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
 
 
JANUARY CALENDAR

 1         Happy New Year!

 3         Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner at 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

 4         JOY Group – 2 pm

 4-9      CARHA Mission Trip to Haiti

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

            SUPER START (4th-6th Graders) – 5 pm

            Jr. High & High School Youth Group – 6 pm

            Dearing Christian Church Hymn Sing – 6 pm

10        Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner at 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

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

            SUPER START (4th-6th Graders) – 5 pm

            Jr. High & High School Youth Group – 6 pm

17        Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner at 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

18        JOY Group – 2 pm

20        Graceful Giving Ministries – 9 am

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

            SUPER START (4th-6th Graders) – 5 pm

            Jr. High & High School Youth Group – 6 pm

            Westside Christian Church Hymn Sing – 6 pm

23        Westside Diner – 11:30 am to 1 pm in Fellowship Hall

24        Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner at 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

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

            SUPER START (4TH-6TH Graders) – 5 pm

            Jr. High & High School Youth Group – 6 pm

31        Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner at 6 pm in Fellowshiip Hall

 

 

New Year’s Eve Party – 6 to 10 pm TONIGHT! (December 31st)  Bring games and finger foods to the Fellowship Hall for a fun evening!

Come Dine with Us!

The Westside Diner will be open for lunch January 23rd at 11:30 am.  Anyone who has the date open is welcome to attend!  Please sign up at the back table, so the WCC Staff will know how many to prepare for!  The meal is free to everyone and the menu this time will be soup, sandwiches and dessert.  The Diner will be open every other month on the third Tuesday at 11:30. The WCC Staff is excited to provide these meals just to say “Thank You” and to spend some time in fellowship!
 

A Moment with Mike

Everything that we all have experienced to this date has an expiration date attached to it.   This is really a sad notion, unless it is related to “disappointment” or “pain” we don’t like, then we are glad those events do not last.   But everything that is good also comes to an end.  I was reminded of this frequently with “Family” time over Christmas.   (I put family in quotes because i have come to see family bigger than most.  Family to me includes my Church Family.)

At the church, the year begin by saying goodbye to Ruth Nipper.  Then in August we had to say goodbye to Mark.   Also, In a sad, yet mixed with joy, we wished Andy Peterman our best.  With my other family, this was the year my daughter moved out of our house and established her own home with her husband Cole.  Again, an end mixed with sadness and joy.

I could make a long list of such examples of events coming to an end.  The most recent was our annual trip to the nursing home in chanute the Elrod’s take on Christmas Eve.  There I meet some beautiful people who talked about a lifetime of conclusions, with one more finale yet to come.

Lily was 94, soon to be 95.   She was very sharp in the mind, she contributes it to play lots of crossword puzzles, which she had three such books with her at her supper table.

Then there was Ruth.  She was the wife of a Boiler Maker and lived on a small farm near Buffalo.  Also, she was an engineer for the B-25 bomber.  I couldn’t help but wish she had meet Neal Ruark for a conversation.  He would have enjoy talking with her.   Ruth couldn’t any longer set up straight in her chair or even raise her head erect but she was clear in her thinking.  You just had to really listen and watch her mouth to understand what she said.  Her fingers were twisted but she loved holding on to the hand of the one she was talking to.  Once in a while she would take her other hand and with the outside of her thumb she would straighten up her wig.   I won’t soon forget the delight that came over her face when I asked her if she had a relationship with Jesus, the Son of God.   Her face shined and with lots of power in her voice he exclaimed with an affirmative remark.

Lastly, there was Bob.   He hadn’t been to a doctor for the first 83 years.  Then one day he woke up to discover a tumor in his abdomen.  He learned he has Cancer throughout his body.

Life, as we know it now, has as many endings as it has beginnings.   But one day, that will all change.  Until then, we wait with anticipation and hope.  One of my favorite Christmas passages gets overlooked so often.  It is the story of Anna and Simeon.   Simeon was a righteous and devout man waiting for the consolation of Israel.  That means Simeon was looking for something to bring him comfort or relief from his distress.   He was looking for an end of misery and a beginning of something eternal.

Anna was a widow who was advanced in years.  Anna had been widowed for more than 60+ years.  She also, was waiting on something that would last besides loneliness.

Christmas to me, it being a part of something that promises an end to the “End’s”.  Jesus brings hope without an expiration date.   

1 Peter 1:3–4 (NIV84)   3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you,      

How amazing it that.   No matter what you are facing you still have something to look forward to.   Nursing homes can’t steal our joy and hope.  Neither does dead of a loved one or lack of finances and/or bad heath.  Rejoice!! Again, I say, Rejoice!!!

 

 JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

11   Christy Hershey   19   Sean Rook

12   Elaine Cowan       31   Kent Newby

Happy Anniversary on January 12th to Jerrie and Ralph Bernal

A Big Thank You!

Susan Newby’s 4th and 5th Graders at TCCS would like to thank everyone who came to the party in December.  The kids had a great time preparing for the party, and then welcoming and serving each one as they arrived.  The donations that were taken amounted to $435, and allowed the class to purchase Christmas gifts for a needy family with two little boys, ages 6 and 8.  The gifts were a huge Legos set, Batman blue jeans, hoodies, underwear, and hats, two board games, two lightsavers;a gift certificate for the Independence Cinema, popcorn, candy, and drinks; and a Braums Gift Card.  A special thank you to the Fraternal Order of Police for their donation of $100.

Matthew’s Minute

Trees have always fascinated me.

Besides being beautiful in every season (more on that later), trees provide oxygen, a place to hang a hammock or a tire swing, shade, a home or birds and squirrels, mark property lines, and a whole host of other things. When cut down they can be burned for warmth or fuel, turned into a paste and dried to make paper (for books!), or planed into boards for lumber to build homes, tables, chairs, bookshelves, desks, and, of course, pianos and guitars.

I’m not sure what draws me to have such an interest in trees (pretty much all of the artwork in my house has something to do with trees). Maybe it’s because of their immense strength. Or perhaps it is their incredible usefulness.

Maybe it’s because there are so many different varieties, each with particular distinctions, uses, and leaves. Hedge that burns hot, maples that make syrup, etc.

It may be the mystery in the story behind every tree. How did it come to be planted here and how long ago? What storm caused that branch to split?

Maybe it’s because by them we can track the seasons. Autumn, when the leaves change colors and dance in the wind down the street. Winter, when the leaves have gone away and the tree is left standing cold and bare, but creates stunning shadows and reflections in the water. Spring, when the leaves return and new life is born, marking the end of a cold, dark winter. Summer, when the trees are in full bloom and provide shade on hot days and are excellent for climbing.

Maybe it is because one of my favorite passages of Scripture is Psalm 1 where the Psalmist writes,

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields it fruit in season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

But perhaps, in addition to all of these things, I am drawn to trees because two thousand years ago a carpenter, who was the Savior of the world, carried one up a hill called Golgotha and was nailed to it, taking your sin and mine upon Himself, fulfilling the old covenant and tearing the veil that stood between God and man. Maybe it was this moment where the Son of God was suspended between heaven and earth, proclaiming His love and devotion for me, that I came to love Him and surrender my life back to Him because of what He did on a tree.

So now any time I look at His creation and marvel at the beauty of the trees I also see the beauty of salvation from His birth, to His death, to His resurrection and ascension to His rightful place on the throne. The very least that I can do to honor Him is to use his gift of trees to praise Him in song, build with the creativity He has given as Creator, and meet Him at His table to remember His gift of salvation.

 

Mission Minded

January 2018 – Not a bit foggy!

 Christmas is over, New Year’s Day is just a moment away, what have we done?  This is not going to be a resolution article; not even a keep up the Christmas spirit all year long article. As I start writing, not sure where it is going.  Yet isn’t that the way of our lives.  If I were to say, ‘according to the Bible’ that would sound like I don’t believe what is written there.  It is recorded in James 4:13-14,

 “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”

We are a mist, one that appears for little time and then vanishes. I love an early morning fog especially one that hangs on for bit then goes away slowly.  Maybe I like the fog because it makes things seem to slow down.  Nothing moves fast for safety reasons; even the birds go slower, (More air resistance?)  Anyway, something else happens in the fog or the mist – sound is stilled, with all the moisture in the air sound waves are not as free to move about.  You can hear yourself better, your breathing and maybe even your own heartbeat.  Yet there is that other sound in the mist, the voice of God.  If you shut up your own thoughts for just a minute you may hear something amazing.  It is a sound a quite whisper, maybe like that very light breeze that moves in the fog but is not strong enough to move it off but just enough to make you strain your hearing.

Something else happens in the fog, I feel more alone. Not lonely, but that time when I can be who I am, I don’t have to be what the world wants, I can feel what God wants and I feel more what I am supposed to be.  

I remember several times being on the beach when a fog has rolled in, you cannot see anything up or down the sand, but you can feel the presence of the ocean.  The sound of the waves is still there; muted yet a strength that is undaunted. The damp sand under my feet doesn’t even squeak the way it does when it is dry.  There could be someone standing just a few yards away and you would never know they were there.  There is always somebody there though, whether you chose to recognize the existence or not. If we really want to be unnerved there are lots somebodies with us, then and always.  In that fog though I get to… Not sure what; there is something that draws me to those memories.  I very seldom really get to enjoy a foggy morning anymore, I am rushing off to work and have to dodge traffic or the deer who has decided to go for a wander.

I know that I have wandered from the meaning of the verse I quoted, but live a while in my head and it would make sense or at least that is what happens routinely.  Our lives have that mist in them. And like that mist when it begins to move off or is cleared due to the heating of the sun we can see what is expected.  The fog and mists of our lives is burned off by the warming, correcting, direction of the Son.   

Now the next verse; 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”  What did He speak to you in the mist – what is His will, did you hear it, did you miss it or worse, did you decide to ignore it?        By Sean Rook

 

Looking Back…

Wasn’t the Children’s Christmas Program great?  Much applause for Matthew Frech for writing the play, and to Courtney Rucker for directing it.  Also to the women who prepared the costumes and helped guide the children throughout the program.     It was awesome!

Thank you also to everyone who brought canned goods and non-perishable items for the Christmas food baskets.   We had enough to fill four baskets generously!  God bless each of you!

 

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