Good Friday Service
March 30 - 6 p.m.
Family Fun Day!
Sunday, May 6
Hidden Haven Christian Camp
3 - 8 p.m.
Meal will be provided!
Bring lawn chairs!
Mini Golf, Volleyball, Canoes, Paddle Boats,
Fishing (bring your own gear), lots more fun!
Craft Time
All Westside Families and Guests are welcome!
The bus will run if you need a ride!
Call the office for more information (251-6770)
Westside Christian Church



Mission Statement

Westside Christian Church exists to: 

Give Glory to God (I Peter 2:9),

Evangelize the Lost (Matthew 28:18-20),

Teach the Saved (Colossians 1:28), and

Help Those in Need (II Corinthians 8:14).




About Us


Our Mission & Vision

The mission of Westside Christian Church is
To love God,
To love others, and
To magnify the name of Jesus Christ by:
(1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal
priesthood,a holy nation, a people belonging to God,
thatyou may declare the praises of him who called
you out of darkness into his wonderful light.)

Evangelizing the Lost

(Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.)

Teaching the Saved

(Colossians 1:28 We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching
everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone
perfect in Christ.)

And Helping Those in Need

(II Corinthians 8:14-15 At the present time your plenty will
supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply
what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written:
He that gathered much did not have too much, and he that
gathered little did not have too little.”)


What We Believe:


Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God who died for our sins and arose from the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance [a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried,that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

The Bible is the inspired word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.


Every person has worth as a creation of God, but that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,


Forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who trust Christ as Savior and Lord.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.


Those accepting Christ should repent of sin, confess their faith, and be baptized into him.

Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


The church is the body of Christ on earth, empowered by the Holy Spirit and exists to evangelize the lost and edify the saved.

Ephesians 4:1-16 4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord,one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8 This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”[b]

9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.


Jesus Christ will one day return to earth and reign forever as King of kings and Lord of lords.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death,so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.



The Westside Way

May Calendar

 2         Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

 3         JOY Group – 5 pm

 6         REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            Graduate Recognition during Morning Worship

            FAMILY FUN DAY at Hidden Haven Christian Camp – 3 to 8 pm

            Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

 9         Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

11        Tyro Community Christian School Graduation – 7 pm

12        Teens Fund Raiser Garage Sale Collection – 9 to Noon at Bus Barn


            REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            7th-12th Grades Youth Meeting – 6 to 8 pm

15        Westside Diner – 11:30 to 1:00 pm

16        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

17        JOY Group – 5 pm

19        Graceful Giving Ministries – 9 am

            Teens Fund Raiser Garage Sale Collection – 9 to Noon at Bus Barn

20        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            7th-12th Grades Youth Meeting  – 6 to 8 pm

            Hymn Sing at Westside Christian Church – 6 pm

23        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

26        Teens Garage Sale – 8 am to 2 pm at Bus Barn

27        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            7th-12th Grades Youth Meeting – 6 to 8 pm

28        MEMORIAL DAY

30        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm


Teens Are Holding a Garage Sale!

Our teens are holding a garage sale on May 26 from 8 am to 2 pm at the Bus Barn.   This is one of their fund raisers to help them go to CIY this summer!  If you have any good clean items for the sale, please bring them to the Bus Barn on May 12th and May 19th from 9 am to Noon.  People will be there to help unload on those days.   Your help is APPRECIATED!!!

Graduate Recognition

On May 6th we will be honoring our graduates in Morning Worship.  
Happy Birthday!

 3         Jeremiah Elrod

 5         Joyce Schmidt

 7         Cherie Thomas

11        Brock Thornberry

13        Tonya Kriebel

            Maya Rutherford

20        Jerrie Bernal

21        Kevin Rucker

23        Thomas Osborn

25        Mike Elrod


Happy May Anniversary!

17        Thomas & Kylie Osborn

24        Mike & Laurie Elrod

31        M.R. & Christy Hershey

Family Fun Day

May 6, 2018 – 3 to 8 pm

Family Fun Day will be held at Hidden Haven Christian Camp near Thayer, Kansas.  It will be a great day for lots of fun!  There will be miniature golf, paddle boats and canoes, volleyball, crafts, fishing and more! 

This will be like a day of camp before camp season starts!  This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the end of school and the start of summer.  A chance to introduce your family and friends to the camp our church supports, and get the kids excited for camp, which is coming up soon!

We will have a meal, so please sign up if you plan to attend.  The bus will run for those who need a ride, leaving the church building at 2 pm!  If you have questions, see Matthew or Courtney!  Invite guests!


Superstart Update

Superstart is the 4th-6th grade group that meets Sunday nights from 5 to 6:30.  This year it’s been made up of all boys, which has been a LOT of fun!  Some faithful servants provide delicious meals every week and others devote their Sunday evenings to building relationships and sharing God’s truth with the kids.

After our first full year with this new group, we are wrapping up for the summer.  There will be several kids’ ministry events coming up this summer though, so keep your eyes open!



Mission Minded

[John the Baptizer:] “I baptize with water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am — so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” — Matthew 3:11 NLT

John had a great understanding of his role and relationship to the coming Messiah. He had no illusion of the place he held in the plan.   

 I have had opportunities to talk with people and even try to work with some who believe that God and Jesus are there to serve them.  To serve them in any way the individual desires.   It is interesting that if you only read Jesus’ decisions to wash the feet of the disciples, it says that He came not to be served but to serve them.  They take it out of context, understanding what they think is easy.  Our reading of the Bible must never be to find out what we want or to look for justification for what we want.  It has to be to see what the Creator of the universe intended.

Psalm 27:4  One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

I have to admit sometimes it is easy to slip into the thinking that we are in control and that God will provide all that we WANT.  God will provide what we NEED.  He loves and cares for us above all other creation.  He desires a relationship with us that is based on LOVE and caring; His love for us and our caring for others the way he does for each of us.

We have been studying through Revelation in our Sunday school class and working to understand all that John was given to show us, how to put that into context with what was going on in the new Christian world 2000 years ago and what lessons we still need to get from it today. As I was talking with a friend about this it came to me that GOD uses one of the things that we most value -HE uses to pave the streets.  The jewels that we adorn ourselves with HE uses as building blocks for the walls of the new Jerusalem.  In my mind it does not show God’s display of opulence – but just what he values – US.

Understand that God is not impressed with our wealth or our strength, he is impressed with what we do with it to show love to others.

June 16 – CARHA will be holding a benefit dinner to complete the construction of the Boy’s Dorm at the orphanage in Haiti.  You are all invited to attend and enjoy the fellowship and the food.  The place is at the Tyro Christian Church Gym, from 5pm to 8pm. You may come and stay as long as you like.  Please see Sean or Jayne for a free ticket.  Hope to see you all there. 

                                    Sean Rook



A Moment with Mike

The Horse

Horses are a majestic creature.  They represent strength, beauty and freedom.  Horses gallop at around 27 mph.  The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 55 mph.  They can sleep standing up or laying down.  Horses were built for war, and their primary purpose throughout history has been for that purpose.  They carry riders to conquest and death.

In the book of Revelation, chapter 6, it talks about 4 horses.  A white horse, red horse, black horse, and green horse (pale).  Each had a rider that led them into war.  Some saw conquest, some strife and suffering, and many saw death.

As I am writing this, a western is playing on the television.  It is a typical western with bad guys and good guys, all riding horses.  Horses don’t choose which side they fight on, but they are at the mercy of their rider.  

Many think the four horses in Revelation (Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse) speak about a tribulation that is yet to come, and I’m certain that is true. I also believe these four horses and their riders speak of the past and present as well.  There has never been a time in our history or even in our present time that we have not seen riders symbolically riding on these four horses.  Even today, we feel the impact of these four horsemen.   These riders and horses are very frightening.  War and the rumors of war is always scary because we know the destruction they leave in their path.  But there is another horse and rider that is mightier than all of these.  A rider that will lead us (His people) into victory over our enemies and deliver us from such suffering and pain.  His name is Jesus.


Revelation 19:11 (ESV)

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.






J.O.Y. Group

J.O.Y. stands for Just Older Youth. This lively group meets the first and third Thursday of every month in Fellowship Hall for a pot luck meal at 2 p.m. After the meal, everyone joins in for a rousing game of dominoes! They are always looking for new members to join in the fun! If you’re in the “Older Youth” crowd and would like to participate, contact the church office for more information.




King’s Kids

Children ages 1st through 6th Grade meet every Wednesday from September through April. Join them at 6 p.m. for a light meal, an activity and a study from the Bible. Special activity nights are planned throughout the year including a Harvest Party, Christmas Party, Skating Party, and more! Please contact the church office for more information.


Youth Group

Jr. High & High School Youth meet Sunday nights at 6 p.m. for a devotion and then crazy, fun games & activities! Fund raisers are planned throughout the year to help pay for the trips to Ozark Christian College, various camps, ball games, Christ in Youth Conferences and other road trips. For more information, contact our Youth Minister, Matthew Frech. 

Creativity In Action Team
The CIA is a group of women who think outside of the box to minister to those who are hurting, healing or who just need some tender loving care. Meetings are called once or twice a month on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. All it takes to be a part of this ministry is a willing heart and the gift of sharing the Love of Jesus! If you are interested in joining the CIA, please contact Tonya Kriebel through the church office: 620-251-6770. 


Graceful Giving Ministry

The newest ministry at WCC is the GGM. After a trip to Haiti, Pastor Mike brought a sample kit for that contains items necessary for the monthly cycle of women. In many cases, women in third-world countries do not have or cannot afford the sanitary products we have in the states. The ladies of GGM assemble these kits from reusable materials. If you have the gift of sewing or you would like to help in other ways to assemble the kits, please contact Cherie Thomas (her number is available at the church office).


Love Meals

When someone in the family has passed away, is in the hospital, going through medical treatments or when a new baby has arrived and fixing a meal is the last thing you want to think about; our Love Meal Ladies are always ready to step in to provide the nourishment to help keep your family going. There are no meetings required to be involved in this ministry. Just let our meal organizers know you would like to help and you’ll get a call the next time a meal is needed. For more information, call the church office. 



Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Board of Elders at Westside Christian Church:

M.R. Hershey:

Sean K. Rook:

Greg Traxson:


Staff at Westside:

Mike Elrod, Example Setter for Christ

Mike sees himself as a follower of Christ who has
been called to set an example for others. He
believes he is only capable of leading others
because he is being led himself (I Cor. 11:1).
Mike is a graduate of Ozark Christian College in
Joplin, MO. He has been pastor at Westside since
February 2000. Mike and his wife Laurie have four
beautiful children. You can reach Pastor Mike by the
email link or by calling the office.
Matthew Frech, Worship/ Youth Minister
Matthew attended Ozark Christian College, graduating
with a Bachelor of Music and Worship in 2016. He
joined the Westside family in January 2016 as the
part-time worship minister, and came on full-time upon
his graduation that May. In February 2017 he began
leading the Junior High/ High School youth. He also
helps lead the children’s programming on Wednesday
nights. Matthew enjoys playing any instrument he can
get his hands on, playing Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf,
and loves teaching people the Word of God.
Jayne Rook, Ministries Coordinator
Jayne has been serving at Westside since 2001. Her main
responsibilities are to provide support to staff and leadership
as well as others who serve and worship at Westside. Jayne
and her husband, Sean, have been married since July 1989, 
and they have one daughter, Kiera. They enjoy traveling
and serving others in the mission field.
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Contact Info:

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday
9AM to Noon
Church Address: 
402 N. Ohio
Coffeyville, Kansas 67337

Church Phone:

 (620) 251-6770


Pastor – Mike Elrod


Ministry Coordinator – Jayne Rook

Worship Minister / Youth Minister – Matthew Frech