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

September Calendar

 3  REFRESH – Breakfast Served …9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am

            Morning Worship – 10:30 am

h-6th Grades Youth Groups (SUPER START) – 5 PM

            Tulsa Driller’s Baseball Game – Leave church building at 5 pm

            Jr. Hi – High School Youth Group – 6 pm

            First Sunday Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

 4         LABOR DAY

 6         Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study/Pot Luck – 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

 7         JOY Group – Pot Luck – 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

10        REFRESH – Breakfast Served….9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am

            Morning Worship – 10:30 am

h-6th Grades Youth Groups (SUPER START) – 5 PM

             Jr. Hi – High School Youth Group – 6 pm

13        Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study/Pot Luck – 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

16        Graceful Giving Ministries – 9 am

17        REFRESH – Breakfast Served….9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am

            Morning Worship – 10:30 am

Grades youth Groups (SUPER START) – 5 pm

            Jr. Hi – High School Youth Group – 6 pm

18        Trip to Pioneer Woman – The bus will leave the church at 1 pm

20        Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study/Pot Luck – 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

23        Bridal Shower for Jordan Newton – 10 to 12 am in Fellowship Hall

Terra Byrd – Dustin Bayless Wedding – 7 pm

24        REFRESH – Breakfast Served….9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am

            Morning Worship – 10:30 am

Grades Youth Groups (SUPER START ) –  5 pm

            Jr. Hi – High School Youth Group – 6 pm

27        Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study/Pot Luck – 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

29-30   GETAWAY at Ozark Christian College for 6




 4         Ray Rutherford           17   Katherine Rutherford

 5         Jordan Newton           21   Bonnie Smith

 5         Don Sample                24   Dee Roberts

 8         Charles Smith              28   Scott Smith

17        Vicki Smith                 29   Dub Newton


Happy Anniversary to Jerald & Georgia Medsker on September 11th!

Welcome Our New Youth Leader…Courtney Rucker!

We are excited that Courtney is stepping in as a leader of our youth!  She will be working with 2nd-3rd grade students on Sunday mornings in “Kids Zone” and on Sunday evenings with the 4th-6th grade students in SUPER START.  Please give a word of encouragement to Courtney as you get the chance!


New Times and Dates for Youth Programs Beginning    September 3rd

Sunday Mornings at 9:30 am:

Sunday School:

            Pre-K through 1st Grade      
 2nd & 3rd Grade
            4th through 6th Grade
            7th through 12th Grade

Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am:

Seekers of the Son: Pre-K through 1st Grade

Kids Zone:  2nd & 3rd Grade

Sunday Evenings from 5 to 6:30 pm

          4th-6th Grade

Sunday Evenings from 6 to 8 pm

            7th-12th Grade
Please note:  There will be no Wednesday evening activities for 1st through 6th grade students.  We have chosen to make this change to better suit the needs of our children’s ministries.  With all church programs, changes must be made to accommodate those participating and those who are responsible for leading.  Thank you for your understanding as we make these changes.  If you have any questions, please see Mike or Matthew.


Think About It…

Worship and worry cannot live in the same heart; they are mutually exclusive.

                            Ruth Bell Graham


Hymn Sing

The Dearing Christian Church has a Hymn Sing the first Sunday night of each month at 6 pm.  They have invited us to come sing with them!  So, if you enjoy singing the old hymns, here is your chance! This month has been rescheduled to the second Sunday, September 10th will be the next Hymn Sing! See you there!
Micah Elrod                Courtney Rucker

OCC                            OCC

Box 2731                    Box 2820

1111 N. Main              1111 N. Main

Joplin, MO 64801       Joplin, MO 64801


Send Micah and Courtney a card or a note of encouragement once in a while, and keep them in your prayers!.  If there are any more college students who are away from home and would like to have their address put in the newsletter, please send an e-mail to georgiamedsker@gmail.com


Taking a Trip

Mike is excited to host a trip to Pawhuska to visit the Pioneer Woman’s “Mercantile”.  The date is Monday, September 18th.  The bus will leave the church at 1 pm for the approximately 1 hour and 15 minute drive to the Mercantile.  We will plan to have a late lunch and then shop when we’re finished.  There may also be time to visit a few shops in Downtown Pawhuska.  A sign-up sheet will be at the back table!


Ready for Some Baseball?

Join us as we head to Tulsa to watch the Drillers play the Springfield Cardinals on Sunday, September 3rd.  The bus will leave at 5 pm from the church building.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 pm  Tickets are complimentary, but you must sign up!  Today, (August 27th) is the last day to sign up.  A sign-up sheet is at the back table in the Sanctuary.


Mission Minded

September 2017 by Sean Rook


This could be about politics or confrontation or eclipses, but instead it is going to be about something completely different.   Have you ever seen the Monty Python sketch about the parrot?  In the sketch, a man is returning a parrot to a store claiming it is dead. The salesman says no it isn’t and hits the cage and says; “see it moved”.  The customer then goes on by saying it is stapled to the perch, pulls the bird prop out of the cage; and, well it just gets silly.


There are far too many Christians, or at least people claiming to be Christians, who are just staying in the cage, stapled to the perch.  It appears that they may be alive, with the occasional bump of the cage which makes a movemen,t confusing or attempting to confuse people into thinking the Christian is alive. 


I am not trying to be mean, or start a fight.  I am trying to wake up the Church, the people of God, to make sure that the are alive, just not filling a place in the seats.  Recently I was asked a great question, “How do we build our Faith?”.   Christians throw the term of faith around, and yet not all completely understand the great problem others have, who are not as far along as we are with our journey, understanding faith..  To build faith I think there are three things we must do.


First and foremost, we have to be in God’s Word and we have to be in it as much as we can.  Whether it is reading it for ourselves, being in Bible study, small group or listening to it being read to us, we have to see and hear the Word. 


Secondly, and as important as the first, we must be in prayer.  We know that God wants to hear from us. He tells us so.  He often picks people who are talking and seeking him. For example, Abraham. God picked him because Abraham was seeking.  But what we see from Abraham’s example, that may be even more important is, he listened to God.  So, when you pray, spend maybe more of that time listening than talking. 


Lastly, DO what he tells you.  That comes with a warning! Be sure you are hearing GOD. He will not tell you something that goes against scripture.  If what he tells you seems crazy, it may feel that way.  If you are uncertain “seek wise counsel” as it says in Proverbs.  What he asks may seem crazy; “Pack up and move to a new place that I will tell you”,”Ttalk to that stranger about me”, “See that person that is crying – you need to go comfort them”.  When we DO what God tells us, He is building our faith, our trust, in Him.


We do not want to be caged Christians that are only nailed to the perch and therefore appear alive.  We should want to be Christians that are truly living, experiencing the life that God is directing us to live.  Will it be scary having faith and living outside the cage? It can be and often it is. Remember God will not ask you to do something that you are not capable of.   He will provide the tools, knowledge and strength.  Build your faith, and go DO!             


All Westside Ladies are invited to a Bridal Shower for Jordan Newton, Bride-elect of Easton Julian, on Saturday, September 23rd from 10 am to 12 noon in the Westside Fellowship Hall.  Hostesses are: Diane McCartney, Laurie Elrod, Beverly Hamlin, and Bonnie Smith.  Jordan and Easton are registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Amazon.com, and Sayer’s Ace Hardware in Independence.


Joan Barg and Family, in the passing of  her husband, Mark Barg, on August 13, 2017.

Sheila Logan and Family, in the passing of her father, Deryl Copeland, on             August 24, 2017.

Please keep these families in your prayers as they go through this difficult time.


A Moment  with Mike

All of us have wondered what we want to do with our lives.  In what activity will I find my purpose?  What is that “one thing” that is worthy of giving my life for.  Maybe you’re still wondering, or maybe you feel you are doing “IT” right now.   For some that is a very difficult question to find an answer to.  Many find themselves on that quest all their lives. 

Christians have it easy in this respect.  This singular focus activity we have for our lives, has been decided for us.  We don’t have to search for it.   This purpose was given at the exchange during our covenant ceremony (baptism) we made with Jesus.   Jesus gave us His spirit as a certificate that guarantees our entrance into Glory, and we figuratively signed our signature upon a document that is titled, “The Great Commission”.

That document becomes our mission.  We agreed to make life about whatever Jesus wants us to make our life about.  Because we were literally, “bought with a price”.  And that one thing He wants us to make life about is this – “to make disciples”.    It becomes our singular focus and drive for our lives.  This is what we verbally (or at least, subconsciously) have agreed to make life about.

But we often fail.   We forget, or we ignore this command.   Why?   I believe it is because of these three things.   FEAR, OBSTACLES, AND MOTIVATION.

FEAR-  We are scared to share Jesus with another person.  We say to ourselves something like this, “I’m afraid I won’t know how”, “I’m afraid I will make a fool of myself”, “They won’t listen”.

Or in the area of OBSTACLES – “I’m not educated enough”, “they are so busy”, “I don’t have a good enough relationship with them”

Or with MOTIVATION – “I don’t have time”, “I don’t want to, “I’ll do it later”, “it probably wouldn’t work anyway”.

As a result, we fail and they miss out on what Jesus can do for their lives.    Just think of how many families could use a genuine relationship with Jesus.   Just think of the marriages that could benefit from this help.  Just think of the eternal difference He can make for them, their children and perhaps their children’s children.  Generations could be amazingly impacted just because you go.

It all starts in the mind.   First you have to decide this mission was meant for you.  It was given to you by Jesus himself.  No more denying or making excuses for not embracing it as your main purpose in life.  Secondly, you have to reprogram your mind.  You have to train your mind to think positive.   No more negative thoughts like, “I can’t”, “I’m too busy”, “I don’t know enough”.   You have to trade the negative with positive thoughts like, “what a difference Jesus will make in their lives”, “I can go to their house and invite them to church and see where the conversation goes”, “I can do this for Jesus”.   

Your mind controls what you do.  But you have control over your thoughts.  Therefore, you have the power to take control over your thoughts, rather than your thoughts control you.   This is why Jesus said, “Do not be conformed any longer by the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”.   He is saying, “You, and you alone, control how you program your mind”. 



Time to start filling shoeboxes for our kids in Haiti! 

Use an empty shoebox or a small plastic shoebox you can get at Walmart.   Please do not use a box larger than a shoebox!  Label your box with the following information:

Boy or Girl – 3-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-11 years, or 12-16 years.  Please include $7 with each shoebox to help with shipping costs.  Secure your shoebox with duct tape.  Tape an envelope containing the $7 on top to help with shipping.  Bring to church by October 18th!    Ideas for gifts:  Small toys, cars, balls, dolls, pens, pencils & sharpeners, small spiral notebooks, toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, deodorant, etc.  Hard candies are fine, but please NO chocolate!  A jar of peanut butter is great!!!







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

  • mike@westsidecc.kscoxmail.com

Ministry Coordinator – Jayne Rook

  • jayne@westsidecc.kscoxmail.com
Worship Minister / Youth Minister – Matthew Frech
  • mfrech93@gmail.com