Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
Christ Our Savior
Lutheran Church
5 South 8th Street
Louisburg, KS 66053

Worship 8 a.m. 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. 
Sunday School 9:15a.m.-10:15a.m.
October 2018
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

Whoever is separated from the Church and is joined to an adulteress, is separated from the promises of the Church; nor can he who forsakes the Church of Christ attain to the rewards of Christ. He is a stranger; he is profane; he is an enemy. He can no longer have God for his Father, who has not the Church for his mother.  (Cyprian of Carthage, Translated by Robert Ernest Wallis. From Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 5. Edited by Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe. Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1886.)
I found this quote while I was doing research for "Everyone a Witness Bible Study".  It is important that we worship God in his church. It is important for our spiritual well being that we are nourished by the Word and Sacrament ministry of the church.
Every year the church sets a budget. The trend is that when attendance is down giving is down. Therefore budget time is painful for those who are in leadership in the church. Biblically first fruit giving is part of our spiritual discipline. We respond to our loving God by giving our first fruits in worship. We give, out of gratitude for what God has given us.
I believe that churches have spiritual problems and that is why there are money problems. The only way to grow spiritually is though the Word and Sacrament. When we are separated from the Word and Sacrament ministry of the church we do not grow. We become spiritually weak.
I would ask you to evaluate your worship.  I would ask you to evaluate your giving. I would encourage you to come to worship. I would encourage you to study God's Word corporately and privately. I would encourage you to invite others to come and worship with you.

Invest in your relationship to God.  He invested his all to redeem you. God sent his Son to die that we might have life.  This is something to celebrate and share.
Pastor Andy

Sunday School is back in session!
Sunday School  

Join us Sunday mornings for Sunday School and Bible Studies.  Music begins at 9:15 a.m. downstairs followed by Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:30 a.m.
Several new faces join the teaching staff.  This year the staff includes:  Tricia Walania (Preschool & Kindergarten); Mindy Bell (Grades 1 - 3); and Stacy Grove (Grades 4 - 7).  We appreciate their willingness to step in and teach.  Gerry and Michelle Eickhoff continue to  teach the 8th through High School Class and  Pastor Andy leads the Adult Bible Study.
We also want to take this opportunity to thank Deb Bell, Angie Graham, and Paulette Varns for all their years of service!  You have been a blessing to all the children and to Christ Our Savior for your dedication.
Our prayer is that you and your family take advantage of this opportunity to study God's Word.  Hope to see you Sundays at 9:15 a.m.

Financial News
Christ Our Savior needs you!  The church's expenses are exceeding the offering.  During the summer we experience lower than average attendance but our expenses remained steady and some increased - primarily due to utilities.  The Church Council has cut expenses to make our dollars stretch as far as they can.
But, now we need your help.  Our prayer is that you and your family will come to services on Sundays.  We have three times to choose from: 8 AM, 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM.  Sunday nights are very casual and everyone in attendance receives a special prayer.
Please review your giving to our church.  We rely on weekly offering to pay the bills.  Any increase is welcome and it will help.
Consider electronic giving to be able to budget your offering for weekly, semi-monthly or monthly giving.  Forms are available near the front door of the church.  Contact Linda Richards or ask any council member for help with the forms.  If you are already giving electronically you may increase the amount using the same form or contact Linda Richards for help.
Pray for continued growth.  We have gained new members this year and we are very thankful that they found their way to Christ Our Savior.  Ask a friend, bring your neighbors!  Come to Sunday Adult Bible Study or Wednesday night Bible Study to learn more about how to share the Good News!
The holidays are approaching and that means shopping.  If you make purchases through Amazon, please consider using and designating Christ Our Savior in Louisburg, Kansas as your charity. Amazon deposits a small percentage based on our collective purchases into the church's checking account quarterly.  This is at no cost to you.
We will present the budget for 2019 at a Voters Meeting in December. If you would like a copy of the proposed budget currently under consideration, please contact Cindy Karrow at or call the church office and leave a message.  We welcome your input. The Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm in the church basement.
Watch for Financial News updates in email and newsletters.
Your Church Council
Paul Richards
Rich Heishman
Julie Herl
Cindy Karrow
Come to church hungry and join the Youth for their Biscuits and Gravy Fundraiser!

Come on down for an "All you can eat" Biscuits & Gravy, eggs, hash browns, cinnamon rolls with fruit, coffee and juice.
Date: Sunday, October 7th
Time: 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Where: COS Basement
Cost: suggested $5.00 Donation - the proceeds will be used by the Youth for their District and National Youth Gatherings
Youth: We are asking youth to arrive at 8:30 a.m. Please bring 1 can of biscuits (already baked please!).  We are also asking that you come down to help prep, cook, serve the meal and clean-up.

Youth Group Casserole and Bake Sale set for October 21st

Each participating youth is to make a casserole or two (oven-ready) and bring it on Sunday, October 21.  We will be selling the casseroles between services and after 2nd service.  Please provide name of casserole and directions for cooking your casserole (i.e. - oven temperature and time for cooking).  Also provide a thank you for the purchase!  We will sell each casserole for $15.  The more casseroles we have, the more money we can add towards the next National Youth Gathering in 2019 or summer camps.
We also talked about selling items like cinnamon rolls, and breads along with the casseroles.  If you would like to do this in addition to the casserole to help us out, we would welcome it.
Thank you for your help!
Gerry & Michelle

Help us raise money for our Youth Group!

It's easy, just save labels for cash.  Just save the labels of Best Choice products. Be sure to save the UPC portion (proof of purchase). Our youth group will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC's sent in.  So far we have only 400 UPC codes.  We have a box in the narthex to collect the labels.  Please keep your eyes open for the label box and help us raise some funds!

LVR - Lutheran Valley Retreat - Summer Camp 2019!!

Are you ready for LVR 2019?

Start making plans now if you want to go!  Due to the National Youth Gathering being the same time we normally go to LVR, we have to change the week the Kansas District heads to Colorado.
LVR will be June 16-21 and there are only 60 spots available! So when registration opens make sure you get your name in early!
Please let Gerry & Michelle know ASAP if you are interested in going! 

PLEASE NOTE:  Do to all of our funds going to the National Gathering; the youth group will not be able to cover camp costs this year.

Kansas District Youth Gathering 2018


November 16-18, 2018 (Friday night - Sunday late morning)
Where: Hutchinson, Kansas
Who: Youth in grades 9th - 12th
$80 per room / per night (Youth Group will pay)
$42.50 (Youth Group will pay the remaining $42.50). 

After Oct 1st - $115 per person and you will pay the difference (youth group will pay $42.50).

After Nov 1st - $135 per person and you will pay the difference (youth group will pay $42.50).
Meal Cost: Plan on an average of $15 per meal (Friday night, Saturday morning (unless we get donations??), Saturday Evening, Sunday Morning (unless we get donations?), Sunday Lunch) = $75 per person
Speaker: Rev. Travis Hartje, DCE Hailey Jo Miller
Band: Remedy Drive
Additional Information: Talk with Michelle & Gerry Eickhoff if you have any questions regarding this event

2019 National Youth Gathering
July 11 - 15, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota

We have already registered for the National Gathering in 2019 but there is still room for you!   If you are interested in attending and missed the mandatory meeting in August, please contact Gerry &/or Michelle Eickhoff ASAP.

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Sunday School is back!
Financial News
Biscuits & Gravy Fundraiser
Casserole / Bake Sale
Best Choice Labels
Summer Camp 2019
Kansas District Youth Gathering
2019 National Youth Gathering
Friends for Christ
Craft Group Update
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet on Saturday, October 6th at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner.  Bring a soup to share.  Good food, fellowship and a Bible Study.  What a great way to end a week!

Craft and Gift Sale

Craft Group is alive and well! After a very busy summer, we are getting the band back together. 

Please join us on a trip to the Maple Leaf Festival in Baldwin City, Kansas on Saturday, October 20th.  we will leave from the church parking lot around 8:00 a.m. to car pool to Baldwin City. We plan to return to Louisburg mid-to-late afternoon depending on the weather.  Everyone is welcome to join us!  There are craft booths, local artists, food vendors, musicians and a parade. 
Contact Cindy Karrow at 913-269-1935 or to let us know that you will go with us.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

LWML will hold their regular meeting Monday, October 8th at 7:00pm in the church basement. There will be a Bible study and a short business meeting after the Bible study. All women of the church are members of LWML and welcome to attend all meetings.

Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month - Sept. thru May at 7:00pm in the church basement.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 or Linda Newman at 837-5116.
Hope to see you there!

Altar Flowers





The Keltner Family celebrating Katie Becker's Birthday


Those who have signed up for flowers have two options:
  1. You can provide you own. They must be at the church before the 8:00am service.
  2. Sandy can get them for you. (As of October 1st, I will need to begin charging $20 for flowers.)
Flowers may be taken home after the 10:30am service. Please return vases to church when flowers are done. You may contact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 for questions or to fill an open date.


October Education



Confirmation Class

6:00 p.m. 

Evening Bible Study

7:00 p.m.  



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  


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Official Acts



Kaliber Ann Muckenthaler

daughter of Paul and Annastasia

August 26, 2018


Transfer In

Heidi Wolf and Ellie Campain



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In the Military
Military members and friends of our congregation include:  

Colin Alexander
Dylan Ash
Jim Buckman
Mark Edgar
Ray Gigliotti
Thomas Glick
Marissa Glick
Jeremy Howard
Zac Howard
Freddy Hurt
Greg Jeffrey
Tyler Jordan
James Keltner
Tom Moore
Rob O'Bannon
Rob Ortman
D.J. Weaver

October Anniversaries

Josh & Kim Weber
Rob & Alicia Vance
Rich & Judy Lohse
Rick & Debi Stephens
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October Birthdays


Ben Rangel

Jared Stewart
Emmersyn Brown

Carrie Gregar
Owen Knop

Lily McDaniel

Bill Smith

Carter Brown

Erin Marsh

Jordan Mynsted

Chris Brown

Ainsley Vance

Craig Holtzen

Katie Becker

Jodi Hovey

Brynn Aguayo

Travis Becker Jr.

Abbey Frazier

Brook Frazier

Alyse Moore

Jennifer Brown

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Contact Info 

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