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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.
April 2016
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
Creedal and Confessional

This year Confirmation Sunday will be April 17th.  I always ask the students; what does it mean to be confirmed?  There is a right answer to this question.  It is in Luther's Small Catechism the 2008 Edition page 244-245.  I can ask you to look in your catechism because we are a creedal and confessional church.  We believe that there are statements of faith based on the truths revealed in Scripture that guide our life together as a people of God.  We call these the symbolic writings of our church.
First and foremost we believe teach and confess that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God.  Everything we do and teach as a community of faith must be based on the teachings of Scripture.  I know this statement can raise some interesting questions.  For example, which translation is the right translation?   Secondly, are there rules for interpreting scripture? There are answers to these questions and many more questions in the symbolic writings of the church.
The answers for the question about translations come from studying the original language of Scripture, Hebrew and Greek.   The rules for interpreting Scripture come from the symbolic writings.  We are a church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.  This document is found in the Book of Concord.  This document was completed in the 16th century.
The Judeo/Christian faith has always been creedal and confessional.  A creed is a statement of belief.  It is a statement of what God has made know to us.  In Deuteronomy God calls himself "I Am".  This we believe.  Confessions are guidelines for helping us understand "What does this mean."  What does it mean that "God is"?  We believe that God is the creator and we are his foremost visible creatures. How we live in relationship with the creator God is dealt with in our confessions.
There is richness in being a creedal and confessional church.  There is a strength that comes from being able to say corporately, "This we believe."  During confirmation, instruction is given so that the student can identify with the life and mission of the church.  The reason I am a Pastor in a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod congregation is because we are creedal and confessional.
Confirmation classes introduce students to the teachings of our church.  It is sad when this is the last time these young people come to church.  It is also sad when this is the last time they study Scripture and the teachings of the church.  
I enjoy teaching confirmation classes.  Your children are amazing.  They are precious gifts of God.  I encourage you to be faithful in your study of Scripture.  I would also encourage you to study the symbolic writings of our church with an open mind.  I have always seen our rich Doctrinal heritage as a great strength.  It is awesome to be able to say, "This we believe."  I can do this because we are a creedal and confessional church.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make the Holy season of Easter such an amazing time. Thank you to everyone who stepped up and provided a meal during Lent. Each week we were served an amazing meal with a smile. Your efforts were greatly appreciated! Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard to provide music during the entire Holy season (Michelle Eickhoff on the keyboard, Teresa Schlegel, Gerry Eickhoff and others who lead our songs every week). We truly appreciate all the time it takes to prepare and share your talents! Thank you so much to Sandy Barsh for all the work she put in to make the altar so beautiful throughout the Holy season. Thank you to everyone who helped with the sound system, created Power Point presentations (Debby Axmann), created all of the countless bulletins (Debbie Keltner) and everyone else who made a service possible. Thank You to Paulette Varns and everyone else involved in providing activities for the children to participate in on Easter morning! Thank You goes to everyone who participated in, brought food for, set-up and cleaned up, to make the Easter Breakfast such a success. It was so wonderful to hear how many people were able to spend the morning together in fellowship rejoicing our Risen Lord!
If we have forgotten to thank anyone, please accept our apologies. 

Congratulations to the 2016 Confirmation Class!
Seven Christ Our Savior teens studied the Lutheran Faith during the past two school years in preparation for their Confirmation. On April 17th, during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service, they will be confirmed in the presence of their families and the congregation.

Avery Graham is the daughter of Greg and Angie Graham.  She has chosen Jeremiah 29:11 (For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future) for her Bible verse.

Teylor Hendrix is the daughter of Andy and Misty Hendrix.  Teylor chose Isiah 41:10 (So do not fear,  for I am with you; do not be dismayed,  for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.   I will uphold you with my righteous right hand) for her Bible verse.  

Tanner Lee is the son of Dennis and Gretchen Lee.  He chose James 5:6 (Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective) for his Bible verse.

Lily McDaniel is the daughter of Ian and Angie McDaniel.  She chose Corinthians 5:7 (We walk by faith not by sight) for her Bible verse.

Garrett Rolofson is the son of Bob and Gloria Rolofson.  He chose the bible verse Philippians 4:13 (I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength) for his Bible verse.

Drake Varns is the son of Ryan and Paulette Varns.  Drake chose Psalm 16:8 (I keep my eyes always on the Lord.  With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken) for his Bible verse.

Allison Walania is the daughter of Rich and Tricia Walania.  She chose Luke 6:31 (Do to others as you would have them do to you) for her Bible verse.

Join us in congratulating these fine young men and women in their accomplishment as they enter the next stage of their faith journey.

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
4/27   Drew Harding
4/28   Jeremy Williams
4/29   Miranda Creath
4/30   Jordan Sharp

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Thank you
Confirmation 2016
April Birthdays
Friends for Christ
Thank You
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
April Anniversaries
Contact Info
Quick Links


food_summer.jpg Friends for Christ  

Friends For Christ will meet Saturday, April 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner (1507 N. Broadway St.).

Hamburgers and all the fixings will be provided.  Please bring a salad, dip, dessert or beverage to share.

If you are reading this you are invited.  It's a relaxed evening of food, fellowship and a Bible study. If you have questions, please contact Debbie Keltner (913-837-5382).
Thank You

I would like to thank everyone who helped fill the Altar area with lilies on Easter Sunday.

I would also like to thank all those who contributed to The Trinity House food pantry for our LWML Spring Rally project.  It was very successful and we truly appreciate your help.

Sandy Barsh

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

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


  04/03  Open

  04/10  Cindy Karrow
             Karl's Birthday

  04/17  Confirmation

  04/24  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 $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




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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Official Acts

Transferred In

The Brown Family
(Andy, Jennifer, 
Jordan, Allison and Carter)

Transferred Out

Victoria (Torry) Turney
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Raymore, MO

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

April Anniversaries  

4/15/78 John & Teresa Schlegel
4/26/03 Richard & Christine Fauss

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Contact Info 
Gloria Rolofson

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