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2015: W

e nearly lost both buildings on our campus to fire.

But a neighbor woke up 20 minutes early, called 911, and waited for the fire trucks.

After a major setback, where do you start?

At Westside, we began with the book of Nehemiah, found in the Old Testament of the Bible:

“You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”

They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

“The God of heaven will give us success.  We his servants will start rebuilding.’”

They made repairs, each in front of his own house.

Our walls had been burned.  We were feeling “in disgrace” but actually we were “in grace.”  God’s grace would bring us success as we, who serve God, began the work of restoring our building.  Each person played a part, beginning with repairs in “his own house.”  The work of rebuilding begins at home, in our hearts.  Building up the church, God’s ministry, begins with making repairs in front of our own homes, in our own hearts: in relationships with others, with ourselves, with God.

If you are needing to make repairs in your relationships with others, with yourself, or with God, we are here to help.  We are all on a journey; no matter where you’re starting, you are welcome here.  God loves each of us, even at our worst, more deeply than we can comprehend.  You may have been rejected by family or friends; you may not even be able to see your path.  But believe that God is there, waiting, watching, ready to travel with you.  May God’s grace (the undeserved but lavishly bestowed love of God) give you the strength to reach out and begin your own repairs.

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2018: A new building, filled with joyful activity. A place to strengthen our bonds with God, with each other, and with our community.