Adult Information Class

posted Nov 9, 2018, 7:21 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated May 4, 2019, 10:08 AM ]

A new class will be forming for those interested in learning more about the teachings & practices of the Lutheran Church started May 1st.

A New class for those interested in learning more about the teachings and practices of the Lutheran Church has started on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m

This hour long 8-10 week class is open to everyone, especially to those new to the Lutheran Church.  

Following the completion of the class those who desire to join the church as a member may do so at that time.  

Please see Pastor Leavitt or the church office if you have further questions . 

SERMON SERIES - "The 3 R's of Jonah" - Pastor Curt Adams

posted May 4, 2018, 8:18 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated May 2, 2019, 12:05 PM ]


The Book of Jonah is one of the clearest manifestations that God’s grace is meant for all the peoples of the world.  Of all the prophets of the Old Testament, Jesus likened only Jonah to Himself.   Jonah’s experience is a type of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, who is God’s ultimate expression of grace  for all the peoples of the world.         

Don’t miss the 3-week sermon series, ‘The Three R’s of Jonah’, that Pastor Adams will be delivering.   

·      May 19:  ‘Running!’;  

·      May 26:  ‘Restoration!’;  and

·      June 2: ‘Resentment!’        


Thank you for helping us help others in our community. Your "Blessing Bags" for those who are currently homeless made a difference!

The Impact of Blessing Bags

Blessing Bags exemplify Christian love in action by making an impact and assisting those in need with free supplies and service contacts by reaching out to those in need and to share the Gospel of Jesus. Serving our community with Christian love in action by providing free goods and services to those in need and helping to foster positive changes within the community with new ideas and resources. 

We fill the community red blessing box at the Presbyterian Church near Lockwood Ridge Rd. and University with the blessing bags that you have so kindly prepared for the area homeless.  Wed March 27th we put 12 blessing bags in the red box, 16 pairs of black or white socks, 5 large packs of handy wipes, 6 large bars of soap, 4 bottles of water, 6 shavers, 4 boxes of band-aids, 6 wash clothes, large jar of peanuts, 2 jars of peanut butter, cans and bottles of shave cream, body lotion, and 12 nutritious bars.  Everything was gone the next day, so we restocked again with your blessing bags and donations. We have been able to distribute well over 100 Blessing Bags during the month of March and plan to do more.  Many thanks to you for caring for our less fortunate.

The homeless folks are very thankful and appreciate their blessing bags we have prepared for them and all have asked God's blessing upon us.  One man placed his hands in prayer position and bowed thanking us. Another man said "I hope ya got som'th in thar to eat".  He was so happy that he called his son and son's girlfriend to stop panhandling on University Parkway to come and get some good stuff!

One homeless man by the name of Michael is special to us in that he enters the Church some Sundays, goes down the center isle and prays at the Altar. Yes, he smells of boozes, cigarettes, and filth, but Michael loves the Lord and the Lord loves Michael.  Michael is grateful for our help with the stuff that we provide. 

We had one blessing bag prepared for a woman with toiletries, food and pink bordered socks that had been sleeping in a Church alcove out of doors.  There is one other lady we have met who told us there are about 50 homeless in the area of Lockwood Ridge and University Parkway vicinity. 

Last Sunday ended our formal Blessing Bag ministry. Our plan is to distribute some of the Blessing Bags to downtown Bradenton as well. However, you are welcome to place any thing for the homeless in the community Red Blessing Box on the property of the Westminster Presbyterian Church on Lockwood near University Parkway.  Thanks for making a difference in the lives of our area homeless.

The Stewardship Board and the homeless would like to thank each and everyone of you for providing @ 60 blessing bags for our area homeless. Your blessing bags have been so graciously and thankfully received by our area homeless women and men.  We have interacted with some of the area homeless and they express such gratitude and joy for the treats that you have given them.  Each has expressed many thank you’s and ask God's blessing upon us at BSLC.


Use the 1-gallon Ziploc Bags and fill the bags with the following suggested items:

  • Adult socks
  • Snacks – granola bars, cheese and crackers, fruit cups, etc.
  • Nutrition/protein bars
  • Bottled water/juice box
  • Hand wipes
  • Mini tissue packs
  • Toothbrushes
  • Small tubes of toothpaste, floss
  • $5.00 McDonalds gift cards

There are loads of additional items that can be added to the list, including other personal care items like a bar of soap, deodorant, combs, sunscreen, band-aids, Chapstick as well as non-perishable food items like beef jerky, raisins, peanuts or gum.

You can find small and affordable priced items at the Dollar Store or at the Red Barn Flea Market.

We have included a bible verse, helpful information with phone numbers and Beautiful Savior’s business card in the Ziplock Bags. Please return the filled Blessing Bags to Beautiful Savior before the end of March, place them in one of the bins located by each entrance door and Stewardship will deliver them to a homeless shelter.

We suggest that you take a quantity of 3 Blessing Bags to fill, since most of the items at the Dollar Store are packaged in quantities of 3.

The Stewardship Board

Help Make Some Music!

JOIN THE CHOIR on Wed @ 6:30pm; Play an Instrument in Praise

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!

Contact Norm Vagn if you have questions:

Calling All Musicians!  

Norm Vagn is looking for anyone in the congregation with musical ability to possibly serve during our services.  

  • All ages and experience/talent wanted.    

Just a willingness to serve the Lord through music!

SuperSeniorS -- June 6th Movie Matinee @ 1:30pm

posted Jan 5, 2018, 12:11 PM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated May 24, 2019, 10:16 AM ]

Folks know the fun at our SuperSeniorS events...

Everyone and their friends, neighbors and family are invited to join the SuperSeniorS  on Thursday June 6th for snacks refreshments fellowship and our funny, romantic and exciting Matinee Movie “A Knight’s Tale” starring Heath Ledger. 

Come early enough to enjoy the treats and fellowship. The movie begins at 1:30.

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

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.   

ISRAEL TRIP -- Oct 30-Nov 8, 2019 -- only $3799 incldg air & hotel, etc.

posted Jul 27, 2017, 7:22 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated May 9, 2019, 7:43 PM ]

This is a fantastic price, especially during the perfect weather time of year for visiting Israel!

Make your Bible study come alive!

Enjoy 10 days experiencing the places where Jesus walked, including a cruise on the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Mount of Olives, walk to specific sites in Old City of Jerusalem, and so much more.

Tour price (per person) includes roundtrip air from Tampa (including $700 govt. taxes/airline imposed international surcharges), First Class hotels, breakfast & dinner daily, comprehensive sightseeing, porterage & entrance fees to all tour destinations. 

This will be a trip of your lifetime!!

For a detailed brochure, contact Pastor Curt Adams at 517-317-2303 or email to: .

GERMANY TRIP -- Where Luther Walked

Pastor Curt and Joyce Adams will be the host couple for Fall, 2020 11-day trip to Germany to visit sites important in the life of Martin Luther and attend the Oberammergau Passion Play. 

You are encouraged to learn more about the trip via a wonderfully informative film on the Oberammergau Passion Play, as well as a documentary entitled “Where Luther Walked”, featuring the late Roland Bainton, author of the award- winning Luther biography Here I Stand. Even if you don’t plan on taking the trip, these two films are worth seeing!

Even though the trip is more than a year away, reservations need to be made VERY SOON! The Oberammergau Passion Play sells out more than a year in advance. 

For more information, or to receive a Reservation Form for the trip, please contact Pastor Curt: phone - 517-317-2303;
email –


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.


In keeping with the 387 year old promise, the villagers of Oberammergau, Germany present their Passion Play depicting the last week of the life of Christ.  The play's presentation can be traced to 1633 when the Black Plague swept Europe.  The people of Oberammergau took a solemn oath: if God spared them, they would present a day-long play telling of Christ's last week of life on earth.  To this day they have kept their promise and every ten years the citizens of Oberammergau perform their passion play with the same love and devotion they have shown for over 380 years.  The play takes place on an open-air stage with a covered auditorium seating 4,700 guests against a beautiful natural backdrop of towering Alpine mountains (rain or shine). 

 Nawas International Travel specializes in Christian travel, where they have earned the reputation for reliability and excellence in their near 70 years of business.  I have traveled with Nawas several times and they are wonderful to meet our every need at a dollar value cost.  For more information and registration please see me, Joyce Brown (941-400-4549), or one of our other Stewardship members.  Happy Travels.

We have one reservation and we need up to 36 participants to go, would you like to join us?  Though the trip is in 2020, play tickets are available on a first come, first come basis with a $200 deposit required this year (2018) for the whole tour.  Play tickets sell out quickly. This fantastic, renowned once in a life-time opportunity to attend the every 10 year Oberammergau Passion Play is an opportunity that you do not want to miss. Here are some trip highlights:


  - 9 days, $4,299 cost (other tour companies are charge like $6,000 +).    

- Pick-up at BSLC bus to Tampa, round-trip/all included flight from Tampa to Frankfurt/Rhine Valley. 

 - Accommodations at first-class and selected hotels (hotels and guest houses are used in the very small village of Oberammergau, Germany.    

- First class (Category 1) admission to the Passion Play.    

- Daily breakfasts and 7 dinners.   

 - Service of a professional, English speaking tour director (office on site in Oberammergau).    

- Comprehensive sightseeing and transfers by private motor coach.   

- All hotel service charges, value add taxes, portage (where available) and entrance fees per itinerary.  

- $100,000 flight insurance for Nawas-ticketed passengers.  

-To begin our journey in Germany, we will drive to Eisenach and visit the Wartburg Castle; here we will visit Luther's office where he worked on a translation of the New Testament, plus Luther's Home with a brief stop at St. George Church were Luther preached.  

- Sept 26 we will go to what Luther called Erfurt where he was struck down by lighting July 2, 1505 and made his vow to become a monk and entered the Augustinian Cloister were we will see the beautiful St. Severus Church. Then on to Eisleben, Luther's birthplace and the home where he died in 1546  

- Sunday, Sept 27.  As a professor of philosophy and theology at Wittenberg University, Martin Luther made his public appearance by nailing his 95 Theses against the misuse of the indulgence system to the door of the Castle Church sparking the Reformation movement. We will see the Luther Monument in the marketplace and Luther's grave. We will visit Lutherhalle which is a museum of the Reformation history. We drive to Berlin next.  

- In Berlin, we will visit the reunited Berlin where we will see the remains of the Berlin Wall. From Berlin we travel to Leipzig where in 1519 Luther debated Johann Eck and denied the divine origin of papal supremacy.  

- Now a panorama view and visit to Nuremberg, and on to Oberammergau where we will be amazed at the Passion Play.

Contact Pastor Curt: phone - 517-317-2303;
email –


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. 

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

Blessed to be a Blessing -- Ways to GIVE

posted Aug 18, 2016, 4:58 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated May 24, 2019, 10:17 AM ]

WAYS TO GIVE, while Lowering Your IRS Taxes


I just want to remind you of a few things I have written on in the past that may improve your giving experience with Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.

REQUIRED MINIMUM DISTRIBUTION (RMD) -Those of you who are of age, and are required to withdraw a RMD from your IRA account, can direct a payment to BSLC and that amount will not be taxable to you even though it counts toward the amount you are required to distribute.  If you are in the 25% tax bracket and pay yourself $1,000 as part of your RMD you will pay a 25% tax on that payment and you are left with $750 to help fulfill your pledge to BSLC.  

  • If, instead, you direct that payment to BSLC the church will receive $1,000 and you will owe no tax on the distribution.  With the larger standard deduction this year, more people will not receive a tax benefit for charitable contributions and this is one way to receive the deduction and still claim the full standard deduction.  This is not tax advice and you should consult your tax advisor with any questions concerning your particular tax situation.

THRIVENT “CHOICE DOLLARS” - Many of you who are Thrivent Financial members receive “Choice Dollars” which you can direct toward a charitable organization.  BSLC is an entity that can receive these dollars and many of you are already choosing BSLC as the recipient of your “Choice Dollars”.  This choice must be made on an ongoing basis.

AMAZON SMILE - If you shop through Amazon you can go through Amazon Smile and Amazon will direct a certain percentage of your sale toward the charitable organization of your choice.  BSLC is one of the eligible organizations.  With the holidays just around the corner this is a good way help BSLC at no cost to you.

These are just a few ways to enhance your giving experience.  I would be happy to talk with you further about these or any other charitable giving strategies.

Bill Christensen, “Treasurer”

The Stewardship of Trust

 The Lord has created a wonderful world. The heavens and the earth and everything in between have been made in such a miraculous manner that they proclaim the handiwork of the Creator. There is nothing more magnificent than the grandiose vastness of space. There is nothing more fantastically fashioned than a strand of human DNA. Despite those who say that these exist as a result of the roll of the dice in a cosmic crap game, it is clear that the design and creative power of the divine word of God is the key. This amazing creation has been spoken into existence by an amazing God.  What makes this God even more amazing is that once He created this wonder, He actually trusted humanity with stewardship of it. Human beings, prior to the first stewardship crisis that we see in Genesis 3, were held in the highest regard by the Creator. Not only did He speak this creative wonder into existence, the Lord then spoke into being those to whom He would entrust all of this wonder. He made them male and female in His image. Our Lord trusted humanity to care for creation as an extension and reflection of His will.

A Shattered Trust

But as we know, that trust was violated. Man and woman reached out to own that which had only been given for them to steward. They claimed ownership over this perfect creation that was not theirs to own. With this trust shattered, everything else was shattered. The creature could no longer be in the presence of the Creator without fear of death. The creatures themselves, designed to be in perfect harmony with the Lord, each other and the creation had their perfect relationship shattered. Even the perfect creation would languish under the burden of the curse that was not its own making. This would cause the creation to work against the stewards who were still to manage it in their fallen state. These consequences resulted from the violated trust of the Owner by the stewards. Since trust played a huge role in the created task of stewardship, is it any wonder that even to this day trust plays a substantial role in congregational stewardship? Individual and congregational stewardship is completely linked to trust. The first level of trust is trust in the Lord. The second level of trust is the trust that the individual stewards have in those who are tasked with being steward leaders in the congregation. This two-fold trust is a must if faithful stewardship is to be cultivated among God’s people. (Excerpt: StewardCAST March 2017) 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!!


posted Apr 1, 2016, 1:18 PM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated May 4, 2019, 10:18 AM ]

Mission grant receiving funding was Y4Life, a program of Lutherans for Life. Read more below.

Come join your Beautiful Savior sisters at our next meeting on Monday, May 13 at 10am. 


  • June 20-23, 2019 -- LWML National Convention in Mobile, AL 

Our last update at the end of January showed that we needed $305,436.81 to meet our Mission Goal of $2,075,000.00 for the 2017-2019 biennium for the National LWML.

  • ·       I am happy to say that as of February 14 mites received totaled $93,889.54
  • ·       which leaves a total of $211,547.27 to reach our goal!

·       By the time you read this we will have less than a month to meet that amount but I am confident that the challenge will be met with the help of all LWML societies across the United States and I know you will be part of that.

The fiscal year closes on March 31 for National LWML so we need to move fast. Bring in your mites boxes as soon as you can. Our members will be responding to a $5.00 Mite Challenge to bring us to the Mission Goal. We can do it with the Lord’s help!

Fourteen volunteers attended the Hope Seeds Volunteer Seed Pack Event on Friday, February 22.

  • ·       You packed 330 carrot seed packs and 1,230 tomatoes,
  • ·       making a total of 1,560 seed packets!

·       Message from Bethany Matzke to everyone: “Thank you for your love and care to “Plant a Seed! Feed a Soul!”.



Please join us on Saturday, March 30, as we travel to Faith Lutheran in Parrish for our Spring Rally.

It’s not a long trip and we will carpool from Beautiful Savior leaving here around 8:00 AM. If you’ve never attended a rally, here’s your chance. The registration fee is $8.00 and includes a delicious lunch. Registration and refreshments begin at 9:00 AM with opening devotions at 9:30 AM.

A collection for “Gifts From the Heart” include paper products for the Parrish Food Pantry and health kits/and or kit items for Project Heart (helping homeless children). Many of the homeless children require a uniform, therefore Project Heart is requesting shorts for boys and skorts for girls in navy and khaki, sizes 2-14. They could also use sweaters, new or gently used. The registration deadline is March 20. Information and sign-up sheet will be on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall.


You are no doubt familiar with the “Parable of the Sower”.  We’ve left out the seeds that were sown and didn’t survive, but are focusing on the ones that took root.  We like to think of ourselves as “rooted Christians”, but if we’re honest we have to confess that some days our soil is not convenient for the seed (Word) or rocks and thorns of life get in the way. 

·      The seed we’re talking about today is actual seed sent from “Hope Seeds” to countries all over the world. 

·      “Hope Seeds” is in their 20th year of providing seeds mostly to Third World Countries so they may be able to feed themselves and also to be fed God’s Word. 

·      These seeds have multiplied many times over!  They have led not only to providing food for families but also to a means of having an income.  Praise be to God! 

  • ·      Over the years a total of 254,312 packets of seeds have been sent along with 20,112 “Messages of Hope”.
  • ·      These along with training and educational materials transmitted to those in greatest need via the staff of “Hope Seeds” and a network of missionaries and agricultural workers associated with “Hope Seeds”.
  • ·      Seventeen countries were served including the U.S., Haiti, Central America, Venezuela, and other countries in Africa. 
  • ·      Four languages – English, Creole, Spanish and Portuguese with 81 missions served at an estimated value of $776,273.80!  Yes, they are statistics but they represent many lives saved and won for Christ.



We will have a chance to pack some of these seeds here at Beautiful Savior on Friday, February 22, from 9:30 until noon.  We invite anyone in the congregation to join us in this endeavor.  Come for an hour or two and help us pack seeds for “Hope Seeds”.



When visiting our LWML website I came across the latest information on our Mission Goal for the 2017-2019 biennium.  As you know we voted to fund $2,075,000.00 for Mission Grants during these two years

  • ·      Our fiscal year ends on March 31, 2019
  • ·      The National LWML Convention is scheduled for June 20-23, 2019. 
  • ·      The amount received thus far is $1,547,807.85 and we have $527,192.15 still needed. 

Let’s make a sincere effort to get those mites in.  Please bring your mite boxes in and empty into the big mite box in the narthex or in the fellowship hall.  We do so appreciate all of you who use your mite boxes and Gods’ “mitey” work gets done. THANK YOU ALL!

Speaking of thanks, I want to thank Joyce Adams and her sister, Kay Schwab, who helped many of us make Valentines at our last meeting.  These will be sent to our shut-ins.  We enjoyed making them and the fellowship.  Thanks again!

LWML -- 2018 Convention Summarized

“Serving the Lord with Gladness”  Psalm 100:2a

This verse was the theme of the FL/GA LWML Convention in Orlando on September 28 – 30, 2018.  Two delegates representing Beautiful Savior, Lucy Fuller and Penny Myers, will be voting on new Mission Projects.  

There are 18 new Mission Grant Proposals; also resolutions to approve and new officers to elect.  We pray for the Lord’s guidance in all these choices.

As you may remember the National LWML Convention will be held in Mobile, Alabama next June.  

Our mites are continuing to fund the current mission projects one of which is “Equipping Youth to Witness for Life – Y4Life”  a grant of $25,000.  Y4Life is a program for young adults and older teens to speak to their peers about issues such as unplanned pregnancies and abortion and is part of Lutherans for Life.  In their training they learn that 27% of those having an abortion have no religious affiliation and only 25% have been to church in the last month.  As sad as this situation is, it is also an opportunity to share the Gospel and God’s love.  Through training these young people can give guidance and information about alternative services while witnessing to their peers. 

The LWML office has moved to Concordia Seminary – St. Louis campus after years of renting at Concordia Publishing House.  CPH will continue to warehouse LWML resources and fulfill orders.  



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The might of mites... see where our 2017 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.

Book Club -- Starts Tues, May 20th @ 6pm at Culver's on University

posted Mar 23, 2016, 12:42 PM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated May 2, 2019, 12:11 PM ]

Book Clubs 

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

What feels shaky in your world? Are you overwhelmed by the problems you’re facing or the pain you’re feeling?   Maybe you feel hurt by the past. Disappointed by the present. Worried about the future. If so, you are not alone, but there is hope. You can live with security and purpose.

In Unshakable Hope, Max Lucado unpacks 12 of the Bible’s most significant promises, equipping you to overcome difficult circumstances by keeping your focus on the hope found in the promises of Scripture rather than dwelling on the problems in front of you. For every problem in life, God has given you a promise. What is your life built on—the circumstances of life or the promises of God? The answer to that question changes everything.  

Beginning on Monday May 20 at 6 PM at the Culvers on University we will begin reading and discussing the different promises that God gives us to strengthen our faith and hope. Come join us! 

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

Look forward to seeing you! Pastor Todd


Our Theme for 2019 is “Year of Stewardship.”   

  • During the months of January—March we are focusing on being good Stewards of the Gift of Time. 

What better way to spend your day then using some of your time with our heavenly Father in prayer and Word. 

Be sure to take the Devotion on Time with you and use it with your time with God this week.

Be sure to stop by the  Stewardship Table in the Narthex/Fellowship Hall this weekend and learn more about some practical ways in how you might be able to use your gift at that time with spending time with God.  

What a great way to spend some of your time by spending it with our Savior and Friend.


As a Thrivent benefit member, each year you have “Choice Dollars” you are entitled to direct to a qualifying organization such as Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church. 

  • The “Choice Dollars” you have in your account to donate for 2018 may be donated in January through March of 2019.

Beautiful Savior has been the designated recipient of over $2000 for 2018 so far, but it is possible for many more dollars to be donated by our Thrivent members. Designating your “Choice Dollars” is sim-ple. You may direct online or by phone. By computer, just log into, scroll down to “direct Choice Dollars,” and log into your account by entering your User ID and password. Then you may direct the “Choice Dollars” to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church or another qualifying recipient of your choice.

If you prefer, you may phone Thrivent at 1-800-847-4836 and speak to a Thrivent representative who will help you direct your “Choice Dollars.”

Remember, the Thrivent “Choice Dollars” you do not designate for 2018 will not be usable in 2019. DESIGNATE NOW — DON’T DELAY, and please remember Beautiful Savior when you do.

Sunday Fellowship - 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 year 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 Sunday Fellowship. Watch for which weekends we need breakfast buffet items donated from our church family.   


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.  

A huge thank you to those who contributed paper  toweling!! 

  • Donations  of various cleaning supplies including Clorox wipes would be appreciated in the months of September/October to help with the kitchen supply costs! Just drop off anytime in the kitchen.

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!

Ladies Luncheon - Tues, May 28th @ Noon -- Mi Pueblo

posted Mar 7, 2016, 3:03 PM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated May 2, 2019, 11:59 AM ]

The monthly Ladies Luncheon will be at Mi Pueblo, which is located at University and Tuttle Roads.   They will meet Tuesday, May 28th at Noon.   Please see the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for more information. 

See the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall

Shop With Scrip Cards:  Sponsored by the Service Guild.  

Help support Beautiful Savior while you do your everyday shopping, dining or gift giving!  Complete list of merchants in the Fellowship Hall.  

Place your order now.  Orders will go out April 15th and April 28th. 

Cards will be received by April 20 and May 4th.  

Contact Lydia Paton, 941-961-0800 or Ellan McMorrow, 631-786-6524.

The beautiful flowers on Altar each Sunday are given to the Honor and Glory of God by members of our congregation who want to remember a loved one or to give thanksgiving for the people and events in their lives.     

Requests can be made for specific Sundays to coincide with remembrances and celebrations.  

Please see the sign-up sheet in the fellowship hall for days available.  

  • Each bouquet is $30.  
  • They may be taken home following the Sunday 10:30 a.m. service.   
  • Please make sure you leave the ceramic vase on the Altar.   

Thank you!

Free Blood Pressure Screening

Did you know we have a health ministry at Beautiful Savior?

Free Blood Pressure Screening will be available April 13 & 14 provided by our Parish Health Ministry Team, 

  • after the 4:30 Worship Service on the 14th and 
  • in-between Services on the 10th.

Call Marcia Reth at 941-753-0183 if you are interesting in learning more.  

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 Apr 24, 2019, 12:15 PM ]

  • Join us for Bible Study on 

  • Wednesday mornings
  • Men's Bible study = 7am
  • Ladies Bible study = 10am 

These classes are led by Pastor Leavitt and go year-round.  We usually study an Old Testament Book or New Testament Book.  Hope to see you this Wednesday! 

Currently we are studying the Book of Judges.

Why is Judges so important?

The time of the judges brought about great apostasy in Israel. The nation underwent political and religious turmoil as the people tried to possess those parts of the land that had not yet been fully conquered. The tribes fought among themselves, as well, nearly wiping out the tribes of Manasseh (Judges 12) and Benjamin (20–21). The pattern of behavior in the book of Judges is clear: the people rebelled through idolatry and disbelief, God brought judgment through foreign oppression, God raised up a deliverer—or judge, and the people repented and turned back to God. When the people fell back into sin, the cycle started over again.

Ironically, in this book we meet many heroes of faith: Othniel, Gideon, Samson, Shamgar, Deborah, Jephthah, Ehud . . . flawed individuals who answered God’s call to deliver the Israelites in sometimes dramatic form. The book includes many of the most graphic, violent, and disturbing scenes in all Scripture—some in the name of righteousness, others in the name of evil.

What's the big idea?

The primary message of Judges is that God will not allow sin to go unpunished. As Exodus established, Israel was God’s people—He was their King. They had forsaken the covenant established at Mount Sinai. In Judges, He disciplined them for following other gods, disobeying His sacrificial laws, engaging in blatant immorality, and descending into anarchy at times. Yet because they were His people, He listened to their cries for mercy and raised up leaders to deliver them. Unfortunately, even these godly individuals did not wield sufficient influence to change the nation’s direction. The people’s inability to resist sinful Canaanite influences eventually revealed their desire for a centralized monarchy, led by a righteous king whom God would choose as His intermediary.

Join us on either Sat @ 3:15pm /Sunday @ 9:15am for an interesting Bible study on the Book of Nehemiah. 

Why is Nehemiah so important?

Nehemiah was a layman, not a priest like Ezra nor a prophet like Malachi. He served the Persian king in a secular position before leading a group of Jews to Jerusalem in order to rebuild the city walls. “Nehemiah’s expertise in the king’s court equipped him adequately for the political and physical reconstruction necessary for the remnant to survive."1

Under Nehemiah’s leadership, the Jews withstood opposition and came together to accomplish their goal. Nehemiah led by example, giving up a respected position in a palace for hard labor in a politically insignificant district. He partnered with Ezra, who also appears in this book, to solidify the political and spiritual foundations of the people. Nehemiah’s humility before God (see his moving intercessory prayers in chapters 1 and 9) provided an example for the people. He did not claim glory for himself but always gave God the credit for his successes.

What's the big idea?

Nehemiah recorded the reconstruction of the wall of Jerusalem, Judah’s capital city. Together, he and Ezra, who led the spiritual revival of the people, directed the political and religious restoration of the Jews in their homeland after the Babylonian captivity.

Nehemiah’s life provides a fine study on leadership. He overcame opposition from outsiders as well as internal turmoil. He exercised his administrative skills in his strategy to use half the people for building while the other half kept watch for the Samaritans who, under Sanballat, threatened attack (Nehemiah 4–7). As governor, Nehemiah negotiated peace among the Jews who were unhappy with Persian taxes. He exhibited a steadfast determination to complete his goals. Accomplishing those goals resulted in a people encouraged, renewed, and excited about their future.


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!

YOUTH NEWS: Register for VBS Now; Nat'l Youth Gathering Fundraisers

posted Sep 1, 2015, 7:00 AM by Beautiful Savior   [ updated May 9, 2019, 7:51 PM ]

VBS 2019 -- Register NOW!!  VBS Event dates: June 9-13

You can print registration form; scroll to very bottom of this web page for attached Registration Form. 


  • THANK YOU for supporting our Walking Taco event on Sunday, May 5 after the 10:30 worship service.

What We are learning……..

Sunday School  The children this week will continue exploring What's in the Bible?

Low Tide  This week we continue with the study “That’s in the Bible”

High Tide  This week we continue learning about the Bible Project -- OT  

Tsunami -- We continue our study of the book of Job  

CONFIRMATION CLASSES for our 8th Grade students 
  • The first week will be held in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m., and parents are invited for this dinner.  
  • The following weeks we will have our meal together at 5:30 p.m., followed by our classes from 6—7 p.m.   

Please see Pastor Leavitt if you have further questions.


Sunday Low Tide Bible Class  -- 9:15am

We are learning how the stories in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelations, point to the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Sunday High Tide Bible Class -- 9:15am

We continue to Study World Religions and how we as Christians can talk to those who believe different then us.

Tsunami Bible Study...  (College Age / 20 somethings)

  • Saturdays @11am

Stay in touch with our current events on our Facebook page: 

VBS 2019


“This trip meant getting closer to God while being surrounded by friends with the same goal. Helping fix houses under God's name was an amazing experience and I'm so glad that I was able to do it with people who have the same goal in mind. This trip helped me connect to God in ways I didn't know I could"   - Spencer Mauk 


  • “This trip to me was an opportunity to help people who loved where they lived, and had almost everything taken away from them. I worked in the construction division and got see what houses down in the everglades looked like. These houses were small trailer homes that were torn to pieces by Irma. Yet, everyone who I met that had so much taken away from them still held strong to their faith and still loved where they lived. This trip meant a lot to me because I got to help people who truly were devastated by Irma and see their joy and thankfulness after we came to help.”  - John Proctor   


“This trip was a wonderful experience for me getting to see what hard work the youth of Beautiful Savior can do for those who needed it. The devastation in  Copeland and Everglades City was so hard to see but the youth brought hope to the people there and that is what that trip is all about. It is such a honor to be a part of this trip and bringing God’s hope to the people through something as simple as painting a home.”  - DFM Amanda Bell

Local fun & New Orleans Convention memories...

Congrads to our 2017 Confirmation class!


We survived New Orleans! What a heart changing experience!!


Come and Join us for some fun, fellowship and worship!!!
  • Feb 16 -     Regular Youth Group at Church 7- 

  • March 1 -   Regular Youth Group at Church 

  • March 11-  Middle School Retreat 6:30 - 11pm

  • April 1 -  Regular Youth Group at Church 
    7- 9

High Tide Winter Schedule

Come and Join us for some fun, fellowship and worship!
  • Feb 14 - Regular Youth Group at Church 6-8pm 
  • Feb 28 - Regular Youth Group at Church 6-8pm
  • March 13 - Regular Youth Group at Church 6-8pm
  • April 3 - Regular Youth Group at Church 6-8pm
  • April 17 - Regular Youth Group at Church 6-8pm


Fun is in the air for our High Tide and Low Tide youth groups. 

Check out the events planned...(click HERE

...and visit us on our Facebook page, too!

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