Hub Hangtime


It’s back!  Beginning Tuesday, September 16 we’re going to open up The Hub Gathering Area from 3:30-5:00 each Tuesday. Take advantage of this low key time to invite friends after school to come and study, play video games, get food from the snack bar or just hang out.

V-Group Off Site Night



As we kickoff the first month of V-Groups we’re planning a special night to give groups a chance to get to know each other and catch up from the summer in a casual environment. This coming Wednesday (9/17) all of our groups are meeting off site at a restaurant or somewhere fun. Currently group plans are:

  • 6thGrade Boys (All) – 6:30-8:00 at WSCC, bring $5 and chips or a side
  • 7thGrade Boys (Justin/Don/Tanner) – 6:30-8:00 at Knights Action Park, bring $10
  • 7thGrade Boys (Carl & Connor) – 6:30-8:00 at Culvers
  • 8thGrade Boys (All) – 6:30-8:00 at WSCC for pizza and dodgeball
  • 6thGrade Girls (Angela, Jenni & LeighAnn) – 6:30-8:00 at Dairy Queen
  • 6thGrade Girls (Jessica & Katie) – 6:30-8:00 at Bella Milano, bring $20
  • 6thGrade Girls (Missy, Brenda & Olivia) – 6:30-8:00 at Wabash Steak & Shake, bring $ for food
  • 7thGrade Girls (Nancy, Jennifer & Erika) – Mall food court at 6:30, pickup at Glow Golf at 8:00 (bring $ for food/golf: golf=$6 for 12 & under, $8 for 13+)
  • 7thGrade Girls (Angie, Stefanie & Rebecca) – 6:30-8:00 at the Mall (meet at Dick’s)
  • 8thGrade Girls (Twyla, Jenni & Alanna) – 6:30-8:00 at Cherry Berry
  • 8thGrade Girls (Molly, Susan & Maisie) – 6:30-8:00 at Cherry Berry
  • 8thGrade Girls (Hannah & Brianna) – 9/20 @ 5pm, Sleepover (2408 Country Club), bring ice cream topping

If you’re not sure where to go or have any questions, contact Chris. You may also want to check back Wednesday before you go just to make sure there have been no changes.

Introducing…Sharon Lowen!


For several years, West Side’s Family Ministry Team has dreamed of making a major move to better equip parents to be the primary spiritual leaders in their children’s lives. A few months ago we were extremely excited to announce that Sharon Lowen  agreed to join our staff team as our Parent Resource Director. Obviously, Sharon has been a part of our church for quite a while, often serving in both high-level volunteer and interim staff roles. She’s now joining our team in a permanent capacity, working with our Family Ministry Team to empower parents with the best training and resources we can offer.

We’ve included some fun info about Sharon that you may not know below.  In addition to checking that out, we’d love for you to like West Side Parents on Facebook to stay in the loop on all kinds of the great programs and resources we have for parents.

1. What were you doing before coming to work at WSCC?

I’ve been at WSCC for 14 years now! During this time I have served in interim positions in Children’s and Student Ministries. My main job has been raising my kids, though. I home schooled for 9 years. Before coming to Illinois, I have been: an Orthodontic Assistant, Church Secretary, Daycare Provider, Piano & Voice teacher, worked for an Educational Consulting Firm, and coordinated a MOPS program.

2. What are 3 things most people don’t know about you?

I studied piano for 11 years and voice for 3. Before deciding to go to Bible College, my goal was to go into music performance and I had a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

3. What was your very first paid job?

I gave historical tours of colonial homes in Bath, North Carolina. Bath…home of Blackbeard the Pirate, but I’m sure you know that already, right?

4. What do you love?

Any warm environment…I hate being cold.

5. Greatest fear?

Well, it used to be tornadoes until I moved to Illinois.

6. Most Recent Purchase?

Groceries… at Hyvee.

7. What does your ideal day entail?

Waking up to sunshine and warm temperatures, getting breakfast at a favorite place with my husband Eddie, and spending the whole day together.

8. Secret Ambition?

To be a doctor.

9. Favorite Scripture?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

10. Favorite Quote?

“As you help others face their days, you put life into your own.” Max Lucado

11. Describe one of your proudest moments.

Reading my daughter’s graduation Right of Passage project for Pleasant Plains High School: her career goal was to grow up and become like me. You expect your 4 year old to say that, but not your teenager daughter.

12. What is the best way to contact you?

My West Side email…

Please help us welcome Sharon to the Family Ministry Team!

Fall Retreat 2014


Our fall retreat is one of our favorite times of the year and this year is shaping up to be especially awesome!  On September 26-27 we will be heading back to one of our favorite spots, Little Galilee, a Christian camp near Clinton, IL.

We will meet at the church at 5:00PM on Friday and we’ll return at 6:00PM on Saturday. Our theme this year is ROOTED: Grow Deep, Live Tall.   We’ll be challenging everyone to grow deeper in their relationships both with God and with others.  It’s always a great way to meet new people each year so we’d especially recommend it for those newer to Velocity.  Don’t miss it!

Space is more limited than usual this year so be sure you sign up soon as we’ll likely run out of room.  The deadline to signup and pay the early bird rate of $49 is Sunday, September 7th. After that you can still get in until September 17th for the full rate of $59. You can register online, however you haven’t officially registered or locked in a price until we receive your payment.  As always, we never want cost to keep a student from going. If that’s going to keep you from attending, please contact us and we’ll help you work out a way to make the trip.


Clue Night


Our first official event for V-groups will be a Clue Night scavenger hunt on Wednesday, August 27th from 6:30-8:00pm.  You’ll work through some clues to find out what group you’re in this fall and then work together so solve a crime and win the prize!  Plus, come dressed as your favorite Clue character for a chance to win a prize for best outfit.

If you haven’t yet signed up for a group this year make sure you send a note to with your name, grade and either previous group leader’s name or 1-2 people you’d prefer to be with (if you care).

Then weekly groups resume September 10th in the Hub.

Baptism Day


This Sunday, August 24, 2014, is going to be a very special day at West Side.  If you were here on August 26, 2012 you’ll likely never forget an incredible service where 129 people gave their lives to Jesus through baptism, often in their street clothes!  This Sunday will be West Side’s Baptism Decision Day again and we’re praying for many lives to be forever changed.

If you haven’t made the decision yourself to be immersed in baptism pray about it this week and talk to your parents.  If you’re ready, there is no better time than this week to make that important decision!

Already baptized or not, don’t want any of our students to miss this morning so we are not having student worship in the Hub.  Instead we’ll have a special student section for 6-8th grade students down front in main worship at 9:00am.  We’re expecting a very full service at 9:00 and especially 10:30 so the more you can help us be flexible, the better.  If you can’t join us at 9:00, we’d love for you to attend with your family at 11:45 if possible to keep as many seats open as we can at 10:30 for guests.

Thanks for your help. We’ll see you this Sunday!

Roundabout 2014



The Roundabout is one of the biggest, and most highly anticipated, events we do all year and it is a perfect chance to invite a friend or check out our ministry for the first time. We stay out all night and travel around town to have as much fun as humanly possible.

The fun begins on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10PM. We’ll start out at the YMCA downtown time in the pool (bring suit & towel if you want to swim), basketball, volleyball and the game room.  After that we’ll head to Kingpin Lanes for some bowling before we head back to The Hub for dodgeball, snacks, video games, a movie and and who knows what else!  Finally, we’ll end our night at Showplace East to see a new release movie together (G or PG).  A whole night of fun for only $20!

You can download the flyer here or pickup a copy at the church. Grab a few and invite your friends!

There is no need to sign up ahead of time but students do need to bring $20 and a complete permission form with them to the Downtown YMCA that night. Then they’ll need to be picked up at Showplace East at 7AM.

State Fair Night


We’re rounding out our summer together at the fair on Sunday, August 17th from 4:00-6:00PM.  We’ll meet outside the main entrance at 4:00PM so you can get dropped off there and look for our Velocity sign.  Then, be sure you get picked up back there at 6:00PM (or bring a note from your parents and you’re staying later and they aren’t there to pick you up).  We’ll break into groups with our adult leaders and walk around together.

Bring money for admission and anything fun food you want to get or crazy rides you want to try.  Should be a blast!