Lutheran Church of Our Saviour

                                                                                            Tampa, FL



Lutheran Church of Our Saviour
A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Florida / Bahamas Synod
8401 W. Hillsborough Avenue Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 884-1232
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9:30 AM - Sunday School for all ages (through May)
10:30 AM - Holy Communion

Alternative Worship Service in English and Spanish
Servicio Bilingue Ingles y Espanol
at AM Sundays



06-07 We Do Not Lose Heart
05-24 What Drives You
05-17 Being One - Doing It Together
05-10 Is Loving Easy
04-26 Finding Green Pastures
04-19 Resurrection Evidence
04-05 Easter - How Special Is It
04-03 Good Friday - For Our Sins
04-02 Maundy Thursday - Feeling His Love

LCOS has an updated Facebook page: LCOSTAMPA

ELCA Disaster Response coordinates efforts through Lutheran World Federation and other relief partners and government agencies. To donate to the relief efforts or to learn more about what ELCA Disaster Response is doing, go to

100% of your donations go directly to the needs of the disaster.

Send in your donation directly using the Simply Giving Form

ELCA has a new website

As we designed and built the new site, we tried to keep at the forefront of our work the primary audiences to which it is aimed: ELCA members and worshippers, rostered leaders (lay and clergy), other leaders in congregations, synods and partner organizations ó and those who are seeking involvement in a worshipping community that puts Godís unconditional love in Christ Jesus front and center. These are the people to whom we wish to provide relevant and accessible information through this dynamic new site. The new site offers better search tools, easier navigation, an extensive resource ďlibraryĒ and an interactive map to show where Lutherans are active in the world. It also is more user-friendly on mobile devices.

We hope and pray ó and will continue to work to assure ó that this new website will help advance the work of Godís ministries that we all share. As always, we appreciate your partnership.

Generous Reflections

God It is said that what a person does with his money tells a great deal about that person. If aperson hoards his money, we call him tight or cheap. If someone wastes money, we can call him a fool or a spendthrift. A Christian manages his money wisely and gives it generously. The story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) illustrates how the use of money can readily tell us about a person. Before Jesus changed his heart, Zacchaeus loved and hoarded his money. As a believer, Zacchaeus surrendered his life to Jesus, enabling him to give away half of his money to the poor. How are you using your money?



9:30 AM - Sunday School for all ages
(through May)

10:30 AM - Holy Communion

Pastor's Welcome

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!

This is a very special time in the life of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour. As a transitional time between pastorates, it is a time to draw near to God in whom we find our strength, our hope, our purpose, and our future. It is when we draw close to God and humble ourselves in Godís presence that we find such rich blessings for our lives.

God has a purpose for us all! A very holy and fulfilling purpose for each and every member and visitor who comes to us. In order to discern where God is leading, therefore, this time of transition will be a journey of faithfulness that hearkens to the prophetís call, "Return to the Lord your God."

I invite you accordingly to join me in committing to daily prayer for our community, our church and our church leaders, weekly worship to give praise to God, and study of the scriptures to hear and know Godís word fully, so that we might better hear Godís call, and receive what God has to give for our lives and for our future.

This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalm 118:24)

Thank you for inviting me to be a partner on this special journey of faith.

The Lord be with you.

The Reverend Thomas L. Weitzel
Interim Pastor

BIO: The REV. Thomas L. Weitzel

Pastor Thomas Weitzel has over 25 years experience working to renew churches and ministries. Called to his first parish in a small town of 1,000 in north central Indiana in 1987 as a second career pastor, he brings to ministry an extensive background in public relations, newspaper management, and business consulting, all of which have assisted greatly in the work of redeveloping and renewing parishes. Pastor Weitzel assisted that small worshiping congregation of 35-50 in raising their giving to an average 7 percent of annual income (compared to the ELCA average of less than 2 percent), build a new fellowship hall and pay off that building debt in three years, all through increased faith and sense of call.

Since 2000, Pastor Weitzel has worked as a church consultant in reorganizational efforts, situations of conflict, and assisting parishes and parish leaders in discerning Godís leading for new direction. He has consulted with parishes and synods for mission renewal in Florida, the Bahamas, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota and in churches as large as 1,300 and as small as 30.

From 2002-2007, Pastor Weitzel served on the Bishopís staff of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, for which he wrote a mission vision for the entire synod in 2009 entitled ďTogether in Mission.Ē From 2008-2011, he served part-time on the Bishopís staff of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod as Director of the Freed to Lead Initiative, managing a $1 million fund that made grants to pastors for seminary debt and other financial needs and leading a capital campaign with a $3.5 million goal.

Today, Pastor Weitzel serves on the FB Synod Interim Ministry Team, and trains and helps to coordinate interim ministry throughout the synod.

Pastor Weitzel is also a professional musician, with compositions published by GIA and Augsburg Fortress, and he maintains a worship website at, which has an average of 10,000 visitors per month. In addition, Pastor Weitzel has been a writer for Augsburg Fortress Publishing, The Lutheran magazine (ELCA) and the Canada Lutheran magazine (ELCIC).

Pastor Weitzel lives in Largo, FL and has two adult sons and a granddaughter.

2013 = 50 Years!

The Lutheran Church is celebrating fifty years in mission proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Town 'N Country, Tampa, Florida

May 5, 1963


The link below is an article about LCOS and its 50 year anniversary. It's a great piece, enjoy, and thank you for being part of our community.
TBO article

Lutheran Church of Our Saviour -- 8401 W. Hillsborough Avenue Tampa, FL 33615 -- (813) 884-1232
Sundays: 9:30 AM - Sunday School for all ages (through May) and 10:30 AM - Holy Communion -- Coffee Hour
Kaye Prox Food Bank: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 3 PM until 4:30 PM
Academy of Our Saviour: Monday through Friday -- before care 7:45 AM until 9 AM, School 9 AM until 1:50 PM, After care 1:50 PM until 4 PM