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
Pastor Jon Keiser
15 May 2011
1 May 2011
17 April 2011
10 April 2011
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 God’s 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 Bishop’s staff of the
Florida-Bahamas Synod, for which he wrote a mission vision for the
entire synod in 2009 entitled “Together in Mission.” From 2008-2011, he
served part-time on the Bishop’s 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.
GIVING IS NOT MEASURED BY
THE SIZE OF THE GIFT, BUT BY THE SIZE
OF THE HEART.
"Each man should give what he has decided
in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under
compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
(2 Corinthians 9:7)
Church of Our Saviour -- 8401 W. Hillsborough Avenue Tampa, FL
33615 -- (813) 884-1232
Sundays: Traditional Service 9 AM -- Sunday School 10 AM -- 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