Happening This Sunday

Sunday, June 9 is Pentecost Sunday, and we’ll worship together in the large sanctuary with a combined Basic English and Standard English service. During our service, we will welcome several new members to COS.

Afterward, you’re invited to stay for a congregational lunch and Crossing Over listening follow-up. We will eat together in the café area and have an hour to discuss how COS is doing in living out our community covenant made in May 2016.

Youth News

Summer Plans: June 24 -27, 6-8pm: VBS!  Sign up in the café to be a VBS Volunteer!

High School:

Save the date- Sunday July 28, for an outing to Cedar Point!

Picnic by the Pond at Post Family Farm on Sunday, June 23 for students entering grades 9-1st year of college. Right after worship.  Kayaking, fishing, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, and optional swimming!  (Drivers needed.)  Contact Annette to get your name on the list.

Middle Schoolers:

Outing to the Getty Drive-in Movie Theater, this Friday, June 14!

Church News

Attention all VBS Volunteers! There will be an all-volunteer VBS Training event on Thursday, June 13th from 7-9 pm in the Nursery extension room. Come meet your fellow volunteers AND learn everything you need to know to be an amazing VBS volunteer. Light snacks will be provided. (And feel free to bring a friend!)

VBS registration is open! Register your child online at www.vbspro.events/p/cos    (Dates are June 24-27). VBS would like to borrow large stuffed African animals for decorations, especially lion, giraffe and rhinoceros.  Contact Hope Bradley if you have one we could borrow.

Refugee Families need help getting to church…can you help? Several new families have joined us in BES worship each Sunday, and we praise God for this. However, we need at least two more drivers on Sunday morning who could pick up and return these folks after worship. If you feel called, please contact Paul Brink at 929-0135 or John Bruss at (630) 319-9071.

Registration is open for the June 20-22 Understanding Racism Workshop. This workshop experience is designed to explore the deep racial complexity of the United States and begin to explore paths for reconciliation. Our goal is to gain insight in understanding systemic racism through the eyes of faith and Scripture. We encourage all leaders and members at Church of the Servant to attend one of these workshops. This effort helps us to become focused and work together to address one of our country’s greatest troubles. Register on line at CORRnow.org.

Is Centering Prayer integral to your spiritual life?  This contemplative practice has (re)formed and meets at the Dominican Center, in the Meditation Room behind the Chapel. We gather on alternate Tuesdays from 12:00-12:40 pm: Jun 16, Jul 2, 16, 30 and beyond. Please join us in this traditional Christian communal silence.

Knitters’ Night Out – Monday, 10 June at 7:30pm.  Knitters (and other needle crafters) are welcome to join us at Deanna van Dijk’s home. 

Giving Update: Our giving for Sunday Service 06/02 including (the weekly online giving) totaled $16,760.54. Our giving for the month of May finished at $84,065. To meet our budget we need to have monthly contributions of $119,028.   

The next date for the Double Days for the Meijer Simply Give Spring campaign will be this Friday, June 14. For every $10.00 Simply Give card purchase at Cascade Meijer on Double Match Days, Meijer will match this with $20.00, so the COS food pantry will benefit with a $30.00 gift! If you buy a 30.00 Meijer Simply Give card, it will turn into a $90.00 gift to the COS food pantry.  You can purchase the Simply Give cards from Ellen Westrate.

The Children’s Ministry Coordinator Search Team is delighted to announce that Jolanda Howe will be filling the role of COS Children’s Ministry Coordinator following the departure of Andrea Saul. Be sure to congratulate Jolanda when you see her!

Thank you for supporting Schools for Sierra Leone. Today is the last day of the art exhibition. If you would like to support the school and receive a painting please let Jan Carpenter know. If you purchased a painting please take it with you today.  Thank You.

Group meeting, Gender and Sexuality Acceptance Group: Wednesday, June 12, 6:30pm, The Glass Room (off the sanctuary). We’ll meet to finalize our summer schedule of events, including responses to the forthcoming Synod interim report on gender and sexuality. Contact Chris Klein chris.klein@coscrc.org with any questions.  Please note that our meetings are open to everyone at COS but that meetings are safe spaces for support and planning, not spaces for debate.

Friendship ESL at COS closed the school year with Achievement Parties and international treats on May 22 and 23.  For the year, 2482 students attended 502 classes, operated by 61 tutors and helpers, along with prayer teams and several high school volunteers working toward Puerto Rico.  Classes start again in September.  Want to help?  New tutors and helpers VERY VERY welcome. 

Two plots left. The COS community garden (behind church, between the solar array and playground) still has two 4-by-8-foot plots available to anyone who will promise to tend their space at least once a week. Gardeners are a mix of native English speakers and refugees, and it’s fun to learn from each other.