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
 
 
 

October Calendar

 1         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

             Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

 4         Adult Bible Study and Potluck Supper – 6 pm

 5         JOY Group – 5:30 pm

 8         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

11        Adult Bible Study and Potluck Supper – 6 pm

15       PASTOR APPRECIATION SUNDAY

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

            Pastor Appreciation Luncheon – 12 noon

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm
18       CARHA SHOE BOXES DUE!

            Adult Bible Study and Potluck Supper – 6 pm

19        JOY Group – 5:30 pm

21        Gracious Giving Ministries – 9 am

22        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

25        Adult Bible Study and Potluck Supper – 6 pm

29        REFRESH – 9 TO 9:45 AM, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am
           
               FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL – 4:30 to 8 pm

 

 Adult Bible Study:  

Come join us as we get together weekly on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.  Come at 6 pm and share in a potluck supper before Bible study.  Each person brings a dish to share,  Hope to see you there!
 

A Moment with Mike…

1 John 3:1

I think this verse in 1 Samuel 16 is a sobering thought for most of us.  To know that nothing gets hidden from God’s sight.  Not a single thought from our minds passes over His knowing.  Not the smallest action in private, escapes his gaze.  For most of us, that is painfully embarrassing to think about.  

Maybe you are like me and catch yourself thinking, ‘how disappointing He must be of me’.  For He is holy and I so am not holy.   Therefore, maybe you need the reminder my daughter provides me.  To remember that The One who looks deep into my heart is a father who looks into my eyes first.   Yes, He might see the real me, but He loves me still.  And not with a love that just tolerates me.  But with a love that is so immense that He would do anything to show me how much He loves and values me.

 This beautiful daughter mentioned above doesn’t have the perfect earthly father, but she most definitely has the Perfect Heavenly Father who loves her.  And it isn’t difficult in the least bit, to know that love isn’t contingent on her behavior.  Because even this father has the ability to experience that purity of love.  

1 John 3:1 says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”  Jesus didn’t say,” I will love you if you obey me.”  Rather he said, If you love me, you will obey me”.   Because he loves me even though he knows me, I want to love him back.  How about you, dearly loved child of God?

 Ephesians 5:1–2  ‘Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children.  And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to    God.”   How blessed we are to be God’s child!!

 

Pastor Appreciation Day

On Sunday, October 15th, we will be showing our appreciation for our pastors, Mike and Matthew.  These men serve the Lord with all their hearts and give so much of themselves to the ministry at Westside!   For the luncheon following Morning Worship, the church will provide the meat, and families are asked to bring two side dishes or dessert.  Above all, please plan to be here that day!!!!  Let’s pack the place for the pastors!!!!

 

Fall Family Festival

The Fall Family Festival will be held Sunday, October 29th from 4:30 to 8 pm at Bill Wagner’s Farm east of Coffeyville again this year.  The Staff has been busy making plans for an even bigger and better celebration this year. 

This is an opportunity for the Westside Family to host friends and family, and hopefully some folks who don’t have a church home, to an evening of fall fun!  In order for that to happen, we need your participation!  A signup sheet is at the back table for many of the events that need a host/hostess– such as the different games, parking attendants, cleanup team, set up team, meal, decorations, etc.   Don’t miss this exciting evening!

 

Love & Respect

The marriage class will be starting the DVD Series, “Love & Respect” on Sunday, October 8th.  Come join us in the classroom down the hall from the auditorium, go right, and first door on the left is where we meet!  Even if you have a wonderful marriage, it’s a good thing to keep learning how to make it more wonderful!!!

 

Think About It…

Christians are like coals of a fire.  Together they glow – apart they grow cold.               Anonymous

 

Mission Minded

Accepting the “Unacceptables”

I was traveling recently which has been too much.  It seems like no one can stand me long enough for me to be in one place for more than a week. I know that is not true and when I mentioned it recently, I was told in no uncertain terms that that was NOT TRUE.  It made me feel good and yet it is also a challenge.   We all face those times when we feel that we are un-loved, unappreciated, unnecessary and that we may not count for much.  God most certainly does not feel that way about us. His Word tells us that we do matter. Why else would he willingly sacrifice His Son on our behalf otherwise?

Well, back to my story.  I happened to be in the Detroit Airport grabbing a coffee at one of the coffee shops.  While I was waiting to be served I watched as one of the employees, a young man in his 20’s, my guess, was trying to stock the cups, straws, and lids that are held in a rack next to the expresso machine.  Now this would not seem like a difficult task, except this person was obviously not able to judge how many lids would fit in the rack. He tried two or three times on each stack to add an enormous amount of lids.  Since the rack is at a slant the lids would fall off and he would try to catch them.  You have the picture.   What made this extraordinarily difficult to understand is that he was doing this while several other people were trying to make drinks and prepare food for an increasing long line of people.  They would have to work around him, and gently move him so they could reach what they needed.  

From my observation, he was challenged, yet in the several minutes I stood there, not one of the other employees berated him, made fun of him, nor did they in anyway treat him rudely.  I kept watching to see if they would ask him to stop until the rush was over; they didn’t.  

I wonder how often, and I really don’t want to know how often, I get frustrated with people who are slow to grasp a task, get the point or are just “in the way” while we are trying to get things done.  I am almost positive that I will have to answer for every time that I have had those feelings of frustration and anger, especially if I have not forgiven them for delaying me or making me have to work harder to get my tasks done.  

As we head out on our “where do we go from here?” journey we will be faced with all kinds of people, at all different stages of  their wandering on this spinning rock.  So how do we meet them? Maybe the best way to do it is by remembering a quote from CS. Lewis:

Don’t judge a man by where he is, because you don’t know how far he has come.”  

Here is the real kicker. If you look at them and think, wow what a mess they are; there will be others who are looking at you with the same thought.   The people working in that coffee shop deserve our admiration as they worked with the young man and made him one of them.
 
In Sympathy:
Our sympathy for John Haar, whose mother passed away on Saturday, September 16th.  Please keep John in your prayers.

Baptism

We welcome Brittany Ardis into the Family of God as she accepted the Lord and was baptized into the Lord on Sunday, September 17th.

October Birthdays

 6        Laura Volmer

14        Wade Kriebel

15        Fred Alford

21        Laurie Elrod

29        Ethan Logan
 

 October Anniversaries

 9         Scott & Vicki Smith

12        Dub & Anita Newton

 

CARHA Shoeboxes –     Due October 18th

Please have your shoeboxes at the church building no later than Wednesday,     October 18th.  If you’ve never participated in packing a shoebox, here’s what you will become a part of.  Many children in Haiti do not receive a Christmas gift.  CARHA (Christian Action and Relief for Haiti) has partnered with several churches from the Southern US and a few churches here in the Midwest to provide a gift and the love of Jesus to approximately 1500 children who attend our schools and/or churches in Haiti.

Here are a few ideas to pack a shoebox.  First, you must decide what gender and what age you wish to pack for.  Age groups are: 3-5 years, 6-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-16 years.  Then you can choose underwear and/or socks that might fit a child that size.  Please pack only summer clothing.  Haiti is a tropical island.  Shorts and t-shirts are great items to include.  Most importantly, are hygiene items such as toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, powder, and bar soap (in a baggie).  A hand towel or bandana is great because the children all take something with them to school to wipe perspiration during the hot days.  A baggie of hard candy is a special treat for any child.  School items such as pencils and pens, notebooks, solar calculators, crayons, erasers and pencil sharpeners. 

Other items suggested are small balls or a deflated soccer ball, flashlight with extra batteries, costume jewelry, hair bows/clips, comb/brush, picture book, small baby doll or jump rope.  No warlike items or liquids, please!  One of the most popular items to include is a small jar of peanut butter (in a baggie).  We also ask that you remove any packaging, if possible, as there is no place to dispose of trash.  If you wish, include a Christmas card with a short note and maybe even a picture of you/your family.  This is a wonderful keepsake for the child who will receive your box.  When all finished, please use duct tape to secure the top onto the box.  Remember each box costs $7 to ship.  Please include your shipping money on top of your box or give to Jayne or Sean.

There is a table set up in the auditorium with extra items for shoe boxes folks have brought in to share.  If you need to get started, feel free to look there first!  There is clothing, some school supplies, even empty boxes!  If you have any questions, see Jayne or Sean Rook.

Thank you to everyone who participates!  You make a huge difference in the life of a child.  He or she will see the love of Jesus first-hand.

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