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Kimberly Moorse on Sep 08, 2020

Groundbreaking Information

The groundbreaking is coming up soon! Keep this link to the information handy, or bookmark this page for easier access for when the days arrive.

Kevin Sharpe on Aug 25, 2020

Our Plans

Out of our Leadership Board Retreat on January 5, 2020, we had a great plan to start building our permanent home. We knew we needed to raise some more money,

Kimberly Moorse on Aug 18, 2020

Alpha Class

What is Alpha class and why should I go?

Kevin Sharpe on Jul 29, 2020

Honor Our Parents

Are we supposed to obey our parents as adults?—A short analysis of the Bible and culture.

Linsey Zell on Jul 28, 2020

Here come the weeds

A lesson from a flower, a friend, and a frequent struggle.

Kevin Sharpe on Jul 09, 2020

Quick Pivots

A call, one day to prepare, and a team to pivot into a new way of doing church.

Kimberly Moorse on Jun 26, 2020

George Floyd's Memorial

Reflections on visiting George Floyd's memorial, and the unspoken and written messages found there.

Carrie Quigg on Jun 18, 2020

Virtual VBS!

Westbrook Community Church is going to be hosting a virtual VBS, with supplies available at the office for those who register. Sign up for free today!

Outside Source on Jun 11, 2020

Response to the Death of George Floyd

How you can practically add to the change. Converge's responds with words of wisdom and a step-by-step call to action.

Stanton Petersen on Jun 04, 2020

Apartheid and the Church

Now, more than ever, may the church come together to build racial harmony.

Kevin Sharpe on May 27, 2020

New Worship Options!

May 31st at 10 am we are planning an outdoor service at the Outpost.

Church Member on May 01, 2020

Meeting the Needs of Our Community

There is so much bad news and people are just barely scraping by and really hurting. Has the thought occurred to you, what can one person do to make any difference in a global crisis like this?

Julie Sharpe on Apr 23, 2020

WHAT STORY WILL YOU TELL?

Your story is still being written. The needs of the community increase, but the restrictions require creative solutions to help.

Carrie Quigg on Apr 16, 2020

Westbrook Kids Outreach

What do you do when you have 30 pounds of candy and a case of popcorn?

Church Member on Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus Q&A

Is there a cure? When will all of this end? And other coronavirus questions answered by William Beierwaltes.

Julie Sharpe on Mar 19, 2020

A Little Bit about Jeff Lineberg

Here's a little bit about a member of our church family. Go talk to him and ask him about something learned about him. It's such a blessing to get to know someone.

Julie Sharpe on Mar 12, 2020

Spotlight on Stacy

Stacy Valdez is a vital member in Westbrook Community Church, and she shares some of the most exciting...

Church Member on Mar 05, 2020

Ignite the Light!

Although you may not know many of the details regarding the building project, there have been...

Julie Sharpe on Feb 27, 2020

Make a Difference, Like Amy!

Delivering bags of laundry soap, praying with those who would like prayer, and encouraging those down on their luck with a smile is how...

Carey Keavy on Feb 11, 2020

Getting to Know Carey

So you’ve heard her singing and playing various instruments leading worship in the past month or so but have you had an opportunity to get to know Carey Keavy?

Kimberly Moorse on Jan 27, 2020

A new member to the Westbrook team!

2020 is going to be a year of transition for me. After nine years of serving older adults at Presbyterian Homes & Services, I took a step of faith and accepted the administrator position at Westbrook. Though it was hard to say goodbye

Kevin Sharpe on Jan 20, 2020

Every Spiritual Blessing (1/19/2020 Sermon Transcript)

When I first moved out here to Carver, I looked at different health clubs to join. I talked to Life Time Fitness and they had a complicated membership process. They had different clubs rated good, better and best. You had to choose a level of

Kevin Sharpe on Jan 09, 2020

21 Days of Prayer

Happy New Year! This is going to be an exciting year for Westbrook Church. As God leads us, we are planning to start the building process this spring and move into our new permanent facility this fall. That, of course, is on top of us continuing to reach out to our community,

Julia Dahlke on Oct 17, 2019

Together, We Pray

There is a passion in my husband that I admire.Crisp autumn air. Crunchy leaves underfoot. Field corn in my clothes washer. Dusty dirt tracked into every corner of the house. These are a few signs that it’s harvest time. Typically we clear our calendars starting

Kevin Sharpe on Oct 07, 2019

The Judgment Diet

I frequently go on and off diets. But when I’m on one and losing weight, it is a great feeling. I’m being disciplined and focused, I’m feeling good about myself. But I also notice something else when

Julia Dahlke on Sep 20, 2019

Sharing the Meal: Corporate Worship

The smells that drift from the kitchen make your mouth water. The table is set with fine linens and china as the hosts had brought out their best for this meal. In the kitchen the cook clanks a

Stanton Petersen on Aug 09, 2019

Standing Together

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to camp we go (er, went). Mid-July, our middle and high school students ventured off to

Kevin Sharpe on Jun 14, 2019

Our South African Minnesotan

When I think of South Africa, “Invictus,” Nelson Mandela, diamonds, the Boer War and the Zulus are what come to my mind. Another more recent addition to those South

Stanton Petersen on Jun 06, 2019

Her Love For Christ Is Astounding

Suvin Moon was born in South Korea, and she has been living in Minnesota with the Kaaup family. She graduated this May from Southwest Christian High School. She plans to attend

Kevin Sharpe on May 23, 2019

The Slow Building Process

In my personal bible study I read Psalm 27:13-14, and it struck a cord with me. It says,“I remain confident of this:I will see the goodness of the Lordin the land of the living.14 Wait for the Lord;be strong and take heartand wait for the Lord.David is the author, and it is all about how the Lord is his light and protection and how David is so committed to seeking Him wholeheartedly. But I was struck by David’s confidence that he would see God come through for him in this life, and David’s job was to

Julia Dahlke on May 16, 2019

Unencumbered

As the sun peaks through, we don our farm boots and walk to the barn. Beneath my black boots the grass is wet from the rains that fell during the night. A chorus of birds breaks the silence and awakens me. The air smells of spring – the mix of freshly dampened dirt, compost and grass – inviting me to treasure the renewed

Stanton Petersen on May 09, 2019

Spiritual Warfare in the Western World

Many American Christians today do not understand spiritual warfare. The American culture often sees spiritual warfare as an unseen world, a fantasy that is beyond our sense. Much of our western secularized society is unwilling

Kevin Sharpe on May 02, 2019

Death's Sting

My oldest brother died two weeks ago on a Tuesday. He had terminal lung cancer that was discovered in September and he lived with it until

Julia Dahlke on Apr 18, 2019

Resting In The Questions

I’m sitting in wonder on this Maundy Thursday. How God could become man, live a perfect life and then willingly suffer and be put to death in order that He could rise again and defeat death. I don’t understand it.

Julia Dahlke on Mar 21, 2019

Gaining Momentum - the M25

The smell of coffee wafted through the air, chairs were set up in an organized fashion, and outside there was a flood of refugees waiting – not so patiently – to get in. In these last quiet moments before Clothing Room began, we prayed. At 10:00 a.m. on the nose, the doors were unlocked...

Kevin Sharpe on Mar 14, 2019

Hannah

When my son was in 2nd grade and my daughter was in kindergarten, we began sponsoring two kids in Nairobi, Kenya with World Vision. One is a boy that was the same age as my son and one was a girl that is the same age as my daughter. We sponsored them all the way through school up to their high school graduation. Our kids grew

Stanton Petersen on Mar 09, 2019

Does Everyone Know That God Exists?

Many struggle with the idea that only people who have the Bible can know that God exists. I believe you can agree with me that man is finite, and God is infinite. If man is to know God, then it must come about by

Julia Dahlke on Feb 20, 2019

The Things I Possess

In a voice full of disdain, my child said “Get off of my bed!”“Wait... Your bed?” I said. I recalled searching for the right bed for my child, reading reviews and finally driving to the Cities to pay for it and pick it up.

Julia Dahlke on Jan 26, 2019

Only Believe

It seemed like it had been many years since the day Sarai’s husband had heard the voice of God and looked up to count the stars. Each day that passed meant that the couple was another day older. Another day beyond child-bearing years. Another day further from the possibility of having their own family.

Kevin Sharpe on Dec 21, 2018

Trapped

Kevin Sharpe on Nov 13, 2018

Survey Says...

We have just completed a church survey. We asked 45 of our committed members to fill out a survey that measured eight key areas of the church’s life.

Kevin Sharpe on Sep 12, 2018

Doubts

Do you ever have doubts that God will come through? Or doubts that He will come through on time? A number of years ago we had put together a team to look at buying land and start the building process...

Stanton Petersen on Sep 03, 2018

The Importance of Student Ministry

According to Lifeway Research, 70% of high school church goers quit attending church by the age of 23. Of those, 34% said they had not returned to church by age 30. With statistics like this...

Stanton Petersen on Sep 03, 2018

Welcome Baby Eden Everly Petersen

Our family is happy to announce the arrival of our newest member (and Westbrook’s youngest church attendee), baby Eden Everly Petersen. Eden made her (overdue) appearance on Friday, May 11 2018...