My Westwood

Honoring God. Loving People. Stories at Westwood.

  • Calming an Anxious Mind

    Published April 27, 2017
    I am so thankful for my anxiety disorder. As crazy as that sounds, this is what God used, and continues to use, to reignite my faith. It all started about 16 years ago. I don't know whether it was a health scare with my son, or the events of 9/11 or just everyday stresses of life but I started carrying a general nervous feeling around with me everywhere I went.
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  • God's Got This

    Published February 15, 2017
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  • Serving God While Serving Time—Matt Moeller's Story

    Published October 12, 2016
    Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 10.37.09 AMMatt Moeller’s journey to faith in Jesus began in an unlikely place—prison. Matt is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence for second-degree murder. The story of how Matt got there began when he was in high school. He ran with what he calls a “rough crowd”. He got involved in drugs and made destructive choices. The most destructive choice he made during that time was to be involved in a murder.
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  • Helping Others Make a Difference—Heather Tran’s Story

    Published September 19, 2016
    tran baptism3Heather Tran describes her story of coming to faith in Jesus as a slow awakening. “It was as if things in my past and in my life finally started to make sense.” Heather didn’t grow up in a Christian home. Her parents told her she could figure out religion on her own. But despite not having spiritual leadership in her home, Heather had a few relatives and a best friend who were Christians and were influences on her life.
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  • Teen Creates Prayer Trail on Chanhassen Campus

    Published September 14, 2016
    IMG_1283[1]Evan Simon, a 16-year-old junior at Chanhassen High School, wanted to do something special for his Eagle Scout project. He wanted to create something that would have long-term significance and value. He came up with a plan to create a trail around the Chanhassen campus (by the upper parking lot) that could be used for quiet, reflective time with God and nature.
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  • More than a Sign

    Published August 08, 2016
    Fountain5It was a pretty big task: design a sign for Westwood’s entrance that was aesthetically pleasing and inviting, met city requirements for signage, and symbolized some of the attributes of God. Westwood members and owners of The Mustard Seed, Mark and Kay Halla, were up for the task.
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  • A Surprising Benefit to Working Behind the Scenes

    Published July 27, 2016
    Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 11.57.47 AMYou may never notice Frank Weber. But if you’ve been at Westwood on a Sunday, you’ve benefited from his work. Frank volunteers on our tech team. He runs the software that puts up all the visual images that are seen during the services.
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  • Dave McKinley—Kids' Ministry Spotlight

    Published July 21, 2016
    Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 11.08.18 AMFor the past five years Dave served in the Kids’ Ministry on Sunday mornings at 9:45am leading a group of 3rd grade boys. He also became involved as a leader in Boost and Upper Room, leading a small group of students on Wednesday evenings.
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  • Meet our 2016 Summer Student Ministry Staff

    Published June 28, 2016
    IMG_8957Meet our Summer Associates in Westwood's Student Ministry: Matt Velasco, Jenny Miller, Austin Swayne and Amelia Schmidt.
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  • Blessed are the Peacemakers–Additional Resources

    Published June 27, 2016
    june 26 social _ be-attitudes_wtext-01Resources: The Seven A’s of Confession...A good way to prepare when you need to go and talk with an offender privately...The Four Promises of Forgiveness when you forgive someone...
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  • Celebrate Baptism

    Published June 22, 2016
    DSC_0079At Westwood, we believe that baptism is for everyone who believes in Christ and has chosen to follow Him. Baptism is a time of celebration. In baptism, people express faith in Jesus Christ and publicly acknowledge their commitment to Him. Baptism is an important expression of faith
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  • Equipped by God

    Published June 08, 2016
    lexi2Lexi heard God’s calling a few years ago as she walked out of a Westwood Bible Study. “I felt a nudging from God to get out of my comfort zone and volunteer in a group of middle school girls on Wednesdays nights. It was crazy for me to even have the idea since I have always worked with early childhood-aged children, and I’m a mother of boys! I felt so far out of my element,” she admits.
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  • Meet our Kids' Ministry Summer Interns

    Published May 18, 2016
    Photo of both Voss twins-squareEvery year Westwood is blessed to have interns on staff to help with Kids’ programs and special events like Vacation Bible School. Their enthusiasm (and youthful energy) are always a welcome addition. Here’s a little about this year’s interns, Deanna and Danielle Voss.
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