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 2018 Calendar
2         REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am
Elective Classes –  9:30 am
Morning Worship – 10:30 am
Teens Meet at 6 pm
Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian – 6 pm
 
5         Super Start – 5:30 pm Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm
 
6         JOY Group – 5 pm
 
9         REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am
Elective Classes – 9:30 am
Morning Worship – 10:30 am
Teens Meet – 6 pm
 
12      Super Start – 5:30 pm
Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm
 
15       Graceful Giving Ministries – 9 am
 
16       Gifts to be returned to Christmas Tree in Auditorium Today!
 
REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am,
Elective Classes – 9:30 am
Morning Worship – 10:30 am
Teens Meet – 6 pm
Hymn Sing at Ford Wulf Bruns Funeral Home – 6 pm
 
17       Creativity in Action Meet at 1 pm
 
19       Super Start – 5:30 pm
Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm
 
20       JOY Group – 5 pm
 
23       REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am,
Electives – 9:30 am,
Morning Worship – Children’s Christmas Program – 10:30 am
Teens Meet – 6 pm
 
25       HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!
 
26       No Super Start or Bible Studies Tonight!
30       REFRESH–9 to 9:45 am,
Electives – 9:30 am,
Morning Worship–10:30 am
Teens Meet at 6 pm
31       HAPPY NEW YEAR!  
 
Remember our ladies in Windsor Place on 8th & at Asbury Village:
Joyce Schmidt, Windsor on 8th – Room 2, 2904 W. 8th, Coffeyville, KS 67337 Mary Martin, Asbury Village – Room 24, 3800 Asbury Dr., Coffeyville, KS 67337  
 
2018 Christmas Project If you wish to participate, take a tag or tags from the small Christmas tree near the Sound Booth in the Auditorium.  Purchase the gift on the tag, and return the gift to the table, wrapped, with the TAG ATTACHED, no later than Sunday, December 16th.  If you choose a tag with a money gift, please make a note in the memo of your check and place the check and the tag in an envelope in the offering plate.  Or if you wish to give cash, give to Tonya Kriebel or Jayne Rook. For more information, please contact Tonya Kriebel – 620-251-0622.  The Christmas Project is sponsored by The Creativity in Action Team.  
 
Ladies!  You are invited to a Christmas Party on Sunday, December 9th at 2 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is encouraged to bring $10 worth of non-perishable items to fill food baskets for a few of our church families who could use a little extra during the holidays. Also, please bring a plate of your favorite Christmas treats to share.  It will be a great time of food, fun and fellowship!  And, if you’re new to Westside, this will be a great time to get acquainted!   Friends are invited also!  
 
Something New This Year!  A table is set up in the Auditorium where you can leave Christmas Cards for our church family.   The table has the alphabet from A to Z, and you can place your cards under the letter which begins with your recipient’s last name.   Be sure to check the table to see if someone has placed a card there with your name on it also!  This will be fun, but also save you from buying stamps!  
 
Our Children’s Christmas Program will be held Sunday, December 23rd, during Morning Worship!  Come worship with us and share the joy and excitement as the children give us their version of the real meaning of Christmas!  
 
A Moment with Mike Recently I was feeding two cows that belong to my neighbors, while they were gone.  Normally the two cows look forward to the bucket of feed coming their way.  But these guys have been eating two buckets a day in hopes they would put on as much weight as possible before the trip to the butcher.  The two boys seem to have lost all enthusiasm for meal time.   I really had a difficult time getting them to the troths.  And when they came they just came slow and steady with a side to side wobble about them.    I texted my neighbors, “That is the way I feel after all the thanksgiving meals”.  As I write this article, I’m two thanksgiving meals in and one more to go.  And yes, I’m beginning to lose a little of my enthusiasm. Thanksgiving is about family and taking time to recognize our blessings.   Which is always a great thing for us to do. Wow, it is easy to lose count because there are so many blessings.  Blessings as numerous as every bite of food I have placed in my mouth this season.   But while taking the time to count blessings it is easy realize how many blessings we take for granted! What is thanksgiving?  I recently listened to a podcast with my Manly Men’s group and a very educated man who has been studying Thanksgiving for 20+ years said it is our response to blessings that come our way without anything we have done to create or earn them.  We can only receive them.   If you saw a sunrise or moon rise lately and received a blessing from it, then you have a glimpse of this.  You didn’t do anything, but only received something from it.  Life is a blessing and we should be thankful for it.  This country you live in is a blessing.  Even if you are a military man or woman you still know you didn’t single handedly earn this blessing.   Jesus and His Grace is a big one. We didn’t do anything, and sure didn’t create it.   The only thing we can do is receive it in a way that shows appreciation to the one who did give it.  Let us learn to be people characterized by thanksgiving.    Happy Thanksgiving.  
 
December 16th Hymn Sing The Hymn Sing will be held at Ford Wulf Bruns Funeral Home Remembrance Service at 6 pm that night, instead of at Westside.  We will be singing Christmas Carols and hope you will join us!  
 
December  Birthdays     &     Anniversaries
11   Gene Hamlin                                                    3    Keith & Penny Osborn
13   Andrew Elrod                                                    19   Lynn & Judy Singer
24   Devin Volmer                                                    26   Kent & Susan Newby
                                                                                      27   Charles & Bonnie Smith
                                                                                      31   Don & Sharon Sample  
 
Mission Minded – The Plans of Man When life closes a door just open it, that is how doors work. As a metaphor a door closing is just not that great for some practical thinkers.  What about ______?  I don’t know what really works, most of the time an example works well as long as no one thinks about it too hard. This year has been frustrating for us at the mission for a couple of reasons; the July trip was cancelled due to rioting in Haiti, the Haitian government required that we get the boy’s dorm built as soon as possible.  Yet there were blessings that none of us saw coming.  One group donated a building and the labor to build it for a new clinic, monies for a new diesel generator were made available, and when things got tight a huge $5,000 gift came in for the boy’s dorm. On a personal note, I found out in July that by the end of 2018, I would no longer be working for the same company I had for the last 21 years.  The date for the separation is close at hand. Depending on when this is published, I may have already started my own company.   Now, God is giving me an opportunity to work when I want, to be able to focus on things that He wants more consistently and hopefully the freedom to get to Haiti more often to support our family there.  A couple of years ago a coworker and I were talking about some frustrations with the company and maybe moving on; when he commented that it seemed like the company had really nice gold handcuffs.  How true – no matter how frustrating things got it seemed like the good salary and the years of service made it harder and harder to leave.  So far things have gone very smooth and God is showing us what He wants.  Our prayer since we found out has only been that God be clear showing us what he wants. I don’t want this to be about me, it has to be and IS about God.  As we were at ICOM last week one of the presenters used Acts 16:25-40 to explain how to see God’s plan and what our reactions should be. In that passage Paul and Silas are in prison for casting out a demon and costing some slavers money. So to paraphrase his message we must first look beyond our circumstances; Paul and Silas were in prison, singing hymns and psalms.  Secondly, we must believe beyond our own strength; they prayed. Third we have to look beyond our safety zone; they stayed when the doors opened and could have left and been safe. They stayed and led the jailer and others to salvation in Jesus.  And lastly look beyond our own plans; Paul and Silas certainly did not plan to spend time in prison, yet they were stalwart servants of God and would do as directed by him. When the plan seems clear and the challenges come, look to God: pray and sing, use his strength not your own, make sure you are on the right plan.  Many times, Paul wanted to do something and was kept from it for reasons that were not clear at the time.  We have the advantage to see what played out for Paul and how he was able to spread the gospel then and now. Will you commit to praying and singing for all those in the mission field?  For the path to be clear and the will of God to be done within all their efforts. …..Sean Rook

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