Advent and Christmas at Our Savior’s

ADVENT
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Wednesdays in Advent: December 6, 13, and 20 from 6:30PM-8PM
Community Soup Supper & Reflections
Presentation: “Happy Holy Days,” based on Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in the World and led by Pastor Anna (no purchase or preparation necessary to participate)
Join us as we have a hot dinner together and discuss how to see the presence of God even in the midst of both the chaos in the world and in our often exhausting and busy lives. Dinner is provided each week by generous volunteers from the church; come relax and contemplate the holy with us during this sacred season!

Sundays in Advent: December 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 10:15AM 
Advent services of Word and Table
THE BEGINNING IS NEAR!
Join us as we hear the Word and gather at the table to anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth among us.

CHRISTMAS
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Christmas Eve at Our Savior’s: December 24, 5PM
Christ-mass: Service of Word, Table, and Light
Come celebrate with us! Adults, teens, and children of all ages are welcome and wanted at this special yearly celebration.

First Sunday of Christmas: December 31, 10:15AM
Service of Word and Table
Say goodbye to 2017 and celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas with us!
There will be a carol sing before the service, and Pastor Ed Voosen will be our guest preacher and presider.

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Epiphany Sunday: January 7, 2018, at 10:15AM
Service of Word and Table / Blessing of Chalk for New Year Home Blessings
Join us for the celebration of Epiphany, or the arrival of the magi who came to visit and bring gifts to Jesus as a young child. In keeping with ancient Christian tradition, we will also bless chalk so that we may bless our homes for the New Year.

Epiphany Sunday also begins the Epiphany season, or the winter celebration of Light that precedes Lent, which begins this year on February 14. 

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October / November

October is stewardship month! If you haven’t sent in your commitment card yet, be sure to mail it to the church (or bring it with you to church on Sunday). If you didn’t get a card, come to church and we’ll have one for you! 

October 29: Come celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with us at 10:15AM! We just may even have a special guest… 

October 30: Join us for Pioneer Valley Beer & Hymns at Sok’s Bar (30 Bridge Street, South Hadley) at 6PM to RAISE YOUR SPIRITS!
No preaching – just beer and hymns. All are welcome – join us! 
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November 5: All Saints’ Sunday – come celebrate the saints from your own life and the saints of old with a special service at 10:15AM.

Happening through October and November: worship server training.
Be a champ – serve in worship!

Our Savior’s September!

Fall is a great time to join us!

“God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday: September 10
Join us for worship at 10:15, then we’ll get together to do some house and yard work for a community member who needs a little extra help. Come serve your neighbors with us!

RALLY DAY: September 17
Join us for a day designed especially for kids!
Featuring:
Sunday school (for children and adults): kids meet at 9AM in the fellowship hall; adults meet at 9:10 in the narthex (lobby).
Kid-friendly worship featuring fun music and engaging liturgy at 10:15am.
AND FINALLY — an ice cream social after worship.
All are welcome! Join us!

Refugee Sunday: September 24
Refugees aren’t just a political issue to us — refugees are us! For years, members of our congregation have both been refugees and helped resettle refugees here in the US. Join us at 10:15 for a service of worship and holy communion as well as information as we remember those around the world today who must flee their homes due to violence or natural disasters.

PIONEER VALLEY BEER & HYMNS: September 25, Sok’s Bar (30 Bridge St. South Hadley)
Sok’s offers a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. This fun event is for everyone! Come raise a glass and sing with us.
Stay tuned for more details about this month’s Beer & Hymns!

Our Savior’s Summer Activities

Services throughout the summer are designed for visitors!
Check us out one Sunday morning at 10:15 for worship, and if you want, you can stay and chat with us at coffee hour.
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Catch us at the South Hadley FallsFest on July 29 (afternoon)
We’ll have an info booth staffed by your friendly neighborhood Lutherans. Come say hi!
The FallsFest is one-day, fun, free neighborhood craft and music festival.
For more info, click here.
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Raise Your Spirits: Pioneer Valley Beer & Hymns is coming back!
Join us at Sok’s Bar (30 Bridge Street, South Hadley) on August 28 at 6PM for the
Camp Songs Edition of Beer & Hymns. Join us for a night of craft beer and a singalong of some of your favorite hymns and camp songs.
Not a church person? Don’t drink beer? Don’t drink at all?
No problem, no problem, and no problem!
Beer & Hymns is simply what we call our sing-alongs.
All are welcome to come and raise a glass – of whatever you choose – and sing with us.
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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

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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