Easter Sunday:
Breakfast - 9:30
No Sunday School
Worship - 10:30
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Good Friday Service
March 30 - 6 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Westside Christian Church

 

JESUS OUR PRESENT OUR FUTURE OUR ETERNITY
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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).

Calendar

 

 

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

April Calendar

 1         Easter Sunday – Refresh – 9 am, Electives Classes – 9:30 am,  Worship – 10:30, 
Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

NO YOUTH GROUPS TONIGHT!

 4         Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

 5         JOY Group – 2 pm

 8         Refresh – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Worship – 10:30 am

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

11        Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

13-15  Father-Son Retreat at Hidden Haven Camp

15        Refresh – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Worship – 10:30 am

            Hymn Sing at Westside – 6 pm

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

18        Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

19        JOY Group – 2 pm

20-21  Deeper Life at Ozark Christian College

21        Gracious Giving Ministries – 9 am

22        Refresh – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Worship – 10:30 am

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

            Youth Bake Sale (after Morning Worship)

25        Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

29        Refresh – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Worship – 10:30 am

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

A Moment with Mike

 Only a couple people got the opportunity to rejoice over the birth of this little guy.   He was born in a remote Illinois corn field.   At the moment I took this image, not even his momma was around.  My buddy just happened to stumble upon him.  His momma didn’t abandon him, but was probably off feeding or getting a drink of water.

 Spring always brings forth a lot of new life.  Some babies are greeted at their birth with much rejoicing and others enter the world in a quiet obscurity.   It says of John the Baptist, ‘Many will rejoice at his birth.”  (Luke 1:14). While, shortly after, it is reported of Jesus’ birth, “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and …there was no place for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)

Jesus, the greatest man who ever walked this earth had only a few people rejoice over him at his birth.  God could have announced Jesus’ birth to every living person and made it the greatest celebration ever.  Jesus definitely deserved an elaborate celebration.  But His Father God chose a humble entrance for his son to convey a message of Love.

God’s Son was a gift to all mankind.

This world can be a scary and lonely place.  I knew this little guy was experiencing these emotions and so my buddy and I didn’t stay around long.

 While walking away from him I was wishing I could have comforted him.  Much like I’m wishing I could comfort you now, if you need comforted.  Do you find yourself scared and lonely?  The Hebrew writer says,  “A better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.” (Hebrews 7:19).    Jesus is this hope that was introduced and by which we can draw near to the Father.  Not many have the privilege of rejoicing over His birth even today.  But you can!

 

When We Can’t Find Easter

Easter is the most joyous Christian holy day…except when it’s not.  What do we do when our mood isn’t what we think it “should” be?  The kids are sugared up, we’re juggling family gatherings (and conflicts), everyday challenges remain, and festive hymns – however rousing – fail to lift our spirits.  We wonder, “What’s wrong with me, that I can’t seem to find Easter?”

Been there, done that.  And it’s okay.  You’re okay.  Jesus’ resurrection doesn’t scoop us out of our troubles, but the death-defying Christ walks through them beside us, on our own Emmaus road (Luke 24).  We aren’t alone.  When we can’t find Easter, Easter somehow finds us – if not on this designated Sunday, perhaps two days from now, or next week or mid-May.  Watch for it; keep your heart open.  Christ is risen indeed – and you shall be too.

                        Heidi Mann

 

Matthew’s Minute

 “What if you were to fill the bus?”

I was on the phone with my dad, talking about registering for CIY MOVE, the conference the high school youth group takes every summer. It was only October at the time, but once registration opens there are several events that fill up very quickly. Durango, Colorado is one of those places, as you can probably imagine. The problem was, being as the trip was a full eight months away, I had no idea how many students would be going. I only had six kids at the time that I knew for sure would be going, but I didn’t want to only save six spots. What if more kids start coming between now and then.

Dream a little bit, Matthew. How many kids could you take? Eight? Ten?

So, I called my dad. I tend to do that any time I’m dreaming big. Either he brings me back down to earth and reality OR he encourages me to just go for it and see what happens. Part of me really wanted for him to tell me to play it safe, not drop a deposit on kids I couldn’t confirm, and register my six kids. But that’s not what he did…

“How many kids COULD you take?”, he asked. Well, the bus can hold 15 people, including the driver. I’ll need another sponsor, and maybe a third, depending on how many kids there are. “So twelve?” Yeah, I guess we could technically take twelve kids and three sponsors. But I only have half that many kids right now!

“You want to dream big, right?” Well, yeah… “And you believe in this conference enough that you want as many kids as possible to experience it, right?” Of course! “Then what’s stopping you from registering twelve kids? You have the space.”

The thought of taking twelve students to Colorado both terrified and excited me to no end.  Adrenaline pumping, I confirmed the numbers on the online registration and clicked “Submit”.

Woah… I actually did it.

“Now what are you going to do?” “Pray like crazy for the next eight months that we actually take that many kids…”

“Exactly. You gotta trust God with this. This is not something you can do on your own. Let Him work.”

That was five months ago. We leave for CIY in three months and we’re not any closer to filling the bus than we were five months ago. I’d like to tell you that I’m not getting nervous. I’d also like to tell you that my prayers for the kids that I don’t know yet that will be taking this trip with us have been consistent the past few months. But I can’t, in good conscience, tell you either of those things.

What I can tell you is that God is still working. I may not be able to see it, but from the moment I clicked “Submit” and trusted Him with this He has been diligently working. I need to continue to trust that He will not let this step of obedience and trust come back void.

I can also tell you that we need your prayers. The kids and I have been praying most Sunday evenings during youth group, asking God to bring us students whose lives can be positively affected by this conference, just as ours have been.

Will you join us as we pray for the lives of students we may not have even met yet? We’re raising up Kingdom Workers, and they need encouraged every day to persevere and continue in confidence and hope.

-Matthew

 

 

Mission Minded

Time Zones

I travel frequently, and it usually takes me toward one coast or the other.  Depending on which way you go, hours are either added or lost. Which seems weird, as if time doesn’t really matter especially when the means by which we measure time can be adjusted to suit any little whim. For example, the clock in our bathroom is always set a few minutes fast to make sure that we are ready to go on TIME.  Which to me seems odd because if you know the clock is fast – wouldn’t your mind tell you that it is fast, and you still have a couple of more minutes to finish what you are doing?

Back to time zones though, I can live in two different time zones at once.  When I travel my phone is set to automatically change to the correct local time based on the cell tower, that way I don’t miss flights and I am on time to meetings.  I keep my watch set on our home time, not the one that is a few minutes fast, the one that is recognized by the local timekeepers.  I have to because it is important for me to know when I have to call home or to someone else in our time zone the call is at an appropriate time, not too early or not too late. 

So here is what I am thinking – we actually always live in at least two time zones; Ours and God’s. Then I also have to think what about His time and his timing. We all know that God does things in his time and that we don’t always get to understand what that timing is or why it happened so quickly or took so interminably long.  Our problem is that since we can change clocks, so we won’t be late, we seem to think we can change God’s time.  We need to know or come to an understanding that our time is not His time.  He created our time, He created the Sun to move from east to west, (actually the Sun stands still and our planet and the other seven rotate around it to give us the feeling of its rising and setting).  We can no more change the orbit of the earth around the Sun than we can control God’s time.

Just as the apostle Paul admits to the Romans, I do that which I should not, and I don’t do that which I should. When we do not do as God has planned for us, we are trying to change his time.  Can you imagine how much easier it would be for us to be obedient to God and follow his direction when we are asked and not try to run or hide.  (INSERT story of Jonah here).  How true are the words of Paul for us?  We constantly try to make our will the way we want.  I am no better than Paul and feel his hurt for the times I have not followed God the way I should have.  I regret those times and as he continues to give me time, I work harder and harder, not to be Saved but to do his will and be the one who leads others to HIS salvation through Jesus.   

We always live in two time zones, sometimes three or if your reality is really messed up, maybe more.  I always hope to see and strive to work in God’s time zone so that I can honor him with my life.  If you are struggling with God being in control of your time zone, seek out His will for your life, the church leadership is here to help you.  God Bless!

God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge — a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.

— 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 MESSAGE

 

 

April Birthdays

 4         Penny Osborn

 7         Judy Roberts

26        Bill Mansfield

27        Tina Coffey

 

 

 

TCCS 5K Run and   1 M Fun Run/Walk

If you are a runner or a walker, be sure to join the 5 K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk on April 28th at Pfister Park in Coffeyville.  The cost of the Run is $25 if registered by April 26th and $30 on the day of the race.  After the race there will be a drawing for an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8, plus many more great prizes.

Everyone who signs up before April 13th will receive a free t-shirt.  You can register for the 5K run on line at http://makinganimpact5k.itsyourrace.com or call the school office.  Race day registration begins at 7:30 am and the race will begin at 8:30 am.  There is no age restriction.

Sometimes the cost  of tuition for Christian education seems overwhelming.  That is why TCCS has the Tuition Assistance Fund.  The 5K run is dedicated to providing needed funds for tuition assistance and other TCCS needs.
 

Welcome!

Andrew and Kathryn Splechter went forward on Sunday, March 18, 2018 to place their membership.  We welcome them to the church family with open arms!

 

Don’t Forget…

Bring your M & M’s containers full of quarters back to the church by Sunday, April 8th!  Be sure to write your name on the sticker which is attached to the container.  There will be a drawing for a great prize after all the containers are returned!  Our teens are counting on these quarters to help them get to CIY MOVE this summer!!!

We would like to decorate the church building with Easter Lilies for Easter Sunday.  If you would like to help, please bring an Easter Lily to the church office during the week.  The office is open from 9 to noon, Monday through Friday.

 

A Temporary Ache

For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  Romans 8:22-23

Riley Jane is the eight-year-old daughter of one of my best friends.  She is unable to eat, walk, talk, sing, or play.  She has machines that help her breathe and a feeding tube.  But Riley Jane can smile.  Every time I see Riley, my first instinct is to feel sad.  I walk up to her limp body with all these tubes running to and from her small frame.

But as soon as I see her face, I smile because this little light with the most beautiful eyes you have ever seen, smiles at me.  (Now, I have to work a little for that smile!  But she smiles.)

One day we were out at the lake together and I asked Riley, “Isn’t it a beautiful day?  Look at the sun,” and she immediately looked up. 

For the first time, I saw the real Riley Jane in there, understanding everything we say.  A little eight-year-old girl in this broken mess of a body.  She gets it—she gets how screwed up it all is, and yet she still smiles and looks for the sun.  And my dear friend, Riley’s mom, she smiles…a lot.  She laughs and lives and smiles and loves.

I think they both know this is temporary.  This is just a problem for a little while.

Problems are everywhere.  People hurt us or leave us out.  Our kids act out.  Our job is demanding, or worse, boring.  Our marriage is not easy.  Or we ind out we’re sick with a cold or sometimes it’s cancer.

On even the best day, something still feels off inside.  It is like a subtle, dull ache that never completely goes away.  On bad days it is not subtle.  It throbs.  No one ever talks about it, but I think other people feel it.  I think we all do.

            Taken from STUCK, by Jennie Allen

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