Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
New Year 2013 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.
5 Biblical New Year's Resolutions
to consider
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#1 Mend a Broken Relationship

Colossians 3:12-13

12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

#2 Actively Seek Out to Help the Poor, Homeless, and Needy Matthew 25:34-40 

34Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'

#3 Improve Your Physical Well-Being  

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

#4 Consciously Set Aside Time to Spend with God

Matthew 14:22-23 22  

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

#5 Loving God = Loving Others (Resolution 1-4 rolled into one.) Mark 12:29-31  

29 Jesus answered, "The most important is, 'Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."


(Jedley Manimtim, 5 Bible Verses for New Year's Resolutions, Yahoo! Contributor Network)


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Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

Spiritual Growth 

God has called us by name. He has declared us righteous and prepared a place for us in the eternal kingdom. He richly and daily provides for all our needs. In the Small Catechism the Explanation of the First Article of the Apostles Creed Luther states that God "does this purely out of fatherly divine goodness and mercy."


We cannot come to faith by our own reason or strength. But "we are called by the Gospel enlightened with gifts".   This is from Luther's explanation of the third article of the Apostles Creed. God has called us by name and he has given us the gift of faith.


St. Peter in 1 Peter 2:2, St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:2 and the writer of Hebrews chapter 5 verse 12-13 talk about milk Christians. Then they tell us how we grow. We grow as we study God's Word, we pray and we use our gifts to serve others.  


I would encourage each one of you in your families to daily read the word of God. The Portals of Prayer, available in the back of church is an excellent daily devotion resource. There are devotional resources available at You can follow links on this site, under resources, to the Lutheran Laymen's League and Lutheran Women's Missionary League websites for devotional material.


I would encourage you to grow spiritually by participating in a weekly Bible Study with other Christians. As you meet together in worship centered on the Bible you grow spiritually. Then look for opportunities to serve others. I have a friend who tells me that each day they have a goal to do one nice thing for someone else. When we serve others in the name of Christ we grow spiritually.


Many of you will make New Year's resolutions.   I pray that all of you will resolve to grow spiritually as you read, mark learn and inwardly digest God's Word the Bible on a daily basis. Then I would encourage you to devote time daily for prayer, God hears our prayers. Finally look for opportunities each day to help someone else and share Christ by your service.   The writer of Hebrews, St Peter and St. Paul encourage us to mature spiritually. I pray that God will guide your path as you mature in your faith and grow spiritually.


Andy's Signature  



       Pastor Andy  


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Education stakeholders meeting


The family cross chairmanship of the Board of Education is vacant. I would like to thank Jodie for her service. As we look to the future for the Board of Education there are challenges we face.   There is a trend in congregations to reassess the education ministries of the church.


Ben Freudenberg, a Professor in Family Life Ministries at Concordia College Ann Arbor, Michigan, poses these questions which as a parent and pastor challenge me.   "When I get to Heaven, I believe my Heavenly Father will ask me, "Ben, how did it go with the gifts I gave you? Do the daughters I've blessed you with know and love me?" I believe King Jesus will be asking me this question, not the pastor, not the youth worker and not the teachers. I think He will ask the church a different question. One that sounds like: "How did you support parents in shaping children who love and obey me?" This article can be found on the Kansas District Website by following the Education link to Children/Family Ministry.


I understand this: "Parents are the primary shapers of faith and life in their children; and the role of the church is to partner with the home in that process." The question I have to ask is how can Christ Our Savior facilitate this? If you are a parent or a grandparent, a mentor of youth, you are a " Stakeholder" in this process. Your input is coveted and desired. I would request that you prayerfully consider attending a Stakeholders meeting January 20th at 5:30pm to work at developing a plan to address this challenge.


There are many resources available for congregations. The Synod has support personnel who can help with developing family ministry in the church. Are you willing to assist in this process? I will count on your attendance at the planning meeting on January 20th.


Pastor Andy


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Crafters Group, January 5 
Crafters will meet Saturday, January 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  For questions, contact Cindy Karrow at 837-3323 or cell 913-269-1935

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Friends for Christ, January 12
Friends For Christ will meet at Pastor Andy & Debbie's home at 1507 N. Broadway in Louisburg on Saturday, January 12th at 6:00 p.m.  Pizza and Salad is on the menu.  RSVP to Cindy Henry at (913) 406-6938 or Debbie Keltner at (913) 837-5382.  Everyone is invited to attend. 
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Altar Guild: Thanks for decorating help
Thank you for all the help I had in putting up the Christmas trees and other decorations for the Altar and Church.  With 12 foot trees it was not an easy task but with the help of eleven willing and able people we broke the record on the time it took us to set up both Altar and other decorations.  Thanks  to all of you who helped!!  Tall able young people helped a lot. 


Another thank you to all the people who bought poinsettias.  They make the church look so pretty.  If you haven't pickup up your poinsettias yet please do so.  If not picked up after the 1st of January I will take care of them.


There are new flower charts in the front.  If you know of a special date that you would like to have reserved put it one the sheets or let me know.  As always you have two options - You can provide them but they must be at the church by the 8:00am service.  Even if you do provide them, let me know so I won't worry about the Altar.  If you would like me to get them for you, the cost is $15.00 or if you want something extra the cost is accordingly.  I must know by Thursday of that week.  My number is 913-837-2997.  Make your check payable to Sandy Barsh.  Thanks for your help.  Please give me a
call if you have any questions. 



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In This Issue
5 Biblical Resolutions
Pastor Andy Writes...
Education Stakeholders
Crafters Group
Friends for Christ
Altar Guild
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info


Lutheran Women's Missionary

Lutheran Women's Missionary League regular meeting will meet Monday, January 14th, at
7:00 pm in the church basement.  If it is bad weather or school has been called because of weather, we will not meet.  There is always a bible study before a short meeting.  All women of the church are members and welcome to attend all meetings.  If you have any questions or something you would like to share, please contact me, Sandy Barsh, at 913-837-2997 or Linda Newman at 913-837-5116

Hope to see you there. 

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January 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  


December 1
Travis Warren Becker, Jr.
son of

Travis and Katie Becker  
Sponsors: Rich Walania
and Marcia Becker


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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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Janurary Anniversaries


    9   Larry & Diane Lynn

  20   Shawn & Emily Helms


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January Birthdays

 7   Diane Cody
 9   Mike Mulich
11  Kathy Chester
12  Courtisa Sharp
12  Torry Turney
13  Alan Pagelow
14  Cheryl Godsey
15  Mindy Bell
15  Ava Littrell
15  Pat Walker
17  Bob Kirkpatrick
17  Stephanie Lohse
18  Billy Weissand
19  Jamee Gigliotti
19  McKenna Maaske
21  Bill Carlson
21  Amanda Gregar
22  Adelyn Moore
22  Kathy Richards
26  Jeannie Aguayo
27  Reagan Varns
27  Rich Walania
28  James Keltner, Jr.
30  Anna Rose
30  Ashley Rose
31  Elizabeth MacClymont


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