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The Westside Way
May Calendar
1         Bible Studies & Potluck Supper – 6 pm
2         NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER JOY Group – 5 pm
4         Wedding Reception for Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Peterman
5         GRADUATE RECOGNITION REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Electives & Prayer – 9:30 am, Worship – 10:30 am Teens Meet – 6 pm Hymn Sing at Dearing Christian Church – 6 pm
8         Bible Studies & Potluck Supper – 6 pm
12        MOTHER’S DAY REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Electives & Prayer – 9:30 am, Worship – 10:30 am Teens Meet – 6 pm
15        Bible Studies & Potluck Supper – 6 pm
16        JOY Group – 5 pm
18        Gracious Giving Ministries – 9 am
19        REFRESH – 9 to 9:45 am, Electives & Prayer – 9:30 am, Worship – 10:30 am Teens Meet – 6 pm Hymn Sing at Westside Christian Church – 6 pm
22        Bible Studies & Potluck Supper – 6 pm
26        REFRESH – 9 TO 9:45 am, Electives & Prayer – 9:30 am, Worship – 10:30 am 27        MEMORIAL DAY 29        Bible Studies & Potluck Supper – 6 pm
You Are Invited! -The Westside Family is invited to the Wedding Reception of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Peterman on Saturday, May 4th from 2 to 4 pm at The Center Christian Church in Columbus, Kansas.  If you would like to ride the church bus, please sign up at the back table no later than Wednesday, May 1st!

Congratulations to Andrew Elrod who will graduate from Tyro Community Christian School on May 10, 2019 at 7 pm. Congratulations also to Taylor Mote, Daughter of Marcy and Donnie Splechter and Kevin Mote; and granddaughter to Jerald and Georgia Medsker, who will graduate from The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, on May 11, 2019. If you have a graduate in your family, please let the church office know soon! A Baptism Congratulations to Jerri Bernal, who was baptized on Sunday, April 7th following Morning Worship. Praise the Lord for her decision!     I t’s A Boy! John and Abigail Clements welcomed a baby boy, Beau, on Thursday, April 4th. Beau’s big sister is Grace! Hidden Haven News It’s time to stock the pantry for Hidden Haven Christian Camp!  A list of items needed is at the back table.  Please sign up to bring only the items listed!  The last day for collection will be Sunday, June 9th. Eric Spaulding from Hidden Haven Christian Camp will be our guest speaker in worship on Sunday, May 5th.  Eric will share all the new things happening at the camp and what to look forward to this summer.  We will also have a registration table set up, if you would like to sign your children up to go to camp this summer.  If you have any questions about Hidden Haven before      May 5th, see Mike or Matthew! FROM THE YOUTH MINISTER: The youth raised $650 with the M&M Campaign recently.  A big thank you to everyone who contributed!  This will help us go to CIY this summer, and will be a great time spiritually for our youth!  On Sunday, April 28th –( the day the newsletter comes out) – we will be holding a Bake Sale to raise more money for our youth activities.  People have volunteered to bring baked goods and we will have a silent auction during REFRESH and after church in the Fellowship Hall, when you can choose a baked good to take home with you!

Thank you so much for supporting our youth group!  They are the church of tomorrow!

Mission Minded May 2019 How do you feed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish?  There are all kinds of answers to that question, but is it really important or just a distraction to what the message is really about?  Let’s look at the scene — 5,000 people have shown up to hear Jesus. It is Passover, and 5,000 people have come to see what this Rabbi has to say and try to figure out why he is able to heal so many.  He does not even get to preach to the crowd. When they saw the one miracle, Jesus perceived that they were going to seize him and make him King. He retreated to the mountain by himself.   The feeding is amazing, not to forget the miracles and the place they play in convincing the early people that he is the Messiah, let’s not miss the readiness.  Jesus asks Philip what they should do to provide food for the crowd. Philip replies it would cost 200 denarii to give them just a little to eat. (Ever practical; check the money first, and ask why it won’t work.)  But this message is not about what you don’t have, it is about what you do have.  I know this is similar to another article I wrote earlier this year; it is just that this keeps coming up.  People don’t think they have enough, but they fail to see what they have and use that to make the plan to go forward.

Jesus could have made 5000 loaves appear and dropped fish from the sky to feed everyone there.  That is not His point. He knows that people are hungry. The people do not ask to be fed;  Jesus just says we should feed them.  Maybe we should look not at the need to feed as a ‘bodily sustenance’; even though that’s what the story looks to be. Maybe we should look at it as the need for “spiritual sustenance”. Even though we may not feel particularly gifted to feed 5,000 people.  Maybe we take the message we have (5 and 2), give it to God and let him share the message; just using our willingness to give what we have. In this story, the people there only receive food and a miracle, they perceived it not as proof that Christ is God, but that He will provide food since they were hungry.  They want to make him King of the empty stomachs.
I find it interesting that we do not have any more discourse about the boy and his gift in scripture.  He simply gives what he has to those who ask. We don’t know if after everyone was fed if his basket was refilled or who he became later on.  How did he feel when he found out the Rabbi he helped on a mountainside was crucified?  Does he become a follower, who is forced to give up his life and be martyred because of his belief?  Not sure it matters, and those questions definitely become a distraction to the meaning and mission. Our Lord may call on us at any time and in any place to give what we have. We should not be worried whether we will be paid back, garner praise or even have an elevated position because of our willingness.   It is our willingness to give to be used to feed, literally and figuratively those around us, that Christ wants. I also know that at times it seems like we have given, and we are due.  Be careful with that thinking, it is disastrous. It is that kind of thinking that the enemy likes to hear.  It then becomes easier to turn us into creatures that only give when there is possibility of praise or a change in our status.  The best philosophy is to have that of Christ in Philippian’s 2, to not seek to be like God or seek equality, yet only to humble ourselves as servants. Later when Jesus is confronted by another crowd, he tells them, you are not here because of a need to hear God’s word, you want to be fed or be healed.   God is not hard hearted nor uncaring, he expects us to understand the real reason we have been given life in the first place, to have a relationship with him, not about healing our ills or filling our bellies.  Yes, he does those things because he wants to, not because he has too. His will, not ours!

Sean Rook            May Birthdays 3 – Jeremiah Elrod     13 – Maya Rutherford 4 – Lucas Rannells     20 – Jerrie Bernal 5 – Joyce Schmidt      21 – Kevin Rucker 7 – Cherie Thomas     23 – Thomas Osborn 11 – Brock Thornberry 25 – Mike Elrod 13 – Tonya Kriebel

Happy Anniversary to: Landon & Emily Morgan – May 2 Thomas & Kylie Osborn – May 17 Mike & Laurie Elrod – May 24 M.R. & Christy Hershey – May 31
Happy Belated Birthday to: Bret Rannells – April 4 Nathan Tripp – April 7
Kai Rannells – April 10

Nobody’s Friend My name is Gossip.  I have no respect for justice.  I maim without killing.  I break hearts and ruin lives.  I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted, the more I am believed.  My victims are helpless.  They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face.  To track me down is impossible.  The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobody’s friend.  Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same.  I topple governments and wreck marriages.  I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartaches and indigestion.  I make innocent people cry in their pillows.  Even my name hisses.  I am called Gossip.  I make headlines and headaches. Before you repeat a story, ask yourself:   Is it true?  Is it harmless?  Is it necessary? If it isn’t, don’t repeat it. Taken from a “Dear Abby” Column and Contributed by Lois Hershey A Moment with Mike Normally it seems that during this time of the year we write about life.   The trees getting new leaves, the animals having their babies, and the gardens that are beginning to develop are a few of those topics. Life is fun to see and talk about. New life in particular, truly is a marvel and is wonderful to be around. I have definitely been basking in that new life lately.   I’ve been helping some people in the church with their baby calves. They are so, so cute. Also, this spring Andrew and I put up a camera over an Owl’s nest and have been watching him grow and develop. Laurie’s class has been enjoying the experience as well.  They watch via the internet while in her class; that is until the day the Mother Owl brought back a rabbit for the little guy to feast upon. They were grossed out and didn’t want to watch anymore.  They were fine with the rats and birds but not the bunny. Perhaps it was the timing, which was the week before Easter. Last week, Carrie and Cole got to welcome a new baby horse into their world. Her name is Dolly, and she is a doll. “New Life” is a wonderful topic for sure. I love seeing the little ones at church.  It has brought an excitement back into the church I was missing.  I know many of you feel the same. With “New Life” comes new responsibilities and requires nurturing.   With that I want to take a moment to thank all of those who have been participating with the little ones.   Thank you for helping them with their meals and drinks. Thank you for having them set with you during worship services.  Thank you for teaching them and speaking kind to them and loving them as if Jesus was doing it through you. Thank you for holding your critical tongue and choosing to bless them with your words instead.  Thank you for giving to the new building project, which was created out of concern and care for the little ones. Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”     Matthew 18:3–4 (ESV) Thank you for being Humble!!! Love you all, MIKE Don’t Forget!

  • To sign up at the back table in the auditorium to bring needed items for Hidden Haven.
  • To sign up at the back table by May 1st if you want to ride the Church Bus to Mr. and Mrs. Andy Peterman’s Wedding Reception.
  • To sign your kids up for summer camp at Hidden Haven on May 5th!

Thoughts on Mothers Mothers fill places so great that there isn’t an angel in Heaven who wouldn’t be glad to give a bushel of diamonds to come down here and take their place. Billy Sunday   They say that man is mighty He governs land and sea, He wields a mighty scepter O’er lesser powers than he. But a mighty power and stronger Man from his throne has hurled: For the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world. William Wallace   The most important occupation on the earth for a woman is to be a real mother to her children.  It does not have much glory in it; there is a lot of grit and grime.  But there is no greater place of ministry, position or power than that of a mother. Phil Whisenhunt Happy Mother’s Day!     IN SYMPATHY: Our thoughts and prayers are with Kendall Payne and family in the recent loss of his brother.

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