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Beautiful Savior was started by a small group of members from St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Under the name Mission Lutheran Church, their first worship service was held on June 4, 1980 at the Pacific Empire Insurance Building courtesy of CEO Ray Bolland. Using several vacant office suites, with members bringing their own chairs, an organ loaned by Ray & Loraine Bolland, and borrowed hymnbooks, some 120 people crowded in for worship. Here the tradition of passing the communion elements to one another started because of the lack of space to maneuver by the pastor. Education classes were held in other vacant offices. A congregational meeting followed worship and the decision was made to continue as a mission congregation and to proceed with organization. Pastor Heinicke, who had been the pastor at St. Paul's, agreed to serve as pastor. The church office was in his home.

A Constitution Committee was appointed and drew up a working constitution for the mission. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) Northwest District gave their blessings to forge ahead. The name Beautiful Savior was adopted from a list submitted by members and the proposed Constitution and Bylaws were presented and adopted.

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another ...and let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:23,24

In September 1980, members moved to a new temporary facility at the Holcomb Grange Hall on E. Boise Avenue after the Trustees had made a thorough search for facilities in southeast Boise. Members spent a lot of time in cleaning, painting, and readying the building for their use. A used organ was purchased. Classrooms were established in the lower floor and the worship area on the upper level.

On October 19, 1980, Charter Sunday was held with 185 in attendance and 95 people signing the Constitution. In 1981 application for synodical affiliation was approved and Pastor Martin Heinicke was installed as pastor. Although the congregation continued to worship at the Grange Hall for the next five years, already in 1981 committees were formed to begin the process of planning for our own facility. Robert Broyles of Lewiston, ID was selected as architect.

The Northwest District had purchased property in southeast Boise in the late 1970s, and the congregation purchased five acres of the site. The property was beyond the water lines, so it took several years both to solve problems that developed and to finalize plans. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on November 4, 1984, and construction began immediately. Wright Brothers Construction, Eagle, was awarded the contract for building. As progress permitted, members did much of the interior work, such as insulation, electrical wiring, hanging sheetrock, painting, and finishing. Much of the equipment (chairs, tables, kitchen items, organ, etc) was donated by various members and friends of the congregation. The 11,000 square foot multipurpose building features a 128 square foot stained glass window at the front of the sanctuary that was designed, built, and installed by Pastor Martin Heinicke. Don Brigham designed and built the altar, pulpit and baptismal font.

Members of the Building Committee: Bob Rue, Chairman, Ray Ahrens, Claude Kearney, Ray Bolland, Ed and Gladys Johnson, Don Brigham, Mary Earl, Amos Olson, Tom Denig, and Bob and Wanda Firman.

The congregation moved into their new church building on September 23, 1985, celebrating with a service of dedication with 425 persons in attendance.

"This House of God is the realization of our dreams, the fulfillment of our hopes, the answer to our prayers, the uniting of our endeavors, the product of our sacrifices, the instrument of our work to build the Kingdom of God, and a symbol of our love, loyalty, submission and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ."

In October 1985, Beginning Years Day Care opened. It has served the community well and has had an excellent reputation under the direction of Sandy Edmondson since 1992. In 1990 the Beginning Years Pre-school was added, offering classes for 3 and 4 year olds during the school year and is being taught by Chris Eden, a graduate of Concordia, Portland.

Various improvements were made to the facility.  Connection to city sewer was accomplished in 1993 under the organization of Ray Ahrens. In 1994 we went to two services, a baby grand piano was purchased, minor updates such as replacement of the movable doors between the sanctuary and day care area were accomplished, and brighter lights were installed in the sanctuary as well as for the outside area. A window was installed between the kitchen and library for easier serving at fellowship activities. The sound system was upgraded and improved in 1997 to include a listening system for the hearing impaired. Also a new lighted sign was installed in front of the church entryway. In 1998 an electronic keyboard was purchased with the Hahn memorial funds and air conditioning was installed upstairs. In 1999 the grand piano was replaced with a new one.

Our church is known in the valley for its wonderful acoustics and we have had the pleasure of opening our doors to various choirs and recitals. Past organists Pat Nelson and Ruth Cook have given large recitals for the community here, showcasing not only their talents but also our organ and the sanctuary. Concordia Portland choir, Idaho State concert choir, Northwest Nazarene University Bell Choir, and others have shared their talents here, as well as our own choir who has performed many beautiful pieces for us.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church has been served with several pastors since its beginning: Rev. Martin Heinicke from 1980 to 1989, when he retired; Rev. Timothy Krieger from 1989 to April 30, 2000, when he accepted a call to Peace Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach, California; Rev. Howard Barth from 2001 to his retirement in 2011; and Rev. Joshua Hower, who began his service at Beautiful Savior in February 2012.

Pat Nelson was our organist/pianist/choir director from 1985 to 1987, Ruth Cook from 1987 to 1998, and Jill Wright and Serena Mackey shared the position for several years.  Jill holds the position now. Rebecca Hirsch was an intern Director of Christian Education from June 1998 until June 1999 and had a great impact on our youth.  Leah Steinbronn held the position from June 2008 to June 2011. Our office has been staffed by various women: Faith Brigham, Donna Talbot, Susan Pierce, Fran Finkbeiner, and at present, Jenny Neurath is our secretary.

Past presidents of the congregation have included Don Brigham, Ray Bolland, Dean Brigham, Bob Rue, Rob Johnson, Mark Stephensen, Cedric Fedde, Dale Block, and Dave Meyer, and Paul Petersen. Gary Johnson is currently in this position.

We have seen members step forward in mission roles: Nick and Sally Ackerman and family to Venezuela; Margo Borden to Russia; and Beth Rupprecht first with Wycliffe Bible Translators to Guatemala and then to the Lutheran Missions in Papua, New Guinea.  Paul and Wendy Graham and family taught English in the greater Macau area in 2011.

We have been active in our community and world. The Lutheran Women's Missionary League (LWML) and Altar Guild have been active since our inception. Chapters of Lutheran Laymen's League (LLL) and Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) have also been a part of this church. The whole congregation has helped in numerous community projects, such as contributing to the City Light Home for women and children at the former St. Paul's Lutheran Church building (a project of the Boise Rescue Mission); contributing to the Boise Food Bank, and working with the "Paint the Town" project helping the elderly and disabled in the community spruce up their homes.

We have enjoyed a wide variety of activities, from Adult Bible studies, the Bethel Series, Vacation Bible School, fellowship dinners and parties, youth gatherings, puppet ministry, and even a church-sponsored basketball team. We also became one of the congregations in partnership and ownership of Camp Perkins back in 1983.

We have always been a congregation known for its friendliness and caring for each other. This is supported by the fact that several members continue to drive many miles to attend, rather than transfer to other congregations when they move. We are used to having an active part in the planning and leading of the worship services and organizations. It is a tribute that many of our charter members are still very active members today.

Some of the Charter members still with us:

Ray and Carol Ahrens
Tamera Ahrens
Bob and Glenda Braun
Don and Nancy Brigham
Dean and Faith Brigham
Ladora Butler
Marilyn Halweg
Marla Martin
Perin Barker
Roberta (Halweg) Rousseau
Virginia Hazzard 
Martin and Lovila Heinecke
Gladys Johnson
Marge Markse
Bob and Marcy Rue
Kim (Rue) Fike
Rich and Barbara Snow
Lynn and Janet Thaldorf
Brandy (Thaldorf) Stephens
Leon and Janis Werenicz
Jack White
Jennie Zitlau

Our Mission Statement: To develop people into devoted followers of Christ through Invitation, Bible literacy, Worship, Application, and Service. We have attempted to do this through two types of services (traditional and contemporary), Sunday School and Bible study classes for all ages on Sunday, Bethel Bible Series, Lifelight, and small group Bible studies aimed at the needs of the group.

"God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part if honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you if a part of it" - 1 Corinthians 12:24-27

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