This Sunday:

This Sunday, August 15, in indoor worship at COS, Rev. Jack Roeda will preach from Ephesians 5:15-21 in the standard English service. Rev. Andrew Mead will preach from 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15,31-33 in the Basic English Service in Room 5.

We invite you to sign up to attend the morning service. Please note on the sign up that masking is now required for those over 2 years old. The 10 am service will also be live via Zoom. Sign up for our Newsletter to receive the Zoom links.

The Council is pleased to share the draft 2021-2022 budget with the COS members at on the website’s member portal. There will be an informational meeting to discuss the budget after morning worship this Sunday, August 15. A congregational meeting to vote on the budget, as well as the slate of new council nominees, will be held after the morning worship service on Sunday, August 22. Please note you can also vote online for both the budget and nominees here.

Read the bios of our new council nominees here

Children’s Ministries:

Note to parents of young children: for the month of August, we will not be offering programming for our 3–7-year-olds during our worship services.  Children are welcome to worship here with all of us.  Their energy and wiggles are a gift from God and having them in this space reminds us that God is faithful from one generation to the next.  Please be sure to use the worship crafts and doodle boards located in the back of the worship space if those are helpful for your child. And even though the thought of sitting near the front with young children can be terrifying, consider moving closer to the front of the worship space so your child can see what is happening and learn more about worship.

Time to Imagine and Pray

August is the month for praying, imagining, and discerning what our children’s ministry will look like in the year to come. Please join in praying that the Spirit will draw together teams of Christ-loving people to journey in faith with our kids as leaders of Little Lambs, Children’s Worship, Boys Club, Girls Club, Kid’s Club, and Sunday school. Please join in imagining the faith of children, gathered on Sunday mornings with peers and adults who love them, listening to the stories of faith, seeing themselves in the wooden figures, responding to God with wonder and art! The joy of children, gathered on Wednesday nights with kids and adults who love them, belly laughing as they play games, share stories, and make something together. The “Aha!” moments when a child says something that echoes in our hearts as the voice of God speaking truth. As we imagine, let’s pray to the God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us–for a clear path to gather, grow, serve, bless, and be blessed in Christian community and ministry this fall.  

Church News:

Financial Update:

Last week’s offering and online giving (including monthly ach):  $26895.21

Current Giving for the month of August: $38,010.39

Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving is:  $112,926

In an effort to encourage Psalm-singing, Church of the Servant invites congregational songwriters to submit a Psalm-based song to its 2021 COS New Psalm Contest. The first place winner will receive a $500 award; the second place winner will receive a $200 award. There is no entry fee and the contest is open to all. Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by October 1, 2021. The winning songs will be premiered in worship on February 6, 2022. Learn more here.

Recently, 17 Native grass and flower planters, ranging from less than one year old to 70+, brought us nearly to the half-way point in our parking lot islands project! Thanks to all of you volunteers!  We will continue every evening at 6:30 until we are done. Join us this coming Wednesday, if you are interested, and bring your favorite trowel!

Friendship ESL at COS opens on Tuesday morning, September 14. Classes for all levels. Church Covid protocols assiduously observed. Lots of love and language to share with our guests.  Invite your neighbor who needs a step-up on English. Want to help in this important COS outreach? Contact Mark Fackler. Our ESL library has all you need to become a rock-star tutor and friend.  

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.

Surpassed our goal! A huge thank you to all who participated in our Blood Drive on August 2. We registered 32 donors, including one first-time donor! We collected 24 pints of blood, surpassing our goal of 22. Congratulations to Kathy Harris, who reached the 8-gallon milestone! We are ever so grateful for each of you, and your gift of life! –Ruth Huisman & Beth Karanicola.

Fabric and Fellowship:  Join a group that likes to sew and enjoy a time of fellowship.  Our next meeting is August 30th from 10am to 2pm in room 5 of COS.  We have a stash of fabric that we are using up in quilts for ministry organizations.  You can bring your machine or come to design, cut pieces or iron for others.  Also bring your lunch.  Coffee will be available. Contact Claire Elgersma.

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.

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.

PLEASE recall that Church of the Servant is a member of the Grand Rapids Climate Resolution Coalition, a kaleidoscope of local groups who have come together for the purpose of ensuring a carbon neutral Grand Rapids by 2030 through the passage and successful implementation of a Climate Resolution by the Grand Rapids City Commission.  See more information about the Grand Rapids Climate Resolution Coalition –and the Resolution itself at the following link: This coalition’s resolution, “Declaring a Climate Emergency: A Better Future Starts Now” declares that we are facing a climate emergency, and it commits the city government of Grand Rapids to take bold actions to ensure carbon neutrality and climate justice in Grand Rapids. Individuals and organizations can now sign on in support of this visionary resolution.

There are now YARD-SIGNS AVAILABLE between the East Entry doors, do take one and make it visible in your neighborhood …we can get more once the current supply are in our yards.

Even if you don’t live in Grand Rapids city limits, because this affects all of us, please consider individually signing on in support of this resolution, sharing it with your own friends and networks, and placing yard signs in high-traffic areas.