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MARCH 2020
Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
  Love is a Verb

J esus gives us a new commandment in John, chapter thirteen, which is a summary of the Ten Commandments. The way he presents the new commandment is significant. Jesus says:

  "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
John 13:34-35 

Jesus uses love as a verb. 'A verb is a word that shows an action, occurrence, or a state of being.' Love, is something we are to do as children of God because Jesus loves us. Loving one another is our response to the love God demonstrates toward us daily and the love that was most significantly demonstrated toward us by the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross.

We are loved by God therefore we love one another. Love is something we do. This is essential in our relationship with each other and our relationship with God. When we love someone, we do something. St. Paul when he talks about life together as husband and wife, he uses the word submit. (Ephesians 5:22-33) This means we put the needs of others before ourselves. Jesus demonstrates this by humbling Himself to be born a baby, living as an obedient servant, and dying on the cross. He comes to us. He serves us. He lifts us up. He is present in His Word and sacrament.

We say we love God. We testify that we are His children. Yet how does that look in our life? We are busy. We spend our life running from one place to another. When do we take time to serve the God who loves us? How much time do we invest in our relationship to our Lord and Savior who gave His life for us? How are we at loving one another?

Scripture tells us that we are the church. The church is the bride of Christ. How much time and energy do we invest in the bride of Christ? An old man once told me that he looked at the wife of his youth and he did not know who she was. He said that he had spent so many years working, raising his children, and taking care of himself that the he never spent anytime with the bride of his youth. I sadly thought that is how we treat the bride of Christ, the church.

Love is a verb. It is an action word. We love when we serve. Jesus says love one another. After thirty years as a Pastor, a constant is that it is hard to get workers in the church and keep them. There are boards not filled, there is a shortage of people to help on Sunday. Finding individuals that are consistent in their worship is a rare thing. God loves us. How do we respond to his love for us? We should look for opportunities to serve others. There are opportunities in the church. There are opportunities in the community.

I am troubled. I wonder if one day the church will close because of lack of interest. Neglect of the bride of will lead to her demise. Then I remember that the church is the bride of Christ. Jesus will provide for his church. You are the church. You are loved by God. Love one another. Do something. Love is a verb.

 "We love because he first loved us." 
1 John 4:19

 "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith."
1 John 5:3-4
Volunteers Needed!
Becca is struggling to fill slots in the monthly schedule. We are currently in need of sound/Power Point operators, ushers, keyboard operators and lectors. Every duty listed can be easily learned. (Except lector, stage fright is real and I can't fix that. Sorry.) If you are interested please contact Becca Burton and she will put you on the rotation. 

Call: 913-837-4502     Email:
COS Worship Word by Janie Ott

The ReVitality Survey deadline has been extended until March 8th.

Our Mission: Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church's mission is to Strengthen faith, Build hope and Share love in Christ our Savior.  It's at the top of every newsletter and also on the website. So if that's the mission then the purpose of this congregation is to preach and teach the Word of God and to rightly administer the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. And to do this we have to have a starting point. 
I would ask that every member pray for the "ReVitality" journey. Take the survey! Send texts/emails/make calls/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.
(You know I had to start by plugging the survey, it is without a doubt the most important piece of work we have before us...)

"Be careful how you live: you may be the only Bible some people will ever read."

My Mom would say this to me all the time. As any good mother, her bluff on me was that I was being watched from everywhere. As I grew she really stressed to me that some people may never read a Bible, so how I behaved, how I interacted with people, how I carried myself, all were ways to share the gospel. This thinking became a ministry for me. The ministry piece that resonated with me is choose joy.

Splendor and majesty are before him; 
strength and joy are in his place.
--1 Chronicles 16:27
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you.
--Psalm 5:11
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
--Psalm 16:11
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating 
and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
--Roman 14:17

Joy is mentioned many, many times in the Bible which really resonated with me personally. When I became a Mom, the lesson I wanted to teach my kids was to "choose joy". Every morning when we wake, we can choose our attitude. Why not choose joy? Any given day we will face heart break, sickness and challenges of every kind and degree of severity. If we choose joy, it makes the challenge easier to face.

When I became a leader, I stressed choosing joy. I have worked many Bible verses into leadership training. I have mentored many young professionals and I stress the importance of choosing joy. If we have our attitude in check we can handle anything. 

Emotional Intelligence is a big buzz word these days and companies are spending a lot of money educating the workforce on how to manage emotional intelligence. While there is a lot to this, a portion of it comes down to our attitudes and choosing joy. Which I find some humor in....

Today we see people chasing joy. Looking for things that give us a "high", but things don't last. They might fulfill us for a short time but they don't have a sustainable meaningful impact on our lives. Choosing joy and being grateful that I am a child of God, gives meaningful, long-term purpose to my life. All because I made the decision when I woke up this morning to choose joy.

At the end of my life, I hope people, especially my family can say, "She walked with God. That was her game changing strategy."

Lent Schedule
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  
Thrivent Members 911

Are you a Thrivent Member?  Will you help COS out?  

Some Thrivent policy holders have the opportunity to help COS.  You may be able to sponsor an Action Team or designate Choice dollars.  

We can help fill out the request for an Action Team and if Thrivent grants it you will receive a $250 gift card that COS can use for an event.  In the past we have used Thrivent Action Team cards to help defray expenses for events such as Easter breakfast, Vacation Bible School, Military Bible sticks, Advent/Lenten meals, and Meals on Wheels Pie Auction.  Please let Becca in the church office, Pastor Keltner or any Church Council member know if you can help!   

Check with your Thrivent representative about the Action Team eligibility.   We are in immediate need of an Action Team gift card for the Lenten dinners and Easter breakfast.  

Thrivent Choice Dollars are contributions that can be directed by you, the Thrivent policy holder, to COS.  Check with your Thrivent representative for details on your eligibility.  

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Children's Program
Article Headline
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet Saturday March 7th, 6 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie.  Appetizers are on the menu.  Everyone is invited.  Fellowship, food and a Bible study.  

Counting Our Blessings...  And Giving Thanks!
Many were instrumental this month and deserve our heartfelt thanks.  

To: All that choose to serve the church by volunteering during our services. Thank you!

To: All that choose to teach and assist during Sunday school. Thank you!

To: All parents that made confirmation a priority for their children and their families. Thank you!

To: Everyone that makes church a priority for their families by attending weekly. Thank you. 
Lutheran Women's Missionary League

LWML's monthly meeting will be held on Monday,  March 9th at 7:00 PM,
in the church basement. 
One of the things we will be discussing is table decorations for the KC Crossroads Spring Event. We need to make them by March 23rd. 

LWML will have a baby basket for Jesse and Alli Hohne.  They are having a baby boy in April.  The basket will be in the Narthex.

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
Paul and Linda Richards  in loving memory of  Linda's mother Faye Ash.
03/08 The Rausch's family. Andrews 13th birthday. 
03/15 Howard Meyer for Sharon's birthday.
03/22 The Bell family for Jim's birthday.
The Karrow family for Kendell's birthday.

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.

Ad Space Available!

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

Lent 3 Crosses

Lent Dinners--Menu
March 4 Chicken and Noodles **
March 11 Breakfast for Supper **
March 18 Pizza, Salad and Dessert 
Craft Group 
March 25 Old Fashioned Lutheran
Craft Group 
April 1 Taco  Bar **
April 9 - Maundy Thursday   
April 12 - Easter Sunday Breakfast

** Meals generously donated. 

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

Colin Alexander  
Dylan Ash  
Jim Buckman
Garret 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

March Anniversaries

03/09 Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff
03/10 Jason & Courtney Allen
03/12 Scott & Erin Marsh
03/27 Aln & Janet Paegelow

March Birthdays

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

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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