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SEPT 2020
Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
Pastor Andy Writes... Sixth Petition
Pastor Andy Keltner
Each Year as I prepare for an upcoming confirmation class. I review the six chief parts of Luther's catechism. Since I multitask, I am usually doing other things at the same time. As I read the Sixth Petition of the Lord's Prayer and Luther's Explanation, I was stuck by the timelessness of Luther's Small Catechism. A document that was first published in 1529.

Lead us not into temptation. You all knew that this is the sixth petition. Luther's explanation gives me hope and guidance in these interesting times. "God tempts no one. We pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us so that the devil, the world, and our sinful nature may not deceive us or mislead us into false belief, despair, and other great shame and vice. Although we are attacked by these things, we pray that we may finally overcome them and win the victory." There is great comfort and wisdom in Luther's words.

In the 2017 edition of the Catechism the purpose of this petition is explained this way. "It focuses on the constant attempts of our spiritual enemies to lure us away from God into captivity of sin, and ultimately into unbelief and despair." (Small Catechism, 2017 edition, page 269) The devil, the world, and our sinful nature are always working to destroy faith and hope, which reside in Christ alone. We are bombarded by information from the world that cast doubt on the presence and power of God. We battle with laziness, fear, anger, bitterness, and physical pain which can cause us to isolate ourselves from worship and the study of God's Word. Our nature, steeped in sin, stands as an enemy of the grace of God. 

"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings." 
1 Peter 5:8-9

False belief creeps into our life. We are told to be self-reliant. This is a good thing except when it comes to our salvation. We are challenged to question authority. Again, not an evil unless we question the authority of Scripture and the God who reveals Himself through his Word. We are told we need to be tolerant. A good thing unless we start denying the reality and consequences of sinful behavior. We have a God who loves us. He loves us so much He sent His Son to die for us. He gives us guidelines so that we can live in harmony with one another. The commandments of God guide us to richer, fuller, and healthier lives.

Despair leads to destruction of the self. Scripture testifies that there is no hopeless situation. Yet the world tells us that there is no hope. The world teaches that the only thing we can be sure of is our own mortality. God's tells us that the mortal will be clothed with immortality. We have life and hope in Christ our Lord who suffered and died for our sin and rose victorious from the grave. Jesus makes all thing new. We live Christ. This gives each day value. Instead of living in despair we have hope. Our self-worth is tied to the value God has place on your life. You are a redeemed and chosen child of God.

We pray in this petition. The sixth petition is a valuable prayer. God does not tempt us. We pray that when we are attacked by the world, our sinful nature, and the devil that we take comfort in the fact that Christ has conquered the devil. Our sinful nature has been drowned in our Baptism. Christ has overcome the world. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. Jesus has won for us the victory. In Christ we are and always will be victorious. 
Safety Measures
Communion during Covid. Sanitizer and masks available for those who need them. Pastor and attendant sanitize hands and wear masks/face shields during distribution.

The Worship Word--  Self Care
Council President, Janie Ott
We are all very tired of Covid-19 and we want to "get back to normal". But things may not ever completely go back to normal. At this point in our Covid-19 journey we are reading many articles about self-care. The impact of the pandemic is starting to wear on us. We want to be with people and not wear a mask. I googled self-care just to see all the articles and advice that is being published on the topic. Below is a sampling of the things I found:
  • Read a book                                                
  • Find ways to engage and encourage friends
  • Garden    
  • Make art
  • Eat Healthy                                 
  • Practice gratitude                               
  • Journal or write a letter                           
  • Rest
  • Exercise
  • Build something                                            
  • Drink Water
  • Visualize a peaceful place
  • Play a board game
This is merely a sampling of things to do to promote self-care. Not any of the list or articles I stumbled onto mentioned the following: 
  • Start a virtual Bible Study
  • Check in with Pastor
  • Call an elderly friend and have Jesus talk 
  • Fasting and Prayer
  • Write an article for the church newsletter 
  • Confession and Reflection
  • Spend time in prayer
  • Connect with Nature - Enjoy God's Beauty
  • Read the Bible   
  • Invite someone to church
  • Take a walk and listen to gospel music          
  • Don't worry
There is a balance between the two lists. A "God First" approach is how we as Christians believe. Putting God at the center and first in our lives is fulfilling and keeps us centered.
"Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than cloths? So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today." 
Matthew 6:25, 34
"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" 
1 Peter 5:7
Mercy and grace will help us in our time of need. While we are distanced and masked, we have become disconnected. Let's proactively take care of ourselves so we can minister to others. Our new normal can help us draw closer to God. God wants us to come to him for help, let's be the answer to someone's prayer in a time when it is needed the most.
Safety Measures
Pastor sanitizes the church in between services.

This pandemic has made social distancing and going it alone the new normal. Here's an opportunity to buck that trend. On September1, the Kansas District is kicking off a 90-day prayer campaign, "Together We Pray," which will include daily scripture verses and prayers through November 29, the first Sunday in Advent. You can also find a booklet with all the prayers HERE available August 31. Take a minute or two each day to join your fellow Kansans in prayer, with the confidence that He will hear us! (You may also call the church office and Becca can make you a copy of the booklet.)

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
The Worship Word
In the Military
Altar Flowers
Contact Info
Quick Links


Counting Our Blessings... And Giving Thanks!
Many were instrumental this month and deserve our heartfelt thanks.  

To: Janie Ott for leading the council during these stressful times. Thank you.

To: The Church Council for maintaining a positive outlook and looking toward the future. Thank you. 

To: Ellie Wolf for stepping up to play for each of the morning services. That takes talent and guts, kid! Thank you!

To: The parents of the 2021/2022 confirmands. Thank you for trusting us with your children's spiritual well-being. It's going to be a great year!

September Birthdays

09/01   Debbie Keltner
09/03   Glenn Pooler
09/04   Allison Brown
09/06   Richard Fauss
09/08   Linda Newman
09/10   Jeff Axmann
09/13   Travis Becker
09/15   Sam Hunsperger
09/16   Tricia Rausch
09/17   Pat Lightner
09/18   Addie Stohs
09/19   Curtis Strubbe
09/22   Sandy Barsh
09/24   Tim Gregar
09/26   Ellie Kalinka
09/27   Isabelle Holtzen
09/27   Eli Roth

Education News
Confirmation Resumes 
  • Wednesday, September 9th at 6 PM.
  • As the class will be quite large, we are asking the parents to sign up for a class or two to help Pastor as needed. A sign up sheet will be available at the first class. 
Sunday School
A special meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:30 PM to develop a re-opening plan. If you are interested in helping build that plan, please attend. The meeting will be held in the church basement.

September Anniversaries

09/05   Glenn & DJ Pooler
09/12   Karl & Cindy Karrow
09/14   Jim & Deb Bell
09/14   Tim & Janie Ott
09/30   Lloyd & Jeanine Flick

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

Colin Alexander 
Dylan Ash 
Jim Buckman
Garret Cline 
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

**Council Vacancies**
The following seats are open on the COS council:
  • Secretary - Due in December
  • Treasurer - This is an appointed position and does not require a vote as the individual will be finishing out the current term. 
We will take volunteers, recommendations or nominations.

Please contact: Janie Ott  
     text  or call: 417-499-5160               email:

(You may also contact Becca or Pastor at the COS office.)

God calls us for his service, I would ask you spend time in prayer and if you feel compelled to volunteer, I promise it will be regarding. We don't promise that it is easy, but we promise that it is fulfilling.


Altar Flowers 

09/06In celebration of Linda Newman's Birthday.
09/13In celebration of Karl and Cindy Karrow's anniversary.
09/20The Richards: In remembrance of POB Richards' birthday.
09/27In celebration of Sandy Barsh'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 913-548-9588 for questions or to fill an open date.

***Dates are available. The sign up sheet is located in the Narthex.  

Andy Keltner, Pastor 
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

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