Our Savior’s has been actively supporting the Food for Friends ministry in South Hadley. We have received a matching funds grant from ELCA World. Hunger. Please consider adding your support from now until June 20th with donations online at http://support.elca.org/goto/Food_4_Friends and stay tuned for fundraising updates. #untilallarefed #dailybread ELCA World Hunger
The time from Ash Wednesday until Holy Week is a season known as Lent. Modeled after Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness, it is a time for prayer, reflection, repentance, and giving to those in need. Lent is the time that we use to prepare for Easter, and our worship is markedly different during this time. Our paraments are purple only during this time of year, we do not sing “alleluias,” and our focus is on repentance. In a true discipline of balance, this somber time allows us the full freedom to burst into joy when Easter finally finds us. This year’s Lenten theme is “Finding Home,” as we imagine the many ways that we wander in the wilderness, looking for love and acceptance.
Notable Events for Lent/Holy Week 2022:
SUNDAY SERVICES, EVERY SUNDAY, 10:15am
Ash Wednesday service, March 2, 6:30pm
Lenten Wednesday night suppers, March 9, 16, 23, and 30, and April 6, all at 6:30pm, featuring our Many Rooms series which is written, directed, and acted by Our Savior’s people and available on our YouTube Channel starting on Ash Wednesday.
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil, April 14, 15, and 16, all at 7pm
On January 6, the church celebrates Epiphany, the story of when the magi (or “wise men”) followed a star to find the Christ child, as detailed in Matthew 2:1-12.
After that day, the Church celebrates a season of light as we remember the stories of Christ’s early ministry, and the revelation of Christ’s light to the world. This season also just so happens to coincide with the days getting longer here in the Northern hemisphere, adding nicely to the effect! This season will end on Fat Tuesday as Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls this year on March 2.
As we celebrate this season of light, consider the ways that you might share the light that Christ has given to you. If you can’t think of anything, well, we have some ideas!
IDEA #1: FOOD FOR FRIENDS
Food for Friends Volunteers Wanted
“A feel-good job” is how our volunteers describe the work they do. And, with a requirement of just a few hours one Saturday a month, it’s an easy commitment to keep (and if you can’t make it on a given month, it’s OK!). We are adding to our current rotation of volunteers, with these jobs available
- Kitchen prep (8:30 – 11:30)
- Packing Coordinator (8:30 – 11:30, plus planning work)
- Packing Assistants (8:30 – 11:30)
- Driver Coordinator (10:30 – 1pm, plus planning work – computer skills required)
- Delivery Driver (11 am – 1 pm)
- Kitchen clean-up (10:00 am – 12 pm)
- Substitute chef (2 or 3 times a year)
- Program manager (Oversees all functions, could combine with Packing or Driver Coordinator role – computer skills required)
If you are interested in volunteering, or want more information, please contact program manager Charlotte Buijnarowski at 413-374-6022. Food for Friends is a group of volunteers from Center Church, Our Savior Lutheran Church, United Methodist Church, LifePoint Church, Morning Star Baptist Church, and the South Hadley Democratic Town Committee. We prepare and deliver an average of 100 meals one weekend a month to home-bound elderly clients in the South Hadley and Granby communities. Our clients are generally also clients of the Meals on Wheels program, which delivers meals only on weekdays – creating a significant gap on the weekends. While we share our client list with three other churches who cover the remaining weekends of the month, Food for Friends is solely responsible for all other aspects of our program including organizing our volunteers and generating funding through donations and grants to purchase the food and packaging materials.
IDEA #2: MUTUAL MINISTRY
The mutual ministry team serves as a link between the congregation and the pastor, helping the pastor set the covenant with the congregation each year with a list of priorities, helping to set Pastor’s compensation for each year, and generally fielding concerns from both the pastor and the congregation. We’re looking for new members! If you’re interested in joining this important committee which meets about four times per year, talk to Pastor Anna or Laurie Stawicki.
IDEA #3: DO SOME YOGA (it’s not too late to join in!)
When: Mondays 4:30-5:30pm Starting January 10 – February 14th
Where: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 319 Granby Road, South Hadley MA
Serenity Yoga is partnering with Our Savior’s Lutheran Church to provide a Free 6-week beginner yoga series. Our Savior’s Lutheran Church received grant monies which are being leveraged to bring the practice of yoga to community members that have not yet had the chance or opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga. The practice of yoga can help reduce stress, ease pain, increase flexibility, strength, and balance, and improve overall health. This beginner course, taught by Michele Lyman, Owner of Serenity Yoga, is fun, safe and comfortable for students who’ve never done yoga before, are beginners, or have done yoga before but would like to return to the basics. Reserve your spot by going to: https://serenityyogastudio.net/beginnerseries.
Christ’s blessings to you, however you choose to share your light this season, from all of us here at Our Savior’s!
Calumet Lutheran Ministries
Walk the Walk 2021
As usual, we are proud to help support the best summer camp in the USA!
Calumet Lutheran Ministries introduces kids to God’s love, helps them to love and accept one another and themselves, and teaches them critical life skills. We are so proud to continue to partner with them this year for Walk the Walk!
You can find out more about this wonderful program to send kids to camp here: www.calumet.org/giving/walkthewalk
Our Savior’s team captain is Laura Lee Jones, so if you have questions, feel free to see her at church or reach out to her via phone or email!
Join us on our Facebook page (@Our Savior’s South Hadley, MA) for LIVE worship on Sunday mornings at 10:15am, and on the remaining Wednesday evenings in Lent (that’s March 25 and April 1) for our Lenten study posted by 5PM with discussion.
If you have any questions, concerns, additions, or corrections, please email Pastor Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here at Our Savior’s, we are where tradition and inclusivity meet.
During Lent and Easter, our liturgical tradition, creative worship, and sacramental values really shine. It’s a great time to join us! Here are just a few opportunities that we offer during these holy seasons.
This year, our theme for Lent is “God on the Way,” and we’re exploring the various journeys we go on as humans (both literal and figurative), and we’re exploring where God meets us on our way.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10:15am every Sunday morning on FACEBOOK LIVE
Packed and ready to go!
This Lent, we’ll be hearing various stories about where people meet God during their journeys. Join us at 10:15am!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT LENTEN SUPPERS: Discussion starter posted every Wednesday in Lent by 5PM on Facebook
NOTE ON HOLY WEEK: ALL SERVICES ARE NOW ONLINE. Stay tuned for Holy Week details.
Palm Sunday, April 5 at 10:15am
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil: April 9, 10, & 11, all at 7pm
* please note: there is no Lenten Wednesday night supper during Holy Week (April 8).*
Join us during the holiest week in our faith as we observe the last week before Jesus died — and the miraculous ending.
Palm Sunday: April 5, 10:15am; gather in the narthex. We wave actual palms and shout actual hosannas as we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Maundy Thursday: April 9, 7pm; gather in the fellowship hall. We share a full meal together as we remember Jesus’ last meal with his friends. We intentionally frame our conversations around love, food, and service to others, as we remember Jesus’ commandment to “love one another as I have loved you.” At the end of this service, we make our way into the sanctuary, where we strip the altar in preparation for Good Friday.
Good Friday: April 10, 7pm; gather in the sanctuary. This is a simple service of singing, prayer, reading the story of Jesus’ death, and spending some time at the foot of the cross. When the service ends, we seal the sanctuary like a tomb.
Easter Vigil: April 11, 7pm; gather in the parking lot. Dress for the weather, and get ready for this exciting celebration. All feasts begin on sunset of the preceding day, and here at Our Savior’s, we celebrate Easter as soon as possible — Saturday night! Join us for this unique journey from death into life as we reenact some of the most formative stories of our faith, sing, pray, take communion, laugh hard, dance, and even pop some bubbly and enjoy some sweets! You won’t want to miss this one of a kind celebration. Kids are especially welcome at this service!
FIRST SUNDAY OF EASTER, April 12, 10:15AM
Looking for a place to spend Easter Sunday? Join us for the big celebration! We sing, we pray, we take the Eucharist, we shout alleluias, and we pull out all the stops.
THE GREAT FIFTY DAYS OF EASTER, every Sunday from April 12 – May 24 at 10:15am
Easter isn’t one day — it’s a fifty day celebration! Join us every Sunday from April 12 – May 24 at 10:15am as we keep the party going for fifty days.
PENTECOST, May 31 at 10:15am
“Pentecost” means “fiftieth day,” and on the fiftieth day of Easter, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the church. Celebrate with us at 10:15am!
Here at Our Savior’s, when the weather gets cool, we get cooler!
There’s lots happening here at church to keep us warm, both inside and out.
For additions, corrections, or more information, please email Pastor Anna at email@example.com.
Advent is the first season of the church year: it’s a time to prepare! We prepare to celebrate Christmas, but we also prepare to welcome Christ in our everyday lives.
December 1, 9AM
Kick off the Advent season by making your very own Advent wreath — we’ll help you! Join us for this intergenerational event. You’ll also receive short readings and short prayers to go with each Sunday of the season. You don’t need to bring anything; just yourself!
Last year’s wreath making with a few of Our Savior’s awesome members!
December 4, 11, and 18, all at 6:30PM
Each Wednesday during Advent, we have dinner, share communion, and study something together, led by Pastor Anna. This year’s theme is “People Look East: A Theology of Work and Vocation.” Food is prepared by Our Savior’s members, and it’s free!
Our Savior’s members Debbie and Dan discuss the topic of the evening during an Advent dinner.
ADVENT SUNDAY WORSHIP
December 1, 8, 15, and 22, all at 10:15AM
And of course, join us on the Sundays of Advent as we prepare our hearts for Christmas! Each service includes prayer, a sermon, and the Eucharist, and each service is visitor-friendly, with helpful notes in the bulletin to let you know what we’re doing together and why.
Advent in a nutshell.
BEER & CAROLS
December 17, 6PM, Sok’s Bar (30 Bridge Street, South Hadley).
Join us for good beer & Christmas cheer! Get an early taste of Christmas as we sing carols and raise our glasses together. Note: Sok’s has a diverse drink menu with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. You don’t have to drink beer, or drink alcohol at all, to enjoy your time with us. Just come, drink whatever you want, and sing some carols!
Our Beer & Carols (typically Beer & Hymns) band!
LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE
December 22, 4:30PM, Trinity Episcopal Church (27 Strieber Drive, Chicopee)
Join Pastor Anna and Pastor Daphne Burt of Trinity Episcopal Church for this special service. The service is designed especially for those who are experiencing emotional hardship during the Advent and Christmas seasons (due to an illness, death of a loved one, or other hardship), but all people are welcome. These services are known by many names, including “Blue Christmas” and “Longest Night,” and it is held on the longest night of the year. The service will include times of prayer as well as anointing for healing.
CHRISTMAS & EPIPHANY
When Advent is over, the celebration begins! The festival of Christmas begins at sunset on Christmas Eve (December 24) and lasts for twelve days, and we’ll be right here to help you celebrate!
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
December 24, 5PM
Join us for this special celebration of the birth of Jesus. This is a service of light (candles are provided for adults; glow sticks for children). The Eucharist is celebrated, a short homily is preached, carols are sung, and we read the story of the birth of Jesus. Join us!
Pastor Anna, Jeff, and Dan — our ushers for Christmas Eve one year.
Ever heard of the “twelve days of Christmas”? They’re a real thing!
December 29, 10:15AM – the first Sunday of Christmas, featuring Dan Steininger, preacher.
January 5, 10:15AM
Join us for Sunday school for children at 9AM, followed by worship at 10:15AM, as we remember how the magi came to find the Christ child. This is also the Sunday when we bless chalk to mark and bless our homes for the new year, a ritual that has been practiced by Christians for centuries. As the Holy Family welcomed the magi, we also commit to welcome guests into our homes with joy.
EPIPHANY: A SEASON OF LIGHT
Epiphany Sunday signals the end of Christmas, but the season of Epiphany has only just begun! As light returns to us in the Northern Hemisphere and the days get longer, the church celebrates a season of light, living with the teachings of Christ our light as we enjoy the lengthening days. The season of Epiphany lasts until Ash Wednesday (observed this year on February 26, 2020), when Lent begins.
Dawn from Mount Tom, here in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.
We’ll celebrate this season of light every Sunday in worship at 10:15AM in January and February, ending with Transfiguration Sunday, February 23, when we’ll burn last year’s Palm Sunday palms, which will make the ashes for this year’s Ash Wednesday.
The palm burning.
Fall is upon us! Here’s what we’ve got going on at Our Savior’s.
(For additions, corrections, or more information about any of these events, please email Pastor Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
See each heading for events, places, and times, then see below for a brief description.
BEER & HYMNS
Thursday, September 5, at 6PM AND Monday, October 21, at 6PM at Sok’s Bar.
The usual fare: beer + hymns + good company, including these awesome guys! See you on September 5 and/or October 21 at 6PM at Sok’s (30 Bridge Street, South Hadley).
[Note: Not all of us drink beer (or alcohol). Some of us don’t like beer, some are in recovery, and some of us just don’t drink. Come if you’re comfortable, and drink whatever you’d like!]
GOD’S WORK, OUR HANDS SUNDAY (after worship at 10:15am)
+ KIDS’ SUNDAY SCHOOL KICKOFF (9AM)
Sunday, September 8
On September 8 at 9AM, the kids will be using their Sunday school time to serve our neighbors; they’ll be packing batteries for smoke detectors to remind our neighbors to change out their batteries and stay safe. Then we’ll have a brief, kid-friendly worship service with communion (as usual). Finally, the adults AND kids will be delivering the batteries after worship as our God’s Work, Our Hands (a nationwide Lutheran day of service) project. Another group from OSLC will be working to help out at Neighbors Helping Neighbors, the South Hadley food pantry. Choose your own adventure of service – see you on September 8!
ADULTS’ SUNDAY SCHOOL KICKOFF
Sunday, September 22, 9AM, fellowship hall
The adults will continue their study of the book of Genesis beginning on September 22 at 9AM in the fellowship hall and continuing every Sunday until Advent begins in winter. No purchase or prior Bible reading experience necessary, and you can drop in for any and all sessions (each session stands alone).
GOD’S WORK, OUR HANDS CELEBRATION
Sunday, October 6
On October 6th, we’ll be celebrating the work we did on September 8 through learning, fun, food, and worship! Kids’ and adults’ Sunday school begins at 9AM, followed by worship at 10:15AM, followed by hamburgers, hot dogs, and fun!
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY
Sept 15, 22, 29
Oct 6, 20, 27
Nov. 3, 10, 17
For the fourth year in a row, Our Savior’s is happy to offer Financial Peace University, a course on strategies for:
– Paying off Debt
– Saving Money
– Giving Generously
This year, we’re offering child care and food to make it easier for families to attend. The cost for the materials is $109+tax and shipping. For more information, email our instructor, Barbara Callan-Bogia, at email@example.com.
Sunday, October 20, at 10:15AM
Bishop James Hazelwood, our Lutheran bishop here in the New England synod, is scheduled to visit Our Savior’s on October 20. He’s very tall, he’s a lot of fun, and we love hosting him! More details to come soon!
Everything tends to slow down in New England in the summertime, as we all take the opportunity to be outside on the beautiful, warm days of summer.
Our Savior’s is no different – things slow down, people go on vacation, and our pastor usually goes for a week or two to work with the kids at Camp Calumet, our synod’s summer camp in New Hampshire. (By the way, Camp Calumet offers plenty of space for anyone in a beautiful environment that’s also quite Lutheran – including Bible study for adults, day camp for children, gorgeous scenery and lots of possibilities for outdoor adventures, and Sunday worship! Check them out here.)
However, things don’t slow down completely – we still have plenty going on here at OSLC, and because our numbers are a bit smaller in the summertime, it’s a great time to join us or start attending again! Here’s what we’ve got going on.
BEER & HYMNS
I mean – who wouldn’t want to hang out with these great guys?!
Beer & Hymns doesn’t break for summer! Our next event is Monday, June 17, at 6PM at Sok’s Bar (30 Bridge Street, South Hadley). This event is all it says it is and nothing more: beer + hymns. There’s no sermon or obligatory invitation to church – we just sing, drink beer, and enjoy the good company.
Note: If you don’t drink beer, are in recovery, or just don’t enjoy alcohol, we’d still love to welcome you. Sok’s has a diverse drink menu with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available. Not all of our attendees drink beer or other alcoholic beverages, and drinking beer isn’t a prerequisite to enjoying your time with us.
Bottom line: come if you’re comfortable, sing with us, and drink whatever you want!
OUR SAVIOR’S CAMPING WEEKEND
“Get in the picture, Ken!”
Every year, Our Savior’s goes camping! This year, we’re going camping on August 23-25 at Country Aire Campground in Charlemont, Massachusetts, just off the Mohawk trail. You can check out the campground here, and you can call to make a reservation of a campsite or RV site.
If camping isn’t for you, you can still participate! Every year, we have a brief worship service with communion followed by a famous Lutheran potluck. That’ll be on Saturday, August 24, around 5PM.
Our brief worship service out in God’s gorgeous creation, often complete with campfire!
AND FINALLY, WORSHIP!
We’ll be here, every single Sunday, at 10:15am with Good News and communion.
Come see us!
Note: There’s no 9AM adult ed or children’s Sunday school during summer.
If you hang around with us during springtime, you’ll notice that Easter is kind of a big deal for Lutherans.
Easter falls this year on April 21, but for us and other liturgical Christians, it doesn’t end there: it’s a FIFTY DAY FESTIVAL.
We’ve got lots of opportunity to celebrate!
Kicking off the Party: Easter Vigil, April 20, 7PM
For the ancients and for many religious folks today, festivals begin at sundown on the day before, as sundown signaled for our ancestors the end of a day and the beginning of a new one.
That’s why we start celebrating Easter on Saturday night!
Join us for this one-of-a-kind celebration of fire, storytelling, laughter, bread and wine — and wine & sweets! Children are especially welcome at this service, but we welcome folks of all ages to come and kick off our favorite season with us.
Easter Sunday: April 21, 10:15AM
Easter Sunday is typically our largest service of the whole year, as we gather with friends and family from near and far to celebrate the biggest day in Christianity.
Beer & Hymns: April 29, 6PM
It’s our birthday! We started Pioneer Valley Beer & Hymns two years ago in May. Come celebrate with us at Sok’s Bar (30 Bridge Street in South Hadley Falls). This event is all it says it is, and nothing more: we drink beer (or whatever we want — alcoholic or non-alcoholic), we sing hymns, we laugh, we have fun.
Come enjoy the singing and the good company!
Adult Education: Genesis, Every Sunday in April and May EXCEPT Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, 9AM
Join us as we explore the first book of the Bible together in an informal, low-pressure setting. No prior biblical knowledge is required, and each sessions stands alone.
Our Savior’s Works: Fine Arts Show, Pentecost Weekend
(June 8, 5PM-8PM and June 9, 11:30AM – 3PM)
This year, we’re celebrating Pentecost by displaying how God’s Spirit of creativity has inspired our people! Come see their good work and meet the artists themselves.
Wine and refreshments will be served.
YES, we are having church tomorrow morning, January 20, at 10:15 as always.
However, YOUR SAFETY is the most important thing to us.
Please do not venture out if you are not 100% confident doing so. This applies regardless of any worship leadership duties you may have tomorrow.
For those who are snowed in, Pastor Anna’s sermon manuscript will be made available on her blog like always, and we will be “going live” on Facebook for the sermon and possibly other parts of the service as well. If you can’t join us in person, feel free to join us there!
Stay safe, stay warm, and see you soon!
For more on the current season we’re celebrating, see our post below.