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

August Calendar

 2         Adult Bible Study – 6 pm – Bring a covered dish to share

 3         JOY Group – 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall

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

            Creativity in Action Meeting – 6 pm

 9         Adult Bible Study – 6 pm – Bring a covered dish to share

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

            Back to School Recognition during Morning Worship

16        Adult Bible Study – 6 pm – Bring a covered dish to share

17        JOY Group – 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall

19        Gracious Giving Ministries – 9 am

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

23        Adult Bible Study – 6 pm – Bring a covered dish to share

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

30        Adult Bible Study – 6 pm – Bring a covered dish to share


 You are invited to breakfast every Sunday morning at Westside Christian Church!  We have some fabulous cooks, who get up very early and create some delicious food.    The variety is wonderful – from pancakes to breakfast sandwiches!  If you haven’t tried it yet, be sure to come this Sunday at 9 am and see for yourself what a great thing this is!

Mission Minded

Sean K. Rook

The light from the small fire was dying out, the heat was still radiating. Yet what really captured my thoughts is that smell of the moist air combining with the smoke.  You know the smell I mean it is sweet and damp and smoky all at once. It reminds me of summers as a kid, camping with family and friends.  Those times when the world was far away and we could forget the worry of what day it was or what was going on in the world.  I long for those times again and again.

I have often imagined the times that Christ was traveling from place to place with his 12 closest friends and the whole host of others that began following him on a routine basis.  I have this vision that they did not always have a house to stay in, but built a fire and slept outside under the clear sky that the Father had called into existence. They sat and talked late into the night as the fire died down and the cooling air brought that familiar aroma.

We have been looking at the Psalms and how they tell of Worship, Quiet, Peace and Strength.  There is a worshipful time for me anywhere when I am outdoors and see what God has created and I can for a while forget the stress and frustration of the world.  As I started this article and got stuck, I put the computer away and then went out into the night to patrol the yard.  I looked up to see the stars that are still visible and have been since God placed them there.  It quickly brought me back to how amazing the creation was and is.  

There was a time when the Son and his disciples were having a discussion about who would be the greatest of them. Jesus quickly told them that it was not important as to who among them would be the greatest, they were to work together and spread the kingdom to all the lands of the earth.  How I want for people to quit being so anti everything and truly look to what God’s plan is, for in the end all our plans will be dust and forgotten.  All those plans except the ones that lined up with God’s.

Please, as this year of 2017 is more than half-over, look to how you can be reminded of God’s plan.  Put the “we are better” stuff away and seek a truer spirit of worship, giving and loving to all those in need and especially to those who need to see Christ in us.

It is more important for others to see Christ in us than in our always being right; or putting down those who are trying but failing, helping those who are failing succeed.  Remember it is not about you or me, it is about Christ and through him the Father.  

I hope you all may find that peaceful place that you are drawn to, and whatever the conduit is that takes you there be it, a smoldering fire, the rose in the garden, the giggle of a baby or the sound of cicada’s: God loves you and is hoping that you are seeking him and leading others to the same destination – our home in Heaven.


Promotion Sunday

Promotion Sunday for SOS, Kid’s Zone, will be September 3rd.  Congratulations to all the kids who are moving up!



A Trip Planned

Mike is planning to take the Seniors Group to Pawhuska to the Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile on Monday, September 18th.  The plan is to leave the church at 1 pm to avoid the lines.  We’ll plan on having a late lunch, then shop the Mercantile.  If time permits, we may see what other shops in downtown Pawhuska are open.  Be watching the back table for a sign-up sheet!


Youth to CIY

On July 1, eight students and two adult sponsors left for Marion, Indiana for a week of CIY Move, a conference for high school students that is designed to amplify Christ’s call on student’s lives to become Kingdom workers.  During this week-long conference students heard stories from the life of the Apostle Peter, and how he responded when he came face-to-face with Jesus.  Just like Peter, there are many “And Then” moments in our lives.

Peter walked on water with Jesus, but because of his lack of faith he began to sink.  When Jesus saved him from the storm and he got them back on the boat, Peter’s response, his “And Then” moment was to worship Jesus, recognizing He truly was the Son of God.  Hardship comes in our lives too. “What is the turning point in the story?”  “How did you respond to this hardship?”  These were questions that we discussed throughout the week.

Every day included times for small group discussion and activities.  These were very bonding times for our group, from asking and answering tough questions to hopping around campus in coffee bean sacks like a bunch of kangaroos and bellowing like whales.  Our group became very close-knit, opening up to each other about struggles and fears, but also laughing to the point of tears on numerous occasions.

There are countless stories that I could write to tell you how incredible this week was for our students, but it would make the newsletter about ten pages long, and I don’t think Georgia wants to print and fold that many pages.  I would challenge you though, if you are interested in hearing more about the week, ask one of the students to tell you!  They may be hesitant at first, but I don’t know a single one of them what wouldn’t tell you at least one part of the week that was either a fear overcome, an embarrassing moment, or a teaching that really impacted how they saw God or His Word.

Thank you for your support that made it possible for us to take this trip.  We love our church family!         Matthew



Please Remember Our Shut-In’s

Pray for them and encourage them with a card, a note or a visit!

Mark and Joan Barg

2501 Edgevale

Coffeyville, KS 67337


Joyce Schmidt

Windsor Place Assisted Living

2904 W. 8th Street

Coffeyville, KS 67337


With Sympathy

Our prayers go out to Ashley Rutherford and family, and Lindsay Hershey and family, in the loss of their mother, Sue Apelhans who passed away on July 23, 2017.


August Birthdays
1  Joni Toney
2  Carrie Traxson
3  Lacey Kriebel /  Greg Traxson

 6         John Rucker

 9         Ashley Rutherford

10        Jerald Medsker

11        Georgia Medsker

14        Keith Osborn

15        Reola Mansfield

20        Kiera Rook

25        Donnie Splechter

29        Micah Elrod

31        Joan Barg



August Anniversaries
1  Kevin & Jessica Rucker

15        Greg & Julie Traxson


Christmas in August

Yes, it’s really time to start thinking about Christmas for the kids in Haiti.  Time to start stocking up on items to fill a shoebox so that we will be able to bless each child with a Christmas gift – the first for many of the children. 

Walmart has “back to school” items on sale now, and it’s a good time to pick some up.  Also, pre-wrapped snacks (no chocolate, please!), little dolls for girls and cars for boys, summer tee shirts (all sizes), ribbons, hair clips, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.  Use your imagination and pack it all in a shoebox – a plastic shoebox is best.  Tape it shut and put an envelope on top with $7 enclosed for postage.   It is also very nice if you enclose in the box a personal note.  There will be a place set up soon where you can leave your packed shoeboxes!  What a blessing this will be to the children in Haiti, but it will also bless your heart!  P.S.  Shoeboxes need to be here by October 25th!

Away to College

We are still needing pre-wrapped snacks, such as chips, peanuts, popcorn, twinkies, tv mix, hard candies, anything you think a college student who is away from home would enjoy.  Might even make them less homesick to know people back home care!  This is for first time away from home college students!  We need these snacks by Sunday, August 6th.  Please leave in Jayne’s office!


Back to School Blessing

Dear Heavenly Father:

 For all the children returning to school, send your Holy Spirit as their guide and protector.  Keep them from danger and unnecessary harm.  Put our sons and daughters in the right place, at the right time, to receive your grace.

Let them learn and grow strong.  May the presence of your Spirit fill their hearts.  Help us to mature as parents and caregivers.  Bless every family, Oh Lord.

We entrust our children to you, Dear God, since from the beginning they are yours to keep.

In the Name of the greatest Son of All,

Jesus Christ.







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