Westside Baptist Temple

Happy 38th Anniversary Westside Baptist Temple!!

By wsbt | June 24, 2016




We will be celebrating our Church’s 38th Anniversary this Sunday, June 25th  and are so excited how God has blessed us throughout the years. 

Our first service was Sunday, June 28th, 1978 in a small office building on Castellano street.


Nine people, the Pastor, his family and Missionary Eldon Tudor and his family, were present.

Our first service, June 1978

On January 28th, 1979, we formed our Charter Membership with 37 members. The only active members from the original 37 today are Pastor , Marilyn and Michelle. We met in another small office building on Sunland Park, then rented a building on Festival St. for a while. We then rebuilt a building on Shorty Lane in March of 1980 while we saved money for our land and present Church building. We moved into our permanent location in November of 1992.

We have had 9 of our men surrender to God’s work. We have also started 7 Outreach Ministries which are:

– Missions Program

-Prison Ministry

-Rescue Mission Ministry (not currently active)

-Food Pantry

-Van Ministry

– Westside Baptist Temple Academy (just finished our 21st year!)

-Bible Institute (not currently active)

We pray for the completion of our gym and for the safety of those working on it. Thank you to all who are a part and have been a part of our wonderful Church Family.  Make sure your family and friends know where you go to church and bring them with you!

We have lots of pictures on our Facebook site. Check them out!

This is our  founding and current Pastor and wife, Carl & Marilyn Chitwood:



And our Assistant Pastor and school Principal and his wife Bro. Bob & Linda Babnick:


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A Christian Father’s Ten Commandments

By wsbt | June 16, 2016



1. Thou shalt hold no other group more important that the family unit, in all thy ways being faithful to it.

2. Thou shalt teach thy sons and daughters to love, respect, and obey their parents.

3. Thou shalt be a loving and considerate husband.

4. Thou shalt not speak in a manner unbecoming to a Christian gentleman.

5. Thou shalt, by example, make Sunday a special day set aside for God and for worship as a family.

6. Thou shalt provide for thy family-spiritually and physically- in an adequate manner.

7. Thou shalt promote and lead family worship in thy home.

8. Thou shalt be honest in all thy dealings.

9. Thou shalt respect the desires and freedoms of thy family as individuals.

10. Thou shalt be the head of thy household, while ruling it with love.

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Do You Know What Our Pledge of Allegiance Means?

By wsbt | June 1, 2016


Red Skelton tells about a teacher he had when he was in the 7th grade:

“We were reciting the pledge of allegiance one day, our teacher, Mr. Laswell walked over and said, ‘I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the pledge of allegiance all semester and it seems that it has become monotonous for you.

If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word:

I- Me, an individual, a committee of one.

Pledge– Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self pity.

Allegiance- My love and my devotion.

To the flag– Our standard Old Glory, a symbol of freedom, wherever she waves, there’s respect because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, freedom is everybody’s job.

United– That means that we have all come together .

States- Individual communities that have united into 48 great states. Forty eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose: and that’s love for country.

And to the Republic– Republic: a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands-

One nation– One nation meaning, so blessed by God.

Indivisible- Incapable of being divided.

With Liberty– Which is freedom. The right of power to live one’s own life without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

And justice– The principle or qualities of dealing fairly with others.

For all– For all, which means boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the pledge of allegiance: UNDER GOD. Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said ,”that is a prayer”, and that would be eliminated from schools too?”

Pray for America!


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Why We Observe Memorial Day

By wsbt | May 25, 2016


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 cemeteries, 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.

We thank those who gave all 


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Happy Mother’s Day!

By wsbt | May 3, 2016

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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Steve Weatherford will be with us Sunday, May 1st

By wsbt | April 5, 2016



Please join us Sunday,May 1st 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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When the Blind Man Saw The Cross

By wsbt | March 17, 2016

cross with thorns
               “What is all the noise on Golgotha that the people are running toward?”
                                            “They go to crucify two men and a deceiver.”
                             “Who are those two for whom death resentfully awaits?”
                                “Thieves, murderers, plunderers, notorious criminals.”
                              “And who is the deceiver whom they crucify with them?”
                                             “Ask the Pharisees; it’s their business.”
                                                                  “I will go to see…”

When I said “to see” I was reminded of the years that I was blind!  O, how I remember the moment that He stood before me and, with compassion knelt and took mud from the ground and rubbed it onto my eyes. H told me to go to the pool of Siloama and wash them. When I first saw the Light-giver in front of me, I saw all the beauty of the world in His face and in His eyes hope. I looked all around with my two eyes and saw everything-the ground, every rock, and every living, breathing form. What life, what joy the light has He brought to me!

     But let me go to see this deceiver who will be nailed to the cross. Towards the hill the people go, scoffing and clamorous and confused.  Thousands of voices rumble together like one voice-like a curse. Where are they going?  To the side, three mourners hold a fainting one. She may be the poor mother! Suddenly the noisy crowd is silenced.


They nail. Agonizing groans drowns out the pounding, and the first two crosses are raised.


Again they nail, but no groans are heard. LOOK! The third cross is raised.


Is it YOU who gave me sight that they call a deceiver?  And is the fate of my eyes to see this and to cry?  What do I need with the beauty of the earth and sky? Take away the light You gave me, and make me blind again!

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How to Be Miserable in 20 Easy Steps

By wsbt | March 8, 2016

spring forward color

Set your clocks ahead 1 hour this Saturday, March 12th.




1. Use “I” as often as possible

2. Always be sensitive to slights

3. Be jealous and envious

4. Think only about yourself

5. Talk only about yourself

6. Trust no one

7. Never forget a criticism

8. Always expect to be appreciated

9. Be suspicious

10. Listen greedily to what others say of you

11. Always look for faults in others

12. Do as little as possible for others

13. Shirk your duties if you can

14. Never forget a service you may have rendered

15. Sulk if people are not grateful for your favors

16. Insist on consideration and respect

17. Demand agreement with your own views on everything

18. Always look for a good time

19. Love yourself first

20. Be selfish at all times

Now, add the words “in church” behind each of these statements, and see how easily your walk with God will stumble.

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Pray For Our Missionaries

By wsbt | February 26, 2016

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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Please Join Us For our 36th Annual Missions Conference February 19th-21st

By wsbt | January 14, 2016


   “There was a man sent from God…”

John 1:6

We will have with us:

Evangelist- Dr. Herb & Helen Hutchinson

herb hutchinson

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

Missionaries to Durban, South Africa-Jeff & Robin Demarest


Jeff Demarest

Bro. Jeff & Robin have been Missionaries to Africa since 1990. They recently moved to Durban, South Africa after working in  Kenya and Uganda.  Along with church planting, starting a Bible Institute, and training Pastors,they are involved in Scripture ministry and distribution.



Missionaries to the Philippines-Mark & Jen Cruz


Mark Cruz1

Bro. Mark Cruz will be starting a church in Tagaytay City in the Philippines. Along with soul winning, teaching and preaching, they also plan to start more churches in neighboring countries.

Click here to watch his presentation video



Speaker & Service Schedule

Friday- 19th: 7pm Bro. Jeff Demarest

7:45pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson

Saturday- 20th: 7pm Bro. Mark Cruz

7:45pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson

Sunday- 21st: 10am Bro. Jeff Demarest

11am Dr. Herb Hutchinson

6:30pm Bro. Mark Cruz

7:15pm Dr. Herb Hutchinson

*there will not be Sunday School for the older classes on Sunday the 21st

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