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
 
 
 

December Calendar

 3         REFRESH- 9- 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 -10:30 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 – Everyone is Invited! – 6 pm

 6         Bible Study and Pot Luck Dinner – Bring a dish & your Bible and join us at 6 pm

 7         JOY Group – 5:30 pm

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

            Ladies Christmas Party – 2 – 4 pm in Fellowship Hall

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

13        Bible Study and Pot Luck Dinner – Bring a dish & your Bible and join us at 6 pm

15        Mrs. Newby’s 4th-5th Grade TCCS Class Party for Seniors, 1 to 3 pm in Fellowship Hall

17        REFRESH – 9-9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30-10:30 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

20        Bible Study & Pot Luck – Bring a dish & your Bible and join us at 6 pm

21        JOY Group – 5:30 pm

24        REFRESH – Notice time change – 9:30 to 10:30 am

            NO ELECTIVE CLASSES/SUNDAY SCHOOL TODAY!

            CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PLAY DURING MORNING WORSHIP – 10:30 am

25        HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!

27        No Bible Study

31        REFRESH – 9:945 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

 

Mission Minded – The Path Before Us – December 2017

Looking for strength and a purpose in life is not easy. No one who ever suggested that was being truthful.  Yes, there have been those who seem to know their purpose from an early age and then follow it to the end.  What if they were wrong, though? What if the thing they thought they wanted most was nothing more than a vapor, a distraction, a falsehood being put upon them by the deceiver?

I have met people who are doing what they want to do in life and seem to be happy with that; I can’t help but wonder if they are truly following what the One has called them to, or if they are missing out on the greater picture.  Paul, when writing to his young apprentice Timothy, tells him to be true to what he knows. To be stalwart in the faith that was imparted to him by his grandmother and his mother. Timothy has had a crisis of faith – a glimpse of how hard a ministry can be. He began to look at what he was doing as something he had to do alone. Timothy was obviously being challenged by some of the older members of the church in Ephesus. Paul told him not to be discouraged by his youth.  Timothy’s spark for the truth was placed there at a young age and Paul had seen that when they first traveled on their missionary journeys. 

When strength seems to fail us in life, leadership or guidance, we need to look for what God has planned for us not what we want.  It is seldom about what we want anyway. And when we try to make it about our desires, we will be kept from understanding the Joy of this life and will miss the coming blessing of the Kingdom.

When I was young (10 years old), I wanted to be everything.  I could not figure out what I was supposed to be and it got so bad that I was making myself physically sick with worry.  This continued into high school, where it got worse.  I was good at math, chemistry, physics, and enjoyed photography, but none of these was leading me to what I could consider a clear path.  I went on to college and worked toward Pre-Med.  Well, let’s just say that was absolutely not where I was supposed to be. It seemed like nothing was ever going to work out, yet here I am now, 53 years old and about a month away from another birthday. God is still guiding me to where he wants me.  At least now I am able to let God do the directing.  So far, he has led me into roles where I can help others.  With the responsibility to take care of 21 children and to provide education and spiritual growth for more than a thousand people, it seems that the varied interests, the lack of direction and roadblocks were His plan all along.

At ICOM last week in Peoria, I witnessed one of the coolest, most heart-warming moments of the conference, and it was only seen by 3 people.  A young man of 7-years old stopped by our booth about 9:00pm, most of the booths were being closed down and loaded out. He was talking to Ferol Hettick, CARHA’s board President.  He asked Ferol if there was anything he could pray about; Ferol thought he meant for the mission.  After a few moments, he understood that the young man wanted to pray for him – personally.  It nearly broke Ferol, Jayne and I. I know that this young man was spirit led. When the Spirt leads, follow. 

We may come to follow or begin to understand later on in the journey, or maybe when we are young. My prayer for you is that you follow Him.  What is the direction you are led by the Spirit?  With the holidays, travel, year-end projects at work and at home, and family drama it can be difficult to find time to do anything spiritual.  For your sake, consider spending some time with Him this season.  Ask for direction. Ask for clarity. Ask for peace.

Then LISTEN.           By Sean Rook 

 

Ladies Christmas Party – Sunday December 10th – 2 to 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall

Ladies, please join us for a fun time of giving, maybe a game or two and some delicious Christmas treats!  In lieu of a gift exchange, each lady is invited to bring $10 worth of nonperishable food items for the baskets the Creativity in Action Team will put together for families in need this Christmas.  Each person is also asked to bring a plate of your favorite Christmas treat to share.  We always have a wonderful time and guests are always welcome!

 
Christmas Party for Seniors!

All Seniors are invited to a Fundraiser Christmas Party, hosted by Susan Newby’s 4th and 5th Grade Class at Tyro Community Christian School.  The event will be held December 15th from 1 to 3 pm in the Westside Fellowship Hall.  There will be cookies and hot chocolate.  We will play board games, and everyone gets an ornament to take home, made by a 4th or 5th grade student.  The kids are raising money to purchase Christmas gifts for an angel tree child, so a donation would be appreciated.

 

Help Make Christmas Special for Someone!

Please take a tag from the small Christmas tree over by the sound booth and buy the gift, wrap it and place the tag from the tree on the package, and return to the table by Sunday, December 17th!  If you take a tag for money, please give the money to Tonya Kriebel, Jayne Rook, or place in the offering plate with the tag, in an envelope (also by December 17th!  

 

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