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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.
Delicious Food and Fellowship


Come join us for a great opportunity to fellowship and enjoy delicious food!!! Lenten dinners began on Ash Wednesday and will continue through April 2nd.  Thank you so much to everyone who volunteered to provide these meals.

  • February 18th - The Craft Group hosted Soup, Salad and Sandwiches with dessert
  • February 25th - The Meals on Wheels group hosted Chicken and Noodles with sides and dessert
  • March 4th - The Murphy Family, Debbie Keltner & Christine Fauss will have Baked Ziti, Lasagna,                                 salad and dessert
  • March 11th - The Heishman's are making Enchiladas; David & Cindy Frazier will bring salad/dessert
  • March 18th - Currently Open (please contact Cindy Karrow if you are interested in this week)
  • March 25th - Paul & Linda Richards and Cindy Karrow will bring Chili and Baked Potatoes
  • April 2nd (Maundy Thursday) - LWML is hosting a brisket dinner with side dishes and dessert

Please email Cindy Karrow at or call her (837-3323 or 913-269-1935) if you have any questions.

March 2015
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

The Journey

"Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, when the Church begins her slow and measured journey to the cross, where we see Jesus: the Savior who hangs - bloodied and scourged - for us. It is a time of reflection and repentance for me and also for you, for all of us as the LCMS, and for the Church throughout the world.  And yet in the midst of our dusty Lenten ashes, we also look forward to Easter, when our Lord is raised from the dead, triumphing over sin and Satan, all for us. Yes, even during our Lenten fast, joy abounds!"  Matthew Harrison President LCMS


Pastor Harrison wrote this for Ash Wednesday in a message he sent to the church.  We are in the Lenten journey.  We remember Jesus trip to the Jerusalem.  He goes to Calvary and he suffers and dies for us on the cross.  Jesus knew where he was going.  He told his disciples that he was going to Jerusalem.  He knows why he is going to Jerusalem.  He is going to suffer and die for the sins of the world.  He knows the where and why of his journey.  "For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." 2 Corinthians 5:21


During the forty days of Lent we remember Jesus journey.  Forty days reminds us of the Israelites who God led through the wilderness.  It took forty years to ready them to enter the Promised Land.  We remember Jesus who was tempted for forty days after his Baptism.   During Lent we remember the suffering and death of Christ.  The journey of Lent culminates during Holy Week.  Still, we always look forward to Easter.  We know that because of our Lord's Journey to Jerusalem our journey will culminate in the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting.


On our journey with Christ we know where we are going.  Christ has gone to prepare a place for us.  We know the way.  Jesus is the only way.  We know why we walk with him.  We have been called according to his purpose. He has a plan for our lives.  He gives us works to do.  "Lord to whom shall we go?  You have the Words of eternal life." (John 6:68)  Christ gives us value, purpose and direction for our journey.


Our life is a journey.  We walk with Christ.  Sometimes he carries us.  Sometimes he drags us.  Sometimes he has to wait while we wonder aimlessly in circles because we thought we found a better way.  Our journey, like his journey, is not easy.  We face suffering and pain.  We are betrayed and sometimes we are brutalized.  The beauty and the promise is that we will never be forsaken.  He is always with us.  Jesus was forsaken by God so that we would not be forsaken.  We are forgiven and loved.


I pray that during Lent you add the Wednesday night service to your busy schedule.  I invite you to study the Word of God from 9:15-10:15 on Sunday mornings.  I encourage you to start the habit of daily spending time in devotion.  Take a Portals of Prayer and there are many online resources.  Luther Hour Ministries and Lutheran Women's Missionary League have extra Lenten devotions.


Our Journey will have a bad ending if we go our own way.  God says come follow me.  1 Kings 19:4-18, states that he will provide resources for the journey he has prepared for us. There is nothing on our journey that Christ has not known and is not capable of overcoming.  Our life is a journey that is best walked with Christ.  Lent is a slow and measured journey to the cross.  Our Lord's suffering on the cross sanctifies our suffering and guarantees our victory.

Come and Walk with your brothers and sisters in Christ during the Lenten Journey.


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Good Samaritans at Work
Thank You

Thanks to Cindy Karrow, Gwen LawRance, Christian and Gerry Eickhoff, for helping clean out the downstairs kitchen refrigerator right up until the Ash Wednesday service! There was some pretty scary looking and smelling old stuff they pulled out for the garbage. There was a pretty nasty old gallon jug of mutated chocolate milk that had leaked onto the shelves. All spick and span again. In closing, there were no masks or gloves worn, and no personal injuries encountered during the clean up task.  Your efforts were GREATLY appreciated!!!


Rich Fauss - Building and Facilities


We would also like to say "Thank You!" to Josh Weber, Richard Fauss, and Joe & Carrie Gregar.  These good Samaritans showed up when the snow and ice fell over a three day period to clear parking lots, side walks, and ensure all access areas were safe.  We truly appreciate your willingness to show up and take care of everything!

Christ Our Savior

Easter Lilies
Each year members of Christ Our Savior purchase Easter Lilies to adorn the altar area during Holy Week.

It's that time of year again!  You can begin placing your order for Easter Lilies until March 25th. Envelopes are available in the narthex of the church.  Please make checks payable to Sandy Barsh.


Youth Group Friends and Family Event

Bowling at Incred-a-Bowl

8500 west 151st Overland Park, KS


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


Date: Sunday, March 15th - sign up in the Narthex and in the high school Youth Group Room. We need to know how many are going so we can reserve bowling lanes!


Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (lunch); 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (bowling at Incred-a-Bowl)


Where: COS Basement & Incred-a-Bowl


Cost:  $12-14 a person (includes shoe rental and at least one hour of bowling) - depends on the number of people we have!


What to Bring:  Yourself, Friends, & your parents! Your favorite lunch meat/cheese along with chips to share.  Plates/drinks, bread & condiments will be provided by the Eickhoffs.

What:  We will eat in the basement before we leave for Incred-a-Bowl and have a short youth Group meeting to discuss our fundraiser - BUNCO night and plan for it as well.  Also setting dates for our April events - volunteering at Ronald McDonald or Hope Lodge? Baking Scripture cookies?

The Youth Group would like to say "Thank You" to Cindy Karrow for suggesting to the council that the donations from the Lenten meals be put into the Youth Group fund for the National Gathering in New Orleans next year.  Also thank you to the council for approving that suggestion.  To all of those who have supported us by attending the Lenten meals, we would also like to say "Thank You."  We appreciate it! 

New Orleans Youth Group Fundraiser

Roll the dice! Have some fun!

We can't play if you don't come!

WHO: Anyone age 7 - 99+

Date: Saturday, March 28th

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Where: COS Community Building

Cost: $5.00 Suggested donation per person to play

What to Bring: Yourself, your friends and neighbors!

Prizes will be awarded throughout the night.

Snacks, Lemonade and Coffee will be provided by the COS Youth Group.

Questions: please contact Teresa Schlagel @ 913-406-1978


LVR - Lutheran Valley Retreat - Summer Camp!!

Summer is fast approaching and we are just two weeks away from the registration opening for the two Kansas District Summer Camps at LVR in Colorado. These camps are for high school students who will graduate from high school in 2015 to 2019.   This includes the current 8th grade class.


Registration for BOTH camps opens March 1, 2015. There are only 55 spots available for the June14-19 camp and 90 spots available for the July 19-24 camp. These spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay! These camps filled in 4 days last year.


A deposit of $100 per youth is required to hold a registration spot, which will be applied to the total cost - $50 is non-refundable.   ($395 - includes transportation, camp fees, meals at camp, and spiritual life programming. Travel day's meals are not included.)  If a deposit is NOT made, youth will be removed from the online registration system.


Registration is done online by the church youth leader only. Youth leaders will be able to access the online registration through the District Summer Camp Website, beginning March 1st.


ALL forms, including the Physical, are due by March 31, 2015 to hold your registration spot.  All youth attending camp must have a completed physical, dated February 14, 2014 or later. School/Sports physicals are acceptable. All the forms can be downloaded at the District Summer Camp Website: or see Gerry & Michelle for forms.


If you have any questions please Gerry and Michelle Eickhoff, Youth Group Leaders or call Brian Amey, the Kansas Summer Camp Director, or Pam Amey, the Registration and Forms Coordinator



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Plans are being made for Education events this summer
Summer is fast approaching! Plans are currently being made for Summer Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.

If you are interested in helping with Summer Sunday School, you can contact Paulette Varns ( or 913-837-4529).

If you are interested in helping with Vacation Bible School, you can contact Cindy and David Frazier (,, or 913-406-6938).


Senior Getaway - March 31 - April 2
During this three day event, celebrate your relationship with Jesus Christ through Bible Study, Fellowship, participating in a Seder meal (facilitated by Pastor Meseke, Faith Warsaw), and attending the "The Living Lord's Supper" at St. Paul's in Sedalia, Missouri.  Sponsored by Heit's Point Lutheran Ministries in Lincoln, Missouri.

If you would like more information, please see the flyer on the bulletin board in the narthex.  


The February Newsletter stated that the Curtis family had transferred their membership to the First Baptist Church in Louisburg.  That information was incorrect.  The Curtis family has ended their membership with Christ Our Savior and have not transferred their membership to another church at this time.  I truly apologize for this misrepresentation and misunderstanding. 


In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Thank You!
Easter Lilies
Youth Group
Summer Education
Senior Getaway
Friends for Christ
Craft Group
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet Saturday, March 7th, 6:00 p.m., at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner. We will try our luck with Irish food as the theme for the evening. Good food, great fellowship and a short Bible study. What a great way to end a week.

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Craft Group

Craft Group will meet on Saturday March 14th in the Community Center building from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Bring your craft project and spend a little time working on it or stay all day!  You can also just stop in to say hello and chat a while.  We will have lunch and snacks.  For more information call Cindy Karrow 913-269-1935 or email


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Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting has been cancelled for this month. We will meet again next month.

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Altar Flowers


03/01  Paul & Linda Richards
03/08  The Walania Family
03/15  Open
03/22  Dave & Kim Nemitz
03/29  The Karrow 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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March Education



Lenten Services

7:00 p.m.



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

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


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Official Acts  


New Phone Number

James Martin

Transferred Out

The Raetzel Family
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
Olathe, KS

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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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March Anniversaries


3/09/1991  Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff

3/10/2007  Jason & Courtney Allen

3/10/2001  Jeremy & Tanya Williams

3/27/1978  Alan & Janet Paegelow


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March Birthdays


3/02     Kim Weber

3/03     Kahlan Aguayo

3/03     Shyloh Waite

3/03     Hunter Williams

3/06     Rich Heishman

3/08     Jase Hovey

3/08     Tyler Thompson

3/09     Troy Stout

3/09     Catherine Turney

3/10    Courtney Allen

3/11    Cole Turney

3/12    Gail Brown

3/12    Heather Smith

3/13    Michelle Henry

3/13    Kelsey Keltner

3/13    Pastor Andy Keltner

3/17    Toni Weissend

3/18    Shelley Thompson

3/20    McKenna Lohse

3/21    Gerry Eickhoff

3/21    Alice Knop

3/22    Amando Aguayo

3/22    Jim Bell

3/22    Ryan Varns

3/25    Eamon Grove

3/28    Kendall Karrow

3/29    Marian Allen

3/29    Alek Vance

3/30    Christine Fauss

3/30    Joe Keltner

3/30    Jacob Weber


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Contact Info 
Gloria Rolofson

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