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Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
T yler Roth shared this with me and I asked him to get permission so that I might share this with you. This was a message delivered by a man of great faith at the funeral for his grandson. It is a brazen testimony about the value of every human life. The author lives under the shadow of the cross. Because of our Lord's suffering and death on the cross we have hope and peace in the face of everything even when someone we love dies. Celebrate Elliot as you read his Grandfather's loving words of faith.

"I have the blessing of being Manda's daddy and thanks to the Lord, I began seeing myself as Taylor's father when they were married four years ago this coming June. I am one of 6 living grandfathers of little Elliot Andrew Bonnesen. I am privileged this morning to promote the value of Elliot's short life here on earth and to honor the suffering and pain that Manda and Taylor have endured, and will carry, and to lift up the name of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
I've had the honored position of watching Psalm 23 come to life, even though normally it is used to bring comfort only in times of death. "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." I now see a different meaning in the powerful promises in this verse as I have seen the Good Shepherd guide and comfort Manda, Taylor, and Elliot, as they walked through this difficult valley. I have had the blessing of walking closely behind them through this difficult time; watching as The Lord led them through this valley. I would not have chosen this walk for them. I would think no earthly parent would choose this journey for their child. But I knew that our Heavenly Father had chosen Manda and Taylor, and Little Elliot, to bring purpose to our lives and to show us true joy that can only be displayed in the midst of pain.
Just as in the book of Genesis when little Benjamin was chosen by Joseph to carry the cup in his sack, foreshadowing the cup that Jesus would be given to drink from and suffer for the good of all mankind, Manda and Taylor's suffering was chosen by their heavenly father, for the good of us all. They received this difficult cup from their heavenly father's hand and made a decision that by His grace, no matter the outcome, this valley would not be traveled through in vain.
My initial attitude towards the Lord in regards to Elliot's diagnosis was somewhat like Peter's in the garden when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus. As Peter pulled out his knife and tried to fight for what he wanted, the Lord asked Peter, "The cup that my father has given me, shall I not drink it?" I just wanted to help God along. To show Him the way that He should use this situation to bring glory to Himself. After all, 25 years earlier, He had chosen to hear and answer many prayers when Manda was diagnosed with terrible things in her mother's womb. So what a great story I thought He was writing of His healing power and love and grace. So, we prayed and believed that He was certainly able to heal Elliot. I quietly planned on Him doing so, but I also quietly feared, because I knew that He knew what was best, and that might not be what I
wanted, or what any of us would have wanted. From the beginning of Manda's life, the Lord has used her to change me. As I walked along near enough to know if she was just propping herself up on spiritual sounding cliches, it became very clear that she and Taylor both were truly okay with their heavenly father healing Elliot; or not. Like the Lord Jesus told the Father as he raised the cup to his mouth, "not my will but yours be done", I witnessed Manda and Taylor not just saying that, but living that. Their resolve to live for their Heavenly Father's will and to sacrifice their own was what allowed Psalm 112 to become the truth that it can be for us all, as it speaks of how those that trust in Him do not have to fear bad news because they confidently trust in Him to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly! I witnessed in them the truth of Psalm 34 speaking of the joy of those that take refuge in the Lord. Their joy became very real to all of us that walked closely along with Manda and Taylor.
Anyone close to their daily walk knows that I can not over exaggerate the misery that Manda endured daily while carrying Elliot. They of course did not have to choose to carry Elliot to full term but because Jesus did not have to leave His place in heaven and suffer in this world for them, Manda and Taylor chose to live their life in honor of Him and to make life possible for Elliot. They chose to enter the fellowship of His suffering, knowing that without a miracle, Elliot would be with Jesus. They made it possible for me to appreciate at a higher level than before, how the Lord Jesus suffered for us all so that we might receive eternal life through Him.
So the day of Elliot's birth drew near. I watched Manda and Taylor quietly prepare to bring little Elliot Andrew home with them. In the final days, I watched 1 Peter 1:13 be lived in real life as they girded up their minds while hoping in the grace that was brought in Jesus Christ.
Little Elliot had the Lord's tenacity as his little heart beat so strong through a long and trying delivery. The Lord chose for Manda and Taylor to have him for only a moment until he was brought into the presence of the Lord. Those of us that witnessed the next few hours will be forever changed. As we watched the love of our Savior glowing from Manda's face towards her little one and we saw our heavenly father's pain in Taylor as he sacrificed his son and was left only with the hope that God would be glorified. I will never forget their pain and suffering which gave me a clearer understanding of what my sin cost, to be paid for fully by our heavenly father sacrificing His Son for the good of us all.
In the following days, I witnessed the reality of the promise when the Good Shepherd said that He will be with us and He truly has been every step of the way. The outpouring of love and compassion that I witnessed toward Manda and Taylor has been a shower of grace and mercy from God. They have been encouraged, strengthened, and enabled by the Lord's presence and provision. God has proven to be to them everything He promises to be, because they put all their hope and trust in Him.
Matthew 18 records the words of Jesus and says that Jesus called a little child to Himself, set the child in the midst of them, and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. So whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
Trust is the foundation of any relationship. To be like a child is to trust like a child. To have made the choice to not need to understand "why" is the act of humility that allowed Manda and Taylor the peace and rest in their soul to inspire us all to be forever changed.
When the questioning ends and we just simply whisper, "I trust you Jesus", we can know that the Good Shepherd will take us by the hand and lead us through the valley that we find ourselves facing. His promises are for us all. Whatever you are facing today, please, place your trust in Jesus."
Council Installation 01/12/2020
From L to R: Pastor Andy, Vice President Joe Gregar, President Janie Ott, Secretary Julie Hurl, and Treasurer Sandra Rangel. 

ReVitality  Survey opens 
February 9th!!!
Enter the congregation code:   C1000772
(The code is case senstive.) 

Ask Becca for a paper copy if you don't have access to a computer. 

COS Worship Word by Janie Ott

ReVitality:  What is the goal? 
To amplify the life of our living church.

The survey opens Feb. 9th and runs through March 1st.  We need lifelong members, new members, and visitors alike to take the survey. All perspectives have value. This survey can be taken on your home computer, your phone or if you want a paper survey, we can accommodate that as well.

The first step to revitalize a congregation is to start with a survey. This gives us a baseline is so that we can build a program that truly meets the needs of all people. I loved the following quote in the presentation materials, "Not a new way of being a church, but being the church we are in new ways". When I think about how we as a congregation can honor God, I realize that the most important thing we can do is amplify church life.

As we just celebrated our 15th anniversary, it made me think about the 10-year life cycle of business. In MBA programs, there is a lot of learning built around the 10 year business cycle. Some businesses only last 10 years, that 10-year shelf life must be acknowledged. Leaders are challenged to constantly evolve the business or risk closure. The church is no different. Our eyes must always be on the mission of the church and doing everything possible to keep the church viable.

Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church's mission statement is to "Strengthen faith, Build hope and Share love in Christ our Savior".  Meaning, the purpose of this congregation shall be to preach and teach the Word of God and to rightly administer the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.  Our mission is powerful one. We need a strategy that is up to the task. One that can flex over time. 

Are we strengthening faith? Are we building hope? Are we sharing love in Christ our Savior? 

The church council needs to always be forward thinking and evolving our church. We the church need to give Pastor the tools to do his job. It is the church's obligation to move the dial on the church's mission. I wonder if we asked any member of our church. "do you know the church's mission," would they be able to articulate the mission? Sometimes I think we leave the church;s mission on the shoulders of our Pastor. It needs to be on the shoulders of every member.

Why Revitalize? Several practical reasons, but one overriding reason:  The Church is the Bride of Christ, worthy of our efforts to support, sustain, and preserve her  wherever she exists, especially under the Cross.
... we want to acknowledge and
honor as the true bride of Christ
those who remain faithful to His
pure Word and have no other comfort
for their hearts than this Savior, whom
they have received and confessed in
Baptism and in whose name they have
partaken of the Sacrament. These are
the true church ... Outwardly they
may be scattered here and there, but
they meet in the words of the Creed :
"I believe in God the Father Almighty, and
in Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was born,
suffered, and died for us on the cross."
Martin Luther (LW 24: 310)

I would ask that every member pray for this"reVitality" journey. Take the survey! Send texts/emails and make calls to help other members take the survey. Encourage visitors to take the survey. Think about someone you haven't seen at worship recently, reach out and ask them to take the survey.  We are a church made up with AMAZING people. Imagine what we can achieve when we all fully engage to improve our church! I hope you find this journey as exciting as I do and engage to achieve the greatest results. I know that our future is very bright and we want to share God's love by engaging and creating excitement!

Lenten Schedule 

02/26 Ash Wednesday
           Dinner at 5:30 PM         Service at 7 PM
03/04 Dinner at 5:30 PM         Service at 7 PM
03/11 Dinner at 5:30 PM         Service at 7 PM
03/18 Dinner at 5:30 PM         Service at 7 PM
03/25 Dinner at 5:30 PM         Service at 7 PM
04/01 Dinner at 5:30 PM         Service at 7 PM
04/09 Maundy Thursday
          Dinner at 5:30 PM         Service at 7 PM
04/10 Good Friday                  Service at 7 PM
04/12  Easter
    7 AM Sunrise Service         8 AM Breakfast        
            9:15 AM Children's Activities
      10:30 AM Service             7 PM Service

For more information or if you'd like to help out, contact Christine Fauss at or call 913-645-4003.

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
COS Worship Word
Lenten Schedule
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
2019 Financial Statements
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  
Friends for Christ will meet Saturday, February 1, 6:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor  Andy & Debbie Keltner.  Italian food is on the menu. To avoid everyone bringing
"spaghetti" please let Debbie know what you plan on bringing to share.  If you are  reading this - you are invited.  Great food, fellowship and a Bible study.  A great  way to end a week in the 'Burg.

Counting Our Blessings...  And Giving Thanks!
To the LWML for arranging, cooking and serving the anniversary dinner. Everything was delicous! Thank you!

To Tyler Roth for arranging the youth event at the Wildcalt Activities Center. Everyone had a great time. Thank you.

To Paul Richards and Cindy Karrow for their years and years of dedicated service on the council. Thank you!

To Janie Ott and Sandra Rangel for stepping up into leadership roles on the council and in the church. Thank you. 

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

 LWML meeting is Monday, February 10th at 7:00pm in the  church basement.

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
Carolyn Megee
02/09 The Rausch Family in celebration of Grace's 16th Birthday!
Beth Ramsey for family blessings.
02/23 Sandy Barsh in celebration of Lori and Ashley Emerick's birthdays! 

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.

Financial Statement 411

Tax statements were mailed out on January 17th.  If you didn't receive yours, please email me at

Also, if you haven't picked up your offering envelopes, they are at the back of the church.  If you didn't receive offering envelopes and would like them, please contact me so that I can provide them for you.
If you can not make it on Sunday but would still like to make your offering, you now have two electronic options. Go to our web page to the Simply Giving section at the bottom of the page, fill out the paperwork and then leave the paper work on Becca's desk in the office.  

Or we have an app for that! Head over to your app store and download the GivePlus+ app. Create an account and then tap find a church. Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church is the only option in our 66053 area code. Click it and give! 
Thanks.    Linda Richards

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

Please pick up your offering envelopes! They are on the table in the Narthex. 


February Education


Confirmation and Evening Bible Study ends on February 19th and will resume after Easter. 



Confirmation is at 6 PM.

Adult Bible Study is at 7 PM.



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM 




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

February Anniversaries

02/14   Christopher and Gail Brown 

February Birthdays
02/02 Matthew Brown
02/02 Stacey Cline
02/03 Debby Axmann
02/04 Keith Pritzel
02/07 Shawn Helms
02/07 Steve Sweyko
02/08 Eliana Garwood
02/09 Grace Rolofson
02/10 Grace Walania
02/11 Christian Eickhoff
02/11 DJ Pooler
02/12 Madeline McDaniel
02/13 Alexa O'Connor
02/16 Daniel Bell
02/17 Burt Garwood
02/18 Harvey Lightner
02/19 Wayne Carlson
02/19 Garrett Rolofson
02/24 Mable Graham
02/24 Benjamin Sweyko
02/25 Michael Allen
02/26 Timothy Ott
02/28 Tyler Steward

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 

If we've missed your birthday or anniversary co ntact COS Office so we can update our records.

Survey opens 
February 9th!!!

Enter the congregation code:

(The code is case senstive.) 
Ask Becca for a paper copy if you don't have access to a computer.