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.
Important Dates

Confirmation will begin again on Wednesday, January 6th at 6:00 p.m. followed by

Bible Study at 7:00 p.m.


Confirmation Sunday has been changed to April 17th!  Be sure to mark your calendars!

January 2016
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
A Victorious New Year
As each New Year begins we make resolutions.  This year we will watch our diet and exercise more.  We will be nicer to our spouses and be more disciplined in our daily routine.  As we begin the New Year we are excited about new beginnings.  We make resolutions to do better and be nicer.  Those of us who have been on the planet for a while have done this for a number of years.  It seems like every year we start out good and then these good intentions start to unravel and fall by the wayside.

If you study the development of positive behavior habits there is a timeline of about forty days to develop a positive habit.   Conversely it takes one time missed to eliminate the habit.  When it comes to prayer, bible study and worship attendance the world, the flesh and the devil are working against us to destroy these positive behaviors.  God in the Bible tells us to seek him first and all things will be added to us.  The world we live in with all its distractions and stressors distracts us from our worship and devotion.  If it is hot or cold or we are not feeling well we tend to let church slide for a week or two. Then we develop an animosity toward our brothers and sisters in Christ and the devil tell us we are justified in not forgiving and staying angry.  The devil is a liar.

It is easy for us to be discouraged.  Poor health and shaky finances begin to chip away at our spirituality.  The second day of the exercise program produces a pulled muscle and we stop exercising.  We come to church and someone says something that hurts our feelings and we decide to stop coming for a while.   The news is bad.  There are wars and rumors of wars.  Earthquakes and natural disasters shake our world.  It would be easy to be discouraged.  Many will throw up their hands in despair.

Do not be discouraged our help is in the name of the Lord.  "God is our refuge and strength" (Psalm 46).  "No in all these things we are more than conquerors. (Romans 8)   Suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character produces hope, hope never disappoints us."  (Romans 5)   God tells us that instead of unraveling in our failures and short comings we are to trust in his promise of salvation.  We will fail in all our efforts because we are sinful.  This is a truth we deny and hide from.  Still we are victorious in Christ.  Christ has won for us the victory.  Instead of turning from Christ we should cling to Him.  We repent.  He forgives.  We are faithless he is faithful.

This year's resolution is to trust Christ.  We are the beloved of God.  He declares us righteous.  In all things we have a Savior who loves us and will not leave us.   When we fail he will support us and defend us.  We are victorious in Christ.  Every day is an opportunity to celebrate our Lord.  Every day is an opportunity to share the love of Christ.   "But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls." (Hebrews 10:39)  Trust in God who sends His Son to dies for you.  Have a victorious New Year in Christ.
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Thank you to all Thrivent Members who have donated Choice dollars and/or done Action Teams to support the church!
Sfar thiyear a total of $2,015 has been donated by Thrivent members tChrist OuSavior througThrivent Choice dollars.  Wow!  Thanyou to everyone that has donated!  If you would still like to donatyour 2015 Choice dollars or find out if you are ablto donateplease contact Bob Richards at or 913-302-2189.
Sfar thiyear 14 Action Teams have been completed by Thrivent Memberto support Christ Our Savior.  Wow! Thanyou to everyone that has done an Action TeamIf you are interested 
ilearning more about hoyou can do an Action Team, please contact Rich Heishman at or 816-896-1981.
Here is a list of 2015 Action Teams for Christ Our Savior:
*     Modifications of Bob Rolofson's Home
*     Hygiene item drivfor needy students at LMS
*     Easter banner and food for Eastebreakfast
*     Food foVacation Bible School
*     Food for Meals on Wheels Fundraiser
*     Creation of informational brochure for Christ Our Savior
*     Supporting of Blazin' the Burg: Beach Balls promoting Christ Our              Savior
*     Food to support Stewardship dinner
*     Church roof repair assistance
*     Turkeyfor the FooPantry
*     Gifts for From thHeart families
*     Packaginof Christmas treats for the children
Interested in becoming a Thrivent member? Contact Bob Richards or Rich Heishman or go to

Thank You for the amazing meals
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A BIG thank you to everyone who made and served meals during Advent! The food was amazing every week and the fellowship was priceless!  You will have more opportunity to enjoy amazing food and fellowship when Lent begins with Ash Wednesday February 10th!

Thank you also to Cindy Karrow for always volunteering to organize our meals.  You are priceless!



January Anniversaries

1/20/2007  Shawn & Emily Helms

January Birthdays

1/09    Nadine Wells
1/10    Aidan Murphy
1/11    Kathy Cone
1/12    Courtisa Sharp
1/13    Alan Paegelow
1/15    Mindy Bell
1/15    Pat Walker
1/17    Bob Kirkpatrick Jr.
1/17    Stephanie Lohse
1/17    Mack Newell
1/18    Billy Weissend
1/19    Jamee Gigliotti
1/21    Bill Carlson
1/22    Adelyn Moore
1/22    Kathy Richards
1/26    Jeannie Aguayo
1/27    Reagan Varns
1/27    Rich Walania
1/28    James Keltner Jr.
1/30    Arya Berve
1/31    Elizabeth MacClymont

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Thank you!
Thank You for Advent Dinners
January Anniversaries
January Birthdays
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner (1507 N Broadway, Louisburg) on Saturday, January 9th at 6:00 p.m.  We are anticipating it will be cold, so soup is on the menu.  If you are reading this you are invited - good food, great fellowship and a Bible study.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, January 11, 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.


If the weather is bad we will not have a meeting.

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Altar Flowers


1/03  Paul Richards
         in memory of Adeline

1/10  Big Steve

1/17  Sandy Barsh
         January Family Birthdays

1/24  The Walania Family
         in memory of Jeff Walania

1/31  Sandy Barsh
         Elizabeth MacClymont's Bday

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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MONTH 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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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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Contact Info 
Gloria Rolofson

If we've missed your birthday or anniversary contact COS Office so we can update our records.