This Sunday:

This Sunday, August 1, in indoor worship at COS, Rev. Karen Campbell will preach from 2 Samuel 7 in the standard English service. Rev. Andrew Mead will preach in the Bilingual/ Basic English Service in Room 5.

We invite you to sign up to attend the morning service. The 10 am service will also be live via Zoom. Sign up for our Newsletter to receive the Zoom links.

Church News:

Financial Update: Last week’s offering and online giving:  $13,631.02

Current Giving for the month of July: $83,894.06

Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving is:  $112,926

The Camelot Block Party with our neighbors across the street along with our Camelot church partners will be on Saturday, August 7 at 11 am-1:30 pm at the Camelot Park, 2230 Rowland SE. Please take your kids and join us for a fun time of soccer, bounce house, yard games, chalk art, and a beef hot dog lunch. Let’s meet and build relationships with our neighbors!

We also need volunteers to help. If you can help, please contact Lori Wiersma to volunteer or meet at COS at 10:30 am on August 7 or at 1:30 pm at Camelot Park to take down.

Each day 600 pints of blood are needed for our Michigan hospitals. You can make a life-saving difference to another person! There is no substitute for blood…it is precious, perishable, and the need for it is vital. Give an hour of your time, and share your gift of life on Monday, August 2, between 2-7pm, in our building. Will you help us meet our goal of collecting 22 units of blood, and recruiting 2 new donors? You can schedule an appointment through Sunday on the Versiti website. Walk-ins are welcome, but those with appointments will be served first. Each person who comes to donate will receive a beach towel, compliments of Versiti. Thank you!  Questions?  Call Ruth Huisman (337-9763).

As we continue in-person, indoor services, we invite more people to serve as Sunday morning scripture readers. If you would like to read scripture during a morning worship service, please sign up here.

On Wednesday evening, 7/28, 9 intrepid native plant gardeners braved the heat and planted the first 400+ native plants in our Parking Lot Islands.  We are scheduling work evenings every Wednesday evening at 6:30 until we are done (we are hoping and guessing September 15).  Please plan to join us for as many (or as few) of these events as you choose.  We are planning to work no more than an hour and a half each Wednesday.  This is a great project for kids, young people, and families (as Josh, Chantale, Skyler, and James Garone proved on our first planting night).  Please let Steve Mulder ( know if you are planning to come on any of these Wednesdays, so that we have an idea of how many to expect…and bring a trowel and knee pads if you have them!

Soundboard volunteers needed. As we continue to navigate our return to indoor worship services, we need more people willing to run the soundboard in both morning services. If you are interested in serving COS in this way, please contact

Social Seniors meet every Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00. Designed to provide opportunity for church family camaraderie, Social Seniors is open to anyone who would like to attend, regardless of age. 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

Passcode: COS  

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.

It is time to begin thinking about 2022 giving envelopes. We ask that you fill out a form which you can find in your COS mailbox (or use this online form) if you would like to continue/begin receiving giving envelopes in 2022. Please plan to mail the form to COS or drop off to COS office by September 20th. If you have any questions, please contact Angelica Zahrt, Treasurer by email or by phone 616-956-7611 ext 29.

The niece of Maria Lam, COS member and Calvin professor, has moved to Grand Rapids and is searching for an entry level position in architecture following her graduation from U of M with a Master in Architecture. She also seeks a driving coach as she works toward passing her driver’s exam. Pay for the driving instruction is $20/hour and 30-40 hours of instruction may be needed. Please contact Miss Wong directly if you can help.