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.
Congratulations to the 2014 Confirmation Class!
     Thad Hendrix                  Isabelle Holtzen               Jimmy Kalinka                   Shae Murphy                Ainsley Vance
Five Christ Our Savior teens studied the Lutheran Faith during the past two school years in preparation for their Confirmation.  On May 4th, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, they will be confirmed in the presence of their families and the congregation.  Thad Hendrix is the son of Andy and Misty Hendrix.  Isabelle Holtzen is the daughter of Craig and Michelle Holtzen.  Jimmy Kalinka is the daughter of Homer Kalinka and Brandy Kalinka. Shae Murphy is the daughter of Bill and Sharon Murphy.  Ainsley Vance is the daughter of Rob and Alicia Vance. 
May 2014


Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make the Holy season of Easter such an amazing time.  Thank you to everyone who stepped up and provided a meal during Lent.  Each week we were served an amazing meal with a smile.  Your efforts were greatly appreciated!  Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard to provide amazing music during the entire Holy season.  The kids who sang, kids who played instruments, Michelle Eickhoff on the keyboard, Christine Fauss, Teresa Schlegel, and others who lead our songs every week.  We truly appreciate all the time it takes to prepare and share your talents!  Thank you so much to Sandy Barsh for all the work she put in to make the altar so beautiful throughout the Holy season.  Also, to the LWML for the Lord's Supper display on Maundy Thursday.  It is so amazing to see how the Disciples and Christ ate that evening.  Thank you to everyone who helped with the sound system, created Power Point presentations (Debby Axmann), and everyone else who made a service possible.  Thank You to Paulette Varns and everyone else involved in providing activities for the children to participate in on Easter morning!  Thank You goes to everyone The Bell family for their delicious pancakes, etc., as well as who participated in, brought food for, set-up and cleaned up, to make the Easter Breakfast such a success.  It was so wonderful to hear how many people were able to spend the morning together in fellowship rejoicing our Risen Lord!


If we have forgotten to thank anyone, please accept our apologize. 

Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner


How Many People does it take to have Worship on Sunday?


The Bible says:   "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."  (Matthew 18:20).  There are many examples of Worship in the early church.  In the book of Acts Chapter 2 verses 42-47 everyone met together and shared everything in common.  Also, in Acts chapter 6 verses 1-7, Elders were chosen to distribute the food to the Widows.  Worship usually centered on the proclamation of the Word, the sharing of resources and breaking of bread.   As you read Scripture and church histories it is interesting to see how our worship has evolved into what it is today.  The most important thing is we meet together and encourage one another as written in Hebrews chapter 10 verses 24 and 25.  This worship is centered around the forgiveness of sins won for us by Christ on the cross.


So how many people does it take to have worship on Sunday?  The way we worship here at Christ Our Savior, meeting the expectations people have for worship, it takes at least 15 people in various roles.  I will start with the preparation.   First there is an expectation that there be a building that is clean, temperature controlled and accessible.  This takes at least one person and can take more depending on the weather.  On an average Sunday there should be at least one person who knows about the environmental controls to manage the thermostats. There needs to be maintenance and cleaning.  Buildings are important but they are not essential to worship.  Still this is an expectation people have when they come to worship.


Second there is an expectation that there be an order of service and music for worship.  This includes bulletin preparation, power point presentation, music selection, musicians, service planning and someone needs to have all of this in place on Sunday when people arrive to Worship.   This could be four or five different people depending on the number of musicians and the number of people involved in decisions about music and worship.


Third there is an expectation that there is a greeting when people walk in the doors or park in the lot.  There should be at least one Greeter for every entrance to the church.   The minimum number of Greeters should be two.   The Greeter should introduce themselves to visitors and members.  The Greeters could hand out the attendance cards with instruction and explanation of the reason and value for these cards.  There could be as many as four Greeters for each service.


Fourth the tradition is that there are Ushers.  They count attendance.  They take the offering and facilitate the orderly movement during the sacrament.  The Ushers should be at the Church early to unlock the doors and turn on the lights.  Also, the Ushers should stay after service to make sure the lights are off and the doors are locked.   Ushers should make sure the candles get lit and the offering is gathered and properly managed.  There should be at least 2 Ushers for each service.


Fifth the expectation is that people can hear the service and not have to listen to the Pastor sing off key.  Therefore it is important to have someone who can run the soundboard.  The power point slide should be changed and any special music or videos should be cued and played.  It would be a bonus if this person could capture the worship service on an audio or video media.   This takes at least one person at every service.


Sixth the theory is that it is nice if someone beside the Pastor reads the lessons.  This person is called a Lector.  The expectation is that the person who is the Lector will read the first and second reading with the introductions provided.  This takes one person for every service.


Seventh there is a need for a Communion Assistant for every service.   As Lutherans we take the body and blood of Christ in with and under the bread and wine.  The Communion Assistant distributes the bread.  The pastor follows and distributes the wine.   The Communion Assistant also communes the pastor and communicates any special needs for communion with the pastor that come from the ushers or greeters. 


Eighth there should be an Acolyte.  The pre-confirmands can serve in this role.  They light the candles on the Altar before the worship.  During Advent they light the Advent wreath.  They pick up the empty communion cups.  At the end of worship they extinguish the candles and take the lit taper from the church.  The Acolyte can be assigned special responsibilities depending on the service.  They assist the pastor during the service serving as an extra set of hands.


Ninth, I should have also mentioned that part of the preparation for worship is the preparation of the wine and wafers for communion.  This is usually done by an Alter Guild who is also responsible for the Alter covers, candles, banners and flowers.   Also, they clean up the communion ware after the worship service. They make sure there are enough supplies for communion and candles. 


Tenth we need at least three counters every Sunday.  This group makes sure the offering is counted and deposited.  They make sure that contributions are properly credited and recorded.   This group keeps the records of giving and make sure this gets passed on to the financial secretary who enters this data and prepares the statements for contributions. 


As I read through this list I might have forgotten someone.  I think that every member of the congregation is critical to worship in the church.  By attending worship we encourage one another.  When God's people join together in praising their Lord it is beautiful process rich in grace.   It is nice if someone makes coffee.  If there are visitors does the person sitting next to them acknowledge them and answers questions about the worship service?  We could have someone do the children message.  This list is not exhaustive.  I am working on another list of what it takes to have a good education ministry at the church.  The purpose of this list is to solicit your help.  These roles are being filled by members of the congregation.  Some members are filling more than one role.  Sometimes activities go undone.  Are you willing to help and serve our Lord?




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High School Graduation

Congratulations to Elizabeth MacClymont!  She will be graduating from Louisburg High School on May 17th.  Congratulations on this huge accomplishment!  God's richest blessings as you begin a new chapter in your life!

Vacation Bible School

Mark your Calendars!  VBS is scheduled for June 23rd through the 26th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This four-day VBS will include a meal, crafts, music, Bible Study, and fellowship.  The entire family is encouraged to attend!


The theme this year is "Gangway to Galilee".  During our time, we will learn all about Jesus' ministry on and around the Sea of Galilee.  We will help children discover how Jesus keeps us safe, saves us, and provides for all we need now and eternally. 


More details and information will be coming soon.

Online Giving is now available!
A new feature has been added to our church website.  We are now offering Online Giving, a secure, convenient and easy way to make sure your offering is given to the church.  If you choose to use this service, you have the ability to make changes online anytime, manage recurring donations, and view a personal history of your online transactions.  Visit our website at and click on the Online Giving button.


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We need to get care packages in the mail to Jim Buckman or he will be back in the states!
He has requested Welch's Fruit snacks and phone cards.  Other suggestions include gum, hard candy, lifesavers, etc.  Please have your donations at the church by Sunday May 4th - mailing date is the 5th.
We have received $250 from Thrivent to purchase Luther's Small Catechisms and for postage.  Any other money donated will go towards the purchase of more Catechisms - Jim's #1 request.   If you have any questions please call Debbie Keltner at 913 837 5382

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In This Issue
2014 Confirmation Class
Thank you!
Pastor Andy Writes...
Elizabeth MacClymont
Vacation Bible School
Online Giving
Friends for Christ
Craft Group
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


tacos Friends for Christ  
Friends for Christ will meet at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 3rd, at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner (1507 N. Broadway).  
It's May, so it's Cinco De Mayo - Mexican food on the menu.  Tacos will be provided.  Bring a dish to share.  RSVP to Debbie, at 913-837-5382, with what you are bringing.

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Craft Group
Craft group will meet this Saturday, May 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Community Building.  We will have lunch around noon. Bring your craft projects and join us. Contact Cindy Karrow at 913-269-1935 (cell) for details.
Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, May 12th, 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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Altar Flowers


5/4     Bob & Gloria Rolofson
5/11   Sandy Barsh
5/18   Paul & Linda Richards
5/25   Karl & Cindy Karrow

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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May Education



Evening Bible Study

7:00 p.m.  



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  


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


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May Anniversaries


5/4    Bob & Gloria Rolofson

5/14  Jeff & Debby Axmann

5/24  Ryan & Paulette Varns

5/27  Mike & Julie Herl

5/29  James & Heather Keltner Jr.

5/29  Bob & Kathie Kirkpatrick

5/30  Aaron & Kelly Stohs


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May Birthdays


5/1         Alicia Vance

5/2         Angela McDaniel

5/4         Tommy Moore

5/5         Dale Dotson

5/8         Josh Holtzen

5/8         Katie Mulich

5/9         Arlene Swinnerton

5/10       Cindy Frazier

5/15       Julie Herl

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       Aly Traffis

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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Contact Info 
Gloria Rolofson

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