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.
Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday

April 13th

8:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday - Dinner

April 17th

5:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday - Service

April 17th

7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Service

April 18th

7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunrise Service

April 20th

7:00 a.m.

Easter Breakfast

April 20th

8:15 a.m.

Children's Activities

April 20th

9:00 a.m.

Easter Celebration Services

April 20th

10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.


APRIL 2014
Easter Breakfast...

Easter Sunday is April 20th.  We will be having our yearly Easter Breakfast immediately following the Sunrise service.  Jim and Daniel Bell will be making their amazing Pancakes and Bacon!


A sign-up sheet has been placed in the narthex of the church.  Please sign-up and indicate what you would like to bring and share with the congregation (fruit, rolls/pastries, breakfast casserole, or any other yummy dish you would like to bring).  Also, we will need people to help with set-up and/or clean-up.  If you would be willing to help out, please indicate that when signing up.


This is an amazing opportunity for our congregation to share in Fellowship and Celebration of Christ's Victory over sin and death!


After Easter Breakfast, there will be fun, educational Easter activities for your children.  Your kids will have the best time learning about the true meaning of Easter. 


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Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner


I have had people come to me and say: "I am done".   I hear this and I am sad.  The context is tied to a relationship they have.  It can be a spouse, a child, a parent, a ministry and even the church.  What is really being said is "I quit".   There are times when it is reasonable to be done.  If the task is greater than you can handle or there is no value in the relationship then it is reasonable to be done.  If there is physical danger, abuse or neglect it is time to be done.


We are tempted to be done.  Not because we are in danger or there is physical harm but we get tired of fighting the battles.  The crummy attitudes, the constant challenges wear us out. There are relationships that seem overwhelming.  They are just not going the way we want them to go.  We are tempted to be done, even though we are not finished.


Jesus was never done but he did finish.  His relationship to his Father was more important than having things his way.  His love for fallen mankind was greater than any hardship he would face.  He humbled himself and died on the cross to complete God's plan for the salvation of all mankind.  Jesus is never done.  He loves us therefore he finishes the work God set before him.


Jesus knew the plan and the purpose for his life.  He knew that Satan would be destroyed and God would be glorified by his death on the cross.  Jesus is the great finisher.  He completes the purpose for which he was sent by God.  John 19:30 "When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."  Jesus finishes God's plan for our salvation.


Finishing has to do with purpose and plan.  It has to do with doing something for someone else or a greater good.   This is hard for us to do because we struggle with purpose and we do not like the plan.  We are selfish and we are usually more concerned with what is in it for us than a greater good.  This is the way of the world.  If our sense of purpose is not tied to our calling to be children of God, in the context of our relationships with others, it is easy to quit before we are finished. 


Jesus finished God's plan for our salvation.  He pays the price to redeem us from the power of sin death and the devil.  Then he demonstrates that he has destroyed the power of sin as he stands victorious over the grave on Easter Sunday.  He finishes the plan God has for our salvation and he declares victory from the grave.  Jesus never quits on us.  He is never done with us.  He equips and empowers us by his Spirit through the Word and Sacrament.  He never stops loving or forgiving us.  He gives us life.

What is our testimony when we quit on our God?  What is our testimony when we fail to keep promises made before God?   God calls us to finish the work he has called us to do.  Paul talks about this saying we should run the race, we should not be anxious, we should give and serve.  We are called to fulfil God's purpose for our lives. Jesus finishes God's plan for our salvation so that we can stay and do the work he has called us into.  It is finished.  We are saved by God's grace.  Jesus has risen we have victory in Christ.
Pre-Easter Clean-up
Saturday, April 12th, from 9:00 a.m. - noon, Christ Our Savior will be conducting "Pre-Easter" grounds clean-up.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.
We are looking for volunteers to spend a few morning hours performing light duty clean-up in preparation of Easter and the "Spring" growing season. Please bring your own leaf rake and work gloves, if you have them.  We are also looking for tarps, tie downs, and a tow-able trailer to haul away leaves and debris.

Help continue making Christ Our Savior a beautiful place to worship. General tasks to include:  leaf raking and general ground clean-up, gutter / drainage around the community center, brush / limb clean up from the previous season's extensive tree removal on adjacent property.


For more information please contact Richard Fauss ( or 913-219-7107).


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Fundraiser for "Meals on Wheels"
Christ Our Savior's "Meals on Wheels" Fundraising Committee is planning for their 2nd annual Dinner and Pie Auction to raise funds for our local "Meals on Wheels" program.  We need everyone here at Christ Our Savior to support this incredible outreach opportunity.  Do you love to bake?  Please consider making your favorite pies to be auctioned off during this event!  If you would like more information, please contact Beth Ramsey at 316-727-1249 (cell). More details will be published as the event gets closer.  God Bless us, everyone!

The "Meals on Wheels" Committee
Youth News

A note to all COS "YOU"th




We have been noticing a steady decline in attendance at youth group meetings and have had to cancel several planned servant events- caroling at nursing home, making tray cards;  fundraisers for New Orleans- making sub sandwiches, valentines date night babysitting as well as fun events- ice skating due to lack of youth participation.  We know that due to busy schedules we are not all going to be able to participate all of the time - believe us we know!


We found an interesting article online by a youth minster that addressed that same question and asked if youth groups are now being seen as electives.  "Our post-modern, determine your own values and reality has finally trickled its way into the local church.   And now Church, youth group, and actually any spiritual discipline are firmly on the bottom of the pecking order.  This means that if homework, sports, vacation, being tired, practice, fill in the blank don't conflict then both students and their parents might consider attending some gathered Christian event like church or youth group.  For adults, this elective version of church involvement doesn't really have any short term consequences to their faith.  Most Christian adults had some incredible experience in late high school or college and are maintaining that faith as they go through the rest of their life.  They can take months or years off of church and fellowship and still have a mostly intact faith...These adults have had a significant faith encounter in their youth, but are not helping their own kids participate in the very activities that God used to grab a hold of their hearts when they were younger.  And unlike their parents, any significant break in community makes it next to impossible for the adolescent to ever really enter the group later.


Students are relational animals and will only participate in an environment where they have friends and feel welcomed and cared for. Even the least cliquey youth groups on the planet still have relationships and those relationships have history.  If a group of students spend a year doing youth group together, bible studies, go to the movies, go roller skating and skiing, and go on a mission trip together, there develops a history.  A student who chooses youth group simply as an elective and misses out on these memory making events will naturally feel on the outs, and once they feel on the outs there is little incentive for them to commit.


For the sake of their children, adults need to model that commitment to Christian worship and fellowship is not an elective.  This goes against every cultural trend.  But for the sake of our kids, for the sake of the students we are called to love and care for, may we help the adults in our lives go old skool in their Christian understanding.  As much as faith in Jesus is about a "personal relationship" it can only be worked out in community.  And community only happens with students through a safe environment that is authentic, consistent time together, building memories, and spurring one another on toward love and good deeds!" "What Happens When Parents and Kids See Youth Group as Simply an Elective?" Average Youth Ministry. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014.


We believe that our youth in our church are worth it and deserve the chance to get together, have fun, laugh, hang out with other kids who believe the same things as they do and that the youth group should not be an elective.  Won't you help us build these memories with your kids?


On another note, we also need the commitments of those who are planning on going to New Orleans to understand that we cannot rely on a few to raise the funds for all of us.  We all need to put forth the effort in the fundraising and that in order for each of us to go we need to raise- $2000.00 a person before January 2016.  We all need to pitch in! 


With that being said, we hope to see you all at our next youth group meeting - Sunday, March 30 @ 7:00 p.m. in the community building.


Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff


Upcoming "You"th Events:


COS "You"th Spring Fling - Hayride/Bonfire!

Hotdogs, s'mores and hot chocolate will be provided.


When:  Saturday,April 12

Time:   TBA - please look in the bulletins for times

Where:  Meet at the church to travel to the Karrow's Farm

What to bring:  Something to sit on - folding chair, blanket
Who can attend:  Grades 6-12, your entire family and bring your friends!! 


Please sign up in the narthex so we can have an idea of how much food to get.  Please include your guests that you will be bringing with you!


COS "You"th Group Meetings

Every 4th Sunday/7:00 p.m.

Date: Sunday, March 30

Time: 7:00 p.m. - until we are finished

Where: Community Building

What to Bring:  Bible, Snack to share with the group and your friends!

Discussing: Commitment letters to New Orleans; to do a Bake sale or sell Little Caesars Pizza kits for New Orleans; Begin planning for May car wash and June 1950's Drive-in Fundraiser; Planning May's group activity - Fishing - where - know of anyone who has a pond?


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A Message from Paul Richards

"Be Still and know that

God is God"


I confess to being an avid outdoors-man and love being out in the woods. How many of you enjoy the sound of the wind in the trees or a creek bubbling merrily along its way? How peaceful, even haunting, the many sounds of the animals and birds in the woods. No matter the reason that brings us outdoors, many are the times we find ourselves distracted from our first reason for being there (hunting or fishing) because of the beauty, sounds and even antics of God's creation surrounding us.


Consider the barking and scurrying of a squirrel, the hooting of an owl, a possum or raccoon lumbering by, a turkey or quail picking their way through the grass, the jackhammer sound of a woodpecker, the sound of small birds in a bush, or the glimpse of a coyote or bobcat. How many of you have be enthralled watching these at their work and play that the real reason you're there say deer hunting, sort of fades into the background? Fact is there has been more than one occasion when I have lost or nearly lost the opportunity to fill a tag due to being wonderfully distracted by one of the other creatures named above (I suspect a conspiracy). You may think of me in this article, like a possum I recently observed, to be guilty of aimlessly wandering; I assure you I am not. A Scripture comes to mind:


            "Be still, and know that I am God..." (Psalm 46:10)


DISTRACTIONS are all around us, some of them in and themselves are good and enjoyable. We all know there are "bad things out there" that can separate us from God and from hearing His voice in our daily lives. But there are also many "good things" that can distract us from knowing God or from serving Him as we ought.


Here's another list; television, video games, movies, cell phones, internet, hobbies and sports (Ouch! even hunting), wealth and money, friends and family. In there proper place and with proper amount of involvement these can be good. But all these can be overdone to the point that we make them the "gods" of our lives. When we do this we become distracted: separated from God our Creator and from the true reason we are here. One of the smartest things (in a devilish way) which Satan has done is to create competing voices, sounds and activities to try to shut out the voice of God. I fear that one of the hardest things for the 21st century people of all ages to do is to "Be Still and know that God is God". We fear to quiet our mind and heart; but this we must do on regular basis or we will indeed forget Whose we are and what we are doing here in the first place. 


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Relay For Life

Dear Church Family & Friends,


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 our RELAY REVELERS at this year's Relay For LifeŽ on Friday, June 13 - Saturday, June 14 at California Trail Middle School- 135th & Pflumm in Olathe.  Please talk to myself, Christine Fauss - Co-Captain or any of the team members from last year and we can help you get signed up or type in the web address below and join us online.   We need at least 15 team members on the team.  You will be asked to pay a $10 team commitment fee, help us raise money to fight cancer (each member has a goal to raise $100) and to walk for about half an hour at the relay.   If you are not able to attend the relay, you can support our team in other ways: praying for us as we make our commitment to fight cancer, pray for us during our walk, or help our team by making an online donation.


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.


Also from now until April 15 - Luminaire are sale for $5 instead of $10.  Relay For Life participants and donors remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease by dedicating Luminaire bags.  Luminaire bags are transformed and illuminated after dark at every local Relay For Life event. Each Luminaire is personalized with a name, photo, message or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer. Luminaire can also be dedicated in support of a Relay participant. Each Luminaire candle represents a person. They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers, and so many others.  You may purchase these on our web-site as well and we will get you a Luminaire to decorate as you wish.


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 join me.


Thank you,

Michelle Eickhoff, Team Captain        


To join Relay Revelers go to:



In This Issue
Holy Week Schedule
Easter Breakfast
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pre-Easter Clean-up
"Meals on Wheels" Fundraiser
Youth News
Be Still and Know...
Relay for Life
Friends for Christ
Craft Group
Altar Flowers
LWML Spring Event
Thank You!
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


potluck Friends for Christ  
Friends For Christ will meet Saturday, April 5th, at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner (1507 N. Broadway).  Christine Fauss will provide roast, potatoes and carrots.  Pastor will be making beer can chicken.  Bring a salad, vegetable, or dessert to share.  
Good food, great fellowship and a Bible study.  Perfect way to spend a Saturday night in the 'Burg.

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Craft Group

Craft Group will meet on Saturday, April 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the church basement.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Bring a project to work on, ideas to share with the group, or just come to enjoy the company!  We will have snacks and lunch.  Please bring your own beverage.  Call Cindy Karrow at (home) 837-3323 or (cell) 93-269-1935 if you have any questions or need more information.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, April 14th, 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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4/6     Karl & Cindy Karrow
4/13   Jeff & Debby Axmann
4/20   Easter Lilies
4/27   Open

Sign up for flowers in the narthex or call Sandy Barsh at 837-2997.
If you are interested in purchasing an Easter Lily, envelopes are available in the narthex.
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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LWML Spring Event

LWML's Spring Event will be held Saturday, April 27th, at Hope Lutheran Church in shawnee Mission, KS.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by the event at 9:00 a.m.  Cost for the event is $5.00 to cover the meal and donation for the guest speaker.

In preparation for the Spring Event, we will be collecting items for St. Luke's Food Pantry.  They have requested non-perishable Protein food items such as peanut butter, dried beans, lentils, etc.  We will have a box in the narthex for you to drop off donations.  Thank you in advance for your contribution!

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Sandy Barsh at 913-837-2997.


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April Education



Lenten Services at 7:00 p.m.

Evening Bible Study

8:00 p.m.


Confirmation Class will be held April 23rd and 30th at 6:00 p.m. for the 8th Graders



Sunday School

Ages 3 - Adult

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


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Thank You
Sandy Barsh would like to say "Thank you!" to everyone who took time out of their week to help with the Food Pantry event on March 19th.  We had a great turnout and everything was finished before 10:00 a.m.  Your efforts and attendance were greatly appreciated!

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


Jim Buckman


Mark Edgar

(stationed in Africa)


Ray Gigliotti


 Greg Jeffrey


 Lindy Kalinka


 James Keltner


 Clara LIttrell


Rob Ortman


 Kelly Streck made it home and met his son!


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April Anniversaries


  4/6    Jim & Nona Knox

  4/15  John & Teresa Schlegel

  4/26  Richard & Christine Fauss


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April Birthdays


4/1      Michelle Eickhoff

4/2      Harrison Kalinka

4/2      Elizabeth Williams

4/4      Myriam Burton

4/6      Ashley Bell

4/7      Shane Hovey

4/7      Clara Littrell

4/9      Karl Karrow

4/9      Jillian Paegelow

4/10    Valerie Caldwell

4/11    Gwen LawRance

4/12    Katherine Carter

4/13    Joseph Henry

4/13    Janet Paegelow

4/17    Wyatt Axmann

4/17    Jimmy Kalinka

4/18    Elaine Bell

4/19    Isaac Grove

4/21    Alison Moore

4/23    Heather Keltner

4/25    Alayna Stohs

4/25    Matthew Stohs

4/26    Chance Dubinick

4/26    Rob Vance

4/26    Joshua Weber

4/28    Jeremy Williams

4/29    Miranda Creath

4/30    Jordan Sharp


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