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



May Calendar

 3         Adult Bible Study & Potluck – 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

 4         JOY Group –5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall


 6         Youth Garage Sale – at Church Garage – 8 am

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


            Creativity in Action Meeting – 6 pm

 10        Adult Bible Study & Potluck – 6 pm in Fellowship Hall


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

17        Adult Bible Study & Potluck – 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

18        JOY Group – 2 pm in Fellowship Hall

20        Gracious Giving Ministries – 9 am

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

22-25   Baseball Clinic for 1

24        Adult Bible Study & Potluck – 6 pm in Fellowship Hall

27        Carrie Elrod Weds Cole Traxson –  7 pm at Lois Hershey’s Pasture

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


31        Adult Bible Study & Potluck – 6 pm in Fellowship Hall


Congratulations to Courtney Rucker who will graduate from Labette County High School, Sunday, May 14, 2017.  The Westside Family is invited to join her graduation celebration Saturday, May 13, 2017  at  1 pm at 2017 CR 5300, Coffeyville.  Please RSVP: Jessica – 251-9417

Congratulations also to Kirsten Traxson who will graduate from Labette County High School, May 14, 2017.  The Westside Family is invited to join her graduation celebration Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 4 pm at the Traxson’s home, 311 S. Delaware, Edna, KS.

Congratulations to Wade Kriebel, also, who is graduating from Pittsburg State University on May 12 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Business Management and Business Marketing.

Matthew’s Moment

On April 21, the Youth loaded up the bus and headed for Ozark Christian College for an annual event called Deeper Life, a high school event that brings many youth groups from area churches together to dig deep into God’s Word.  The theme this year was “How do I know God’s Will?”  This is a question that any Christ-following high schooler, particularly those getting ready to graduate, has wrestled with on multiple occasions.


“Where should I go to college?”  “What should I study?”  “Who should I date?”  “Who should I marry?”

These are huge questions, and oftentimes these questions paralyze students into inactivity.  The purpose of this conference was to give some guidance on how to discern what it is that God wants in our lives.

Mike Ackerman, a professor at Ozark, had a simple yet powerful message that Saturday morning.  “You want to know God’s Will for your life?”  He holds up his Bible.  “It’s right here.”  We search so hard to “figure out” what God’s Will is for our lives that so often we forget that His Word has been given to us!  What is God’s ultimate Will for everyone?  To build the Kingdom!

He is more interested in the development of your character than He is about where exactly you will live or work, and He is more concerned about your passion for the gospel than He is specifically how

you fit into His story.

So instead of only seeking God’s Will in the huge decisions in life, His ultimate Will for every Christian, building Christian character and spreading the gospel, should be on the forefront of our minds on a daily basis, even in the mundane tasks that we do.  Because our character is not formed and matured in the big decisions as much as it’s formed every time we get out of bed and decide again that this day belongs to God.

This changes our perspective, particularly in prayer.  No longer are we begging God for an answer as to what He would have us do, instead we spend our days listening, looking for ways that He can use us to do His Will in the small things.  Because if we can listen in the small things, the big decisions are a whole lot clearer.


Westside High Schoolers are preparing to go to CIY’S MOVE this summer.  MOVE is more than a conference.  It is a 5-day, high school only event, designed to amplify Christ’s call on students’ lives to become Kingdom Workers.  MOVE is July 2-6 in Marion, Indiana.  Your teen won’t want to miss this inspiring week!  Also, please be praying for the teens as they go to MOVE this summer…it is LIFE CHANGING!

 Youth Garage Sale

The Teens Annual Garage Sale will be held May 6 beginning at 8 am, at the Church Garage.  Please help our teens raise the money they need for CIY, by stopping by the garage sale and purchasing a few items! 

Another way to help the teens raise money is to hire a teen to do some work for you!  They are ambitious and ready to go!  Give Matthew a call to set up a time and place!


Close to God

I can take my telescope and look millions and millions of miles into space. But I can lay it aside, go into my room, shut the door, get down on my knees in earnest prayer, and see more of heaven and get closer to God than I can assisted by all the telescopes and material agencies on earth. 

—Isaac Newton 

 “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads.  They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”  Isaiah 35:10



 3         Jeremiah Elrod

 5         Joyce Schmidt

 7         Cherie Thomas

11        Brock Thornberry

13        Tonya Kriebel

13        Maya Rutherford

20        Jerrie Bernal

21        Kevin Rucker

23        Thomas Osborn

25        Mike Elrod

Happy Anniversary

May 17            Thomas & Kylie Osborn

May 24            Mike & Laurie Elrod

May 31            M.R. & Christy Hershey


Summer Camps at Hidden Haven…

Here is a schedule of our summer church camps. 

June 4-9            Jr. Hi Camp (6th-8th Grades)

June 11-15   Junior Camp (4th-6th Grades)
June 18-20   Get Acquainted Camp (2nd-3rd Gr.)
June 21-22   Overnighter (K-1st Gr.)

July  9-14   Jr. High II  (6th-8th Grades)

July 16-20   Junior II (4th-6th Grades)
July 23-28   Senior High (9th-12th Gr.)

 The church pays ½ registration fee for Westside kids.  You can register online at www.hiddenhaven.org, or see Matthew!

 Westside’s Annual Baseball Clinic

Westside’s Annual Baseball Clinic will be held May 22-25, Monday through Thursday, at LeClere Park from 9 till 11:30 for 1st through 6th grades – boys and girls!  College baseball players will be on hand to help coach, along with Coach Ray Rutherford.  Kids need to bring their baseball mitts.  If you would like to help as an adult volunteer, please see Mike Elrod!  P.S.  IT’S FREE!

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Elrod

request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter

Carrie Ann Elrod


Coleton Lee Traxson

Son of Mr. & Mrs. Tim Traxson

The Twenty Seventh of May,Two Thousand Seventeen at 7:00 pm

in the pasture of Mrs. Lois Hershey, 3588 CR 1475, Coffeyville, KS

Please RSVP:


Registration at Walmart.com

If raining, location will be moved to

Westside Christian Church, Coffeyville.


 A Moment with Mike

 This month my one and only daughter is getting married.  My “big part” is to give her away.  I never really thought through those words, “Who is giving this woman to be married to this man?”, until this moment.  I have to say, I do not like those words at all.  I would rather it say, “Who is loaning this woman to this man until he proves himself trustworthy?” or “Who is sharing,” or maybe even “Who is losing their one and only girl to this man”?  But “giving”, is unsettling.  I know you wouldn’t agree, and I wouldn’t either with everyone else’s child.  Which is probably why these words are different this time.

Don’t worry, I promise not to make a scene.  I’ll do my duty with my head held high.  In no way do I want to give you the impression that Carrie has chosen poorly.  Cole appears in every way, the perfect mate for my daughter.  I’m just attempting to shine a little light on a father’s love for his child, so I can, in turn, move our attention to our Father’s love for His only begotten Son (Jesus) whom He gave away to His Bride (us).

No matter how you try to compare it, the giving of my daughter is by no means of the same magnitude as God giving away His Son.  I’m just saying it has increased my thoughts and appreciation of God, my Father.  I also am reminded, and want to share the reminder, that without God’s willingness to give away His Son we would not have been given the privilege to call Him, “Father”.

Until now I have taken for granted the phrase, “Who is giving this woman to be married to this man?”  It won’t happen again.  And these words continue to grow deeper in my appreciation as well, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”                      John 3:16  (ESV)

 Mission Minded

 It was a TV show about nothing.  Many of you remember the program Seinfeld and it is still available as re-runs. Seinfeld was a self-proclaimed show about nothing. It was full of memorable characters, Jerry himself, Elaine the sometimes girlfriend, George the never-do-well, Kramer who always entered a room uniquely and the arch enemy – Neumann.

I was thinking about the cast of characters who were all based on people who were real in Seinfeld’s life and I wonder if they really consider themselves nothing.  The show revolved around their day-to-day lives and subjects included on several occasions soup, salad and relationships.  If we were to think about our day to day lives and consider them nothing, we would be in a pretty miserable place, as the characters in the show often demonstrated.

If we feel that our lives would only amount to a show about nothing then we are missing the whole point of our existence in the first place:  That is a creation that is unique and brings joy to the One who created us.  Life takes us down many paths and some of them are shadowed in deep forests of despair, frustration and anger. Here’s the thing, it takes LIGHT to make shadows.  RIGHT!  If you are in the shadow, move around to the other side of what is creating the dark and you will find the light.

OK, I know that is easy to say, (though not for me to type). Getting to the other side of the darkness can take time and perseverance, without the latter we can seem to have a life of nothing.  There is help to get to the light, our Savior Christ has left the Spirit to guide us.  The Spirit is real and works with all the tools available.   Often the Spirit will guide us directly through prompting while praying, or at times when we are quiet and still.  As David said in Psalm 46:10 at the prompting he felt, “Be still and know that I am God.”  The Spirit may also use people in our circle to direct, coach, or mentor. 

If you are one of those who have been directed to help by the Spirt – do more than nothing.  The first thing you must do is be ready to listen.  Spoiler Alert – listening is much harder than helping.  The person who feels like nothing does not want to hear; “you can do it”, “you are tough”, etc. And they most likely do not really want you to do it for them.  They want to be heard and guided.  If we will listen, and I mean truly listen, we will hear the real reason and the way to help them out of the darkness.  We must be tuned into the Spirit as well.

I am not a psychologist, and I did not stay at a Holiday Inn last night.  I am a servant and sometimes find myself in the shadows stuck behind something blocking the light.  So, the struggle can be real, I understand.  I am, however, bent on making sure my life is never turned into a show about nothing.  The only way to make sure is to stay in the Light as much as possible and more often than not, lead others with the Spirit’s prompting to the Light side of the shadow.   By Sean Rook






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.
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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