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

March 29th

8:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday - Brisket Dinner

April 2nd

5:30 p.m.

Maundy Thursday - Service

April 2nd

7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Service

April 3rd

7:00 p.m.

Easter Sunrise Service

April 5th

7:00 a.m.

Easter Breakfast

April 5th

8:15 a.m.

Children's Activities

April 5th

9:00 a.m.

Easter Celebration Services

April 5th

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



April 2015
Congratulations to the 2015 Confirmation Class!
Kristen Bell
Sami Traffis
Nate Walania
Micaela Eickhoff
Chance Dubinick
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Six Christ Our Savior teens studied the Lutheran Faith during the past two school years in preparation for their Confirmation. On April 19th, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, they will be confirmed in the presence of their families and the congregation. Kristen Bell is the daughter of Jim and Deb Bell. Chance Dubinick is the son of Jodi and Shane Hovey. Micaela Eickhoff is the daughter of Gerry and Michelle Eickhoff. Samantha (Sami) Traffis is the daughter of Christine Stout. Nate Walania is the son of Rich and Tricia Walania. Austin Moore is the son of Tom and Alison Moore. Join us in congratulating these fine young men and women in their accomplishment as they enter the next stage of their faith journey.

Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

He is Risen! 

This statement, He is risen, is foundational to our Christian hope. The fact of the resurrection of Christ gives us hope and peace. St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15, which is a great chapter on the resurrection and Christian hope, "And if Christ has not been raised from the dead than our preaching is useless and so is your faith." (1 Corinthians 15:14) The resurrection of Christ gives us hope and confidence that Christ has destroyed the power of death and won for us the everlasting life. We are victorious in Christ.

 The message of the resurrection was critical for the early church. The church was under persecution. The Roman Emperors, Nero, Domitian and others set about a wide scale attack on Christians and Christianity. During this time of persecution it was important that those who followed Christ had a hope that was bigger than life in this world. This is our hope. Christ has conquered death. He has risen. He has risen indeed.

This hope of the resurrection caused the early Christians to step out into a hostile world and proclaim the truth that Jesus Christ is Lord. The confidence of the resurrection of the dead empowered them to face persecution and death. Secular historians recount stories of the Christian Martyrs. The truth is many Christians sought to avoid persecutions and martyrdom in order to continue to share their faith and spread the Kingdom of God. In proclaiming Christ they shared the life they had and gave life to the dead. In the face of persecution the church grew. The fact of the resurrection compelled the Christians to share the reason for the hope they had in Christ.

The fact of the resurrection today should compel our witness. We have a sure and certain hope. Our confidence is not in the things of this world but in the certainty of the new heaven and earth. Challenges to our faith are met with testimonies of God's truth. We are victorious in Christ. Christ destroyed the power of sin and death; he has arisen. This is our hope and confidence.

I was asked recently a question: What is the church? Honestly this was a question for which I was not prepared. I can give the answers from the catechism and I understand the concept of communion of saints and the church universal. So I studied "What is the church?". The most compelling answer I found comes from a book by Eugene Peterson titled "Pastor". This answer can only be understood because of the truth of the resurrection. He writes: "The church is the colony of the living in the Kingdom of the dead." Peterson also writes in his book "Practice Resurrection" and writes: "The practice of resurrection is a deliberate decision to believe and participate in resurrection life. Life out of death. Life that trumps death. Life that is the last word. Jesus' life. " We are alive and we live because Jesus lives. Each Sunday we come together and celebrate our resurrected life in Christ.

The fact of the resurrection changes us and compels us to live our faith to share our faith. We are alive in Christ. Those who do not know Christ are dead. We have been called to share the life giving word that Jesus is Lord. We are called to be lifesavers. Jesus is risen, He is risen indeed.
The regular meeting will be held Monday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the church basement. There will be a Bible study and a short business meeting.

Kansas City Crossroads Zone Spring Event meeting will be held April 18, 2015 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 4153 Rainbow Blvd. Kansas City, KS. Registration is $5.00 and opens at 8:30 a.m.  Ingathering will be for: Lutheran Urban Mission Agency, Sharing The Word & Caring for the People.  We will have information on items needed and a box for collecting them in the narthex in April. For more information contact Sandy Barsh or Linda Newman.

LWML will be providing the Maundy Thursday Dinner,  April 2nd at 5:30 p.m. The menu includes: smoked brisket, potatoes, sides, and dessert. Please come.



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Learn more at and apply online. Not a member of Thrivent? Share your service idea with me. Together, we can make a difference.


Contact Rich Heishman for more information: 816-896-1981


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Youth Group  - Volunteering in April

Ronald McDonald - Longfellow House

2502 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108


Preparing an afternoon snack at a Ronald McDonald House is a great way to help the families relax and enjoy a quick, tasty treat! It gives families a sense of home when returning from the hospital or who are looking for a quick bite in between appointments.


WHO:  COS "YOU"th in grades 6-12


Date: Sunday, April 26th - Sign-up in the Narthex and in the high school Youth Group Room ASAP as we can only take 12 total youth group members & we need to know how many are interested to reserve this date as dates go very fast!


Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (lunch); 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (work at Ronald McDonald House); 4:45 p.m. arrive back at church.


Where: COS Basement & Ronald McDonald House


Cost:  Nothing


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


For Ronald McDonald House Snack ideas to prepare: brownies, cake, cookies, other baked goods, crackers and dip, fruit cocktail, fresh vegetables and cheese, trail mix, rice krispy treats, s'mores in the oven, homemade Chex Mix, other snack mixes.


What: We will eat in the basement before we leave for Ronald McDonald House so bring a favorite lunch meat & chips.


Our Job: We need to provide the ingredients for the snacks to feed approximately 40-50 people. They have fully stocked kitchens including pots, pans, cooking utensils, ovens, etc. Up to 12 volunteers can participate, including adults and children. Any volunteers under 18 must be supervised by an adult at all times. We will be responsible for cleaning any dishes used in preparation. They recycle and compost. We are to place our recyclable paper, aluminum, plastics and cardboard in the appropriate bins. Before throwing away food scraps used in your meal preparation, we are to please ask staff members what can go in the compost bin.


Arrival: Parking is extremely limited and priority is given to RMHC-KC guest families. For this reason, on-site parking cannot be guaranteed. We highly encourage groups to carpool when possible and to build in extra time to park off-site. Temporary parking in our lot for the purpose of unloading food items and supplies is perfectly acceptable.

Youth Group Lenten Meals - Helpers

Since we are not doing a Lenten meal this year, the youth group will be providing helpers at all of the Lenten meals (i.e. help with set-up prior to the meals, serving drinks, desserts, helping carry food, wiping down tables after, vacuuming carpets after, taking out trash, etc.). All of the Lenten meal money is being donated to our New Orleans Fundraising efforts with the exception of the Meals for Wheels night. We have one more meal to help out with - Maundy Thursday. So please come and help us out! Thanks!

We had a great time bowling on Sunday, March 15. We pretty much had Incre-da-bowl to ourselves. We discovered we weren't the world's greatest bowlers but who cares. We sure had a lot of good times and laughs!


We discussed going to Ronald McDonald House at the end of April. But the Eickhoffs need to know exactly who are going, phone numbers and e-mails as they are required for the registration of the group. Dates fill up fast if we want to keep the date we want! So let them know ASAP if you can go, as we can only take 12 bodies total! You can call them at 913-837-5276 or text at 913-302-5282/913-302-2795 or email @


We also discussed possibly having a Barbecue/S'Mores at the Eickhoff's, going to World's/Oceans of Fun, going camping/fishing as a youth group at one of the area lakes, or going to Pinstripes in Overland park to play Bocce for our fun events. For fundraisers, the flamingos will be making their appearances again along with our annual car wash this summer! So get ready youth!!! We will also need to make a new video for the flamingo flocking's this year and possibly the car wash? We are looking for fundraising ideas for May? Any ideas/suggestions??


We have a lot of exciting prospects for the summer months ahead for the youth group. We hope that you will join us and be a part of a fun exciting group that just likes to hang out together and have fun!

Christian Eickhoff Eagle Scout Ceremony Invitation

In This Issue
Holy Week Schedule
2015 Confirmation Class
Pastor Andy Writes...
Thrivent Action Team
Youth Group Projects
Youth Group Lenten Meals
Youth Group News
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


graphic-bbq-dad.jpg Friends for Christ  

We're breaking out the grill and changing the date for the next Friends for Christ get together.
With Easter being the first Sunday, we've moved the date to April 11th at 6:00 p.m. at Pastor and Debbie's house.  Hamburgers, buns and fixings will be provided. Please bring a salad,
beans, dip, or anything that makes you think of summer! If you have any questions please call
Debbie at 913-837-5382. Good food, good fellowship and a Bible study!

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Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. 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


04/05  Easter Lilies
04/12  Karrow Family
04/19  Axmann Family
04/26  Open

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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April Education


Wednesdays beginning 4/8


Confirmation Class will be held April 8th and 15th at 6:00 p.m. for the 8th Graders.

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  


Change of Address:
James Jr., Heather, Jared
& Tyler Keltner
1725 Colonial Ct
Ft. Walton Beach, FL  32547


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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


Kelly Streck


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April Anniversaries


4/15/78 John & Teresa Schlegel

4/26/03 Richard & Christine Fauss


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April Birthdays


4/01   Michelle Eickhoff

4/02   Harrison Kalinka

4/02   Elizabeth Williams

4/06   Ashley Bell

4/07   Shane Hovey

4/07   Clara Littrell

4/09   Karl Karrow

4/09   Jillian Paegelow

4/11   Gwen Lawrance

4/12   Katherine Carter

4/13   Lisa Heishman

4/13   Joseph Henry

4/13   Janet Paegelow

4/15   Sharon Murphy

4/17   Wyatt Axmann

4/17   Jimmy Kalinka

4/18   Elaine Bell

4/19   Isaac Grove

4/21   Alison Moore

4/22   Emma Knop

4/23   Heather Keltner

4/25   Laney Stohs

4/25   Matthew Stohs

4/26   Chance Dubinick

4/26   Rob Vance

4/26   Josh Weber

4/28   Jeremy Williams

4/29   Miranda Creath

4/30   Jordan Sharp


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