Join Pastor Leavitt in the Fort Hamer Bridge Run -- Sat, Aug 25th

posted Jul 18, 2018, 11:25 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated Aug 1, 2018, 11:03 AM ]

Join Pastor Leavitt and fellow members as they participate in the Fort Hamer Bridge Run on Saturday, August 25th.  This healthy, family-oriented event features a 5K (3.1 miles), 10K, One Mile Walk, and Kid’s Races. 

This is Pastor’s  warm-up run for the “Jingle Run” in December.  

More info and registration forms are on the Bulletin Board in the Fellowship Hall.

  • 7:30 Race Start for the 5K & 10K
  • This year the 5K and 10K runners are being treated to a new route that traverses over the 4,544 foot Fort Hamer Bridge then into the Waterlefe subdivision to their signature circle, and then back over the bridge. The 5K finishes at the Fort Hamer County Park. 

  • The 10K continues into the River Wilderness Subdivision then back to the Park where both the 5K and 10K finisher will receive a commemorative medal fashioned by the providers to the Boston Marathon. 

  • The One Mile Walkers will make their u-turn at the crest of the bridge or have the option to proceed over the bridge and back.

  • Chip timing by Lakeshore Athletic Service (official providers to the Chicago Marathon) and Leslie Jordan moisture wicking shirts in gender sizes to the first 2,100 registered.  Special crafted awards to winners and categories three deep from 9 & under to 80+.
  • Race Festivities include:
  • A sensational after party that features food samplings from eleven plus area restaurants as well as adult beverages with proper ID is open to all registrants. Friends and family members can purchase a food band to enjoy the offerings. Sponsors and vendors will have booths with give- aways and information on their products. The YMCA will have kids activities and Manatee County Youth Rowing will have tours of the boathouse along with ERG’s (rowing machines) set up for you to simulate a rowing experience.

THANK YOU from Kinnan Elementary School

posted May 4, 2018, 8:18 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated Aug 9, 2018, 8:47 AM ]

THANK YOU for your all your back-to-school donations! 

Here's a note we received on behalf of the parents & staff at Kinnan Elementary School.

The staff and I, here at Kinnan Elementary, wanted to thank you for your kind donations of supplies to our school. Being a mother myself I have seen the school supply lists, and have spent hundreds on fulfilling them. I can only imagine the overwhelming feeling of multiple children and tough decisions to satisfy these lists. 

Now working at the school, I understand the demand and why the teachers ask for such. In our bold efforts to create the environment needed to help our children learn as well as the understanding of those whom will benefit deeply from these items, we thank you again for what you do for our school, our communities and our students. 

      Have a great day, God Bless.      Natalie Knipfer

The Evangelism Board, with the help of you, our parishioners, was able to have a successful Back Pack collection of school supplies for the needy children at Kinnan Elementary School.    

We can be proud to know that we all made a difference in their school year and helped these students to learn and achieve.

Thank you.

DISASTER RESPONSE -- Learn How to Help with "LERT"

posted Jan 5, 2018, 12:11 PM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated Aug 1, 2018, 10:49 AM ]

The Florida Georgia District of the LCMS has a program for training people in disaster response called LERT, Lutheran Early Response Team.  It has been used in a variety of disasters such as hurricanes and floods over the last 15 years to mitigate damage following disasters from Texas to North Carolina.  

  • LERT or similar training and certification is required to access disaster areas following an event such as a hurricane or flood. 

We are trying to gage whether there are enough people in the congregation interested in this type of program to pursue the idea further. 

·      Several people have indicated an interest this past week. 


 If you have an interest in volunteering for this program, please contact one of the following: Pastor Leavitt, Dick Wilson, Dennis Bonneau, or the church office.   

RALLY DAY is Sept 9th -- Cake Walk, Games, Crafts, Fellowship

posted Jul 27, 2017, 7:22 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated Aug 9, 2018, 8:55 AM ]

Save the Date!!
  • Our annual Rally Day is set for Sunday, September 9th following the  10:30 Service 
  • Enjoy a Traditional Cake Walk, Games & Crafts, & Fellowship. 

Watch for More Information to come! 

Interested in being part of a Parish Health Team here at Beautiful Savior?  Nurses, health workers or anyone who has an interest in the health & wellness of our members are welcome to join us. 

The Parish Health Ministry is a team of individuals that assist our congregation in the knowledge of health concerning soul, mind, and body with the emphasis on health education and spiritual care.

  • 3 John 2: Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. (ESV)

Each month our Parish Health Ministry Team will be showcasing articles within the monthly Newsletter.  

  • Please be patient with the Team as we slowly grow and offer more to you in the future. 
  • Our bulletin board offers more information and is displayed in the Fellowship Hall. 

Please see Mary Luecke or Pastor Leavitt for more information. 

  • Don’t forget – Get them while they last -$5 Found on the Welcome Desk in the Narthex  

Service Guild Fundraiser -- POLY DUSTERS
This duster is great for hard to reach or hidden places and crevices.  Has a plastic handle, molded hook, 23” and Polypropylene Fibers.  See the table in the Fellowship Hall. 

JOIN THE CHOIR -- Rehearsals on Wed @ 6:30pm

Celebrate your love of Jesus!... and make new friends!!

Join the choir. All welcome regardless of experience.  

Winter visitors are more than welcome!!  

We rehearse on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.

Hope to see you soon. -- And bring a friend!



What is SCRIP? ? ?

Scrip is a weird word that you’ve likely never heard of before, but a long time ago, it was the word for alternative money in the form of a certificate. Nowadays we just call it Scrip Gift Card Fundraising.

  • The gift cards all have a rebate percentage on them, normally between 2% and 16% which is the amount that will go to BSLC

In this program there are hundreds of retailers to choose from, such as Walmart, Sam’s Club, Starbucks, Targets, Wawa, Speedway, Shell and about 700 others. They are great for stocking stuffers, gifts to send for Christmas (like the Build-A-Bear one, can be used all over the United States).

·      The gas station ones are refillable, meaning you can add money to the amount already on the card.

·      No need to use your debit or credit card and worry about the machine having a skimmer on it and getting your banking info!

Consider buying some Winn-Dixie ones and use when purchasing your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner ingredients — doesn't cost you a thing and will help our Service Guild help our Church!

See Lydia Paton or Ellan McMorrow for info or call us at 941-227-2074

Ladies Luncheon POSTPONED -- at Columbia Restaurant, St. Armand's Circle

posted Feb 23, 2017, 7:01 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated ]

Due to the election on Aug 28th, we're postponing the LADIES LUNCHEON ON AUGUST 27TH AT THE COLUMBIA RESTAURANT ON ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE.   

Watch for new date for this outing... to be announced soon!


Join the SuperSeniorS while enjoying a movie!

With our snowbirds flying north and our locals leaving on vacation, we will have a lighter schedule of events for the summer.  So don’t miss any of these events and be sure to invite your friends, neighbors and relatives of any age to join us.  

We'll meet in the Fellowship Hall at church at 1:30pm on Aug. 2nd.

Of course, you can always express your appreciation via a free-will offering, but there’s never a charge or fee.


Join the Germany Journey: Martin Luther Trail and Oberammergau Passion Play 

Are you interested in joining the BSLC family for a trip to Germany September 23, 2020 to follow in the steps of Martin Luther and attend the once in 10 years Oberammergau Passion Play?

The 11 day all inclusive trip cost $4,299 which includes: rt air to/from Tampa, most meals, comprehensive touring, escorted by a professional; English speaking tour director, all service charges, gov tax and airline surcharges ($450), and a guaranteed 1st class (cat. 1 ticket for the Oberammergau Passion Play.

We will soon have more information with brochures, posters and sign up sheet soon. Stand by!

                                    See Joyce Brown.

Explore Germany in 2020 on Martin Luther Trail!


The Fellowship Board is asking for volunteers to help out for Sunday Fellowship.

We already have wonderful volunteers helping already and we so appreciate their assistance.  But we need a few more volunteers especially for fellowship following the 10:30 AM Service.  Please check out our signup board in the narthex. 

Contact Dan Legler, Chair of the Fellowship Board if you have questions 253-222-6273. 

Shop on -- Use Special Link for BSLC Rewards

posted Aug 18, 2016, 4:58 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 8:50 AM ] Shopper?  FREE rewards for Church!!

Amazon donates to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. 
It is very easy to sign up, and costs you nothing!

#StartWithaSmile at:  

Thank you!

SMILE. . .. . .that is, AmazonSmile. Beautiful Savior has been registered with AmazonSmile to receive a contribution based on purchases by people who select it as their recipient. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases made by those who designate Beautiful Savior to receive it.

If you are already an Amazon shopper, simply go to from the web browser on your computer of mobile device. Your account will come up, just like always, and you will have an opportunity to enter Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church as your charity. This only needs to be done one time—Amazon will remember it and then every eligible purchase will result in a donation.

Shopping will be the same as always except your purchases will qualify for the contribution made to church. As you shop, you will see products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product page. Most of the tens of millions of items are eligible.

If you haven’t shopped at Amazon before and don’t have an account, it’s very easy to open one and then proceed to as above.

There is no cost to the church or to you for this. It is simply a way to add a few extra dollars to support our church. . .and that’s worth a smile.

Donations for Kitchen Supplies

Donations for kitchen supplies are always appreciated – just drop off in the kitchen. 

  • Coffee, decaf coffee, lemonade mix, plastic utensils, napkins, disposable plates (small, large divided) and cold drink cups
  • Cleaning supplies including: paper toweling, sponges, scrubbing pads (such as Brillo, SOS), dish soap, glass/multi-purpose spray cleaner (Windex etc).
Thank you for your donations!!

LWML -- Mites Report, Qtrly Magazine, Convention, Fall Rally

posted Apr 1, 2016, 1:18 PM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated Jul 2, 2018, 8:38 AM ]

Did you know there are still many ladies that are not signed up to get the Evangel and all the other news from the LWML FL-GA District online? Please share with them how easy it is to get ALL the district news, including the Evangel, delivered to their computer.   
1. Go to  website and on the home page there is a little box titled “Join a Mailing List.” Select LWML FL-GA District Subscription.   

2. Type your friends name and email address in appropriate boxes and CLICK on “Join List.” That’s it!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The might of mites... see where our mites have been allocated recently.

Please see Dolly Morris or call 753-3794.


“Being raised outside the church, working in a regimented military career,

and living with a Muslim husband certainly could send a young woman into emotional and physical overload.  This was the life of Erica Stephenson, as she served her country and her family, yet she was separated from God.”  She shares her story in the latest issue of the “Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly”.  Erica is a witness to the “steadfast love and faithfulness of our Heavenly Father, who called her out of darkness, into His marvelous light (I Peter 2:9)”.  As a reminder to all of us Erica says “I do not have to shoulder life by myself.  I am a beloved child of God and he wants me to lay my burdens at His feet.”  Her husband has also become a Christian as well as their children.  Erica is still in the military but is also serving as a part-time Deaconess in her home church.  “Praise the Lord”.

DISTRICT CONVENTION -- Orlando, Sept 28-30, 2018

“Strengthened.  Helped.  Upheld.”  Isaiah 41:10 is the theme for the Florida/Georgia District LWML Convention to be held in Orlando Sept. 28-30.  

Lucy Fuller and Penny Myers will be attending as delegates representing Beautiful Savior LWML.   We sincerely appreciate their willingness to serve in this capacity.  Thank you, Lucy and Penny.  



LWML FALL RALLY – Nov. 10 in Venice

·      SARASOTA Lakeside Lutheran Church Venice, FL  -- Date: November 10, 2018


Our next LWML meeting for BSLC is Monday, Sept TBD, at 10:00 AM and I hope you can join us.

Serving the Lord with Gladness--   Psalm 100:2a

Volunteer Opportunities

Do you enjoy the fellowship time for coffee and refreshments following the 10:30 AM Service? 

Will you consider volunteering?

The Fellowship Board is asking for volunteers to help. 

We already have wonderful volunteers helping already and we so appreciate their assistance.  But we need a few more volunteers especially for fellowship following the 10:30 AM Service.  Please check out our signup board in the narthex. 

Contact Dan Legler, Chair of the Fellowship Board if you have questions 253-222-6273. 


Interested in being part of a Parrish Health Team here at Beautiful Savior?  Nurses, health workers or anyone who has an interest in the health & wellness of our members are welcome to join us. 

Please see Mary Luecke or Pastor Leavitt for more information. 


USHERS -- We need your help...guys & gals, and even the youth can serve as ushers. With some snowbirds still in their northern homes, we need more ushers for BOTH of our Sunday worship services. 


All you need is a smile and some basic knowledge of what is going on during each worship service.  Simply touch base in advance of the service, and you'll be able to help us maintain an organized flow to our worship, especially on communion Sundays. 


Contact Bob Wick to help at the 8am service, or Larry Barnes or Jim Smith if you can help during the 10:30am Sunday worship service.

NEEDED: Bring Your Breakfast Bakery, Fresh Fruit

posted Mar 23, 2016, 12:42 PM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated Aug 1, 2018, 10:48 AM ]

Bring Your Breakfast Bakery, Fresh Fruit, etc.

Beautiful Savior will continue to partner with Publix to deliver bakery and bread to Salvation Army on Sunday mornings.  

However, our church will share the responsibility with The Tabernacle Church starting this summer by alternating months for the Publix pick up at 6:30 AM.  


This will be an opportunity for congregation members to bring something (bakery, fruit, etc) to share for a Sunday Fellowship during the following months in 2018: August, October and December.   

We will continue to need volunteers every Sunday to assist for the 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM fellowship hours

  • Sign up is posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.  
  • If you are new to volunteering for this church activity, just let us know and you can partner up with a Board Member.    

Let us know if you have any questions!   

Members are always so willing to contribute items to the kitchen and it is very much appreciated.  

Please note that we now have an abundance of coffee and boxes of tea bags so we are all set with those items for many months to come!    

Thank you!!  from your Beautiful Savior Fellowship Board


Helping Hands Needs Your HELP

Serve the Lord by serving His people as the winds knock down the branches and the rain grows the grass and shrubs like crazy. 

Our snowbird helpers have flown north so we welcome you to join us on Wednesday mornings for Men’s Fellowship and light yard work. 

We need help with trimming, pruning, edging and mowing as well as just riding around in a cart picking up debris, blowing and vacuuming, or crushing cans. 

We also have many repairs and special projects for those with special skills (carpentry, plumbing, electrical, masonry, etc.). 

If Wednesday morning doesn’t fit your schedule, come any day of the week and we have plenty for you to do. 

We also provide these services for those members and their friends who could use a helping hand.


If you’re looking for an opportunity to serve Our Lord at Beautiful Savior, you are welcome to attend our monthly meetings to learn how you can participate through the Service Guild.

Our efforts help supply funds to purchase kitchen equipment, paraments and articles for the Altar Guild, support for the Youth Group and many items not covered by the church’s budget.

Feel free to join us and participate in one OR all of our activities:

  • Our Business Meetings: 1st Tuesday of the month, 10:00-12:00 in the Wayman L. Still Building,
  • Craft Workshop: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday’s at 10:00 -12:00 in the Wayman L. Still Building.
  • Cookie Sales at Christmas and Bake Sales throughout the year.
  • Preparing various Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners, Bake Sales and Receptions after Memorial Services.

Join us if you can!

BOOK CLUBS START AUG 6 & 9 (Mon or Thurs)

posted Mar 7, 2016, 3:03 PM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated Jul 24, 2018, 12:18 PM ]

Book Clubs 

It’s never too late to join any of our book clubs!

Book clubs are coming back! 

Have you ever wondered . . . What is Heaven really going to be like?  What will we look like?  What will we do every day?  Won't Heaven get boring after a while? We all have questions about what Heaven will be like, and after twenty-five years of extensive research, Dr. Randy Alcorn has the answers.

In the most comprehensive and definitive book on Heaven to date, Randy invites you to picture Heaven the way Scripture describes it-a bright, vibrant, and physical New Earth, free from sin, suffering, and death, and brimming with Christ's presence, wondrous natural beauty, and the richness of human culture as God intended it.

God has put eternity in our hearts. Now, Randy Alcorn brings eternity to light in a way that will surprise you, spark your imagination, and change how you live today.

If you've always thought of Heaven as a realm of disembodied spirits, clouds, and eternal harp strumming, you're in for a wonderful surprise. Randy Alcorn presents a thoroughly biblical answer, based on years of careful study, presented in an engaging, reader-friendly style. His conclusions will surprise readers and stretch their thinking about this important subject. Heaven will inspire readers to long for heaven while they're living on earth.


  • Starting Monday, August 6th at 6pm, we will be meeting at Culver’s on University.   
  • For those who can’t make Monday nights, we will be meeting at Dunkin Donuts on Rt. 64 starting on Thursday, August 9th at 8 a.m.   

If you would like to join us please contact Pastor Todd so he can get you a book

Contact Pastor Todd if you need more information or would like to join us. I hope to see you there! God Bless, Pastor Todd.

Look forward to seeing you! Pastor Todd


Thank You to those who stepped up to serve in this year's Handbell Choir. We are so blessed to enjoy this beautiful music each Christmas season.

 If you are interested in our handbell choir, please contact Norm Vagn ASAP

Contact Norm Vagn if you have questions:

Helping Hands Men's Fellowship Group Needs Your Help

We know “The Lord” doesn’t need our help but appreciate that He gives us opportunities to serve Him and show our love and gratitude for Him and the many blessings He has given us. 

  • One of those opportunities is the Helping Hands Men’s Fellowship Group
  • We meet on Wednesdays anytime starting after 8:30 a.m., with a break for coffee, donuts and fellowship around 9:30 a.m. 
  • How long you stay is up to you. -- Some choose to come back after lunch even. 

What we do includes spraying weeds, weed-whacking, trimming and edging, grass cutting, trimming and maintenance of shrubs and flowers or simply riding in one of the golf carts to pick up dead branches and clumps of moss that have fallen. 

If you would like the satisfaction of serving “The Lord” and would enjoy the Christian camaraderie and fellowship, simply come join us whenever you can.

BIBLE STUDY -- Wed Mornings; Sat evening, Sunday morning

posted Jan 15, 2016, 6:53 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated Aug 9, 2018, 8:50 AM ]

  • Wednesday mornings...currently studying the Book of JOSHUA. 

  • Men's Bible study = 7am
  • Ladies Bible study = 10am
August 15th, the Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies will complete their study on Joshua.  

We will then take a break until September 12th.  

Join us for our new Bible study in the Fall! 


Our new program “READY, SET, RECYCLE” has added some other items to the list. If you no longer use the following items, we have a place for them and will gladly accept them to be recycled. You can bring in used:

  • Pagers,
  • PDA’s,
  • DVD players,
  • i-Pods,
  • MP3 players,
  • Digital Cameras,
  • Laptop Computers,
  • GPS Systems,
  • Scientific/Graphing Calculators,
  • Tablets,
  • e-Readers and i-Pads.

Wow! We have really gone technical. Keep us in mind if you replace or no longer need these items. Bins for your donations are under the LWML table in the Fellowship Hall. Thanks again!

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