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. 10:30a.m. & 7p.m. 
Sunday School 9:15a.m.-10:15a.m.
May 2016
Congratulations to the 2016 High School Graduates
Daniel Bell will be graduating from Louisburg High School on May 21st.  Daniel plans to attending K-State University in the Fall majoring in Computer Science.  He also plans to join the K-State marching band.
Zach Waite will be graduating from Louisburg High School on May 21st.  Zach plans to enlist in the Air Force after he graduates to obtain a degree in Cyber Security.

Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner

Did you know?
"Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members - past and present."  As a congregation we recognize the sacrifices made by those in our military.  In May the church will conclude gathering funds for the "Bible Sticks" for active duty military, this is a project you can personally continue.  We have many veterans in our congregation. We are thankful for their service.
It is important that we do not forget that we have active duty military deployed all over the world.  They are in active combat situations.  We should always pray for their safety and for peace.  Early in the gulf war I spoke to an officer in our military.  He told me that a war in the middle-east could be won by our military but there would be no lasting change until their culture is changed.  The way culture is changed is by education.  One of the lasting effects of our involvement in Vietnam was the impact our soldiers had by sharing their faith and their culture.  Look at the growth of the Christian church in that area.  One of the roles our military plays is in the fact that each soldier is a witness to our culture.
In the World Wars and the following conflicts our chaplains had a strong presence and a strong Christian witness.   In our efforts not to offend those in the Mideast there is an effort to censor our Chaplains and our soldiers.  There is also a trend in military leadership to eliminate references to Christ and a specific godhead from their corporate gatherings.  This speaks poorly of our leadership.  Still one Christian soldier can make a powerful impact on the culture of their unit and with those whom they interact.  We need to pray for all who serve in our military.  Our father God is powerful and strong to save.
A current military leader spoke with me about the high rate of suicide among our combat veterans.  He asked me if my son was a believer.  I said yes. He said that was a good thing.  He said his observation was that those who actively confess Christ as their Lord do not commit suicide.  This was a bold statement.  He continued by saying that those who believe in Christ have a hope and a confidence that keeps them from falling into despair.   He asked me as a Pastor to continue to support and encourage all who have served in our military.  In Luther's explanation of The Lord's Prayer the sixth petition, "Lead us not into temptation."   Luther lists despair as one of Satan's great lies.  As chosen and redeemed children of God there is no such thing as hopeless.  We are more than conquerors.
I believe the most powerful thing we can do for our military is pray for them.   With our veterans we can listen for opportunities to share the reason for the hope we have in Christ and we can encourage their faith.  Christ has risen.  He goes to prepare a place for us.  We are never alone or abandoned.  We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.
I was going to write an article about being the church militant.  As a people of God we are in combat with the values of the world.   As a people of God, Satan and our sinful flesh challenge us to look for other answers besides the truth we find in God's Word.   I do not have to defend God or protect Him.  As a combatant for our Lord I simply must proclaim his truth with boldness and confidence because we are victorious in Christ.   Support those who have served in our military and encourage those who still serve.
Pastor Andy

Christ Our Savior is partnering with the 
Military BibleSticks initiative.  What is a BibleStick?  It is a small, personal listening device pre-loaded with the Audio New Testament and selected Psalms. Visit their website ( where you can watch a video and get more details related to this vital initiative.
We are asking our congregation members to please consider donating at least one BibleStick from your family.  Envelopes are in the entry hall of the church. Checks should be made out to Christ Our Savior.  Each BibleStick is $25.00.
Help bring the scriptures to our military abroad.  Thank you!

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Summer Sunday School

Donations and a Prayer Envelope Fundraiser for New Orleans!
Please be looking in the narthex beginning May 1st for our poster with our Donations/Prayer Envelopes.  Each envelope will be marked with a dollar amount on the envelope - this is what the donor contributes. But inside the envelope the youth have placed prayer requests that they would like your help praying for.  There will be a return box where you can place your donation.  If you choose not to donate, we do ask that you will pray the prayer request from the youth.  We want to thank you all for your continued support of us!

We have a lot of exciting prospects for the summer months ahead for the youth group.   We hope that you will join us and be a part of a fun exciting group that just likes to hang out together and have fun!  We would like to wish a "Happy Graduation" to all of our youth moving on in their next big step - whatever that is and don't forget that God is there with you wherever you go!
Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff

Youth Group T-shirts
This is the design that was the winner.  Now we need to decide on the t-shirt color.  We have about 3 colors in mind.  So please check out the bulletin board and mark your favorite one.  Once we have that decision made, pricing and information on online ordering will be available!  So please vote!!  We would like to have our t-shirts ready for New Orleans.

We would like to say "Thank You" to Teresa Schlegel for helping us set up Bunco and letting up borrow her supplies.  We would also like to say "Thank you" to the Kirkpatricks, Pastor Andy and Sandy Barsh who came out to play Bunco and support us!  We raised $70 towards New Orleans and had a lot of fun!

In This Issue
2016 Graduates
Pastor Andy Writes...
Military Biblesticks
Summer Sunday School
Youth Group
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


tacos Friends for Christ  

Friends For Christ will not have a get together in May because of busy schedules. The traditional Cinco De Mayo meal will be pushed back to June 4th.  More details in the June newsletter.

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Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) regular meeting will be held Monday, May 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in the church basement. There will be a Bible study and a short business meeting.  This will be the last meeting until fall.

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


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Altar Flowers


5/01 Open

5/08 The Keltner Family
        in loving memory of Dave

5/15 Linda Richards
        celebrating her birthday

5/22 Karrow Family
        celebrating Taylor's birthday

5/29 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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May 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


Ray Gigliotti


Greg Jeffrey


Lindy Kalinka


James Keltner


Clara Littrell


Rob Ortman


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May Anniversaries

5/04 Bob & Gloria Rolofson
5/14 Jeff & Debby Axmann

5/18 Andy & Jennifer Brown
5/24 Ryan & Paulette Varns
5/27 Mike & Julie Herl
5/29 James & Heather Keltner Jr.
5/29 Bob & Kathie Kirkpatrick
5/30 Aaron & Kelly Stohs 


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May Birthdays


5/01  Sydney Heishman
5/01  Alicia Vance
5/02  Angela McDaniel
5/04  Tommy Moore
5/08  Josh Holtzen
5/10  Cindy Frazier
5/15  Julie Herl
5/16  Ian McDaniel
5/17  Adriane Knox
5/17  Linda Richards
5/17  Jenny Rockers
5/17  Aaron Stohs
5/21  Rich Lohse
5/22  Kristen Bell
5/22  Ashton Moore
5/22  Aly Traffis
5/23  Ellie Helms
5/23  Theresa Gregar
5/24  Taylor Karrow
5/25  Jean Flick
5/25  Beth Ramsey
5/28  Christian Brown

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