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.
Matthew 6:33: "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
August 2014
Pastor Andy Writes...

Getting back in the Swing of Things


August is the time of year when children go back to school.  Summer break winds to an end.  Some teachers are back in the class room already.  It is time to buy school supplies.  College students are finalizing housing arrangements and preparing to head back to school.  During the summer months we change our routines.   As you prepare for the upcoming school year I believe it is important to assess how Sunday Worship and weekly Bible Study fit into your routine.


Matthew 6:33, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."  The context of this advice is Jesus is telling his disciples not to be anxious.  We are anxious about many things.  It seems that every minute of every day is filled with a pending deadline.  It seems like there is not enough money for the month.  We are bombarded with crisis.  The threat of impending doom hangs over our head.  How can we get back in the swing of things without getting sucked into a vortex of busyness and anxiety?


Is seeking the Kingdom of God and his righteousness the first part of your routine?   Sadly for many it is the last thing we get around to doing.  If there is time left we will do worship.  Giving to the church is from our leftovers.  Worship and study of God's word are not high on the list.  These things tend to be an afterthought.    Getting back in the swing of things should include making time to put the kingdom of God first.  For me if I do not block out time for prayer and study of the Word it will not happen.  Do we honor our God by keeping Him first in our life?  Does he have a place in our daily routine?


Jesus promises his disciples that if we seek him first he will add all things to us as well.  The key, according to the Word of God, to having a manageable routine is to put God first.  Those who tithe understand this as a powerful way to manage finances.  Putting God first as a time management strategy also works.  When we put God first he provides for us a manageable routine.  At first this can seem to be a painful process.   Blocking out time for Worship and study of His Word feels like an overwhelming encumbrance on our busy lifestyle.  God keeps his promise.  He will provide for his children.  Seek him first.  Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. "  Jesus promises rest for our soul if we make him part of our routine.


As you get back in the swing of things this August I pray that Christ will be the most important part of your daily routine.  "Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all things will be added to you."  God does not make empty promises.  Honor God in the choices you make.




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Church Pictures / Directory

August 25th and 26th from 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Lifetouch will be at Christ Our Savior to take pictures of everyone in our congregation.  We will use these pictures to create a new Church Directory.  Each family will receive a complimentary 8x10 portrait, a church directory for participating, and the option of ordering more pictures.


We need everyone to schedule their portrait session by August 21st.  There are several ways to accomplish this:

  • The church website ( has been updated with an Online Scheduling system.  Each family is asked to visit our website and select the Online Scheduling button on the left hand side of the home screen and schedule a sitting time that works best for you.  When you access the system, there are step-by step instructions to follow.
  • We will have sign-up sessions in the narthex of the church on Sunday mornings August 10th and 17th.

It has been a long time since we have had a Church Directory.  We are truly hoping everyone will participate!


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Our youth group would like to say several "THANK YOUs" beginning with the Walania & Eickhoff Family for donating our Flamingos to the youth group to get the flocks started; to Partners Print & Copy, Inc. - Greg and Angie Graham- for designing and printing our Flamingo Flocking signs for us; to the Walania family for purchasing our Flamingo Flocking signs for the youth group; to all the families who participated in the flockings - either by helping to flock, being flocked or secretly flocking your friends - 28 houses total were flocked this season.  Thank you for being such good sports and having fun with us.  We truly appreciate it!  We raised approximately $610 towards our National Lutheran Youth Group Fund.  We hope that you enjoyed the flamingo flockings.  But don't fret if you didn't get to join in the flocking fun this season.  Keep your eyes out next summer for their return.   You never know where those silly pink birds will decide to flock.  Will it be in your yard or not?


Flamingos having fun at the Bell Residence


Flamingos landed twice at the Littrell Residence

Flamingos at the Martin Residence

Flamingos at Steve Edgar's Residence

Flamingos at Harold Graham's Residence




Our Car wash was a great success.  We made $303 towards our National Lutheran Youth Group Fund.   We would like to thank Paul Richards for donating our car soap for us from the fire station - THANK YOU!  We would also like to thank the church for donating the water for us to use for our car wash - THANK YOU!    We would also like to say THANK YOU to our car washers - The Walania family - Tricia, Rich, Allison, Grace, Drew & Sam; The Smith Family - Heather & Cole ; The Eickhoff Family -Michelle & Micaela; and Gwen LawRance.  We washed about 20-25 cars on Saturday, July 12.  By the time it was all over, we were very hot, tired and extremely wet!  But the kids said "it was fun - can we do it again!"  Thank you to all who came out to support us! 




We had a great time at Schilitterbahn on July 7.  We had a total of 22 in our group.  We swam, rode tidal waves, went down slides, ate, and rode the raging rivers.   Some of us just soaked up the sun and some chose to stay in the shade and people watch.   Several of us ended up leaving the park a little well done.  We even got to see the testing of "The Verruckt" - which was something else with drones flying above it, films crews taping, etc.   All in all we had a great time!  Hopefully more will join us next time on our next "You"th Group Friends & Family Fun Event. 



Back- To School "You"th Group Lock-In

You're Invited to a .........................


WHAT:  Back - to - School Youth Group Lock- In


FOR:  Music * Food * Fun * Games* Movie* Fellowship


WHO:  Middle School-High School Students ONLY!  Invite your friends!


WHEN:  Friday, August 15-Saturday, August 16


TIME: 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.


WHERE: COS Church Basement - use youth group entrance at back of church!


WHAT TO BRING: Your favorite snack or two to share with everyone - i.e. 2 bags of chips, your favorite soft drink (Gatorade, Pepsi, etc.).


OPTIONAL TO BRING: sleeping bag, blanket, & pillow - if you feel the need to crash at any point during the night.


TO REGISTER: Sign the poster on the bulletin board in the narthex by Sunday, August 10th letting us know you are coming so we can plan.


For more information, please contact youth group leaders - Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff, 913-837-5276 or via email:


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Community Outreach


Lake Clean-up:  Join us on August 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the City Lake/Park.  The evening will begin with hamburgers and hot dogs provided by Thrivent.  After the meal, we will walk through the park/lake areas cleaning up trash.  This is a great time for food, fellowship, and community outreach!

If you plan on joining us, please contact Gloria, 837-4502 or, so we have enough food! .



The Labor Day Parade takes place on Monday, September 1st.  We are looking for Organizers and Volunteers to put something together for our Church.  Ideas being tossed around include a float in the parade, a group of walkers in the parade, a booth at the park after the parade including activities for the kids, giveaways, etc. If you would like to help or have questions, please contact David Frazier (913-484-1888 or or Cindy Frazier (913-406-6938).



Blazin' the Burg takes place on Saturday, Sept. 20th. We are looking for Organizers and Volunteers to set up a tent/booth with activities for kids during the after run party. We are also considering having volunteers at water stations on the race route.  If you are interested in helping, please contact David or Cindy Frazier.


In This Issue
Church Directory/Pictures
Youth Group News
Community Outreach
Thank You!
Friends for Christ
Youth Group Meeting
Altar Flowers
Tour of German
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


Thank You

Christ Our Savior would like to Thank Walter Chester for resurrecting (Christian pun intended) our Church sanctuary air conditioner system on Sunday July 13th. We called and he came out quickly to investigate and make repairs. It got a tad bit warm for the 8:00 a.m. and part of the 10:30 a.m. service. The good news for all worshipers is cooling has been restored.
giant-sub.jpg Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet at Pastor Andy & Debbie's home on Saturday, August 2nd at 6:00 p.m.  Deli meat, rolls and fixings will be provided. Keep your kitchen cool - bring salad, vegetables or dessert that requires no cooking! Great fellowship and food - what a way to spend a night in the 'burg!

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We need parent volunteers to help with the Youth Group Lock-in!!!


Volunteers will help throughout the night in 2 hour shifts to help supervise activities.  If you are willing to help, please sign up in the narthex or contact Gerry & Michelle at 913-837-5276 or via e-mail:


We need supplies for the Youth Group Lock-in!!!


We are also in need of some supplies for our back-to school lock-in.  If you would be willing to let us borrow or donate any of these supplies, please contact Gerry &/or Michelle ASAP. 

  • 1-2 exercise balls
  • 3-4 scrabble games
  • Several, various sized mirros (hand held, pocket size, etc.)
Youth Group Meeting


WHO:  COS "YOU"th in grades 6-12 & friends/family


Date: Sunday, August 24


Time: 4pm -5:30pm


Where: COS Community Building


What to Bring:  Yourself, Friends, & your Bible


What:  Set garage sale/date - start setting out signage - who will paint sign, posters - who will design, where to place, advertise in newspaper, ask for church donations & help, etc.; preparing for the baking of bierocks in October - set prices, ask for donations of beef again and other items to help defray costs, bake over 2 weekends instead of 1 due to possible high demand this year & popularity last year; Hayride/bonfire at Karrows for next youth group - Friends & Family fun event.


So you can plan ahead this fall, we will begin holding our Youth Group meetings every 4th Sunday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Community Building.

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Altar Flowers


8/3     Walania Family
8/10    Karrow Family
8/17    Brenda Nay
8/24    Open
8/31    Keltner Family

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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10-day Tour of Germany
In the Footsteps of Martin Luther

Redeemer Lutheran Church, in Olathe, is organizing a trip to Germany from June 24 - July 3, 2015.  If you are interested, you may contact Faith Journeys at 877-732-4845 (ext. 100) or visit their website at (Group #15018).  Space is limited so early registration is recommended.

A two-page flyer detailing each day of the tour is hanging on the bulletin board in the narthex.


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August Education



Evening Bible Study

7:00 p.m.



Summer Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

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


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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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August Anniversaries

       8/3/85    Mike & Amy Mulich

       8/14/08  Tim & Amanda Gregar

       8/17/96  Rich & Tricia Walania

       8/25/90  Dave & Kim Nemitz


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August Birthdays

8/4         Scott Curtis

8/4         Dave Nemitz

8/4         Drake Varns

8/6         Samuel Walania

8/8         Sadey Mathis

8/8         Alyce Sharp

8/8         Anna Tews

8/11       Angie Broyles

8/11       Cooper McDaniel

8/13       Huntre Graham

8/13       Cindy Karrow

8/14       Kyra O'Connor

8/14       Ty Robinson

8/16       Jeff Lohse

8/17       John Schlegel

8/19       Stacy Curtis

8/19       William Helms

8/20       Cole Mynsted

8/21       Kathie Kirkpatrick

8/22       Amy Mulich

8/23       Avery Graham

8/23       Brandy Kalinka

8/24       Zac Brown

8/24       Kara Raetzel

8/24       Steele Smith

8/25       Nancy Lukas

8/25       Nikki Tews

8/27       Ben Tews

8/29       David Sharp


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Contact Info 
Gloria Rolofson

If we've missed your birthday or anniversary contact COS Office so we can update our records.