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 2018
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
Stay in Love

Andy Stanley writes: "Falling in love is easy.  Staying in love, being committed to each other, is a bit more difficult."   February 14th i s Valentine's day.  This date has been co-opted by those who sell flowers, candy, and jewelry as a day to show affection for your significant other.  This year February 14th is  also Ash Wednesday.  As I read about staying in a loving relationship I would offer that the most precious thing you can share with your significant other is your faith in Christ.   The most amazing place to share your faith with someone you love is in corporate worship.  This year you have tremendous opportunity to worship with the one you love, and the one who loves you on Ash Wednesday.
Marriages based on Christ have a solid base.  1 Peter 4:8; "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins."  This is how we are loved, by God, in Christ.  This is how we stay in love with on another.  We are loved so we love.  1 Corinthians 13:7; "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." This is how God loves us in Christ.  His example and his abiding presence empower us to stay in love with one another.  Andy Stanley says the biggest error we make is when we think of love as a noun instead of a verb.  Love is not a feeling or emotion.  Love is something God does for us in Christ and something he commands us to do for 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."
If we are not in relationship to Christ it is impossible to truly love someone.  On Ash Wednesday we remember that we are dust.  God breathed life into the dust.  We are God's foremost visible creatures.  God loves us.  We sin.  We reject God. God still loves us and sends his Son to die for us.  God is love.  We are loved to love one another.
Christ death on the cross may not be romantic.  He suffered and died for us to demonstrate love.  The barb in all of this is that this is the only way we could be redeemed.  We are sinners and enemies of God. Christ had to die to reconcile us to God.  The unlovable is loved unconditionally.  This is the love God calls us to share with one another.  This is how God calls us to love our spouse, unconditionally.
One of the best things I have found I can do in my marriage is spend time with my wife.  I like to spend time with her.  Yet in our busy lives we often go days without sitting and talking.  We sometimes talk past each other.  We do not always listen to each other. There are misunderstandings.  Our relationship is better when we spend time together.  I know this is true in my marriage.

Our relationship with Christ is better when we spend time with him in worship, study and prayer.  Imagine if you only spoke to your spouse when something was wrong or you were in trouble.  Imagine if you stayed away for weeks and were not willing to be accountable for your whereabouts or actions.  Your relationship would not survive.  In 2 Timothy 2:11-13, Paul quotes an early Christian hymn:  "The saying is trustworthy, for: if we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful-for he cannot deny himself."  God loves you.  Spend time with the one who loves you on February 14th.
Lenten Dinners - we need your help!

Lenten Dinners

Come join us for a great opportunity to Fellowship and enjoy great food!!! Our first Lenten dinner will take place on February 14th (Ash Wednesday) from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • February 14th - Meals on Wheels
  • February 21st - Currently Open
  • February 28th - Currently Open
  • March 7th - Currently Open
  • March 14th - Currently Open
  • March 21st - Currently Open
  • Maundy Thursday March 29th - LWML is hosting a brisket dinner
  • Easter Breakfast April 1st - We will need many volunteers to help make this another huge success!
If you or someone you know would like to help, please contact Christine Fauss (913-645-4003 or email  We have many weeks currently open so if you can help provide a meal, we would be greatly appreciate it.  Thank you!

Let's make Vacation Bible School a time to remember!

Each summer, Christ Our Savior invites all children of our church and the community to join us in an exciting, fun-filled journey to discover Jesus' love.  It is a great time full of Bible stories, crafts, songs, games, and snacks.  We are looking for someone to take charge of VBS this summer and make it a time to remember.  We are also looking for many volunteers to join us in the fun touching young children's lives.  If you are interested, please contact Pastor as soon as possible so the planning can begin.  Thank you!

Financial News Update

Thank you to everyone for the generous giving in 2017 . Our expenses were slightly higher than budgeted because of the two water events this past summer; however, through extra donations we were able to meet all of our obligations.
The 2018 budget was presented in the December Voter's meeting and it is slightly higher than the 2017 budget. We have worked to keep the budget and the expenses fairly level for the past couple of years, however, some of our basic expenses such as electric, gas and water rose in 2017.
Please consider increasing your giving for 2018 to help us meet these increases - even a small amount can make a big difference. If you are giving electronically, this will require a new form with the new dollar amount. Forms are available in the Narthex. You can turn the completed form in to the Financial Secretary's mail box in the church office. Please contact Linda Richards if you have questions.
Cindy Karrow (Treasurer) and Your Church Council

Thank you for blessing a local family at Christmas!

Thank you so much for the overwhelming outpouring of generosity and love for our adopted local family at Christmas.  Below are pictures showing some of the many gifts we were able to send through "From the Heart".  What an incredible way to show Christ's love for this family!  Thank you again!

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Lenten Dinners
Vacation Bible School
Financial News Update
Thank you!
Friends for Christ
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 3rd at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner (1507 N. Broadway St.).

The theme is Italian food.  Bring dish to share and join the fun!  Great food, great fellowship and a bible study!
Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be not be held during the month of February.

If you have any questions, Please contact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 or Linda Newman, 837-5116. 


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Altar Flowers


02/04 The Axmann's celebrating Debby's birthday
02/11 The Walania's celebrating Gracie's 14th birthday
02/18 Sandy Barsh celebrating Ashley's birthday
02/25 Sandy Barsh celebrating Lori'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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February Education



Confirmation Class

will not meet February 7th or during Lent.  Class resumes on April 4th

Evening Bible Study

will not meet during the month of February



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
Thomas Glick
Marissa Glick
Jeremy Howard
Zac Howard
Freddy Hurt
Greg Jeffrey
Tyler Jordan
James Keltner
Tom Moore
Rob O'Bannon
Rob Ortman
D.J. Weaver

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

2/4     Keith Pritzel

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

2/24   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