At Our Savior, our mission is Living Love: Love God | Love people | Serve the world.
We do this through ministries we’ve started and ministries with which we’ve partnered. We are truly blessed with caring people who love people and have the gifts to make an impact on this world.
To learn more about our ministries, contact the church office at 727.344.2684 or click on the ministry of interest below.
The second Sunday of each month, beginning at 2:00 PM, members of Our Savior lift Jesus at Egret Cove by providing a worship service for the residents. Egret Cove is located at 550 62nd Street South, St. Petersburg.
Volunteers are needed to arrive early to help residents prepare for worship and move them to the meeting area. No experience necessary, just a willingness to share a smile and a hello.
Please call Barbara Reznik at 727.954.0042 with questions.
Our Human Care Ministry collects new and used eyeglasses and sunglasses for children and adults. Please donate your old or unused glasses to help others. Unfortunately, broken items are no longer accepted.
Eyeglass collection boxes are located at Our Savior St. Pete, in the sanctuary narthex. At Our Savior East Bay, the collection box is located in the lobby.
Please call Connie Fox 727.323.2723 with any questions.
What is a mentor? Well it isn’t a parental substitute or a disciplinarian. Sometimes it’s being an advisor or guidance counselor or a big brother or sister. But—it’s always being a friend.
The primary role is to guide, encourage, nurture and support high-school students and help them navigate the many social and educational challenges of high-school life. Another goal is to help them remain focused on their long-term goal – a college education.
God calls us to be doers of His word and not only hearers. (James 1:22). Our Savior encourages you to step up and step out. Live love. Be a mentor.
All mentors must complete the required Mentor Training Workshop. Participants will receive information about the district’s mentoring program and training on effective listening, goal setting, communication and relationship building. Click here for more details.
For more information about the Mentor Training program, please contact Graham Barber at email@example.com or 727.344.2684 x:263.
The Amigos Center, located in Immokalee, Florida, provides services for local farm workers to help them integrate into American society. These services include food and clothing distribution, English tutoring and computer skills. The Amigos Center is a Christian organization dedicated to helping people spiritually and physically.
Our Savior made our initial journey to the Amigos Center in April of 2011. Since then, we have made more than a dozen trips back to drop off donations and help distribute food.
On Mission Immokalee days, the bus leaves Our Savior St. Pete at 7:00 am and returns at 5:00 pm. Sign-up sheets for the bus trip are available in the Narthex in the weeks prior to the trip.
For further information contact Doris Boerst:
The Pack-A-Snack program is currently sending 1,500 kids home on Fridays with a sack of food, so they have something to eat over the weekend. Our Savior Lutheran Church and School is privileged to participate in this program.
Our eighth-grade students participate by filling the bags with food each week. Last school year, we provided sacks to these three elementary schools:
Bear Creek: 57 Frontier: 88 Cross Bayou: 25
By January 2016, we expect to feed 200 children each week. It is a proven fact that kids can’t learn when hungry. We can and are making a difference in their life.
You can support this ministry by:
- purchasing any of the items listed below and placing them in designated containers on Sundays
- making any financial contribution*
- committing to feed a child for the school year (the cost is $120)* If you are willing to be this generous, please let Karen Richardson (727.641.4215) know, so we can make informed decisions on how many kids we could add to the program
*Please designate your donation envelope or check (Memo section) to Pack-A-Snack. If paying online through PayPal, go to “Special Instructions” and write Pack-A-Snack.
Pack-A-Snack is a regulated program and we need to respect the following rules:
- Food items must be non-perishable
- Must not require refrigeration nor cooking/heating
- Must be in individual, sealed packages (no homemade items)
- Must be easily opened by an elementary school child without assistance from adults (i.e. pull tabs on cans)
We are collecting individual size servings of the following items:
- Beanie Weenies
- Fruit Cups
- Milk, no refrigeration needed
- Breakfast Bars
- Vienna Sausages
- Apple Sauce
- Various Snacks (e.g. cookies,chips, etc.)
- Peanut Butter Cups
- Pudding Cups
- Juice Boxes
- Snack Crackers (e.g. peanut butter and cheese)
Please be generous and remember “But for the Grace of God, there go I.”
Pack-A-Sack is a community outreach and collaboration program of Pinellas Community Schools and Pinellas County area churches and nonprofit organizations. To learn more about Pack-A-Sack, visit the Impact Pinellas website.
Our Savior Human Care Ministry identifies opportunities to Live Love. God has called these people to use their gifts and help others. Whether it is preparing food baskets, collecting donations, or visiting and sending cards to those that are home bound, people are at the heart of this ministry.
Our Savior Lutheran Church and School carries out a specialized ministry to and with the Our Savior Seniors.
- Meets at 8am each Monday for Bible Study
- Meets on the second Tuesday of each month for fellowship, lunch, and programs of interest
- Gathers the second Sunday of each month at 6pm for Card and Game Night
- Offers trips and excursions together off-campus
- Conducts worship at Egret Cove Manor at 2pm on the second Sunday of the month
- Participates in the Our Savior Lutheran School ‘Grandparents’ Program
Leader: Pastor Erich Heintzen
For more information please call the Church Office: 727.344.2684
Stephen Ministry is a system through which people of Our Savior are trained to provide one-to-one, confidential, Christian care to individuals who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. A Stephen Minister is a caring, Christian friend who listens, prays, supports, and encourages.
Stephen Ministers care for people facing tough times!
- Loss of a loved one
- Divorce or separation
- Spiritual crisis
- Terminal illness
- Chronic illness
- Recovery after an accident
- Loneliness or discouragement
- Unemployment or a job crisis
- Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
- And much more!
Our Savior Stephen Ministers
Our Savior has 15 trained Stephen Ministers ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care needed. All Stephen Ministers have completed 50 hours of initial training in providing high-quality Christian care. All caring relationships are handled with confidentiality and respect for the care receivers’ life situations. The caring relationship will last as long as the care receiver needs it.
I would like to request information about the ministry.
Or you can contact the Church Office at 727.344.2684
Or a member of the Stephen Ministry team:
Rev. Dr. Paul Burtzlaff
Who We Are
Our Savior’s Worship Arts Ministry seeks to worship God through a variety of talents and gifts, including music, visual arts, and technical arts. Through a holistic approach to worship, we invite our leaders and the congregation to engage in authentic, limitless adoration of God.
We lead the congregation of Our Savior in worship during traditional and contemporary services. Time-honored hymns are led by the choir and organ during traditional services. Our handbell choir also adds to the music experience. Contemporary services feature modern Christian music as well as new takes on old hymns and standards.
The visual enhancement of staging to correlate with a season or sermon series can help the congregation to learn the presented message more clearly and allow for a more open individual interpretation. Through engaging set design and other visual media, we draw others deeper into the worship as well as offering a space for visual artists to aid in creating the worship experience.
Want to be involved?
Contact Brad Iturriaga
LWML—Lutheran Women in Mission—is the official women’s auxiliary of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. For over 75 years, the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ, encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and to support global missions—Lutheran missions around the world are supported through our monthly Mite collections and from our fundraisers.
All women who attend Our Savior Lutheran Church, including seasonal residents, college students, etc., are welcome and invited to attend our LWML activities. We gather for a monthly brown bag lunch and fellowship on the third Wednesday of the month at noon in Wegner Hall.
Love. Rescue. Heal. This year our church is adopting a new life-changing ministry: the non-profit organization, Rapha House. The mission of Rapha House is to end human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children through aftercare for survivors, prevention for the vulnerable, and awareness for all. Our vision is to see children living safely in communities without the threat of trafficking and exploitation.
As a church, we can:
- Partner with a safe house
- Sponsor an at risk child
- Build awareness
If you want to learn more and are interested on going on a mission trip, contact Natalie Velez, our Rapha House advocate, who’s family’s been supporting Rapha House for the last five years. She recently returned from a mission trip to Thailand and Cambodia, and will be happy to share all details with you. firstname.lastname@example.org, 727-488-2677 www.raphahouse.org
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and truth” (1 John 3:18)