Coffeyville Summer Celebration
Saturday, July 7th at Walter Johnson Park in Coffeyville
Westside will have a booth to give away watermelon & water bottles beginning at 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., or when we run out.  We'll also have a drawing for an ENO hammock!  Need not be present to win.
Please bring your family & friends!
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

July 2018

  • Youth return from CIY

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

HYMN Sing – 6:00 pm at Dearing Christian Church

 4         HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA!  (No Bible Study tonight!)

 5         JOY Group – 5 pm

 7         Coffeyville Summer Celebration at Walter Johnson Park

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

            Farewell Potluck Luncheon for Joni Toney after Morning Worship

 8-13    Middle School Camp 2 at Hidden Haven Christian Camp

11        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

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

            Matthew Frech and Madison Hunter Wedding – 5:30 pm in Tonganoxie, Kansas

            HYMN Sing – 6 pm at Westside Christian Church

15-18   5th-6th Grade Camp 2 at Hidden Haven

16-25   Westside Office Closed due to Honeymoon, Vacation & Mission Trip

17-19   K-State Kids Can Cook – 9 to 11 am, 1 to 3:30 pm

18        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

19        JOY Group – 5 pm

19-27   High School 2 Camp at Hidden Haven

25        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

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

            CIA Meeting – 6 pm

Mission Minded – Missing the Point

I wonder if we have missed the point.  The world right now is bent on tearing itself apart.  All you have to do is watch the news.   It has become us against them in everything out there.  If you are of one political party you are not allowed to eat in certain restaurants, if you have a different skin color you have to be afraid of anyone in authority. When did it come to this?  And it seems to be contagious!

However, it is not a new contagion. It is one almost as old as the world.  It is selfishness!  No one’s opinion but your own matters and if someone doesn’t agree with you then they are not worthy.  See it was and is SIN and the one that causes us to seek a self-centeredness a desire to be like God. There is a cure for the contagion.

I have been speaking at camp for the last few weeks about our mission. Not just CARHA but our mission.  We have also been talking about a family, “fanmi” in Haitian Creole.  The kind of family where the only person that matters is the one next to you, seated in the chair to your right and left.   

Thank kind of thinking is RADICAL today.  It is interesting that this lack of family exists even in the church.  It is especially painful to see it show up there.  I was speaking to a leader in another local church about this after camp one night, and he has some neat ideas about how we may be able to come together as ONE family of churches.  Wouldn’t that be cool!?  Show the community that even though we all have different buildings, there are a number of non-denominational Christian churches in the area, that we serve only ONE risen Christ the Son of the ONE True God.  CARHA was fortunate enough to see some of the willingness to help others out as Tyro Christian Church was generous and allowed us access to their facility for the fundraiser hog roast banquet two weeks ago.

Before that can happen, and I hope one day it will, it is important the Mission of Christ be carried out.  First in our own lives, our own families, our own small groups, among our groups of friends and in our own church and on…

As we come together at the Coffeyville Summer Celebration on July 7th at Walter Johnson Park – we need to come and celebrate not just Westside but the whole community of people; celebrate difference, celebrate what God loves about us, that we are His creation and he made us in the image of Himself so there would be a way to connect all of us.  Can you find it?  Let’s go look!  The point is you matter, but no more than anyone else.   Sean Rook


Coffeyville Summer Celebration – July 7th 

Westside will have a booth to give away watermelons and water bottles.  The bounce house will be set up and  we will also give away an ENO hammock!  Thank you for your help in this outreach endeavor! Please bring your family & friends!

Farewell Dinner for Joni

Joni Toney is moving to Kansas, Oklahoma in July to pursue a new adventure at Cookson Hills.  We will send her off with a Potluck Luncheon on Sunday, July 8th following Morning Worship.  The church will provide brisket and each family is asked to bring two side dishes/dessert to share.  We are encouraging everyone to bring a card of encouragement to share with Joni.


Westside Office to be Closed July 16-24

 Due to Matthew being on his honeymoon, Mike being on vacation and Jayne on a Mission Trip, the office will be closed during this week.  The staff will not be able to be reached during this time. Thank you for your understanding and support!

Ride the Bus to Matthew’s & Madison’s Wedding – July 15

If you need a ride to the wedding in Tonganoxie, Kansas, sign up at the back table. Diane McCartney has offered to drive the bus.  The time of departure will be announced soon!


Birth Announcement

Julia and Connor Traxson are proud to announce the birth of Emmett Paul Traxson on June 24, 2018.  Emmett weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz. and was 20 inches long.  Happy grandparents are Julie and Greg Traxson.  Please pray for this little family as they raise Emmett to know the Lord Jesus!


 Baby Shower

Ladies!  You are invited to a baby shower for Baby Emmett Paul Traxson on Saturday, August 4th from 2 to 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Please bring a children’s book in place of a card, and write in the cover who it is from and why it was chosen.  Julia and Connor are registered at and



Kids Can Cook!

 Kansas State Research & Extension Program will be holding its “Kids Can Cook” Event at Westside July 17-19.  Classes will be held in the kitchen and fellowship hall from 9 to 11 am and 1 to 3:30 pm.  The Wildcat Extension District – FNP is sponsoring free cooking classes for youth to learn more about kitchen self-care skills.

The classes are for youth who have completed 2nd through 5th grades.  Since this is a hands-on experience, the size of classes are limited so registration is required.  Completed applications can be left at, or sent to the Wildcat Extension Office at 524 Huston, P.O. Box 39, Altamont or faxed to 620-784-5337 or Heather Umlauf at 620-331-2690.  Online registration is available at



 3         Marcy Splechter

 4         Donna Hartter

 4         Bob Cowan

 7         Grant Newton

10        Kimmy Rucker

15        Jayne Rook

23        Eva Seaton


July Anniversaries

2          Devin & Laura Volmer

29        Sean & Jayne Rook





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