Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
Lent 3 Crosses
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.
March 2019
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

This is an article from frequently asked questions.
"Q:  Do Lutherans have to give up something for Lent as some other denominations require?
A:  From the perspective of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, "giving something up for Lent" is entirely a matter of Christian freedom. It would be wrong, from our perspective, for the church to make some sort of "law" requiring its members to "give something up for Lent," since the Scriptures themselves do not require this. If, on the other hand, a Christian wants to give something up for Lent as a way of remembering and personalizing the great sacrifice that Christ made on the cross for our sins, then that Christian is certainly free to do so--as long as he or she does not "judge" or "look down on" other Christians who do not choose to do this."  (
March 6th is Ash Wednesday which begins the season of Lent. Instead of giving up something for Lent, I would encourage you to do something for Lent.  I would encourage you to make Wednesday and Sunday Morning Worship services a priority during Lent. I am encouraging you to come and worship the Lord Christ who suffered and died. We should do this all year round, but we add the extra service during Lent.
I would also encourage you to do daily devotions. Daily devotions are great for your spiritual discipline. Daily devotions are a great family activity. Conversations centered around God's Word are powerful. I would encourage you to come to Sunday morning Bible study. In depth study of the Bible is a way we grow corporately in our relationship to Christ.
Find ways to serve your neighbor in the name of Christ during Lent. Do something for someone else. Do something for your church. Serve, the suffering servant who gave his life for you, by serving others. We grow closer to Christ when we give ourselves in service to others. Love as Christ loves you. Forgive as you have been forgiven. Do amazing things for others during Lent and all year long.

I would like to see you do something for Christ during Lent.  Instead of giving up something for Lent, do something for Lent.


Lenten Dinners

Come join us for a great opportunity to fellowship and enjoy delicious food during the upcoming Lenten season!  Our first Lenten dinner will take on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
March 6th
This is Ash Wednesday and the Meals on Wheels group will provide dinner
March 13th
Friends for Christ will host a lasagna/spaghetti dinner
March 20th
This week is currently open
March 27th
This week is currently open
April 3rd
The Craft Group will provide a delicious meal
April 10th
This week is currently open
April 18th
This is Maundy Thursday and the LWML will host a smoked brisket dinner
April 21st
Easter Breakfast - we will need many volunteers to help make this another huge success!
If you or someone you know would like to help, please contact Christine Fauss (913-645-4003 or email  We have several weeks currently open so if you can help provide a meal, sponsor a meal, anything, we would be greatly appreciate it.
Thank you!  Hope to see you there!

Easter Lilies

Each year members of Christ Our Savior purchase Easter Lilies to adorn the altar area during Holy Week.  Beginning March 10th, you can place your orders. A display will be placed in the entry of the church with information and envelopes to place your payment in. Please make checks payable to Sandy Barsh.

Update from our Church Planning Meeting
The Christ our Savior congregational planning meeting took place on Saturday, February 9th, 2019.  The meeting began at 9:00 a.m.  Those in attendance included Pastor Andy, Debbie Keltner, Howard and Sharon Meyer, Paul and Linda Richards, Joe Gregar, Richard and Christine Fauss, Janie Ott, Mindy Bell, Bob Kirkpatrick, Cindy Karrow, Teresa Schlegel, Jeff Axmann, Michelle Eickhoff, Molly Strubbe, Tyler Roth, and Julie Herl.

Pastor Andy opened the meeting with prayer and led a discussion around why we should plan.  We need to be flexible (James 4:13-17), we need to make a plan (Proverbs 21:5), we need to have a heart desire and passion to fulfill our plans (Psalm 20:4), and be mindful of the costs (Luke 14:28-33).

The next topic centered around who we are as a congregation.  The first area of discussion was related to our Passion.  We need to follow our Mission Statement (this can be found on our website under the Constitution and Bylaws tab), always be in Prayer and build each other up at all times.  The second area of discussion related to what our Potential as a congregation is.  We should work at being more involved in our community, inviting people to join us for worship, getting to know our current members and visitors, and provide more fellowship opportunities through events and programs that will allow all of our members new and old to grow together.  The third area centered around our Strengths as a congregation.  One of our strengths is how we welcome visitors who join us.  We offer a welcoming environment that encourages people to come back.  Another area of strength is our ability to come together and support one another in times of need and/or crisis.  Many of our members have been blessed by this strength.

The next area of discussion centered around opportunities our church has in our community.  The first area of discussion related to Community Needs.  There are so many wonderful events and organizations we could be more involved in every year within our community. The areas noted were: Fourth of July, Labor Day parade and celebration event, Ciderfest Run, Cedar Cove, Funeral Home, Miss B's, Football games, Senior Living/Transportation, and the AA group. The next area of discussion related to whether or not we can meet these needs.

The meeting then began discussing needs within our church.  Pastor Andy and Howard Meyer have been working on updates to our Constitution and Bylaws.  It was established that we are not currently following our constitution so we either need to make changes to how we're doing things or change the constitution itself.  We need to be mindful of our current constitution and make changes that adhere to the current boundaries.  Debbie Keltner volunteered to assist with re-writing the Constitution and Howard Meyer suggested including Bob Kirkpatrick as well.

The discussion then related to the boards and groups that need leaders.  Below is a list of the openings and the individuals who volunteered to fill some of them (Thank you so much for volunteering!). If you are interested in volunteering for any of the remaining open positions, please let Pastor know.

Board of Finance - Open
Board of Worship - Janie Ott
Board of Education - Tyler Roth
Board of Endowment - Jeff Axmann
Board of Elders - Howard Meyer
Christian Care Chairperson - Christine Fauss
Youth Group (after Michelle and Gerry Eickhoff) - Open

Bob Kirkpatrick shared with the group that he would really like to see us have a Christian movie night once a month for the public.  He sees this as a wonderful opportunity to bring more people into our congregation and be more involved in the community.  He will continue to work on making this happen.

The next topic involved our Church Calendar.  Every month we have Friends for Christ (first Saturday), Council Meeting (first Tuesday), and LWML (second Monday).  We also know when Fourth of July and the Labor Day Parade/Event takes place so these could be planned at any time.  Areas that we need to have in our calendar but need flexibility with included Lenten Dinners, Easter Breakfast, Vacation Bible School, Meals on Wheel Pie Auction, Rally Sunday, Advent Dinners, Children's Christmas Program, Church Decorating, and Special Music.

Heidi Wolf and Carrie Gregar have volunteered to lead our Vacation Bible School this year and have set the week of June 10th for this. More information will be coming soon.  Thank you so much to Heidi and Carrie for volunteering!

As you can see, the meeting was a huge success with lots of productive discussion.  Watch for additional meetings and updates in the future.  Thank you to everyone who attended!

It's time for Bierocks!

It's time to place your order for those yummy delicious bierocks!
$5 for an individual Bierock
$40 a batch (15 bierocks in a batch)

Place your orders on the order form in the narthex
Orders run now thru Sunday, March 17th!

You can pick up your order between 12:45 and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday March 23 in the church basement
All proceeds will go to help our youth get to the National Youth Gathering this July 2019 in Minnesota!
please make checks payable to: COS- C/O Youth Group
HELP NEEDED: Any adults that would like to help make bierocks on Saturday, March 23; we plan to begin the process at 7:00 a.m.  We would love the extra hands, baking sheets and rolling pins!  Come join us and then take your biercocks home with you- hot out of the oven!

Biscuits & Gravy Fundraiser
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, March 3rd
Time: Between church services (9-10:00)
Where: COS Basement
Youth: We are asking youth to bring one gallon of milk (white or chocolate) or juice.  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.

"You"th Group Friends and Family Event
"You"th Group Laser Tag / Lunch Outing
Mark your calendars now!

Sunday, March 24th (sign-up by March 17th)
11:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Pizza Street Buffet (2018 E Santa Fe Street in Olathe) and Advanced Laser Tag (2026 E Santa Fe Street in Olathe)
$6.00 per game plus tax for 1-2 games of tag; $5.75 per game plus tax for 3-5 games.  Also bring money for lunch.
What to bring:
Yourself, Friend and your Parents!
Please fill out the online waiver for tag (anyone under the age of 18).  You can find the waiver at
Sign up:
Please sign-up in narthex by March 17th or contact Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff via email at or text Michelle at 913-302-5282 .  This will allow us if you are planning on attending so we can reserve a time for our group!
Lutheran Valley Retreat (LVR) - Summer Camp!
Summer is fast approaching and we are just weeks away from registration opening for the Kansas District Summer Camps at LVR in Colorado (July 16 - 21). This camp is for high school students who will graduate from high school in 2019 to 2023.  This includes the current 8th grade class.
Registration opens March 1, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. These spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay in letting your youth leader know you want to come!
The Youth Group will pay the deposit of $100 per youth for all COS Youth.  This is required to hold a registration spot.  This $100 deposit will be applied to the total cost - $50 is non-refundable; $430 - includes transportation, camp fees, meals at camp, and spiritual life programming. Travel day's meals are not included.)  The remaining amount of $330 must be covered by you.
After May 17th, NO MONEY is refunded unless a substitution can be made from the waiting list.  If a substitution can be made then a refund is made minus $50 which is still non-refundable.  Substitutions and refunds must be handled by Pam Amey.  Note that $50 of the registration fee will also need to be paid back to the youth group if you cancel.
ALL forms, including the Physical, are due by April 1, 2019.  These forms must be turned into Gerry & Michelle by March 17th. Youth must   provide a physician signed physical evaluation form from a physical evaluation done within the prior 16 months to camp dates.   School/Sports physicals are acceptable. All the forms can be downloaded at the District Summer Camp Website: k  or see Gerry & Michelle for forms.

If you have any questions, please see Gerry and Michelle Eickhoff.
In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Lenten Dinners
Easter Lilies
Church Planning Meeting
It's time for Bierocks!
Biscuits & Gravy Fundraiser
Youth Group Friends & Family Event
LVR Summer Camp
Friends for Christ
Best Choice Labels
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


italian-feast.jpg Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner (1507 N. Broadway St.).

The menu this month calls for  casseroles, layered dishes or anything you want to bring! Everyone is invited so come join us!  Great food, great fellowship and a bible study!  Hope to see you there!

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 will have a box in the narthex to begin collecting the labels within the next few weeks.  So please keep your eyes open for the label box and help us raise some funds!
Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, March 11th, at 7:00 pm in the church basement. There will be a Bible study and a short business meeting.
If you have any questions, Please contact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 or Linda Newman, 837-5116.

Altar Flowers

Currently Open
03/10 Michelle and Gerry Eickhoff's 28th Anniversary
03/17 Walania Family in loving memory of Andrew's 12th Birthday
03/24 Wayne Varns in celebration of Charlene's Birthday
03/31 Currently Open

Sign up for flowers in the narthex or call Sandy Barsh at 837-2997.
Bring flowers to church before the 8:00 a.m. service or contact Sandy Barsh to provide the flowers for $20 (checks payable to Sandy Barsh).  Flowers can be taken home after the 2nd service. Vases should be returned to church.


March Education



During Lent, Confirmation and Bible Study will not be meeting.  Everyone is encouraged to attend the Lenten dinners and services during this time.



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


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Official Acts


Randy Rausch & Tricia Walania
February 22, 2019

Funeral Services

January 24, 2019
Rick Stevens

January 29, 2019
Lois Richards

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

Colin Alexander
Dylan Ash
Jim Buckman
Garrett Cline
Mark Edgar
Thomas Glick
Maurissa Glick
Jeremy Howard
Zac Howard
Freddy Hurt
Greg Jeffrey
Tyler Jordan
James Keltner
Tom Moore
Rob O'Bannon
Rob Ortman
Garrett Rausch
Lindsay Rausch
Kelly Streck
Allison Walania
D.J. Weaver

March Anniversaries
3/09/1991  Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff
3/10/2007  Jason & Courtney Allen
3/12/2005  Scott & Erin Marsh
3/27/1978  Alan & Janet Paegelow

March Birthdays
3/02    Kim Weber
3/03    Kahlan Aguayo
3/03    Olive McDaniel
3/03    Shyloh Waite
3/05    Brett Rangel
3/06    Rich Heishman
3/08    Jase Hovey
3/10    Courtney Allen
3/10    Adrianna Gregar
3/11    Sharon Meyer
3/12    Gail Brown
3/12    Heather Smith
3/13    Michelle Henry
3/13    Kelsey Keltner
3/13    Pastor Andy Keltner
3/20    McKenna Lohse
3/21    Gerry Eickhoff
3/21    Alice Knop
3/22    Jim Bell
3/22    Jacob Rangel
3/22    Ryan Varns
3/23    Hailey Marsh
3/25    Eamon Grove
3/28    Kendall Karrow
3/29    Marian Allen
3/29    Alek Vance
3/30    Christine Fauss
3/30    Joe Keltner
3/30    Jacob Weber

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