Eastertide, April 24, 2022

This Sunday:

This Sunday, April 24, Rev. Karen Campbell will preach from Acts 5:27-39 in the standard English service. Debbie Jin will preach from Acts 5:27-39 in the Basic English Service in Room 5.

Following the services, you’re welcome to join us in the sanctuary for Adult-Ed GPS discussion of Spiritual Practices with Tom Schwanda.

“Hungering for God” • GPS series (April 24-May 22, 2022)

We have been created with the incredible means to be in communion with God. This series will examine some foundational principles and practices of Christian spirituality. Whether this is your first time to explore the spiritual life or you are further along the journey there will be new insights for all.  Each week we will discuss a different aspect of cultivating one’s relationship with God as well as a specific spiritual discipline that will be practiced. Meeting time 11:45-12:30pm in the large worship space.

Join us this Sunday for the first session:  Principles for Knowing God (Nature of Christian spirituality, there are no experts in the spiritual life.  Spiritual practice of attentiveness)

Next week our topic will be: Experiencing God (Knowing God with head and heart and the benefit of their integration.  Spiritual practice of reflection and meditation)

Presenter: Tom Schwanda, ordained RCA minister, professor of Christian spirituality, and spiritual director.

Also after the services: we invite those newer to COS to join for an informal “Meet the Pastors” time in the café. This will be from 11:30-11:45 and is a chance to talk with some of the pastors and leadership at Church of the Servant.

The 10 am service and GPS session will be streamed via Zoom.

Sign up for our Newsletter to receive the Zoom links.

Church News:

Current Giving for the month of April: $81,866.15

Giving for the month of March: $86,662.36

Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving is:  $118,873

Next Sunday, May 1 – we invite everyone to stick around following the morning worship services for an all-church meal. We’ll have food served outdoors at 12:30 pm (to allow for Sunday School and GPS from 11:45-12:30). We hope everyone can join this fellowship opportunity.

Are you new or relatively new to Church of the Servant? If you’re interested in either officially joining COS or in learning more about the mission and ministries here, you’re warmly invited to participate in the Spring New Members Class. We will meet in the Living Room at the COS building at 11:45am-12:30pm four Sundays in a row beginning April 24th, ending on May 15th. If you choose to join as a member, vows are on Pentecost – June 5th. Even during these late pandemic days the church is moving forward, so if you are interested in learning more or signing up, contact Ben Videtich at ben.videtich@coscrc.org. Note to families: child care is provided.

OPPPORTUNITY FOR PART TIME EMPLOYMENT AT COS- Church of the Servant will hire a much-needed Coordinator for the Refugee Support Team and the ministries to refugees and recent immigrants.  Our primary focus in this area has been on resettlement, and there is expectation of a significant (and imminent) increase in numbers of approved refugees (including family members of current COS/BES folks).  The job requires experience and skills in administrative leadership and is currently funded at $15 per hour and 10 hours per week. For details see the links to a job description and supporting materials here. If you would like more information, or to submit your credentials (resume and cover letter) please contact Joel Westmaas of the Refugee Support team, or Marc Beversluis, Chair of Deacons.

COS Community Garden has room for you. The COS Community Garden (behind church, between the firepit plaza and the solar panel array) still has a few gardening spaces left—either 4×8-feet or 4×16-feet. COS provides the water, and we don’t charge for the spaces. Gardeners are a mix of people whose first language is English and people with another mother tongue. Gardening here works best if you can visit at least weekly to tend, weed, and water your garden space. By using square foot gardening (instead of row gardening), you can grow an amazing amount. Interested? Contact Joan Huyser-Honig.

The Mobile Food Pantry at COS is supported by Feeding America West Michigan. COS orders the number of pounds of food we need, 5000 pounds/month, and pays a much lower than retail price, $545, to Feeding America West Michigan and they deliver food for us to distribute. In past years we could give donations directly to Feeding America West Michigan designated for COS. Starting in 2022, any direct donations to Feeding America West Michigan go to their general fund. Even if we specify COS, this is the case. Please redirect these donations to COS and designate the donation for the mobile food pantry. This church ministry is funded entirely by designated donations. Continue to support our worthwhile partner, Feeding America West Michigan too, as your donations there will support their many mobile food pantry operations across West MI. 

Tree of Life artwork…..Sept 17-18, 2022. Save the date. Start creating !

COS Artists/creatives: You’re invited to be part of the COS Anniversary celebration by creating a wonderful work with the theme “Tree of Life.” The Artery is reserved for this special exhibit for September and October. Paintings, drawings, weavings, fiber—-all kinds of 2-D art. If you have 3-D work you would like to exhibit, please let us know so we can figure display issues. Reserve Sept 17 and 18 for the 50th Anniversary celebration. Many wonderful, memorable events will take place then. The show itself will go up the week before Sept. 17 and remain on display thru Oct. 23.

More details will follow, but art takes time to create so the committee wanted you to get the wheels turning. If you have questions before that contact Betsy Ratzsch. Liturgical art from the past will also be on display as well throughout the church.

You’re invited to exercise at COS at 11:15am in Room 3. There are two sessions left on April 28 and May 5. Come ready to move!  We will focus on Posture, Balance, Strength, and Mobility. Grace Schwanda is the leader and she is a certified Personal Trainer. All exercises will be modified for whatever stage of movement you are in. Relax and enjoy how your body is fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139).

Are you graduating?  On Sunday, May 1 COS would like to take a moment during worship to recognize and speak words of blessing over all of our graduates who are completing high school, undergraduate, masters, or doctoral studies.  If you or someone you know is graduating, please know that we hope to see you in worship on Sunday, May 1.  After church, we invite you and your friend and family to join us at 12:30pm for an All-Church Meal prepared by our favorite cook: Ellen!

25 Years! We have been sponsoring Blood Drives for 25 years at Church of the Servant. We began as a recognition of the vital importance of blood donation to 3-year-old (COS “Little Lamb”) Michael Karanicola, when he underwent a bone marrow transplant in California. He used the equivalent of 22 units of blood, and over 50 pints of blood and plasma were donated by the local Christian community on his behalf. Our first drive in March 1997 was held in thanksgiving for all those who gave blood–truly the gift of life–to Michael. Although Michael went home to heaven four months later, we’ve continued our drives here to support all those in our community who need this gift of life.  

Our next blood drive is on Monday, May 16, from 2-7pm in our church cafe. Consider if you could be the answer to someone’s prayer, and share your life by donating blood. Here is a link to the online schedule. Please contact Beth Karanicola or Ruth Huisman if you have any questions. THANK YOU!

Sign-ups for listening circles for the Human Sexuality Report. Thank you to those who completed interest cards and your feedback. Sign-up is now available for the last round of listening circles that COS will offer prior to the meeting of Synod this June. We will be offering weekly circles on Sundays from 11:30 am-12:30 pm on April 24, May 1, May 8, 15, and 22. We will now offer an additional evening listening circle on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm starting April and meeting every week for five weeks – April 26, May 3, 10, 17, and 24. There will be sign-up forms available at the back of the sanctuary, or you are welcome to contact the church office, 956-7611, Pam Bratt, Dale Cooper, or Stacy Steen to sign up. You will also be able to sign up online here.

Social Seniors continues to meet on Tuesdays at 10:00 via Zoom. All are welcome. For more information, contact Corrie Vos.

Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 832 6366 9013

Passcode: COS