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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.
Pastor Andy Writes...
Pastor Andy Keltner
September 11, 1863:
The Siege of Vienna

On September 11, 2016 it will be fifteen years since the attack by radicalized Muslims on the United States.   As we gather together to remember and grieve this horrific event we must not neglect the history behind this attack.  Islam from its beginning was a religion of aggression.  The goal of that aggression was to have one universal Muslim caliphate where there would be global peace.  Those who were faithful to the teachings of the Koran would live in peace.  Those who were enemies of the Koran would be converted, killed or subjugated and pay a tribute.  This teaching you can find in the Koran.
On September 11, 1863 the Ottoman Empire laid siege to the Austrian capital of Vienna confident that they would subjugate another people group. The goal was to subjugate all of Europe.  The Muslims believed that the Christian values of tolerance and mercy were a great weakness.  They believed that one day the Ottoman Empire would stable their horses in the Vatican.  A small band of Austrian soldiers, along with the Polish army stood between the Ottoman Empire and the fall of Vienna.  The Muslim attackers numbered close to 200,000 experienced fighters.
On September 11, 1863, to celebrate their coming victory, and strike fear in their opponents the Muslims executed 30,000 Christian captives.  Then they set out to overrun and occupy the city of Vienna.   The Muslims met with a humiliating defeat.  The Polish cavalry executed a strategic charge and the cannons of Vienna stopped the Ottomans advance.  The Polish and the Viennese prevailed and after three hundred years of success the Ottoman Empire was stopped.  This marked the end of the expansion if Islam into Europe and slowly Islam began its retreat to the Mid-East.  I would encourage you to read more about this moment in History as you remember the attacks on 9/11/2011.
The symbolism of 9/11 was significant to a man who grew up with unlimited wealth in Saudi Arabia.  He was influenced by the desire of radical Islam for Jihad.  This means to go to war to establish one Islamic nation and establish Islam by force as the religion of the world.  Osama Bin Laden influenced by radical zealots recruited and trained terrorists to carry out his attacks against the United States.  His goal was to change the worldview of September 11.
The weakness the Muslims see in Christians is our greatest strength.  We value mercy.  We value tolerance.  We trust in the promises of God.  We do not fight and die to earn our salvation.  We are willing to fight and die to stop the spread of evil.  We are willing to risk all for the sake of Christ. Our salvation is rooted in God's grace.  God comes to us in Christ to claim us as his own.  Muslim expansion was turned back at the battle of Vienna.  History shows that Christians stood together against the spread of evil.  Reality is that in 1683 Christendom was divided because of the reformation and the decline of the Roman Empire.  Still Christians, severely weakened and outnumbered, turned back the  Ottoman Empire at the siege of Vienna.

Rallying around Christ and his Word empowers us.  We need to trust God.  He will destroy his enemies and lift up the righteous.  The Bible testifies of God delivering his people in the face of overwhelming odds.  Christian armies prevailed at the battle of Vienna.  We are always victorious in Christ.  "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." (George Santayana, "The Life of Reason", 1905).

Adult Sunday School
You're invited!
Adult Sunday School
September 11 at 9:15 a.m.

The title of the Bible Study is "Your Strong Suit".  This eight week, verse-by-verse study of the armor of God details the incredible protection that God has provided to His children. Even though we may not like discussing spiritual warfare, it is necessary because it is real. Spiritual warfare has the potential to rob us of peace and security only to leave behind doubt and unrest. But God offers protection to us - HIS protection.  Join together and journey through this study as we learn about the battle, our enemy, our armor and our place in God's army. But most importantly, we come to know the rock solid truth that God has provided everything we need to proclaim ultimate victory.

Confirmation Classes
Confirmation Classes for 7th and 8th graders will begin Wednesday, September 7th at 6:00pm.

A letter has been mailed to all parents - if you didn't receive a letter and you are the parent of a 7th or 8th grader contact the church office at 913-837-4502.
Thank You!
I would like to extend a big thank you to all who helped make our VBS a big success.  Thank You Pastor Andy, the youth helpers working with the crafts, the adults who helped in the sanctuary, and the LWML who made the terrific meals that we all enjoyed.  We couldn't have done it without your help.  Our kids had a great time learning about the 23rd Psalm.  I would also like to thank the parents who brought their kids to the Sunday evening service so that the kids could sing their Bible verse songs and their favorite song I AM  A C !  Those in attendance really enjoyed hearing the young folks sing their hearts out!
Carrie Gregar
VBS Director
Thrivent Member Network Invites You to a Special Event!
The Thrivent Member Network (Kansas and Missouri Region) invites you to a special evening celebrating you - Christians putting your faith in action so you can live a wise and generous life, powered by your passion. Father Leo Patalinghug - author, TV host, martial artist, break dancer and founder of Grace Before Meals  will be our guest presenter, providing a cooking demonstration while combining his passion for elevating culture & family life one meal at a time by combining food, family, faith & fun! Join us at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts for cocktails, cooking fun and a book signing. $20 per person - but with a unique charitable twist you decide that evening. Feel free to bring a guest to celebrate with!
Event Details:
Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts - Helzberg Hall
1601 Broadway Blvd. Kansas CIty, MO 64108
For more details and to purchase tickets visit:, click on Events & Tickets and enter THRIVE into the promo code under the page header and click the arrow, or call 816-994-7222.
Biscuits & Gravy Youth Fundraiser
Come on down for an "All you can eat" Biscuits & Gravy, hash browns with fruit, coffee and juice.
Suggested $5 donation
to help us raise funds for District gatherings
Sunday, September 11th in the church basement
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
We are asking youth to bring 2 cans of biscuits and a bag of shredded hash browns.  We are also asking that you come down to help prep, cook, serve the meal and clean-up.

"YOU"th Group - Meetings
COS "YOU"th in grades 6-12 & friends/family
Sunday, September 18th
Middle School-High School Students ONLY!
Invite your friends!
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. (immediately following church)
Church Basement
What to bring:
Your favorite sandwich meat & cheese, (Drinks, plates, cups, bread and condiments provided) Yourself, Friends
What will we discuss:

"Fun" event; Biscuits/Gravy breakfast Fundraisers - Monthly?; Bierocks on October 8th ; All Hallows Eves Carnival Service Project - Sunday, October 30 from 4-6 p.m. - Admission(can food), Treat bag decoration table, Sensory (eyeballs/brains )table, decorate a cookie table, pumpkin bowling (Candy Corn), Tombstone Toss (Hersey kisses),  Fishing (Swedish fish), musical chairs (glow stick necklaces)
We will be meeting every 3rd Sunday each month during the year!

 Kansas District/Oklahoma District Youth Gathering 2016
Did you miss out on the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans?  Well, here is your chance to get a taste of what it's like but right here in Kansas.  If you are interested in having your son/daughter attend a Christian event like no other, then contact us immediately as we need to begin to fundraise.  You can reach us at: 913-837-5276 (leave us a message if we're not home) or at   Let's get ready for a fun time in Wichita!

November 18-20, 2016(Friday night - Sunday late morning)
Hyatt Regency, Wichita
Who attends:
Youth in grades 9-12
Rev. Jeffrey Meinz, Sarah Salzberg, Leon Jameson, These Guys, UnPaved, Micah Steiner
Room 211
Hotel Cost:
$101 per room (plus applicable taxes) PER NIGHT per room. (Youth group will pay)
Registration Cost:
$95 per person before October 1. (Youth group will pay) After Nov.1 - $135 per person and you will pay the difference.  *Registration includes programing, workshops, and activities, gathering t-shirt and Saturday lunch, but NOT HOUSING. *All youth registrations must be turned in ASAP - September 23 at the latest.
Meal Cost:
Plan on an average of $15 per meal (Friday night, Saturday morning (unless we get donations??), Sunday Morning (unless we get donations?), Sunday Lunch) = $60 per person (Youth Group will pay for Saturday evening meal)
 Kansas District Jr. High Youth Rally 2016
Did you want to get a taste of the National Youth Gathering but were too young to go?  Well, here is your chance to get a taste of what it's like but right here in Kansas.  If you are interested in having your son/daughter attend a Christian event like no other, then contact us immediately as we need to know by September 9th.  You can reach us at: 913-837-5276 (leave us a message if we're not home) or at   Let's get ready for a fun time in Williamsburg, KS!

September 30- October 1, 2016 (7:00 pm. Friday night - 1:00 pm. Saturday late morning)
EAST Timberlake Camp in Williamsburg
Who attends:
Youth in grades 5-9
What to Bring:
Bible, Notepad, pen, laughter, friends, snacks to share, personal hygiene supplies, pillow and sleeping bag, money for souvenirs, desire to learn and have fun.
$50 per personincludes breakfast and lunch on Saturday as well as a t-shirt.  (Youth group will pay this.)
"YOU"th September Outing
We will leave right after 2nd church service and go to Buffalo Wild Wings in Overland Park, then Bocce Ball!
COS "YOU"th in grades 6-12 & friends/family
Sunday, September 25
signup in the Narthex by September 18
th so Reservations can be made!!
11:45 a.m. - 3:15 a.m.
Lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings - 135th and Metcalf

Bocce at Pinstripes at 13500 Nall Ave
The cost for lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings and $5 for Bocce
What to Bring:
Yourself, Friends and your Parents

In This Issue
Pastor Andy Writes...
Adult Sunday School
Confirmation 2016/17
Thank You!
You're Invited!
Biscuits & Gravy
"YOU"th Group Meetings
District Youth Gathering
Jr High Rally
"YOU"th September Outing
Friends for Christ
Craft Group
Used Gaming Systems
Altar Flowers
Official Acts
In the Military
Contact Info
Quick Links


go-team-fans.jpg Friends for Christ  

Friends For Christ will meet at the home of Pastor Andy and Debbie Keltner, 1507 N Broadway St., Louisburg, on Saturday, September 10th at 6:00 p.m. Tailgating is the theme. Brats and hot dogs and all the fixings will
be provided. Bring a dish to share of your favorite tailgate food. If you are reading this - you are invited. Amazing food, great fellowship and a Bible study - what a great way to end a weekend in the 'Burg!

LWML craft Craft Group
Craft Group will meet on Saturday September 17th 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

Used Gaming Systems/ Controllers/Games

Do you have an unused PlayStation 1, 2, 3; Xbox; GameCube or Wii (with controllers) sitting around the house not being used AND in good working condition?  Do you have any games for PlayStation 2, GameCube or Wii rated "E" that you don't play anymore? Then please think about donating it to our youth group!  We are looking for some of these to use for our lock-ins and get togethers with the youth!   If you have any of the above and are willing to donate it to the youth, please contact Gerry or Michelle Eickhoff at: or 913-837-5276.

Lutheran Women's Missionary League

LWML will hold their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the church basement. There will be a Bible study and a short business meeting after the Bible study. All women of the church are members of LWML and welcome to attend all meetings. 

Meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month - Sept. thru May at 7:00pm in the church basement.

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

Hope to see you there! 

Altar Flowers

The Newman's
Linda Birthday


The Karrow's
Cindy & Karl's Anniv


Brenda Nay
In Memory of Ted's Birthday


Steve Edgar
Josh's Birthday

Those who have signed up for flowers have two options: 
  1. You can provide you own. They must be at the church before the 8:00 a.m. service.
  2. Sandy can get them for you for $20. (Make checks payable to Sandy Barsh)
Flowers may be taken home after the 10:30 a.m. service. Please return vases to church when flowers are done. You may contact Sandy Barsh at 837-2997 for questions or to fill an open date.


September 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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Official Acts  
08/07 - Kimber Belle Muckenthaler

Transfer In
The Sweyko Family
Steve, Kate, Lena,
Benjamin and Rebekah
from Trinity in Fort Scott, KS

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
Tom Moore
Rob Ortman
Kelly Streck

September Anniversaries

09/05  Glenn & Deanna Pooler
09/12  Karl & Cindy Karrow
09/14  Jim & Debbie Bell
09/14  Josh & Brooke Berve
09/14  Tim & Janie Ott
09/30  Stan & Jean Flick
September Birthdays
9/1   Debbie Keltner
9/3   Allison Brown
9/3   Glenn Pooler
9/6   Richard Fauss
9/8   Linda Newman
9/10 Jeff Axmann
9/13 Travis Becker
9/15 Diane Lynn
9/16 Tricia Walania
9/17 Pat Lightner
9/18 Addy Stohs
9/20 Bill Richards
9/22 Sandy Barsh
9/22 Kim Nemitz
9/23 Walt Chester
9/26 Ellie Kalinka
9/27 Isabelle Holtzen
9/28 Charlotte Heishman
9/30 Josh Berve 

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