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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.
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
Empty Calories

I was overweight. I had high cholesterol and hypertension. The doctor told me I needed to take medication.  I do not like taking medication. She said: "then you need to change your diet, exercise, and lose weight."
My first insight was that I needed to eliminate empty calories from my diet. Empty calories have limited or no nutritional value. To get full, eating empty calories, you must eat more volume to satisfy your hunger. Eating calories with high nutritional value makes you feel fuller faster. Your body gets the nutrition it needs. It does not crave higher volume.  I am not an expert on nutrition or diet. I do know that being aware of what I am putting in my body and managing my consumption has allowed me to lose weight, lower my blood pressure, and feel better.
How is you spiritual well-being? If there was a test that could measure you spiritual well-being how would you measure up? Do you need to work on your spiritual health? I am not an expert on nutrition. I do know a thing or two about what God says about our spiritual well-being.  Jesus says, "I am the bread of life." Jesus says, "whoever comes to me will never hunger or thirst." Our soul needs nutrition that can only come from Jesus.
From the Old Testament: "Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance." (Isaiah 55:2) Isaiah is accusing the Israelites of investing in empty calories.  They have misplaced their priorities and are investing their time and resources where they find no satisfaction.   The children of Israel have become morally bankrupt. They have forsaken God.
Researchers, George Gallup and Jim Castelli, state the problem: "Americans revere the Bible-but, by and large, they don't read it. And because they don't read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates." Gallup and Castelli have identified a society of consumers that are filling their lives with empty calories. Christians who are Biblically illiterate are unhealthy at best, and are spiritually dead at the worst.
The solution is simple and straight forward. Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the Bible. Nutrition for our spiritual health is found in the Word of God. The best place to be fed and nourished on the Word of God is in Worship. Worship that centers around the Word and Sacrament is a foretaste of the feast to come.  Another place to be fed and nourished is in a group Bible Study. Daily devotions and individual studies are also way to feed on the bread of life.
I talked to a lady the other day, and she told me that she has a daily Bible verse app on her phone. She says she reads the daily verse, then she texts her son and via text they discuss the verse of the day. They share a nutritional snack together. To feed on the Word of God, you can also listen to Scripture as you drive or exercise.
Sadly, many people will tell me they do not have time to study the Bible. The truth is, they do not take time to study scripture.  Most of our lives would be healthier and more satisfying if we would cut out empty calories and feed on the Word of God. Try it. It will not help you lose weight, but it could lower your blood pressure and make you feel better.  The bonus is you will be spiritually healthier.

Sunday School begins Sunday, Sept. 9th!
Sunday School 

Join us for Sunday School!

Every Sunday beginning September 9th
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Ages  3 - Teen

Adult Bible Class at 9:15 a.m.

Come Grow in Christ with us!

Confirmation Classes
Confirmation Classes for 7th and 8th graders will begin Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m.

A letter has been mailed to all parents - if you didn't receive a letter and you are the parent of a 7th or 8th grader contact the church office at or 913-837-4502.
Thank You!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us welcome and celebrate our new baby girl, Rowan!  We feel extremely blessed to get to raise our daughter in a church filled with such generous and loving people! 

God bless,
Drew, Gentry, and Rowan Harding
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, September 9th - note the date change due to Labor Day Weekend
Time: Between church services (9-10:00)
Where: COS Basement
Youth: We are asking youth to bring- 2 cans 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.

A Letter from our Church President - Paul Richards

Over the past few years, we have heard some discouraging news about persecution that has taken place in our own country. Persecution has come in such forms as forcing companies like Hobby Lobby to go against their Christian convictions and fund abortions. There is the attack against the owner of Chick-fil-A for stating his view on Marriage. The most discouraging example might be the IRS targeting Christian and conservative based organizations by refusing them tax breaks, simply because they disagreed with their beliefs.
How did the early church face persecution?   In Acts 4 Peter and John were taken into custody by religious leaders and warned not to, "speak or teach in the Name of Jesus." They responded by returning to their friends and praying.  What did they pray? They prayed for boldness to continue to preach the word. The apostles had witnessed Jesus Christ and how God worked in all things to complete his plan. Watching this work unfold gave them faith that God was in control, neither Herod, Pontius Pilate, nor Caesar himself could stand in the way of the Kingdom's work. They witnessed that God had a predestined plan that no man can stop. So, with the threats they faced from the Jewish religious leaders, they simply turned to prayer. All they asked was for faith to trust in God's plan.
Today, as we are beginning to see persecution in our own country, we do not need to be discouraged, but instead come together and pray for boldness to trust God's plan. God still has a plan today, but many of His servants have lost faith that he is in control. We need boldness again. We have been fooled into thinking we need to change administrations, vote in better leaders, or get better lawyers to argue our case. We think we can regain control of a lost situation.  The truth is, God has never lost control. The problem is that we have lost faith. That's what led the Apostles to pray, simply asking for boldness to complete the task Christ laid before them, telling the world the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They refused to allow threats, beatings, or any forms of persecution deter them from the task.
How did God answer this prayer? First, at that very prayer meeting the ground was shaken, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. This gave them the boldness to continue to preach the Gospel. The Pharisees stayed true to their word, and once again arrested them and beat them. After being released, they once again joined their friends, not discouraged but rejoicing that they suffered alongside their Savior.  They finally understood that God was in control, and that what they needed to do was continue to follow God's direction.
How long before we understand?

Paul Richards
Youth Group Meetings

Every 3rd Sunday this Fall

Who: COS "YOU"th in grades 6-12 & friends/family
Date: Sunday, September 16th
Time: 11:45p.m. -1:15p.m. - Right after church!!!
Where: COS Basement
What to Bring: Your favorite sandwich meat & side dish (Drinks, plates, cups, bread and condiments will be provided) Yourself & Friends
What: Upcoming "Fun" events - set dates/times; Bierocks in October - set date/time; make signup posters to advertise.
Start planning for several upcoming Youth events

Lutheran Valley Retreat (LVR) - Summer Camp 2019

Start making plans now if you want to go! LVR will be June 16-21, 2019 and there are only 60 spots available!  So when registration opens make sure you get your name in early!  Please let Gerry & Michelle know ASAP if you are interested in going! PLEASE NOTE:  Do to all of our funds going to the National Gathering; the youth group will not be able to cover camp costs this year.

 Jr. High Rally

The Kansas District hosts Junior High Youth Rallies every fall, with music, mixers, and Bible study for grades 5-9.   At this year's events, we'll focus on the doctrines of sinner/saint, forgiveness, and grace, using the parable of the prodigal son in the context of the movie Despicable Me 3.  

When: October 12-13
Where: Timber Lake Camp, Williamsburg
Who: Youth in grades 5th - 9th
Cost: $25 (Total cost is $50 / Youth Group will pay half)
What to bring: Bible, notepad, pen, laughter, friends, snacks to share, personal hygiene supplies, pillow, sleeping bag, money for souvenirs, desire to learn and have fun!
What Not to bring: personal music devices or electronics, attitudes, pets
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday
Schedule: See the Eickhoff's for the specific schedule

Kansas District Youth Gathering

Registration for the KDYG opens in September! Early registration begins September 1st. See Gerry & Michelle for a registration form!  

When: November 16-18, 2018 (Friday night - Sunday late morning)
Where: Hutchinson, Kansas
Who: Youth in grades 9th - 12th
$80 per room / per night (Youth Group will pay)
$42.50 (Youth Group will pay remaining $42.50)
Meal Cost: Plan on an average of $15 per meal (Friday night, Saturday morning (unless we get donations??), Saturday Evening, Sunday Morning (unless we get donations?), Sunday Lunch) = $75 per person
Speaker: Rev. Travis Hartje, DCE Hailey Jo Miller
Band: Remedy Drive
Additional Information: Talk with Michelle & Gerry Eickhoff if you have any questions regarding this event
Trinity Lutheran - Blocktoberfest

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Sunday School
Confirmation 2018/19
Thank you!
Biscuits & Gravy
A Letter from Paul Richards
Youth Group Meetings
Upcoming Youth Events
Friends for Christ
Best Choice Labels
2019 National Youth Gathering
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  
Friends for Christ will meet Saturday, September 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner.  Sandwiches and all the fixings will be provided.  Bring a dish to share.

Everyone is invited - there is always plenty of food and always room at the table.  The evening concludes with a Bible study.  Great food, fellowship and a Bible study all in one evening!

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 !

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Our first meeting after the summer will be held Monday, September 10th in the church basement at 7 pm. There will be a bible study and then a short business meeting.

Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month - Sept. thru May at 7:00 p.m. in the church basement All women of the church are members of LWML and welcome to attend all meetings. Hope you can join us!

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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2019 National Youth Gathering

July 11-15, 2019 
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Registration process will begin on September 5 for entering all youth and adult leaders going to the National Gathering in 2019.  If you are interested in attending and missed the mandatory meeting in August, please contact Gerry &/or Michelle Eickhoff ASAP.

Altar Flowers
9/02 Debbie Keltner's Birthday
9/09 Linda Newman's Birthday
9/16 Sandy Barsh's Birthday
9/23 In Loving Memory of P.O.B.'s Birthday (Bill Richards)
9/30 Open

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.


September 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.  


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

September Anniversaries

09/05/70  Glenn & Deanna Pooler
09/12/92  Karl & Cindy Karrow
09/14/91  Jim & Debbie Bell
09/14/98  Tim & Janie Ott
09/30/00  Stan & Jean Flick
September Birthdays
9/1    Debbie Keltner
9/3    Glenn Pooler
9/4    Allison Brown
9/6    Richard Fauss
9/8    Linda Newman
9/10  Jeff Axmann
9/13  Travis Becker
9/16  Tricia Walania
9/17  Pat Lightner
9/18  Addy Stohs
9/19  Curtis Strubbe
9/22  Sandy Barsh
9/23  Walt Chester
9/24  Tim Gregar
9/26  Ellie Kalinka
9/27  Isabelle Holtzen
9/27  Eli Roth
9/28  Charlotte Heishman

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