Dearborn Campus Celebrates One-year Anniversary

Lynn Bettes Pastor's Pen

This month marks our one-year anniversary as a campus of Woodside Bible Church in Dearborn! It has been an amazing journey over the past 12 months, and I wanted to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the amazing things God has been doing in our community.
Over the past year we’ve had many people get baptized and become members of the church. We’ve more than doubled in our weekly attendance, and multiplied our Neighborhood Group. From day one we’ve felt God moving, pushing us forward and reaching people in our community who don’t know Jesus yet. For as exciting as that growth has been, it’s the stories behind the growth that have been truly amazing.
We’ve seen people called out of darkness and brought into new life in Jesus. We’ve watched people who struggle with addiction set free, seeing themselves in light of the Gospel and seeing their needs ultimately met by a good Father. We’ve rejoiced over healings of past hurts, and the formation of a community that is deeply loving and caring for each other.
God is moving in and through our campus, and it’s only just beginning. He has been growing in us a vision and passion for His Kingdom in our community, and he is moving to fulfill it.
There has been life and vibrancy at our campus, particularly in the past month, and I am so excited to see what God will do in the months ahead.
I believe He’s moving and changing our city.
As he changes us, as we grow to know him, and he strengthens us to know the height and depth and width and breadth of His love. We’ve been able to bless families in need, and welcome people into places where they feel the love we have for one another.
God is breaking us, changing us, renewing us, giving us new life and a deeper understanding of him. He’s using what we’re becoming to affect our community and our relationships, to change our communities, and we pray one day to change our city and the world.
One year in, we’re thankful to be here; we’re thankful to look back and see what God has done, and we’re anxiously anticipating what he will do next. First and foremost, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for God. We also wouldn’t be here if it was not for the people God had brought to our door, on whose shoulders we stand.
As we look forward to what God will do, we want to look back and be thankful as well, to those who first built and sustained this church in its 60 years before it was Woodside, to Executive Pastor of Campuses Bob Bryant and his assistant Patti Kueppers, and the rest of the team who helped us become Woodside, and to those who’ve caught the vision and stepped into leadership in the past year.
Thank you, to all of you, for being used by God in our lives, our campus and our city.