This Sunday, April 25, we will continue to worship using our Zoom format, individually, but still as one body, united in Christ. Rev. Karen Campbell will bring us a message based on the scriptures of 1 John 3:16-24 and Psalm 23. Our Bilingual English/Swahili service worships at 11:30 am with Rev. Makema Lwenge preaching. Sign up for our Newsletter to receive the Zoom links.
In GPS on April 25 we welcome Robin Harris leading us in “Worshiping Together across Cultural Divides: Case Studies from Siberia and South Carolina.” Robin Harris served for decades in cross-cultural contexts, including ten years in northern Russia. She earned MAs in Intercultural Studies (CIU) and Ethnomusicology (Bethel Univ) and a PhD in Music/Ethnomusicology (UGA). In addition to serving as Director of Dallas Int’l University’s Center for Excellence in World Arts, she speaks at colleges and conferences about ethnodoxology and its application to cross-cultural work. She also serves as the President of the Global Ethnodoxology Network (GEN), an organization she helped to launch in 2003. Her publications include co-editing Worship and Mission for the Global Church: An Ethnodoxology Handbook (William Carey Library, 2013) and Storytelling in Siberia(University of Illinois Press, 2017).
Re:New Wednesday Nights at COS:
You’re Invited to join us IN PERSON this spring for “Re:New – Wednesday Nights at COS” For 6 weeks during Eastertide (Apr. 14-May19), COS will be embracing themes of renewal and growth and new life and hope in our Wednesday night series “Re:New – Wednesday Nights at COS.” People of all ages are invited to spend time together outdoors and with masks on as we reflect and respond to God’s promise to make all things new.
Dates: April 14 – May 19, 6:30-7:30pm Note: in inclement weather, all programs will likely be postponed/canceled. Also, food and drinks will not be served, but you are welcome to bring a water bottle. Bathrooms will be available, and masks are required.
Adults: Adults at COS will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with members of COS who are engaged in the work of renewal in unique ways. Our list of presenters includes Tracey Gebbia sharing her work of transforming old fabric into new creations, Gail Heffner sharing about the work of Plaster Creek Stewards, Joan Huyser-Honig and her work with the COS Community Garden, and more! Come ready to spend time outdoors–and wear comfortable shoes as part of our time may be spent walking around the church property.
Worship 6-6:30 pm in the Sanctuary: Wednesday Evening Taize Prayer services will take place in the sanctuary at COS. These services will be limited to 25 people each. The services will include scripture, prayer and meditative music, but no corporate singing. Masks will be required for the entire service. And social distancing will be required in the sanctuary.
7th & 8th graders: WNZ is transitioning back to WNL! (But Zoom will still be offered…at least in April.) From 6:30-7:30pm, Mr. Leahy will continue to lead classes via Zoom for the month of April—but Pastor Andrew will be at COS in April, guiding students IN PERSON who show up at church for our WNL meetings! How awesome is that?! Lord willing, meetings in May will all be held at COS. See you soon!
Preschool-6th grade: Join us on Wednesday nights this spring for creation-themed outdoor programming for preschool-1st graders and 2nd-6thgraders! Kids should come dressed for games, outdoor exploration, and crafts. Food and drinks will not be served, but kids are welcome to bring a water bottle. Bathrooms will be available, and masks are required.
Financial Update: Last week’s offering and online giving: $15,767.65
Current giving for the month of April: $68,079.22
Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving is: $112,926
High School Seniors: Senior Celebration Sunday is May 9! Send Annette your picture as well as information about where you attended high school, what your plans are for next fall, and share if you plan to be involved in any extra activities in college. This information will be shared with members of COS in the week leading up to Senior Celebration Sunday—so send it in soon!
Blood Drive in two weeks! One hour of your time and a donation of blood equals a life-saving difference to a Michigan hospital patient. Come to our building on Monday, May 10, between 2-7pm, and help save lives! Make an appointment now online. Walk-ins are also welcome, but those with appointments will be served first. We are pleased to be able to host here again, and look forward to welcoming all our faithful donors, and new ones too! This is a small investment on your part that yields a large benefit. Thank you!!
In the April 15 Council Meeting, the COS Council began by hearing three stories of evidence of God’s presence among us. A hardened inmate became a loving follower of Jesus. Spring’s new life, especially the first greening of the trees, brought joy. A friend dealing with COVID during missionary travels in Africa was finally joyfully reunited with her family in time for spring break activities. Read the full report from April’s Council meeting here.
It’s Grad Basket Season! COS has the tradition of celebrating our high school graduates by giving them a laundry basket containing some thoughtful and practical gifts to set them up for success on the next leg of their journey. And we need your help! We have 22 students graduating from high school this year! Could you give a financial gift towards these grad baskets? Any amount will help! In addition to giving each of these grads a study Bible, your donations will be split up among all these students and used to purchase gift cards to stores where they can purchase the items they need to begin “adulting.” Checks can be made out to COS with “grad basket” indicated in the memo line. Or you can Venmo gifts to @Annette-Ediger. (Please note that donations to Annette via Venmo cannot be claimed as tax deductions.) Gifts must be received by Sun., May 9.
CORR (Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation) continues to offer Understanding Racism workshops in 2021 virtually. These workshops are open to everyone in our congregation. It is our hope and prayer that as COS people continue in this work of understanding racism, Church of the Servant will reveal what Godly antiracism looks like in the community. Our times are fraught with racial tension and this is an opportunity for us to work together to address it.
A One-Day Introductory Understanding Racism workshop is being offered on Friday, May 7 from 9-5pm. A traditional 2.5 Day Understanding Racism workshop is scheduled for May 20, 6-9pm, and Friday and Saturday, May 21 and 22 from 8:30am-5pm. Another four morning Thursday/Friday (8:30am-1pm) workshop begins June 10.
Please prayerfully consider taking advantage of these opportunities. We long to meet in person again but for now, this is a very workable format for all of us to continue to do the Lord’s work in antiracism. Register at CORRnow.org
Wanted: names of COS members and friends who are graduating from post-high school programs. If you have been attending worship with COS and are graduating in 2021 with an associates, bachelors, masters, or doctorate degree, we want to celebrate you! COS will be recognizing and speaking words of blessing over all of our graduates during the worship service on Sunday, May 9. We would also like to give each graduate a small gift. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you or someone you know is part of this group.
Social Seniors meet every Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00. Designed to provide opportunity for church family camaraderie, Social Seniors is led by Corrie Vos and Dale Cooper, and is open to anyone who would like to attend, regardless of age. We enjoy a social time together with a Biblical focus. We seek to be spiritually encouraged and to provide opportunities for sharing, humor, expression of our sorrows and joys, and prayer for one another and our church. The Zoom link below will work for every Tuesday.
Topic: Social Seniors
Time: 10:00 11:00 AM
Meeting ID: 832 6366 9013
You can also join by telephone: 1 312 626 6799. When prompted, enter the meeting ID plus #, and then when asked for your participant ID, merely enter #, and you will be connected to the group.
Volunteers Needed: VIS, in partnership with the Kent County COVID-19 Church Task Force, is seeking church volunteers who are willing to take a walk through designated neighborhoods and share information about the COVID vaccine and register those who are interested. Unsure if you are qualified? You will be equipped with everything you need! Learn more here.