The Westside Way
 

August Calendar

 1         Wednesday Night Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

 2         JOY Group – 5 pm

 4         Baby Shower for Emmett Paul Traxson – 2 to 4 pm in Fellowship Hall

 5         REFRESH – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm

 7         National Night Out at Aquatic Center – 5:30 to 8 pm

 8         Wednesday Night Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

12        REFRESH – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            Back to School Recognition During Morning Worship

15        Wednesday Night Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

16        JOY Group – 5 pm

18        Gracious Giving Meets at 9 am

19        REFRESH – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            Hymn Sing at Westside Christian Church – 6 pm

22        Wednesday Night Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm

26        REFRESH – 9 am, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am

            CIA (Creativity In Action) Meeting  – 6 pm

29        Wednesday Night Bible Study & Potluck Dinner – 6 pm
 

BACK TO SCHOOL

On Sunday,  August 12th we will celebrate our students going back to school!  We will have a small gift for each child, Kindergarten through 12th Grade. We will also pray for all our students.  For our two students who will be going away to college for the first time, we will have a special gift.  To help with that gift we invite the congregation to participate!

Please bring two of each snack item.  Ideas are:

  • 2 –jars of peanut butter
  • 2 – bags of chips
  • 2 – boxes of crackers
  • 2 – boxes of microwave popcorn
  • 2 – boxes of crackerjacks
  • 2 – bags of hard candy

Use your imagination!  They will love it! But do remember to bring 2 of the same item/items!  Please leave in Jayne’s office by August 10th!

 

National Night Out

This is a free event sponsored by the Coffeyville Police Department on Tuesday, August 7th – 5:30 to 8 pm at the Coffeyville Aquatic Center.  Everyone is invited!

 

August Birthdays

  • Joni Toney
  • Carrie Traxson
  • Lacey Kriebel

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

 

Ladies!

Don’t forget the baby shower next Saturday, August 4th from 2 to 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall for Baby Emmett Paul Traxson and his parents, Connor and Julia Traxson.  They are registered at amazon.com and grovia.com.  Also, please bring a children’s book – can be either new or gently used – in place of a card.  Be sure to write inside the front cover who the book is from and why it was chosen.  

A Moment with Mike

While on our family vacation this year we passed through the locations of 2 large wildfires that took place earlier in Colorado this summer.   In fact, on our way out we were stuck in Durango overnight because heavy rains caused multiple mudslides on Hwy 550.  It was quite the experience as we travelled up the mountain to see mud rushing down the side of the mountain ahead of us and across the highway like rushing flooded water.  We pulled over to watch this occur not realizing the possible danger we were in. By the time the firemen turned us back we had to drive through a smaller, but still alarming mudslide to return to Durango.

Earlier that same day we travelled through La Veta Pass and saw a few homes that were destroyed, only the chimneys remained.   It was really sad but also surprising to see how many homes they did actually save.   The firefighters are really good at their jobs and according to all the signs posted everywhere, much appreciated.

On the way home, while passing through the La Veta pass area again, Andrew read to us the most recent news article about the fire.   The article talked about having the man in custody who started the fire in that area.  He was charged with, something like, 147 counts of arson.  He originally said he was just trying to burn a little trash while camping.  But later changed his story to trying to cook meat.  He is 52 yrs. old.

That is about my age.  It got me thinking how easy a fire like that could get started.  And even if you didn’t mean for all the destruction to take place, how quickly it can snowball.  How quickly a life can go from enjoying a vacation with family to being guilty of destroying so many dreams and possible life sentence in jail.

Sin has the same potential to destroy as in the above events.  We know we should not do it, but we always reason with ourselves that we can handle it and keep it from getting out of control.   But often it does get out of hand and begins to spread quickly into the lives around us.   If only we knew the after effects it would cause we wouldn’t ever dream of doing it.  In fact, I believe we wouldn’t even feel the temptation to do so.  

The Bible says so much about this.  Here is one of my favorite verses, admonishing us to protect our hearts from such destruction.   

Proverbs 4:23 (ESV)
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

Remember, God has a new burn ban.  Protect your heart from such destruction.  Because by doing so you are literally protecting those around you as well.    

MIKE

 

New Sunday School Class

Coming in August, Jon and Susan Howard will be starting a Sunday school class for young adults.  Talk to Jon or Susan for more information, and be watching the Sunday bulletin for more information!

 

Mission Minded

By Sean Rook

He died!

 Jayne and I were driving to camp last night discussing a number of topics.   Who did Christ die for came up.  See it is really easy for us to decide that he died for Christians or those who are saved, He himself said that the healthy do not need a doctor.  The righteous do not need to make sacrifices.  The notion that Christ died for me is great until it becomes he did it for me and my sins and his death was worth it because I accepted him. 

The deeper part of this is that He died for everyone’s sin.  Not just the righteous (there are none righteous, all have sinned).  He died for those who would not hear his voice, he died for those who would hear the calling and not accept.  He died for those who heard, accepted and then rejected Him.   If that does not change our perspective – let me share this with you.

A couple of years ago in Haiti; we were working with high school kids at a rally.  One of the young ladies asked me a question.   She wanted to know if it is a sin to commit suicide.   Before answering her I needed some more information.  So Antoosly (our new pastor in Haiti) continued the discussion with the her.  She changed her question to;”Is it a sin to commit suicide to help someone else?”  My thought was OK, that is a completely different question.

What went through my mind was, someone has already done that, Jesus.  And while not technically suicide, he certainly had the ability to stop anyone who tried to take his life. There is also a quote, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

Antoosly and I dug a little deeper and came to understand that this girl’s mother was dying and would not survive without a heart transplant.  This young girl (no more than 20) so loved her mother that she was willing to commit suicide so that her mother could have her heart.  We reasoned with her that the love she felt for her mother was obviously deep, her mother would not want her to do that.  Her mother would want her to live her life so that it shined and brought life to others.  

So, we know that Christ died for us because the Father and He loved us without reservation; loved all knowing that many would not accept the gift, some would scorn the gift, some would do all they could to discredit the gift but that many would accept the gift and understand the love and life that was meant to be. Our life in Christ should be done with the same love that He showed us, be willing to share the gospel message with all those we come in contact with, even though some will not accept the gift of freedom from sin and a life everlasting.  There will be some that will, and they are worth the effort.  If Christ died for ALL even the unrepentant, then we should do all we can to find those who might come to salvation through Him.