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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.
2016 Lenten and Holy Week Schedule
March 2nd ~ Seasons of Seeking God's Will
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with Services at 7:00 p.m.
Chicken & Noodles with Mashed Potatoes
(Thank you Christine Fauss & Cindy Karrow)

March 9th ~ Seasons of Thanks for Simple Things
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with Services at 7:00 p.m.
Beef Stew with Biscuits
(Thank you Christine Fauss & Cindy Karrow)

March 16th ~ Seasons for Standing Up to Evil
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with Services at 7:00 p.m.
Sandwiches and Salad
(Thank you Craft Group)

March 20th - Palm Sunday
Services at 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

March 24th - Maundy Thursday
Dinner at 5:30 p.m. with Services at 7:00 p.m.
Dinner will be Brisket Dinner
(Thank you LWML)

March 25th - Good Friday Service at 7:00 p.m.

 Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m.
Breakfast at 8:15 a.m.
Children's Activities at 9:00 a.m.
Celebration Services at 10:30 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
March 2016
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
In Like a Lion
Out Like a Lamb

"March comes in like a Lion and goes out like a Lamb."  Linguist will attribute this saying to Thomas Fuller in 1732 he records this phrase in a tome whose title begins:  "Gnomologia ..." (roughly translated 'divine Gnome language').   According to another theory the saying is biblical. The incarnate Christ is the sacrificial lamb.  He dies on the cross as a sacrifice of atonement.  He is the lamb who is slain to take away the sins of the world.    Then Jesus will return as the Lion of Judah.  He will come again as Judge and rule eternally.  These are symbolic animals in the Bible.
This year Easter is the last Sunday in March.  We will be looking at the Lord's Prayer during the Wednesday evening Lent services in March.  Holy Week will start with Palm Sunday on March 20th which is the first day of spring.   The Lenten journey takes us to the cross reminds us that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  During Lent and Holy Week we remember the suffering and death of Christ.
In the church we know God's love for us because, the Lamb of God was slain for our sins.  Jesus is the Lamb of God.  Scripture also refers to Jesus the Lion of Judah.  Jesus is the fulfillment of a prophecy made by Jacob in Genesis chapter forty-nine verses eight through eleven.   In Revelation, chapter five verses five, Jesus is identified as the Lion of Judah.   He will be the eternal King who will rule all nations.
Easter is the time when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  The Lamb was slain.  He is the sacrificial Lamb.  Death did not destroy Jesus.  Jesus death destroyed the power of death.  Jesus rose victorious from the dead.  He appears to his disciples and then he ascends into heaven.  In John's Revelation he sees the Lamb on the throne who rules as the Lion of Judah.
Weather wise March might come in like a Lion.  The first weeks of March are times when we can have winter storms.  March might weather wise go out like a Lamb.  The end of March and the first of April may go out like a Lamb.  The end of March can be beautiful with the warm spring breezes.  This is where the expression "In like a Lion out like a Lamb" is derived.  Still as people of God we have a different understanding of the Lion and Lamb.
Jesus is the Lamb of God who was slain for our sins.  Jesus is the eternal King who sits on the right hand of God and will come again to judge the living and the dead.  As the eternal King, he fulfills the Old Testament prophecy that he will be the Lion of Judah.  He will demonstrate his power when he comes again to judge the living and the dead.   He is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.  Jesus is the Lion of Judah.
As a church we begin March contemplating the Lamb of God who was slain.  We look at our Lords suffering and death and it reminds us of the price he was willing to pay for our salvation.  The Lord humbles himself to death on the cross.  He is our Pascal Lamb.  In the church we see Christ come in like a Lamb.  At the resurrection of Christ we see him as the Lion of Judah.  He will reign over all the earth.  Jesus ascends and sits at the right hand of God.  Jesus will return as the Lion of Judah.  As you worship this month remember that Jesus comes in like a Lamb but he goes out like a Lion.

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 21st. Envelopes are available in the narthex of the church.  Please make checks payable to Sandy Barsh.

Attention 8th Grade Parents
Confirmation is next month!  Please send a picture of your 8th grader to  We will use these pictures in the April issue of our newsletter.

Thank you!

Financial Corner
2015 presented us with some financial challenges, however, we have some pretty good news to report on the overall progress.  We ended the year with a deficit which we were able to cover with money that was carried over from 2014.  The good news is that we made some changes that will help us improve in 2016.  We refinanced our mortgage, which is financed through Lutheran Church Extension Fund, saving us $600 per month.  We also had other income and contributions that helped cover some large expenses.  Please continue to pray with us for our financial improvements and for the continued increase in attendance at our weekly services.  

Your Church Council

Annual Budget $257,000
Expenses $230,904.04
Tithes and Offerings $203,231.58
Other income $5,000
Difference ($22,672.46)

January 2016
January Budget $20,416.67
Expenses $17051.82
Tithes and Offerings $18,222.88
Difference ($1171.06)

LWML members are preparing for their Spring Rally
LWML logo
On Saturday, March 19th, LWML will have its Spring Rally at Trinity Lutheran Church in Leavenworth, KS.

Every year the LWML designates a project they support.  This year the project is the Trinity House in Leavenworth.  Trinity House is a food/clothing pantry sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church.

Trinity House is in need of:  pudding, peanut butter (18 oz. jar), cereal, pork and beans, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, pasta or spaghetti noodles, canned fruit, tuna, macaroni and cheese, ramen noodles, and chicken noodle soup.

We are asking the congregation to help us in our efforts.  Please bring donations in a brown paper sack and leave them on the counter in the entry hall.  Items need to be at church by Friday, March 18th.  We truly appreciate everyone's help in blessing the Trinity House!

Thank you!


Summer is fast approaching and registration is opening for the Kansas District Summer Camp at LVR in Colorado. This camp is for high school students who will graduate from high school in 2016 to 2020. This includes the current 8th grade class.
Registration opens March 1, 2016. There are only 100 spots available for the June 12-17. These spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so don't delay!
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. ($405 - 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. Youth must provide a physician signed physical evaluation form from a physical evaluation done within the prior 16 months to camp dates. 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 (316-305-5049

"You"th Group Friends and Family Event
Skate City
10440 Mastin Street, Overland Park, KS 

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

Date:  Sunday, April 3rd

Time:  Meet at church 1 p.m.; skate from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Meet Where:  COS - to carpool (if needed) &/or Skate City

Cost:  2 hour session = $5.25; traditional skate rental $2;
         inline/speed $4

What to Bring:  Yourself, Friends, & your parents!

Additional Info:  We will also have a short youth Group meeting to discuss our next fundraiser - biscuits and gravy breakfast and plan for it as well. Also setting dates for our May events - try Bocce ball again this time with reservations!
Please sign up in the Narthex or the high school Youth Group Room so we know how many are going!  Thank you!

The Youth Group would like to say "Thank You" to all of those who supported the youth through the Lenten meals. This money will be put into the youth group fund for the National Gathering in New Orleans in July. We also want to say "Thank You" to Paul and Linda Richards for donating the money from the Chili Lenten meal to youth group as well. 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, April 2nd

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

"You"th group goes to Nursing home during Sunday school to deliver Valentines

On Valentine's Day, the 5th - high school classes (a.k.a - youth groupers) made and assembled 34 valentine gift bags. We then made our way to Vintage Park in Louisburg to deliver them to the residence residing there and wish them a Happy Valentine's Day. It was great to not only see the residence faces light up when the kids handed over to them a valentine with a hug but it was great to the kids smile also. Later when we were back at church, when asked what they thought about delivering valentines- they really thought that it was a great experience making someone else's day so happy.

Youth Group went to Pie Five and Bocce
On Sunday, February 28, the Youth group went to Pie Five in Overland Park to try out this new restaurant for most of us and we really liked it! We gave it a thumbs up all around! Next we were off to Pinstripes for Bocce Ball. There we hit a snag - long story short - all of the courts were booked. So after a little time to regroup and decide what to do next, the youth voted for Cosmic Jump. We decided we may give it a try another time and next time we will book courts and speak with a manager in charge before we do. Once we made it to Cosmic Jump, the kids seemed to have a good time bouncing, play basketball and dodgeball.

Meet the Kansas District Staff
Kansas District congregational members and Church workers are invited to attend a scheduled MEET THE KANSAS DISTRICT STAFF event for your circuit/region, Tuesday, March 8th, 6:30 p.m. at Bethany in Overland Park.

You will have an opportunity to meet our new District President, the Rev. Peter K. Lange, and members of his executive staff.  President Lange will share briefly about his vision for the District.  District staff members will also make brief presentations and offer a workshop.

FREE childcare will be provided to assist the needs of households with small children.  A light meal, with a freewill offering to defray meal expenses, MAY be provided (we will keep you posted on this).

Watch the bulletins in the upcoming weeks for more information.

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In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Easter Lilies
Attention 8th Grade Parents
Financial Corner
Donations Needed
Youth Group News
Meet the Kansas District Staff
Friends for Christ
Craft Group
Thank You
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5th at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner (1507 N. Broadway St.).

A baked potato bar will be provided.  If you have a unique topping for your spuds bring it along to share, along with a side dish.  If you have questions, please contact Debbie Keltner (913-837-5382).  An evening of good food, great fellowship and a Bible Study.  Plan to attend now!
craftsCraft Group 

Craft Group will meet on Saturday March 5th in the Community Center building from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Come and bring your current craft project and enjoy fellowship and lunch with us!  If you can't be there all day, that is OK!  Arrive when you can and leave when you must.  We will have lunch around 11:30 a.m., so stop by and see us!

For more information call Cindy Karrow 913-269-1935 or email

Thank You
Thank you so much to everyone who has taken time out of their busy lives to make meals for our Lenten services this year. The meals are always amazing and everyone appreciates them!

Thank you Christine Fauss for organizing the meals this year. This is not an easy task and we appreciate your efforts!

Christ Our Savior
Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, March 14th, 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. 


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Altar Flowers


  03/06  Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff
             25th Wedding Anniv

  03/13  Walania Family
             Loving Memory of Andrew

  03/20  Cindy & Karl Karrow
             Kendall's Birthday

  03/27  Easter Lilies

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 $20 (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



 Evening Bible Study

7:15 p.m.


Note:  during Lent, Bible Study will begin at 8:00 p.m. and Confirmands are encouraged to attend Lenten services.



Sunday School

 Ages 3-Adult

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


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Official Acts

Transferred Out

The Scammey Family
(Justin, Larissa, Willard, & Malerie)
Faith Lutheran Church
Merritt Island, Florida

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

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

March Birthdays
3/02    Kim Weber
3/03    Kahlan Aguayo
3/03    Olive McDaniel
3/03    Shyloh Waite
3/03    Hunter Williams
3/06    Rich Heishman
3/08    Jase Hovey
3/08    Tyler Thompson
3/10    Courtney Allen
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    Jill Strubbe
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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