Join us online this Easter to hear about a victory that will never fade – a victory won for you. One life lived and one life given into death to fix this broken world. One victorious empty tomb as he rose from the dead. God wants you to celebrate Jesus’ victory because it means your sins are forgiven, your guilt is gone, and your relationship with God is made right.
Please be our online guest for uplifting worship, a message of hope, and a place to find victory.
Our community has now been flooded with messages of
cancellations, postponements, and precautions in response to the new
Coronavirus (COVID-19). What will we do as a church?
The safety and health of our church members and guests is a
high priority for us. The following shares the steps we will take in response
First, we will not allow fear to consume us. Nor will we give Satan the opportunity to use this virus to separate us from our God and his Word. Rather, we will pray that God would work through this evil for good. We will seize it as an opportunity to proclaim the peace and hope of Jesus to a fearful world.
It is important that we act with wisdom and love for the
members of our community. We will take precautions. Beautiful Savior’s
precautions will be guided primarily by our faith, but also the direction of
our civil leaders, whom God has given for our good. We have taken into account
the recommendations given by Indiana’s governor, Eric Holcomb, and the Indiana
State Department of Health.
We will plan to continue to hold our weekend worship services, with the following precautions in place.
Steps you can take:
Stay home if you are not feeling well or
experience any cold-like symptoms, i.e. coughing, sneezing, runny nose, or
Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
Avoid sharing personal items such as food,
drinks, or utensils.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then
throw the tissue in the trash, or by coughing into your elbow. Immediately wash
your hands. Do NOT cover your cough with your hands.
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing, sneezing, or using the
Use hand sanitizer with alcohol content of 60%
or more when handwashing is NOT possible.
Our worship and fellowship space will allow for
“social distancing” between families. For the time being, please distance you
and your family physically from other worshippers.
Rather than shake hands or hug to greet one
another, “air-five” or otherwise greet each, maintaining social distance of
Steps Beautiful Savior will take:
Routine cleaning and disinfecting will continue, with a special focus on often-used surfaces (door handles, countertops, and light switches.)
Hand sanitizer will be provided at our entrance.
Proper hand-washing instructions will be posted in our restrooms.
Those who prepare communion elements will thoroughly wash hands and wear gloves.
Fellowship snacks will no longer be served.
If you desire to remain at home, Beautiful Savior will utilize Facebook to live stream our worship. The Sunday message will be posted following worship. Time of Grace is also a great resource to remain connected to God’s Word and hear strong theological content.
Beautiful Savior will continue to monitor this situation and follow the instructions of our government officials. Any updates will be communicated via e-mail, text, and social media. Please follow our Facebook page or Instagram for those updates.
Beautiful Savior recommends you visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention website. This is the most comprehensive information available regarding all aspects of COVID-19.
Finally, pray. Ask God to pour out his peace and his healing upon those in our local and global community who are being affected by this virus.
If you are in need of assistance, please contact us.
Lent is a season we walk on our journey with God. On that journey, we witness some stark contrasts, as striking as black against white. The contrasts highlight the differences between lost human beings and the redeeming God-man, between doing it yourself and trusting God, between groping around in darkness or walking in the light in the Lord. As we see juxtaposed images of our “old self” and the “new self,” we can more thoroughly enjoy the transformation God has accomplished through Christ.
The contrasts are as opposite as death and life.
The only one who could accomplish the transformation in your life is he who humbled himself, so you could be exalted. You are invited to walk on this journey, see the contrast, and find hope in what God has done.
The new year is when we stop and resolve to become a better version of ourselves. We get back to the gym, we cook increased vegetable portions, or pump up our spiritual disciples. We want better versions of ourselves because we see the inadequacies in the current.
This New Year, discover how Jesus has already made a New You. This successful transformation has nothing to do with your resolve, but with his. Join us as we see how our powerful God has made us new through Christ.
We all desire love – reciprocal, inexplicable, unconditional.
But such a love is also impossible, right?
This Christmas discover the inexplicable, unconditional love of God.
God looked at this broken world and loved it. He sent his Son to bring God’s love and forgiveness to people in desperate need of both. The child born in a Bethlehem stable came to live for us, die for us, and rise from the dead to be our Savior.
Join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Our worship will feature an inspiring message, favorite Christmas carols, and a place to find God’s, world-changing love.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…
How have you experienced it? Is a family member blind or
deaf? Has an accident cost you the use of your legs? Do you wet your cheeks
with the tears that trickle down because your grandparent is suffering or gone?
Even if you’ve been spared physical brokenness, does other darkness creep into
your life? Children are bullied and abused. Nations pour billions into weapons
intended for warfare, and sometimes a fear of our own neighbors grips our hearts.
The brokenness of this world is clear.
Yet, God loved this broken world. God loves all the broken people of this world. And God chose one worthy to break the darkness and heal the brokenness. He chose one who would come to draw all nations to himself and establish true peace and justice. He chose one worthy to take up his powerful Spirit and wield that power for healing, forgiveness, and restoration. He chose one worthy to build the highway that leads you and me to the very city of God and the halls of heaven. He chose one to be worthy of a magnificent name – Immanuel – God with us!
The one who is worthy is Jesus.
Join us in the weeks leading up to Christmas as we prepare to welcome this one who is WORTHY into our own hearts.
There’s something about home. Home is where you relax after a long day of work. Home is where you can let your hair down, because you know the people there will love you, even with your quirks and flaws.
Home is where you feel most safe, in a world that isn’t.
Jesus intended for his church to be more than a school where we learn about God’s Word. He intended it to be more than a cathedral where we praise our Creator.
Jesus intended for church to be a home.
Jesus intended church to be a place where we gather with a spiritual family and enjoy all the blessings of home.
On October 20th, we will celebrate Welcome Home Sunday. We will talk about the importance of having the support of a Christian community.
The worship series will continue to discuss what we gain from Christian Community through November 24th.
You’ve heard it before. You may even have said it before. Let’s
take that statement to task. It’s simply not true. It is true that we’ve spent
three to four weeks in worship each year on a significant stewardship emphasis to
encourage regular, consistent, generous offerings at Beautiful Savior. It is
true that our leadership seeks to be transparent about our congregation’s
financial health in our quarterly updates. Yet, that statement above is
misleading: God desires so much more than our money! He wants us to love him
with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. If we could love God that way,
money would not be an issue.
Frankly, we are again in serious need of an honest discussion about our love for God and how it is reflected in our use of his blessing of money—earning, spending, saving, and giving. Our congregation has enjoyed the blessing of subsidy funding from our church body for 20 years, but this significant blessing is no more. As a result, the budget that supports the wonderful ministry we carry out in La Porte anticipates $35,000 of red ink. Graphs of our monthly offerings show varying hills and deep valleys that cannot currently support such ministry.
Spoiler alert: You will hear biblical preaching on the
stewardship of treasures this fall at Beautiful Savior. Late in September, we
will challenge our Beautiful Savior family to give a tithe (10%) OR to increase the
proportion of what they are giving for their weekly offerings for a period of
ten weeks. Why this challenge? Our generous giving is one way in which
faith-filled hearts respond to the riches of Christ and show the honor, love,
and gratitude we have for what Christ has done. Giving is an act of worship. That’s the only reason collect offerings.
The practice of tithing (giving 10%) is at least as
old as Abraham (Genesis 14:20). In Old Testament Israel, tithing was commanded
by law. In the New Testament Church, tithing—along with all other methods of
giving—is inspired by the gospel of Christ. Many Christians, free from
compulsion, tithe as an exercise of their faith. Does God have the ability to
keep us safe, warm and well-fed without 10% of our income? If we share an even
greater proportion? Faith relishes the challenge. The Spirit is up to the task!
How is it possible to give as generously as a tithe– or more–
and do so freely and joyfully? Christ’s
love empowers his poeple. It flows freely from Christ “who loved us and gave
himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2). Generosity to God is a response to
Christ’s willing sacrifice for us.
Tithing serves New Testament Christians as a benchmark for proportionate giving. The Apostle Paul said, “…each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). As New Testament Christians, tithing is a practice to be engaged in freely rather than a requirement to be met legally. Some of us are already in this spiritual habit. Inspired by God’s grace, we may seek to give more, more often, or more creatively. For others, tithing will be a big step and a significant test of faith. For still others, life-issues known to God may make a tithe currently unreachable. What about an extra percent, or two, or three? No matter where we are on the “giving spectrum,” this is true: Our trust in God’s goodness is well-placed!
“Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us to Him be glory in all the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”
You will receive several mailings, devotional pieces, and a
commitment packet over the next four months as part of our 10 for 10
Stewardship Emphasis. Receive them in the spirit they are offered: As an
opportunity to grow in faith and in the grace of giving. Study them. Think
about them. Pray through them. They will help keep our stewardship emphasis
centered in Christ and the cross as we seek to avoid financial quick-fixes and
May the Lord of the Church richly bless our Beautiful
Savior family as we seek to excel in the grace of giving!
Beautiful Savior’s Leadership Team
Brad Minnick, Patrick Wheeland, Barry Younggreen, Carl Rowe, Tom Klosowski, Brian Larson, Pastor Kevin Boushek
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church invites the children of our community to a soccer camp from Monday, June 17th – Friday, June 21st, 2019.
Main Camp (M-F)
Beginners’ Camp (Tu-Fr)
(Timely payment of the registration fee secures your child’s spot.)
The main camp for ages 5-12 will have evening sessions from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The Beginners’ Camp begins on Tuesday, June 18th with mornings sessions from 10:00am to 11:00am.
Registrations and fee payment must be completed by June 1st. Space is limited and there is a cap on the number of participants in each age level. The nominal fee ensures that all children who want to participate will be able. (The slight increase for this year is to allow us to give each child a soccer ball at the end of camp.)
Registration has closed for 2019. Please call 219-324-7442 to inquire if openings remain in our camp. Thank you.
In Beautiful Savior’s Soccer Camp your child will learn the basic skills of soccer and have the ability to practice in a friendly and engaging environment for all participants. Participants will be coached by volunteers from Divine Savior Academy, located in Doral, Florida. Beautiful Savior’s camp will also incorporate a strong focus on teamwork and character building. Beautiful Savior staff will strive to make this camp a fun and safe environment.
Participants will be divided into constructive and competitive age groups.
Beautiful Savior will also offer a free picnic meal to all campers and family members on Friday evening.
Each registered and participating child will receive a t-shirt and a soccer ball.
Participants must bring cleats or athletic shoes, and water. (Shin guards are highly recommended.)
Beginners’ Camp participants should bring athletic shoes and water.
Qualifying families may contact Beautiful Savior directly to inquire about camp scholarships. Please call (219) 324-7442 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Registration has closed for 2019. Please call 219-324-7442 to inquire if openings remain in our camp. Thank you.