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Luther's Rose
Christ Our Savior
Lutheran Church
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
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

According to Webster's Dictionary, the definition of apologetics is a "1. systematic argumentative discourse ... 2 a) in defense (as of a doctrine) 2 b: a branch of theology devoted to the defense of the divine origin and authority of Christianity."

One of the opportunities we have as Christians is to be apologists. This means we will have opportunities to defend and discuss our faith. This can be amazing. Here we live in quiet Louisburg, Kansas. we often make assumptions that everyone here believes in Jesus. We would like to assume that people are reading their Bibles. I do not think these assumptions are accurate.

I found this OpEd piece in the Washington Post, from March 30, 2018, by Christine Emba, titled You Should Read the Bible.
According to a survey last year by LifeWay Research, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible. Theologian Albert Mohler has noted, aghast, that more than 10 percent of Americans think that Joan of Arc was Noah's wife. In 2010, the Pew Research Center revealed that, "only half of self-identified Christians could identify the four Gospels. (In case you're wondering this Easter eve, they're Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.) And as the religious "nones" in the United States continue to rise, the amount of even cursory religious knowledge we share seems to fall."    

Many were offended when former President Barack Obama said that, "We are not just a Christian nation." Instead of being offended we should acknowledge this fact, and grasp the opportunities this presents for us to share our faith in Christ. The truth is, it is impossible to be a Christian apologist if we are Biblically ignorant. 
Living in our pluralistic culture there are questions that as Christians we should be able to answer.  What is the Christian faith? The answer: "The Christian faith is the confession that Jesus Christ is the world's only Savior and Redeemer."

Secondly, we should be able to answer the question: Who is Jesus? "Jesus is the Son of God who takes away the sin of the world."

Thirdly, how do we know this? The short answer: "This is what the Bible says."

As Lutheran Christians we have Creeds and Confessions that help us with our apologetics. The question will then arise: Why do you need creeds and confessions if everything you teach comes from the Bible? Here is the long answer from the 2017 edition of Luther's Small Catechism page 352.  "Thus the Lutheran Church accepts without reservation the Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God and the creeds and confessions in the Book of Concord as a true and unadulterated statement and exposition of the Word of God. The Word of God is the ultimate standard of Christian teaching. The Lutheran Confessions are normative for our teaching because they fully accord with the Word of God. They are accepted, not insofar as the match up with the Word, but because we have come to know that they correctly explain the Word of God?"

Study your Bible. 

Celebrate the Lutheran confessions. 

Be an apologist.

Bible Presentation

Eamon Grove and Ally Bell were presented their Bibles from Pastor Andy, during Sunday School on 09/08.

COS Worship Word by Janie Ott

I LOVE fall! I love the change of the leaves, the cooler weather, the cinnamon and pumpkin scents, and FOOTBALL!!  On the weekends we keep up with high school football on Friday, college football on Saturday, and the Chiefs on Sunday.  And as I watch the opening of the Chiefs' game and see CHIEFS' KINGDOM come alive, I immediately draw a parallels to CHRIST'S KINGDOM. 
As I think on Pastor Andy's sermon many comparisons come into my brain between football and our lives as Christians. Every Football team has their own playbook; and we as Christian share the same playbook with Christians across the world, the Bible. Every football team has a coach; Jesus promised to leave a helper behind before He went to the Right Hand of the Father; we have the Holy Spirit as our coach. Every team has a quarterback, Chiefs' kingdom has Patrick Mahomes. His job is to direct his team toward the end zone and score as many points as possible.  Christ's Kingdom has a number of coaches that He has called, to many places, whom he is working through to help us achieve a victory in heaven. Jesus has given us Pastors and other Church Leaders. 
The left tackle's job is to block and physically keep defenders away from the ball carrier and enable him to drive the ball toward the end zone. As Christians, our goal is to drive everyone toward eternal life in Christ's Kingdom. Every team has cheerleaders, cheering the team on, motivating and inspiring. We, the church, are cheerleaders helping motivate all players, and inspiring one another to obey and serve our Lord. 
This reading from the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 30:19-20, the Lord says, " 19  I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them."
The COS Board of Worship is calling you to serve on Christ's team and to serve in Christ's kingdom.  We have many members of our church who have wonderful gifts, for example, at second service Michelle sang a beautiful solo during communion that enhanced the experience of communion for me personally. 
The Board of Worship wants to welcome all who have a gift to share it with Christ's kingdom.  We need Greeters, Singers, Musicians, Altar guild, and the list goes on and on.  We absolutely acknowledge that to volunteer week after week is not something everyone can commit to; we want volunteers for one Sunday at a time.  If you are interested in singing and you don't want to do a solo, just let us know and we will give a call out to others that would love to join a singing group. 
We will help you find a way to serve with your special gift from God and in turn, it becomes a gift to all of us who come to worship.  Often times in my life, I have felt a tug on my heart to serve and as hard as I looked, I couldn't find my place. I always felt empty knowing my desire to serve was compelling, yet I just couldn't find a spot.  The Board of worship will promise to help you find your spot!  Please contact Debbie Keltner or Janie Ott and we will help organize your talent so that it becomes a blessing to all of us at COS.  

If interested in serving, please contact one of the current council members, Pastor Andy, or Becca Burton to be placed on the nomination form. 



Happy 15th Anniversary 
Christ Our Savior

  • WHO: YOU! Come help us celebrate 15 years of faith, family and ministry. 
  • WHAT: A German-themed, potluck dinner. (Why German-themed? Because the Lutheran Church is German in origin. History's cool.)
  • WHEN: October 19, 2019, from 5:30-7:30.
  • WHERE: In the community center. 
  • WHY: Because it's our church's 15th anniversary!!!(Actually, the anniversary is in January but we're party people. We might as well start celebrating now!) 
  • HOW: It's a potluck. Everyone brings something and we all share. (Becca's making beirocks. Cuz she's cool like that. And cuz they're yummy.)

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy some wonderful food and fellowship..

If you would like to join us for dinner or contribute please contact  
Christine Fauss at 

(And if you don't know how to make German food that's ok. We'll take any kind of food. We don't discriminate. But if you want to try your hand at some kickin' German fare, you can ask Christine for a recipe. She's got all the knowledge.)
Thanks so much...

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
COS Worship Word
Call to Serve
Friends for Christ
Pastor Appreciation
Portals of Prayer
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will not meet in October because of schedule conflicts. The tentative plan for November is soup on Saturday November 2nd at 6 p.m. at Pastor Andy and Debbie's home. Watch for more details in the bulletins and November newsletter. 

Luther's Rose
October is Pastor Appreciation Month!
Shh! Don't tell Pastor I told you, but it is. On the sly, I asked him what he wanted (because I'm sneaky like that) and he said that all he needed was provided by God. But once I nagged him enough about it, he said that what he desperately needed was for the congregation to pray and to get involved in their church. Hmm... That's really a gift for everyone.

If you'd like to know how you can be of service to your church, call the office. I'd love to give you the list of service opportunities. 

The new Portals of Prayer are out and located in the Narthex. Please help yourself to one and take one for a friend!

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

October 6th is LWML Sunday! Stop by the table in the Narthex to learn more about the LWML. There will be information, bookmarks and Mite Boxes available for everyone. 

Our Fall event is being held October 12th at Hope Lutheran Church, in Shawnee. It's on Saturday morning from 8:30-1. This is a fun event and a chance to meet other like-minded women. Put it in your schedule and call if you'd like to carpool.

Our regular meeting and Bible study will be held on Monday, October 14th, in the church basement, at 7 PM. 

We have new members, new ideas and big plans! Come join in the fellowship.

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 837-5166.

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Altar Flowers
10/06 Caroly Megee 
In celebration of all of God's blessings.
10/13 Molly and Doug Strubbe
10/20 In honor of Katie Becker'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.


October Education



Confirmation Class

6:00 PM 

Evening Bible Study

7:15 PM  



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM  


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

Colin Alexander
Dylan Ash
Jim Buckman
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

October Anniversaries

10/05 Josh and Kim Weber
10/07 Rob and Alicia Vance
10/24 Rich and Judy Lohse
October Birthdays
10/01 Ben Rangel
10/03 Jared Stewart
10/09 Bobbie Boxler
10/09 Emmersyn Brown
10/09 Carrie Gregar
10/10 Owen Knop
10/11 Lillian McDaniel
10/13 William Smith
10/14 Carter Brown
10/15 Erin Marsh
10/15 Jordan Mynsted
10/17 Christopher Brown
10/17 Leona Vance
10/19 Craig Holtzen
10/21 Katherine Becker
10/21 Collin Pritzel
10/22 Jodi Hovey
10/24 Brynn Aguayo
10/24 Travis Becker Jr.
10/24 Abbey Frazier
10/27 Brook Frazier
10/28 Margaret Moore
10/29 Jennifer Brown

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Contact Info 

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