About Us

It is our mission to love God and worship Him as we reach and disciple people to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior.

What We Believe

Proclaim the free gift of salvation to all, Thank & praise God for His continual blessings, Grow & reach out in Christian faith.

One True God

WE BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY TRUE GOD IS THE TRIUNE GOD; ONE GOD WHO SHOWS HIMSELF IN THREE DISTINCT AND SEPARATE PERSONS.

  • The Father, who creates and preserves all things. (Hebrews 11:1-3)
  • The Son, who redeems the world by His perfect life, death and resurrection. (John 3:16, John 5:39; Acts 4:12)
  • The Holy Spirit, who brings and keeps people in saving faith in Jesus Christ, who grows and matures us that we live lives that make a difference for the sake of the kingdom. (1 Corinthians 12:3).
God's Desire For Mankind

WE BELIEVE THAT GOD DESIRES ALL PEOPLE TO BE SAVED AND KNOW THE TRUTH.

  • God loves all people and wants them to come to love Him and each other. (Ezekiel 33:11; 1 Timothy 2:3, 4; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 4:16)
  • We are sinful at birth, alienated from God, and must be born again in faith. (John 3:1-8; Romans 3:23; Colossians 1:21; Ephesians 2:1-5).
Jesus

WE BELIEVE THAT GOD SO LOVED PEOPLE THAT HE SENT HIS ONLY SON JESUS TO RESCUE US FROM OUR LOST CONDITION.

  • Jesus Christ is both God and man. (1 Timothy 2:5-6; Colossians 2:8,9)
  • Jesus gave His life as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, resulting in our forgiveness and acceptance before God the Father. (Isaiah 53:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • Those who believe and are baptized will be saved. (Mark 16:16; Romans 10:9,10)
The Holy Spirit

WE BELIEVE THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGS US TO, KEEPS US IN, GROWS AND MATURES US IN SAVING FAITH THROUGH GOD’S WORD, HOLY BAPTISM AND THE LORD’S SUPPER.  

  • We cannot believe in Jesus or come to Him without the assistance of the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:3)
  • God’s Word is true, powerful and has the ability to change lives. (Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:14-16; Hebrews 4:12)
  • Through baptism the Holy Spirit offers all people new life, and makes us God’s children. (John 1:12,13; John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5; Acts 2:38)
  • In Holy Communion, Jesus offers believers His body and blood under forms of bread and wine for Christians to eat and drink. (1 Corinthians 10:16,17)
  • In Holy Communion God offers believers the forgiveness of sins and increases the depth of their faith. (Matthew 26:27,28; John 6:54-58; 1 Corinthians 11:26)
The Church

WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH THE CHURCH GOD EQUIPS, EMPOWERS AND SENDS BELIEVERS TO SERVE HIM BY SERVING OTHERS AND SHARING THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT JESUS. 

  • God has uniquely gifted each person to do good works which He expects His children to do.  (Matthew 25:34-40; 1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12:3-21)
  • It is not good for people to live in isolation. God intends for us to share His love with nonbelievers and believers alike through intentional relationships. (Genesis 2:18; Galatians 6:9,10; Hebrews 10:25)
  • The Christian faith is best lived in close relationships with other people — i.e. Group Life, Missional Communities (Proverbs 27:17; Acts 2:42-47; Romans 12:9-13)
  • Our greatest purpose in life is to bring others into a saving relationship with Jesus their Savior. (Matthew 28:19,20; John 20:30,31)
The Lords Supper

WHAT DO WE BELIEVE ABOUT THE LORDS SUPPER?

We believe in Jesus and His Word when He says, “This is My Body” and “This is My Blood given and shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins.”  We believe that we receive the true body and blood of Jesus in, with, and under the bread and wine when we eat the bread and drink the wine of the Lord’s Supper.

Jesus also says, “Do this in remembrance of me.”  As we partake of His Body and Blood, we are proclaiming the Lord’s death and resurrection as we await His 2nd coming.

In Holy Communion we acknowledge God’s gift of forgiveness and strength. Before we approach God’s table we:

  • Repent of all our sins.
  • Trust in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life.
  • Recognize that we receive Christ’s true body and blood with the bread and wine.
  • Dedicate our lives to Jesus Christ through regular worship, witness, and service.
Baptism

WHAT IS BAPTISM?

Baptism is a gift of God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) in which He gives us faith in Him.  He connects the baptized to the benefits of Jesus’ perfect life, sacrificial death on the cross and victorious resurrection. He calls the baptized by name and says, “You are mine!”  He gifts us with forgiveness, abundant life, and the promise of paradise in heaven.  And, He promises to be with us; not against us, but present and on our side now and forever.

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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  

Staff

Senior Pastor Rusty Leavitt

The Reverend Rossetter (Rusty) Leavitt was born in San Benito, Texas. He received a degree in education from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska and later a Master’s of Divinity from Concordia Lutheran Seminary. Pastor Leavitt formerly served as Director of Christian Education at Zion Lutheran in Orlando, FL, completed his Vicarage at St. Paul Lutheran in Sioux City, Iowa in 1980 and was Pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran in Mineral Wells, TX for 7 years. Prior to joining Beautiful Savior in January, 2002, he was Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran in Vernon, TX for 14 years. Pastor Leavitt and his wife, the former Lynn Karmer (a school teacher) of Quincy, IL, have 5 grown sons, and two daughter-in-laws, and also two grandchildren.

Associate Pastor Todd Kuehn

Pastor Todd and his wife Jessi have been members of Beautiful Savior for several years serving the Church in teaching Bible classes, Vacation Bible School leader, music, and facilitating church services and special events with audio and visual expertise.  Pastor Todd was ordained January 15, 2012 and serves at Beautiful Savior leading the Sunday morning contemporary worship and several Bible studies (at church, online and off campus in the community).

Office Manager Pam Rooney

Pam became a member of Beautiful Savior in 2009. She moved to Florida from Glenview, Illinois in 1993. She has one grown child, Tim, who lives in Clarksville, Tennessee with his wife and 2 children. She had previously worked in an administrative position for a boat manufacturer for 11 years. She is also a volunteer for the Beautiful Savior Altar Guild. Other members of her family who are part of the Beautiful Savior family are her mother, Janet Schildberg, and her sister and brother-in-law Linda and Chris Daley and their children.

Music Director Norm Vagn

Norm was born in Chicago and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.  He received his Masters Degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Kansas.  Norm taught for 10 years in McHenry County, which is an hour west of Chicago.  Norm currently teaches at Riverview High School in Sarasota. He teaches band, jazz ensemble, orchestra and IB Music. Norm plays piano, bass trombone, electric bass and loves to sing.  He has been involved in church music for all of his adult life.

2022 Slate of Officers and Boards

Become A Member!

Please let Pastor Leavitt or the office know if you are interested in joining our congregation as a member, or if you have questions about Christianity or the Lutheran denomination. To those who are new to the Lutheran Church, you are welcome to attend our next Adult Information Classes where you'll hear about some good news for you. A new Adult Information Class is scheduled to begin soon on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m.. Please see Pastor Leavitt or the Church Office if you have any questions. You will be meeting in the Library/Conference Room in the Still Administration Building.

Please let Pastors’ Leavitt and Todd know if you are interested in joining our congregation. For those new to the Lutheran Church please let the church office know if you are interested in attending the class on Wednesday evenings. This is your opportunity to discuss the basics of the Christian faith & the Lutheran church. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about Christianity and Beautiful Savior church while building fellowship with others. Following this 8 —10 week class those that would like to join us as members may do so at that time. Please see Pastor Leavitt if you have any questions.

Monthly Pastor's Messages

Pastor Leavitt's Message
On Sunday, April 24, several members of Beautiful

Savior dedicated a Jacaranda Tree in memory of Dave Engelhardt.  Dave took care of the grounds around the church, including flowers, plants, and trees.  In many ways Dave reminds me of the tree in Psalm 1.    “He is like a tree, planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.  In all that he does, he prospers.”  Dave represents the character of the members of Beautiful Savior Family.   We are blessed with “Psalm 1:3 trees growing together in Christ through outreach, worship, and service.

The tree in Psalm 1 grows beside streams, continually receiving nourishment from the water and producing fruit as the season arrives.  This simply and accurately describes the natural cycle of our communion with God.  He is always there for us – always providing for us.  From that provision flows our spiritual growth and ability to give to these around us.

May we continue to receive the nourishment we need from God’s Word and the Lord’s Supper as we move into the summer months.   As we continue to grow in Christ we pray that they would provide the kinds of fruit in us that will glorify His name and help grow His Kingdom among us.  That’s the kind of tree in Psalm 1.

In Christ, Pastor Leavitt

Pastor Kuehn's Message
  Celebration of Life

Lately, we have had a lot of “Celebration of Life” services these past 6+ months now. It seems to be the new trend when it comes to memorial services, not only here but also throughout our culture even outside of church fellowship.

What exactly is a Celebration of Life service and why do we have them? For the most part, it is looking at the achievements that an individual had throughout their life. When it comes to Christians, I would hope the celebration is what Jesus has done for that person more so than what that person accomplished on their own.

Everyone is great and happy and celebratory, right? Not so fast! Most if not all who have lost a love one they cared for very deeply are crushed by the death of the person their celebrating. To them I cannot imagine they feel like “celebrating” anytime soon! I think it becomes unhealthy for us to try to bury the sorrow and hurt we feel with the passing of a special person to us. I wonder if a secular society is trying to soften the blow that death delivers because there is no hope for them after this life.

We have to make room and have time for a period of mourning in our life. There are places in the Bible where mourning is prevalent. 5 So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord,…  8 And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. Then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended. (Deuteronomy 34:5, 8, ESV)

Read the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the grave and you can feel the sorrow from those close to the family, even from Jesus… “Jesus wept.”  While the believer is certainly celebrating with Jesus and the saints, those left behind are crushed by the separation.

I get why we have a “Celebration of Life” ceremony but it is alright and necessary to mourn. Death was never meant to be a part of life! We as believers are so very blessed that death doesn’t have the final say, Jesus does! I guess what I’m trying to say is in the midst of our sorrow we can still have joy in our hearts knowing our loved one is in a good place and that is something we can all celebrate. But it is okay if it takes time to feel like celebrating. Don’t bury the sorrow and hurt, let God walk you through it on the road to glory.

We will be reunited with our loved ones some day and that hope is something to hold on to because our God is faithful and keeps his promises.

 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:56–57, ESV)

In Christ,  Pastor Todd

Monthly Prayers

Member Prayers

PRAYER REQUESTS  

•Dolly Morris—at home from hospital with double pneumonia

•The family of Debbie Miller, who went to her eternal home

•John Gaul—strength and healing from surgery

•Carolyn Tudor—at home after hospital stay

•Priscilla Collett and daughter

•Mary Laxton—strength and healing, fell and broke shoulder

•Ozzie Hauswald—strength and healing, fell and broke hip, in rehab

•Wonnor Yee—strength and healing following hospital stay

•Linda Capriotti—in need of successful recovery, comfort and healing

•Russ & Margarete Wiltshire—at home, still in need of strength and healing

•June Graham—comfort from pain and cure for infection

•Carla Miller—blood clots, at home recovering

•Uschi Frimberger—still has pain, in need of comfort

•Virginia Johnson—cancer in colon and lymph nodes, in need of strength and healing

GUESTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS

•Kenneth Weiser—in hospital for tests, son of Beth Loveday

•Barry Curless—in need of prayer as he fights cancer

•JoAnn Beals—in rehab, in need of strength and healing

•Dave Measell, lung cancer, with wife Linda as caretaker, brother-in-law and sister of Willie Gwyn

•Luis Ottobre—strength and healing, might need pacemaker

•Judy Harper—Brain tumor and surgery, cousin of Jane Schneeberger

•Anthony Carlesimo—strength and healing following procedure, brother of Linda Stamos

•Dawn—cancer—daughter of Ginny Dryden

•Mother of Robyn Robison—strength and healing

•Stacey Westenberg—cancer for third time, friend of Carolyn Tudor’s daughter

•Earle Timmom—cancer has returned, friend and former neighbor of Carolyn Tudor

•Joe Mazolla—strength and healing from cancer, friend of Lydia Paton

•Bud Collins and son Curtis—strength and healing

•Lynn Rumel—auto-immune disease affecting bones, daughter of Mary Lou and Carl Albrecht

•Ruth Jean Bolt—strength and healing from upcoming heart surgery, cousin of Jane Schneeberger

•Owen White—recovering from serious stroke involving blood clot on brain, nephew of Dolly Morris

•Harold Morris—undergoing radiation for prostrate cancer, brother of Dolly Morris

•Pam Osgood—continuing cancer treatment—sister of Bill Christensen

•Rick Hillis—cancer in both his kidneys, cousin of Carolyn Tudor

•Dawn—-diagnosed with skin cancer, daughter of Genny Dryden

•Glenn Latta, Jr.—four year old coping with Leukemia, hospitalized with aggressive chemo, friends of George & Judy Koegel  Kim—breast cancer, daughter of Ken & Mary Laxton

•Weston Hermann,—13 year old son of Jared, undergoing extensive chemo for brain cancer, friend of Darci Allison

•Guy Montes—cancer , tumor in his brain, nephew of Willie Gwyn

 

Mother's Day Prayer

Memorial Day Prayer

Monthly Birthdays
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Casey Reinhardt

Bobbe Matlock

Marcia Reth

Carol Ottobre

Dennis Bonneau

David Davis

Cassie Davis

Zachary Vagn

John FitzGerald

Robby Greenleaf

Diane Christian

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Bryan Moore

Anita Muhlhauser

Kelly Kure

David Schnepel

Paul Nolting

Julie Motycka

Johnathan Proctor

John Westberg

Janet Roelle

Sharon Staker

Pearl Del Collo

Helen Carroll

Bob Matlock

Sue Wilson

Jane Sloman

5/11/1976 Bob & Lydia Paton

5/13/1978 Dan & Debbie Wagener

5/15/1976 Pastor & Lynn Leavitt

5/21/1988 Rick & Traci Moore

5/22/1971 Bill & Barb Christensen

5/23/1981    David & Julie Thieme

5/27/1995 Charles & Ann King

5/27/2006 Dan & Jo Najjar

5/29/1992 Tom & Kathy Goering