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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.
August 2018
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
Cancelled Due to Lack of Interest

During the summer, as I look forward to the fall activities, I am tempted to hang a sign that says, "cancelled due to lack of interest". This I know, will never be true. I know that God will never lose interest in his church. I pray that God's children will never lose interest in his church. God told the children of Israel when they grumbled against Moses that they were not grumbling against the prophet but against God.
Confirmation will start in September and Sunday School needs to happen. The questions are: Will there be enough teachers for Sunday School? Will parents support Sunday School by bringing their children? Will the confirmands show up in the fall?
As summer attendance drops, the giving drops. Will we be able to pay the bills this fall? Do we need three services?  It is hard to get readers, greeters, and acolytes. Is it unrealistic for the church to expect her members to be faithful in service and giving?
We have some amazing and faithful people who serve in this church. I wonder how long they will serve. This fall, two of our faithful Sunday school teachers will be unable to teach. I celebrate their service and the gifts they shared. They did an amazing job. The question arises, who will step up to take their place?
Every Sunday, when I see the power-point I am thankful for Debby Axmann who prepares these for worship services. Every seven days two different worship folders are prepared. Thank you, Gloria. The music here is wonderful. We need to thank Michelle and Teresa. Would you be willing to help with the music?
Sometimes I wonder if people do not participate because they are not asked. Sometimes I wonder if we do not say thank you enough. Do we take those who serve for granted? Do we fail to celebrate what they do? We have amazing readers, greeters and acolytes. We have amazing people that are willing to serve in these capacities.  Would you be willing to help?
The other day I was asked. "Pastor do we still have the evening services?"  Yes, we do, every Sunday at 7 PM. We send out a newsletter and emails and still I hear that people were not aware of activities in the church.  Do you have any suggestions as to how we could better communicate?
Gerry and Michelle do a wonderful job with the youth. I know it is frustrating for them, when activities are cancelled due to lack of interest. I am thankful they are willing to serve. I celebrate their ministry.
In Genesis, chapter twenty-two, Abraham is tested. God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. As Abraham and Isaac approach the altar for the sacrifice Isaac asks, "where is the lamb for the burnt offering?" Abraham replies: "God himself will provide the lamb..."

God will provide for his church.  He has sent his Son to be the Lamb who was slain for the sins of the world.  Is God calling you to serve in his church?  The ministry of the church will never be cancelled for lack of interest because God never loses interest in us, his precious and loved children.  The Lord will provide.

2018/2019 Confirmation
Confirmation Class
We will begin confirmation on Wednesday, September 5th, at 6:00 p.m.   A welcome letter with details will be sent to our confirmation students in the next week or two.

If you have a 7th or 8th grader, please contact Gloria at so we don't leave anyone out.  Thank you!

Another Successful Meals on Wheels Dinner and Pie Auction
Christ our Savior hosted the sixth annual Meals on Wheels Dinner and Pie auction on Saturday, July 7th, at the American Legion Hall. The dinner of smoked pulled pork and brisket, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, watermelon, and homemade barbecue sauces was just plain delicious! 67 pies were sold by our auctioneer, Bryan Knop.  We raised $3,524 for the Louisburg Meals on Wheels program.  God has richly blessed the efforts of the following people:
  • Walter Chester for preparing the meat and barbecue sauces.
  • Christine Fauss, assisted by Linda Newman and her grand-niece Alexa, for cooking all of the side dishes.  Christine also baked 16 of her famous pies.
  • Don Newman and Richard Fauss for transporting food, supplies, flowers, etc., as well as setting up before and cleaning up afterwards.
  • Daniel and Kristen Bell for setting up all the tables and chairs.
  • Bob and Gloria Rolofson for manning the front table, selling tickets, distributing auction paddles, collecting pie money, organizing all of the paperwork, and printing flyers and tickets.
  • Cindy Karrow for taking photos and sending them to the local newspaper. 
  • Gwen LawRance, Carolyn Megee, Molly Strubbe, Lois Rausch, Harvey Lightner, Rhonda Kerr, Allison Walania (our youngest baker made 7 pies!), and former member Diana Lynn for baking pies for the auction. 
  • Paul and Linda Richards for applying for and receiving a $250 Thrivent Card to help with expenses. 
  • COS members who donated funds. 
  • Faithful members of the community for donating pies and money. 
  • Louisburg Nursery and Ann's Floral for generously donating plants every year for decorations and prizes. 
  • Everyone who supported this event, whose name has not been listed.

May God bless all of you and continue to bless our efforts on behalf of Meals on Wheels.  Thank you!

Beth Ramsey

P.S.  If you would like to donate money this coming year to defray the cost of next year's event, please write on the memo line of your check "Meals on Wheels account."  Thank you!


Lutheran Witness Subscriptions
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The Lutheran Witness is the flagship magazine of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.  This magazine is a monthly publication (11 issues per year) that offers Synod news, features, columns, Q&A, and more.
New and renewal subscriptions for The Lutheran Witness are due by August 5th .  If you currently subscribe or wish to start a new subscription, please use the envelopes in the church entry hall.  Sample copies of prior issues are also in the entry hall if you would like to "look before you subscribe".  The cost for this year's subscription will be $18.00.
Updates from the Office

Are you interested in serving on Sunday mornings?  We have so many opportunities for people to be involved each week.  We are looking for Sunday School teachers, Greeters, Lectors, Ushers, acolytes, people to help with leading the singing, people to start a children's choir at the beginning of Sunday School so they can perform during worship services, etc. We have a sign-up sheet on the front doors of the church.  Please prayerfully consider volunteering your time and blessing everyone by serving.

Did you know we have a Facebook page?
If you search for Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church - Louisburg, KS, you will find our Facebook page!  Every week we post Pastor's devotion, special announcements and anything important that everyone in the church should be aware of.  It's a great way to stay connected with the happenings of the church.

Did you know we have a church website?  If you search, you will find us.  Everything you need to know about our church is on this website.  If you haven't looked us up, you should consider doing so.

Do you receive our monthly newsletter?  If you aren't receiving it and would like to, contact Gloria at She will be more than happy to include you!

Thank you!

Come Hungry for Biscuits and Gravy

What: Come on down for our monthly "All you can eat" Biscuits & Gravy, eggs, hash browns, cinnamon rolls with fruit, coffee and juice.
Cost: Suggested $5 donation
For: Help the Youth Group raise funds for District & National Gatherings
When: Sunday, August 12th - note the date change due to the Youth Lock-in
Time: Between church services (9-10:00)
Where: COS Basement
Youth: We are asking youth to bring- 2 cans of biscuits (already baked please!).  We are also asking that you be in the basement at 8:30 a.m. to help prep, cook, serve the meal and clean-up.

Youth Group Lock-In

Bread of Life Youth Group Lock- In
For: Music * Food * Fun * Games * Movie * Fellowship
Who: Middle School and High School Students Only!  Invite Your Friends!
When: Saturday, August 4th - Sunday, August 5th
Time: 9:00 p.m. - 10:15 a.m.
COS Church Basement
What to bring: Your favorite snack or two to share with everyone - i.e. - 2 bags of chips; your favorite soft drink - i.e. -Gatorade, Pepsi, etc.
Service Project: Birthday In A Box ( We will donate these boxes to the local food pantries):  please bring in  as many of the following items as you can - boxed cake mix, a tub of frosting, birthday card, candles, sprinkles, cupcake liners, napkins, noise makers, and anything else birthday related.
Optional to Bring: sleeping bag, blanket, pillow - if you feel the need to crash at any point during the night.
to Register: Sign the poster on the bulletin board in the narthex by Sunday, July 29th letting us know you are coming so we can plan.

For more information, please contact youth group leaders - Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff, 913-837-5276 or via email:

Lock-In Help Needed!

To help with this event, we need parent volunteers throughout the night to help supervise some of our activities.   If you are willing to help, please sign up in the narthex or contact Gerry & Michelle at 913-837-5276 or via e-mail:

We are also in need of some supplies for our lock-in.  If you would be willing to donate any of these supplies, please contact Gerry &/or Michelle ASAP.  Below is a list of what we need.

Pancake Mix, Paper Plates, Eggs, Aluminum Foil, Jello Cups, Whipped Cream, Milk, Orange Juice, Microwave Popcorn, Shoeboxes, Drinking Straws, Syrup, Chocolate Chips, Fresh Fruit, Birthday Gift Wrap or Gift Bags.

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In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
2018/2019 Confirmation
Meals on Wheels
Lutheran Witness
Updates from the Office
Come Hungry for Biscuits & Gravy
Youth Group Lock-in
Friends for Christ
God Go With You!
Thank you!
2019 National Youth Gathering
Altar Flowers
Best Choice Labels
Used Gaming Systems
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


graphic-bbq-dad.jpg Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet Saturday, August 4th at 6 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner (1507 N Broadway, Louisburg).  Brats, hot dogs and all the fixings will be on the menu.  If you are reading this you are invited.  You can bring a dish to share or just show up.  We always have plenty of food and always room for more at the table!  It's a great evening of food, fun, and fellowship ending with a Bible Study.

God Go With You!

We wanted to wish all of our 2018 graduating Seniors best wishes and God's blessings as you get ready to begin your new adventure.  Some of you are going to college, some to the military and some to work.  We wish only the best for you!  Keep in touch!
Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Military BibleStick fundraising campaign. We raise $775.00!  Your efforts are helping bring the scriptures to our military abroad.  Thank you so much for participating!
2019 National Youth Gathering

July 11-15, 2019 
Minneapolis, Minnesota

If you are interested in going, please contact Gerry and/or Michelle Eickhoff (913-837-5276) to get information and a participation agreement.  More information on the trip will be coming soon!

Altar Flowers

Walania Family
celebrating Sam's 6th Birthday
8/12 Karrow Family celebrating Cindy's Birthday
8/19 Open
8/26 Open

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.  The amount is $20 and checks can be made out to Sandy Barsh.
Flowers may be taken home after the 10:30 am 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.

August Education
Evening Bible Study
7:00 p.m.

God Connects

We have started a new Bible study on Wednesday evenings. God Connects is a video series explaining the Christian faith in a way that makes it easy to invite a friend, family member, or church visitor. Plain language and helpful illustrations present God's work of salvation in a concise manner. This series is ideal for those with questions about sin, judgment, redemption, Jesus, the believer's life, and more. Come join us tonight!

Help us raise money for our Youth Group!

It's easy, just save the labels of  Best Choice  products for cash. 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 400 UPC codes.  We will a box in the narthex for these labels.  Please keep your eyes open for the label box and help us raise some funds!

Thank you for your help!

Still Wanted - Used Gaming Systems

Do you have an unused Xbox; GameCube or Wii (with controllers) sitting around the house not being used AND in good working condition?  Do you have any games for PlayStation 2, GameCube or Wii rated "E" that you don't play anymore? Then please think about donating it to our youth group!  We are looking for some of these to use for our lock-ins and get together events with the youth!   If you have any of the above and are willing to donate it to the youth, please contact Gerry or Michelle Eickhoff at: or 913-837-5276.

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

August Birthdays

          8/04  Drake Varns
   8/06  Samuel Walania
   8/07  Lila Marsh
   8/08  Alyce Crow
   8/11  Cooper McDaniel
   8/13  Huntre Graham
   8/13  Cindy Karrow
   8/14  Kyra O'Connor
   8/16  Jeff Lohse
   8/17  John Schlegel
   8/18  Jordan Brown
   8/19  William Helms
   8/20  Cole Mynsted
   8/20  Vernon Rausch
   8/21  Kathie Kirkpatrick
   8/23  Avery Graham
   8/24  Steele Smith
   8/27  Karter Muckenthaler
   8/29  David Sharp
   8/30  Kate Sweyko
   8/31  Marilyn Towne

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