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 2019
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
Hope is a fruit of the Spirit. As we begin the New Year we look ahead in hope. As individuals we look forward in hope. As a congregation we look forward in hope.
As a congregation, we hope we can hold onto our youth and young adults. We hope that we can find funding to keep the church doors open. We hope that we can find volunteers to keep important programs rolling. We hope that God will add new members. We hope that we can work together avoiding tensions and conflict.
We know all too well society has changed. Where confessing Lutherans were once marginalized by society, now we find opposition. Biblical views on the sanctity of human life and marriage are not just mocked, but in some quarters, considered hateful. It's hard to be hopeful when you know you're swimming upstream against the currents of culture.
The corporate church started sounding the clarion call about our decline over a decade ago. Average worship attendance is still declining. We're still losing a frightening percentage of our youth once they reach adulthood. The cost of funding a church building, pastor and ministry continues to rise faster than offerings. Between the pressures of society and the steady decline, congregations are experiencing a sense of powerlessness.
Fortunately, I hold out hope for our congregation. I hold out hope that we can make a positive impact in our community. Am I hopeful that our church will double in attendance? No. Am I hopeful in the next five years we will plant sister congregations? No. I'm too much of a realist to make such claims. Still, I am hopeful the Church has a future.
Our sense of powerlessness in the face of our challenges is reason for hope. If we hold out hope, then we can overcome obstacles ourselves, we risk trying to meet the challenges by our own wisdom and strength. We need to admit we can't. As a result, we confess we are fully reliant upon God.
Furthermore, we are longing for hope for our church, not for our eternal salvation. This is because our church still places its hope in Jesus. The foundation of, "grace alone," "faith alone" and "Scripture alone" is strong in our congregation. Because of God's grace given through Jesus, we are confident God has made us His people.
Finally, God is already leading the congregation to tackle the obstacles we face. People with no real background in church are being catechized and baptized. The Church is working on funding programs that go beyond our historic means. Millennials are joining our church. I'm committed to finding ways for our church to encourage and equip one another to address our challenges.
I look forward to the coming year. It will have its challenges. It will also be filled with opportunities for us to share the gospel. There will be opportunities for us to share the reason for the hope we have. We have hope as a gift. We are the redeemed and chosen children of God. Our help is in the name of the Lord. Christ is the reason for the hope we have.

Pastor Andy
This was adapted from an: Article by Pastor Kevin Wilson, the President of the Ohio District, LCMS

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, the Youth Group, Christine Fauss and Paul Richards 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".   Another generous Christmas gift giving! Christ Our Savior donated 12 gifts for each of the four kids in our adopted family through From the Heart.  Thank you to COS individuals and families - Norris, Nay, Keltner, Roth, R Varns, Jim Bell, E Bell, Rangel, Burton, C Brown, LawRance, Walania, Axmann, B Smith, Grove, Ramsey, Wimberly, Fauss, Murray, Shaffer, Eickhoff, Barsh, Waite, Sweyko, Muckenthaler, Towne and A Brown.

Children's Christmas Program was a huge success!

"The CHRISTmas Story" was presented by the children of Christ Our Savior at the 7:00 p.m. service on December 16th.  The service included CHRISTmas hymns and the story of Jesus' birth in words and actions.  The children did an amazing job!

A big "Thank You" to Mindy Bell, Stacy Grove and Tricia Walania for all of their hard work.  They had to scramble to find costumes for the children when they discovered many were ruined when the basement flooded and others couldn't be found.  Thank you to Michelle Eickhoff for playing the keyboard and Gerry Eickhoff for helping with the sound.  And a thank you to all the others too numerous to name who helped make the program a success.

A big "Thank you" as well to all of the parents who made sure their children were at practices and the program.

Church Planning Meeting - February 9, 2018

Ben Franklin is credited with saying: "Failing to plan, is planning to fail." This year there will be a congregational planning meeting on February 9 th from 9:00 a.m. - Noon. At this meeting we will plan for upcoming activities in the church and community. If you are interested in helping with Education in the Congregation, you should attend. If you want to participate in the music ministry at the church, you need to attend. If you want the congregation to be more involved in community activities, for example the Labor Day parade and Fourth of July activities, you need to attend.  If you are interested in the congregation having more fellowship activities, you need to attend.
I hope all of you will participate in this meeting.  There is so much we can do as a congregation. Let us plan to make an impact in our community and on our families. Hope to see you there!
Biscuits & Gravy Fundraiser
What: Come on down for our monthly "All you can eat" Biscuits & Gravy, eggs, hash browns, cinnamon rolls with fruit, coffee and juice.
Cost: Suggested $5 donation
For: Help the Youth Group raise funds for District & National Gatherings
When: Sunday, January 6th
Time: Between church services (9-10:00)
Where: COS Basement
Youth: We are asking youth to bring 1 bag of hash browns, 1 can of biscuits (already baked please!) along with milk or juice.  We are also asking that you be in the basement at 8:30 a.m. to help prep, cook, serve the meal and clean-up.
Youth Group - Family & Friends Activity
5th Annual Ice Skating
The Ice at Park Place

Sunday, January 13 (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 Burger Fi 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 Kansas Event at NYG; February Servant Event - Valentines for Nursing homes; Fundraiser - Casseroles!
Youth Group Casserole Sale
Sunday January 13th

Each participating youth is to make a casserole (oven-ready) and bring it on Sunday, January 13th.  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.

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!

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Thank You!
Children's Christmas Program
Church Planning Meeting
Biscuits & Gravy
Casserole Sales
Best Choice Labels
Friends for Christ
Winter Jam 2019
Financial Update
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
January Birthdays
Contact Info
Quick Links



Friends for Christ   

Friends for Christ will meet Saturday, January 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner.  Soup and sandwiches are on the menu.  If you plan on attending please let Debbie know to help in planning.  If you are reading this you are invited - a great way to spend a Saturday night in the 'Burg.  Good food, great fellowship and a Bible study!

Winter Jam 2019

Winter Jam 2019 takes place on Saturday, January 26th.  Gerry and Michelle Eickhoff would like to organize a group to attend.  If you are interested in going please let Gerry and/or Michelle know as soon as possible ( or 913-837-5276).  Anyone can attend!  They would like to join "Jam Nation".  This allows you to enter the Sprint Center early which if you've attended before you know is a huge blessing!  The cost is $34.99 and they need a group of 10 or more attending in order to qualify.


Financial Update

Year End Financial News!  Thank you to everyone who keeps us in your prayers and for those who have helped us meet our financial obligations this year.

This is a reminder to be sure to make any final year-end contributions by next Sunday December 30th.   This ensures your contribution will be included in your year-end statement.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, January 14, 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
1/06 Paul & Linda Richards in memory of Adelene Richards
1/13 Open
1/20 Sandy Barsh celebrating Elizabeth MacClymont's Birthday
1/27 Paul & Linda Richards in memory of Poor Old Bill - Bill Richards

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




Bradley Rose Glick 

December 30, 2018


daughter of

Thomas and Maurissa Glick


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In the Military
Military members and friends of our congregation include:  

Colin Alexander
Dylan Ash
Jim Buckman
Garrett Cline
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

January Anniversaries

1/20/2007  Shawn & Emily Helms

January Birthdays

1/09    Nadine Wells
1/10    Aidan Murphy
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
1/21    Amanda Gregar
1/22    Adelyn Moore
1/26    Jeannie Aguayo
1/27    Reagan Varns
1/27    Rich Walania
1/28    James Keltner Jr.
1/31    Elizabeth MacClymont

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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