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
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.
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.
As members of our church who want the privilege of church membership, we also need to
accept the obligations. It is expensive to pay for staffing, utilities, mortgage, and programs. Paul
wrote to the church in Corinth that they would be expected to support the workers of the church.
"If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from
you? If others have this right of support from you, shouldnít we have it all the more?" (1
Corinthians 9:11-12). In order for us to move forward, our church has a right to expect much
from us. Itís going to cost us our time. Itís going to cost us our abilities. Itís going to cost us our
money. As we in Christ serve and give generously, we give praise and honor to the Lord.
9:30 AM - Sunday School for all ages
10:30 AM - Holy Communion
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
The Lord be with you.
The Reverend Thomas L. Weitzel
BIO: The REV. Thomas
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 LiturgyByTLW.com, 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
= 50 Years!
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.
Church of Our Saviour -- 8401 W. Hillsborough Avenue Tampa, FL
33615 -- (813) 884-1232
Sundays: 9:30 AM - Sunday School for all ages
10:30 AM - Holy Communion
-- Coffee Hour
Kaye Prox Food Bank: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 3 PM until 4:30
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