The Following is an Article from the Kansas City Star about the Open House weekend – Jun 25, 2016.
By Lynn Horsley – For the congregation of Westport Presbyterian Church, the past four and a half years have often felt kind of like wandering in the wilderness as they tried to recover from a devastating fire.
But as people streamed into the church on Saturday for a celebratory reopening — featuring saxophone music in the sanctuary, English folk dancing in the basement and refreshments in the fellowship hall — all the hardship appeared to have been worth it.
Now, people said, the church has emerged as a lesson in faith, answered prayers and rebirth.
“It’s been a journey from trauma to wonder,” said the Rev. Scott Myers, pastor of the church for the past 22 years, who nearly despaired after the fire broke out Dec. 29, 2011. It destroyed much of the church that had stood at 201 Westport Road since 1904.
For decades, Myers said, church members had explored the connection between spirituality, community service and the arts. Now, gazing at the glorious contemporary sanctuary embedded within the historic stone walls, he thinks people can experience that connection from the rebuilt structure itself.
Within these reborn rooms, he said, “I think you can learn the art of loving God.”
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