Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
Spring Clean Ladder 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.
Christ Our Savior receives spring TLC 
Thanks to all of the organizers and participants who helped make the first Dress Down Sunday Spring Clean-Up and Repair Day a tremendous success. Many volunteers gathered after 10:30 service on April 21 for a little lunch and fellowship followed by a lot of work.  The weather was good and a long list of needed cleaning and repairs was completed. This would not have been accomplished, in just one afternoon, without the help of congregation volunteers! Some of the work included painting, landscaping, raking, pruning, insulating, caulking, deck repair, gutter cleaning, stone mortar repair, electrical repair, roofing repair, and closet cleaning. We hope to do another event this fall and again next spring!
MAY 2013
Christ Our Savior LWML Society hosts Crossroads Zone Rally
Ladies of LWML listen to Crossroad Zone officer reports
The Lutheran Women's Missionary League Crossroads Zone Spring Rally was held Saturday, April 6, at Christ Our Savior.  Many woman came together from sixteen different societies of Lutheran churches in the Kansas City area to pack the church basement.  Ladies traveled from as far away as Leavenworth, KS.  The gathering included registration and fellowship with coffee and a large variety of breakfast sweets. Familiar songs were sung and a prayer service, "Joyful, Joyful" was conducted by Pastor Andy Keltner. 
Mike Steck, Louisburg Agape Christian Center
During the business meeting, new officers were installed.  The meeting was followed by a potluck salad luncheon and fellowship.  

Guest speaker, Mike Steck of the Louisburg Agape Christian Center Food Pantry shared his experiences working with and managing the food pantry. Steck noted that 75 to 160 persons were served monthly at the food pantry in 2012. This amounted to 450 households and a total of 1233 people. Steck said they are always looking for donations to be able to keep food on their shelves for those in need.
Congratulations to Confirmation
Class of 2013!

Ellie Kalinka
Ellie Kalinka
Ava Littrell
Ava Littrell
Austin Raetzel
Austin Raetzel
Grace Rolofson
Grace Rolofson 


Four Christ Our Savior teens studied their Lutheran Faith on Wednesday evenings this school year preparing for their Confirmation.  On April 14, at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, they were all confirmed in the presence of their families and the congregation.  Ellie Kalinka is the daughter of Homer Kalinka and Brandy Kalinka. Ava Littrell is the daughter of Kyle and Donica Littrell. Austin Raetzel is the son of Dave and Kara Raetzel, and Grace Rolofson is the daughter of Bob and Gloria Rolofson. 


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Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

Family Bible Study 

I have been researching multigenerational Sunday School materials. I found this at "Faith Inkubators"


The Bible Song Vision and Dream

  • Imagine a Sunday school where children learn key Scripture in song and sign language each year.
  • Imagine families sharing Bible songs along with art they create in worship at least once a month.
  • Imagine worship in a church where parents attend because their children are singing and teaching the congregation Scripture using American Sign Language (ASL). And parents are learning Scripture themselves at home!
  • Imagine the effects on stewardship, adult education, evangelism and family communication if homes are equipped with the FAITH5.
  • Imagine the effects in the congregation on Biblical literacy, and overall family ministry when there is an intentional focus for families to become actively involved in practicing their faith at home and beyond.
  • Imagine Jr. and Sr. High ministry when Sunday school teaches them Bible verses from Genesis to the Revelation through a method that helps them remember them enough to sing them back to you verbatim.

The reality is that the church has taken the role of teaching children the faith. Instead, if I look at scripture and the Lutheran Confessions faith should be taught in the home.   Luther's Small Catechism states before the first chief part. "The Ten Commandments: As the head of the family should teach them in a simple way to his household." There is a similar statement before each chief part.   The historic Lutheran tradition is that the Christian faith is taught in the household.


The Sunday school lessons for this summer will be designed to help you as a household share your faith. This is intentional. Whole households are encouraged to come to Sunday school from 9:15 until 10:15 and together learn a Bible reading that can be shared during the week at home.   This will be a radical departure from what we have done in Sunday school. Your participation is encouraged and coveted.  

Prayerfully consider taking advantage of this opportunity.  


Pastor Andy

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Study the Scripture

Why read the Bible? N. T. Wright, in his book, Scripture and the Authority of God, gives this quote about the authority of scripture, "The notion of authority 'God at work powerfully through scripture to bring about the Kingdom, by calling and shaping the new covenant people and equipping its leaders to be teachers and preachers,' became gradually flattened out into two things in particular. First, scripture came to be regarded as a 'court of appeal,' the source-book or against which innovation were to be judged. Second, scripture was used for lectio divina, the practice in which individual readers could hear God speaking to them personally, nourishing their own spirituality and devotion."


This understanding was critical in the New Testament church. The Bible called people to action. Paul's letters were calls to action.   The book of Acts was a history of the activity in the early church. The Gospel relates the activity of Christ as he empowers his disciples. The Old Testament conveys the actions of God as he leads and directs his people in spite of their disobedience. The Bible should move us to action in acts of mercy, service and witness.


I pray that you will Study scripture in your household.   I pray that you will be active in serving and proclaiming Christ. The disciples by their service and proclamation of Christ changed their world. The Spirit still works and we are called to service.


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Vacation Bible School
Tell It on the Mountain, That Jesus Christ is Lord!

VBS is scheduled for June 3rd through the 5th from 6pm until 8:30pm. Each evening will begin with a light meal and fellowship. This will be a three-day VBS with crafts, music and Bible Study.


Shout it from the mountaintops! That Jesus Christ is Lord! Learn about the Only True God through three mountaintop Bible accounts where God meets His people with clear messages of His might and power.


Volunteers will be recruited to help with this experience. The more adults we have the more we can accomplish. Mark these dates on you calendar. Tell It on the Mountain, That Jesus Christ is Lord!


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Craft Group draws visitors
Steve Edgar looks on as Cindy Karrow and Christine Fauss work away on their craft projects.
When the Craft Group gets together once a month to share fellowship and their crafting know-how, it's usually just the gals.  Recently, however, the group has been attracting some visitors.  Last meeting in April, Steve Edgar and Richard Fauss stopped by and Heather Smith brought a neighbor. Visitors are welcome to come see the different crafts that are in the works.

The next Craft Group meeting is Saturday, May 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The group will have lunch around noon, but participants are asked to bring their own drinks.  Crafters are encouraged to "come when you can and stay as long as you like!"  The Group encourages all to brings snacks to share, but there are always plenty of goodies. 

Some of the crafters have been working on great projects, crocheted blankets, crocheted angels, scrapbooks, a shadow box, crocheted hats for kids, and more.  Bring a project that you would like to work on or just come see what the group is doing.  Contact Cindy Karrow 913-269-1935 (cell) or  for more information.

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JOY Club end of the year gathering 
kids laser tag trip 3 Hello from the JOY Club!  We want to invite everybody to our end of the year gathering.  We are planning to get together Sunday, May 5th,after 10:30 service.  We are going to have a inspirational balloon launch, we want everybody to write down on a 3X5 card their favorite Bible verse or story and we'll tie it to a balloon and let them go.  Our hope is that our balloons will find somebody somewhere who is in need of a reminder of God's love for all of us.  Jim Bell has graciously offered to grill burgers and hot dogs you may bring a side of your choice.  We ask that everybody in your family that is planning to attend please please please RSVP by May 3rd so we don't run out of food or balloons.  And as always friends are always welcome to join us.  If you have any questions please contact Deb Bell or Gracie Waite.

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Dear Church Family,


Whether it is a friend, family member, the neighbor down the street, or our own personal experience, we have all been touched by cancer in some way. We all have the power to make a difference in the fight against cancer.  


That's why I have chosen to fight back right here in our community by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For LifeŽ. I know that you care about finding an end to cancer, and I hope you will join me at this year's Relay For LifeŽ on Friday, June 7 - Saturday, June 8 at Olathe District Activities Center (ODAC). There were several here in our church last year who joined me and I hope are joining me again this year. It is an experience that you'll never forget! Further down in this message is an address to a Relay For LifeŽ Web page, where you can sign join our COS team. If you are not able to attend, you can make an online donation to support our team efforts.  


By taking part in Relay For LifeŽ, we have a chance to join 3.5 million people from across the country to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.  


At the event, we'll camp out overnight and take turns walking around the track to raise money and awareness to support the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission. There is an incredible ceremony to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers that starts off the night, and a moving ceremony to honor and remember those who have fought the disease.


I can truly say Relay is unlike anything else you'll ever experience. It's a night full of fun, hope, and remembrance. Together, we can celebrate, remember, and fight back. Please consider joining me and others in the walk.




Michelle Eickhoff, Team Captain of Relay Revelers


Visit Relay Revelers team page


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Update from Grace

grace united Hope for Improved Fundraising - Grace continues to function, with all of our programs remaining strong and on track, still without a permanent Exec. Dir. to replace Rev. Sharon Garfield. Our weakness is obvious: marketing and fundraising! I had hoped we could hire the retired Exec. Dir. who quickly built a nonprofit from almost nothing into an agency that raised $500,000/year. Rita has valuable foundation contacts and knows what is needed to strengthen our administration, visibility, and ability to raise money. She declined to go on staff at this time but still wants to help Grace. She is proving to be a valuable volunteer! We like and can afford volunteers!! In our "grant team's" meeting to strategize our application to the Kauffman Foundation (and others) for funding After-School Tutoring, Rita took charge and laid out the way to "sell" our story: a model that can be used by others, success proven by test results, and low cost, under $6-7/student/hour. Our letter of inquiry (required by Kauffman before we can submit a full grant application) was submitted last week, one week later. And just two hours later, we were able to meet the decision-maker at a nonprofit reception at Kauffman - definitely a God-thing!! Please pray that Grace is in the process of turning the corner money-wise.


Invitation to Visit After-School Tutoring! - If you would like to see how our unique After-School Tutoring "system" works, and at the same time get a brief tour of our renovated facility, call or email me, and I will be glad to meet you at Grace or drive you. Tutoring ends May 16, so I'd like to get as many folks as possible to visit Grace in the next few weeks.


Children's Education Benefit Lunch, Thurs., May 9 - KC Freedom School Initiative, the umbrella group that raises the funds to finance Grace's 6-week summer school, whose goal is getting inner city children to love to read, is sponsoring a benefit event at the downtown Marriott on May 9 (11:00-1:00). Cost is $60/person; reserve your seat through me, so we can seat friends of Grace together. This year's keynote speaker, Dr. Steve Perry, is a demanding Black educator from Hartford, CT. He has written a number of books on his approach to educating the urban poor (book signing afterwards), and he has been a contributor to CNN. Last year's event was awesome, and this should be equally as exciting and thought-provoking!!


Grace's Monthly eNewsletter - Let me add you to the circulation.


Bob Kirkpatrick

Home: 837-5804 


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In This Issue
LWML Spring Rally
Pastor Andy Writes...
Study the Scripture
JOY Club
Relay for Life
Grace Update
Featured Article
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info



Friends for Christ
plan Mexican food for Cinco de Mayo celebration 
Friends for Christ will meet at the Keltner's (1507 N. Broadway) at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4th.
Mexican food - in celebration of Cinco de Mayo - is the theme.   Please RSVP to Cindy Henry or
Debbie Keltner to help with a head count.  We always have room for more - join us for a fun evening
of food, fellowship and a Bible study.

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June 22 

Mark your calendars and plan to attend a community Pie Auction and Dinner fund raiser to support Louisburg Senior Center Nutrition Program/Meals on Wheels. The event is being organized by a Christ Our Savior committee for senior nutrition. Tickets will be available soon. For more information, contact Beth Ramsey at (316)727-1249.   
Lutheran Women's Missionary League
Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, May 13, at 7:00 pm in the church basement. There will be a Bible study and a short business meeting. This will be the last meeting until fall. There will be no LWML meetings during the summer.

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  

    MAY  5   OPEN 

    MAY 12  Jeff & Debby
                Axmann's 20th

    MAY 19  Aly Traffis'

    MAY 26  Taylor Karrow's  

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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MAY Education



Evening Bible Study

7:00 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  


JoAnne Ashburn from Chanute, KS

Justin and Larissa Scammey, Willard, and Malerie from Ankeny, IA

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MAY Anniversaries

    5/4   Bob & Gloria Rolofson

   5/14  Jeff & Debby Axmann

   5/24  Ryan & Paulette Varns

   5/29  James & Heather Keltner

   5/29  Bob & Kathie Kirkpatrick

   5/30  Aaron & Kelly Stohs


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MAY Birthdays

5/1       Alicia Vance

5/2       Angie McDaniel

5/2       Jaimy Rockers

5/4       Tommy Moore

5/5        Dale Dotson

5/8        Josh Holtzen

5/8        Katie Mulich

5/9        Arlene Swinnerton

5/10      Cindy Henry

5/16      Chris Godsey

5/16      Ian McDaniel

5/17      Adriane Knox

5/17      Linda Richards

5/17      Jenny Rockers

5/17      Aaron Stohs

5/21      Rich Lohse

5/22      Kristen Bell

5/22      Ashton Moore

5/22      Maverick Rockers

5/22      Aly Traffis

5/22      Gloria Wood

5/23      Theresa Gregar

5/24      Logan Burton

5/24      Porter Burton

5/24      Taylor Karrow

5/25      Jean Flick

5/25      Beth Ramsey

5/28      Christian Brown


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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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Contact Info 
Jodie Berve

If we've missed your birthday or anniversary contact COS Office so we can update our records.