Westover Is My Home: The McCluskey Family April 25, 2018
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:19
“We know this world can often feel like a wilderness whether overseas in a third world country or dealing with our own problems in our own homes. But we believe God is using his people at Westover to do a new a thing for His Kingdom in 2018 and beyond. That is God's business: making old things new; and it's awesome that we can be used by Him as He works at Westover and in the world.”
This is the heart of Brooks and Sammie Jo McCluskey, members of Westover Church since 2014. The McCluskeys first came to Westover after Sammie Jo’s mom, Wendy Lomax, invited them to attend with her. Initially hesitant, due to the large number in the congregation, they found themselves visiting a LifeCommunity and realized that a big church can feel small and that they did have a place at Westover. Within a few months of attending, they quickly began serving in the Kindergarten room on Sunday mornings where they continued to meet more people. Currently, Brooks and Sammie Jo serve on the leadership team for the LifeCommunity, Grace Under Fire (GUF), designed for parents of elementary school children to connect. VBS is another favorite area of service for the McCluskeys.
The McCluskeys quickly saw evidence that Westover Church has a very strong foundation as a church body. One way this foundation was visible to the McCluskeys was meeting numerous people who had been attending Westover Church for 10, 20 or even 30+ years. Meeting these people demonstrated the intergenerational demographics of Westover’s congregation.
“We love being a part of an intergenerational church! To have couples older than you who can help you see the bigger picture in your marriage and raising your kids is priceless. To have those younger than you that you can help mentor is also a blessing. We believe this is God's design for the church. This is how we gain wisdom and how we grow up together as the body of Christ.”
Brooks and Sammie Jo have been married for 12 years and have 4 children: Elizabeth-9, Camden-7, Ruthie-5, Caroline-2. Brooks works for an IT company while Sammie Jo stays home to care for their children.
“We are amazed at how much our kids have learned about the Bible in our time at Westover. They are always full of new stories on the way home each Sunday. They look forward to VBS and Winshape Camp each summer and we are so blessed that Westover is partnering with us as we raise our children to know the Lord. We have been blessed through the FOG and GUF LifeCommunities by making new friendships, being encouraged through great teaching, and learning about how to do ministry in our everyday lives. We have also been blessed through Westover's love of missions. We've had the opportunity to get to know missionaries here on furlough and to partner in prayer and through giving with other missionaries we have never met.”
Our purpose at Westover is to develop mature followers of Jesus Christ…through growing in the Gospel, connecting in community, and serving on mission, at home or abroad.
The McCluskey family is a picture of how connecting to others in the church body can motivate people who visit our church, to ultimately become a part of the community and serve on mission alongside others. And…after 70 years of ministry, we are grateful for families like the McCluskeys who call Westover home!
By Lauren Donnalley, member of the Westover Creative Arts Team