About tjsmit12

I am a spiritual seeker and a philosophical over-thinker. I ask questions about life, the universe, and everything about it.

Caffeine and Questions

#Hipster #Coffee by Andrew Crookston

Each Sunday after worship, join Pastor Anna during coffee hour to discuss next week’s Gospel lesson.


Grab some coffee, bring your imagination, and help Pastor get a head start on next week!


Main photo: “Just what the Doctor Ordered” by Wintertwined

Cork board background by Owen Mandy

Supper Church-Sexuality and Christianity


image from reconcilingworks.com

Embrace and practice God’s love and forgiveness.

Be flexible and open to God’s call in a changing world.

Break down the barriers that separate us from one another.

Join us for a meal, a showing of the award winning documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So”, and discussion. Be prepared for enlightenment and emotion…

June 23, 6:00 pm, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, South Hadley.

Examine the perceived conflict between homosexuality and Christianity, and clarify your true values. Told through fascinating case studies of families, interviews with religious leaders, current research, and with a good measure of humor and human passion.

Here is a link to further information about the documentary: For the Bible tells me So


%22Spaghetti%22 by pittaya on Flickr

We are collecting for the people of South Hadley: In June: Spaghetti and Sauce. Drop off items in the Narthex and we will deliver them to the South Hadley food pantry.


%22Spaghetti%22 by pittaya on FlickrNeighbors Helping Neighbors



Seeking Volunteers: Con-Bust 2016

4139846569_132a094861_bSmith College’s Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Con-Bust, is now seeking volunteers to help out the convention staff for April 1st-April 3rd.

Many of our generation’s most beloved stories draw inspiration from religious tales. C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books and his Space trilogy are basically retellings of stories from the Bible. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth books deal with the constant struggle between good and evil. It is no surprise that Tolkien and Lewis were in the same writers’ circle. Even the protagonist from Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda video game series was initially conceived with the Cross on his shield.

This would be a good outreach opportunity to let Pioneer Valley science fiction lovers know we exist, as well as to talk about how the movies, T.V., and stories of today mirror the faith stories of old. 

It’s dangerous to go alone. Contact Pastor Anna!
Email (oslcpastor@comcast.net) or the office phone (413-533-1925).

If there’s no answer, leave a voicemail. 


Mid-Week Lenten Dinner Church: Wednesdays at 6:30

Asparagus and Fennel Soup by cawaJoin us this Wednesday, March 16th , as we explore how we are transformed by the journey through Lent. We will use Holden Evening prayer, share Communion at the table, and enjoy soup and bread.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Oatmeal by Daniella SeguraWe are collecting Instant Flavored Oatmeal. Next time you are out shopping, pick up a few items and we will deliver them to the South Hadley food pantry.

In Case of STORMY Weather

Blizzard by Andrea Look on ABC Channel 40, WGGB-TV or WGGB.com. You will also find information on Facebook.
Even more importantly, please use your own best judgment about venturing out in dangerous weather.

Want to contact Pastor Anna?

Anna Tew1Pastor Anna will be working in South Hadley:

  • Six (6) hours a day, five (5) days a week from Sunday through Thursdays.
  • Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. her office will be at the Thirsty Mind in South Hadley.
  • Friday and Saturday will be her days off. She will respond to “emergencies” on these days.

Typically, she will be available to meet by appointment from Sunday – Thursday, including evenings, when needed.

It would be most helpful for folks to call, text, or e-mail her to set up a time and place to meet. Feel free to contact her in any of the following ways:

Church office: (413) 533-1925
Pastor’s church email address: oslcpastor@comcast.net

Join Us in Prayer

Wednesday Nights at 6:30

Joy, Sarah City Post-Its In the Round

Photo Credit: Sarah Joy, tumblr.com

Want to experience group prayer? Feel free to drop in for even a small portion of our prayer time. Check with Sue Dion since winter weather is unpredictable.

You can also leave prayer requests in the little white box at the entrance to the worship space, and we’ll pray for those concerns during our meeting time.

Pastoral Care
Please leave a voicemail at 413.533.1925, or email us at elcos@comcast.net. Voice and email messages will be checked regularly.

For emergencies, please contact Pastor Anna at oslcpastor@comcast.net