Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
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.
Are you a Light for Christ?
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."   (Matthew 5:14-16)


February 2014
Lenten Dinners

Come one, Come all!  The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday March 5th.  We will have our first Lenten dinner on that night.  This is a meal before the church service from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Please consider providing a meal for one of the Wednesday nights during Lent.  This can be a formal group (Youth, Craft, Elders, LWML, Sunday School classes, Bible study group, etc.) or just a bunch of members that want to provide a meal together.  Your group will pick the menu, bring the food, set up, serve, and clean up.  We will have posters and sign up sheets for those who want to provide a meal and for those who plan to attend.  Past menu ideas include: taco bar, chili and baked potatoes, spaghetti, pizza, sandwich bar and soup, brisket (already scheduled), ham and cheesy potatoes, chicken and noodles, lasagna; but you get to decide. The dates are:


Ash Wednesday March 5

March 12

March 19

March 26

April 2

April 9

Maundy Thursday April 17 - LWML is hosting a brisket dinner


There are a lot of Wednesday's during Lent this year, so we need lots of volunteers!  Please email Cindy Karrow at or call her (837-3323 or 913-269-1935). You can also let Gloria in the church office know if you can provide a meal for Lent.


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Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

Give the Gift that

Keeps On Giving

The season for special material giving is now past.  We celebrate the Epiphany Season by recognizing the gifts given by the Gentiles to the Christ child.  Take a moment to reflect on the gifts you have given this Christmas season as parents, grandparents, aunts, Uncles or siblings.  Were they lasting gifts?  Were they useful?  Was the Spirit of Christmas present when they were opened?


An important question we need to ask ourselves; what is the Spiritual condition of those closest to us? Visualize your sphere of influence - friends, family, neighbors and work associates.  Do you know where they spiritually stand?  Do they know where you stand? Think in terms of sharing the "gift of eternal life" with those around you.  What a gift!


How do we do this?  Daily devotions, attendance at church, our daily prayer life at home and elsewhere, personal giving and sharing of the gifts the Lord has blessed us with are just a few of the opportunities available to us to demonstrate we are a Christian.  The decisions our children see us make and how we treat others, including them, speak very loudly about who we are.  The home is where the most important arena of passing on the faith, especially to our children, is demonstrated.  Do we verbalize how thankful we are for our God given gifts?  Do we demonstrate more of an interest in material gifts?  Actions speak louder than words.


Getting ourselves more comfortable talking and demonstrating we are Christians is truly a lasting gift we can give to others.  Give the gift that keeps on giving! The best part - it gives back to you.


by Keith Jopp Family Friendly Partners Network (FFPN) Regional Administrator

I share this article from the Kansas District LCMS because we have openings in the congregation for a Board of Education Chairperson, a VBS chairperson and a Sunday School Superintendent.  I would love to talk to you about this if you would like to be involved.  Still I believe that the most effective Christian Education takes place in the home.  Luther's Catechism was written for the head of the family to teach their household.  Look for opportunities to study God's Word.   If the church currently does not provide an opportunity you have my permission to start you own group.  Christian Education begins in the home.   Thanks Pastor Andy
Thank you!
Thank you flower You may have noticed new TVs, Blu-Ray players, and other items purchased to help support the education of our Youth here at Christ Our Savior.  We would like to celebrate the life of Bernice Schneider, the mother of Cheryl Brown, and thank her and her family for the generous memorial gift given in Bernice's name.  Your generosity is a true blessing to not only the Youth of Christ our Savior, but our entire congregation. 


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Cookies & Crafts
Sound a bit different to you?  The Craft Group will have our regular monthly get-together on Saturday February 8th from 9 am to 1:00 pm in the church basement.  Then, we are planning a cookie exchange from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to both activities.  If you can only come to one of them, that is OK too!

The cookie exchange goes like this:  Simple, bring your special cookies, bars, candies, etc.  Bring a dozen cookies to share with the gathering.  Then, bring 2 extra dozen to exchange with others.  Tuck the recipe in your pocket or purse in case someone asks for it. 

The Craft Group will have the usual water, lemonade and coffee to round out the menu.  This will be a fun fellowship event, so join us if you can.  Call Cindy Karrow (837-3323 or 913-269-1935) or email at for more details.

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Snow Tubing

Snow Tubing and Fellowship gathering

Attention COS Youth and families:  Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of tubing and fellowship, Sunday, February 16th.  The festivities will begin after the 10:30 a.m. service; with lunch in the church basement (sandwiches will be provided).  After lunch, we will travel to Snow Creek for 2 hours of snow tubing.  On our return to Louisburg, we will stop and eat dinner.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the entry way of the church.  Please sign up by February 9th.  If you would like to bring a side-dish, fruit or dessert to share at lunch, please indicate that when signing up.  If your child is riding with someone other than their parent, please fill out a permission slip.  Cost for the day is estimated to be $25.00.  If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Tricia Walania at or 913-557-9373.


Valentine's Day Card Shower

During the last Youth Group meeting, we decided to participate in a service event for Children's Mercy hospital - Valentine's Day Card shower.  When kids are in the hospital, it is hard for them to not feel like they are missing out on Valentine's Day with their classmates, etc.  Children's Mercy hospital works with First National Bank to collect Valentine's card that are kid-friendly, non-religious, and only Valentine's themed (no get well cards).  These cards are then distributed in the Children's Mercy hospital downtown on Valentine's Day.


We would like to ask the entire congregation to participate in this service event.  The cards are needed by Sunday, February 9th, so they can be delivered to the bank on February 10th.  Michelle Eickhoff will put a box in the Narthex for the cards.  Please consider putting together a card for a child that is sick in the hospital.  This is a great way to make someone else's day brighter!  Thank you so much!


The next Youth Group meeting will be held February 23rd from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Updates from the Office

Hello everyone!  I wanted to let you all know that I have created a Church calendar.  The calendar contains all of the activities taking place here at Christ Our Savior, as well as Pastor's appointments, etc.  If you ever need to reserve the Community Building, the Church, or the Sanctuary, please contact me and I will add you to the schedule.

 Also, you may have noticed some changes to the church website.  For example, I have added the Church calendar to the website so everyone can have access to what's going on.  This is still a work in progress, but it is available.  If you have any suggestions, constructive feedback, etc. regarding the website, please do not hesitate to contact me.  We want the site to be a useful tool for the congregation!  God Bless!


Update from Grace

THANK YOU, ALL!!  I was remiss in not getting this said a month ago, but THANK YOU for all your support and help with two back-to-back events at Grace in mid-Dec.  On Dec. 15, a bunch of us got to attend Adult Sunday School and Worship at Grace.  For me, hearing the prayer requests and testimonials from those attending Grace is so uplifting.  Here are people who are feeling so blessed, thankful for the changes in their own lives and asking for prayers for a relative going to prison, or back on drugs.  Then a number of folks from our church served up a great meal of fried crappie with all the sides and desserts.  First off, we had Greg Graham and his brother Gary frying the fish Greg caught for us, and Angie and family all helping out, plus the Bell, Rolofson, and Walania families! Often serving the Saturday and Sunday meals at Grace are teams of about 5 adults, but from our church we must have had a dozen up front at the main serving tables and over at the dessert table, the majority of whom were kids serving the very poor!!!  Plus there were more people helping in the kitchen and clearing tables, Bob Rolofson as "the fish runner," and Greg and Gary outside frying up those great fish!  Some of the food served was provided by many others from COS.



Fortunately, we had so many brownies that many could be given to the 300+ heads of households who came the next day for the Christmas Sharing event.  (I enjoy serving goodies to those having to wait for their numbers to be called!)  And that was Grace's second big thank-you event!  People from COS had filled about five boxes in the narthex with packaged foods, toys, and new or like-new clothing needed to help make that a big success!  Plus I already had Teresa Schlegel's 100 beautifully crocheted scarves!  So, THANK YOU!!!


Update - Under the leadership of our new Exec. Dir., Michael Mayberry, the Board is in the process of reviewing our mission statement and vision for Grace as well as beginning to examine other key things.  When interviewing, Michael said that excellent programs, with proven outcomes, lead fundraising.  Marketing/fundraising are what I have felt were basically about all that we needed, for I felt our staff and programs were already great.  However, Michael is causing the Board to question our programs.  (We know that After-School Tutoring is highly structured, and testing data proves its success.)  Joining our Board in January was the new Chairman of the Board of Harvesters, a very bright guy indeed, and active in a variety of missions.  Together with Michael, he will challenge us all to formalize policies, to analyze and plan, and to improve and grow.  We all know that change can be painful, and I am one who definitely wants to see improved cash flow, long-term sustainability for Grace and our ministries, and an increasing ability to serve more people with Christ's love demonstrated through excellent programs provided by caring Christians.  BUT I am resistant to much other change -- and who likes pain, right?!  J  Please pray for God's wisdom and guidance for Michael, the Board, and me!


Sharon Garfield - Sharon has lost 20 pounds in recent weeks, having trouble keeping food down.  Please pray for her strength and comfort.  She is an amazing person, a real inspiration, and without her faith and constant persistence urban NE KCMO would have lost a wonderful, much-needed church and outreach ministries thousands of times.  She has sacrificed her life for the LEAST OF THESE.


Funding - The "2013" Kauffman grant to support Tutoring right now did not come through in Dec.; they are "just starting" their review.  Hopefully it will be approved, but until then, we remain "broke."  The good news is that with the 12/31 cash balance, we are now current on three huge bills totaling $14,000 (KCP&L, insurance, audit fee).  Please pray for Kauffman, two United Way proposals (funding starts May 31), or one of God's unexpected Miracles!  He has shown, numerous times, He provides for our needs at Grace!!


Bob Kirkpatrick - Home: 837-5804 -


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In This Issue
Lenten Dinners
Pastor Andy Writes...
Thank you!
Cookies & Crafts
Snow Tubing
Valentine's Day Card Shower
Updates from the Office
Update from Grace
Friends for Christ
Musical Talent
Altar Flowers
Thank You!
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


food2.jpg Friends for Christ

Friends For Christ will meet February 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy & Debbie. "Super Bowl" is the theme - bring your favorite appetizer, finger food or dessert. Food, Fellowship, and a Bible study. What a great way to spend a Saturday night in the burg! To avoid duplication of too many food items please let Cindy Frazier (913) 406-6938 or Debbie Keltner (913) 837-5382 know what you plan to bring.


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Sharing Your Muscial Talent

Do you like to sing?  Can you play a musical instrument?  Please consider sharing your musical talent (vocal or instrumental) during a church service.  You can help with the Praise Team, you can perform during the offering, you can provide pre-service, or post-service music.  We would love to get more people involved in music on Sunday.  If you are interested, please contact Teresa Schlegel (913-849-3583 or 913-406-1978). 

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, February 10th, 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. 


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flower-bouquet.jpg  Altar Guild 


2/2     Rich & Tricia Walania

2/9     Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff

2/16   Bob & Gloia Rolofson

2/23   Jeff & Debby Axmann

Sign up for flowers in the narthex or call Sandy Barsh at 837-2997.


Bring flowers to church before the 8:00 a.m. service or contact Sandy Barsh to provide the flowers for $15 (checks payable to Sandy Barsh).  Flowers can be taken home after the 2nd service.Vases should be returned to church.


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February Education



Confirmation Class 6:00 p.m. 

Evening Bible Study

7:15 p.m.  



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  


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Thank You

Zach Waite writes:


I would like to say thank you to the congregation. I especially thank those who helped set up my fundraisers and those who helped me put up the flagpole. All of your support is greatly appreciated and I now have received my Eagle Scout Award.


Official Acts



Benjamin Lane Howard

January 25, 2014


In the Military
Military members and friends of our congregation include: 



Mark Edgar

(stationed in Africa)


Ray Gigliotti


 Greg Jeffrey


 Lindy Kalinka


 James Keltner


 Clara LIttrell


 Kelly Streck



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February Anniversaries


    2/14 Chris & Gail Brown

    2/16 Jeff & Shelley Thompson 


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February Birthdays


2/1         Joshua Creath

2/1         Jeff Thompson

2/2         Matthew Brown

2/2         Donica Littrell

2/3         Debby Axmann

2/7         Shawn Helms

2/9         Grace Rolofson

2/10       Grace Walania

2/11       Christian Eickhoff

2/11       Deanna Pooler

2/12       Madeline McDaniel

2/13       Ethan Bousfield

2/13       Alexa O'Connor

2/16       Daniel Bell

2/18       Dennis Lee

2/18       Harvey Lightner

2/18       Candace Maaske

2/19       Wayne Carlson

2/19       Garrett Rolofson

2/19       Jinnie Willey

2/20       Carrie Hoskins

2/21       Billy Weissend Jr.

2/24       Mable Graham

2/25       Michael Allen

2/25       Gloria Sharp

2/25       Maureen Smith

2/26       Kyle Littrell

2/27       Anders Vance

2/28       Tyler Stewart


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