Happening This Sunday

Sunday, August 18, we will celebrate the affirmation of baptism of Sheila Grace Witvliet in our large sanctuary service. The Joyful Noise Orchestra will lead us in worship through music. Immediately following the worship service there will be a brief congregational meeting for the purpose of presenting the 2019-2020 proposed budget.

Sunday Evening Book Club,  Home of Lisa VanArragon & Chris Smit, 1850 Mayberry St SE, GR 49508: Today, at 6:30pm – Little and Lion, Brandy Colbert (2017) (336 pages) The Gender and Sexuality Acceptance Group is open to everyone interested in joining our discussions and programs on gender and sexuality. All are welcome. Our events are safe spaces, planned with the goal of the full inclusion and participation of people who identify as LGBTQ+ and their families.

Next Sunday

Next  Sunday, August 25 immediately following the worship service there will be a brief congregational meeting for the purpose of election of elders and deacons and approval of our proposed budget. 

Elder nominees are: Duane Heeringa, Hannah Kummer, Rhonda Mejeur, Margaret Mwenda, Nancy Pranger, and Bill Vriesema                             

Deacon nominees are: Kristin Lee, Carol Rienstra, Stacey Steen, Jon Vander Velde, and Marji Voetberg. Biographies are available on the COS website under the heading of Council. There will also be a limited number of printed copies available on the café counter.

The Church of the Servant 2019-2020 proposed budget has been distributed via email and is also available on the COS website. You can find some printed copies of the proposed budget summary on the café counter, and there are also limited copies of the proposed budget detail available in the church office. 

Church News

The finance committee and council are very grateful for the congregation’s special giving following our communications early in the summer. However as of the end of July our total giving remains short of the approved budget by $56,000.  It is imperative that we close that gap as much as possible before the fiscal year ends on August 31.  Doing so will enable a strong start to the new fiscal and program year.  Please prayerfully consider your support of the ministries of COS. Are you current on your pledge? Might you be able to give 10 or 15% more than your pledge?  Thank you very much.

ESL tutors needed.  We open September 10, yet five classes do not have a tutor.   Please consider this important outreach.  See Mark today.  He is looking for you! We also need a snack prep specialist! Tues/Thursday evenings for one hour, 6:30-7:30pm.

Needed- Additional drivers and substitute drivers of minivans to be on a schedule to pick up our new American families and bring them to the BES worship on Sunday morning at 10am. Please call or email Jon Bruss, the new volunteer transportation coordinator.

Our giving for this week totaled $13,712.11 (with weekly online giving). Our current giving for the month of August is $48,080.44.

The need for blood donations is every day, each month, throughout the year! Will you be a lifesaver by donating that precious gift of blood? Come to a drive here in our building in one week: Monday, August 26, 2-7pm. We’d love to recruit some young people, or new people of any age, to add to our donor pool! Would you be willing to try this time? Make an appointment by calling 866-642-5663, or visit versiti.org, or sign up on the poster in the café. The schedule is one donor to a time slot – five or ten minutes apart – and we have 40 time slots! Appointments make the drive run more smoothly, but walk-ins are accommodated as possible. Contact Beth Karanicola with any questions. Many, many thanks!

Mentors and Mentoring Ministry Coordinator needed – COS, Crossway Community Church, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and Immanuel Reformed Church have partnered together to provide mentors to students at Ridge Park Charter Academy. Mentors meet with students weekly during the school year to build a supportive relationship and tutor them with school work. Pam Plantinga is currently the COS coordinator.

There is also a coordinator that serves as the liaison between RPCA and the churches, connects mentors with students, and ensures the school’s paperwork is completed. A member from Immanuel had been the overall coordinator for this ministry but now feels led into other ministry passions. We are looking for someone to step into this role. Training will be provided. Will you consider serving Jesus in this role?

ADVOCATES NEEDED! The COS Refugee Support Team invites you to join us and many local agencies and churches for the local Rise for Refuge event on August 24 from 10 am to noon at Tabernacle Community Church in Grand Rapids. Immigrant and refugee rights are under attack, and this event is part of a national effort to advocate for policy change and reaffirm our commitment to refugees and asylum-seekers. Go to the Rise for Refuge West Michigan Facebook page to commit to attending.

Thank you to the 30 COS members, staff, plus kids who enjoyed a great time of fun with conversations, food and activities with our 350 Camelot friends, neighbors and our 4 Camelot partner church volunteers! There were 160 excited children who each received a backpack with all the supplies they will need to begin their school year along with a bag of snacks! This is truly an annual community party at Camelot Park for ALL our church members along with our church neighbors and partners. Mark your calendars for August 8, 2020 and join the party!

In April of this year, we celebrated 10 years of the Basic English Service. This celebration included a booklet which shared some of the history, current joys, and future hopes of BES. From BES: “These words and images are offered in thanksgiving for what God has done over the last ten years in the Basic English Service at Church of the Servant. As we look back in celebration, we also desire to learn where the Lord is leading us. Our common destination is his table, where we meet with brothers and sisters from all over the world to celebrate his amazing love. We give thanks that we can share in this blessing, offered to all.” We invite you to view an online version of this booklet at coscrc.org/bes-celebration-book. Printed copies will be made available soon.

It’s that time again! The much loved and awaited Volunteer Duty Roster is in the mailboxes of those who are scheduled for this rotation. The new schedule for coffee serving, communion elements and nursery begins September 8, so please check your mailbox to see if you’re on the list this time around. As always, if you need to make a change, please let Diane Jonker know so we can be assured that these important ways of serving are being covered. (diane.jonker@coscrc.org or 956-6711) You may also access the new schedule on the COS website.