Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
Lent 3 Crosses
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.
March 2018
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
Blame God

Philip Yancey writes: "I have noticed a remarkable change since Jesus' time in how people think about calamity.  Nowadays we tend to blame God, both for the cataclysmic (which insurance companies call "acts of God') and for the trivial.  At the 1994 winter Olympics, when speed skater Dan Janssen scraped the ice and lost the 500-meter race once again, his wife Robin, cried out instinctively, "Why God, again, God can't be that cruel!" A few months later a young woman wrote Dr. James Dobson this letter, "Four years ago, I was dating a young man and became pregnant.  I was devastated! I asked God, 'Why have you allowed this to happen to me?" Exactly what role, I cannot help but wonder, did God play in an ice skater losing control on a turn and young couple losing control on a date?" (The Jesus I Never Knew p.169-170)
Yancey writes this after he cites the case of the blind man in John chapter 9.  We read. "As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:1-2) In Jesus time the notion was that calamities were a punishment for specific sins or a sinful situation.  Recently the tone has shifted. Instead of blaming God people tend to see suffering as a rationalization to deny the existence of God.  The say: "I can't believe in a God who would let innocents be slaughtered." In effect they are saying that God does not care and is not loving.  Therefore, they will not believe in God.
Still we like to blame someone or something for calamity.  The current rhetoric on politics and government control are examples of this desire to hold someone accountable and blame someone else.  When Jesus is asked to blame someone in the case of the blind man He replies. "Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him." (John 9:3)
I do not know if this is a satisfactory answer.  Still this is the answer Jesus gives. I do know that every good and perfect gift comes from God. I also know that evil came into the world because of man's sin. I also know that we all sin.  And I know that the wages of sin is death both temporal and eternal.  Therefore, evil is in the world because of sin. All calamities are a consequence of sin.
Now here is the part that gives us hope Jesus died to destroy the sting of death which is sin. Even in the most horrific situation Christ is with us.  We are more than conquerors because we are loved by God.  We are not immune from calamity, but we have hope that we will be delivered from the calamity. Even death has lost its sting.
We should see calamities as opportunities to share the hope we have in Christ.  The Psalmist says more than once that we should call upon God in times of trouble and he will answer us.  We need to recognize our sin and the condition of the fallen world we live in.  Then we remember that we a new in Christ.  We are loved by God and nothing can separate us from his great love for us.  God does not want evil and calamities any more than we do. He made a world that was good.  God hates sin and evil.  Therefore, he sends his Son to suffer and die for our sins.

Instead of blaming and denying God we should worship and praise Him. We should serve and obey Him.  We should rely not on the rhetoric of the world, we should trust in the promises of God.

2018 Lenten and Holy Week Schedule

March 7th ~ Return to the Lord Who Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with Services at 7:00 p.m.
Taco Bar
(Thank you to the Youth Group)

March 14th ~ Return to the Lord Who Does Not Change
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with Services at 7:00 p.m.
Chili, Cinnamon Rolls and Dessert
(Thank you to the various volunteers who helped with this meal)

March 21st ~ Return to the Lord Who Does Not Tire of Calling You
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with Services at 7:00 p.m.
Baked Potato Bar
(Thank you to the Craft Group)

March 25th - Palm Sunday
Services at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

March 29th - Maundy Thursday
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with Services at 7:00 p.m.
Dinner will be Brisket Dinner
(Thank you LWML)

March 30th - Good Friday Service at 7:00 p.m.

Easter - April 1st
 Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m.
Breakfast at 8:15 a.m.
Children's Activities at 9:00 a.m.
Celebration Services at 10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to help with Easter Breakfast, please contact Christine Fauss at 913-645-4003.
Attention 8th Grade Parents
Confirmation is next month (April 15th)!  Please send a picture of your 8th grader to  We will use these pictures in the April issue of our newsletter.

Thank you!

Easter Breakfast
Easter is Sunday April 1st.  Once again we will have breakfast in between services from 8:00 am to 9:30 am.  Join us for food and fellowship. Youth and kids will have special Sunday School activities beginning at 9:15 am.
Please contact Christine Fauss at 
913-645-4003 to volunteer to provide food or to volunteer for set up and clean up for this special event. 
Thank you in advance to all who volunteer to make these meals special!

Don't forget to Smile!
The church received our quarterly donation from AmazonSmile and it was the largest donation so far.  It was just under $25.  The donation is a small percentage of the purchases made by those who have designated Christ Our Savior as their charity in this program.  It is easy to do.   Go to the website using this link:   AmazonSmile: You shop. Amazon gives.     If you already have an Amazon login, then login and follow the instructions to designate the church as your charity.  Once that is complete, always go to  to shop Amazon items.  Most items are eligible for the donation from Amazon to the church.  You can also continue to use Amazon Prime for shipping and other benefits.

Clothing Donations for the NICU at Shawnee Mission Medical Center
The Youth Group is collecting items for the NICU (Neonatal Intensive care Unit) at Shawnee Mission Hospital.  They are in need of new clothes:  footed sleepers,  onesies,  pants  and socks in preemie and newborn (0-3 months) sizes for both boy and girl.  There is a decorated box and sign in the narthex where you can place your donations.  We will be collecting these items through the end of March.

Thank you so much in advance for your donations to our March Service Event!

"You"th Group Friends and Family Event
Bowling at Mission Bowl
1020 S Weaver Street, Olathe, KS 66061

Sunday, March 1th
11:40 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
COS Basement & Mission Bowl
$4.25 adults; $3.25 kids 17 & under; Shoes - $3.50 a person per hour
What to bring:
Yourself, Friend and your Parents!
Pasta!  Sign-up for what to bring in the narthex!
We will eat in the basement before we leave for Mission Bowl.  We will eat in the basement before we leave for Mission Bowl and have a short youth Group meeting to discuss our next fundraiser - casseroles or biscuits/gravy breakfast.   Also setting dates for our April fun event -Laser tag or movie night??
Please sign up in the Narthex or the high school Youth Group Room so we know how many are going!  Thank you!

It's time for Bierocks!
In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Lent and Holy Week Schedule
Attention 8th Grade Parents
Easter Breakfast
Don't Forget to Smile!
Clothing Donations
Youth Group Friends & Family Event
It's time for Bierocks!
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


italian-feast.jpg Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3rd at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner (1507 N. Broadway St.).

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

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, March 12th, 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.

Altar Flowers

Walania Family
Loving memory of Andrew's 11th Birthday
03/11 Michelle and Gerry Eickhoff's 22nd Anniversary
03/18 Carolyn Megee in loving memory of her sister, Mable Goodpaster
03/25 Karrow Family
Kendall's 25th 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.


March Education



 Evening Bible Study

8:00 p.m.


Note:  during Lent, Bible Study will begin at 8:00 p.m. and Confirmands are encouraged to attend Lenten services.



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


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Official Acts

Funeral Services

February 2, 2018
Nona Knox

February 3, 2018
William (Bill) Robert Richards, POB (Poor Ole Bill)

Transfer Out

Howard and Jinnie Willey
Trinity Lutheran
Jefferson City, MO

David and Kim Nemitz
Gateway Trinity Lutheran
Fort Myers, FL

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

March Anniversaries
3/09/1991  Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff
3/10/2007  Jason & Courtney Allen
3/12/2005  Scott & Erin Marsh
3/27/1978  Alan & Janet Paegelow

March Birthdays
3/02    Kim Weber
3/03    Kahlan Aguayo
3/03    Olive McDaniel
3/03    Shyloh Waite
3/05    Brett Rangel
3/06    Rich Heishman
3/08    Jase Hovey
3/08    Tyler Thompson
3/10    Courtney Allen
3/10    Adrianna Gregar
3/11    Sharon Meyer
3/12    Gail Brown
3/12    Heather Smith
3/13    Michelle Henry
3/13    Kelsey Keltner
3/13    Pastor Andy Keltner
3/18    Shelley Thompson
3/20    McKenna Lohse
3/21    Gerry Eickhoff
3/21    Alice Knop
3/22    Jim Bell
3/22    Jacob Rangel
3/22    Ryan Varns
3/23    Hailey Marsh
3/25    Eamon Grove
3/28    Kendall Karrow
3/29    Marian Allen
3/29    Alek Vance
3/30    Christine Fauss
3/30    Joe Keltner
3/30    Jacob Weber

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Contact Info 
Gloria Rolofson

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(913)837 -4502