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
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
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
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
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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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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Discover WestGate
May
5
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!

MAY 5

1 - 3 PM

SARATOGA CAMPUS

 
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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.

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
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 9-13

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

 
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May
12
to Jun 9
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
MAY 12

SARATOGA CAMPUS STUDENT BUILDING

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


SUNDAY
JUNE 09

SARATOGA CAMPUS STUDENT BUILDING

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

 
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May
18
to May 19

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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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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Jun
16
to Jun 22

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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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 REGISTRATION
Jul
15
to Jul 27

KIDZCAMP 2019 REGISTRATION

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KIDZCAMP 2019

POWER UP

 
 

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.


 

 

SARATOGA CAMPUS

JULY 15-19
9am-12pm

 

SOUTH HILLS CAMPUS

JULY 22-26
9am-12pm


 
 
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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
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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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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