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.
Proverbs 22:6
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it."
September 2014
Education Sunday is September 7th!

Installation of Sunday School Teachers
3rd & 4th Graders receive their Bibles
Sunday School Begins!

Fall Sunday School will begin September 7th at 9:15 a.m.  Kids should meet in the front of the Sanctuary for the opening.  They will then be dismissed to their appropriate classes.


The following people have volunteered their time to be teachers:


Pre-school:           Deb Bell and Angie Graham

1st & 2nd Grade:   Gracie and Jamie Waite

3rd & 4th Grade:   Brandy Kalinka

5th & 6th Grade:   Paulette Varns

7th & 8th Grade:   Rich Walania

High School:          Open


These Teachers will be installed during the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on September 7th.


Parents - we have Sunday School enrollment forms in the narthex of the church.  Please fill the double-sided form out for your family and place it in the box.


We are still looking for assistant teachers and substitutes.  PLEASE prayerfully consider giving of your time on a Sunday morning to help these amazing teachers!


3rd & 4th Grade Bibles:  During the church services on September 7th, the 3rd and 4th graders will be receiving their bibles.  Please make plans to be here that Sunday if your child is in one of these grades.


We are looking forward to an exciting year for our Sunday School!


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Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner


 In the July issue of Readers Digest is very powerful article by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond TUTU titled "Why We Forgive".  He talks about his alcoholic abusive father and confesses that the process of forgiveness is very difficult.  Intellectually we are aware that those who hurt us are usually compensating for their own deep seated pain.  Spiritually we know that since we are all forgiven by our gracious God we are called to forgive others.  Still the pain is real, our emotions are raw and our pride gets in the way of our willingness to forgive.


"Without forgiveness we remain tethered to the person who harmed us.  We are bound with chains of bitterness, tied together, trapped.  Until we can forgive the person who harmed us, that person will hold the keys to our happiness; that person will be our jailor.  When we forgive, we take back control of our own fate and our feelings.   We become our own liberators.  Forgiveness, in other words, is the best form of self-interest.  This is true both spiritually and scientifically.  We don't forgive to help the other person.  We don't forgive for others.  We forgive for ourselves."   This is Archbishop TUTU's conclusion to "Why We Forgive".   


Intuitively I know this is true.  I have experienced the liberation of forgiveness.  Yet as I read this I ask: is forgiveness rooted in Christ or in self.   I am a sinner.  My sins were taken by Christ to the cross.  On the cross he looks at us and says.  "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34a)  We are forgiven through Christ.  St. Paul admonishes the Colossians "bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive." I am forgiven therefore I forgive.  I can only forgive because Christ has forgiven me.  Because I have been forgiven I forgive. 


If I take what TUTU says that forgiveness liberates me from bondage, then I am set free through forgiveness.    Since, I am liberated by Christ why should I be enslaved by bitterness, hatred, rage and anger.   Carrying a grudge is heavy.  Seeking vengeance is an all-consuming passion that leads to my personal destruction.  When I am enslaved to sin I am not free to serve my Lord.


When I am forgiven I am set free from bondage to sin.  This is God's precious gift.  I deny this gift when I am unwilling to extend this gift to those who have sinned against me.   Ultimately it is about my relationship to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.    As God's forgiven and loved child I am set see to serve my neighbor in the name of Christ.


Matthew 6:14-15 - For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


Luke 17:3-4 - Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' you must forgive him."




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Confirmation Classes Begin
Attention 7th & 8th Graders!
Confirmation classes begin on Wednesday, September 3rd, at 6:00 p.m. in the basement of the church.  Confirmation is scheduled for April 19th during the 10:30 a.m. church service.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you have any issues with this date.


Each student will receive a copy of Luther's Small Catechism. They will be responsible for bringing their Catechism to every class.


In order to prepare for the year, please take time as a family to share the Ten Commandments, The Apostles Creed, and the Lord's Prayer.


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

We were very excited to host our Back-To-School Youth Lock-In on Friday, August 15.  We had a great turn out with 31 youth attending.  Everyone had a fun time, but by morning we were definitely all tired!  We did a variety of activities throughout the night including bible studies that focused on going back-to-school and preparing for the school year, played several games, did a prayer walk, ate lots of food, sang some great songs, learned to make bath salts, watched the movie "God's Not Dead", and a had a fun time just hanging with our friends.  We hope to see all of you back next year with your friends again for another back-to-school lock-in that will be better than ever!


Kansas District Youth Gathering 2014



Want to get a taste of what the National Youth Gathering will be like in New Orleans?  Well, here is your chance to get a taste of what it's like but right here in Kansas.  If you are interested in having your son or daughter attend a Christian event like no other - contact us immediately to get our early bird registration costs and begin to fundraise - NOW!   You can reach us at: 913-837-5276 (leave us a message if we're not home) or at   Once we know who is interested, we can begin to meet, coordinate, plan some fundraisers and get ready for a fun time in Topeka! 


When:  November 21-23, 2014 (Friday night - Sunday late morning)

Where: Capitol Plaza Hotel, Wichita

Hotel Cost:  $91 per room (plus tax) per night.  Each room will

                 sleep up to four people. (This cost is split 4 ways.)

Who can attend:  Youth in grades 9-12

Speaker: Rev. Travis Hartjen

Band:  Bread of Stone

Registration Cost:  Early - $95 per person begins Sept. 1          

                          Standard - $115 per person begins Oct. 1

Van/Suburban Rental? Cost dependent on # of kids going.  If we have a large # going we will need to rent a vehicle.  If not, we can probably manage in our own personal vehicles that seat 5 and 4 comfortably.

*Registration includes programing, workshops, and activities, gathering t-shirt and Saturday lunch, but NOT HOUSING.

*All youth registrations must be accompanied by a primary adult leader registration, maximum nine youth per adult.

*All other meals - plan on an average of $10 per meal (Friday night, Saturday morning (everyone bring something for breakfast to share), Saturday Evening, Sunday Morning (unless we get donations??), Sunday Lunch) = $50 per person

"You"th Group Garage Sale

HELP!  Items needed for our youth garage sale fundraiser!


WHEN:  Saturday, September 20

TIME:  8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:  COS Community Building

WHAT:  The youth need your help!  If you have any items you would be willing to donate, please drop them off in the community building beginning Sunday, September 14.  If you have any large items and need help getting them to the church, please contact Rich Walania -

FOOD:  Youth will be selling/serving coffee & breakfast items in the morning as well as hot dogs/chips/lemonade for lunch for extra donations.

QUESTIONS: Contact Tricia Walania -


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


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- to keep warm, a side dish to share with us all.
Who can attend:  Grades 6-12, your entire family and bring your friends!! 


Please look for the sign up in the narthex as the date gets closer 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

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

Date: Sunday, September 28

Time: 4pm -5:30pm

Where: COS Community Building

What to Bring:  Yourself, Friends, & your Bible

What:  Preparing for the baking of bierocks in October (baking on 2 days- Saturday October 25: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30; 12:45 pick-up time & Sunday, October 26: 12:30-5:30; 6:00 pick-up time) - set prices, ask for donations of beef again and other items to help defray costs; Hayride/bonfire at Karrows for next youth group - Friends & Family fun event - Oct. 4?

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Update from Grace United

After-School Tutoring Is Beginning! The initial group of 60+ kids arrived this week for working in small groups with paid Group Tutors, as well as for testing in reading and math.  We expect to grow the number to 100 students.  By hiring more Group Tutors and "Floaters," our groups will be smaller this year than last.  Volunteer One-on-One Tutors are being recruited and will receive training and orientation one day during the week of Sept. 8, then begin highly structured 30-minute sessions with three students on the day of their choice the following week.  These volunteers are at Grace from about 3:45-5:45 just one day a week, Mon.-Thurs., and they will work with the same three children every week.  Testing and school performance show our program WORKS.  Our goal is to move kids who come in well below Reading Grade Level up to Grade Level.  The curriculum was set up about five years ago by a Reading Specialist, retired from Blue Valley School District.  She still comes every day & does all the reading testing for reading, although we hope she will have an assistant this year.  If you are interested in learning more, I will be put you in touch with Howard Spencer, our Board Vice Chair and a guy who is PASSIONATE about this program and there every day as Volunteer Tutor Coordinator.


Adjacent lot is being deeded to Grace this week! After months of waiting, the KC Land Bank is completing the transfer to Grace of the abandoned car wash that is such an eyesore and bad for the community.  The City will likely take three months to approve the demolition permit, so we're looking at the demo taking place in the winter.  When finished next year, this half-acre lot will be fenced in and used for children's programming and much-needed additional parking.  A capital campaign will be needed eventually.


Summer School & VBS Were Great. "Education Before Recreation" went well, with 90 children.  Included was a field trip out here!! -- to Louisburg's Cedar Cove "Tiger Park" followed by lunch in the Lake pavilion and fun on the playground there.  Kids and staff had a great time.

An unexpected surprise was a week-long, all-day VBS conducted at Grace by staff, teens, and adults from Oakton United Methodist, led by the pastor, Sharon Garfield's nephew.  There were a total of 26 who came up to Grace from Lamar, MO!!  Over 80 kids attended.


Reach Out THIS Saturday, Aug. 30!  Pastor Stephen Barbee is coordinating Reach Out, to give Hope to homeless and folks needing recovery from substance abuse.  A meal as well as Bibles will be provided by an AOG church.  The clothes closet and food pantry will be open.  Music and testimonies are always great!  The event itself is 12:00-2:00, volunteers from 10:30-2:00 for set up/take-down, sorting/hanging clothing, reaching out to "the least of these" with the Love of Christ.  Interested?


PRAYER REQUEST: After an amazing response in May/June to the emergency appeal for funding for our summer school, we are back to sweating out payroll, utilities, insurance.  We are awaiting favorable response to two grant applications, including $50,000 from Kauffman Fdtn., but individual and church donations will be needed beyond that.  Please pray for God's continued provision, through His people.


If you have any questions or want more information, please contact Bob Kirkpatrick at 913-837-5804 or


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In This Issue
Education Sunday
Pastor Andy Writes...
Youth Group News
Update from Grace
Friends for Christ
Craft Group
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
Thank You!
Thank You!
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


tailgaters Friends for Christ
Tailgate party!
Saturday, Sept. 6th

Friends For Christ is having a tailgate party without the football game afterward!

Bring your favorite appetizer or finger food on Saturday September 6th, 6:00 p.m., to the home of Pastor Andy & Debbie.

If this sounds like a good way to spend your Saturday evening - be there!  Food is in abundance, fellowship is amazing and
a short devotion!

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Craft Group

Craft Group will meet again on Saturdays!

Join us on Saturday, September 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Community Center.  Bring your current craft project/work, a snack to share and your drink of choice.  We will provide lunch. See you there.

Contact Cindy Karrow at 
913-269-1935 (cell) or with questions.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) will begin meeting again on Monday, September 8th, 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


Sept. 7    Don & Linda Newman
Sept. 14  Open
Sept. 21  Sandy Barsh
Sept. 28  Rich & Lisa Heishman

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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September 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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Official Acts  


Bill, Sharon, Shae and Aidan Murphy became official members of the church
July 13, 2014.


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Thank You
"Thank you to everyone that donated snacks and school supplies for my action team of stocking backpacks for children in need.  Because of your help, I was able to fill 20 backpacks to benefit children who could really use them!  If you're a Thrivent member, you can do action teams as well!  Feel free to talk to me if you have any questions about them.  Thanks again!  Rich Heishman"

Thank you flower
Thank you so much to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to have their Family pictures taken for our Church Directory.  We truly appreciate your involvement!

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

September Anniversaries

9/5/70     Glenn & Deanna Pooler

9/12/92    Karl & Cindy Karrow

9/14/91    Jim & Debbie Bell

9/30/2000 Stan & Jean Flick


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February Birthdays


9/1       Debbie Keltner

9/3       Glenn Pooler

9/6       Richard Fauss

9/8       Linda Newman

9/10     Jeff Axmann

9/13     Travis Becker

9/13     DeAnn Dotson

9/15     Diane Lynn

9/16     Harry Lukas

9/16     Audra Robinson

9/16     Tricia Walania

9/17     Pat Lightner

9/17     Dave Raetzel

9/18     Willard Scammey

9/18     Addy Stohs

9/20     Bill Richards

9/22     Sandy Barsh

9/22     Kim Nemitz

9/23     Walt Chester

9/24     Tim Gregar

9/26     Ellie Kalinka

9/27     Isabelle Holtzen

9/28     Charlotte Heishman

9/30     Josh Berve


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