Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 


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.
God calls us to be in ministry 
"Our church is going to celebrate God's call to be in ministry. We will do this through year two of the Consecrated Steward program.   Last year this program was a great blessing to our congregation. This program is really a celebration of our call to be in ministry. It is an opportunity to share our stories and celebrate the Lord as he moves and acts in our lives. It is also an opportunity to recommit to serving our Lord with our time talent and resources." TO LEARN MORE, SEE "PASTOR ANDY WRITES..."

Kansas District Youth Gathering 2013What If



Did you miss out on the National Youth Gathering in San Antonio? Well, here is your chance to get a taste of what it's like, but right here in Kansas. The Eickhoff's are planning on being the adult sponsors for the junior/senior high youth group but we need your help--Parent help! If you are interested in having your son or daughter attend a Christian event like no other, then contact us immediately as we need to begin to fund raise, NOW!   You can reach us at: 913-837-5276 (leave us a message if we're not home) or at Once we know who is interested, we can begin to meet, coordinate, plan some fun fundraisers and get ready for a fun time in Wichita! Just imagine--What if?

       When:  November 22-24, 2013(Fri. night - Sun. late morning) 

      Where:  Hyatt Regency, Wichita

 Hotel Cost:  $101 per room, per night (plus tax).   

                   Each room will sleep up to four people.
                   (This cost is split 4 ways.)

     Theme:  WHAT IF?
         Who:  Youth in grades 9-12
    Speaker:  Brad Alles
         Band:  Room 211
  Reg.Cost*:  Early - $89 per person begins Sept.1          

                    Standard - $109 per person begins Oct.1

 Transport:  Cost dependent on number going and whether we rent or use personal vehicles.

*Registration includes programing, workshops, and activities, gathering t-shirt and Saturday lunch,but NOT HOUSING.

*All youth registrations must be accompanied by a primary adult leader registration, maximum nine youth per adult.

*All other meals - plan on an average of $10 per meal (Friday night, Saturday morning (unless we get donations??), Saturday Evening, Sunday Morning (unless we get donations??), Sunday Lunch = $50 per person.


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Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner


One of the great gifts that a person can give to another is commitment.   Jesus said "if a marriage is going to work, a man has to leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife." Love is never cheap. There is always a price that love is willing to bear for another. When God loved us, He let go of His one and only son, and let him be born for us. Jesus, too, because of His love for us, let go of his life and willingly suffered and died on the cross. "No greater love can a man have than this, then to die for a friend.   You are my friends. Jesus Said." In a similar vein, Jesus said that if we loved Him we would feed his sheep. We would pick up our cross and follow him in living our life for God and for serving others.


Our church is going to celebrate God's call to be in ministry. We will do this through year two of the Consecrated Steward program.   Last year this program was a great blessing to our congregation. This program is really a celebration of our call to be in ministry. It is an opportunity to share our stories and celebrate the Lord as he moves and acts in our lives. It is also an opportunity to recommit to serving our Lord with our time talent and resources.   


During this month, you may be asked to take a leadership role in this process. Secondly, you will be asked to assess your current level of participation in the congregation ministries. Third, I would ask you to consider what ministry you would commit to as we seek to extend the Kingdom of God.


Luther, in his explanation to the third article of the creed, states that we have been called by the gospel and enlightened with gifts. God has given us gifts and resources to use in His kingdom.  He has redeemed and called us into his kingdom. God has committed his best for our redemption. God loves us. What commitment will you make to the Lord in response to his great love?




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Fall Sunday School begins Sept. 8

Sunday School Classes will start September 8th at 9:15 a.m. The teachers who have agreed to be lead teachers are:

Deb Bell and Angie Graham for pre-school

Gracie Waite with Stacy Grove for first and second grade

Brandy Kalinka and Mike Thompson third and fourth grade

Paulette Varns for fifth and sixth grade

Rich Walania seventh and eighth grade

David and Cindy Frazier High School

 We are still looking for substitutes to sign-up to be available. We also need helpers for Paulette and Rich. We would also like to add a helper in every classroom and have a list of substitutes that could be called to fill in on occasional Sundays.


We are looking for someone to lead music before Sunday school. Then we would like to find a leader to prepare a Christmas Program. Finally for a change of pace if anyone would like to lead the children message at either the 8 or 10:30 service it would be great if someone would like to volunteer to lead this message.


Looking forward to an exciting year for our Sunday School. Come and see and bring your friends, Pastor Andy.


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Next Craft Group meeting is in October

Craft Group is taking a hiatus in September.  We will start meeting again at church in October. We will meet on the Saturdays listed below from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  We will have lunch around noon; bring your own drink.  Come when you can and stay as long as you like!  Bring snacks to share if you want to, but we have plenty of goodies.
            Scheduled Meetings 
            October 12
            November 9
            December - we will go to Holiday Mart at the High School. 


Call Cindy Karrow for details 837-3323 or cell 913-269-1935 or email 

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God's Musical Messenger Notes 

MIA Choir Folders: There are still several choir folders and pieces of choir music that are missing from last choir season. If you have a folder or any other miscellaneous choir music, please turn them into the church office or to the choir director, Michelle Eickhoff as soon as possible so that the music can be processed and filed.


On another note, God's Musical Messenger's will not be singing their praises this year. Due to a lack of number of singers on parts and busy lives, our choir that has graced us with so many beautiful voices and songs has dwindled down to just a handful of committed few who love to lift their voices to praise our gracious and loving God. I have truly loved serving as your choir director for the past seven years and hopefully someday, maybe our choir will be again.  


Thank you all!


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Your kindness means the world to me
butterfly thanks 
Your kindness means the world to me, Mrs. Eickhoff, and all that made the bread and brought it to me.

Thank you, 
Maudie Stice 

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Update from Grace United
Community Ministries

After-School Tutoring Is a PROVEN Success - Will Grow & We Need More Volunteer Tutors. With a professionally organized, highly structured program, test results showed our average student gained 1.3 reading grade levels (RGLs) in 2012-13. Our focus is on K-2 to get these kids up to grade level before it is too late, and those kids improved by 1.5-1.6 RGLs. Besides having paid small-group leaders (usually minority college students) help the kids with homework and math, we can always use many more 1-on-1 Volunteer Tutors. Volunteers only need to be at Grace 2 hours, 1 day a week (3:50-4:45), Mon.-Thurs. Each adult works with three children for just 30 minutes each, the same kids each week. No preparation and almost no training is required (several I gave "Tutoring Tours" to, ended up tutoring that day!), the curriculum packets make it that simple. Yet it WORKS! Because the word is getting around, I am hopeful that our student numbers will increase from 70 in 2012-13 to the magic number of 100 this year! If so, we will definitely need more volunteer 1-on-1 Tutors! If interested, or know of someone who might be, please talk to me.


Hiring of an Executive Director - We are VERY close to finalizing the hiring of our new E.D., a man gifted in building relationships and in fundraising, our obvious weakness. Please pray that this leader is GOD's choice! Grace has now gone a full year without a real Executive Director, but programs have never faltered -- a tremendous tribute to Sharon Garfield and our very dedicated, loyal staff. Lori Theus oversees the hiring and logistics of Children's Ed. (tutoring + 6-week summer school), the Hispanic Family Coordinator is very effective and those parents are highly motivated, Greg Parr continues to have a God-given calling for getting addicts/alcoholics into treatment centers and helps them stay in recovery. Emergency Assistance (food pantry, now a second room for our clothes closet, and holiday sharing at Thanksgiving and Christmas) all continue. FOOD is in short supply! In the past year, preaching has rotated among three men, two of whom were preaching when Sharon was there (Greg Parr and Greg Edwards), and the third has just recently been handed the reins; his father is a Baptist pastor and he himself has been ordained (he works at City Union). Music is now led by a Messianic Jew and a professional female singer.


Sharon Garfield's Health - Many are concerned and hopefully still praying for Sharon. Please continue. Her doctor is starting her this week on a different drug for chemo; the cancer marker was obviously not coming down as hoped.


Greg Graham Fish Fry on Sunday, Dec. 15 - A number of you have been to Grace in recent years and some helped with Greg Graham's crappie fish fry several years ago. Greg was very willing to do it again; he is now scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 15.


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

Bob Kirkpatrick - Home: 837-5804 - 


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You are invited to join us at the first annual Blocktoberfest, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at the former school site next to Trinity Lutheran Church, 34868 Block Road, Paola, Kansas. Come celebrate with us as we focus on our Christian Faith, our German heritage, and our community spirit with fun, food, and fellowship. There will be beer, wine, soft drinks, brats, pretzels, and other food items for sale (no outside food or beverages please). The Alpenspielers German band will perform from 2-6 PM in the big tent. Our own local talent will perform from 1-2 PM. Other games, contests, and activities will go on throughout the afternoon There is no charge for admission but donations are accepted. All proceeds after expenses will go toward improvements to our church and school grounds.


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In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Fall Sunday School
Craft Group
God's Musical Messengers
Thank you from Maudie Stice
Grace Updat
Friends for Christ
LWML Meetings
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links

Friends for Christ, Saturday, Sept. 7tailgaters
Friends For Christ will meet Saturday, September 7th at 6:00 p.m.  at Pastor and Debbie's house. It's football season so we'll be tailgating.  Appetizers, finger food, and general tailgating fare. An RSVP with what you will be bringing would be helpful so we have a variety of food.  Contact Cindy Frazier at 913-406-6938
or Debbie Keltner 913 837 5382

What better way to spend a Saturday night in the 'Burg?  Good food, great fellowship and a Bible Study.   

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LWML logo

Lutheran Women's Missionary will resume regular meetings on 
September 9th at 7:00pm in 
the church basement. There is alway a Bible Study followed by a short business meeting.  Please join us.

If you have any questions, please contct Sandy Barsh 837-2997 or Linda Newman 837-5116.  Hope to see you there.

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Altar Flowers 

  9/1  Debbie Keltner Birthday
  9/8  Jeff Axmann Birthday
9/15  Kirkpatrick Grandchildren
9/22  MarkEdgar's Birthday
9/29  In memory of
         Sandy Barsh's Mother

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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 September Education




6:00 p.m. 

Evening Bible Study

7:00 p.m.  



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  


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Official Acts  


Baptism of
Brynn Leigh Aguayo daughter of Amando & Jeannie Aguayo
August 4th


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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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September Anniversaries


    9/5    Glenn & Deanna Pooler

   9/12    Karl & Cindy Karrow

   9/14    Jim & Debbie Bell

   9/30    Stan & Jean Flick


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September Birthdays 


9/1 Debbie Keltner

9/3 Glenn Pooler

9/6 Richard Fauss

9/8 Linda Newman

9/10 Jeff Axmann

9/12 Alissah Ferris

9/13 Travis Becker

9/13 DeAnn Dotson

9/15 Diane Lynn

9/16 Harry Lukas

9/16 Audra Robinson

9/16 Tricia Walania

9/17 Pat Lightner

9/17 Dave Raetzel

9/18 Addy Stohs

9/20 Bill Richards

9/21 Kelly Maaske

9/22 Sandy Barsh

9/22 Kim Nemitz

9/23 Walt Chester

9/24 Tim Gregar

9/26 JoAnne Ashburn

9/26 Ellie Kalinka

9/27 Isabelle Holtzen

9/30 Josh Berve

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