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
June Calendar
1          JOY Group – 5:30 pm in Fellowship Hall

4         REFRESH – 9:00 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

4         Creativity In Action Meeting (CIA)  – 6 pm

4-9      Jr. High Camp at Hidden Haven

 7        NO BIBLE STUDY!

           Elders’ Meeting – 6 pm

11       REFRESH  – 9:00 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

11-15  Junior Camp at Hidden Haven

13       Cooks to Hidden Haven

14       Adult Bible Study & Potluck – 6 pm

15       JOY Group – 5:30 pm

17       Gracious Giving Ministries – 9 am

18       FATHER’S DAY

           REFRESH – 9:00 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

18-20  Get Acquainted Camp at Hidden Haven

21-22  Overnighter Camp at Hidden Haven

21       Adult Bible Study & Potluck – 6 pm

25       REFRESH – 9:00 TO 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

28       Adult Bible Study & Potluck – 6 pm


Summer Sermon Series – “Summer in the Psalms”

Mike and Matthew are asking each of us to read 14 Psalms each week this summer.  The sermons will come from one of the Psalms from each week’s reading.  For example:  The first week of June (June 1-4) read Psalms 1-14.  The sermon will be taken from one of these.  The next week (June 5-11) read through Psalms 14-28: the sermon on June 11th will be taken from one of these.  And so on throughout the summer.  What a great way to read through the Psalms and to be ready for what we’ll be studying on Sunday mornings!

Stock the Pantry

June 11th  is the last day to bring donations to stock the pantry at Hidden Haven Christian Camp.  There is a sign-up sheet at the back table for specific items and quantities to bring.  By donating these items, it helps to keep the cost as low as possible for our children to go to camp.  A box is in the main lobby for your contributions.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

Hidden Haven Camp Schedule

June  4- 9         Junior High

June 11-15       Junior 1

June 18-20       Get Acquainted

June 21-22       Overnighter

July  9- 14       Junior High 2

July 16-20       Junior 2

July 23-28       High School

If you haven’t registered your child/children for Hidden Haven Christian Camp, there is still time!  Please check the schedule listed above.  The church pays half of each camper’s registration fee one time per summer for children who attend Westside regularly.  In Order for this to go smoothly, Matthew must use the church card.  Please see Matthew with any questions you might have!


A Thank You Note

A big thank you to everyone who donated or bought things at the Youth Garage Sale.  (Also the the adults who helped at the sale!) The kids made $1,200.  PTL!  And they have met their fundraising goal of $3,000 for their CIY-MOVE trip in July!



 4         M.R. Hershey

            Kylie Osborn

13        Michelle Traxson

17        Austin Coffey

18        Lily Rutherford

23        Julie Traxson

26        Lois Hershey

27        Kathy Alford


June Anniversaries

 2         Ray & Ashley Rutherford

 5         Ron & Tina Coffey

12        Mark & Joan Barg

14        Bob & Tonya Kriebel


Please keep Scott and Vicki Smith, and family, and Chuck and Angie Atkinson in your prayers in the loss of Scott’s and Angie’s father, Kenny Smith on              May 26, 2017.

Mission Minded

By Sean K Rook

“The moon is much larger than it appears to be. This is worth remembering because next time you are looking at the moon you can say in a deep and mysterious voice, ‘The moon is much larger than it appears to be,’ and people will know that you are a wise person who has thought about this a lot.”  Douglas Adams

This quote is from one of my favorite authors whose sense of humor is much like mine or mine is much like his, only now he has passed away and will be given much more acclaim than usual.  The quote does sum up the way many people put knowledge to use.  That is to say they learn something not to actually do anything with it but to trot it out at appropriate or inappropriate moments to impress.   It would seem that we have all experienced it or maybe been the one who knew the useless or superfluous bit and could be thought a wise person.   I have also heard another quote that goes “Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” Abraham Lincoln or Mark Twain (both are credited with the statement.)  And more recently I found one by Will Rogers “Never miss an opportunity to shut up.”

It has become nearly everyone’s process lately to think that the world needs their opinion or cares what their opinion is.  There truly is only one opinion that matters and that is God’s.  It will be his standard by which all of our actions will be judged and the punishment will be incredibly harsh, any opinion or action that goes against God’s will result in the death penalty.  We need to listen and listen critically to what others are saying.  Many people who purport to be experts are really quite wrong when it comes to biblical teaching and interpreting God’s word.  If, however, we go on about the incredibly obvious statement that the “moon is actually larger than it appears” we shall lose credibility and any opportunity to lead to a real and lasting change or more correctly the chance to plant a seed.  

 As Will Rogers points out, it is often the words that are not spoken which will have the most value.  God’s word is full of the words of God, the Prophets, the Son, the Disciples as well as the actions of all of them.  I find that the words (unless coming from the Creator or his Son whether directly or spoken by one of their vessels) have to be backed up by the works as well.  As an example, the words of Paul have great value to us now and they were revered by the people of his time. Yet, if his actions did not back up what he spoke he would be little remembered.  He spent his life after that memorable interaction with Christ in Acts on the mission field and working through so much trouble including beatings, shipwrecks and imprisonments.  Without that true commitment who would really care?

 Our life is to be ‘on’ mission!  Not just talking; doing, serving, leading, and teaching by example. Sometimes that takes words. Just be sure your words are well chosen and learn when to be silent.






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