Confirmation will resume Wednesday, September 8th. Becca will be sending out more information very soon. If you have a child of confirmation age PLEASE email Becca in the office, so she can make sure they are on the list. And if you don't get the confirmation email that will be sent out by the middle of this month, your child isn't on the list.
Sunday School resumes for all ages on September 12th!
**The Church Council is looking to fill the position of Financial Chair. This is an oversight position dealing with stewardship and budget. If this is something you would be interested in please contact Janie Ott or Pastor for more information.**
Counting Our Blessings... And Giving Thanks!
Many were instrumental this month and deserve our heartfelt thanks.
To: Mindy Bell and all of her helpers (Allie and Ashley Bell, Myriam, Logan and Porter Burton, Drew and Grace Walania and Pastor Andy) for all of your hard work putting VBS together. Everyone had a wonderful time! Thank you.
To: the LWML for providing donuts for everyone. It was such a great way to gather and commune as a church family. Thank you.
To: Michelle Eickhoff for filling in on the piano. We appreciate the extra that you do. Thank you.
To: Joe Gregar for jumping in on the community center project. Thank you for your leadership.
08/01 The Richards in recognition of all of God's blessings.
08/08 In celebration of Sam
Walania's 9th birthday!
08/29 The Richards in recognition of all of God's blessings.
Those who have signed up for flowers have two options:
You can provide your own. They must be at the church before the 8 AM service.
Sandy can get them for you for $20. (Make checks payable to Sandy Barsh.)
Flowers may be taken home after the 10:30 AM service. Please return vases to the church when flowers are done. You may contact Sandy Barsh at 913-548-9588 for questions or to fill and open date.
The Lutheran Witness is the official magazine of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, serving as a key source of information for members of the LCMS churches.
New and renewal subscriptions are due by August 15th.
The cost is $18.00.
Envelopes are in the entry hall at church.
08/04 Drake Varns
08/06 Sam Walania
08/07 Lila Marsh
08/08 Alyce Crow
08/10 Kevin Erwin
08/11 Cooper McDaniel
08/13 Cindy Karrow
08/16 Jeff Lohse
08/18 Jordan Brown
08/19 William Helms
08/20 Cole Mynsted
08/20 Vernon Rausch
08/23 Avery Graham
08/24 Jessica Erwin
08/24 Steele Smith
08/29 David Sharp
08/30 Kate Sweyko
08/31 Marilyn Towne
08/03 Charles & Lindy Spinner
08/14 Tim & Amanda Gregar
In the Military
Military members and friends of our congregation include:
Evelyn Haguewood passed away on Sunday, July 25th. Please keep Janie, Tim (Ott) and the entire family in your prayers.
Worship: 8 AM, 10:30 AM
& 7 PM
*No Sunday School during summer break.*
10 AM- 2 PM
Please contact us if we missed your birthday or anniversary so we can update our records.
Christ Our Savior newsletter is published monthly and produced in email and print versions.
Pastor Andy Writes...
What if everyone who considers Christ Our Savior their church, showed up at second service one Sunday in August? Would there be enough places for everyone to sit? Would there be enough bulletins? Would we have enough wafers and cups set up for communion?
What if we all the children, of all the families in the church, came to Sunday school in September? Would we have enough teachers? Would we have enough lesson plans? Would we have enough room?
What if every member gave their first fruits to God? What would we do with all this money? Would we have enough counters? Would we fight over what ministries we could support? Would we have to hire another staff person?
What if every member regularly read their bible? Would they be motivated to share their faith in the community? Would this bring in more people to worship? Would families be stronger, and children be empowered by God’s truth?
What if we had too many Sunday school teachers? What if we had too many people who wanted to help with music and worship? What if we have too many people who wanted to serve the church in leadership? What if we had groups that wanted to go on mission trips or serve in community?
These are things I ponder. Then I remember what my dad used to say: “If wishes and buts were candy and nuts we would all have a merry Christmas.” We tend to, “what if”, ourselves a lot. When we, “what if”, we are expressing a dissatisfaction with the way things are. This is okay if you are identifying problems and working out solutions. This is damaging if you only identify problems. If all you do is identify problems, then all you are doing is complaining. Nobody likes a complainer.
God encourages us to look at the possibilities. Paul, in Philippians, says:
“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Paul faces difficulties, and he trusts God to strengthen him. In Luke, Chapter 1, the angel tells a frightened teenaged girl,
“For nothing will be impossible with God.”
God calls us to participate in worship. God calls us to give our first fruits. God calls us serve on another. God promises to provide for all our needs. God assures us that He has redeemed us. We are declared righteous through the suffering and death of Christ on the cross. God tells us that we are His disciples. God commissions us to proclaim His truth and bring hope and peace to all nations. God is faithful. What if we trust in His promise and respond to His call?
What if you see something that needs to be done in our church or our community, and did something positive and proactive, instead of waiting for someone else to step up and help? What if you placed your relationship to God as a priority? Here’s what Jesus tells us,
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
Allow God to use you to accomplish His purpose. May God fill your life with opportunities to share His love and live your faith.
Meet the Seely family! From L-R: Cheyenne, Nick, Beckett, Christina, and Chelbi. All three children were baptized on July 15th, in a private family service. Welcome them to the COS family.
VBS went great last month! My thanks to all that were able to attended, and BIG thank you to all the volunteers for helping make VBS happen! I could not have done it without you all. Check out the video below to see some of what the kids did!
This summer we have tried to develop the idea of a church family by providing opportunities for all three services to come together, meet and interact with each other. The Elders provided breakfast in June, the LWML provided a donut social in July and for August we have something extra special planned.
Becca Burton, Mindy Bell and Stacy Grove have been hard at work planning the details for a church wide scavenger hunt!
Here's how this is going to work:
The Hunt will "open" on Sunday, August 22nd at the end of the second service.
You will work as family teams to solve the riddles and complete the assigned tasks.
You will need a phone with a camera and a way around town to play.
You must be signed up to participate! (To sign up you can fill out the form below or call the office and talk to Becca.)
The first clue will be text to the mobile phone number that you provided at the end of the second service. (Sometime around 11:45.)
Upon solving the clue/completing the task you will text the required information to the number that originally text you. You will then be sent the next clue and so on and so on.
There will be prizes to pick up at different stops and at the end of the scavenger hunt names will be placed in a drawing to win more incredible prizes.
There will also be prizes for the first and last place family teams.
Sounds like fun, right?!? Sign up below or call Becca.
With services beginning to look more like normal, COS is looking for more volunteers to help! Needed are ushers, lectors, acolytes and sound people for both the 8 and 10:30 AM services. If this is something that you or your child would be interested in please email Becca by hitting the button below! She'll get you put on the rotation immediately!
For those of you receiving the newsletter in print form, you may call the office at 913-837-4502 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a sign up sheet in the Narthex. The Elders will be hosting a training event for those that sign up.
Eagle Scout Project!
Our son Mark Meigs is currently working on his Eagle Scout project. He is part of Troop 101 here in Louisburg. He picked a conservation/recycling project that benefits our local Louisburg Lions Club.
His project is to collect stretchable plastic items such as the acceptable items listed in picture. This project helps to keep these plastics out of local landfills and if he reaches a goal of 500lbs, a park bench will be made from these recyclables and will be donated to the community.
The current collection bin is at Orscheln’s in Louisburg. We would appreciate your donations to help Mark achieve his goal of collecting 500lbs of stretchable plastic, by December 31st, 2021. More collection sites will be added soon. Please feel free to share to help get the word out.