Westside Christian Church

 

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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).

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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.”)

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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
 
 
 
November Calendar
 
1     Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Supper – 6 pm
2     JOY Group & Potluck Supper – 5:30 pm

 3-4    “The Event” at Ozark Christian College for High School Students

 4         Set your clocks back 1 hour tonight when going to bed!

 5         FALL BACK  SUNDAY –Daylight Savings Ends

             REFRESH – 9:00-9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

             4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm
            First Sunday Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

 8        Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Supper – 6 pm

11      VETERANS DAY

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

           Thanksgiving Dinner & Annual Meeting – Following Morning Worship

           Creativity in Action Meeting at 6 pm

          4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12thGrades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

15     Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Supper – 6 pm

16     Joy Group & Potluck Supper – 5:30 pm

18     Gracious Giving Ministries – 9 am

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

         4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th  Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

22           NO BIBLE STUDIES

23           THANKSGIVING DAY

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

                Decorate the Church Building for Christmas – 6 pm (Bring finger foods for afterwards)

29           Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Supper – 6 pm

 

Thanksgiving Dinner at Westside

Be sure to mark November 12th on your calendar, and plan to stay for our Thanksgiving Dinner following Morning Worship on that day!  The church will pay for turkeys, but we need people to sign up to prepare them.  Also, we need people to sign up to bring all the traditional sides and desserts!  See the sign-up sheet at the back table!   Following the dinner, we will have our Annual Church Meeting.  Please plan to stay for dinner and the meeting!         

 A Moment with Mike

John 14:13–14 (ESV)                 

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.         

It is natural for the flesh to want a genie waiting for us to call upon it and grant our request.  But surely we are all smart enough to know Jesus’ words here, as well as other places throughout the new testament, are not intended to be interpreted like this.  But if not, then how do we interpret them?  Here is a story that ought to help.

A man wrote about a time he shared an elevator with Corrie Ten Boom, and she asked with her Dutch accent: “Young man, have you ever seen an angel?”

“No,” I replied, startled, “Not that I know of.”  “Well, I have,” she declared. And in the time our elevator took to reach the bottom floor, she told me of a time when she was smuggling Bibles into Communist Eastern Europe. The border guard was checking everyone’s luggage, and she knew her load of Bibles would surely be discovered. In alarm she prayed, “Lord, you have said that you would watch over your Word.  Now, please watch over your Word that I am smuggling.”

Suddenly as she looked at her suitcase, it seemed to glow with light. No one else saw it; but to her it was unmistakable. There was a aura of light wrapped around that suitcase.

Her turn came at customs, and the guard, who had so vigilantly opened and inspected every piece of everyone’s luggage, glanced at her bags, shrugged, and waved her through.  It was an angel, she told me, who had helped her deliver God’s Word behind the Iron Curtain.

The key to understanding what Jesus is offering here is in the phrase, “in my name”.  Not a formula for getting what we want, but wanting what God wants.

Let us start asking crazy stuff in the name of Jesus that will bring Glory to the Father and see what happens.  

 

 FALL BACK!

November 12th Daylight Savings ends.  Be sure to set your clocks back 1 hour on Saturday night, November 11th, when going to bed, so you will be to church on time the next day!!!

 

Graceful Giving Ministries Update

Graceful Giving Ministries sent another 75 personal hygiene kits to Haiti this year.  This is the third year this important ministry of Westside Christian Church has been helping ladies in Haiti.  The kits are shipped along with the Christmas shoe boxes to be handed out in January when our team travels from the United States to Haiti.  Graceful Giving Ministries (GGM) consists of a few ladies who gladly serve in this ministry to provide much-needed products to the ladies of Haiti who have so little, but, mostly, to share the love of Jesus.  If any ladies are interested in learning more about GGM, please contact Cherie Thomas.

 

VETERANS DAY

November 11th is the day we thank the vets who have served our country to protect us, and the freedoms we all share.   We thank each one of our vets from the bottom of our hearts.   May God bless you.

 

 Mission Minded – November 2017

What defines us, what makes us who we are, what makes us different from everyone else? I recently heard that it could be memories of the things we did in the past.  It could be what we do next.  A “Scientific American” article says it is our morals that make us who we are.  Their article was based on research into memory diseases. As I have been reading and watching Andy’s blogs on his trip to the CARHA Mission in Haiti as a long-term missionary living in a tough situation, the question of defining our-selves has been on my mind.  Watching his journey, I see the question and variability of what defines us play out.  He moves from self-definition to others defining him and then to a significant outside focus for how he is defined.

I wonder if it is really just one thing or a combination of all of them.  If it is just memories that define us, who we are is all internal and has little to do with things outside of our own existence. If it is only what we do, then it could quickly become only an external value system, and we will not have any will of our own. We would become only what others want of us.

What if it is about morals, what we decide is right or wrong? Morals can also be what the Bible defines.  Yet each person and each society on the planet has its own sense of morality.  As an example, in some countries it is morally acceptable for men and women to bathe in public.  Yet in other countries it is unacceptable. So, what defines us cannot be only morality, and our memories are what happened in the past, and what we do is only valid for a moment and then it becomes a memory.  So we have to be defined by something outside of ourselves that is forever unchanging and inviolate.  It is a good thing that we have that – God’s Word, The Bible. 

I find that when I talk to people, they are more often basing their definition of themselves on where they are currently – not where they could go with Christ.   But that brings out the Fear in people, as the future is uncertain, unknown and not within the control of the individual, except in the exact moment.  In a meditation not long ago I shared a quote, “We have never let fear define us.”  Paul and John both reminded churches to put on the full armor of GOD and to go back to the things they did when they first came to know Christ.  What should define us is our relationship with Christ and ultimately God!  No other focus can have a lasting impact, nor should it. 
 
Sean Rook

 

 

Deck the Halls
On Sunday evening, November 26th, come help us decorate the church building for Christmas.  We will hang wreaths, put up lights, and Christmas trees, and prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. Please come join us, and bring finger foods for a time of fellowship following the decorating!

 
NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

 4         Beverly Hamlin

 6         Ryann Coffey

11        Steven Newby

12        Clara Rucker

23        Matthew Frech

27        Bob Kriebel

28        Lisa Barrager

29        Sharon Sample

 

November Anniversaries

 2         Gene & Bev Hamlin

 5         Dee & Judy Roberts

26        Bob & Elaine Cowan

 
BAPTISM

Lily Rutherford, oldest daughter of Ray and Ashley Rutherford, was baptized Sunday, October 22, 2017.  Please keep Lily in your prayers as she grows in Christ.

 

Matthew’s Musings

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”- Psalm 119:105

This is a very familiar verse to most, one that is quoted with great regularity.  But up until very recently I had always found it kind of redundant; saying the same thing twice. Kind of like what I just did…

But let’s look at it more closely.

The Word is a:

-lamp to my feet

-light to my path

I initially hadn’t realized the difference in these two phrases. “If there is light on my feet it would follow that the path is lit too, right?  I think, though, that the difference could be seen in this way.
  • The lamp to my feet would refer to what is immediately in front of you.  A lamp does not provide much more light than the small area just ahead.  In other words, the Word illuminates my day-to-day walk with the Lord.  I use this light to keep from stumbling over rocks or roots along the way.
  • The light to my path is a different kind of light.  The path I am walking is further ahead and requires much more light than I can hold with my little lamp.  In other words, the Word illuminates even the unseen future.  I may not be able to see it, but that doesn’t mean that God cannot be trusted with it.  That is far from the truth.  His light, the Word, is a guiding light, and I simply need to trust that His path is true and that He will not leave me to walk it alone.

Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

 

In days that are difficult and it feels like you are walking on your own on a path of confusion, remember that Jesus has promised to always be with us and to light the way, even if we cannot see it in the moment.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen”  (Jude 24-25)
 

Ministries

 

SENIOR CITIZENS

 

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.

 

YOUTH

 

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. 

 
 
WOMEN
 
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. 

 

Staff/Elders

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.
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Board of Elders at Westside Christian Church:

M.R. Hershey:

Sean K. Rook:

Greg Traxson:

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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.
Online Giving
 
 

Contact Info:

Office Hours:

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

Church Phone:

 (620) 251-6770

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Pastor – Mike Elrod

  • mike@westsidecc.kscoxmail.com

Ministry Coordinator – Jayne Rook

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