” I Left My Heart In Church” ( I’ll get it later) by Evan Nester


This morning we had 118 people at our first service at OOTBWC.  I was pleasantly surprised at how many of those faces I had never seen before.  At my best guess I would say about 50% were people I did not know.    It is evident that God is working through OOTBWC to meet people where they are at-not where we are.  I was busy taking pictures-which will appear here later today. My heart was warmed with JOY as I went to the Nursery to visit and take photo’s there.  I felt and saw God in the tiny hands that were playing with the nativity and telling ME about Jesus!  I will also blog about this later.  I have a lot of catching up to do!    For now I want to share this writing with you.  It was written by Evan Nester-one of our youth and special young man to many of our families.  Enjoy and God bless!

I LeftMy Heart In Church. (I’ll get it later.)

by Evan Nester on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at 2:09pm

Just a normal building.

Build years ago with no idea what was in store for it.

New carpet, lights, flat screen tv’s, a stage, God.


Something is different in Carroll County. Not a bypass or a restaurant, but a sign.

On Main Street in Hillsville there was a sign that read “9:30 Worship Service. No Perfect People Allowed.”

You walk in, greeted by hand shakes and smiles. Laugher and hugs. Greeted by a force on God could hold.

Migrating deeper into the building you find a room with chairs, instruments, computers, more people, and that force of God.

I sat in my seat waiting for the clock to reach zero then we all stood at the same time, but for what reason. There wasn’t anyone there that seemed important enough to stand for.

Hands began raising in the air. Who were they waving at?

Smiles crawled across their faces. What made them so happy?

Tears started to slide down their cheeks. What was so touching?

I looked around and thought to myself, “How could God not be real?”


This morning I left my heart at Out Of The Box Worship Center. I wanted to leave my whole self, but they began to lock the doors. There was talk of a “Fresh Start” and songs about finding God, coffee, cookies. Who wouldn’t want to stay there? Then I realized, I can’t hide this experience to myself. I have to tell you! I have to share it with the world. I have to invite and hand out the love that I saw!


This morning, I didn’t experience church. I experienced God. I saw Him. I felt him.

And I want you too. I want you to be apart of this revolution. Please. Join me.

Join God.


Out Of The Box Worship Center isn’t just a church. It’s a connection to life. It’s my connection.

Please ask me about it. And please share this.


About godw1nz

I am the mom of three beautiful daughters, wife to a genius, sister to a teacher, sis-in-law to an engineer, daughter to a yankee and a rebel, and a woman chasing God. I love to read, draw and be with my family. If the reading inspires me, then I draw what I read. Almost everything I draw is based around or about Jesus Christ. I attend church at First United Methodist Hillsville. Ronnie Collins is my associate pastor, also a blogger here. I love the Lord with all my heart and I hope what you see here will inspire your heart.

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