Last year at this time, Westbrook was a busy place. We were busy cleaning the church building, packing up the office suite on Bavaria Road, and moving items into this new building. We had lunch with the construction crew, and an ice cream social to celebrate the end of meeting at Chaska High School. We were planning for our first service in the new worship center and finalizing the plans for our building dedication. Everyone was thankful and excited.
We have always talked about this building as being a tool to impact the community. Kevin gave a few sermons around this and used four images to help us identify how the building would be used. Those images were of a fueling station, fitness center, hospital, and a command center.
One year later, we are still thankful and excited because we are seeing the vision for this ministry come to life. We can now see how having a permanent building is a catalysis for Westbrook doing ministry in our community. Westbrook’s vision was to be a church where people could come together to worship and get filled with the Word of God. That is happening as we meet on Sunday mornings for worship. It happens in our classrooms with our children, and it happens on Wednesday nights with our students.
Westbrook is getting fit – we are growing in our faith through courses like Alpha, Financial Peace, and marriage courses. We are also seeing lives impacted in our youth ministry. By having a consistent place to meet on Wednesday nights, we have increased the number of students attending our Wednesday services. They are growing in the Lord and telling others.
Another aspect of Westbrook’s vision was to minister to the needs of people who are hurting. Since opening the building, more people from the church have gotten involved with the meals ministry and blessing others who may have been hospitalized, lost a loved one, or are struggling in some way. We have been able to have special services like Healing Night all because we now have a building. We are also impacting others through our prayer team which meets every Thursday night to pray.
The last vision was to become a command center in our community, and we see that happening through the work of our Outreach Ministry. We see it through our community garden and the Loads of Love program which are structured to support the needs of people in our community. We see the command center vision come together through our Children’s Ministry as they plan events like Trunk or Treat and the movie night.
It is happening! I hope you join me in thanking God for His provision for Westbrook. Let’s continue to be a church that is thankful and excited for what God has next as we continue to serve Him together.