My Westwood

Honoring God. Loving People. Stories at Westwood.

  • Being a Blessing in Our Community

    Published October 06, 2015
    Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 2.26.15 PMSteve Lattu is hard at work building a deck. Wood is being measured, cut and hammered into place. But Steve won’t be the one lounging on the deck when it is completed. In fact, Steve is working on projects for a house he doesn’t live in, for teens he may never meet.
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  • Prayer of Commitment to Honor God

    Published September 20, 2015
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  • Sharing Life as Wannabe's

    Published August 12, 2015
    flaherty groupFor three years now I have enjoyed a front row seat to what God has been up to in small groups at Westwood. There are countless stories of people taking the jump into groups and growing in faith through friendships with others. The Wannabe’s caught my attention...

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  • Going Where God Calls You: Laurie Pohlad

    Published July 29, 2015
    Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 12.18.20 PMWhen her family started attending Westwood Community Church years ago, Laurie read in a program that the Kids’ Ministry was looking for volunteers. Her youngest daughter was in fourth grade at the time, so it felt right to help with that age of kids. “I just answered the call,” she says.

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  • Letting Go: Stacey Pritchard’s Story

    Published June 01, 2015
    Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 12.29.50 PMStacey Pritchard knows a lot about God’s amazing grace that is ever present in the difficult times we face. She has felt His loving hand of guidance walking her through her darkest days. And she knows His plan for her life is good even during the pain.


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  • Too much of a good thing?

    Published April 16, 2015
    internetOur smart phones provide us with the ability to keep in constant contact with friends, family and work, and information is available at the touch of a button. Sometimes our excessive use of technology can turn in to an Internet Addiction. If you are concerned that yourself or a loved one is addicted, check out this list of signs of Internet Addiction from the book “Digital Invasion” by Dr. Archibald Hart and Dr. Sylvia Hart Frejd.
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  • Westwood's Hope House

    Published March 26, 2015
    HopeHouse1Hope House, the house located on Westwood’s property, is soon going to be “re-purposed” to meet a growing need in our community–homeless teens. Every night, there are teens in our backyard who do not have a place to stay. Many end up crashing on friends’ couches. Many end up with a much sadder fate by entering in to the dark world of sex trafficking. The need in our community is real.
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  • Grandma Mabel's Sugar Cookie Recipe

    Published March 19, 2015
    mabel2Last Sunday, Pastor Joel shared a video of his grandma Mabel, from Westwood's very first service at our current campus. Mabel was famous for her sugar cookies, and in her honor, sugar cookies were given away after each of the services. Here is Mabel's very own sugar cookie recipe.

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  • Thank You for Making a Difference at Westwood's Annual Food Pack

    Published March 03, 2015
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    Almost 1,100 people showed up to help pack meals on Saturday, February 28. A total of 225,504 meals were packed as part of the partnership with Feed My Starving Children. Those meals will soon be heading over to Malawi and other part of Africa, where so many people are in need. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many!
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  • A Small Group Celebrates

    Published February 19, 2015
    Ron Piersky Baptism

    Fab After 50 is a small group lead by Steve and Julie Melbye. This group meets in Minnetonka and is designed for couples and singles aged 50–65. The group recently celebrated together as one of their members, Ron Piersky, dedicated his life to Christ and was baptized during one of the services.

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  • Upper Room and Boost at Ignite

    Published February 12, 2015
    image[2]On February 6-7, twenty-four Upper Room (grade 9) and Boost (grade 6–8) students and leaders went to Ignite. In this 24 hour conference, students had the chance to dig deeper into their faith. The speaker, Greg Speck, focused on three main points: Connecting with God, Living for God, and Staying with God.

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  • Feed the Hungry and Challenge Injustice

    Published February 03, 2015
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    During the month of January, Pastor Joel spoke on injustice and ways in which we are called to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” The greater need in our world today, and the purpose of the Food Pack, is to not only feed God’s hungry people – “in body and in spirit” – but to also challenge injustice in our world today.
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  • Adoption Support and Orphan Care Ministry at Westwood

    Published January 28, 2015
    tellmystory19rAfter our adopting our youngest son from China in 2012, I’ve felt God calling me back to go and serve in an orphanage, loving on the children and their caregivers there, and being a voice to help tell their stories. This fall, I was overjoyed and humbled to travel back to China to serve in an orphanage for a week. The trip was amazing and further fueled my conviction to build the compassionate outreach part of the orphan care side of the ministry at Westwood.
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