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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 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
June 2016
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
The Season of the Church
Pentecost is the season of the church.  It is the non-festival half of the church year.  The season of Pentecost spans from Trinity Sunday to the Last Sundays of the Church year.  The color for the season of Pentecost is Green.   Green is the color for life and growth.  The Sundays after Pentecost last from May until the end of October.  I would like to think Pentecost is the longest season of the church because we focus on what it means to be disciples and what it means to be His Church.

I saw this comic strip as I thought about the Season of the church.  Less than twenty percent of those born between 1980 and 2000 attend church.  Church attendance is declining among mainline protestant denominations.  A vast number of people believe they do not need to attend church for their relationship to Christ.  Many will not openly say it, but they demonstrate by their action that they believe "church is a waste."
I actually understand that line of thinking.  If church is just a building, a denomination, or a social gathering then church is a waste.  Yet during the season of Pentecost, the season of the church, we learn from Scripture about what Jesus expects of us His church.  He tells us who we are. He tells us what we can accomplish in his Name.  We see what he has done for us. He celebrates when we respond to his great love and serve Him as His church.
Church is not about you.  It is also not about me.  The church should always be about the crucified and risen Christ.  The writer of Hebrews tells us that we should not stop meeting together especially as we see the day, judgment day, approaching.   One reason we meet together is to encourage one another.   We gather together to encourage one another as we battle in our sin broken world.  You come to church to encourage each other to remain faithful to Christ.
Church should equip us for service in our community.  We study the Word of God together.  We participate in the sacrament. This strengthens our faith.  I have a friend who says when we gather together we are checking our collective armor in our battle against the evil one.  When I taught firefighters we always checked our partners gear before we entered a building.  Are you praying, supporting, and encouraging you brothers and sisters Christ in their battle with the evil one?
Church should be the jumping off place.  The church is a place where we retool and resupply.  This assumes that we are actively sharing our faith in Christ.  This is what disciples do.  They actively live their faith and share the truth that Jesus is Lord.  They do this in their acts of service in their family, the community and the world.
As I contemplate the season of the church I wonder if we understand the value of church.  The church is a gathering of believers.  As believers we come together around the Word and Sacrament.  We are strengthened and empowered by the Spirit for service.  Some of you will serve in the church.  All of you are called to represent Christ to your family and the world.  I believe church has value.  How about you?
Meals on Wheels Benefit
Meals On Wheels

Christ Our Savior is sponsoring its annual Dinner and Pie Auction to benefit the Meals On Wheels program in Louisburg on Saturday, July 9th. This is our big outreach to the community each year and we ask for your prayers and pies, as well as your attendance, if possible.

The fundraiser will be held at the American Legion John P. Hand Post 250 on 9th Street in Louisburg. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.


Anyone who would like to donate pie(s) would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Beth Ramsey for further information.  Thank you!


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Vacation Bible School in July!
Mark your calendars!  VBS will take place in the evenings of July 11th - 14th.  The theme this year is "Barnyard Roundup!"  Jump into a VBS that's all about Jesus!  The evenings will include a meal along with lots of other fun other activities. Don't miss out!

If you are interested in helping make this year's VBS a success, please contact Carrie ( or 913-837-2791).  Thank you!

Donations and a Prayer Envelope Fundraiser for New Orleans!
Help our young people reach their destination - the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 16-20.
By selecting a numbered envelope from the "wall" in the Narthex in the next two weeks, your chosen donation will help us reach our fundraising goal. Each envelope is numbered sequentially from 1 to 50. Each envelope contains the corresponding dollar amount; as well as a prayer request card from our youth.

We invite and encourage you to offer a donation to our young members, and help us with their prayer requests in the process.  Just return your envelope in the marked bucket on the counter near the poster and please hold onto the prayer request and pray it.

It's with your support, since 2013, these young people and their adult chaperons have been afforded the opportunity to encounter Christ and his church on the national level.
From all our travelers to you our Christ Our Savior community we say THANK YOU in advance!!

Youth Group T-shirts
This is the design that was the winner.  Be looking in your e-mail for ordering directions soon.  We will be placing our orders within the next couple of weeks in order to get these back for the National Youth Gathering!

What:  Worlds of Fun
When:  Saturday,June 25
Time:    9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Leave WOF @ 6 p.m.)
Where:  meet at the COS Parking Lot at 9 a.m.
Need Help with: We will be eating lunch at the park - please sign up to bring food/drinks to the picnic on SignupGenius when you receive an e-mail from us!
Cost: $34.00 a person plus parking; $7 drink band?? - do we want?  I must have all money by June 12 to pay for tickets and drink bands 10 days in advance of going.  We must have a minimum of 15 people going - so get your friends and let's have some fun!
What to bring:   waiver (if you are riding with someone other than your parent), swimsuit, towel, extra money for snacks/drinks, yourself plus picnic food!

Who can attend:  youth in Grades 6-12, friends and your entire family!!

RSVP:  on the Youth Group poster board in the narthex by Sunday, June 12 or call the Eickhoffs @ 913-837-5276 (please leave us a message if we are not home) cell: 913-302-2795 (Gerry); 913-302-5282 (Michelle) - you can text us also.  Or email us at:

National Youth Gathering Meeting
Gerry and I would like to meet with all parents and youth going to the National Youth Gathering this summer to give you up to date information regarding our trip.  We would like to meet on Sunday, June 19 during Sunday School hour - 9:15 a.m. in the high school room.  We need at least one parent to be present at this meeting.

Thank you,

Gerry & Michelle Eickhoff

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Meals on Wheels
Vacation Bible School
Youth Group News
Friends for Christ
Altar Flowers
In the Military
Official Acts
Contact Info
Quick Links


German Food Friends for Christ  

Friends for Christ will meet Saturday June 4th at 6 p.m. at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie.  The Cinco de Mayo theme is moving to June - Cinco de Juno?  Tacos and all the fixings will be provided.   Bring another Mexican dish (Pastor likes chicken enchiladas), salad or dessert.  Anyone reading this is invited!   Good food, great fellowship,  and a Bible study - what a way to end a week in the 'Burg!

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) is off for the summer and will resume meetings in the fall.

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


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Altar Flowers


6/5    Open

6/12  The Newman's celebrating
         Don's Birthday

6/19  Rich & Tricia Walania
         celebrating Nate's 16th Bday

6/26  Paul & Linda Richards
         celebrating their Anniv

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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June Education



Evening Bible Study

7:00 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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Official Acts


Transferred Out


Harry and Nancy Lukas

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Venice, Florida


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June Anniversaries


6/4    Pastor & Debbie Keltner

6/13  Bill & Heather Smith

6/14  John & Jodie Berve

6/18  Joe & Carrie Gregar

6/22  Josh & Miranda Creath

6/24  Bill & Sharon Murphy

6/26  Travis & Katie Becker

6/27  Drew & Gentry Harding

6/28  Paul & Linda Richards


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June Birthdays


6/1     Brock Noll

6/2     Emily Helms

6/5     Lois Rausch

6/9     Bob Chester

6/9     David Frazier

6/10   Rick Stephens

6/11   Trevin Lohse

6/12   Conlee Hovey

6/13   Steve Edgar

6/14   Brenda Nay

6/15   Zach Waite

6/16   Don Newman

6/17   Linda Hash

6/20   Paul Richards

6/20   Tanya Williams

6/21   Bill Murphy

6/22   Cade Holtzen

6/25   Jason Allen

6/25   Kelly Stohs

6/25   Nate Walania

6/30   Austin Moore


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