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

March Calendar

 3         REFRESH, 9-9:45 am
Electives, Prayer, Fellowship, 9:30-10:30 am
 
Worship, 10:30 am
 Teens Meet – 6 pm

            Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

 6         Super Start for 1st through 6th grades

            Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

 7         JOY Group  – 5 pm

10        DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME RETURNS

REFRESH, 9-9:45 am, Electives, Prayer, Fellowship, 9:30-10:30 am, Worship, 10:30 am

                        Guest Speaker, Ed Sanow from IDES in Morning Worship at 10:30 am

            Teens Meet – 6 pm

11-15   SPRING BREAK

13        No Super Start or Adult Bible Studies Meeting Tonight

16        Graceful Giving Ministries – 9 am

17        REFRESH, 9-9:45 am, Electives, Prayer, Fellowship, 9:30-10:30 am, Worship, 10:30 am

            Teens Meet – 6 pm

            Hymn Sing at Westside Christian Church – 6 pm

20        Super Startfor kids 1st through 6th grades – 5:30 pm

            Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

21        JOY Group – 5 pm

24        REFRESH, 9-9:45 am, Electives, Prayer, Fellowship, 9:30-10:30 am, Worship, 10:30 am

            Teens Meet – 6 pm

            Creativity In Action Committee Meets at 6 pm

27        Super Start for kids 1st through 6th grades – 5:30 pm

            Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

31        REFRESH, 9-9:45 am, Electives, Prayer, Fellowship, 9:30-10:30 am, Worship, 10:30 am

 

Mission Minded
by Sean Rook

Bondyé in creole means Good God. And God is good but for the early Haitians the slaves brought in by the French, God was not good. He was only good if you were not a slave. He did not provide for you; the masters did. After hundreds of years the world mission is still trying to overcome the history. As I grew up in Kansas City, my dad was responsible for jewelry stores. One of the stores was located on the Plaza. On the next block over there was another jewelry store that had been in business just about as long as the one where dad worked. The owner of the other store drove a 450SEL Mercedes Benz. My dad thought that was what success looked like. I remember him saying one day when I am successful, I will have one of those. He never did. In life and in our mission, we have to be very careful of what we use to measure success. The French were very adept at introducing the slaves to God. It was just not the God of heaven, the one who would send his very Son to cross the barrier of death to save them from hell. Our business success has to be much more than owning the next great thing or having more clients than the next or being a fortune 500 company. Now I say that being a small, very small, business owner who is looking up at those from a very grounded perspective. One danger would be to think that success is to have no failures. John Maxwell says that unless you are failing regularly you are not growing, you are not challenging yourself. Think about a kid trying to ride a bike. If the first time they fell off they decided that made them a failure and never rode again, then yes, they failed because they gave up. If, however they got back on and endured the numerous times when they fell and continued to get up and keep going they succeeded at riding a bike. Now, if they failed that first time and said I am a failure because I cannot ride like the best in the world, they have defeated themselves and may be setting a pattern in life. The measurement of success is not in not failing, not in having the car, it is not succeeding at someone else’s expense. The measurement of success is …. I have no idea. Success is measured by something that each one of us has to deal with internally. I can give you some great examples of what success looks like for followers of Christ. Biblical examples: Paul – I have fought the good fight, I have run the race to give the victors crown to the One on the Throne. Find others to pour into and bring them up in understanding. Peter – Hang tough together, do not be a loner, find strength and encouragement in each other. Stephen – Go down swinging for God, regardless of the pain. Timothy – Stand, when everyone else thinks you cannot because of your age (old or young). Job – Listen to God not your ‘friends’ they may not have a clear vision. Christ – when all looks the worst it can be, FORGIVE! In Christ you will rise again, not only successful but victorious. The real measure of success is to succeed at what is important; Pointing people to Christ.   IDES  Representative to Speak March 10th Ed Sanow, Director of Training, from IDES (International Disaster Emergency Services0 will be the guest speaker on Sunday, March 10th during morning worship at Westside.  Westside has been a supporter of IDES for nearly 20 years, and the last time we had a personal visit from an IDES Representative was in 2006. IDES has been busy with evangelism-motivated disaster relief in the US and 120 different countries. We look forward to hearing the update that Ed will give our members on March 10th.  If you would like more information on IDES, please go to www.ides.org.   YOUTH NEWS Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the youth for the Valentine’s Banquet! The youth are doing the M & M Containers fundraiser again this year so start searching through your couches and pants pockets for quarters.  The youth will start passing out M & M Containers this month for you to fill and bring back to help fund our annual trip to CIY.       SPRING FORWARD! Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night, March 9th before going to bed.  Daylight Savings begins on Sunday, March 10th, and we hope everyone will be on time for REFRESH at 9 am!   JOY Group is “Just Older Youth”!  This group has a lot of fun eating, fellowshipping and playing games.  They meet the first and third Thursday evenings of each month at 5 pm in the fellowship hall.  If you are 65 or older, or anyone who just wants to get together with other Christian adults and have some great fellowship, you are invited!

 
MARCH BIRTHDAYS

3         Courtney Rucker                     21        Dala Osborn Sharon Triebel                         23        Lee O’Connor 6         Natalie Rutherford                              Regina Warner 7         Sharon Lindstrom                               Haylee Osborn 10        Kendall Payne                                     Susan Newby Sheila Logan 19        Stephanie Hawes Jon Howard     Happy Anniversary to Fred & Kathy Alford on March 27th!     Ladies Bible Study The ladies Bible study which meets in the Prayer Room on Wednesday nights is beginning a new study by Chonda Pierce called “Laughing in the Dark – A Bible study on the Book of Job.”  Chonda looks at Job through the lens of a woman.  She parallels her life and many women’s experiences to Job’s struggles and enduring faith.  Her take on struggles, loss, friends, relatives and the nature of God is filled with truth and humor.  Join us on Wednesday night, March 20th in the Prayer Room at 6:30 pm.  If you would like to be part of the Potluck Dinner in the Fellowship Hall, bring a main dish, salad or dessert and come at 6 pm.     Valleys & Mountains Playing Catch with My Emotions I have always been intrigued by the stock market, especially the trading side of it, which is much different than the investing side.  But I have never understood how it works.  Recently I made it a personal goal to unlock some of the mystery.   Not that I have money to invest, but I found an app that doesn’t charge fees and lets you invest as little as you want.  So I put in $100 and began my quest for understanding.     It can be quite scary and full of roller coaster emotions (yes, even with just $100). I’m sitting here thinking about how life is so much like that.   One moment I feel like a decent preacher of God’s word and the next I question my ability. One moment I feel like life is great and then the next I’m questing every direction and decision.  And this is in every area of my life.  Being a parent, a friend, a husband – you name it I can describe my roller coaster emotions around it.  I’m confident and then I’m discouraged.  Am I all alone in this or can you relate a bit?   And no, I am not bipolar or depressed or pessimistic by nature – perhaps a little pathetic 🙂 .   I’m just saying, Valleys and Mountains seem to be playing catch with my emotions. One thing I have learned about trading stocks is that you want to put your money on an uptrending pattern and not a descending pattern.   Because the ups and downs are just part of every stock, but if you are invested in an uptrending stock then you will at least be going higher at the end of the day (week or month), even though it is slow because of the valleys and mountains along the way. Life isn’t much different.  I know Jesus is the greatest investment ever to come.  Even a zillion times better than Amazon.   Jesus will always be an uptrending pattern.  All other stocks will eventually fail, but Jesus, and only Jesus, will get you to the Kingdom. The trick to trading stocks, they say (that is the 10% who actually make money trading stocks) is to not get emotionally caught up.  You can’t let your heart make the decisions.  If you let your emotions play a part, you will ultimately panic.  And panic causes you to bail out of your position too soon or you make stupid decisions to get into the wrong stocks.   That sounds like another great parallel to life doesn’t it? There is always going to be valleys and mountains, but let me leave you with some insider trading tip.   Trust in Jesus and stop worrying so much.  Put ALL of your life on Jesus. Buy, buy, buy into Jesus.  And never sale. No Matter how tempting or worried your heart becomes.   Jesus will pull you up out of the valleys and He will always give you new highs.  There is nothing but green days ahead for followers of Jesus. This illustration, may cost me $100 dollars or it might pay back some dividends.  But One thing is for sure, Jesus is a winner.  And everyone who doesn’t sell everything they have and put it on Him will miss out big time. Love you guys, MIKE

 

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