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 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
June 2015
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

Joy Full

"These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full." (John 15:11) But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. (John 17:13) Jesus wants our joy to be full. He prays that his joy may be fulfilled in us. As I read this I am wondering if I really understand joy. Then I have to ask if I am fulfilling Jesus' joy. What does it mean to be "joy full"? On one level I have to admit I am struggling with this joy full stuff.

Jesus' joy comes from fulfilling God's plan for our salvation. In order to fulfill this plan, he had to suffer and die. He put up with persecution, betrayal, apathy and selfishness in his followers. Still he is not deterred from fulfilling God's plan. His prayer in the Garden, on the night he was betrayed, bears witness that He is facing a horrifying fate. (Luke 22:42, Matthew 26:42, Mark 14:36) Jesus lays down his life. He is faithful to His Father's will. We would not see this as a joyful task. The task is arduous but the outcome brings joy. Christ destroys the power of death. He wins for us victory over sin and death. This is his joy. This is our source of joy.

Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love. The only way these fruits are present is if we are in the Spirit. Fruits of the Spirit are something those who are connected to Christ bear. They are things we do and attitudes that are visible in our lives. John writes his letters to make his joy complete. (1 John 1:4) John's joy comes from fulfilling God's purpose for his life. James finds joy in his suffering because he is suffering for the sake of Christ. (James 1:3) Joy comes from perseverance for the sake of Christ. Joy comes from standing in the face of opposition and proclaiming the hope we have in Christ. Joy comes from serving Christ.

Jesus equates joy to a woman giving birth to a child. (John 16:19-24) The woman has the pains of labor, the discomfort of pregnancy but she forgets her pain because she has a child. He says we will grieve and mourn while the world rejoices. Jesus says he will see us again and our joy will be full. In the everlasting Kingdom, we will forget our pain because of the magnitude of our joy. Joy is part of the process. We look forward to the joy that Christ has assured. We have joy as we serve Him. We find joy in the completion of a task. We have joy in spite of pain and suffering.

Joy comes from our relationship to Christ. Joy comes from persevering in our faith. Joy is found when we are living our faith. Joy comes from serving others. Joy comes when we endure the difficult times. Joy comes when we have a purpose which is bigger than ourselves. Joy comes when we see that there is something beyond the here and now. Joy comes when we understand that we are part of something bigger. Joy comes when we fulfill the purpose which God has called us. We are called to be lights in the darkness. We are called to love the unlovable. We are called to forgive those who sin against us. We are called to endure all the nonsense because we know God has a plan and we are part of that plan.

I talk to people who tell me they are not happy. They have decided to quit the church, their marriage, and the commitments they have made to others. They are always looking for something or someone to make them happy. Jesus never promises happy. He promises us joy. If we live to find happy we will not know joy. If you demand others make you happy you will be disappointed. If you want joy you will find it in your relationship to Christ. Sometime you will have to endure hardships and pain to achieve joy. Jesus promises joy. Joy comes through perseverance. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5) Christ wants us to be joy full. May you find your joy in Christ Jesus your Lord!

Help Wanted! (Office Volunteers)
We are looking for members of the congregation who can help in the church office for a few hours on one day each week this summer. We want to continue to provide support for the office and for Pastor while Gloria is out.   

We are looking for volunteers who can answer the phone, take messages, fold/staple bulletins, sort/address/send mail, and just generally help with office jobs. We do not require computer knowledge, however, if you have it - that's great - let us know! The hours are 9am - 1pm or 8:30am - 12:30pm, but we can be flexible. 

Please contact Cindy Karrow if you would like to volunteer to be in the church office every week (or most weeks this summer) on your designated day. We can also use occasional help to fill in when the regular person is not available. Just let Cindy know what you can do and she will keep your information handy. Cindy's email is: or her cell is 913-269-1935.  

Below is a list of volunteers who have already signed up. We would like to have two people each day - except for Wednesday. If you can start next week, that would be great!  

Monday - 
Tuesday - Teresa Schlegel
Wednesday - Debbie Keltner
Thursday - Beth Ramsey
Friday - 

Thanks for considering this opportunity to help Gloria and Pastor.  

Your Church Council

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Meals on Wheels Benefit
Meals On Wheels

Christ Our Savior is sponsoring its third annual Dinner and Pie Auction to benefit the Meals On Wheels program in Louisburg on June 20th. This is our big outreach to the community each year and we ask for your prayers and pies (if you bake or know someone who bakes), as well as your attendance, if possible.

The fundraiser will be held at the American Legion John P. Hand Post 250 on 9th Street in Louisburg. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Rick Peek will once again smoke his delicious mouth-watering brisket and pork. Christine Fauss will not only serve mashed potatoes, corn, baked beans, and coleslaw with the assistance of Linda Newman and Sandy Barsh; but she will also bake many, many fantastic pies to auction. We will be selling tickets between services in June, or you may contact Don & Linda Newman, Richard & Christine Fauss, Debbie Keltner, or Beth Ramsey for tickets or more information.


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Craft Group
Craft Group will meet on Saturday, June 13th in the Community Center building from 9am-3pm. We will be working on various craft, needlework or scrapbooking projects; so bring your project and join us for some fellowship. We will have lunch, but you may bring snacks to share if you wish. Call Cindy Karrow if you have questions 913-269-1935(cell) or 837-3323(home). You do not have to stay all day, just drop in for a while to work on your project or just to say hello!


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Advent meals and Easter breakfast were a huge success and we want to thank everyone involved in this success. This list is long. I apologize in advance if any names have been left off, please let us know. Don and Linda Newman; Sandy Barsh; Robin MacClymont; David and Cindy Frazier; Rich and Christine Fauss; Beth Ramsey; Karl and Cindy Karrow; Paul and Linda Richards; Michael and Julie Herl; Gwen LawRance; Pastor and Debbie Keltner; Bill and Sharon Murphy; Rich and Lisa Heishman; John and Teresa Schlegel; Bill and Heather Smith; Rich and  Tricia Walania; Torry Turney; Jeff and Debby Axmann; James Martin; Pat Walker; Jim and Debbie Bell; Gerry and Michelle Eickoff; Bob and Gloria Rolofson. A special thank you to all of the youth who helped with set up, clean up and even did some of the Easter breakfast cooking - you guys were awesome! Some of the proceeds from these meals went to support the youth for their trip to the National Youth Gathering next year in New Orleans and some of the proceeds went to Meals On Wheels here in Louisburg.


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Simply Giving
Simply Giving
Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church is pleased to tell you about our electronic option for making regular offerings called Simply GivingŪ. Contributions can be debited automatically from your checking or savings account. Our electronic giving program offers convenience for you and much-needed donation consistency for our congregation.

Some of our members are already using this option and no changes are required for them to continue. We are not changing the process, rather we are responding to requests about this option.

If you are currently giving on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis, you will no longer need to write out checks, give cash or prepare envelopes. And, when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services, this program will allow your offerings to continue on an uninterrupted basis.

Signing up is easy. Authorization forms and a "Frequently Asked Questions" flyer are available on the bulletin board near the front door of the church. You may use one of the envelopes with the authorization forms to return the information back to the church office for processing. If you have questions please contact Don Newman at 913-837-5116 or Cindy Karrow 913-269-1935.

"You"th Group Family Meetings


COS "YOU"th in grades 6 thru 12

We need your participation to make this youth group a go!  


Sunday, June 7th, 12:30 p.m. - until we are finished

We start eating at 12:30 p.m.



Eickhoff House, 30216 New Lancaster Road

We are grilling out hot dogs!  

Please RSVP to the Eickhoff's to let us know if you are coming by Friday, June 6th. A sign-up sheet will be in the narthex.


What to Bring:  

Side dish & dessert and of course lawn chairs!  


We're planning for our next two fundraisers: Flamingo Flockings and the Car Wash. Discussing LVR for those going and group outings: Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun, camping, going to bocce ball and ice cream, going to a drive-in movie. Service project: need to do one so be thinking of ideas!


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Flamingo ALERT!
Flamingo Don't be flocked! Flamingo Alert
Be on the lookout for the flamingos! We've heard that the flock was making its way back to Louisburg. So be prepared. If you don't like tacky, pink flamingos invading your yard or you just don't want to be Tickled Pinkyou can protect yourself by purchasing Anti-Flocking Insurance from one of our trusty youth group insurance agents. If your yard is invaded, please call our trained de-flockers to handle the situation. Do not try to handle these birds by yourself. Our trained agents will be available soon in the narthex to answer any questions you may have regarding these pesky birds - how to flock your friends with them, how to prevent being flocked, etc. Flockings will be scheduled throughout June when members of the COS Flamingo Flocking Crew will deliver approximately 10 birds to the unsuspecting lawn where they have been directed to roost for 48 hours.  
Be an early bird...reserve your Flocking now!


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Summer Sunday School
2015 Mad Science Flyer
In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Help Wanted
Meals on Wheels
Craft Group
Simply Giving
Youth Group Family Meetings
Flamingo ALERT
Summer Sunday School
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


German Food Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will not meet in June - too many conflicts. The date for July will be the 11th because of the 4th of July.

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Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is off for the summer and will resume meetings in the fall.

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 or Linda Newman, 837-5116. 


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Altar Flowers


6/7    Rich & LIsa Heishman
6/14  Paul & Linda Richards
6/21  Rich & Tricia Walania
6/28  Paul & Linda Richards

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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June Education



Evening Bible Study

7:15 p.m.  



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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June Anniversaries


6/4    Pastor & Debbie Keltner

6/13  Bill & Heather Smith

6/14  John & Jodie Berve

6/18  Joe & Carrie Gregar

6/22  Josh & Miranda Creath

6/24  Bill & Sharon Murphy

6/26  Travis & Katie Becker

6/28  Paul & Linda Richards

6/28  Rich & Lisa Heishman


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June Birthdays


6/2     Emily Helms

6/8     Mark Burton

6/9     Bob Chester

6/9     David Frazier

6/10   Rick Stephens

6/11   Trevin Lohse

6/12   Conlee Hovey

6/13   Steve Edgar

6/14   Brenda Nay

6/15   Jim Knox

6/15   Nona Knox

6/15   Zach Waite

6/16   Don Newman

6/17   Linda Hash

6/20   Paul Richards

6/20   Tanya Williams

6/21   Bill Murphy

6/22   Scott Dotson

6/22   Cade Holtzen

6/23   Larry Swinnerton

6/25   Jason Allen

6/25   Kelly Stohs

6/25   Nate Walania

6/30   Austin Moore


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