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).

Calendar

 

 

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
 

 

 

 

 

February Calendar

 1         JOY Group – 2 pm

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

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

            Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

 7         Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

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

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

            Valentine Banquet – 6 pm

14        Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

15        JOY Group – 2 pm

17        Graceful Giving Ministries – 9 am

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

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

            Hymn Sing at Westside Christian Church – 6 pm

19-21   Preaching & Teaching at Ozark Christian College

21        No Bible Studies Tonight!  Taking the bus to Preaching & Teaching!

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

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm

28        Adult Bible Studies & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

A Moment with Mike

 Wednesday, I came to the office wearing a Coffeyville Golden Tornado pullover athletic shirt.   Matthew made a comment about my having on a new shirt. I explained that it wasn’t really new, it looks new, but it was something left over from Micah’s high school days.  He said, “Stealing Micah’s shirts?”  I said something like, “I’m not stealing it, I’m sure I purchased it to start with”.

It got me thinking about our relationship dynamic with our Father God.  He has given us life (physical and spiritual life), and has allowed us to use it as if it belongs to us for a while.  But in reality, he owns our life, and eventually it will go back to Him.

In a spiritual sense, Jesus said we do not belong to ourselves because we were purchased at a price.  The price referring to His death on the cross as a ransom for our souls.   

Sometimes, I think we need reminded that we don’t really belong to ourselves.   We are stewards of the oversight of a life.  And one day we will be held accountable for how we used it.       

1 Corinthians 7:23 (NIV)       

            23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.              

2 Corinthians 5:14–15 (ESV)                        

            14 For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.      

Valentine Banquet

The youth are putting on a Valentine Banquet at 6 pm on February 11th, and are hoping you all will come!  The dinner will feature Italian food, and you can be sure it will be delicious!  This is one of the biggest fund raisers of the year for the youth, so a donation would be appreciated very much!  Please sign up at the back table in the Sanctuary if you plan to attend!

 

Congratulations!

To Matthew Frech and Madison Hunter on their engagement, which was announced Sunday, January 14th!  We are so happy for them, and will keep them in our prayers as they prepare for the big day!

Rick and Lisa Brown went forward on Sunday, January 21st; Rick to be baptized, and Lisa (already baptized) and Rick to place their membership at Westside.  We are so happy to welcome them into our church family – and know the angels in Heaven are rejoicing!!!

 

Hymn Sing

 If you like to sing hymns, don’t miss the Sunday night hymn sings.  February 4th will be the next one at Dearing Christian Church.  A bunch from Dearing came to Westside for our first hymn sing…so let’s reciprocate on the 4th!  Then, on February 18th we will have the hymn sing at Westside again! 

 

Happy Birthday

 10        Diane McCartney

11        Jessica Rucker

18        Lynn Singer

21        Anita Newton

27        Jamie Rucker

 

Happy Anniversary

 Bill & Reola Mansfield on Feb. 14

Donnie & Marcy Splechter on Feb. 14

 

Think About It…

It’s very strange that heat on Sunday

Seems so much hotter than on Monday.

And weekday pains that we ignore,

On Sundays seem to hurt much more.

So we decide to stay in bed

When we should be in church instead.

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.  James Hudson Taylor

 

Preaching & Teaching At OCC – Feb.19-21

On Wednesday, Feb. 21st, we will take the bus to hear the main session speaker, Rick Atchley.  Rick is the Senior Teaching Minister in Fort Worth at The Hills since 1989.  One of his great joys has been the privilege of raising his kids in a church that values children. 

He grew up in a religious tradition that taught him to fear God, but not to love him.  Even worse, he was not sure God really loved him.  That’s one reason why he is such a believer in the power of gospel preaching.  He was blessed in college and in his young adult years to hear the gospel of God’s grace preached, and over time he began to believe in a God who loved him, who was for him, and who did through Christ what he could never do so that He could spend eternity with me.  Romans 8 is his favorite chapter in the Bible.  He loves the strong declaration that “there is no condemnation in Christ,” and he is still moved by the realization that “if God is for us, who can be against us?”

There will be a signup sheet at the back table in the Sanctuary for those who would like to attend.  Junior High and High School students are also welcome to attend the main session.  Workshops for children 12 and under will be available.  For more information, please go to: www.occ.edu.

 

Mission Minded

On task with a bad attitude! By Sean Rook

Sorry to say but this has been me lately.  It is not that what I am doing I don’t like at all – I still like some of it.  The part I don’t like is taking more time than the parts I do.  It is not that what I am doing doesn’t help people or the company, or organizations move forward.  I would say that it has mostly to do with how I look at what is happening.  

I have the impatience of Job. You know if you read Job carefully, he is very impatient with God and doesn’t hesitate to let God know. Yet Job never gives up on God and never loses his faith.  Job is attacked on every side; from his family (what is left of them), his friends (let’s face it with friends like that you don’t need enemies) or himself.  Please don’t worry I have not given up on God, my faith and my stamina are being tested.  Funny story; we arrived in Haiti on     January 4th and on January 5th I was so sick that I could barely function.  I woke early to start getting the shoeboxes ready for the Orphans and the boxes we needed to have loaded to take out to the school in the village of St. Martin.  We got them all dug out of storage, sorted and then had a quick bite of breakfast.  As we started sharing opening the boxes with the orphans, I became violently ill.  After I got sick, I went back out and we loaded up to go to St. Martin, where according to the team, I was really pale.  Just before noon we left there and went back to the orphanage for lunch.  I went to bed.  I did not get out of bed till after 7 p.m. that night.  Went back to bed after not eating dinner and slept all night.  On Saturday I was fine.   So, WHY?  I believe it is because God knows how stubborn I am and that unless he completely takes my feet out from underneath me I will not rest.

I am just using me as an illustration.  Our struggles do not define us, the ugly that happens to us must not define us, our “situations should not define us, what matters is how we handle them.” I did not come up with that saying, a boss of mine did over 25 years ago when I was in a tough situation at work.  And though at the time it was not what I wanted to hear, that saying has stuck with me.  I have probably written something similar before and if so then I guess we needed to read it again.  

Kind of like scripture, if you only read the Bible once from cover to cover and never read it again you have missed the true nature of the Living God.  Every time we read the Bible we gain new understanding.  As we embark on the next chapters in the book, don’t read them with a bad attitude about having to do it again; read it as though it is the first time.  As I work on preparing for our different Bible studies, I go over the same passages of scripture multiple times before I can figure out what the Word is telling me.  I also have to be sure that I am listening to know the best way to impart what I have learned to others.  God does not always show us what his Word means as it is being read, often it comes in a moment later, when he is ready for us to “Get It.”

I have seen some of our required reading lists for the coming months.  It will take a bit of effort to stay on task.  It will take a few minutes of every day to read God’s Word.  And really, he gives us every day, so each day belongs to him anyway.  So why not honor him?  Learn something or be prepared to learn something and just maybe even though it is a struggle, you will be defined by the attitude you have and by the actions you take.    Feeling better now?  Yes!  I have to keep working on my attitude, ALWAYS.  May you find God’s blessing in every day.

 

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