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.
February 2017
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

God loves us.  I am not great at grammar.  Still, when I look at this sentence I am pretty sure love is the verb.  A verb is an action word.  This is what I was taught in grade school.  God loves us.  This is something he does daily.
This is from Luther's explanation of the first article of the Apostles Creed .  " I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals, and all I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life. He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil".  This is one of the ways God love us.  He daily provides us with all we need to support this body and life.  God loves us.
Another way God loves us is by sending his Son.  Paul says, when we were enemies of God, Christ dies for us. John says God so loved the World that he sent his only Son.  God loves us so much he came to us.  He dies for us.  He brings us to himself.  He does everything necessary for our salvation.  This is love as a verb.  Jesus lifts us up.  He comes to serve and not to be served.  Jesus left everything he had in heaven to rescue us.  His entire earthly life was lived for us.  Love is a verb.
We are loved.  This truth impacts every aspect of our life.  There is nothing we will ever do to make God love us less.  There is nothing we can ever do to make God love us more.  He has loved us absolutely.  Jesus loves us and calls us to love one another.

John 13:34: " A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another".  Jesus uses love as a verb.  It is something God calls us to do.  We think of love as a feeling.  It is an emotion.  We want the experience of being in love.  We want to be loved.  Jesus tells us he loves us.  This is not a feeling or an emotion it is something that he does for us.  Then Jesus tells us to love one another.  This means we do something.
1 Corinthians chapter 13 describes love.   It bears all things, hopes all things, endures all things etc.  These are all thing that are done.  It is an attitude we bring to every relationship.  It is also something we work at.  Love one another is a commandment.  It is something we strive to achieve following the example of Christ. God loves us so we can love others.

When we look at God's love we respond by serving, encouraging, caring and sharing every gift God has given us.  The truth is if you want to be loved you need to love.  The amazing thing about our God is he loves us. He loves us unconditionally.  He loves us as we are and where we are.  His love changes us.  God's love should also move us to love one another.  Andy Stanley in his study "Life Changing Love" states that the secret to a strong marriage is to make love a verb.  The secret to being the people God has called us to be is to make love a verb.  We love by doing something for someone else.  God loves us.  Love one another.

Get Ready to Help!

Lenten Dinners

We will begin having dinner before the  Wednesday  services during Lent. The first meal will be Ash  Wednesday  -  March 1st .  If your group would like to sponsor a dinner, please contact Christine Fauss (913-645-4003 or .

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Lutheran Valley Retreat (LVR) - Summer Camp!!
Summer is fast approaching and we are just two 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 2017 to 2021. This includes the current 8th grade class.
Registration opens March 1, 2017 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!
A deposit of $100 per youth is required to hold a registration spot, which will be applied to the total cost - $50 is non-refundable.   ($425 - includes transportation, camp fees, meals at camp, and spiritual life programming. Travel day's meals are not included.)  If a deposit is NOT made, youth will be removed from the online registration system.  The $100 deposit is due on March 19th
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.
ALL forms, including the Physical, are due by March 31, 2017 to hold your registration spot. These forms must be turned into Gerry & Michelle by March 19th.   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: or see Gerry & Michelle for forms.
If you have any questions please talk to Gerry and Michelle Eickhoff, Youth Group Leaders, or call Brian Amey, the Kansas Summer Camp Director, or Pam Amey, the Registration and Forms Coordinator ( 316-305-5049

Blessings in a Backpack - YOUth Service Project

The YOUth Service Project this month is helping Blessings in a Backpack.

We will be collecting the items listed below all throughout February to show our love for others!

Look for the dropbox in the narthex.

Please help our youth collect the following items:
Instant oatmeal packets, single serve peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken (no large cans!), Vienna sausage, Ramen noodles, single serve cereal packets, and single serve snack items....fruit chews, Cheezits, Goldfish, etc.

YOUth Group - Friends & Family Event
Who: COS "YOU"th in grades 6-12 & friends/family
Date: Sunday, Feb.5 - sign - up in the Narthex and in the high school Youth Group Room as we need to know how many are going! Maybe get a group rate????
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. (lunch in the basement - bring your favorite soup to share); Skate from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. @ Skate City (10440 Mastin)
Where: COS - to carpool (if needed) &/or Skate City
Cost: 2 hour session = $5.25; traditional skate rental $2; inline/speed $4
What to bring: Yourself, Friends, & your parents!
What: We will enjoy our lunch in the basement together and discuss out next fundraiser for March - Bake Sale?  Also set dates for our March Family & Friends Event - Bowling (Mission Bowl: adults $4.25/ Youth 3.25 - shoes $3.50)

YOUth Group to deliver Valentine's Day Cards
Youth Group to Deliver Valentine's Day Cards
to the Nursing Home
Sunday, February 12 - Come along!

This year the youth group and the Sunday school kids will be making homemade Valentine's Cards and treat bags for the residents at the local nursing homes.  We will be delivering them to the residents during Sunday school hour (9:15-10:15) on Sunday, February 12.  Please help our YOUth group collect as many as possible and help make someone's day!  Let's help them feel special!  Look in the Narthex for the Valentine Box to place your finished creations and the deadline for collecting the valentines is Sunday, February 12 by the end of 1st service.  Let us know also if you'd like to come along and deliver them to the residents.

Religious Liberty
Religious Liberty IS under threat in the U.S.  There is persecution of Christians in the U.S., on a very broad spectrum - in schools, on the job, in the military, with Christian-owned businesses, in the public square, with public funding, and even in our homes & churches.  The cost - being afraid to live out our faith, being threatened, being fined, losing jobs, losing businesses, and needing to hire attorneys to fight!   Recently, I saw that the two major Christian religious-liberty nonprofits I support both have cases VERY close to home!!
Alliance Defending Freedom/ADF will argue its case in the U.S. Supreme Court in April on behalf of an LC-MS church in Columbia, MO, denied a public grant only because it is a church.  Last week, I was able to tour ADF's offices in DC & see Jordan Lorence, ADF's brilliant Supreme-Court attorney who will argue the case.  (The last time, he won the Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Wood case, protecting Christian-owned businesses from having to pay for abortifacients in ObamaCare.)  ADF's newsletter also said LC-MS is now partnering with ADF, the first time I have ever seen ADF single out any denomination.
Two weeks ago, I was SHOCKED to see that First Liberty Institute has a Federal case involving the City of LOUISBURG, KS!!  In 2015, two police officers here prevented a disabled Catholic woman they had badly frightened by entering her home (her radio was too loud) from praying -- in her own apartment.  When she referred to her copy of the Constitution, one officer told her it was "just a piece of paper" and didn't matter.  [They charged her with disorderly conduct & resisting arrest!]  The City's response was that the lady still had the right to choose a religion.  [I.e., just not practice it!]  The City actually won its case in the U.S. District Court (in KCK), but First Liberty is now appealing the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10 th Circuit (in Denver).  Taxpayers are still paying for its law firm.  Unbelievable!!!  [I have the lady's name - she's in the phone book!! - & legal details but am reluctant to go public, mainly to protect her privacy.]
Bob Kirkpatrick

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Get Ready to Help!
Use Amazon Smile and help COS
YOUth - Summer Camp!
Blessings in a Backpack
YOUth - Friends & Family Event
Valentine's Day Cards
Religious Liberty
Friends for Christ
YOUth Casserole Sale
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


italian-feast.jpg Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet at 6:00 p.m. on February 4th at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner (1507 N. Broadway St.).

February = Love = Italian food.  Bring an Italian dish or a salad or dessert.  If you are reading this you are invited!  It's a fun evening of food, fellowship and a Bible study.  Questions?  Talk to Debbie Keltner (913-837-5382) .
YOUth Casserole Sale

Dear Youth,

It's time to make more casseroles!  Each participating youth is to make a casserole (oven-ready) and bring it back Sunday, Feb. 12th.  We will be selling them between services and after 2nd service.  Please provide the name of your casserole and directions for cooking your casserole (i.e. - oven temperature and time for cooking).  Also provide a thank you for the purchase!  We will sell each casserole for $15.  The more casseroles we have = the more money we can add towards the next National Youth Gathering in 2019 or summer camps.

Thank you for your help!

Gerry & Michelle
Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, February 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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Altar Flowers


   02/05  Open

   02/12  The Walania Family
               Grace's 13th Bday

   02/19  The Rolofson Family
               Grace & Garrett's Bdays

   02/26   Sandy Barsh
                Lori & Ashley's Birthdays

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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February Education



Confirmation Class

6:00 p.m.

Evening Bible Study

7:15 p.m.



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

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


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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
Clara Littrell
Tom Moore
Rob Ortman

February Anniversaries


2/14/87  Chris & Gail Brown

2/16/85  Jeff & Shelley Thompson


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February Birthdays


2/1     Jeff Thompson

2/2     Matthew Brown

2/3     Debby Axmann

2/7     Shawn Helms

2/7     Stephen Sweyko

2/9     Grace Rolofson

2/10   Grace Walania

2/11   Christian Eickhoff

2/11   Deanna Pooler

2/12   Madeline McDaniel

2/13   Alexa O'Connor

2/16   Daniel Bell

2/18   Dennis Lee

2/18   Harvey Lightner

2/19   Wayne Carlson

2/19   Garrett Rolofson

2/19   Jinnie Willey

2/24   Mable Graham

2/24   Benjamin Sweyko

2/25   Michael Allen

2/26   Timothy Ott

2/27   Anders Vance

2/28   Tyler Stewart


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Contact Info 
Gloria Rolofson

If we've missed your birthday or anniversary co ntact COS Office so we can update our records. 
(913)837 -4502