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Why we celebrate Memorial Day!

By wsbt | May 21, 2015



Memorial Day,originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our Nation’s service. While Waterloo, N. Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May of 1966.  It is about reconciliation: it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimeed on May 5th 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cememteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored and neglected. But, what may be needed to return the solemn, and even sacred spirit back to Memorial Day, is for a return to its traditional day of observance.

Thank God for our Soldiers!


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We Need More Pocket Watch Christians!

By wsbt | May 14, 2015


Many Christians are like wheelbarrows; no good unless pushed

Others are like canoes; they need to be paddled

Some are like kites; if you don’t keep a string on them, they fly away

Still others are like balloons; full of wind and just waiting for a chance to explode

Then there are others like footballs; you can’t tell which way they will bounce

But praise the Lord, many Christians are like good pocket watches; with open faces and busy hands, they are well regulated and full of good works.

Christians like this are the back-bone of every church!


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Happy Mother’s Day!!

By wsbt | May 7, 2015

A Mother’s Example



If someone wants to know if your are a perfect mother, they need only look at our children. Many of our faults can be seen in them. How can we judge our children when we instill in them, their most defining characteristics.

We work so hard to teach them right from wrong, but it’s our actions and characteristics that really stick. Many times when they do something that irritates us, it’s possible they’re doing exactly what they see us do.

We’d like to say “do as I do, not as I do”, but unfortunately, their minds seem to process actions more than commands.

We as mothers sometimes teach our children things that we never meant to. When our children grow up and say “my mother taught me this”, it would be nice not to be embarrassed because of it. We need to make sure our actions match what we’re telling them to do. It has to be very confusing to a child to try and decide which they should do, what mommy does, or what she says. How do we punish them for acting like us? We need to show them more than scold them.

We may be the mothers of the next President, the next great Preacher to set the country on fire for God, the scientist who discovers the cure for cancer, the missionary that reaches those who would have never know the love of God.

Should we be so careless with their futures?

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Be here this Sunday April 26th to hear Steve Weatherford!

By wsbt | April 21, 2015



Please join us this Sunday,April 26th at 11am & 6:30pm to hear Steve Weatherford.

The following text is taken from Steve’s website:

“As some of you know, in May -2013 Lily Fern Weatherford decided to retire from touring in the Weatherfords after 70 years, It’s a break well deserved. I have decided to continue to tour and sing as much as the Lord will allow. I have been asked if I am going to start a Quartet or go out as a Soloist. My answer is simple. I’m going out on my own until I’m at the point where the Lord sends the right people and the right environment for a Quartet or even a trio. I’m not quite ready for that. But I have prepared my whole life to be where I am now. I am enjoying life and being with my family and getting chances to sing at some of the places we have always gone, as well as getting some opportunities to go to new places. I have always tried to let the Lord lead in what I do. I am thankful beyond measure for those who have supported me in my continuation. I could not do it without you. Some have helped financially , some have offered to find a place will to host a concert and MANY have sent up prayers and for that I am deeply grateful. I do have a whole new program, I still sing a few of the classics that folks love to hear. I’ve added several songs from the old days that I have not done in years. I’ve also added some new songs to the program I’ve always wanted to sing, songs that have blessed me over the years. I really enjoy them. I think you will too. “

We are so excited to share in this new chapter in the Weatherford history and pray that you’ll be here too!

For more information on the Weatherfords, please go to their website




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The Greater Love

By wsbt | March 26, 2015


Borderland Road is under construction and cannot be accessed from Upper Valley road. We don’t know yet how long it will be torn up, but you can get here by using Westside Drive.  Stay on Artcraft (instead of turning right on Upper Valley rd to get to Borderland) and go one light past Upper Valley and turn right on Westside Drive then right on Borderland Road. If you have any questions, please call the Church at 877-3667 or Michelle at 526-0959.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)


A story tells of a little boy whose sister needed a blood transfusion. The doctor had explained that she had the same disease the boy had recovered from two years earlier. Her only chance for recovery was a transfusion from someone who had previously conquered the disease. Since the two children had the same rare blood type, the boy was the ideal donor.

“Would you give your blood to your sister Mary?” the doctor asked. Little Johnny hesitated, his lower lip started to tremble, and then he smiled and said, “Sure, for my sister.”

Soon the two children were wheeled into the hospital room–Mary, pale and thin; Johnny, robust and healthy. Neither spoke, but when they met, Johnny grinned. As the nurse inserted the needle into his arm, Johnny’s smile faded. He watched the blood flow through the tube.

With the ordeal almost over, his voice slightly shaky, broke the silence. “Doctor, when do I die?” Only then did the doctor realize why Johnny had hesitated, why his lip had trembled when he’d agreed to donate his blood. He’d thought giving his blood to his sister meant giving up his life. Though, in reality, it was not necessary, he was willing to give his life for his sister. In that brief moment, his love for his sister, caused him to make his great decision.

Let us remember that there was one

who laid down His life for us.

cross with thorns

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Go Ahead-Start a Problem!

By wsbt | March 12, 2015


We all know that churches have had problems, most of which have had disastrous results. But some church problems should be energetically sought. What kind? Consider:

You agree these are good problems? You also agree we have had more than enough of the other kind? If you can cause us to have these problems, get busy!


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Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah’s Ark

By wsbt | March 5, 2015

noah's ark


One: Don’t miss the boat.

Two:  Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Three: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

Four: Stay fit. When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

Five: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

Six: Build your future on high ground.

Seven: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.

Eight: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

Nine: When you’re stressed, float a while.

Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals

Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

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Pray for our Missionaries!

By wsbt | February 20, 2015

Our Mission’s Conference is over, but it is still Mission’s month here at Westside.


15 Things Every Missionary Needs

1. Love for God

2. Love for Others

3. A Deeper Relationship with God

4. Spirit-Controlled lives

5. The Fruit of the Spirit

6. Wisdom and knowledge

7. Courage

8. Receptive Hearts

9. Disciples

10. Strong Faith

11. Steadfastness

12. Strong Family

13. Protection

14. Material Needs

15. Health and Strength

7 Ways to Pray for Your Missionaries





 Day 1-Relationship with God; Strong Prayer Life

Day 2- Physical & Emotional Needs; Safety in danger

Day 3- Family Relationships;Family life as a model to nationals

Day 4- Ability to Communicate; Language Study

Day 5- Effective Ministry;Open doors

Day 6- Team Relationships;Nationals

Day 7- Country and Government;Political situations

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Join with us Friday-Sunday, February 13th-15th for our 35th Annual Missions Conference!

By wsbt | January 8, 2015


   “I Have Sent Thee”

Exodus 3:12


We will have with us:

Evangelist- Dr. Herb Hutchinson

herb hutchinson


Bro. Hutchinson was Pastor at Temple Baptist Church  in Kalamazoo, Michigan from 1978-2010.


Missionary Dennis Terry with Rock of Ages Prison Ministry

dennis terry



Missionary to the Navajo Indians- Wilson Calvin

calvin wilson



Speaker & Service Schedule

Friday- 13th: 7pm Bro. Wilson Calvin

7:45pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson

Saturday- 14th: 7pm Bro. Dennis Terry

7:45pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson

Sunday- 15th: 10am Bro. Wilson Calvin

11am Dr. Herb Hutchinson

6:30pm Bro. Dennis Terry

7:15pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson

*there will not be Sunday School for the older classes on Sunday the 15th

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from WSBT!!!

By wsbt | December 26, 2014



Our excuses & God’s answers for the New Year

“I’m not going to work as hard in the Church this year as I did last year”- Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Rev. 2:10

“Somone else can do it better than I can”- Then Peter, turning about, seeth John and saith to Jesus, Lord and what shall this man do ? Jesus saith unto him what is that to thee? Follow thou me. So then everyone of us shall give account of himself to God. John 21:20-22:Romans 213:12

“I’m not qualified for the job-not educated-I can’t talk before people.”- My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.11Cor 12:9

“I have too many other community activities.”- Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Matt. 6:23

“I’ve been working hard, I want to rest awhile.”- If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whoseoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Luke 9:23-24

“Someone criticized me.”- Not as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;with good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.  Ephesians 6:6-7

“I don’t feel like it. I have to rest when I get home from work.”- And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. And He prayed,saying, not my will but thine be done. Matt. 26:39

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