Strengthen Faith, Build Hope, Share Love in Christ Our Savior 
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Christ Our Savior
Lutheran Church
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ANDY KELTNER, PASTOR 
5 South 8th Street
Louisburg, KS 66053
 (913)837-4502
pastor@christoursaviorlouisburg.com


Worship 8a.m. 10:30a.m. & 7p.m. 
Sunday School 9:15a.m.-10:15a.m.
NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 2015
Pastor Andy Writes...
Andy
Pastor Andy Keltner

Opportunity 

Thomas Edison is credited with saying: "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Daily God gives us countless opportunities to grow in his Word and share his love. I know I miss opportunities to share God's love. The problem is we want opportunities that provide easy answers and quick fixes. God want us to be in this religion business for the long haul.

There are countless opportunities to start and get involved in ministry. The Association for Religious Data Archives reports that fifty-one percent of the people living in Miami County consider themselves unchurched. This is an opportunity to share Christ with those in our community.

One step in sharing Christ in the community is to be a good neighbor. In our culture, it is easy not to know our neighbors and they do not know us. Would you be willing to pray with your neighbor? "House Church Planting" and "Starting Community Ministries" are initiatives that have resources available for sharing our faith with those who live close to us.

Second of all, we can share Christ in our vocation. How do you represent Christ at your place of work? Luther says that the mom that changes the diaper is as influential in the Kingdom of God as the monks in the monasteries. He encourages us to do whatever we do to the Glory of God. He says when we excel in our vocations we witness to Christ.

Involvement in the worship life of the congregation gives us opportunities to serve our Lord. I believe when we read in church, greet and serve it is practice for how we live daily with others. I believe that studying God's Word and worshipping equips us to respond to opportunities we have for sharing the hope we have in Christ.

We could offer more opportunities to get involved in the church. This can only be accomplished if we work together and everyone gets involved. When God places on your heart the desire for a ministry in the church start examining ways you could facilitate the ministry. Sometimes you find the ministry is being done and you have the resources that can enhance and lift up the ministry by your participation.

As I look at the church I see opportunities abounding. I see unmet needs in people's lives. I see that people grow most in their faith when they are serving others. I see in this county a vast number of individuals who do not know Christ as their Lord and Savior. I see people who want to make a difference who say they do not know how. Christ tells his followers: "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:11-12)

Opportunities to serve our Lord abound. They are not always appealing because they look like work. They are not always appealing because when we are serving our Lord, Satan attacks us. Grasp every opportunity. Serve the Lord with gladness. Your labor in the Lord is never in vain.
Lutheran Witness Subscriptions
The Lutheran Witness is the flagship magazine of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The Lutheran Witness offers synodical news, reports from Lutherans around the world, feature articles, columns, Q&As, a Bible study, and more. The Lutheran Witness is a monthly publication with a June/July combined issue.

We are now taking order for subscriptions to The Lutheran Witness. The cost is $17.00. The subscription runs from November 1, 2015 - October 31, 2016.

Samples of The Lutheran Witness are on the counter in the entry hall of the church. Envelopes will also be in the entry hall of the church. Complete the front of the envelope with your mailing address. Checks should be written to Christ Our Savior. Deadline is August 23rd.

 

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Gloria Rolofson says Thank You!
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We would once again like to say THANK YOU to our amazing family, our friends, church family, my Mom's friends, and the entire community of Louisburg! You are dropping everything to come be with us when I need you, mowing our yard, cleaning up our landscaping especially the tree that had fallen down, putting down mulch, sending us scripture to encourage us, texting and emailing us to encourage us, remodeling our house, taking the kids to eat and have fun away from the hospital, painting, taking forms to the school district, cleaning, stocking our fridge, fixing our air conditioner multiple times, all the volunteers covering my church duties, taking Garrett to everything baseball related and helping prepare him for tryouts, taking care of our mail and Garrett's gecko, running to Sam's so my Mom doesn't have to, anonymously doing things to help us in ways to cover a variety of needs including things we are completely unaware of, covering us in prayer, and much, much more! We truly wouldn't be making it through this without each and every one of you!!! We are forever thankful and grateful! THANK YOU!!!!!

We continue to marvel at God's goodness. We give him all the honor, glory and praise for everything he has already done in Bob's recovery! We know he has a perfect plan and will as he guides us along this journey! Jeremiah 29:11-13.

Gloria, Bob, Grace & Garrett

Vacation Bible School 2015
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Thirty children were registered for "Camp Discovery" during Vacation Bible School. Fifteen of the children were from Christ Our Savior and fifteen were guests. The children enjoyed a meal for the start of their evening. Thank you Christine Fauss, Paul and Linda Richards (2 meals) and Beth Ramsey for providing the meals. Pastor Andy and Gracie Waite took turns and taught the children a Bible lesson each day. They also learned a daily Bible verse to song. Tricia Walania organized the crafts and Tricia, Mindy Bell and Sami Traffis led a daily craft. Thursday evening ended with an inflatable and the fire truck hosing everyone off - thanks Rich Walania and Chiefie Richards! The volunteers were important to having a successful VBS. Besides those listed above - thanks to Koell Smith, Heather Smith, Jamie Waite, Kelly Stohs, Tonya Noll, Adam Noll, Courtney Allen, Nate Walania, Garrett Rolofson and Grace Rolofson (hopefully we didn't miss anyone) and an extra big thank you to Kathy Richards and Bob Richards for being everywhere they were needed without being asked!


 

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"YOU"th Group - Flockings
The flamingos have left for the season! But they'll be back!
Our youth group would like to say several "THANK YOUs" to all the families who participated in the flockings - either by helping to flock, being flocked or secretly flocking your friends. Thank you for being such good sports and having fun with us. We truly appreciate it! We raised approximately $355 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? 

Here are just a few pictures from some of the houses we flocked this year!

The Stoh's got flocked twice - thanks for being such good sports!

Stoh's Round 1
Stoh's Round 2
Murphy's
Karrow's
Walania's

"YOU"th Group - Carwash Fundraiser
We made $216 towards our National Lutheran Youth Group Fund at our Car Wash. 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 & Koell; The Eickhoff Family - Gerry, Michelle, Christian & Micaela. We washed about 15 cars on Saturday, July 11. 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!

 

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"YOU"th Group - Still Wanted Used Gaming Systems!
Do you have an unused Playstation 1 ,2, 3; Xbox; Gamecube or Wii (with controllers) sitting around the house not being used and in good working condition? Then please think about donating it to our youth group! We are looking for some of these to use for our lock-ins and get togethers with the youth! If you have one and are willing to donate it, please contact Gerry or Michelle Eickhoff at: gmicough@hotmail.com or 913-837-5276.

 

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"YOU"th Group Meetings
Every 4th Sunday this Fall
Who:
COS "YOU"th in grades 6 - 12 & friends/family
Date:
Sunday, August 23rd
Time:
11:45am - 1:15pm - Right after church!
Where:
COS Basement
What to Bring:
Your favorite sandwich meat & cheese, (drinks, plates, cups, bread and condiments provided), yourself, friends, & your Bible
What:
National Youth Gathering meeting for Parents/Youth; Biscuits/Gravy Breakfast Fundraiser, garage sale this year? - start setting out signage - who will paint sign, posters - who will design, where to place, advertise in newspaper, ask for church donations & help, etc.; Bierocks in October; Hayride/Bonfire?

 

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Article Headline
Gloria says Thank You!
VBS 2015
"YOU"th Group - Flockings
"YOU"th Group - Carwash
"YOU"th Group - Gaming
"YOU"th Group Meetings
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
Education
Official Acts
In the Military
Anniversaries
Birthdays
Contact Info
Quick Links

  

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Friends For Christ will meet at the home of Pastor Andy & Debbie Keltner (1507 N. Broadway, Louisburg) at 6:00 p.m, Saturday, August 8th. If you are reading this you are invited. It is an evening of great food, fellowship, and a Bible study. Sandwiches - meat, rolls, and fixings will be provided. Bring a salad, vegetable or dessert to share. If you have questions talk to Pastor Andy or Debbie.

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Altar Flowers

 

8/2

 
Sam Walania's 3rd Birthday
8/9

 
Cheryl Brown - Son's Anniversary
8/16
 Cindy Karrow's Birthday
8/23
Open
8/30

Debbie Keltner's Birthday

 

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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August Education

   

Wednesdays

Confirmation Class

6:00 p.m. 


 
Evening Bible Study

7:15 p.m.  

 

Sundays

Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  

 

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Official Acts  

 

Baptism:
July 5, 2015 - Bronc Noll
 

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In the Military
 
Military members and friends of our congregation include: 

 

Jim Buckman

 

Mark Edgar

 

Ray Gigliotti

 

Greg Jeffrey

 

Lindy Kalinka

 

James Keltner

 

Clara Littrell

 

Rob Ortman

 

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August Anniversaries

 

     8/12  Mike & Maureen Smith

     8/17  Rich & Tricia Walania

     8/25  Dave & Kim Nemitz

  

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August Birthdays

 

        8/04     Dave Nemitz

        8/04     Drake Varns

        8/06     Samuel Walania

        8/08     Alyce Sharp

        8/10     Michelle Leahy

        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     William Helms

        8/20     Cole Mynsted

        8/21     Kathie Kirkpatrick

        8/23     Avery Graham

        8/23     Brandy Kalinka

        8/24     Zac Brown

        8/24     Steele Smith

        8/25     Nancy Lukas

        8/29     David Sharp

        8/31     Marilyn Towne

     

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