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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.
COS youth are on fire with the Holy Spirit
If you haven't already noticed, COS youth are fired up and filled with the Holy Spirit. There are four articles in this newsletter attempting to report their many activities. In addition to the four articles that cover their impending trip to the Kansas District Youth Gathering in Wichita, Youth Chili Cook-Off and Family Meeting this Sunday, Operation Christmas Child servant event, and Zach Waite's Eagle Scout project,  there are other youth projects and events that don't have articles in the newsletter.

The youth are making bierocks this weekend to raise funds for their goal to go to New Orleans for the National Youth Gathering in 2016. It's not too late to put your order in by Friday, Nov. 1. (Click Here for Bierock Info or contact Michelle or Gerry Eickhoff at (913) 837-5276 or There are also two other Eagle Scout projects both past and present--Austin Raetzel's Eagle Scout project was a cabinet building project in the Community Center that was completed earlier this year, and Christian Eickhoff's pending Eagle Scout project is building a utility shed on the church property that is in the planning stages.

COS youth are doing awesome things and let's not forget that parents are also stoking the fire. Gratitude goes out to Youth Group leaders Michelle and Gerry Eickhoff and other parents and adult helpers who are making all of this possible. Make it a point to read all the youth articles and give them your prayers, encouragement, and support.
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner


Can you handle the truth? 


In the movie "A Few Good Men" Colonel Jessep (Jack Nicholson) responds to a question posed by Lt. Kaffee (Tom Cruise) "Truth, you can't handle the truth..." Jesus talking to his hearers "and you will know the truth and truth will set you free."   (John 8:32) Can you handle the truth?


The truth is that we are all sinners. We are in Jesus words "slaves to sin".   There is a popular notion that within all of us there is a spark of goodness.   The truth is we are rotten to the core. Our very being is corrupted by sin. Our reason is colored by sin. We cannot by our own reason or strength come to faith. We must subject our reason to the Word of God.   This truth, that we are sinful and deserve nothing from God but death and eternal damnation, is a truth which many find hard to handle. Can you handle the truth?


Because we are sinful we can do nothing to earn merit or deserve our salvation. In fact all of our efforts to earn and merit our salvation by works lead us away from Christ. Self-righteousness is an offense which blinds us to the truth that we are saved by grace. Where there is no sin there is no need for a Savior. We all sin. We cannot work out our own salvation. Can you handle the truth?


The truth is Jesus, true God and true man, lived a life of obedience. He was sinless. He was killed in our stead. He died on the cross because this was our punishment. God demands payment for sin. He is a just God. Justice demands absolute righteousness or death and damnation. Jesus who knew no sin became sin for us. His righteousness was placed upon us. He bore our sins. We are covered by his bloody sacrifice. Christ Jesus has done everything necessary for our salvation. There are still those who are trying to work out their own salvation as if what Christ did was not enough. They cannot handle the truth. We are the redeemed and chosen children of God by God's grace alone. Can you handle the truth?


"So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32) God's word is truth. God's word contains the law that shows us our sin. We are confronted with our hopeless fallen condition. We can do nothing but surrender before the righteous judge. God's word contains the gospel which shows us our savior. Christ Jesus the righteous judge comes to us. He reaches down and snatches us from our bondage to sin. He pays the price for our sin. He claims us as his own. We are sinners saved by grace. Can you handle the truth?


The great teachings of the Reformation are still taught in our churches today. We are saved by faith alone. We have this faith by grace alone. We learn these truths from scripture alone. This is a truth which will set us free, we will be free indeed. Can you handle the truth?

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Craft Group to meet Saturday, Nov. 2     beading-kit.jpg Craft Group will meet on Saturday Nov. 2 in the church from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We will be sharing the basement with the Youth Group in the morning as they prepare yummy bierocks for sale. Lunch will be bierocks. Cindy will buy! Bring your drink and a snack to share if you want. 
Some of us will also be packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. If you want to join in and pack a shoebox, bring your supplies and join us.  Or if you have some supplies and goodies that you want to donate for the shoeboxes, drop them off in the basement before Saturday or bring them by on Saturday!  For more information about what can go in the shoeboxes, click the link below.
For more information about Craft Group, contact Cindy Karrow at or 837-3323 or 913-269-1935
See you there!
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Zach Waite installs flag pole for Eagle Scout project Sunday, Nov. 3
Zach Waite has been working on installing a flag pole on the church grounds for his Eagle Scout project.  Zach presented the idea at a Church Council meeting earlier this year and completed all the project plans and Boy Scout approval forms.  He will be working on Saturday, November 2 at 1 pm to finish putting the flag pole in the ground. On Sunday, Nov. 3, everyone is invited to attend a short opening ceremony in between the 8 a.m. service and Sunday school. Come a little early for Sunday School and Bible Study and show your appreciation for Zach's efforts.

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Youth Group family meeting and Youth Chili Cook-off this Sunday, Nov. 3

Calling all youth to cook up your award winning chili recipe!

Plates, silverware drinks, cups, and napkins will be provided.


When:  Sunday,October 3

Time:    5:00pm-7:00pm

Where:  COS Basement

What to bring:  Your family, award winning pot of chili and Bible.
Who can attend:  Grades 6-12 and your entire family!!


We'll have games, chili cook-off, devotion, bible study, and family December planning meeting to discuss our next fundraiser for the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans in 2016, next servant event, and our fun event for December!

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Youth Group to sponsor Operation Christmas Child for their October/November servant event

Operation Christmas Child

The youth group will sponsor Operation Christmas Child for their October/November servant event. Youth Group will help collect shoeboxes from the congregation until Sunday, Nov. 17. They will deliver all collected shoeboxes to the drop off site in Louisburg on Monday, Nov. 18. Operation Christmas Child Pamphlets and prayer bookmarks are located in the narthex. Click link below for shoebox instructions. 


Our prayers are essential to the work of Operation Christmas Child, so please consider filling a shoebox and join us in prayer during National Collection Week, Nov. 18 to 25. The goal this year is to collect 9.8 million shoebox gifts from the United States and nine other countries. During the week, we ask you to pray for the people packing the boxes, the volunteers who will be collecting, processing, and delivering the gifts, and for the children receiving them.  Youth Group is appreciative of your support!


 CLICK HERE for Shoebox Instructions and Gift Ideas 


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COS Youth to travel to Kansas District Youth Gathering in Wichita

What If Youth will leave Friday, Nov. 22, at 5:00 p.m. from Christ Our Savior to travel to Wichita for the Kansas District Youth Gathering. The group is excited and can't wait! They will be in Wichita through Sunday, Nov. 24, attending various events, meeting other youth from across the state who share the same faith, and worshiping together as one. What an experience! The group will return after Sunday morning church services. The group plans to create a presentation to share their experiences with the congregation and others in the church Youth Group.


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It's time to learn songs for this year's Christmas program!  

kids Christmas music Sunday
School music begins at 9:15 every Sunday. Please come and participate.  We would love to have your children come. We are learning songs now for the Christmas program.

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COS volunteer groups being sought to prepare and serve Advent dinners
advent-candles-header.jpg COS will once again have dinners before the Advent services.  Plan now for your group to prepare and serve one of the dinners.  Cindy Karrow and Brandi Kalinka will be organizing the Advent dinner schedule for December 4, 11, and 18.  Watch for more news in the weekly bulletins. 

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In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Craft Group Meeting
Flag Pole
Kansas District Youth Gathering
Sunday School Kids' Music
Advent Dinners
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
Contact Info
Quick Links


Breakfast for dinner at
Friends for Christ
Saturday, Nov. 2  
Friends For Christ will be serving breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 2
at 6:00 p.m.  at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner.  Come join us for food, fellowship, and a Bible study.

 Please RSVP with what you are bringing to Cindy Frazier at (913)406-6983 or Debbie Keltner (913) 837 5382

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Community Thanksgiving Service
Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Faith Chapel, 840 N. Metcalf Rd., Louisburg. The following items will be collected at the service: 
Canned soup 
Mac & cheese 
Hamburger helper 
Saltine crackers
Christ Our Savior Thanksgiving Eve Service 
Wednesday, Nov. 27 
at 7:00 p.m.

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Lutheran Women's Missionary League
Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 11, at 7:00 pm in the church basement. There will be a Bible study and a short business meeting.

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
11/03  Walanias
11/10  Steve Edgar
11/17   OPEN
11/24   Karrows  

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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November Education



Confirmation Class 6:00 p.m. 

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 to Trinity, Paola 

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In the Military

Military members and friends of our congregation include: 


Mark Edgar

(stationed in Africa)


Ray Gigliotti


 Greg Jeffrey


 Lindy Kalinka

(graduating from basic training)


 James Keltner


 Clara LIttrell


 Kelly Streck



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November Anniversaries


11/01  Dennis & Gretchen Lee

11/02  Amando & Jeannie Aguayo

11/15  David & Courtisa Sharp


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November Birthdays


11/4    Tanner Lee

11/4    Teresa Schlegel

11/5    Mark Edgar

11/5    Drew Walania

11/6    Austin Raetzel

11/7    Loren Hoskins

11/7    Chad Turney

11/7    Jamie Waite

11/8    Paulette Varns

11/9    Allie Walania

11/14  Angie Graham

11/15  Molly Curtis

11/16  Larissa Scammey

11/16  Kyle Sharp

11/18  Becca Burton

11/18  Kert Maul

11/20  Debi Stephens

11/22  Judy Lohse

11/22  James Martin

11/22  Malerie Scammey

11/27  Lindy Kalinka

11/28  Taj O'Connor

11/30  Rick Peek


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