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.