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

June Calendar

1-2      Youth Campout

 2         Wedding Shower for Matthew Frech & Madison Hunter – 2 to 4 pm

 3         REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Electives – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

3-8      High School #1 Camp at Hidden Haven

 6         Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

 7         JOY Group – 5 pm

 9         Movie Night “I CAN ONLY IMAGINE” – 7 pm

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

10-15  Middle School Camp at Hidden Haven

13        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

16        Benefit Dinner for CARHA at Tyro Christian Church


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

            Westside Hymn Sing – 6 pm

17-20  5th-6th Grade Camp #1 at Hidden Haven

20        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner

21        JOY Group – 5 pm

24        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Electives – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            3rd-4th Grade Camp #1 at Hidden Haven


July 1 CIY Trip to Durango, CO

26-28  3rd-4th Grade Camp #2 at Hidden Haven

27        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner

29-30  1st-2nd Grade Camp at Hidden Haven

Bridal Shower

 All ladies of the church are invited to a bridal shower for Madison Hunter and       Matthew Frech on Saturday, June 2nd from 2 to 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Madison and Matthew are registered at Walmart, Target, Home Depot and

A Thank You Note

Thank you to everyone who helped make my day of appreciation special.  The hanging plant of purple petunias and yellow gaillardia is beautiful and smells so good!  And the sweet tea cup and saucer is a lovely addition to my collection!  For those who took time out of your Saturday to come to Dalton’s Steak Out to have lunch with me, Thank You!  It was wonderful just being able to visit with Sisters in Christ.  Those are times to be highly valued!  All of the things you did for me make me feel like I am treasured, and I treasure each one of you as well!      Humbly Yours, Jayne

It’s A Boy!

 Congratulations to Andrew and Kathryn Splechter on the birth of Easton Howard Splechter.   Easton was born April 28, 2018 and weighed 7 lb. 14 oz. and was 21-1/4” long!  What a sweet little boy!


On March 18, 2018, Andrew and Kathryn Splechter placed their membership with Westside Christian Church. 

On April 29, 2018, Mark Bastian also placed his membership with Westside Christian Church.

Please pray for and encourage these new members to our church family.

Bible Study

Join us on Wednesday nights at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall for a study of Colossians. We also have a Potluck Dinner at 6 pm before the study.  Bring a dish and join us!


Send a Note of Encouragement


Our brother in Christ, Mark Bastian is at MD Anderson receiving cancer treatments for a tumor in his stomach.  He will be there for 6 weeks, and we would like to shower him with Christian love and encouragement.  If you want to help do this, please send a card or note to:

            Mark Bastian

            Mainstay Suites

            2013134 Spanish Trail

            Houston, TX 77054

A Moment with Mike

This picture was taken in my backyard.  The day it was taken, I’m confident that most would have overlooked any detail of beauty.  With a wide-angle lens approach it was most disappointing with the homely landscape. No stunning colors, nor notable lines or anything striking, unless you look much closer.  By taking off the wide-angle lens and replacing it with a macro lens I began seeing beauty that I hadn’t noticed before.  It was as if the existing beauty was silently and patiently waiting to be discovered by those who like to explore things up close and personal.  

That speaks to my soul as I pursue Jesus.  Jesus is such a beauty to behold, but only for those few who really desire to seek him out.  Jesus requires a macro approach.  Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NIV)  Jesus requires all people to seek him but not because he doesn’t want to be found.  

Jeremiah 29:13 reveals, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Seek intently and you will find Him and all his splendor.  If life seems disappointing and colorless, narrow your focus upon Jesus.  You will find He puts purpose and beauty into every person’s landscape.


Turn the Page

A facility called Turn the Page, located at 822 Walnut in Coffeyville has been set up to use as a meeting room, Bible study, a quiet place to read or study, rooms for parties also, and free Wi Fi is available.

They are looking for volunteers to work 2 to 3 hours a week just to be able to keep the doors open.  If you are interested, contact Mary Okey at 903-272-7771.  She is local.

Also, every Saturday at 10 am they hold a prayer meeting for the City of Coffeyville.  Prayers for economic recovery and a spiritual outpouring.



Mission Minded

By Sean Rook

Resetting our GPS

I may fall asleep doing this as I am sitting in Jayne’s car updating the GPS portion of her navigation system.  This is something that has to be done every couple of years.  If we don’t update the maps in the GPS system, we could get lost.  You see the people of this planet seem to think it is necessary to build new roads, get rid of old roads, make one-way streets out of two-way ones and generally just muck up the place.  So, we spend the money buy the new maps and I spend an hour  so letting the software do its thing.

At least tonight the weather is nice, and I can sit out in the driveway.  Since, I need to get my article done for the newsletter by Wednesday, there was not much better time to get it done. And since I was resetting our maps, it gave me the thought that we have a biblical GPS system that also needs to be updated.  Now what I mean is that the HUMAN side of it needs to be checked against the heavenly one and then reset.  Our version and thoughts of heaven can and do get out of whack.  We seem to get to that point every once in a while, that we think this thing is about us.  Well sorry to say it isn’t.  It is in point a fact about GOD. 

His plan is His plan and He did all of this really for His glory.                        

“Our Father in heaven,

                            hallowed be your name.

                            Your kingdom come,

                            your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

This is the way to Pray that the Son taught us.  If you look back at the 10 Commandments in Exodus; the first one is to ”Have No other gods before Me.”   

This is where the reset comes in — to get our map back in-line with the heavenly one.  It does not take much for us to get other gods in place of the one true God; and to begin to worship those things, people and events as if they are more important.  I think for me mostly what I get ahead of God is my time.  I tend to guard it and keep it selfishly.  I have to be careful.

This month, June, is halfway through this year!  WOW!   Think about what you have done because the Spirit asked.  Think about what you haven’t.  This is going to sound a bit harsh and it is, it is also directed at me so feel free to take it personally.  If you didn’t do something the Spirit asked; you sinned.  You separated yourself from the love of God in that instant.  I do have some good news though, you can be forgiven.  God gave us free will and His son so that we could be reset to the correct mapping.  If you have the Son and do not make a willful habit of being disobedient you will be forgiven and maintain the gift of eternal life.  

Reset your map today!  Start again tomorrow or better yet, START now – Enjoy the journey!


Movie Night – June 9th at 7 pm – “I Can Only Imagine”

              – Free Admission

It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many – often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments.  Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer, Bart Millard.  In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart.  He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life.  As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father.  But a career-ending injury – combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential – set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band, MercyMe – named for his grandmother’s favorite expression.  With the guidance of a grizzled music industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

Directed by Erwin Brothers (“October Baby”, ”Mom’s Night Out”, and “Woodlawn”), “I Can Only Imagine” stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.  A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, I Can Only Imagine beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love – or from an eternal home in Heaven.


CARHA Benefit Dinner/Hog Roast

June 16th – Come and Go between 5 and 8 pm at Tyro Christian Church

All proceeds will go to fund the building of a new boys’ dorm at the Grace Orphanage in Gonaives, Haiti.  Malcolm Davison, former Independence, Kansas resident and supporter of CARHA, will be the Master Hog Roaster. 

Mac is well known for his culinary expertise.  You won’t want to miss an opportunity to enjoy his cooking. 

Founder of CARHA, Djumy Septembre, will share the 20/20 Vision as you enjoy Mac’s cooking!

Please let us know you are coming by texting or calling Sean Rook at 620-330-6085.


If you, like most people, shop at, did you know that you can donate to support CARHA at the same time?

Let smile know that you want to donate to CARHA.  Just start each shopping session at the URL, http://smile and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to CARHA. 

You shop…Amazon gives!


Do You Enjoy Singing Hymns?

Every first Sunday of the month, we have a Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church.  Then, on the third Sunday of the month we hold a Hymn Sing here at Westside.  Both times begin at 6 pm, and Stephen Regis is our song leader.  People call out the page number of the hymn they want to sing…and we’re off!  It is great!  Someone always gives a short devotion too.  We have a wonderful piano player – and the hour just flies by!  If you enjoy singing hymns, come join us!

“So they sang praises with gladness and bowed their heads and worshiped.”  2 Chron. 29:30


June Birthdays

 4         Kylie Osborn

 4         M.R. Hershey

13        Michelle Traxson

17        Auston Coffey

18        Lily Rutherford

23        Julie Traxson

24        Ricky Brown

25        Lois Hershey

27        Kathy Alford


June Anniversaries

 2         Ray & Ashley Rutherford

 5         Ron & Tina Coffey

14        Bob & Tonya Kriebel




If you haven’t registered your kids for camp at Hidden Haven this summer, it’s not too late! 

Here is the schedule:

High School Camp – 1       June  3- 8

MS Camp – 1                        June 10-15

5-6 Grade Camp – 1             June 24-26

3-4 Grade Camp – 1             June 24-26

3-4 Grade Camp – 2            June 26-28

1-2 Grade Camp                   June 29-30

MS Camp – 2                        July    9-13

5-6 Grade Camp – 2            July  15-19

High School Camp – 2       July   22-27


For more information see Matthew.





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