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.
2017 Lenten and Holy Week Schedule
April 5th ~ Commandment Four
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with Services at 7:00 p.m.
Assortment of Soup, Salads and Dessert
(Thank you to the Craft Group)

April 9th ~ Palm Sunday
Services at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

April 13th ~ Maundy Thursday
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with Services at 7:00 p.m.
Dinner will be Brisket Dinner
(Thank you LWML)

April 14th ~ Good Friday Service at 7:00 p.m.

April 16th ~ Easter
Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m.
Breakfast at 8:15 a.m.
Children's Activities at 9:00 a.m.
Celebration Services at 10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Congratulations to the 2017 Confirmation Class!

      Wyatt Axmann        Cade Holtzen          Trevin Lohse          Alyse Moore            Aidan Murphy               Koell Smith

Six Christ Our Savior teens studied the Lutheran Faith during the past two school years in preparation for their Confirmation. On April 30th, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, they will be confirmed in the presence of their families and the congregation.

Wyatt Axmann is the son of Jeff & Debby Axmann; Cade Holtzen is the son of Craig and Michelle Holtzen; Trevin Lohse is the son of Jeff and Stephanie Lohse; Alyse Moore is the daughter of Tommy and Alison Moore; Aidan Murphy is the son of Bill and Sharon Murphy; Koell Smith is the daughter of Bill and Heather Smith.

Join us in congratulating these fine young men and women in their accomplishment as they enter the next stage of their faith journey.

April 2017
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
He Is Risen!

This statement, He is risen, is the foundation to our Christian hope.  The fact of the resurrection of Christ gives us hope and peace.  St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15, which is a great chapter on the resurrection and Christian hope, "And if Christ has not been raised from the dead than our preaching is useless and so is your faith." (1 Corinthians 15:14)  The resurrection of Christ gives us hope and confidence that Christ has destroyed the power of death and won for us the everlasting life.  We are victorious in Christ.
The message of the resurrection was critical for the early church.  The church was under persecution.  The Roman Emperors, Nero, Domitian and others set about a wide scale attack on Christians and Christianity.   During this time of persecution it was important that those who followed Christ had a hope that was bigger than life in this world.  This is our hope.  Christ has conquered death.  He has risen.  He has risen indeed.
This hope of the resurrection caused the early Christians to step out into a hostile world and proclaim the truth that Jesus Christ is Lord.  The confidence of the resurrection of the dead empowered them to face persecution and death.  Secular historians recount stories of the Christian Martyrs.  The truth is many Christians sought to avoid persecutions and martyrdom in order to continue to share their faith and spread the Kingdom of God.  In proclaiming Christ they shared the life they had and gave life to the dead. In the face of persecution the church grew.     The fact of the resurrection compelled the Christians to share the reason for the hope they had in Christ.
The fact of the resurrection today should compel our witness.  We have a sure and certain hope.  Our confidence is not in the things of this world but in the certainty of the new heaven and earth.   Challenges to our faith are met with testimonies of God's truth.  We are victorious in Christ.  Christ destroyed the power of sin and death he has arisen.  This is our hope and confidence.
I was asked recently a question: What is the church?  Honestly this was a question for which I was not prepared.  I can give the answers from the catechism and I understand the concept of communion of saints and the church universal.  So I studied "what is a church".   The most compelling answer and I found answer comes from a book by Eugene Peterson titled "Pastor".   This answer can only be understood because of the truth of the resurrection.  He writes:  "The church is the colony of the living in the Kingdom of the dead."  Peterson also writes in his book "Practice Resurrection" writes:  "The practice of resurrection is a deliberate decision to believe and participate in resurrection life.  Life out of death.  Life that trumps death.  Life that is the last word.  Jesus' life."  We are alive and we live because Jesus lives.  Each Sunday we come together and celebrate our resurrected life in Christ.
The fact of the resurrection changes us and compels us to live our faith to share our faith.  We are alive in Christ.  Those who do not know Christ are dead.  We have been called to share the life giving word that Jesus is Lord.  We are called to be lifesavers.   Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed.

The Muckenthaler Family says Thank you!

Kristen Bell, Mable Graham, Samantha McDaniel, Ben Rangel, Koell Smith, and Drake Varns (along with their families) hosted the Lenten dinner on March 15th.  These students are all part of the LHS band.  They are working hard to raise money for their trip to the Rose Parade.

They wanted to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone who came and supported the band during the Lenten dinner on March 15th.  They truly appreciate all of your support!

Order Your Easter Lilies

Each year members of Christ Our Savior purchase Easter Lilies to adorn the altar area during Holy Week.

It's that time of year again!  You can begin placing your order for Easter Lilies until March 21st. Envelopes are available in the narthex of the church.  Please make checks payable to Sandy Barsh.
Important Information from the Church Council

Meals on Wheels - Christ Our Savior helps our local Meals on Wheels program by sponsoring the annual Pie Auction.  The auction is scheduled to take place in early July this year.  We want our members and friends to know that they can make contributions at any time to help with this worthy project.  Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals for senior citizens who need a little extra help.  If you would like to make a contribution to assist with the expenses of the annual Pie Auction, you may mail it in to the church or provide it in a separate envelope with your offering.  Checks should be made out to Christ Our Savior with a note that it is for Meals on Wheels and we will hold the funds for the Pie Auction committee.  If you would like to assist in another way, please contact Beth Ramsey at 316-727-1249.  Thank you! 

Nursery/Cry Room .  Video and Audio have been added to the church nursery/cry room near the church entrance.  This room can be used as needed by adults and children.  We want children to be a part of the worship service with their families, however, we also recognize that sometimes this is not possible and adults need a space to comfort or take care of the child's needs.  We hope that the video and audio will help you stay connected with the service should you need to use this room.   

Community Center building  - The Community Center building is available for use by members and friends.   It can be scheduled by contacting the Church Office.  We only ask a few things in return for using the building: 
  • Please clean up after your event by removing your trash (including bathroom waste baskets) and vacuuming the area that you used.  The trash may be placed in the church trash bin near the shed at the edge of the parking lot. 
  • Check the thermostat to see that it is set appropriately for the season.  If you made adjustments to the temperature, please return the thermostat to the requested temperature listed on the note next to it. 
  • Check the front door to be sure that it is locked. 
  • Turn off all lights and the ceiling fans. 
  • Secure both locks on the back door (door and deadbolt).
  • If there are any issues with plumbing, electrical or heat/ac please let the church office know as soon as possible.  Please email Rich Fauss about these issues:
We would like to avoid charging a cleaning deposit for those who use the space and ask for everyone's help in keeping the Community Center building clean, safe, comfortable and in working order.

Church Council establishes Inclement Weather Guidelines
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church will have regularly scheduled worship services when there is inclement weather in the forecast unless the church is without power.  Call the church office at 913-837-4502 to check; the answering machine will pick up after a few rings if there is power.

If conditions are not favorable to have all services we may elect to have only the 10:30 am service. 
If the weather conditions are icy or otherwise dangerous for walking or driving please stay home.  The sidewalks, steps and parking lot may not be cleared of ice and snow depending on the timing of the weather event.  We advise you to stay at home if you are concerned about falling or driving.    
If there is a power outage and you lose power at your house the church is available as long as it has power.  Call the church office answering machine to check. You may also call Pastor Keltner at 913-837-0303 to check.  Please bring food and bedding for you and your family.  Don't forget necessary medications.
Above all we want you to be safe.  If you stay home, read the Bible and pray with your family.  God is with you.

Church Council establishes Benevolence Fund Policy
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, in the exercise of its religious and charitable purposes, has established a benevolence fund to assist persons in financial need.  The church welcomes contributions to the fund.  Donors may feel free to suggest beneficiaries of the fund or of their contributions to the fund.  However, such suggestions shall be advisory rather than mandatory in nature.  The administration of the fund, including all disbursements, is subject to the exclusive control and discretion of the church council.  The church council may consider suggested designations, but in no event is it bound in any way to honor them, since they are accepted only on the conditions that they are mere suggestions or recommendations.  Donors wishing to make contributions to the benevolence fund subject to these conditions may be able to deduct their contributions.  Checks should be made payable to Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, with a notation that the funds are to be placed in the benevolence fund.
The Church Council
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church
Louisburg, KS

C.O.S. Youth Saturday Servant Event
April 1
9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

This Saturday Servant Event focuses primarily on - though not exclusively - on performing chores for the elderly, shut-ins, widows, divorced persons, and single parents in our church.  Jobs might be anything from yard work, cleaning out flower beds, helping plant gardens, window cleaning, car maintenance, to furniture moving.  The youth and their helpers do ask that those being served please provide the necessary equipment and cleaning supplies if possible and we'll do the work for you.  This service is free of charge and full of God's love for you!
If you would like to request assistance on our Youth Saturday Servant Day on April 1, please sign up in the narthex or call the church ahead of time with your request. 
***Please note: that due to our small but mighty youth group, we will take jobs on a first come first serve basis until all times are filled.

When: Sunday, April 2nd from 2:30 p.m. - whenever we finish.
Louisburg Lake (287th Street & South Metcalf Road); Eickhoff House (30216 New Lancaster Road)
What: Fishing and Kayaking at Louisburg Lake; Hot Dogs and S'mores at Eickhoff's house.
Time: Meet at Lake - Fish/Kayak from 2:30-4:30; Eickhoff House- Pit fire, grill hot dogs and S'mores from 4:45 - ??
Bring: fishing poles/bait, lawn chairs, blankets, side dishes for later at the Eickhoff's (hot dogs, table ware and drinks provided)
  ** Please sign up in the nartex so Gerry and I can plan on how many hotdogs to buy - Thank you!**

The Youth Group would like to say "Thank You" again to all of those who supported the youth through purchase of a casserole.  This money will be put into the youth group fund for the next National Gathering in Minnesota in 2019 and for our camps that the kids are attending.  Thank you again!

We had a great time bowling on Sunday, March 5.  We went to Mission Bowling in Olathe.  We discovered we weren't the world's greatest bowlers but who cares.  We sure had a lot of good times and laughs!
We also discussed possibly having a fishing/kayaking/hotdog/S'mores at the Eickhoff's, having a kickball tournament - youth vs. adults, going on a bike ride on one of the trails around Louisburg/Paola area, going swimming at Lake Miola/picnic.  For fundraisers, the flamingoes will be making their appearances again along with our annual carwash this summer!  So get ready youth!!!  We will also need to make a new video for the flamingo flocking's this year and possibly the car wash??  We are looking for fundraising ideas for May?  Any ideas/suggestions??
We have a lot of exciting prospects for the summer months ahead for the youth group.   We hope that you will join us and be a part of a fun exciting group that just likes to hang out together and have fun!

We are still looking for used gaming systems, controllers and games.  Also, don't forget to help with our fundraising efforts by saving your Best Choice labels for our  Best Choice Save-A-Label program.

In This Issue
2017 Lent & Holy Week Schedule
Confirmation 2017
Pastor Andy Writes...
Thank you!
Band Members say Thank You!
Easter Lilies
Important Information
Inclement Weather Guidelines
Benevolence Fund Policy
Youth Group News
Friends for Christ
Pastor says Thank You!
LWML - Spring Event
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
April Anniversaries
April Birthdays
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  

Friends For Christ will not meet in April due to scheduling conflicts.

Our next gathering will be on Saturday, May 6th where we will enjoy Mexican Food.  Watch the May newsletter for details.
Thank You

I would like to thank you all for the Birthday cards and greetings.  I guess milestone Birthdays are significant.  I celebrate all the cards. The thoughts expressed were encouraging, funny, and heartwarming.  Thank you all very much.

Pastor Andy

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, April 13th, 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. 


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Lutheran Women's Missionary League
Spring Event

Lutheran Women's Missionary League Spring Event will be held Saturday, April 29th at Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Basehor, KS.  Christ Our Savior will be co-host and serve breakfast.  Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting is set to begin at 9:00 a.m.  The cost to attend is $5.00.

We will be participating in the "in-gathering" which supports the tornado victims of Oak Grove, MO.  Items needed include:  Diapers, liquid laundry soap, new pillows, blankets, cleaning supplies, paper products.

If you have any questions or you would like to donate items for the in-gathering, please contact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 or Linda Newman, 837-5116. 


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Altar Flowers


  04/02  Bob & Kathie Kirkpatrick

  04/09 The Karrow family
             Karl's Birthday

  04/16  Easter Lilies

  04/23  Courtisa Sharp
              Memory of her parents

  04/30  Courtisa Sharp
              Jordan's Birthday

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.


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April Education



Beginning April 19th - Confirmation

6:00 p.m.


Evening Bible Study

8:00 p.m.


Beginning April 19th -

7:15 p.m.



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

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


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Official Acts

Transferred In

The Roth Family
Tyler, Eli, Alaina and Luke

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

Dylan Ash
Jim Buckman
Mark Edgar
Ray Gigliotti
Freddy Hurt
Greg Jeffrey
Lindy Kalinka
James Keltner
Tom Moore
Rob Ortman

April Anniversaries  

4/06/63 Jim & Nona Knox
4/15/78 John & Teresa Schlegel
4/26/03 Richard & Christine Fauss
April Birthdays

   4/01   Michelle Eickhoff
   4/02   Harrison Kalinka
   4/02   Elizabeth Williams
   4/04   Myriam Burton
   4/06   Ashley Bell
   4/07   Shane Hovey
   4/07   Clara Littrell
   4/09   Karl Karrow
   4/09   Jillian Paegelow
   4/11   Gwen Lawrance
   4/12   Katherine Carter
   4/12   Scott Marsh
   4/13   Joseph Henry
   4/13   Janet Paegelow
   4/15   Sharon Murphy
   4/17   Wyatt Axmann
   4/17   Jimmy Kalinka
   4/18   Elaine Bell
   4/19   Isaac Grove
   4/21   Alison Moore
   4/22   Emma Knop
   4/23   Heather Keltner
   4/25   Kimber Muckenthaler
   4/25   Laney Stohs
   4/25   Matthew Stohs
   4/26   Chance Dubinick
   4/26   Rob Vance
   4/26   Josh Weber
   4/27   Drew Harding
   4/28   Jeremy Williams
   4/30   Jordan Sharp

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Contact Info 
Gloria Rolofson

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(913)837 -4502