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.
October 2016
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

Against God

God delivers the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt.  God uses Moses to lead the Israelites toward the Promised Land.  Instead of celebrating God's deliverance, the Israelites grumble and complain. The children of Israel make Moses life miserable they grumble against him night and day.  God tells Moses that he will provide for his people.  And God reveals to Moses that the people are not grumbling against him.  The people are grumbling against God.  See Exodus 16 to read the details.


How often, when we grumble against the church and church leadership are we actually grumbling against God?  The complaint I hear during stewardship drive is, all the church does is talk about money. Your complaint is not against the church but against God. God, in his Word, talks about how we are to manage our money. He talks about being good stewards.  He talks about giving our first fruits. He talks about using the resources he gives us to pay the pastor.  He talks about using the resources he gives us to care for the poor and needy.  Then he tells us not to fall in love with our financial resources.  When I hear people say:  I am not coming to church because all they talk about is money.  The problem is not with the church, but with God.


The grumbling is: I do not like those people in the church. The scribes and Pharisees leveled these charges against Jesus.  Jesus says that he came to seek and save the lost.  He says: come to me all you who are week and heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Jesus came to save sinners.  We all come encumbered with the weight of sin.  Jesus forgives sinners.  If you grumble against those who are worshiping with you, is not your grumbling against God?


The grumbling is: I have a problem with someone in the church.  Jesus says we are to forgive.  Jesus says if we have grievance against our brother we should talk to them one on one.  Paul says: do not let the sun go down on your anger.  Jesus says blessed be the peacemaker for they shall see God.  If you harbor anger against someone in the church, and you are unwilling to reconcile.  Then you problem is not with them.  You problem is with God.


Jesus tells his disciples to love one another.  This is the new command he gives.  Peter writes: that we should love deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.  People should be drawn our church because they see the love we have for each other.  We should spread the love of Christ into our community.  This is challenging.  When we grumble against the church, we grumble against God.


Nothing can make us angry unless we let it.  When we get angry and grumble against the church and the church leadership.  That might be reasonable.  But w hen we are unwilling talk to the person who troubles us and unwilling to reconcile our problem is with God.


You are forgiven and loved to forgive and love.  Live Christ.  Share his love.

KC CrossRoads LWML - Fall Event
"Hospitality" by Dave Mareske
October 8, 2016
Registration 8:30 a.m.  Meeting starts at 9:00 a.m.
Beautiful Savior, Olathe, Kansas
Cost:  $5.00
In-gathering  for Hollis Renewal Center:
Ground coffee (regular and decaf)
Tea Bags
Sugar and creamer packets
Trash Bags (18 or 39 gal size)
Dish cloths, towels, dish soap
Non-scratch sponges
A box will be in the entry of church for anyone
who would like to help with the in-gathering.
Items should be at the church by noon
on Monday, October 3rd.
Thank you in advance for your help with this effort!

Shop Amazon and donate to Christ Our Savior Louisburg!
Christ Our Savior is now participating in AmazonSmile.  You can support COS by using the link below to go through AmazonSmile.  It is the same Amazon website, however, many of the purchases that you make will be eligible for a donation to the church.  Please consider using AmazonSmile when you purchase from Amazon and sign up Amazon will make quarterly donations to Christ Our Savior Louisburg.
Any questions? Ask Cindy Karrow at:
The Youth say - Thank you for your unending support!
We would like to say "thank you" to all of those who came to support our youth group Biscuits and Gravy this past Sunday.  We had a great turnout and some great fellowship as well.  We raised $228 towards our district fundraising goal!  So thank you very much!!  We truly appreciate your donations!  But please remember this group cannot function without your valued help and support of us!
Sponsored by: C.O.S. Youth Group

WHEN: Sunday, October 30

TIME: 4pm-6pm

WHERE: Christ Our Savior Community Building
Join us for games, fun and prizes!
For: ages 2-12
Admission: one can item or any one of the following 4pk Toilet tissue, small box of cherry Jell-O, individual chocolate pudding (or small boxes) & Ramen Noodle Chicken Soup packages.  These items will be donated to the AGAPE Food Pantry in Louisburg. 
Youth Group MEMBERS:  You & your families will be in charge of putting together & running a station at the festival.  Please be looking out for an e-mail from Gerry & Michelle to help sign-up to choose your station and setting up for this "fun" servant community event.

"You"th Group Meetings

COS "YOU"th in grades 6-12 & friends/family
Date: Sunday, October 9
Time: 11:45p.m. -1:15p.m. - Right after church!!!
Where: COS Basement
What to Bring: Your favorite sandwich meat & cheese, (Drinks, plates, cups, bread and condiments provided) Yourself, Friends
What: Bierocks on October 8th (7am-12:45pm) ; Fall Festival Community Service Project - Sunday, October 30 from 4-6 p.m. - Admission(can food for Agape Food pantry), Treat bag decoration table, Blind-fold Sensory table (eyeballs/brains/dry ice ), decorate a cookie table, pumpkin bowling (Candy Corn), Jack-O-Lantern Toss (Hersey kisses),  Fishing (Swedish fish), musical chairs (glow stick necklaces); Preparing for KDYG - Nov. 18-20; Get ready for Operation Christmas Child Shoe Packing Party/Potluck event- November 13th   - November fun event - Bonfire & Potluck at Eickhoff's on November 6th.

Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child
Youth Group is sponsoring Operation Christmas Child Shoes Packing Party Potluck Challenge for our October/November Servant Event

What is the shoebox challenge? It began at Herschend Family Entertainment in 2011 and has resulted in over 1 million shoeboxes collected through churches for needy children around the world. Their theme parks and attractions offer complimentary tickets to churches to encourage them to pack the shoeboxes. The more shoeboxes packed the more tickets a church can earn. In 2014, they began inviting others in the entertainment industry to join in using their influence to help grow the cause of Operation Christmas Child. Silver Dollar City is honored to participate in the Challenge this year.

To meet this challenge with a minimum requirement we as a congregation must pack either as a group or individually 25 shoeboxes.   If we meet that, we get 3 tickets to Silver Dollar City. These tickets will be drawn for by those participating in the shoebox packing party on November 8.  Your names will be entered in the drawing.  To get another free ticket, we must pack another 25 more boxes.  The youth group has decided to host a Christmas Shoebox Potluck Packing Party on Sunday, November 8 after service.  We will have lunch together and pack our boxes together.  The youth group will have 36 plastic boxes ready go.  We just need your help filling the shoeboxes.  We will have collection boxes in the narthex beginning October 11 for our first big collection drive.  So to make it easy here is a schedule we came up with:
  • Sunday October 9 - SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Pens, pencils and sharpeners, crayons or markers, stamps and ink pad sets, writing pads or paper, solar calculators, coloring and picture books, etc. 
  • Sunday, October 16 - HYGIENE ITEMS: Toothbrush, toothpaste, mild bar soap (in a plastic bag), comb, washcloth, etc.
  • Sunday, October 23 - TOYS: Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, small Etch A Sketch,® toys that light up or make noise (with extra batteries), Slinky,® etc.
  • Sunday, November 6 -  OTHER: T-shirts, socks, ball caps, sunglasses, hair clips, toy jewelry, watches, flashlights (with extra batteries)
DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out- of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.  

We will be collecting items from the congregation again until Sunday, November 13th. Operation Christmas Child pamphlets will be available soon if you would like to participate.  We will also have prayer bookmarks and your prayers are essential to the work of Operation Christmas Child, so please join us during National Collection Week Nov. 16-23. The youth group will then deliver the shoeboxes to the drop off site in Louisburg on Monday, November 16.   The goal this year is to collect 9.8 million shoebox gifts from the United States and nine other countries. During this collection time, we ask you to pray for the people packing the boxes, the volunteers who will be collecting, processing, and delivering the gifts, and for the children receiving them - thank you!

For directions on how to pack the shoebox, please see the directions on the bulletin board in the narthex of the church.

Place your order now for Bierocks!

Kansas/Oklahoma District Youth Gathering
Did you miss out on the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans?   Well, here is your chance to get a taste of what it's like but right here in Kansas.  If you are interested in having your son/daughter attend a Christian event like no other, then contact us immediately as we need to begin to fundraise.  You can reach us at: 913-837-5276 (leave us a message if we're not home) or at    Let's get ready for a fun time in Wichita!

November 18-20, 2016(Friday night - Sunday late morning)
Hyatt Regency, Wichita
Who attends:
Youth in grades 9-12
Rev. Jeffrey Meinz, Sarah Salzberg, Leon Jameson, These Guys, UnPaved, Micah Steiner
Room 211
Hotel Cost:
$101 per room (plus applicable taxes) PER NIGHT per room. (Youth group will pay)
Registration Cost:
$95 per person before October 1. (Youth group will pay) After Nov.1 - $135 per person and you will pay the difference.  *Registration includes programing, workshops, and activities, gathering t-shirt and Saturday lunch, but NOT HOUSING. *All youth registrations must be turned in ASAP - September 25 at the latest.
Meal Cost:
Plan on an average of $15 per meal (Friday night, Saturday morning (unless we get donations??), Sunday Morning (unless we get donations?), Sunday Lunch) = $60 per person (Youth Group will pay for Saturday evening meal)
Save a Label and help us raise money for our youth group!
The Save-A-Label program is an extremely successful program, which helps non-profit organizations raise money. Currently, there are over 13,000 non-profit groups that participate in the program. These groups earn $.03 for each Best Choice UPC symbol redeemed.  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.  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!
In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
LWML Fall Event
Thank you!
COS Fall Festival
Youth Group Meetings
Operation Christmas Child
Bierocks are back!
Kansas Youth Gathering
Friends for Christ
Craft Group to Maple Leaf
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Used Gaming Systems
Contact Info
Quick Links


tacos Friends for Christ  

Friends For Christ will meet at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner, 1507 N Broadway St., Louisburg, on Saturday, October 1st at 6:00 p.m. The theme is Mexican.  Meat and fixings for tacos will be provided.  Great food, fellowship and a Bible Study. What a great way to end a weekend in the 'Burg!

Everyone is invited and welcome to attend!  Join the fun!

The Craft Group is taking a road trip and you're invited!

We will meet early Saturday morning, October 15th, to carpool or caravan to Baldwin City for the Maple Leaf Festival.  We will spend the day shopping the craft booths, listening to music and enjoying the food vendors.  We plan to return to Louisburg by 6:00 p.m.  Please call or email Cindy Karrow ( or 913-269-1935) if you are interested so we can plan for vehicles and drivers.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

LWML will hold their regular meeting Monday, October 10th at 7:00pm 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!

Altar Flowers

Walania Family
in loving memory of
Roger Porter


Heather Smith
Bill's Birthday




Katie & TJ Birthdays


Those who have signed up for flowers have two options:
  1. You can provide you own. They must be at the church before the 8:00am service.
  2. Sandy can get them for you. (As of October 1st, I will need to begin charging $20 for flowers.)
Flowers may be taken home after the 10:30am 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.


October Education



Confirmation Class

6:00 p.m. 

Evening Bible Study

7:00 p.m.  



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  


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


Dylan Ash


Jim Buckman


Mark Edgar


Ray Gigliotti


Freddy Hurt


Greg Jeffrey


Lindy Kalinka


James Keltner


Clara Littrell


Tom Moore


Rob Ortman


Kelly Streck


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October Anniversaries

Josh & Kim Weber
Rob & Alicia Vance
Rich & Judy Lohse
Rick & Debi Stephens
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October Birthdays



Jared Stewart

Carrie Gregar

Lily McDaniel

Bill Smith

Carter Brown

Jordan Mynsted

Chris Brown

Ainsley Vance

Craig Holtzen
Kimberly McMahon

Katie Becker

Jodi Hovey

Brynn Aguayo

Travis Becker Jr.

Abbey Frazier

Brook Frazier

Alyse Moore

Jennifer Brown


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Used Gaming Systems/ Controllers/Games

Do you have an unused PlayStation 1, 2, 3; 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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Contact Info 

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