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.
January 2017
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
Jesus tells a parable about a barren fig tree in Luke 13:6-9.  The owner of the vineyard looks at a fig tree in his garden and notes that it is not producing any fruit.  In fact for three years the tree has not produced anything.  The owner of the vineyard instructs the vine dresser to cut the tree down.  He concludes that is should not take up space and use up the soil.
The vine dresser suggests to the vineyard owner an alternative.  He says let's not give up on the tree just yet.  Let me dig around it and fertilize it.  If it still produces no fruit I will cut it down.  The fig tree gets another chance to bear fruit.
This parable is not about fig trees but it is about us.  John when he is preparing the way for Jesus tells his hearers they "should bear fruit that befits repentance".  What does this look like?

First repent. You are a sinner.  Jesus died for sinners.  Your salvation depends on Christ alone.  You can do nothing to save yourself from sin.  Jesus does everything to save us from sin.  Therefore you are God's precious and redeemed child.  You are forgiven and loved.  You are saved by grace.  This is God's truth revealed in Christ.  Repent.

Second:  Do things God's way.  You learn God's ways from the study of Scripture.  The fruits of the Spirit are peace, hope, joy and love.  These do not sound very productive.  Still these are the gifts that change lives.  In Acts 2:46-47 the church grew because the fruits of the spirit were manifest in the lives of the believers.
You bear fruit when you are a peace maker.  You are called to share the peace of God.  You have peace with God because you are confident of the victory he has won for you. Nothing can separate you from the love of God.  When you live a peace filled life in the midst of the chaos of a sin filled world it changes lives.
You bear fruit when you are joyful.  Joy is infectious.  You rejoice because you are a child of the King of Kings.  You rejoice because you know the end of the story.  You are victorious in Christ.  "Rejoice in the Lord always" Philippians 4:4.  You bear fruit when you are joyful.

You bear fruit when you share the reason for the hope you have.  You need to sometime step back and assess your behavior.  When people look at you would they be inclined to ask you about the reason for the hope you have?  You have a sure and certain hope of the resurrection of the dead and the life everlasting through Christ.   You hope is sure.  Do you live a hopeful life putting the best construction on things and explaining things in the kindest possible way?
You bear fruit when you love another.  Paul says this is the greatest gift.  He defines what it means to love in Corinthians chapter 13.  John's epistle tells you that you are the beloved of God.  Therefore, love one another.  Self-giving love is a fruit of the Spirit.  You love because you are loved by God.
The vine dresser says.  "Give it one more year."  This year bear fruit that befits repentance.
Thank You Teresa Schlegel
Thank You

Besides leading our congregation in song every Sunday (& thanks always to Michelle Eickhoff for her faithful service as well!!), Teresa is very generous with all her other time & talents!  It seems that every time she sits down, she creates crocheted craft items!  Never an idle moment.  If you came to the Christmas craft sale held recently in our church's community center, you saw a tiny fraction of everything she crochets in one year!  She often makes lap robes for veterans and other worthy causes.  Every year for a number of years, she has started in January or February to crochet over 100 colorful scarves or other items for the kids helped by Grace's After-School Tutoring and also our Christmas Sharing event.   This year, she made 150 pretty little Christmas socks, in all different colors!!  The kids and their parents, and our staff, so appreciate Teresa's work in making all these gifts.  What a blessing Teresa is, not only to our church but the many others Teresa helps throughout the year.  Teresa, on behalf of Grace, thank you for all those years of helping the children at 9th & Benton.
Bob Kirkpatrick

Thank You from Sandy Barsh and the Congregation
Thank you flower
Sandy Barsh would like to thank everyone who purchased Poinsettias to adorn the Altar this CHRISTmas season.  They always look so beautiful and it is very much appreciated.

Sandy would also like to thank everyone who helped decorate the church for CHRISTmas.  She always thinks it looks so beautiful when it is finished and she wouldn't be able to do it without your help!  The plan is to take the decorations down on January 7th.  If you are available and would like to help, it would again be greatly appreciated!

A BIG thank you to everyone who made and served meals during Advent! The food was amazing every week and the fellowship was priceless! T hank you also to Christine Fauss for always volunteering to organize our meals.


"You"th Group Meeting This Month
Who: COS "YOU"th in grades 6-12 & friends/family
Date: Sunday, January 8
Time: 11:45 a.m. - Right after church!!!
Where: We'll have our meeting at Burger Fi!
What to bring:
Your Money for Lunch & Ice skating plus your friends & Family!
Agenda: February Servant Event - Blessing & A Backpack; February Fundraiser - Casseroles! (People have been asking about them!  J)

Youth Group - Family & Friends Activity
rd Annual - ICE SKATING 
@ The Ice at Park Place

SUNDAY, January 8 (11:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.)
Meet @ church after 2 nd  service - 11:45 a.m.

$8 to skate - $3 for Skate rental
(but you're welcome to bring your own skates!)

Receive $1 off your admission when you bring a canned or non-perishable food item for the Jewish Family Services Food Drive: Crackers, Canned Fruit, Tomato Products, Crackers, Canned Fish and Chicken, Canned Vegetable Soup, Peanut Butter

Bring $ for lunch- we'll eat at Burger Fi first! 

All who are interested need to sign -up in the Narthex or the Youth room in the basement.

**Weather Permitting - if it's too cold the youth group will not go**
**All who are interested need to sign -up in the Narthex or the Youth room in the basement.
We plan to meet @ Burger King parking lot at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 29

(Carpooling may be available - but you have to sign-up to let us know that you're coming!)
Bring $10 for entrance to concert and additional money for supper/snacks!
January Anniversaries

1/20/2007  Shawn & Emily Helms

January Birthdays

1/09    Nadine Wells
1/10    Aidan Murphy
1/11    Kathy Cone
1/12    Annastasia Muckenthaler
1/12    Courtisa Sharp
1/13    Alan Paegelow
1/15    Mindy Bell
1/15    Pat Walker
1/17    Bob Kirkpatrick Jr.
1/17    Stephanie Lohse
1/17    Mack Newell
1/18    Billy Weissend
1/21    Andy Brown
1/21    Bill Carlson
1/22    Adelyn Moore
1/22    Kathy Richards
1/26    Jeannie Aguayo
1/27    Reagan Varns
1/27    Rich Walania
1/28    James Keltner Jr.
1/30    Arya Berve
1/31    Elizabeth MacClymont

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Thank You Teresa Schlegel
Thank You!
Youth Group Meeting
Youth Group - Family & Friends
Youth Group - Winter Jam 2017
January Anniversaries
January Birthdays
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Youth Fundraiser
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner (1507 N Broadway, Louisburg) on Saturday, January 7th at 6:00 p.m.   Appetizers and Soup are on the menu.  This is a fun evening of food, fellowship and a Bible Study.  Everyone is invited so be sure to join us .

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, January 9, 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.


If the weather is bad we will not have a meeting.

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Altar Flowers


1/01  Paul & Linda Richards
         in memory of Adelene

1/08  Open

1/15  Sandy Barsh
         Christy & Shelby's Birthdays

1/22  Sandy Barsh
         Katie's Birthday

1/29  Sandy Barsh
         Elizabeth MacClymont's Bday

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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January 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
Kelly Streck

Help us raise money for our youth group!
It's easy!

The Best Choice Save-A-Label program is an extremely successful program, which helps non-profit organizations raise money. These groups earn $.03 for each Best Choice UPC symbol redeemed.  It's easy, we just save the labels of Best Choice products for cash.  Be sure to save the UPC portion (proof of purchase). Our youth group will earn $30 in cash for each bundle of 1,000 UPC's sent in.  We have a box in the narthex to collect the labels.  So please bring in your labels and help us raise some funds!

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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