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.
November 2018
Pastor Andy Writes...
      Pastor Andy Keltner
The Lord is My Strength
I am fond of short clever sayings. I still remember the Burma shave ads that lined the highway. They were a series of signs that made a rhyme to advertise brush-less shaving cream. Short rhymes that told a story.  When I was little, as we drove down the highway, it was entertaining to read, and wait for the next part of the Burma shave rhyme. As I got older the ads got less frequent. Sometimes there were missing signs. Then it was great to have Dad or Mom or a grandparent to fill in the missing part of the rhyme.
When I read the Bible, I am struck by the way God communicates his truth. There are Bible passages that communicate great hope and wisdom in a few words. There are Bible verses that encourage. There are verses that confront us with the reality of our sin. The more I read the Bible the more I celebrate the wisdom of God and his great love for his foremost visible creatures, you and me.
There are Bible passages that are misquoted and misused. This is especially true for those who use the Bible to market a theology of glory. The theology of glory ignores and denies the reality and consequence of sin. The theology of glory denies the reality of pain and suffering. It ignores the passages that describe the fact that our life in Christ puts us in opposition to the world. The Bible teaches a theology of the cross. We have confidence of our salvation even in times of great suffering.  In our suffering and pain, we look to the cross of Christ. When we face persecution, we look to the cross of Christ. Jesus suffered to destroy the power of death. He wins for us the victory.
One of my favorite readings in the Bible is the book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk is writing to the people of Israel after they have been conquered, first by the Assyrians, and then the Babylonians. He starts his prophecy saying: "O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?" (Habakkuk 1:2) I believe this is very relatable to most of us. We cry to God. "How long must we face adversity".
Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. Habakkuk 3:17-19
Most people will read this and see doom and gloom. The harvest has failed. The livestock has died, the things of this world are lacking. A theology based on prosperity would lead you to despair. Yet, I see Habakkuk pronouncing hope and salvation.  Everything in this world can be stripped away and salvation is sure. God is our strength. Instead of trusting in the things of this world, we rely on the promises of God. He will strengthen us, so we can tread in high places. Even in the worst times we can rejoice in the God of our salvation. We are victorious in Christ. Nothing in this world can separate us from the love of God. God demonstrates his great love for us in the cross. Jesus died for us.

Sometimes when people tell me something they read in the Bible, I think of the Burma shave signs.  When one of the signs is missing the rhyme does not make sense.  Of course, without knowing the history of brush-less shaving cream, the Burma Shave ads make no sense at all.  I celebrate there are scholars who study history and the whole counsel of God.  It is like having Dad, Mom or a grandparent to fill in the blanks and to explain the context.  You are the beloved children of God.  Rejoice!

Sometimes when people tell me something the read in the Bible, I think of the Burma shave signs.  When one of the signs is missing, the rhyme does not make sense.  Of course, without knowing the history of brush-less shaving cream, the Burma Shave ads make no sense at all.  I celebrate there are scholars who study history and the whole counsel of God.  It is like having Dad, Mom or a grandparent to fill in the blanks and to explain the context.  You are the beloved children of God.  Rejoice!
Pastor Andy

Opportunity to Help the Church while Shopping on Amazon!

We have been notified by AmazonSmile that there will be a promotion beginning Monday October 29th - ending Friday November 2nd.  During this timeframe, AmazonSmile will increase the donation rate on all eligible purchases.
Here's how it works.  When you shop or buy from Amazon, go to and use your regular login and password (Prime members will still qualify for Prime benefits).  Designate Christ Our Savior Louisburg as your charity if you have not already done so.  Make your purchases between October 29th and midnight November 2nd.  Amazon makes the donation directly to the church's checking account and it does not affect your purchase.  This is a great way to help out Christ Our Savior!
Thank you so much in advance!  Happy Shopping!
Thank You for Your Continued Support!

The Youth Group would  like to say "THANK YOU" to all of those who have helped support us the past few months by attending our monthly biscuits & gravy breakfasts and for purchasing our casseroles.  So far we have raise almost $8500 towards our goal of $14,000 to help us get to Minneapolis this coming summer to the LCMS National Youth Gathering.
Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner to be held November 15th 

LHS hosts the annual
Senior Citizens T hanksgiving Dinner
Tuesday, November 15th
Entertainment starts at 12:15 p.m.
Dinner will be served at 12:45 p.m.
Please call the High School
and make reservations

Louisburg High School: 913-837-1720
Advent Dinners
The Christmas season is right around the corner. We will again host a variety of delicious dinners before the Wednesday night Advent Services this year.  Below is the schedule of who will host these meals.

December 5th - Paul Richards

December 12th - Meals on Wheels

December 19th - Youth Group

Everyone is welcome! Meals and fellowship begin at 5:30 pm followed by the church service at 7:00 pm.   Watch the weekly bulletins for menus, sponsors, etc. Thank you so much to all of the groups and individuals who have already volunteered to host meals.  We appreciate it so much!  If you have any questions or would like to help, please  contact Christine Fauss at  aunttine01 or 913-645-4003 .

Come Hungry for Biscuits & Gravy!
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, November 4th
Time: Between church services (9-10:00)
Where: COS Basement
Youth: We are asking youth to bring- 1 can of biscuits (already baked please!).  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 Casserole and Bake Sale set for November 18th
Each participating youth is to make a casserole or two (oven-ready) and bring it on Sunday, November 18th.  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.
We will also be selling items like cinnamon rolls, and breads along with the casseroles.  If you would like to do this in addition to the casserole to help us out, we would welcome it.
Thank you for your help!
Gerry & Michelle

Youth Group planning for Lunch and Laser tag

Who: COS "YOU"th in grades 6-12 & family
Date: Sunday, December 9th
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Lunch at Pie 5 (119th and Strang Line Road) & Laser Tag at Main Event (11950 S, N Kansas City Rd)
What to bring: Yourself & your family.
Details: Discuss our next FUN event in January and our next fundraiser for Minneapolis!
Please sign-up on the bulletin board in the narthex so we know who is coming.  Thank you!

2019 National Youth Gathering
July 11-15, 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota

We have already registered for the National Gathering in 2019 but there is still room for you!  If you are interested in attending and missed the mandatory meeting in August, please contact Gerry &/or Michelle Eickhoff ASAP.

Save those Labels!

Help us raise money for our Youth Group

It's easy, just save Best Choice product labels 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.  So far we have only 400 UPC codes.  We will have a box in the narthex to continue collecting labels. Thank you for your help!

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Shopping on Amazon
Thank You!
Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner
Advent Dinners
Biscuits & Gravy Fundraiser
Casserole & Bake Sale
Youth Fun Event
2019 National Youth Gathering
Save Those Labels!
Friends for Christ
Craft Group
Budget Update
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet Saturday, November 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner.  Baked potatoes will be provided.  Bring your favorite topping and/or a dish or dessert to share.  Good food, great fellowship and a Bible Study.

Craft Group

We enjoyed our day in Baldwin City at the Maple Leaf Festival.  The Craft Group invites anyone who has a craft or hobby to work on to join us next time we have a craft day. Bring your project and enjoy some company while you work on it. Contact Cindy Karrow 913-269-1935 for more information.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

LWML will hold their regular meeting Monday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the church basement. There will be a Bible study and a short business meeting after the Bible study. All women of the church are members of LWML and welcome to attend all meetings.

Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month - Sept. thru May at 7:00pm in the church basement.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 or Linda Newman at 837-5116.
Hope to see you there!

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Budget Update

The proposed budget for 2019 will be presented during the Annual Voter's Meeting taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 9, 2018.  Please make plans to attend this meeting and participate.  We will make the proposed budget available for review after the November church Council meeting so you can have time to review the information and come prepared with questions.

We are currently up-to-date on our monthly bills; however, our cash reserves remain low.  Please prayerfully consider your monthly contributions to our church.

Thank you!

Altar Flowers

11/04 The Walania family celebrating Drew's 10th Birthday and Allison's 17th Birthday
11/11 Linda Norris celebrating God's Blessings
11/18 Linda and Paul Richards Happy Thanksgiving!
11/25 The Karrow Family in loving memory of Cindy's Mom, Lavina Fry
Please bring flowers to church prior to the 8:00 am service or you may contact Sandy Barsh to provide flowers for $20.  Flowers may be taken home after the 10:30 am 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.


November 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.


*Confirmation class and Bible Class will not meet on November 21st.  We will meet on November 28th.


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Official Acts


October 13, 2018

Rowan Ann Harding
daughter of
Drew & Gentry Harding

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
Marissa Glick
Jeremy Howard
Zac Howard
Freddy Hurt
Greg Jeffrey
Tyler Jordan
James Keltner
Tom Moore
Rob O'Bannon
Rob Ortman
D.J. Weaver

November Anniversaries

Dennis & Gretchen Lee
David & Courtisa Sharp
11/30/2013 Paul & Annastasia Muckenthaler

November Birthdays



Tanner Lee
Teresa Schlegel

Mark Edgar

Drew Walania

Owen Marsh

Janie Ott

Jamie Waite

Paulette Varns

Allison Walania

Angie Graham

Chalotte Strubbe

Rebecca Burton

Kert Maul

Debi Stephens

Judy Lohse

James Martin
Shae Murphy

Lindy Kalinka

Taj O'Connor

Rick Peek

Grant Stubbe


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