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
October Calendar
3         SUPERSTART – Ages 1st-6th Grades – 5:30 to 6:30 pm Potluck Dinner – 6 pm, Adult Bible Studies – 6:30 pm
4         JOY Group – 5:30 pm
7         REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm
10        SUPERSTART  – Ages 1st-6th Grades – 5:30 to 6:30 pm Potluck Dinner – 6 pm, Adult Bible Studies – 6:30 pm
12-13   Ladies Retreat at Hidden Haven Christian Camp
14        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am
17        SUPERSTART – Ages 1st-6th Grades – 5:30 to 6:30 pm Potluck Dinner – 6 pm, Adult Bible Studies – 6:30 pm
18        JOY Group – 5:30 pm
20        Graceful Giving Ministry – 9 am
21        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am PASTOR APPRECIATION LUNCHEON – Following Morning Worship Hymn Sing at Westside Christian Church – 6 pm
24        SUPERSTART & Adult Bible Study Groups Hot Dog Roast at Elrod’s at 6 pm
28        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL – 4:30 to 8 pm at Bill Wagner’s Farm
31        SUPERSTART – Ages 1st-6th Grades – 5:30 to 6:30 pm
            Potluck Dinner – 6 pm,  Adult Bible Studies – 6:30 pm
Ladies!  You are invited to a special retreat just for you on October 12 -13 at Hidden Haven Christian Camp.  “Finding Peace in All Seasons” is the theme, and the speaker is Lora Jones.  Cost is $30 for both days, or $15 for 1 day.  An optional shirt is available for $15.  Register online at www.hiddenhaven.org
Hot Dog Roast at Elrod’s
All Bible study groups and SUPERSTART will meet at the Elrod’s home on Wednesday, October 24th at 6 pm.  Adults are asked to bring a side dish to go along with hot dogs.  You can roast your own hot dog or Mike will be grilling them also.

Happy Birthday 6 – Laura Volmer 14 – Wade Kriebel 15 – Fred Alford 21 – Laurie Elrod 29 – Ethan Logan   Happy Anniversary October  9 – Scott & Vicki Smith

October 12 – Dub & Anita Newton
Fall Family Festival
Sunday, October 28th 4:30 to 8 pm *Horseback Rides       *Maze *Square Dancing         *Hayrack Rides *Photo Booth              *Door Prizes *Lots of Games           *Food
Located at Bill Wagner’s Farm.  Go to Walmart, east of Coffeyville and follow signs.  Hosted by Westside Christian Church!  Watch for sign-up sheets for times to help with games, serving, parking attendants, etc.
Pastor Appreciation Sunday – October 21st Westside is blessed with two men who love the Lord and our congregation.  We are going to celebrate our pastors on Sunday, October 21st.  Everyone is invited to share cards and or gifts of appreciation for Mike and Matthew.  A potluck luncheon will be held after morning worship.  Each family is asked to bring two side dishes/desserts to share and the church will provide the meat.
Mission Minded
The Ship

Imagine a ship at sea.  The ship is large with multiple decks a huge crew and room for hundreds of passengers.  One day at sea something happens and the bridge is left unmanned.  No one from the captain’s team is on the ship, neither is the captain.  The crew is well trained and everything on the ship keeps running.  The entertainment director keeps putting on the shows.  The chefs keep cooking meals and the servers keep serving them.  The cleaning staff keeps cleaning the rooms.  The engineers keep the engines running.  You get the picture? Everything runs with no one at the helm.   No one notices that the ship is just going around in circles going nowhere fast.   Our lives can get this way fast.  We keep the engines running, we entertain, we cook the meals eat the food and yet there is no point to what we are doing.  The world loves it when we get to that point; we fall completely under its control, which is no control at all – just going in circles.   This is a simple message, we need a captain!  There is only one who can lead and keep us going the way and direction we must go.  God, Son and Holy Spirit make up the one captain that can keep us on course and ensure that even though the we keep going we get some place important.   I hear all too often, “I got this”, “I understand”, “I am in control”.  Look at someone who says these things and my guess is you will see that they are out of control, with little understanding and no clue as to what is going on.  Come on people wise up and follow the one true Trinity. Psalm 92  He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. By Sean Rook  

Needed for Fall Family Festival:
Rolled Newspapers with rubber bands! A NEW activity is planned that requires them!  A box will be in the main lobby for your donations!   A FULL SIZE MANNEQUIN We need one that can be used outdoors.  If you have one, or know of someone who might lend one, please let Matthew know!
THANKS!! A big thanks to everyone who is helping clean the church!  You are doing a great job!     
A Moment with Mike
Ezekiel 34.  It is a beautiful passage where God paints Himself as a shepherd of His people.   The first two thoughts that come quickly to mind are as follows:  1st, sheep are stupid, smelly and always getting into trouble.  And 2nd, being a shepherd is not a desirable job.   The 1st part of this metaphor seems very fitting. We, like sheep, get lost, are vulnerable to the spiritual predator, Satan, and we make really poor decisions on our own. We, like sheep, fit the description really well.  But God’s role, He chose to illustrate Himself seems very difficult for me to understand.  It seems so unfitting that He describes Himself this way.  In Bible times, shepherd jobs were reserved for the young and those who couldn’t get a better job (usually because they were shady characters in society).   They were the lowliest jobs around.  Shepherds held no authority or influence.  A job without honor and respect.  Why would God want to associate Himself with such a humble and degrading job? It doesn’t take long to be reminded of His character and mission.   He is concerned for the sheep.   God humbles Himself, and becomes a shepherd, because the sheep would perish without a shepherd.   This occupation, of God’s choosing, represents his loving kindness and compassion. Ezekiel 34:5–6 (ESV) [5]  “So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; [6]  they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with none to search or seek for them.”  Sounds familiar doesn’t it?   It should, because this is what Jesus said many years later in the New Testament. Matthew 9:36 (ESV) [36] “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Take a moment and marvel with me, ‘God and Jesus both chose to be a shepherds’!?.   That is not a small thing to wrap your minds around, no matter how you paint it.     Praise God!!!      
Shoeboxes Ready?
Have you been getting your shoeboxes for the kids in Haiti ready?  They need to be at the church by Wednesday, November 7th! Be sure to label your box with the child’s age category, and whether for a boy or a girl. Age categories are:  Boy and Girl: 3-5 yrs., 6-8 yrs., 9-11 yrs., and 12-16 yrs. Please include $7 for each box for shipping costs.  Secure your shoebox with duct tape once you have it packed, and place the $7 for each box in an envelope and tape to the top of the box. There are free packets of clothing in various sizes for both boys and girls at the back table to add to shoeboxes! See last month’s newsletter for a detailed list of ideas to fill your shoebox with!





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