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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 2018
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
New Year
Each year we look toward to a new beginning.  We make resolutions.  We have great hope that this year we will make positive changes and have new opportunities.  We resolve to do better.
The challenge is some of the things we would like to change are out of our control.  The truth is the only things we can change is ourselves.  Even then we face challenges.  We should set goals and make plans.  We need to remember that this life and all we have is a gift of God.
As you make resolutions and plan changes in the coming Year here are a few things to keep in mind.  First from James chapter 4 verses 13-17.  "13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"- 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin."  James tells us to trust God.  He, also tells us to honor God.  How does your relationship to God fit into the resolutions you make for the New Year?
Second, we should focus on the things we can change.  I read this quote from Chuck Swindoll in Golf Digest. He writes.  "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what other people think or say or do.  It will make or break a company, a church a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past.  We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string that we have and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10 percent of what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.  And so, it is with you... we are in charge of our attitude."
Third, Paul writes in Philippians.  "4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind (attitude) among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

This new year, remember we have a God who loves us and sent his Son to die for us.  Remember that this loving God is still in control and he will come again to judge.  Also remember that you can be a change agent as you witness to his light in this sin darkened world.  You can change your attitude.  That is when we make a difference.  We live in this sin darkened world, but we are not of this world.  We are children of the heavenly Father.  We are beloved heirs moving toward the place Christ has prepared for us.  Happy New Year!

Pastor Andy

We have so much to be thankful for!
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 put up the new trees and 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!

We would like to say a BIG thank you to the Meals on Wheels group for providing and serving all of the meals during Advent! The food was amazing every week and the fellowship was priceless!

We would also like to thank everyone who participated in "From the Heart" providing gifts for our adopted family.  The response was overwhelming and these four kids are truly blessed because of you.


Care Packages

Thank you so much for the quick response to sending Care Packages to an adopted Air Force squadron.  We have already sent many packages to them (see the picture above) and hope to continue through January 7 th.  If you'd like to contribute, there is a box in the narthex for these donations.  The squadron is asking for gum, mints, candy, sunflower seeds, and K-cups.  Thank you again for making someone's day!

Youth Group - Family & Friends Activity
4th Annual Ice Skating
The Ice at Park Place

Sunday, January 7 (11:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.)
Meet at the church after the 2 nd  service

$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

Active service members and veterans receive $1 off with Military ID.

Bring $ for lunch- we'll eat at California Pizza first! 

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

During our time together, we will discuss our February Servant Event and our January Fundraiser (Casseroles! People have been asking for them!).
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!

Youth Group Casserole Sale

Sunday January 14th and 28th

Each participating youth is to make a casserole (oven-ready) and bring it on Sunday, January 14th and 28th.  We will be selling the casseroles between services and after 2nd service.  Please provide name of 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.

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Thank You!
Care Packages
Youth Group - Family & Friends
Best Choice Labels
Casserole Sales
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
January Anniversaries
January Birthdays
Contact Info
Quick Links


graphic-community-meal.jpg Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet Saturday, January 6th at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy & Debbie Keltner.  Ham and cheesy potatoes will be provided. If you can attend, bring a side dish or dessert to share.   Start the new year by joining us for good food, great fellowship and a Bible study!

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, January 8, 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
1/07  Open

1/14  Open

1/21  Open

1/28  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.


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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Official Acts


Transfer Out


Mark Burton

December 15, 2017

St. John's Lutheran Church

Chillicothe, MO


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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

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    Grace Owen
1/17    Mack Newell
1/21    Andy Brown
1/21    Bill Carlson
1/22    Adelyn Moore
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

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Contact Info 
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(913)837 -4502