Westside Christian Church



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).




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.”)


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
1  JOY Group – 2 pm

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

       Eric Spalding with Hidden Haven Christian Camp Visiting Today

      Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

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

 7   Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner at 6 pm

11  DAYLIGHT SAVINGS – Turn your clocks forward 1 hour

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

      Baby Shower for Katie Splechter – 2 to 4 pm in Fellowship Hall

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

14  Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner at 6 pm

15  JOY Group – 2 pm

17  Gracious Giving Ministry – 9 am

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

      Hymn Sing at Westside – 6 pm

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

20  Westside Diner – Come eat lunch with us!

21  Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner at 6 pm


      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 9 pm

28  Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner at 6 pm



Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 11th!  Be sure to set your clocks forward 1 hour when going to bed Saturday night, March 10th!
March Birthdays

 3             Courtney Rucker

                Sharon Triebel

 6             Natalie Rutherford

 7             Sharon Lindstrom

10           Kendall Payne

                Sheila Logan

19           Stephanie Hawes

21           Dala Osborn

23           Lee O’Connor

                Regina Warner

                Haylee Osborn

                Susan Newby


Happy Anniversary to:  Fred & Kathy Alford on March 27th!


Baby Shower!

Ladies!  You are invited to a Baby Shower for Katie Splechter on Sunday, March 11th from 2 to 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  It’s a boy!  And Katy and Andrew are registered at Amazon.com, Babies R Us, and Walmart, under Baby’s name, “Easton Splechter”.  Hope you can come!


Send a Card

We have several folks who are homebound or in the nursing home at this time.  A card would sure cheer them up and give you a way to minister!

Mary Martin, Asbury Village

Room 24

3800 Asbury Drive

Coffeyville, KS 67337


Randal & Flo Rector

1215 W. 5th

Coffeyville, KS 67337


Joyce Schmidt

Windsor on 8th

2904 W. 8th

Coffeyville, KS 67337


Regina Warner

3305 W. 2nd

Coffeyville, KS 67337


 A Moment with Mike

We are several weeks into our reading through the Old Testament Chronologically.  I have really been enjoying it.   That doesn’t mean I haven’t found it difficult to stay up on my reading.   There has been so many distractions and interruptions that have tried to get me to give up.  Normally I would have already given up on my daily readings.   This time is different for this one reason –  YOU!  I feel accountable to you.  I don’t want to let you down.

I forget how powerful accountability is until I put myself under someone else’s expectation.   When I know someone is counting on me, and I take that seriously, I try much harder than I would left to my own.

We had this discussion on my “Manly Men” retreat.  We did so much more on our trip physically and spiritually because we were there to push and inspire one another.  In fact, none of us would have even gone without the encouragement of each other.   We inspire more from each other than we do on our own.

Which brings me to my subject… The Church.   We are better when we realize we need others and others need us.  We were never intended to do it on our own. The people who benefit the most from church are those who are involved in each other’s lives.

Accountability comes when we commit to helping others become all they can be spiritually.  When we become concerned for the well-being of others we start watching our own behavior.  Why?  Because we don’t want to hurt the others walk with Jesus.

How concerned are you for others in the church?   

John 13:14–15 (NASB95)     

14 “If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 “For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.      

Philippians 3:17 (ESV)
17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.


Heavenly Vision

 Known as the “queen of gospel song writers,” Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) wrote more than 9,000 Christian hymns, including “Blessed Assurance” and “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”.  Blind from a young age, she developed a love for poetry and Scripture, memorizing about five chapters of the Bible each week.  Crosby was the first woman to speak in the U.S. Senate, lobbying to support education for the blind.  She also was an abolitionist who made friends with several presidents. 

A well-meaning pastor once told Crosby; “It is a great pity that the Master did not give you sight when He showered so many other gifts upon you.”  She responded that her blindness was a blessing she would not wish away.  “When I get to heaven,” Crosby said, “the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.”

If you enjoy singing the old Hymns, plan to attend the Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church on Sunday, March 4th at 6 pm and on March 18th at Westside Christian Church at 6 pm.


Mission Minded

Joshua 1:3  Everywhere you set your foot is yours

Joshua and his legacy was the theme for Preaching & Teaching.  “Be Strong”.  Those who braved the bad weather were challenged with the Word.

Preaching and Teaching always challenges me to be better at everything that has to do with my relationship and responsibilities in the service of Christ.  Now, while I am reminded of those things personally, it is important that the lessons are passed on to others.  So, to that end, I want to share some of what was given.

The church has a problem and it is growing.  It has to do with the need for instant gratification, lack of solid mentoring and too much concern over programs.  Many of the pastors of the largest growing churches feel the way to grow is to reach outside the church and focus on those outside the walls on a weekly basis.  One of the pastors shared that a church of over 30,000 has no internal programs.  Everything is focused on the outside.  Mark Moore stated that though they have 30,000 attending on a weekend, the mentality is that they are not a large church, but a small church with a big vision.  With eight campuses in the Phoenix area, they only reach 0.6% of the population.  The goal and focus is to reach a minimum of 2% of the local community.

This is radical thinking for churches.  We spend so much time worrying about keeping everybody in the church happy, we cannot reach someone new.  Please understand, I am not talking about reaching a single demographic; generation X, millennial, or homeless.  This is about reaching everyone.  This is solid biblical thinking, caring for and sharing.

This means we have to be bold, strong, courageous, worshipful, obedient; all those things that sound so easy, but take effort, serious effort on our part.  As we read through scripture, we can just look at the stories like we did when we were kids and enjoy the story.  The stories are meant to teach.  We can choose to just see the surface for the surface level or look deep into the message God has prepared.  With that depth we will finally and truly understand.

As we grow in Christ we have to go deeper, because as we go that extra distance we honor God and we fulfill the promise that he gave to Joshua – every place we set our feet God will give us.  We will reach those outside, who were just like us; outside, when we were bought at a cost and given the opportunity to one day be with the Father.





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.




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. 

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. 



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.

Board of Elders at Westside Christian Church:

M.R. Hershey:

Sean K. Rook:

Greg Traxson:


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

Church Phone:

 (620) 251-6770


Pastor – Mike Elrod

  • mike@westsidecc.kscoxmail.com

Ministry Coordinator – Jayne Rook

  • jayne@westsidecc.kscoxmail.com
Worship Minister / Youth Minister – Matthew Frech
  • mfrech93@gmail.com