALL ages! Including a good, old fashioned Egg Hunt!

Bring your friends and family, and we'll do the rest! We are thrilled to invite you to our 'house' for fun with friends, and more candy than you can sneak at night without your kids knowing! 

Festivities start at 11am, Egg Hunt at 12pm, and we even have a Glow-In-The-Dark Egg Hunt for the older kids! This is a rain or shine event. 

We're looking forward to seeing you! Don't forget your Easter baskets!

APR 20

11am-1pm

SOUTH HILLS CAMPUS

6601 Camden Ave,
San Jose, 95120

 
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Apr
19
to Apr 20

Good Friday 2019

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Good Friday

Come be a part of our Good Friday services, as we remember the day Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion. We’ll take time as a community to reflect on the meaning, the cost, the depth and the beauty of Jesus’ sacrifice.


Saratoga Campus

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GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 19

5:30 + 7pm


Childcare available for Good Friday services for children ages Nursery - 5th grade.


South Hills +
Casa de Fe Campus

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GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 19

7pm

Childcare available for Good Friday services for children ages Nursery - 5th grade.


Sunnyvale
Campus

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GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 19

7pm

Childcare available for Good Friday services for children ages Nursery - 5th grade.

 
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Apr
16
to Apr 18

Walk With Jesus 2019

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WALK WITH JESUS

Join us as we walk with Jesus through His life, death, and resurrection from the perspective of one of his closest friends and disciples, Peter. Children will get to consider their own faith journey as they watch how Peter followed, loved, denied, and was reunited with his Savior, Jesus.

This interactive walk-through will be full of hands-on activities and opportunities perfect for families of children grades K-5th.

NOTE: Because of the nature of the experience, please arrive 15 minutes before your slotted appointment time.

Childcare is available for children younger than Kindergarten. 

APRIL 16-18

SARATOGA THEATER

 
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Beautiful Day Celebration Dinner 2019
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

Beautiful Day Celebration Dinner 2019

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BEAUTIFUL DAY
CELEBRATION DINNER 2019

What happens after Beautiful Day 2019 is over? We celebrate, of course!

The evening will include dinner, dessert, a slideshow and testimonials about the weekend from volunteers and recipients. We hope to see you there to celebrate with us!

Free Childcare available.

TICKETS: $6
(Limited Tix at Door)

MARCH 24
6-7:30pm

SARATOGA CAMPUS
1735 Saratoga Ave,
San Jose, CA 95129

 
 
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Beautiful Day 2019
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Beautiful Day 2019

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BEAUTIFUL DAY 2019

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. 

This year, Beautiful Day will take place on March 23rd and 24th and involve 22 high-impact projects throughout Santa Clara County.

Registration will be live and open to the public starting February 27th.

Most volunteer shifts will be on Beautiful Day weekend, but we also need some volunteers before and after the main weekend.

For more details and to sign up to volunteer, click on the button to the right.

MARCH 23 + 24

ALL CAMPUSES

 
 
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Mar
1
7:00 PM19:00

Anthem UNLEASHED Worship Concert

  • 6601 Camden Avenue San Jose, CA, 95120 United States (map)
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Anthem Presents
LINCOLN BREWSTER CONCERT

Anthem Worship is hosting an exciting concert on Friday night, March 1st, featuring recording artist Lincoln Brewster. The concert also will feature Josh Fox and the Anthem School of Worship students.

Come support our Anthem School of Worship and join us for this amazing event!


MAR 1

7pm – 9pm

SOUTH HILLS CAMPUS

6601 Camden Ave, San Jose

 
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Feb
10
to Feb 12

Go Trip Informational Meeting 2019

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GO TRIP MEETING

Did you know that WestGate Church partners with and financially supports 38 missionaries  around the globe, as well as dozens of additional projects? 

Every year, WestGate has something called Go Trips where people like you get a chance to visit and serve alongside some of our missionaries to get a first-hand glimpse of the amazing work that God is doing (through them and their organizations) around the world.

This year, Go Trips include a chance to visit: 

  • two different orphanages in Mexico

  • well-building projects from Living Water International in Guatemala

  • A church-planting organization working with dozens of new local churches in Cuba

  • an orphanage and girl’s home in Zimbabwe

Come to our first meeting and see which trip is the right one for you and your family.   Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

Saratoga Campus:

FEB 10 :: 1–2pm
THEATER

FEB 12 :: 7pm–8pm
THEATER

South Hills Campus:

FEB 10 :: 9:30–10:30am
Main Lobby Lounge

Sunnyvale Campus:

FEB 10 :: 6:30–7:30pm
Main Lobby

 
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Feb
5
to Feb 13
HSM, JHM

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WESTGATE MEET UPS

We want to help everyone who comes to WestGate Church move from attending to belonging.  This is more than a t-shirt slogan (although we did print t-shirts with that saying).

We believe the Christian life isn’t just difficult to do alone.  It’s impossible.

So, this summer, during the months of May and June, we're inviting you to join our staff and key leaders to join us as we…well…just do stuff.

So check out this sweet list of WESTGATE CHURCH MEET-UPS and let the fun begin.


HIKING AT QUICKSILVER :: GOLFING :: FLY A KITE
SURFING :: HIKING (INTERMEDIATE)
BOOK CLUB :: PAINT SOME CERAMICS
HIKING 2 (INTERMEDIATE) :: HIKE AT CALERO :: WARRIORS GAME WATCH PARTY ::
FAITH-AND-WORK BREAKFAST (YOUNG ADULTS)
TACO TUESDAY (YOUNG ADULTS) :: SF COFFEE CRAWL (YOUNG ADULTS)
BIKE RIDE (ADVANCED) :: BIKE RIDE (INTERMEDIATE) :: BIKE RIDE (BEGINNER) ::
FAMILY PARK DAY :: VASONA PARK FAMILY PICNIC :: GO SEE TOY STORY 4
MOM + KIDS PLAYDATE! :: FAMILY PLAYDATE :: FAMILY DINNER PICNIC IN THE PARK



GOLFING

Play 18 holes at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Cost, approximately $65 for a round. Meet at Eagle Ridge Golf Course. Approximately 5 hours. Must sign up/RSVP at the link below by May 20th and June 10th in order to secure the tee times.


HIKING AT QUICKSILVER

Go hiking at the Quicksilver Mines Trail in South San Jose. Meet at 8am at the Trail Head at 17571 McAbee Rd, San Jose, CA 95120. Meet at 8am. Hike will last roughly 1.5 hours. It’s an aerobic hike, but not too tough.


FLY A KITE

Let’s go fly a kite. Up to the highest height. No seriously. This is great for kids and families, and anyone who loves books by Khaled Hosseini or is really into yards and yards of string. We’ll meet at the Mountain View Kite Park from 6pm–8pm.


SURFING

Meet at the parking lot at the end of 41st Street in Santa Cruz at low tide. We’ll surf for roughly 3 hours. (Weather permitting. We won’t surf if it’s raining, but hey, it’s May and the likelihood of that is really small.)


BIKE RIDE (ADVANCED)

This will be a 2-hour road bike ride around through Saratoga/Cupertino and/or Los Altos. Must be able to ride efficiently and manage some hills. Meet at 2pm at the Saratoga Upper Patio.


FAMILY PARK DAY

Come hang out with your kids at Saratoga Creek Park from 10-11:30am. Bring a snack to share. We will meet by the playground. The park is located on Hoyet Drive off of Cordelia Avenue (off Lawrence Expressway).


VASONA PARK FAMILY PICNIC

This is perfect for families with kids. We’ll be going to Vasona Park for a family picnic. We’ll meet at noon, and head over to the Oak Creek Meadow (it’s the big field to the left immediately past the park’s entrance).


BIKE RIDE (INTERMEDIATE)

Meet at the WestGate Church South Hills Campus at 1pm and we’ll go for a moderately nice road bike ride around the beautiful back roads around South Hills. Maybe we’ll be gone for an hour. Maybe two. We’ll see how we feel.


BIKE RIDE (BEGINNERS)

We’ll be going on a morning bike ride along Baylands Trail around Moffett Field. This is a casual ride good for adults of all ages and children 8 yrs and older. For those wanting to ride one way it is possible to catch the VTA Light Rail at the Lockheed Station in Sunnyvale and ride it back to downtown Mt. View (bring money for fare). We’ll meet at the Stevens Creek Trail entrance at Central Ave, Mountain View, CA. We’ll ride from 8:00am - 11:00am


BOOK CLUB

Join us for a book club, where we’ll read interesting and provocative books and then discuss them. For the month of May we would discuss "The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction" by Adam McHugh. For the month of June we would discuss "The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines" by Nathan Foster. We’ll meet in the dining area inside Whole Foods Market on Blossom Hill and Almaden Expressway from 7:15pm–9:00 pm.


PAINT SOME CERAMICS

We'll get together to make some painted ceramic items. We’ll do this from about 5pm–6:30pm on Thursday, May 23rd and Thursday, June 13th. Meet at Color Me Mine at 5337 Prospect Rd, San Jose 95129.


HIKING (INTERMEDIATE)

Intermediate/advanced hiking at Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. Meet at 7:30am. We are going to hike part of Seven Springs Trail loop, approximately 3-4 mile hike. Parking is limited; if lot is full, park on the street down from lot.


COFFEE CRAWL (YOUNG ADULTS)

We’re going on a Coffee Crawl in the City. We will be visiting some popular coffee shops in San Francisco to do a coffee tasting. We will either rally up at the Saratoga campus or possibly BART on Fridays at 11am and plan to be back by 5:30pm. This is for anyone who finds themselves wanting to adventure in the city, want to explore coffee/matcha, and meet other young adults.


FAITH-AND-WORK BREAKFAST (YOUNG ADULTS)

We will attend the Engage Breakfast hosted by Connect Silicon Valley- Speaker Christy Childers - Employment Brand Manager at Facebook. Childers also co-leads the Christians@Facebook group and Interfaith@Facebook resource group. She will be speaking on encouraging young millennials to fully realize and live out their faith at work. The breakfast is from 7am-830am. You’ll need to get your ticket by clicking here - but WestGate Church will have a reserved table(s), so we can all sit together.


TACO TUESDAY (YOUNG ADULTS)

Hey Young Adults! What’s better than Tuesday? Taco Tuesdays, of course. Join us for Taco Tuesday with La Burrita Food Truck at Hapa's Brewing Company in San Jose.


HIKING 2 (INTERMEDIATE)

Intermediate/advanced hiking at Fremont Older Open Space Preserve. Meet at 9am. We are going to hike part of Seven Springs Trail loop, approximately 3-4 mile hike. Parking is limited; if lot is full, park on the street down from lot.


CALERO HIKE

Hike around the Calero Reservoir at Calero County Park, 23205 McKean Rd. Meet at 9am on May 17th and 8am on June 15th. The hike is easy-to-moderate and should take roughly 60-90 minutes.


KIDS PLAYDATE (MOMS HANG-OUT)

PLAYDATE! Meet at the Seven Seas Park in Sunnyvale. Parents hang out while kids play on the awesomely-fun structures or splash pad. Play from 10am-12noon.


FAMILY PLAYDATE

This is perfect for families with young kids. We’ll be hanging out at Seven Seas Park in Sunnyvale. This meetup will be a time for parents/kids to connect. The park has multiple playgrounds (geared more towards younger kids), a water play area, and a grass field. We will meet on Tuesday nights from around 5:30-7pm. For anyone who wants to come, we will be meeting at the water play area. Note: parking can be a bit challenging sometimes, but in worst case, people can park walking distance away in one of the neighborhoods.


FAMILY PICNIC IN THE PARK

Hey, it’s Friday Fun Day at the Park. At the end of a long summer week, who wants to cook on Friday night? So don’t! Bring your family, pack a picnic dinner (or buy something take-out!) and bring a blanket and join us for a Family Picnic Dinner at the Park. We’ll be meeting at Doerr Park (Park Wilshire Drive and Potrero Drive in San Jose). Meet from 5pm-7pm. Friday, May 17th & June 21st


GO SEE TOY STORY 4

Woody and Buzz and the whole crew are back for the final installment of this beloved Pixar franchise. Since Toy Story 4 comes out on June 20, so we’ll all go see it Saturday, June 22nd. We’ll watch the movie at Century 20 Oakridge at the Oakridge Mall, and then afterwards, hang out in the high-class Mall Food Court. Exact times are yet to be determined.


 
 
 
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Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

Club 45 Movie Night

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Club 45 Movie Night

A Club 45 Movie Night is a super fun time for all 4th and 5th graders.  This is an event for our Club 45 students to get together, bring friends, make friends, and have fun!

It’s a night of movie watching, popcorn munching and dessert inhaling.  

Contact Liz with any questions.

FEB 1

6:30-8:30pm

SARATOGA CAMPUS GYM

 
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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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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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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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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
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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Nov
17
to Dec 25

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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