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DEC 2020
Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
Pastor Andy Writes... High Born
Pastor Andy Keltner
I am a child of the suburbs. My first call was to a rural farming community in central Oklahoma. During my time in Oklahoma I was exposed to wheat farming, cows and calves, feeders, stockers, hunting deer, coyotes, and upland birds. 

Early in my ministry, I was given a big square headed Brittany Spaniel puppy. That puppy taught me to hunt game birds. I say the dog taught me how to hunt because he was bred to hunt. The dog was high bred. He had champions in his pedigree. When looking for a bird dog it is important to look at its pedigree. The pedigree can give you an indication if the dog will hunt. Breeders immerse themselves in pedigrees and lineage. A high-born dog is born to hunt.
Mathew gives us Jesus' pedigree. He was a Son of Abraham. God made a promise to Abraham. He told Abraham that he would be a father of many nations. God promised that he would bless Abraham and make his name great. The nations will be blessed through Abraham. Mathew traces Jesus' pedigree back to Abraham. Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise God made to Abraham. Abraham died with one son born by his wife Sarah. Isaac had two sons Jacob and Esau. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob. Jacob had twelve sons. God called Jacob, Israel. The twelve sons of Jacob became the twelve tribes of Israel. Jesus is a son of Abraham.

Mathew goes through the pedigree of Jesus to Jesse who is the father of David. David found favor with the Lord. Scripture tells us that Jesus is the Son of David and David's Lord. (Luke 21:41-46) David was the one chosen by God to be the King of Israel. He was a great King who unified the nation around the worship of God. David established Jerusalem as the worship center of Israel. Isaiah promised that out of the root and stump of Jesse would come a shoot and it will bear fruit. (Isaiah 11:1) Matthew calls Jesus the Son of David. This is the way he begins the genealogy of Jesus. Jesus is the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. Jesus has an impressive pedigree. He was born to be King.

Matthew lists in the genealogy of Jesus the kings of Israel. Some wonder why Matthew lists women in his genealogy. Specifically, they wonder why Matthew lists women of scandal in his genealogy. Tamar and Rahab are women whose character was questionable. Their stories are recorded in scripture. Tamar was a woman who demanded that her father-in-law fulfill his obligation to provide her with a son. Rahab was an innkeeper who protected Joshua and Caleb. Ruth a woman from Moab is listed in the genealogy of Jesus. The royal line of David was passed down through the wife of Uriah. David married her after he had her husband murdered to cover up his infidelity. Jesus is a Son of scandal. Jesus was high born to be the savior of the nations. He was born a servant/king, taking the sins of the world to the cross. Jesus was the Son of scandal. He endured the scandal of the cross for our salvation.

Jesus was born the King of Kings and Lord of Lord's. He was the suffering servant and savior of the world. God fulfills His plan for saving all nations in Christ Jesus, our Lord. 

Come to the Advent worship services on 
Wednesday nights at seven. We will have three Advent services on 12/02, 12/09, and 12/6. Come and learn about the Son of David, the Son of Abraham, and the Son of Scandal. Matthew gives us the pedigree of the Savior of the world. The earthly lineage of the heavenly king. Jesus was born to save us from our sins.


12/02    *Service at 7 PM
12/09    *Service at 7 PM 
12/13     Voters' Meeting
                  (following second service) 
12/16    *Service at 7 PM 
12/24    Service at 7 PM                     
             Candlelight Service at 11 PM 
12/25    *Christmas Day Service 
              at 10 AM
**The midweek and Christmas Day services will not be broadcast on fb live.

The Worship Word--  
Council President, Janie Ott
"Because everything we possess, and everything in heaven and on earth besides, is daily given, sustained, and protected by God, it inevitably follows that we are in duty bound to love, praise, and thank him without ceasing." 
                       - Martin Luther

Martin Luther's words have never been truer during these crazy days we are living. We all want Covid to just "go away," and yet everyday we wake up and we are still fighting the pandemic. As we move into the Christmas season, we all have many special traditions. We want to celebrate and enjoy all these special things. Yet we are being cautioned about large gathering, as the Covid numbers continue to rise. It can be daunting. However, taking one day at a time, showing Love, giving Praise and Thanking God without ceasing; not only makes good sense, it helps us serve with a joyful heart. 

Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties (google search). Our faith makes us resilient. We know God is watching over us, listening to our prayers and comforting us. Enjoy your Advent and Christmas safely but remember we have a God who loves and protects us.

Upcoming News:
The Voters' meeting is coming up on the 13th of December, after second service. Please plan to attend and help move the business of our church along. If you can't attend, pray that we make sound decisions for our congregation. In the times we are living, we need to ensure we are soundly planted to serve our community.
If you want to join the Church Council's Book Club we will start reviewing the book Built On The Rock at the January council meeting. It has already been a significant blessing for me personally. I truly hope you will consider joining. Pastor has the books if you are interested.

Phone Tree
One of the hardest jobs in the church is keeping track of every sheep. Frankly, this is a job we fail at more often than not. It's a problem that needs addressing sooner rather than later. 

Consider helping us form a Phone Tree. It would take only a few minutes a week to either call or text members of our church that have been absent. 

Sometimes knowing someone remembers you is all it takes to bring those sheep back into the fold. 

If you're interested in helping us, contact Debbie Keltner and she will help get the lists established. 
Leon Fortney, 86, died of natural causes, November 3, 2020, at St. Luke's South Hospital. He was born December 7, 1933, in Brashear, MO, the son William R. Fortney and Dorothy Perkins Fortney.
He graduated from Kirksville Senior High, class of 1951. He joined the US Navy in 1952. Leon was the owner of Overland Cabinet Company for 40 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 250. He loved spending time with his family, traveling, reading, fishing, and hunting. He was a longtime member of Our Savior Lutheran Church.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Sharon K. Austin. Surviving are his daughters Debbie Fortney (Warren Gould), Tammy Hart (John Hart), and Cindy Fortney, one sister, Carolyn Fortney, one sister-in-law, Sharon Phenicie, three grandchildren (Shawn, Cody, Lacy), two great-grandchildren (Josh, Damien), along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. The family suggests memorials to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5 South 8th St. Louisburg, KS 66053
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In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
The Worship Word
In the Military
Altar Flowers
Contact Info
Quick Links


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

To: Everyone that provided items for the care packages being sent to the deployed. Thank you! 
*If you would like to donate there is a box in the narthex. Items that are most requested are, K-Cups, flavored creamers, jerky, sunflower seeds, gum and individually wrapped candy. (no chocolate) 

To: The Entire Congregation for being patient and understanding about Sunday School and the Advent meals. We are just as frustrated as you are and are dearly praying for things to return to normal. Thank you.

To: Brian and Sue Flannery for entrusting us with your spiritual well-being and joining the COS family. Thank you and welcome!

December Birthdays

12/02   Micaela Eickhoff
12/03   Lloyd Flick
12/03   Declan Marsh
12/06   Robin MacClymont
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   Ellie Wolf
12/20   Ellen Madrid
12/22   Michelle Holtzen
12/27   Ally Bell

Education News
Confirmation 411 
Parents of Confirmands,
The last confirmation class of the church year is November 16th.  Confirmands are strongly encouraged to attend the Advent services. 

See everyone back in class in January!
December Anniversaries

12/11 Don & Linda Newman
12/29 Steve & Kate Sweyko

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

Colin Alexander 
Dylan Ash 
Jim Buckman
Garret Cline 
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


Altar Flowers 

12/06In celebration of Robin MacClymont's Birthday.
12/13In recognition of the Newman's 55th Wedding Anniversary!
12/20**Christmas Poinsettias 
12/27In celebration of Ellen Madrid's Birthday!

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 913-548-9588 for questions or to fill an open date.

***Dates are available. The sign up sheet is located in the Narthex.

Poinsettias Sign Up
If you would like to sign up for a Poinsettia there is a sign up sheet in the Narthex. The cost this year is $7. They will be used to decorate the church and can be taken home after the Christmas Day service. 

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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