Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church Newsletter

Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
God with Us
Christmas is a season of family and hope. It is a season of giving and reconciliation. We gather with family. We decorate our houses with lights and greenery and celebrate the birth of a child. "Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)
Year after year we look forward to the celebration of the birth of a child. Not just any child but the birth of the Savior of the world. "But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." (Luke 2:10-12) The angels proclaim that this child will cause great joy for all people.
God is with us. He humbles himself to be born in a manger. He comes to the little town of Bethlehem. God is with us. He makes his great love for us known in the person and work of his Son. God is with us. He is one of us. Jesus is the manifestation of God's love for us.
"Man's maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother's breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die. -- Augustine of Hippo"
We recognize God as the creator of all. We give thanks to him for all that he richly and daily provides. He creates and cares for us. Then God, because of his great love for us sent his Son to suffer and die for us. God is with us. Our help is in the name of the Lord. We are victorious in Christ. The Holy Spirit is with us. God is with us in the Word and sacrament ministry of his church.
Jesus the Son of God comes to walk with us. He experiences all our challenges and travails. During our darkest hour we know God is with us. He will never leave us or forsakes us. He walks with us down a path he trod for our salvation.
We have hope and peace because God is with us. We are the redeemed and chosen children of God. In Christ God confirms that we are his. He is with us.
Have a blessed Christmas season. I look forward to seeing you all in worship during this blessed time of year.
Merry Christmas,
Pastor Andy and Family

It's time to clean out those closets! The Ministerial Alliance is collecting cold weather gear ie, coats, hats, gloves, etc. for the less fortunate in our community. There is a bin located in the Narthex. Hurry! Last day to donate is December 6th!

Children's Christmas Program
The children are working hard preparing their annual Christmas program. BUT there is still time to get your children involved! Practice is every Sunday at 9:15 AM, during Sunday School. 

The program is scheduled for Sunday, December 22nd at 7 PM. 
COS Worship Word by Janie Ott

Psalm 46: "Be Still and know that I am God".

This phrase has been on my mind a lot lately.
Our world is fast-paced and real time technology has moved us forward at a pace that sometimes is not manageable. We don't practice patience or being still. We need to train ourselves to be still and it may be uncomfortable. When we become still we can feel, see and breathe differently. Try just being still in God. Just 5 minutes. It is truly amazing how hard it is to "be still" 5 minutes. 

We recently attended a funeral of a very dear friend. He was only 50 and died from ALS. He had written his entire funeral. He asked the Pastor to start the service by asking everyone to "be still" for 5 minutes. It was the longest 5 minutes we had EVER experienced. His point in the sermon was to acknowledge our fast-paced world and to understand it's effect on each of us.

I want to share my son in laws thoughts: Hearing this phrase and acting upon it are two different things. This is not something that we are very good at. It's instinctual for people, yet not always entirely effective, to go, go, go and do, do, do when in fact, we need to simply BE. Be with God in the places that he promises to be. His Work. His Supper. Among his people.

There are certainly times when action is required. However, action without prayerful consideration can often have dreadful results.

How are you doing with Being Still?
Look at this visual. It is great at breaking down the verse to bring it home for us!
  • Listen to God in His Word, 
  • Be Sure of His Promises, God is in control. 
These are the things that really stick out in the graphic.

When you come to worship at Christ our Savior it is a tremendous opportunity to "be still" in Christ's presence. Absorb his goodness and grace. We are in the race of life, often we don't even know if the prize is worth the race, yet we race. Let's try this Sunday to attend worship and 'Be still". The blessing we receive may be the greatest prize that we were not expecting or even imagined to be possible.

In closing, this verse seems relevant. "I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2 Ask for God's help to "Be Still".

Your COS worship board members are Debbie Keltner and Janie Ott, please contact us if you wish to serve and help other "be still" in Christ. Blessings to all!

Advent Service Schedule

12/04 Dinner at 5:30 PM
          Service at 7 PM
12/11 Dinner at 5:30 PM
          Service at 7 PM
12/18 Dinner at 7 PM
          Service at 7 PM
12/22 Children's Program at 7 PM
12/24 Christmas Eve Service at 7 PM
          Candlelight Service at 11 PM
12/25 Christmas Service at 10 AM

Advent Dinners
Christine Fauss has prepared the menus for our annual Advent dinners and it sounds yummy! Everyone is invited to share a meal before the Advent services. Dinner is from 5:30-6:30 PM. A free will offering will be accepted. 

Dec 4... Benefiting Wheels on Meals..
              BBQ beef sandwiches and all the fixin's

Dec 11... Donated
               Spaghetti, salad, bread, and

Dec 18... Benefiting the COS Craft Group
                Soups and sandwiches...

If you have any questions or would like to help out, contact Christine at   or call her at 913-645-4003.

The annual Voter's Meeting is December 15th following the 10:30 service. The new budget is on the agenda. Please make a point of attending.

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
COS Worship Word
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links

December 2019 Calendar


Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet on December 7th at 6 PM at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner. Breakfast is on the menu! Consider bringing bacon or sausage, fruit or an egg dish.  Good food, fellowship and a Bible study all in one evening. Join us if you can.  

Counting Our Blessings...  And Giving Thanks!
Many were instrumental this month and deserve our heartfelt thanks.   

To: The Burton children for folding all of those bulletins. Thank you. 

To: Jeff Axmann for installing the new office computer. It rocks! Thank you!

To: Debbie Keltner and Debby Axmann for answering all of the secretary's crazy Advent questions. Thank you!

And to all of the volunteers that are pulling double duties during the Advent services so that we can all enjoy our time spent in worship a BIG THANK YOU!
Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Our LWML meeting for November was canceled due to icy conditions but the next meeting will be held on Monday, December 9th, a t 7PM, in the church basement.  Please join us for a great bible study and friendship. All are welcome!! See you there. 

We will start orders for Poinsettias the first week of December. 
Closing date for ordering will be December 15th.  

Everyone is welcome. All women in the church are already members of the LWML. If you have any questions, call Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 or Linda Newman at 837-5116.

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Altar Flowers
Micaela Eichkoff's 19th birthday 
12-08 Robin MacClymont's birthday 
12-15 Don & Linda Newman's 54th Anniversary 
12-22 Poinsettias
12-29 Carolyn Mcgee : for a blessed new year

Those who have signed up for flowers have two options: 
  1. You can provide you own. They must be at the church before the 8:00 a.m. service.
  2. Sandy can get them for you for $20. (Make checks payable to Sandy Barsh)
Flowers may be taken home after the 10:30 a.m. 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.

Ad Space Available!

Want to promote your business and help the church at the same time? Call Becca to find out how. 


December Education


Confirmation and evening Bible study will resume on January 8th.


Mark your calendars! The children are preparing for their annual Christmas program which will be December 22nd at 7 PM. 



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM  


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

Colin Alexander  
Dylan Ash  
Jim Buckman  
Mark Edgar  
Ray Gigliotti  
Thomas Glick  
Maurissa Glick  
Jeremy Howard  
Zac Howard  
Freddy Hurt  
Greg Jeffrey  
Tyler Jordan  
James Keltner  
Tom Moore  
Rob O'Bannon  
Rob Ortman  
D.J. Weaver

December Anniversaries

12/11 Don & Linda Newman 
12/29 Steven & Kate Sweyko
December Birthdays
11/02 Micaela Eickhoff
12/03 Lloyd Flick
12/03 Declan Marsh
12/06 Robin MacClymont
12/07 Leon Fortney
12/09 Brock Varns
12/13 Steve Mynsted
12/14 Doug Strubbe
12/15 Kara Helms
12/15 Samantha McDaniel
12/16 Kalen Gregar
12/16 Heidi Wolf
12/17 Jacob Bell
12/17 Karleen Carlson
12/18 Elie Campain
12/22 Michelle Holtzen
12/27 Allison Bell

Andy Keltner, Pastor 
5 South 8th Street
Louisburg, KS 66053
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 
10 AM - 2 PM

Worship 8 AM, 10:30 AM, & 7 PM 
Sunday School 9:15 AM -10:15 AM

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Contact Info 

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