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 2017
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
October and November are the last Sundays of Pentecost, which turn into the Last Sundays of the church year.  With all the natural disasters and upheaval in our world, people are concerned about the end times.   God speaks very clearly in his word about the end times.   He talks about natural disasters as the beginning of these times.   He warns of a time when Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead.   He will destroy the heavens and earth and create a new heaven and new earth.   Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away."   The church every year looks at the promises of God.   He will destroy the wicked and deliver those who remain faithful.


I say all this because there is much hand-wringing, weeping and gnashing of teeth as we are bombarded by news of the latest disaster or political debacle. Followers of Christ have faced persecution since the first century for proclaiming their faith.  History records dark and difficult times of disaster and persecution.  Many of Jesus contemporaries thought that the world would end with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. The spread of the Ottoman Turks was thought to be a clear sign of the end of time.  The protestant reformer identified the Pope as the antichrist and an agent to usher in the end of times. In our era, it is popular to identify sitting political leaders as antichrists and agents used by the evil one to usher in the destruction of the world.


What I learn from Scripture is that the end of times will happen by the hand of God.  He is still in control of his creation and his creatures.  I would encourage you to attend worship in the coming months as we look at how God will protect and deliver his children from the coming judgement.  We are those who cling to the eternal word of God and have hope.  We do not despair because we are victorious in Christ.


During the month of October, we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  I would encourage you to learn about this world changing event in history.  Many Roman Catholics believed that the heretic Luther and his followers should be destroyed to protect God's church.  I have always thought that God could take care of his own Church, especially when we are faithful to his eternal word.  The Lutheran Reformation gives witness to this truth.


Mark your calendar for the October 21st Reformation celebration.  This Saturday should be a fun day when we can celebrate that we are God's chosen and redeemed children by grace alone.  There are many reasons to study our history and learn from the past. It is important we know and study who we are as Lutherans.  As we face the end of times, Paul's warning to Timothy should remind us that all we do should be based on the eternal Word of God.  "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths." (2 Timothy 4:3-4) A church based on the foundation of the  Word of God is who we are as Lutherans.


Please with all the signs of the end times it is important that we are prepared for disasters.  The Lutheran Early Response Team training is one way we can prepare to respond to natural disasters.  There will initial training in Paola at First Lutheran Church on November 4th.  The cost of this training will be $25.  If you are interested in attending let Pastor Keltner know.  The most important thing you should always remember is:  Those who remain faithful will be saved.  Challenging times are filled with opportunities for you to share the reason for the hope you have.  You are victorious in Christ.


Pastor Andy

Christ Our Savior's Reformation Celebration
Christ Our Savior will celebrate 500 years since the Lutheran Reformation with fun, food and fellowship.  Join us at church on Saturday October 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm for games and activities.  Adults and children are welcome - we will have something for everyone!   Prizes will be awarded!
We would like to know if you will attend the Celebration so that we can have plenty of food and prizes for all ages.  Please email me at with your family name, number of adults, and number & age of the children who will attend.   Or, you may fill out a gold colored card found at the entry to the sanctuary and drop it in the collection plate during a service.
  We have some other fun things planned for the Celebration - door prizes, a special gift from the You'th, a possible visit from Luther himself, and more.............
Dinner will be buffet style in the Community Center building beginning at 5:00 pm.  We appreciate all of the volunteers that have agreed to make German-style food.  Christine Fauss is heading up the food and beverage activities.  Below is a list of German dishes and recipes that she has researched for volunteers to make or buy and bring.  (Some items can be store-bought - we do not expect you to make your own sauerkraut or jelly stuffed donuts!) Some have already been claimed and the names are listed beside the item.  Call Christine directly at 913-645-4003 if you want to prepare or buy and bring a German-style dish from the list, or if you have a German dish that you would like to make and provide.  Leave a message if she is unavailable and she will get back to you.
Main Dishes
Brats - Bill Murphy is making some but we may need more
Hotdogs and buns
Cabbage Rolls
Sauerbraten - Christine Fauss
Bierocks - Kate Sweyko
Schnitzel (meat pounded thin and fried)
Rouladen (meat pounded thin and rolled up with usually bacon in middle and fried)
Duck or Goose with sauerkraut
Schweinebraten (pork roast)
Königsberger Klopse (meatballs in white sauce)
Side Dishes
German Potato Salad - Teresa Schlegel
Soft Pretzels
Black Bread (Rye)
Fruit - Gloria Rolofson
Barley Soup
Kaesespaetzle (Cheesy Noodles)
Potato Dumplings
Brägele (Roasted Potatoes)
German Potato and Lentil Salad 
Rotkohlsalat mit Räucherkäse (Red Spiced Cabbage)
Guelph Pudding (Welf Pudding) layered pudding
Black Forrest Cake
Strudel - usually apple
Berliners (Jelly stuffed donuts)
Dark Chocolate Brownies with Black Cherry Preserves - Christine Fauss
Glühwein (Spiced Mulled Wine)
Beer - Richard Fauss
Youth/Kid friendly beverage
Other ideas and recipes can be found on this website
Paulette Varns is organizing games for everyone.  She will need help with running games.  Please reach out directly to her or contact me, Cindy Karrow, at 913-269-1935 (call or text) to volunteer.
Finally, we will need help with set up and clean up.  Set up will include setting up tables and chairs.  Clean up will include cleaning up the Community Center building, returning tables and chairs to the basement, removing trash etc.  If you can help with either or both, please email me at or call/text 913-269-2935.

Financial News
We are getting closer to paying off the cost of the water damage and repair to our building.  Watch the chart in the Narthex as we make our way to the final payment for the clean-up and repair work.  The total cost for the two water damage events was $22,000.  We are within $3000 of that amount as of the publication date for the newsletter - thanks to lots of generous donors - no amount is too small to help. Cards for a Cause brought in approximately $400 to help pay down the debt.  Thank you to Annastasia Muckenthaler for organizing and executing this fundraiser.

Attention Thrivent account owners.  You may have Thrivent Choice Dollars that will help with the water damage repairs.  Visit Thrivent Choice at for more information and to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars to help with this expense.
The "Amazon Smile" program is another way to bring a few dollars into the building repair fund.  These donations come from Amazon and they go directly into the church's checking account quarterly.  It is as easy as going to and setting Christ Our Savior Louisburg as the recipient of donations made by Amazon!  Then each time you shop on Amazon, make sure you are going through web address to shop and make purchases.
Thank you again to all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly on cleanup, shampooing carpet, painting, and setting the basement up after the work was done.  We were very thankful to Quality Home Improvement and Rich Walania for stepping in so quickly with fans, air purifiers, water vacs and workers to accomplish the cleanup and repairs so quickly.
In other financial news we are on budget with other expenses.  We have drafted a budget for 2018 that is slightly higher than the current budget for 2017 due to anticipated increases in some of our fixed expenses such as utilities, insurance, maintenance and office expenses.  This budget is available to anyone who would like to read over it and provide input.  The budget will be presented at the Voters Meeting on December 3, 2017 at 11:30 am for final approval.

You may attend the October or November Church Council meetings if you have feedback or input into the budget or to be more informed about what the church is doing. 
The dates are:
Tuesday October 3, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Tuesday November 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Come to church hungry and join the Youth for their Biscuits and Gravy Fundraiser!

Come on down for an "All you can eat" Biscuits & Gravy, hash browns with fruit, coffee and juice.
Date: Sunday, October 1st
Time: 9:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Where: COS Basement
Cost: $5.00 Donation - the proceeds will be used by the Youth for their District and National Youth Gatherings
Youth: We are asking youth to arrive at 8:30 a.m. Please 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.

"You"th Group Meetings

Every 3rd Sunday this fall
We need "You" to make this a "You"th Group! 
So make this a priority and come to a meeting!

COS "YOU"th in grades 6-12 & friends/family
Date: Sunday, October 15th
Time: 11:45p.m. -1:15p.m. - Right after church!!!
Where: COS Basement
What to Bring: Your favorite soup (Drinks, bowls, cups, utensils will be provided) Yourself & Friends
What: 150th Anniversary Reformation - we will be assembling Gift Bags and writing up rules for games - "Fun" Activity for November???

Kansas District Youth Gathering 2017


The Gathering theme this year is "Made for This," based on Philippians 1:9-11("And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment...").
What does this mean? Come to the Gathering, and you'll find out!  Contact us immediately as we need to register and reserve our rooms!   You can reach us at: 913-837-5276 (leave us a message if we're not home) or at

When: November 17-19, 2017 (Friday night - Sunday late morning)
Where: Capitol Plaza, Topeka
Who: Youth in grades 9-12
Speakers: Rev. Matt Popovits, Gathering band Bread of Stone, and the return of Bible U, which includes two Saturday-only shortened tracks of sectionals focusing on Rich Bible Studies or Deep Catechism Discussion OR Service projects in the community.
Hotel Costs: $93 per room (plus applicable taxes) PER NIGHT per room = $186 per room (Youth group will pay)
$95 per person before October 1. (Youth group will pay- minus $20 commitment fee from youth) After Oct. 1 - $115 per person and you will pay the difference (+$20 added to your commitment fee) After Nov. 1- $135 per person and you will pay the difference (+$40 added to your commitment fee)

*Registration includes programing, workshops, and activities, gathering t-shirt and Saturday lunch, but NOT HOUSING.

*All youth registrations must be turned in ASAP - September 29 at the latest.
Meal Costs: 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)
2019 National Youth Gathering Logo Announced
July 11 - 15, 2017
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Are you ready?
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!

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Reformation Celebration
Financial News
Biscuits & Gravy Fundraiser
Youth Group Meetings
Kansas District Youth Gathering
2019 National Youth Gathering
Best Choice Labels
Friends for Christ
Church Council News
Craft & Gift Sale
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


turkey_sandwich.jpg Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet Saturday, October 7th at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie. Bring a salad to share. Sandwiches will be provided. Everyone is invited. Food, fellowship and a Bible study.

Church Council News  

Election of Officers for the Church Council will also be held at the annual Voter's meeting on December 3, 2017 at 11:30 am.  The two offices for which elections will be held are President and Treasurer.  Please talk to Pastor Keltner if you are interested in being nominated for either of these two offices. The President oversees the functions of the Council and the monthly meetings.  The Treasurer monitors the budget, pays bills and manages the church's bank accounts.
Would you like to volunteer to help but you cannot serve in an office on the Council? We have lots of opportunities to help with short-term projects or standing committees. Please talk to Pastor Keltner or any member of the Church Council to volunteer.

Craft and Gift Sale

Save the date for the December Craft and Gift Sale sponsored by the Craft Group.  We will have new and returning crafters and home-based business owners who offer a wide variety of gift items just in time for Christmas.  Some of the items are one-of-a-kind and there is something for everyone at this event!  It is a great opportunity for those who want to avoid the crowds in the department and discount stores and shop local.

The sale will be one day only on Saturday December 9th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Christ Our Savior Community Center building.  Watch the November newsletter for a list of participating crafters and vendors.   Let me know if you would like to participate, Cindy Karrow, 913-269-1935 (text or call.)

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

LWML will hold their regular meeting Monday, October 9th 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

Our prayers and God's blessings for all the disaster victims


Molly Strubbe in memory of Nancy Strubbe


Wayne and Charlene Varns 50th Wedding Anniversary


Reformation Sunday

All Saints Day

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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Official Acts


Transfer Out

Bob and Kathy Richards

Christ Lutheran

Overland Park, KS


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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

October Anniversaries

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



Jared Stewart

Carrie Gregar
Owen Knop

Lily McDaniel

Bill Smith

Carter Brown

Erin Marsh

Jordan Mynsted

Chris Brown

Ainsley Vance

Craig Holtzen

Katie Becker

Jodi Hovey

Brynn Aguayo

Travis Becker Jr.

Abbey Frazier

Brook Frazier

Alyse Moore

Jennifer Brown


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Contact Info 

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