The Westside Way
 
 
 

October Calendar

 1         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

 4         Adult Bible Study and Potluck Supper – 6 pm

 5         JOY Group – 5:30 pm

 8         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

11        Adult Bible Study and Potluck Supper – 6 pm

15       PASTOR APPRECIATION SUNDAY

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

            Pastor Appreciation Luncheon – 12 noon

            4th-6th Grades Youth Group – 5 to 6:30 pm, 7th-12th Grades Youth Group – 6 to 8 pm
18       CARHA SHOE BOXES DUE!

            Adult Bible Study and Potluck Supper – 6 pm

19        JOY Group – 5:30 pm

21        Gracious Giving Ministries – 9 am

22        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

25        Adult Bible Study and Potluck Supper – 6 pm

29        REFRESH – 9 TO 9:45 AM, Elective Classes – 9:30 am, Morning Worship – 10:30 am
           
               FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL – 4:30 to 8 pm

 

 Adult Bible Study:  

Come join us as we get together weekly on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.  Come at 6 pm and share in a potluck supper before Bible study.  Each person brings a dish to share,  Hope to see you there!
 

A Moment with Mike…

1 John 3:1

I think this verse in 1 Samuel 16 is a sobering thought for most of us.  To know that nothing gets hidden from God’s sight.  Not a single thought from our minds passes over His knowing.  Not the smallest action in private, escapes his gaze.  For most of us, that is painfully embarrassing to think about.  

Maybe you are like me and catch yourself thinking, ‘how disappointing He must be of me’.  For He is holy and I so am not holy.   Therefore, maybe you need the reminder my daughter provides me.  To remember that The One who looks deep into my heart is a father who looks into my eyes first.   Yes, He might see the real me, but He loves me still.  And not with a love that just tolerates me.  But with a love that is so immense that He would do anything to show me how much He loves and values me.

 This beautiful daughter mentioned above doesn’t have the perfect earthly father, but she most definitely has the Perfect Heavenly Father who loves her.  And it isn’t difficult in the least bit, to know that love isn’t contingent on her behavior.  Because even this father has the ability to experience that purity of love.  

1 John 3:1 says, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”  Jesus didn’t say,” I will love you if you obey me.”  Rather he said, If you love me, you will obey me”.   Because he loves me even though he knows me, I want to love him back.  How about you, dearly loved child of God?

 Ephesians 5:1–2  ‘Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children.  And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to    God.”   How blessed we are to be God’s child!!

 

Pastor Appreciation Day

On Sunday, October 15th, we will be showing our appreciation for our pastors, Mike and Matthew.  These men serve the Lord with all their hearts and give so much of themselves to the ministry at Westside!   For the luncheon following Morning Worship, the church will provide the meat, and families are asked to bring two side dishes or dessert.  Above all, please plan to be here that day!!!!  Let’s pack the place for the pastors!!!!

 

Fall Family Festival

The Fall Family Festival will be held Sunday, October 29th from 4:30 to 8 pm at Bill Wagner’s Farm east of Coffeyville again this year.  The Staff has been busy making plans for an even bigger and better celebration this year. 

This is an opportunity for the Westside Family to host friends and family, and hopefully some folks who don’t have a church home, to an evening of fall fun!  In order for that to happen, we need your participation!  A signup sheet is at the back table for many of the events that need a host/hostess– such as the different games, parking attendants, cleanup team, set up team, meal, decorations, etc.   Don’t miss this exciting evening!

 

Love & Respect

The marriage class will be starting the DVD Series, “Love & Respect” on Sunday, October 8th.  Come join us in the classroom down the hall from the auditorium, go right, and first door on the left is where we meet!  Even if you have a wonderful marriage, it’s a good thing to keep learning how to make it more wonderful!!!

 

Think About It…

Christians are like coals of a fire.  Together they glow – apart they grow cold.               Anonymous

 

Mission Minded

Accepting the “Unacceptables”

I was traveling recently which has been too much.  It seems like no one can stand me long enough for me to be in one place for more than a week. I know that is not true and when I mentioned it recently, I was told in no uncertain terms that that was NOT TRUE.  It made me feel good and yet it is also a challenge.   We all face those times when we feel that we are un-loved, unappreciated, unnecessary and that we may not count for much.  God most certainly does not feel that way about us. His Word tells us that we do matter. Why else would he willingly sacrifice His Son on our behalf otherwise?

Well, back to my story.  I happened to be in the Detroit Airport grabbing a coffee at one of the coffee shops.  While I was waiting to be served I watched as one of the employees, a young man in his 20’s, my guess, was trying to stock the cups, straws, and lids that are held in a rack next to the expresso machine.  Now this would not seem like a difficult task, except this person was obviously not able to judge how many lids would fit in the rack. He tried two or three times on each stack to add an enormous amount of lids.  Since the rack is at a slant the lids would fall off and he would try to catch them.  You have the picture.   What made this extraordinarily difficult to understand is that he was doing this while several other people were trying to make drinks and prepare food for an increasing long line of people.  They would have to work around him, and gently move him so they could reach what they needed.  

From my observation, he was challenged, yet in the several minutes I stood there, not one of the other employees berated him, made fun of him, nor did they in anyway treat him rudely.  I kept watching to see if they would ask him to stop until the rush was over; they didn’t.  

I wonder how often, and I really don’t want to know how often, I get frustrated with people who are slow to grasp a task, get the point or are just “in the way” while we are trying to get things done.  I am almost positive that I will have to answer for every time that I have had those feelings of frustration and anger, especially if I have not forgiven them for delaying me or making me have to work harder to get my tasks done.  

As we head out on our “where do we go from here?” journey we will be faced with all kinds of people, at all different stages of  their wandering on this spinning rock.  So how do we meet them? Maybe the best way to do it is by remembering a quote from CS. Lewis:

Don’t judge a man by where he is, because you don’t know how far he has come.”  

Here is the real kicker. If you look at them and think, wow what a mess they are; there will be others who are looking at you with the same thought.   The people working in that coffee shop deserve our admiration as they worked with the young man and made him one of them.
 
In Sympathy:
Our sympathy for John Haar, whose mother passed away on Saturday, September 16th.  Please keep John in your prayers.

Baptism

We welcome Brittany Ardis into the Family of God as she accepted the Lord and was baptized into the Lord on Sunday, September 17th.

October Birthdays

 6        Laura Volmer

14        Wade Kriebel

15        Fred Alford

21        Laurie Elrod

29        Ethan Logan
 

 October Anniversaries

 9         Scott & Vicki Smith

12        Dub & Anita Newton

 

CARHA Shoeboxes –     Due October 18th

Please have your shoeboxes at the church building no later than Wednesday,     October 18th.  If you’ve never participated in packing a shoebox, here’s what you will become a part of.  Many children in Haiti do not receive a Christmas gift.  CARHA (Christian Action and Relief for Haiti) has partnered with several churches from the Southern US and a few churches here in the Midwest to provide a gift and the love of Jesus to approximately 1500 children who attend our schools and/or churches in Haiti.

Here are a few ideas to pack a shoebox.  First, you must decide what gender and what age you wish to pack for.  Age groups are: 3-5 years, 6-9 years, 10-13 years and 14-16 years.  Then you can choose underwear and/or socks that might fit a child that size.  Please pack only summer clothing.  Haiti is a tropical island.  Shorts and t-shirts are great items to include.  Most importantly, are hygiene items such as toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, powder, and bar soap (in a baggie).  A hand towel or bandana is great because the children all take something with them to school to wipe perspiration during the hot days.  A baggie of hard candy is a special treat for any child.  School items such as pencils and pens, notebooks, solar calculators, crayons, erasers and pencil sharpeners. 

Other items suggested are small balls or a deflated soccer ball, flashlight with extra batteries, costume jewelry, hair bows/clips, comb/brush, picture book, small baby doll or jump rope.  No warlike items or liquids, please!  One of the most popular items to include is a small jar of peanut butter (in a baggie).  We also ask that you remove any packaging, if possible, as there is no place to dispose of trash.  If you wish, include a Christmas card with a short note and maybe even a picture of you/your family.  This is a wonderful keepsake for the child who will receive your box.  When all finished, please use duct tape to secure the top onto the box.  Remember each box costs $7 to ship.  Please include your shipping money on top of your box or give to Jayne or Sean.

There is a table set up in the auditorium with extra items for shoe boxes folks have brought in to share.  If you need to get started, feel free to look there first!  There is clothing, some school supplies, even empty boxes!  If you have any questions, see Jayne or Sean Rook.

Thank you to everyone who participates!  You make a huge difference in the life of a child.  He or she will see the love of Jesus first-hand.