The Westside Way

June Calendar

1-2      Youth Campout

 2         Wedding Shower for Matthew Frech & Madison Hunter – 2 to 4 pm

 3         REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Electives – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

3-8      High School #1 Camp at Hidden Haven

 6         Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

 7         JOY Group – 5 pm

 9         Movie Night “I CAN ONLY IMAGINE” – 7 pm

10        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Electives – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

10-15  Middle School Camp at Hidden Haven

13        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

16        Benefit Dinner for CARHA at Tyro Christian Church


            REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Electives – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            Westside Hymn Sing – 6 pm

17-20  5th-6th Grade Camp #1 at Hidden Haven

20        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner

21        JOY Group – 5 pm

24        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Electives – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            3rd-4th Grade Camp #1 at Hidden Haven


July 1 CIY Trip to Durango, CO

26-28  3rd-4th Grade Camp #2 at Hidden Haven

27        Bible Study & Potluck Dinner

29-30  1st-2nd Grade Camp at Hidden Haven

Bridal Shower

 All ladies of the church are invited to a bridal shower for Madison Hunter and       Matthew Frech on Saturday, June 2nd from 2 to 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Madison and Matthew are registered at Walmart, Target, Home Depot and

A Thank You Note

Thank you to everyone who helped make my day of appreciation special.  The hanging plant of purple petunias and yellow gaillardia is beautiful and smells so good!  And the sweet tea cup and saucer is a lovely addition to my collection!  For those who took time out of your Saturday to come to Dalton’s Steak Out to have lunch with me, Thank You!  It was wonderful just being able to visit with Sisters in Christ.  Those are times to be highly valued!  All of the things you did for me make me feel like I am treasured, and I treasure each one of you as well!      Humbly Yours, Jayne

It’s A Boy!

 Congratulations to Andrew and Kathryn Splechter on the birth of Easton Howard Splechter.   Easton was born April 28, 2018 and weighed 7 lb. 14 oz. and was 21-1/4” long!  What a sweet little boy!


On March 18, 2018, Andrew and Kathryn Splechter placed their membership with Westside Christian Church. 

On April 29, 2018, Mark Bastian also placed his membership with Westside Christian Church.

Please pray for and encourage these new members to our church family.

Bible Study

Join us on Wednesday nights at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall for a study of Colossians. We also have a Potluck Dinner at 6 pm before the study.  Bring a dish and join us!


Send a Note of Encouragement


Our brother in Christ, Mark Bastian is at MD Anderson receiving cancer treatments for a tumor in his stomach.  He will be there for 6 weeks, and we would like to shower him with Christian love and encouragement.  If you want to help do this, please send a card or note to:

            Mark Bastian

            Mainstay Suites

            2013134 Spanish Trail

            Houston, TX 77054

A Moment with Mike

This picture was taken in my backyard.  The day it was taken, I’m confident that most would have overlooked any detail of beauty.  With a wide-angle lens approach it was most disappointing with the homely landscape. No stunning colors, nor notable lines or anything striking, unless you look much closer.  By taking off the wide-angle lens and replacing it with a macro lens I began seeing beauty that I hadn’t noticed before.  It was as if the existing beauty was silently and patiently waiting to be discovered by those who like to explore things up close and personal.  

That speaks to my soul as I pursue Jesus.  Jesus is such a beauty to behold, but only for those few who really desire to seek him out.  Jesus requires a macro approach.  Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NIV)  Jesus requires all people to seek him but not because he doesn’t want to be found.  

Jeremiah 29:13 reveals, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Seek intently and you will find Him and all his splendor.  If life seems disappointing and colorless, narrow your focus upon Jesus.  You will find He puts purpose and beauty into every person’s landscape.


Turn the Page

A facility called Turn the Page, located at 822 Walnut in Coffeyville has been set up to use as a meeting room, Bible study, a quiet place to read or study, rooms for parties also, and free Wi Fi is available.

They are looking for volunteers to work 2 to 3 hours a week just to be able to keep the doors open.  If you are interested, contact Mary Okey at 903-272-7771.  She is local.

Also, every Saturday at 10 am they hold a prayer meeting for the City of Coffeyville.  Prayers for economic recovery and a spiritual outpouring.



Mission Minded

By Sean Rook

Resetting our GPS

I may fall asleep doing this as I am sitting in Jayne’s car updating the GPS portion of her navigation system.  This is something that has to be done every couple of years.  If we don’t update the maps in the GPS system, we could get lost.  You see the people of this planet seem to think it is necessary to build new roads, get rid of old roads, make one-way streets out of two-way ones and generally just muck up the place.  So, we spend the money buy the new maps and I spend an hour  so letting the software do its thing.

At least tonight the weather is nice, and I can sit out in the driveway.  Since, I need to get my article done for the newsletter by Wednesday, there was not much better time to get it done. And since I was resetting our maps, it gave me the thought that we have a biblical GPS system that also needs to be updated.  Now what I mean is that the HUMAN side of it needs to be checked against the heavenly one and then reset.  Our version and thoughts of heaven can and do get out of whack.  We seem to get to that point every once in a while, that we think this thing is about us.  Well sorry to say it isn’t.  It is in point a fact about GOD. 

His plan is His plan and He did all of this really for His glory.                        

“Our Father in heaven,

                            hallowed be your name.

                            Your kingdom come,

                            your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

This is the way to Pray that the Son taught us.  If you look back at the 10 Commandments in Exodus; the first one is to ”Have No other gods before Me.”   

This is where the reset comes in — to get our map back in-line with the heavenly one.  It does not take much for us to get other gods in place of the one true God; and to begin to worship those things, people and events as if they are more important.  I think for me mostly what I get ahead of God is my time.  I tend to guard it and keep it selfishly.  I have to be careful.

This month, June, is halfway through this year!  WOW!   Think about what you have done because the Spirit asked.  Think about what you haven’t.  This is going to sound a bit harsh and it is, it is also directed at me so feel free to take it personally.  If you didn’t do something the Spirit asked; you sinned.  You separated yourself from the love of God in that instant.  I do have some good news though, you can be forgiven.  God gave us free will and His son so that we could be reset to the correct mapping.  If you have the Son and do not make a willful habit of being disobedient you will be forgiven and maintain the gift of eternal life.  

Reset your map today!  Start again tomorrow or better yet, START now – Enjoy the journey!


Movie Night – June 9th at 7 pm – “I Can Only Imagine”

              – Free Admission

It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many – often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments.  Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer, Bart Millard.  In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.

Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart.  He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life.  As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father.  But a career-ending injury – combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential – set Bart on a musical pathway.

Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band, MercyMe – named for his grandmother’s favorite expression.  With the guidance of a grizzled music industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

Directed by Erwin Brothers (“October Baby”, ”Mom’s Night Out”, and “Woodlawn”), “I Can Only Imagine” stars J. Michael Finley, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, with Cloris Leachman and Dennis Quaid.  A gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, I Can Only Imagine beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love – or from an eternal home in Heaven.


CARHA Benefit Dinner/Hog Roast

June 16th – Come and Go between 5 and 8 pm at Tyro Christian Church

All proceeds will go to fund the building of a new boys’ dorm at the Grace Orphanage in Gonaives, Haiti.  Malcolm Davison, former Independence, Kansas resident and supporter of CARHA, will be the Master Hog Roaster. 

Mac is well known for his culinary expertise.  You won’t want to miss an opportunity to enjoy his cooking. 

Founder of CARHA, Djumy Septembre, will share the 20/20 Vision as you enjoy Mac’s cooking!

Please let us know you are coming by texting or calling Sean Rook at 620-330-6085.


If you, like most people, shop at, did you know that you can donate to support CARHA at the same time?

Let smile know that you want to donate to CARHA.  Just start each shopping session at the URL, http://smile and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to CARHA. 

You shop…Amazon gives!


Do You Enjoy Singing Hymns?

Every first Sunday of the month, we have a Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church.  Then, on the third Sunday of the month we hold a Hymn Sing here at Westside.  Both times begin at 6 pm, and Stephen Regis is our song leader.  People call out the page number of the hymn they want to sing…and we’re off!  It is great!  Someone always gives a short devotion too.  We have a wonderful piano player – and the hour just flies by!  If you enjoy singing hymns, come join us!

“So they sang praises with gladness and bowed their heads and worshiped.”  2 Chron. 29:30


June Birthdays

 4         Kylie Osborn

 4         M.R. Hershey

13        Michelle Traxson

17        Auston Coffey

18        Lily Rutherford

23        Julie Traxson

24        Ricky Brown

25        Lois Hershey

27        Kathy Alford


June Anniversaries

 2         Ray & Ashley Rutherford

 5         Ron & Tina Coffey

14        Bob & Tonya Kriebel




If you haven’t registered your kids for camp at Hidden Haven this summer, it’s not too late! 

Here is the schedule:

High School Camp – 1       June  3- 8

MS Camp – 1                        June 10-15

5-6 Grade Camp – 1             June 24-26

3-4 Grade Camp – 1             June 24-26

3-4 Grade Camp – 2            June 26-28

1-2 Grade Camp                   June 29-30

MS Camp – 2                        July    9-13

5-6 Grade Camp – 2            July  15-19

High School Camp – 2       July   22-27


For more information see Matthew.