What We Believe
Proclaim the free gift of salvation to all, Thank & praise God for His continual blessings, Grow & reach out in Christian faith.
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).
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).
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
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. Marks’s Lutheran in Mineral Wells, TX for seven 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 five grown sons, four daughter-in-laws, and six 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. Her son Tim lives in Clarksville, Tennessee with his wife and three children. She had previously worked in an administrative position for a boat manufacturer for 11 years. She is also on the Evangelism Board. Her sister Linda, brother-in-law Chris, and their children are also members of Beautiful Savior.
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.
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||BE THANKFUL|
|Psalms 34:1 “I will bless the Lord at all times:|
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
|In Budapest, a man goes to the rabbi and complains, “Life is unbearable. There are nine of us living in one room. What can I do?” The rabbi answers, “Take your goat into the room with you.” The man in incredulous, but the rabbi insists. “Do as I say and come back in a week.”|
A week later the man comes back looking more distraught than before. “We cannot stand it,” he tells the rabbi. “The goat is filthy.” The rabbi then tells him, “Go home and let the goat out. And come back in a week.”
A radiant man returns to the rabbi a week later, exclaiming, “Life is beautiful. We enjoy every minute of it now that there’s no goat — only the nine of us.”
This is a funny story but how many of us know how to be truly thankful in the face of trial? Many saints of the faith who preceded us realized the importance of mastering thankfulness. How much more should we who have so much more than they!
We have an opportunity this Thanksgiving season, to practice being thankful! If we’re struggling today, let’s practice praising God in thankfulness for all the good things He’s done! He deserves all of our praise regardless of our circumstance!
|We invite you to join the “nine” in worship here at church on Wednesday, November 23 at 4:30 p.m. and/or on Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m. as we praise and thank God for His blessings, hear His Word, and gather together at His Table. He is worthy of our worship with or without the goat.|
|Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,|
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints…(1 Corinthians 1:2, ESV) 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God that is at Corinth, with all the saints… (2 Corinthians 1:1, ESV) 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints… (Ephesians 1:1, ESV) 2 To the saints and faithful brothers… (Colossians 1:2, ESV)
I love how the apostle Paul calls all the different members of the churches in the different cities he writes to saints. He certainly isn’t writing to those that have perished and rest with Jesus. He is writing to people that are alive and well struggling to live in a world that is broken.
The ironic thing about Paul calling these believers saints is the fact that he opens his letters that way but then gets into all the problems that he sees these churches have and offer solutions that will increase their faith and help them live a sanctified life. In other words, living breathing saints are sinners in need of Jesus.
In some of the examples I chose to start out with, I left out the most important part of what it means to be a saint. 2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: (Colossians 1:2, ESV) 1 …To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, (Philippians 1:1, ESV)
It all revolves around being in Christ. Without that very important stipulation there would be no living saints. As we live out our calling on a daily basis and too often slip up we can still be looked upon as holy because we are clothed in Christ. We are totally forgiven and seen as righteous even though we truly aren’t on our own. That is wonderful news!
One day we will all join the saints that have gone before us and are truly washed from their sins and do not have a sinful nature anymore as they reside with Jesus and all the other believers who put their faith in a Savior that took upon their brokenness and made it his own and in the waters of baptism gave them his holiness.
As the angel tells Daniel the gift that awaits the saints, I leave you with this encouragement from God’s holy Scriptures. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever.’ (Daniel 7:18, ESV)
In Christ, Pastor Todd
Monthly Prayers, Birthdays, Anniversaries
• Lucy Fuller and family—her father Anthony Cellamare went to his eternal home
• Carol RosenDahl—MRSA infection
• Dolly Morris-strength and healing following hospital stay with COVID
• Glenn Ziegenfuss— at home, strength and healing from bypass surgeries
• Bill Sloman—received liver transplant, at home, prayers of thanksgiving
• Genny Dryden—fell and broke three ribs, has infection
• Arlene Barrett—fell and broke hip, had surgery, in rehab
• Ellan McMorrow—strength and healing following heart surgery
• Lucy Abbott—at rehab
• Dave Schnepel—at home, strength and healing
GUESTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS
• Jerry Dalton, Sr.—multiple heart procedures, strength and healing, father of Jerry Dalton
• Carol Clark—diagnosed with lymphoma, going thru Chemo, classmate of Jane Schneeberger
• Ralph Gwyn—in hospital, in need of strength and healing, husband of Willie
• Terry Jones—stage four breast cancer, daughter of friend of Roger and Jan Hornick
• Dale Albrecht—strength and healing following surgery, son of Carl and MaryLou Albrecht
• John Horalek—recovering from open heart surgery, friend of Charles and Ann King
• Amber Hartman—Has diverticulitis and severe knee pain, daughter of Denise Hartman
• Ella—strength and healing after knee surgery, granddaughter of Ellan McMorrow
• Jerry Morris—strength and healing from double knee surgery, friend of Paul & Linda Jorgensen
• Kenneth Weiser—strength and healing, son of Beth Loveday
• Barry Curless—in need of prayer as he fights cancer
• Dave Measell, lung cancer, with wife Linda as caretaker, brother-in-law and sister of Willie Gwyn
• Dawn—cancer—daughter of Ginny Dryden
• Suzie—recovery from heart attack, in hospital, needing surgery when healthier, cousin of Ellan McMorrow
• 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 heart surgery, cousin of Jane Schneeberger
• Pam Osgood—continuing cancer treatment—sister of Bill Christensen
• Rick Hillis—cancer in both his kidneys, cousin of Carolyn Tudor
• 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