Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
95 Theses Doors 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.
Reformation Day, October 31st 
Pictured above, Wittenberg  or Lutherstadt-Wittenberg is forever famous as the place where on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church. A simple call for debate became the spark that ignited the Reformation. Although both Luther and the door are long gone, you can stand before the replica door, with all 95 Theses inscribed in bronze and think about how one man, standing up for truth, could change the world forever. (
COS Stewardship grows as a result of 2012 Consecrated Stewards program
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Consecrated Stewards program at Christ Our Savior through the month of September was indeed a time of spiritual growth, fellowship, and commitment. Each Sunday, adults and children participated in Bible studies that emphasized the Biblical principles of stewardship, various ministries were recognized and celebrated, and individuals shared their own personal stories about their spiritual growth and stewardship journeys. In addition, several members spent hours in prayer one Saturday during a prayer vigil for increased stewardship in our church. The month of activities and spiritual growth culminated in the Consecration Sunday when members completed commitment cards and carried them to the altar during the Offering. This was followed by a celebration luncheon in the church.


At the luncheon, Linda Richards gave a financial report based on commitment results. With 43% of giving units completing Commitment Cards on Consecration Sunday, our projected giving will increase $17,398 from $241,292 to $258,689. (Giving units are counted as husbands and wives or single members of our church.) She reported that 47 giving units completed commitment cards out of a total 109 giving units. Of the 47 giving units, 34 increased their commitment a total of $17,398, a 10.6% increase when compared to the same group of 34 last year. It is hoped prayer for increased Stewardship will continue and that others will complete commitment cards and consider taking a step forward in their giving.


Congratulations and thanks to the Consecrated Stewards Leadership Team members who began learning about and planning this process in early August and have invested time and effort toward making this program a blessing for Christ Our Savior. Those on the leadership team were Rev. Andy Keltner, Pastor; Rev. Perry Sukstorf, Guest Leader; Craig Holtzen, General Chair; Mike and Amy Mulich, Events; Jodie Berve, Spiritual Growth; Jeff Axmann, Publicity; Linda Richards, Financial Secretary; Don and Linda Newman, Reservations; and Christine Fauss, Children's Ministry.  


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Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

Humbly Grateful

When my children were little we purchased a cassette tape we found on sale at a Christian bookstore.     The cassette carried the title "Back at the Creek Bank" by Kathie Hill.   I remember three songs from this cassette "Riddle me, Riddle me", "I Wish I was a Fish" and the all time classic "Humbly Grateful or Grumbly Hateful".   Here are the words from the refrain of Humbly Grateful.   Are you Humbly Grateful or Grumbly Hateful? What's your attitude? Do you grumble and groan, Or let it be known You're grateful for all God's done for you?


During the Consecrated Stewards process we talked about how we are blessed by God. We looked at stewardship as managing God's gifts. The testimony from scripture says that God loves a cheerful giver. We learned that mature individuals make a commitment and honor those commitments. We talked about the legacy we will leave to the next generation.   Are you grateful for all God's done for you?


I enjoyed the Journey Talks. The personal testimony of brothers and sisters in Christ who were grateful for the gifts God has given them. They were grateful that in Christ they were forgiven, loved and empowered to serve. Through the Journey Talks we heard how God was guiding and blessing his beloved children on their journey.   I heard people who were willing to let others know they were grateful for what God had done for them.


I wish to thank all who participated in the Consecrated Stewards process. Craig, Amy, Don and Linda, Jodie, Jeff, Linda, and Christine served on the steering committee and I thank them for their efforts.   I am thankful for the announcers. The Journey Talks were inspirational. I thank Pastor Sukstorf for his efforts and all those who helped with worship, music, table setup, clean-up, and record keeping. There was a significant investment from the congregation in this process. I pray that this effort will have a lasting effect on the congregation.


As I studied the lessons and listened to the witness I was reminded that we need to be humbly grateful. Next year we will revisit Consecrated Stewards. It is an ongoing process. During the coming months, I encourage all of you to honor you commitment and prepare a Journey Talk.   I think our Journey Talk is important. First, it helps us with our perspective and attitude. God is gracious.   Second, it allows us to give a reason for the hope we have. We can share a story with those who ask about our faith. Finally, we can share our testimony in our household so we can pass our faith down to the next generation.

God has called you by name.   He forgives you and loves you unconditionally. You are his beloved Children. In Christ we see His great love personified. Jesus died for sinners we are forgiven and loved. This is the real reason we should be humbly grateful for all God has done for us.   Celebrate your opportunities to give and share. Your attitude is something you can change and manage.


Pastor Andy

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Welcome to JOY Club picnic--huge success 

Hello From the JOY Club!  First I would like to thank everyone who brought or baked the yummy treats and sides, and Jim and Dan Bell for cooking the burgers and hot dogs for our "Welcome to JOY  Club Picnic."  We had so much fun that day! We played tennis and  football, played on the swings, and competed in "Cat Toy Olympics." 
JOY Club games
Steele Smith demonstrates "Cat Toy Olympics."
Jim Bell also showed us how roomy the Toyota Tacoma can be. All in all, it truly was a prefect day. 
Kids in Truck
How many kids can be pack into a Toyota Tacoma? JOY Club kids found out at the Welcome to JOY Club Picnic. 
This past weekend we took the kids to Powell Observatory. It was so clear Saturday, you could see satellites crossing the sky, craters on the moon, and constellations.  It's so awesome to look up and see God's work...Amazing!! 

Starting Sunday September 30th, we will start our annual food drive.  All of your non-perishable donations go straight to our local food pantry, so let's see how full we can get our boxes! Thank you to all of our parents your help and support is greatly appreciated :)

God Bless,
The JOY Club

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Music and Theater Group 

What you speak...matters.


"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21


Our Music and Theatre Group is starting to BUD! I am so excited to be a part of this group! We had our third gathering on Thursday, September 20th at 7pm. In attendance: Alex Holy, Ava Littrell, Brenden Cleary, Clara Littrell, Donica Littrell, Katie Dixon, Lindy Kalinka, Sydney Dixon, and Taylor Doman. We opened with Lindy and I singing "The Proof Of Your Love" by the group, "For KING and COUNTRY". This is Lindy's favorite song. She would like to praise with this song on September 30th, during offering at 10:30 service. After Lindy's opening, Brenden Cleary praised with a drum solo on the COS igloo cooler. It was awesome. Brenden is a freshman at LHS, and is one of our new members, along with, Katie, Sydney, and Taylor. (The attendance of the new members began with an invite, and the girls wanting to see Ava and Ellie in the skit during our August worship and praise.) After Brenden's solo, Alex praised with three songs, (One of which he wrote right after his cousin committed suicide last month.) This was a very emotional song for Him to sing, and emotional for the youth to hear. Alex is a very good songwriter, he has recently made a CD, and has given this, as a gift, to all youth members.


"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11


The excitement of Our skit on "Loose Lips", in August, perked a motivation for Katie Dixon to make a music video, which we showed that evening. The video was made to tGood Morninghe song, "Good Morning" By Mandisa. This was such a fun video to w  atch, and the youth loved it. They would like to make another music video for next month's gathering! We will show the video, "Good Morning" at the 10:30 service on September 30th.:)


We wrapped up our praise with a devotion and a game centered on "Pride". We started with a game that divided into two teams. "Defending Champions" and "The Underdogs", which the youth named, "Eastside" and "Westside". On opposite sides of a masking tape circle, Ten foot wide, with a circular igloo cooler in the middle, the teams were to shoot from the outside of the circle with ten balls each, (which was balled up scrap paper). They could not reshoot the other teams missed shot, but could reshoot their own. I told the defending champions to cheat, any way they wanted. I told the underdogs, to play by the rules. After the defending champions crossing over the line, and dumping the other teams balls out and scooping up all balls and dumping them in, after one minute, it looked as though the "Defending Champions had more points, With the Underdogs having only six points. But the "Defending Champions" in their scurry to win forgot to take score! They didn't know their score, and the team that played by the rules, the "Underdogs", Won!!! Sydney, Ava and Katie read, Mathew 2:1-18. In the scripture, it spoke of Herod's pride to be King, and how the birth of the "King of the Jews" was a threat to Herod. We talked about how our pride doesn't kill people, like Herod did, but that it can kill relationships. It can also damage or relationship with God. But if we humble ourselves before him, He will forgive us.


"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13


Our next praise and worship with the Music and Theatre Group will be Thursday, October 18th, from 7-8pm. This group is for all ages. We are working together to build our confidence through Christ and to praise God with our gifts and talents which he has given us.   Ultimately, building confidence to extend God's Kingdom. You do not have to know how to sing or act in this group. There are many other gifts and talents that are needed as well. Anyone who knows technology would be a very helpful and appreciated member to our group!!! However, you may attend to praise and just have fun with no pressure. Just Enjoy our love for Christ and each other!!!


God Bless,





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God's Musical Messengers "Notes"
The choir has a new name - God's Musical Messengers. We will no longer call ourselves the Adult choir. Won't you consider being a musical messenger for God?

We're doing a Christmas Cantata! Singers Needed! Christ Our Savior's fourth annual Christmas Cantata - Sunday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. and we would love it if you would join us in singing our praises to God! The music is just being passed out along with rehearsal CD's and we are beginning to learn the cantata - so now's the time to join. We are always in need of more singers to help fill out our sections- the more the merrier. Everyone has their own voice and their own song to sing. Let us help you find your voice. Remember that it does not take great voices to build a great choir. It takes all kinds of voices dedicated and faithful to a great God!


We are also preparing for the Louisburg Community Thanksgiving Service. It is usually held the Sunday before Thanksgiving at an area church. We will be preparing music for this as well.


All rehearsals for this season will begin at immediately after 2nd church service. Please try to be as prompt as possible and try to attend as many rehearsals as possible. If you know that you will miss a rehearsal, please let the choir director, Michelle Eickhoff, know ASAP.


How to contact me: (Home)913-837-5276; (Work)913-780-7590; (Cell)913-302-5282 (email) or  


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Louisburg Community Choir
The Community Choir will present the musical, "A Night for Rejoicing," December 9, 4:30, at the Louisburg United Methodist Church. If you're interested in participating, it's not too late. Rehearsals are Thursday nights, 7:30 at the Louisburg United Methodist Church.

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Update from Grace

Sharon Garfield - Because Sharon's cancer came back & has spread, on Sept. 8 she called to say she felt she had to resign, "to be fair" to Grace. Sharon has truly been the face of Grace!! She has been the Exec. Dir. of Grace United Community Ministries (GUCM) since our founding in 8/04, previously served as ordained Methodist Pastor of Grace United Church since 1990, & has remained volunteer pastor to her congregation since 2005. Her Calling has been obvious to all - totally dedicated to the urban poor, "the least of these." We are keeping her on staff as a Consultant, and I am trying to contact supportive churches to let them know what is going on. GUCM is blessed that our ministries are excellent, programs are continuing, staff is dedicated and loyal. Sharon's job has been too big for any one person, so it will be split between GUCM and the Church. We are searching for a part-time Acting Exec. Dir. to serve 3-6 months and focus on marketing/fundraising. Then we hope to find a permanent Exec. Dir. Our grant writer has applied, and already today our first outside person has indicated interest. We have 4 recommended nonprofit headhunters. Please continue to pray for Sharon and for Grace.


God's Timing! - At our monthly Board meeting three days after Sharon resigned, I was able to tell our Board that Lori Theus and I had spent two hours writing checks and had caught up ALL our bills -- for the first time since February! We had just received manna from heaven, several large and totally unexpected gifts, in addition to receiving some much anticipated donations. We also just received a $5,000 grant to buy our third old-model small bus or large passenger van.

Food Pantry - Our Food Pantry at Grace is extremely low!! We serve several thousand -- open 4 days/week, 4 hours /day. For the first time I can recall, there was a day when they closed for lack of food. Our next Harvesters shipment is not until Oct. 18. Anything will be appreciated. Toilet paper is NEVER even stocked!


"Reach Out" Event for Homeless - Sat., October 27 - Winter Clothes Needed! Jeans, underwear, & men's shoes are ALWAYS especially needed, year-round, but we will need to stock up on sweaters, coats, heavier clothes.   Anyone with questions, please call.

Constant Contact - Thanks to the example set by Jodi Berve last Christmas, I hope to have our FIRST eNewsletter out soon. (Recall the outpouring by COS of urgently needed toys for Grace within days?!) Grace's huge weakness has been communication, marketing, fundraising. We are working at building our database of those interested in Grace, and many of you have visited and helped us. Topics for this first edition will be Sharon - United Way (Grace qualified in 2011, so hopefully we're not too late reminding folks!) - After-School Tutors urgently needed - Oct. Reach Out - Christmas Needs!! If you'd like to be on our eNewsletter list, please give me your email address!


Holiday Needs - Should anyone want to donate cash, we know we are going to need to buy a LOT of turkeys and chickens for Thanksgiving meals prepared at home. We will again need many Christmas toys this year, though unlike last year, we will get some from Toys for Tots too. Not as fun to give, but always desperately needed is underwear - for men, women, & kids. (Several churches have a "Down Under" tree for Grace.) Teresa Schlegel has already crocheted her 100 beautiful scarves - THANK YOU!! Caps and mittens also needed, plus blankets and winter clothes.



Christians have a special responsibility to be informed voters and to support those who represent our values - at local, state, and national levels. God has always blessed our nation, and many have sacrificed to preserve our heritage and freedoms. Please VOTE Nov. 6.


Bob Kirkpatrick (837-5804)     


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Luther's Rose
In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
JOY Club
Music and Theater Group
God's Musical Messengers
Louisburg Community Choir
Grace Update
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
Thrivent Financial
Counters Needed
Official Acts
Thank You!
In the Military
Contact Info


German Food Celebrate Octoberfest with Friends for Christ
Saturday, October 6  
Friends for Christ will be celebrat- ing Octoberfest, Saturday, October 6, at 6 p.m. in the church base- ment. Bring a German dish and come and share in food, fun and fellowship.

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Lutheran Women's Missionary League


Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday October 8, at 7:00 pm in the church basement. There will be a Bible study and a short business meeting.

At the meeting we will discuss our Ingathering Mission Project for our Kansas City Crossroads Fall Rally which will be held Oct. 27th at Bethany Church in Overland Park.  We will have more information on Fall Rally and the Ingathering information in the narthex.  Look for it there.


If you have any questions, Please contact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 or Linda Newman, 837-5116.  We would like to see as many as can come.  All are invited.


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Altar Guild 


Altar Flowers
Oct. 7   OPEN
Oct. 14 OPEN
Oct. 21 Keltners
Oct. 28 OPEN

Anyone that still wants to sign up for OPEN days just give Sandy Barsh a call (837-2997) or talk to Debbie Keltner.


Those who sign up for flowers have 2 options.  You can provide them (picking them up and having them at church before the 8:00 a.m. service) or contact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 and she will pick up the flowers.  The cost will be $15.00.  Make checks payable to Sandy Barsh.  Flowers can be taken home after the 2nd service.Vases should be returned to church.


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Thrivent Financial

As members of Christ Our Savior and Thrivent Financial Bob Richards, Debbie Keltner, Debbie Bell, and Gerry Eickhoff have volunteered to serve as congregational advocates. This role provides a unique opportunity to identify and tap into resources Thrivent Financial has that can benefit our congregation's mission and ministries. As Thrivent Advocates, we can help connect our congregation with Thrivent Financial for fundraising, service events and Thrivent Choice Dollars. Thrivent Financial members can direct how their Thrivent Choice Dollars are distributed and these can even be given to our own church! We need your help. Please let us know if you are a member of Thrivent Financial.

Thank you.


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Counters Needed 


Great opportunity!  Can you count?  Are you available once per month after the late service to count offering envelopes, checks and cash?  You are just the volunteers that we are looking for.  The Finance Board has immediate openings for Offering Counters.  We account for the weekly offering after the 10:30 service every Sunday.  There are usually 2 - 4 volunteers so the task goes quickly.   


Please email Cindy Karrow at  or call her at
if you are interested.  Free training available.  Looks good on your resume :)


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October Education



Confirmation Class 6:00 p.m. 

Evening Bible Study

7:15 p.m.  


Morning Bible Study

9:30 a.m. 

(Contact Sandy Barsh

for location 837-2997)


Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  


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Official Acts  


September 2nd
Samuel Alexander Walania, son of Rich & Tricia Walania


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Thank You
We would like to thank everyone in our wonderful congregation for the extra prayers during our pregnancy and after the arrival of Samuel. A special thank you to all the gracious people involved with the Care Team that coordinated and brought us meals, they were wonderful and helped us tremendously. Thank you also for the wonderful basket full of baby goodies for Sam, we appreciate all of those gifts. We are very blessed to be part of such a warm and giving church family.

Thank you again,
The Walania's

In the Military

Military members and friends of our congregation include: 


  Amando Aguayo

Michael Casper

Greg Jeffery

Ryan Helms

Mark Edgar

Ray Gigliotti

James Keltner

Joe Herold

Parker Herold

Micah Mesman

Christian Rieck

Cole Turney


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October Anniversaries

10/05 Joshua & Kim Weber

10/07 Rob & Alicia Vance

10/08 Kyle & Donica Littrell

10/19 Scott & Roxanne Hilt

10/24 Richard & Judy Lohse

10/27 Rick & Debi Stephens 


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October Birthdays

10/02 Aubrey Hilt

10/03 Jared Stewart

10/09 Carrie Gregar

10/11 Lillian McDaniel

10/11 Alyssa Raetzel

10/13 William Smith

10/15 Jordan Mynsted

10/17 Christoper Brown

10/17 Ainsley Vance

10/19 Craig Holtzen

10/21 Katherine Becker

10/22 Jodi Hovey

10/22 Michael Smith

10/23 Hannah Mathis

10/24 Abbey Frazier

10/27 Brook Frazier

10/28 Alyse Moore

10/28 Candice Wood

10/29 Jacob Godsey


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