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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.
Christmas Season Special Service Schedule

December 3rd Sunday 11:30 a.m. Annual Voter's Meeting

December 6th


5:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Advent Dinner / Service

December 13th


5:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Advent Dinner / Service

December 20th


5:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Advent Dinner / Service

December 24th


8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

7:00 & 11:00 p.m.

Regular Sunday Schedule in the morning and Christmas Eve Services in the evening

December 25th


10:30 a.m. only

Christmas Day Service

December 31st Sunday 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Regular Sunday Schedule


Confirmation Classes will not meet in December.  Classes resume January 3rd.

December 2017
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

December 25 is Christmas Day.  This day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  It is the day when we remember a babe wrapped in swaddling cloth and laying in a manger.  It is a day we remember a young mother and a faithful husband amazed at the events that surrounded the birth of a son.
Christmas is a remembrance of the birth of Jesus.  The birth of Jesus is more than a babe in a manger.  Jesus is the Word made flesh.  Christmas is a time when we celebrate that God is incarnate.  Incarnate literally means in the flesh.  God, in Jesus, becomes man.
"Have you not heard that my Lord Jesus died? Then let me tell you a strange story.  The God of power, as He did ride in His majestic robes of glory, reserved to light; and so, one day He did descend, undressing all the way" (From " The Bag" a poem by George Herbert).  God creates the world.  God makes us in his image.  God comes to us.  He strips off his divinity and takes on our humanity.
The creator God becomes our redeemer.  The one who controls the wind and waves becomes a babe wrapped in swaddling cloth.  This is how God makes himself known to us.  He comes to us as a babe in a manger.  He is incarnate.
In the incarnation God reveals himself to us.  God makes himself known.  God is known through his creation.  He makes himself known as he spoke through the prophets.  Then finally he reveals himself through his Son.  God chooses Abraham and makes him a great nation.  Israel, or Jacob, had twelve sons. These became the twelve tribes of Israel.  God reveals himself through history and the prophets. God's people failed to heed the words of God.  They were disobedient.  Still, God loves his people. He manifests his love for his people through the incarnation.  The Word becomes flesh. God comes to us. He makes himself known in the incarnation.  Jesus is the incarnation of God.
I stood and watched as my children were born.  I saw them, and I was filled with overwhelming emotion.  It was a mixture of many emotions.  There was a sense of awe. The miracle of new life is amazing. I felt a sense of pride for my child and my wife.  There was a sense of fear and dread. I felt inadequate to be given such an amazing gift.  I was confronted with mortality and immortality.  This was a fragile child but also there was a child who would carry my name and genetics to another generation.  All these emotions brought tears to my eyes. I was confronted with an emotion we all crave.  My child was a manifestation of love.
Jesus is God incarnate.  God comes to us as a babe in a manger.  Jesus is God in the flesh.  What comes to us in Christmas is the love of God.  Jesus is God incarnate.  God is love.  God so loved the world that he sends his Son.  We are loved.
Have a Blessed Christmas Season!
Pastor and Debbie Keltner

Join us for great food and fellowship as we prepare to celebrate Christ's birth
The Christmas season is right around the corner. The Meals on Wheels group will host a variety of delicious dinners before the Wednesday night Advent Services this year.  Below is the schedule and what will be served.

December 6th
Pulled Pork with side dishes and desserts

December 13th
Brats, Hot Dogs, Mac&Cheese and desserts 

December 20th
Spaghetti, side dishes and desserts

Everyone is welcome. The meals will begin at 5:30 followed by the church service at 7:00 pm.  Thank you so much to the Meals on Wheels group for volunteering to host our meals.  We appreciate it so much!  If you have any questions, please  contact Christine Fauss at  aunttine01 or 913-645-4003  . 

Financial News
The final bills have been paid on the building restoration required by the two flooding events this past summer.  A huge thank you to everyone who contributed prayers, time, labor and/or money to the effort.  We are so blessed to have such great support.  

Amazon Smile has made another contribution to Christ Our Savior!  If you buy from Amazon please consider making Christ Our Savior in Louisburg your charity through Amazon Smile.  Just type in your browser and use your existing Amazon login and password.  Then designate us as your charity of choice.  Amazon contributes a small percentage to non-profit organizations based on purchases made by you through this program.

Electronic giving - sign up!  Electronic tithes and offerings have helped us this past year with steady, reliable income.  This is important because our basic bills and obligations are also steady.  Thank you to everyone who is participating in the electronic method of contributing.  If you are not using electronic giving, please consider signing up.  You can choose the frequency and amount of your offering.  See Linda Richards or Cindy Karrow or stop by the church office to pick up a form.
It's time to decorate the Church
Each year, volunteers from our congregation work to make the Sanctuary and Church beautiful for Christmas.  They put up two very large Christmas Trees, decorate them, and put other decorations throughout the church.  This year, decorating will take place on Saturday, December 16th, at 9:00 a.m.   Please consider taking time out of your day on the 16th to help. C ontact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 or 913-548-9588 if you are able to help.

Angel Tree coming soon!
Christ Our Savior will participate again in Angel Tree - adopting local families and providing Christmas gifts.  This is just one way of sharing Christ's love with others.  Please watch for a display in the narthex and more information in the weekly bulletin, special emails and Facebook.  Questions?  Contact Cindy Karrow, this year's coordinator, at 913-269-1935 or

Order Your Poinsettias
Each year, members of the congregation purchase Poinsettias to adorn the altar during the week of Christmas.  You may begin purchasing your Poinsettias for this year now through December 10th. Poinsettias will be $8.00 each.
There will be a display in the narthex of the church with envelopes.  Please make checks payable to Sandy Barsh.  If you have any questions, please contact Sandy at 837-2997.

Poinsettias can be taken home after the CHRISTmas Day Service on December 25th.
Thank you!

Don't miss the 2017 Christmas Gift and Craft Sale!
T he 2017 Christmas Gift and Craft Sale  is happening soon.  Come by the Community Center building from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9th and shop among the local crafters and small businesses.  We will have hand-made and one-of-a-kind woven, crocheted, sewn, glass, and beaded items; essential oils, Useborne Books & More; Hick Chicks; Party Lite; Pampered Chef; baked goodies and home decor items.  Bring the kids to shop local and avoid the malls and discount stores.  We will have a special story time at 1:00 p.m. for the kids and a coloring table to keep them busy while you shop! Stop by for a warm beverage and friendly people.  

Anastasia Muckenthaler will also be taking orders for  Cards For A Cause from Useborne Books & More at the sale on December 9th.  The donations from the sale of these boxes of beautiful, hand crafted cards will go to the COS You'th Group to help pay for their next trip to the National Youth Gathering.  The box of cards sell for $30 for 30 cards and the You'th earn $13 per box.  Come see sample cards or contact Anastasia for more information at

"You"th Group Caroling / Party / Meeting

What: Youth Group Caroling/Party/Meeting
Who: COS "YOU"th in grades 6-12 & family 
Date: Sunday, December 17th
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where: COS Basement/ Nursing Homes
What to bring: Yourself & your family; your favorite potluck meal to share; a white elephant gift from around your house (preferably!); your singing voice.
What: Discuss our next FUN event in January and our next fundraiser for Minneapolis!
Sign-up: on the bulletin board in the narthex - please sign-up so we know who is coming and what you are planning on bringing.

Youth go to Kansas District Youth Gathering in Topeka

We (Koell Smith, Micaela Eickhoff and Michelle Eickhoff) left on Friday, November 17 and headed to Topeka for the Kansas District Youth Gathering.  Once we got there and checked into the Hotel, we went to the first group session (Mass Event) and rocked out to the band - Bread of Stone and listened to a message from our guest Pastor, Matt Popovits (who was the main speaker at the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans).  Then the girls went to the rooms-o-fun and did inflatable twister, colored and played one crazy game of UNO.  They reunited with friends they had met at LVR this past summer and met new friends as well.   On Saturday, we took our group picture outside, attended our 2 nd session (Mass Event), attended a Meet the Band session (we learned a lot about the Band!), ate lunch and went out on our service project.  We were assigned to Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  We met a youth group from Philipsburg and worked with them for 3 hours - organizing items from doors to destroying old sinks/toilets/lights that could not be used.  What an experience!  Then we went out for Pizza and came back for a Prayer Walk followed by a communion worship service.  The next morning we went to our last session (mass event) and afterwards we got to meet the band members personally - They were very nice and the girls got their CDs autographed by them!  Then we headed back home.  Thanks to all for supporting us so far - we could not have been able to go and experience this without you!
Youth Fundraiser going on now!
We have joined forces with That's My Pan! ® to raise funds for Christ Our Savior Youth Group.  Thank you to everyone who has already submitted an order, with your contributions we have made some great progress towards reaching our goal.
You can order great personalized gifts at better than retail pricing, and feel good that you are helping Christ Our Savior Youth Group in the process.
We have set-up a display table at church for you to see a few of the products that are available to purchase.  These brochures have more products to choose from along with the art designs for your lids, mugs, etc.
Once we have 15 items, I can place our first order and these will arrive within 7-14 days.  After that, I can place orders once we have 8 items.  Our cut-off date to be able to make Christmas delivery is December 8.  So hurry and place your orders.  We will call you once they arrive.  Thank you for supporting our youth!
We would like to ask for your continued support to help us finish strong. Please share this link with your friends and family and together we can make it happen.

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Advent Dinners
Financial News
Decorate the Church
Angel Tree
Order Your Poinsettias
Christmas Craft & Gift Sale
Youth Group Caroling/Party/Meeting
Kansas District Youth Gathering
Youth Fundraiser
Friends for Christ
Youth Group "Thank You"
Save a Label
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet Saturday, December 2nd at 6 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner.  Soup is on the menu.  If you aren't a soup maker bring a side or a dessert to share.  Great food, great fellowship and a Bible study.  What a great way to spend a Saturday in the 'Burg!

Youth Group says "Thank You"

We would like to thank all of those who participated in our 1 st  ever Youth Sponsored Chili/Cornbread Cook-off!  We had a lot of fun and very good food!  We would also like to thank those who supported us by donating funds at the meal.  We were able to raise $147 for the Youth Group.

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 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 take a break in December. We will meet again in January.  Watch the January newsletter for details.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Altar Flowers 


12/03  Eickhoff Family
           Micaela's 17th Birthday

12/10  Don & Linda Newman
           52nd Wedding Anniversary

12/17  Poinsettias

12/24  Poinsettias

12/31  Celebrating the New Year!

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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December Education



Sunday School

Ages 3-Adult

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


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Official Acts


Zachary Crow and Alyce Sharp
Thompson Barn in Lenexa
Oct 28, 2017

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

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

December Anniversaries


12/11/65 Don & Linda Newman

12/29/84 Stephen & Kate Sweyko


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December Birthdays


      12/2      Micaela Eickhoff

      12/3      Stan Flick

      12/3      Declan Marsh

      12/6      Robin MacClymont

      12/7      Leon Fortney

      12/7      Aften Graham

      12/7      Chad Reed

      12/7      Jeffrey Thompson

      12/9      Brock Varns

      12/12    Gretchen Lee

      12/13    Steve Mynsted

      12/14    Doug Strubbe

      12/15    Kara Helms

      12/15    Samantha McDaniel

      12/16    Kalen Gregar

      12/16    Benjamin Howard

      12/17    Jacob Bell

      12/17    Karleen Carlson

      12/21    Connor Lee

      12/22    Michelle Holtzen

      12/27    Ally Bell

      12/28    Gillin Newell


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Contact Info 
Gloria Rolofson

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