By Mark and Laurinda O’Connell, West Side Presbyterian
Dig a hole in the ground. Insert a seed. Wait…but not passively. In hope of the desired outcome, water and fertilize. Nurture the budding sapling. Protect it from pests and vermin. Talk to it. Water some more. Fertilize a lot. Sometimes, prune it. Revel in the growing tree’s strength. Rest under its shade. Share the tree’s charms with the children. Depend on it for shelter. Keep watering, pruning, fertilizing, and enjoying for 100 years… and then do it all again. If you did it right (and even if you messed up a few times) you should have a piece of the Tree of Life that sustains generations.
West Side commemorated that Life on Sunday, March 27, 2011 with a grand Centennial Celebration! Almost 750 West Siders – current, former, friends, family, and community – gathered for a day to remember God’s faithfulness. Filling the Sanctuary and Howell Auditorium in a unified service facilitated by video cameras, screens, and shared music, we worshipped the God who created, preserved, sustains, and holds the future of generations of West Side.