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. 10:30a.m. & 7p.m. 
Sunday School 9:15a.m.-10:15a.m.
May 2018
Congratulations to the 2018 High School Graduates

Thad Hendrix

Thad plans to attend Johnson County Community College with intent to transfer to UMKC.

Isabelle Holtzen

Isabelle will be attending the University of Northern Iowa in the fall.  She is majoring in Business and will continuing her pole vault career with the track and field team.

Shae Murphy

Shae  will be attending Kansas State University. Her major is going to be Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and/or Painting
Ainsley Vance

Ainsley plans to attend Pittsburgh State in Pittsburgh, Kansas the fall.

Jimmy Kalinka and Gillian Newell will also be graduating in May. Congratulations to all of you!

Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
The Resurrection

The church season of Easter lasts fifty days. On the fiftieth day after Easter Sunday the church celebrates Pentecost. This is the day when God sends his Spirit into the church. Empowered by the Spirit every Sunday we celebrate the risen Christ.
Jesus resurrection changes our starting and ending point.  Our life starts when we are born again in our baptism. Instead of living a life that is bound by death we recognize that life in this body is temporary.  We are eternal. Jesus suffered and died to pay the price for our sin. He rose from the dead and ascends into heaven.  He prepares a place for us. Jesus has risen. He conquered death. We will live with him eternally.
Our earthly suffering and struggles are finite. Our life with Christ is infinite. We are part of the God's eternal kingdom.
Philip Yancey writes: "There are two ways to look at human history, I have concluded. One way is to focus on the wars and violence, the squalor, the pain and tragedy and death. From such a point of view, Easter seems a fairy-tale exception, a stunning contradiction in the name of God. This gives some solace...There is another way to look at the world. If I take Easter as the starting point, the incontrovertible fact about how God treats those whom he loves, then human history becomes the contradiction and Easter a preview of ultimate reality. Hope then flows like lava beneath the crust of everyday life." ( The Jesus I Never Knew p. 219-220)
The reality of the resurrection shapes our life. We are more than conquerors. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. St Paul in his letters boldly proclaims what it means to have faith in the risen Christ. Out hope is not in vain. We are the redeemed and chosen children of God, now and eternally.
We participate in the death of Christ.  We die to sin daily. We also participate in his resurrection. Daily we rise to a newness of life. God is working in us and through us to proclaim Christ crucified and the resurrection reality. We are empowered with the Holy spirit and equipped with spiritual gifts to live our faith in the risen Christ.
There is an Easter song by the sung by the Bill Gaither band that rattles around in my head when I am facing challenges.  The verse is simple and straight forward.  It is also very true. "Because he lives; I can face tomorrow; Because he lives; All fear is gone; Because I know he holds the future; And life is worth the living; Just because he lives."

We celebrate the resurrection of Christ every Sunday in worship.  God empowers and equips us through the Word and Sacrament.  We rely on the saving act of Christ on the cross.  This gives us confidence to stand before our God as his beloved children.  The reality of the resurrection gives us the hope and confidence that we will be victorious and live with Christ eternally.  Jesus conquers death.  We are more than conquerors through the crucified and risen Christ.

May Showers

Two of our sweet families are expecting babies during the month of May.  Drew and Gentry Harding are expecting their first baby the end of May.  Paul and Annastasia Muckenthaler are expecting their third child, a baby girl, in the middle of May.  We would like to shower them with gifts.  Baskets will be in the front entry of the church if you would like to participate.

Thank you flower

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make our Easter celebration a huge success this year!  Thank you to everyone who helped with the Easter breakfast - set up, clean up, providing all of the food, etc.  Thank you to everyone who helped with the Children's activities.  They had an amazing time celebrating the resurrection of our Savior!  Thank you to everyone who purchased Easter Lilies.  The front of the church looked beautiful!  We are truly blessed!

Congratulations to our 2018 Confirmation class!

Meals On Wheels

Christ Our Savior helps our local Meals on Wheels program by sponsoring the annual Pie Auction.  The auction is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 7th at the American Legion Hall.

We want our members and friends to know that they can make contributions at any time to help with this worthy project.  Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals for senior citizens who need a little extra help.  If you would like to make a contribution to assist with the expenses of the annual Pie Auction, you may mail it in to the church or provide it in a separate envelope with your offering.  Checks should be made out to Christ Our Savior with a note that it is for Meals on Wheels and we will hold the funds for the Pie Auction committee.

If you would like to assist in another way, please contact Beth Ramsey at 316-727-1249 .  Thank you!

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Thank you so much from the Youth Group!

The Youth Group would like to say "Thank You" to all those who came to our monthly Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast,   We would also like to say "Thank you" to the Paul & Linda Richards for their $500 gift to the youth in honor of Bill Richards.   We are very appreciative of the donation.  With this fundraiser, we are starting to climb towards our goal of $20,000.  Thank you to our youth group/parents for waking up early to make our biscuits, hash browns and eggs.

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Biscuits and Gravy Fundraiser

What: Monthly Breakfast!!!...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, May 6 - we will be serving breakfast on the first Sunday of every month.
Time: Between church services (9-10:00)
Where: COS Basement
Youth: We need Youth to be in the basement @ 8:30 a.m. to help prep, cook, set-up tables, serve the meals and clean-up!  We are asking youth to bring 2 cans of biscuits (ready to go!) and a bag of shredded hash browns.  We are also asking that you come down to help prep, cook, serve the meal and clean-up.

Sunday, June 3rd
Where: Louisburg Lake (287th Street & South Metcalf Road); Eickhoff House (30216 New Lancaster Road)
What: Fishing and Kayaking at Louisburg Lake; Hot Dogs and S'mores at Eickhoff's house.
Time: Meet at Lake - Fish/Kayak from 5:00-7:00; Eickhoff House- Pit fire, grill hot dogs and S'mores from 7:30 - ??
Bring: fishing poles/bait, lawn chairs, blankets, side dishes for later at the Eickhoff's (hot dogs, table ware and drinks provided)

** Please sign up in the nartex so we can plan on how many hotdogs to buy - Thank you!**

When: Saturday, June 23rd
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
COS Community Building
The youth need your help!  If you have any items you would be willing to donate, please drop them off in the old junior high room in the church basement beginning  Sunday, June 17th .   If you have any large items and need help getting them to the church, please contact Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff - 913-837-5276.
Questions: Contact Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff -

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July 11-15, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Are you ready?

Give Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff a call at 913-837-5276
if you are interested in joining us!

In This Issue
2018 Graduates
Pastor Andy Writes...
May Showers
Thank You
Youth Group says Thank You!
Youth Fundraiser
Youth Group News
2019 National Youth Gathering
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
Used Gaming Systems
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


tacos Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet Saturday, May 5th, 6:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner.  Mexican food is on the menu.  Tacos and fixings will be provided.  Good food, fellowship and a Bible study!

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, May 14th, at 7:00 p.m. in the church basement. There will be a Bible study and a short business meeting.  This will be the last meeting until fall.

If you have any questions, Please contact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 or Linda Newman, 837-5116. 


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Altar Flowers
5/06 Bob & Kathie Kirkpatrick
God has a plan, trust it, live it, enjoy it!
5/13 God alone saves!
5/20 The Karrow's celebrating Taylor's birthday
5/27 We love because He first loved us!

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.
Official Acts
April 16, 2018
Kenzie RaeLee Berve
Parents: Josh and Brooke Berve
Sponsors: Kelly Lipovitz and
Jason Berve 


May Education



 Evening Bible Study

7:00 p.m.  



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  


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Please help us raise money for our youth group!

It's easy, just save labels for cash.  Just save the labels of Best Choice products. 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.  So far we have only 400 UPC codes.  We will have a box in the narthex to begin collecting the labels within the next few weeks.  So please keep your eyes open for the label box and help us raise some funds!

Still Wanted - Used gaming systems

Do you have an unused Xbox; GameCube or Wii (with controllers) sitting around the house not being used AND in good working condition?  Do you have any games for PlayStation 2, GameCube or Wii rated "E" that you don't play anymore? Then please think about donating it to our youth group!  We are looking for some of these to use for our lock-ins and get togethers with the youth!   If you have any of the above and are willing to donate it to the youth, please contact Gerry or Michelle Eickhoff at: or 913-837-5276.

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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
D.J. Weaver

May Anniversaries

Bob & Gloria Rolofson
5/14/93 Jeff & Debby Axmann
5/18/02 Andy & Jennifer Brown
Ryan & Paulette Varns
5/27/06 Mike & Julie Herl
5/29/09 James & Heather Keltner Jr.
5/29/65 Bob & Kathie Kirkpatrick
5/30/04 Aaron & Kelly Stohs
May Birthdays
5/01  Sydney Heishman
5/01  Alicia Vance
5/02  Angela McDaniel
5/04  Tommy Moore
5/08  Josh Holtzen
5/08  Howard Meyer
5/10  Cindy Frazier
5/15  Julie Herl
5/16  Ian McDaniel
5/17  Linda Richards
5/17  Aaron Stohs
5/21  Rich Lohse
5/22  Kristen Bell
5/22  Ashton Moore
5/24  Logan Burton
5/24  Porter Burton
5/24  Taylor Karrow
5/25  Jean Flick
5/25  Beth Ramsey
5/28  Paul Muckenthaler

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