Creation Season, August 28, 2022

This Sunday:

This Sunday, August 28, Rev. Karen Campbell will preach from Job 38:1-18 and Luke 5:1-11 in the large service. Rev. Andrew Mead will preach in the All Nations Worship Service in Room 4. Following the services, you’re encouraged to stick around for our Tables and Tours ministry fair. Come learn about the different ministries and teams at Church of the Servant.

The 10 am large service will be streamed via Zoom.

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Church News:

Current Giving for the month of August: $84,841

2022 Giving for the month of July: $78,223

Giving for August 2021: $85,229

Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving:  $118,873

COS Duty Rosters: Sharing in Hospitality and Care! At COS we have a long tradition of sharing in weekly duties related to worship and welcome. Our duty rosters include Coffee Duty, Nursery Duty, and Communion Elements Duty. Currently Ellen Westrate is taking care of our communion elements to limit Covid exposure (thanks Ellen!), so that roster is inactive. The rest of us, with a few exceptions for health/safety, will be assigned to coffee or nursery duty on occasion. Please look for an email next week with the new three-month duty roaster schedule—you might be on it! If you find you’re scheduled at a time you’re unavailable, please swap assignments with someone else on the schedule. You’ll receive an email reminder a week before you’re scheduled to serve.

Spiritual Trauma Healing Group: As a community of believers, we lament the reality of spiritual trauma. Certain texts in Scripture can be twisted to cause harm, and a victim’s connection to God can be compromised. If you would benefit from a small, therapist-led group, there are two ways to take a step toward healing: 1. call or email Josh Baron, the therapist who will lead the group this Fall or 2. get in touch with Ben Videtich for further details. Going straight to Josh allows for total anonymity, as he is removed from the COS community. Touching base with Ben, if you’re comfortable with it, allows for more information before a screening email and call with Josh. We leave it to you to decide which feels right. Josh is a warm and welcoming person who holds an authentic faith and has facilitated healing groups over his 16 years of experience as a therapist. The group will meet six Tuesdays in a row at 6-7:30pm beginning October 4th, ending November 8th, at Josh’s office – near Burton and East Beltline.

Tutors and drivers needed for Refugee Youth Tutoring program! The Refugee Youth Tutoring program provides tutoring/mentoring for our middle-school and high-school students of refugee background. No experience is necessary, just the willingness and commitment to spend an hour each week with one of our students. You’ll help with homework, practice conversational English, and use the provided materials to help build your student’s skills in reading, writing, and math. Sessions take place in person at COS on Mondays, from 4:30 to 6:00. No prep necessary, and training is provided. 

If tutoring isn’t for you but you’d like to get to know some wonderful teenagers, we also need drivers! If you could drive a couple students either to or from COS on Mondays, it would be a huge help. Contact Kate Snow to learn more.

It is time to begin thinking about 2023 giving envelopes. We ask that you fill out a form which you can find in your COS mailbox (or this online form) if you would like to continue/begin receiving giving envelopes in 2023. 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.

2022 marks the thirteenth year of the New Psalm Contest at Church of the Servant, but the history of encouraging new songwriters is as old as the church, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. We look forward to continuing the tradition of encouraging new songs for the church through this contest. We have enjoyed the quality and diversity of entries over the past twelve years, and we would be delighted if you would take part or spread the news to those who might have a new Psalm to share for this year’s contest. Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by October 1, 2022. The winning songs will be premiered in worship on February 12, 2023. Learn more on the COS website.

50th anniversary Celebration. This year, Church of the Servant is blessed to celebrate its 50-year anniversary. In anticipation of this milestone, we encourage you to save Sept. 17-18 for our anniversary celebration. We will hold a celebration on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 4:30-8 pm at COS. The evening will include dinner as well as programming that looks back at our 50 years as a congregation and looks forward to God’s future of the church.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, we will gather for worship at 10 am followed by an all-church meal outside. More details and formal invitations will follow. For now, we encourage you to save the dates as we look forward to celebrating with our COS friends. Learn more at

There is still time to enter a piece of artwork in the 50th Anniversary Celebration show at COS. The theme is Tree of Life. It can be any medium. If you have questions or have an unusual piece in mind like 3D or some such, please be in touch with Betsy Ratzsch. Deadline for delivery of the work is the week ending with Sept 9. All are welcome to enter a piece. Please plan to have it ready to hang.

Are you curious about Together West Michigan broad-based organizing? You are invited to a free training on Friday, Sept. 9, 6-8:30 pm. (supper included) and Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (lunch included) at Park Congregational Church, 10 East Park Place, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The training will have two tracks: Broad-based Organizing Basics and Deepening Your Organizing Skills. Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) trainers from Texas, Mississippi and Colorado will lead the trainings. For more information, go directly to this link to sign up.

Position Opening – All Nations Worship Coordinator

Compensation:​ 20 hours/week starting at $18/hour

Reports to:​ Co-Pastor Andrew Mead

Summary of Position: To cultivate, empower, and sustain a multicultural, multilingual worshipping community. The All Nations Worship Coordinator will work as part of a team consisting of Co-Pastor Andrew, Co-Pastor Karen, All Nations music teams, the All Nations Music Assistant, and the SES Worship Coordinator. A key component for cultivating multicultural worship will be building relationships across a variety of cultures. In collaboration with the team listed above, the All Nations Worship Coordinator will find creative ways to gather songs and enable them to be sung as part of the worship services that ensures a colorful expression of kingdom worship across cultures. This requires creating space for the spiritual gifts of many congregants to be offered in the service. Overseeing the weekly administration of the service – from volunteer involvement to service planning – is also key to the success of this position. Find the complete job description here

Name tags help us know one another, whether you’re new to COS or not. Traditionally, one nametag kiosk has been at the Main Entrance outside the Worship Space and one by the ESL/Nursery Entrance inside the Worship Center. On Sundays, August 28 and September 4, both nametag kiosks will be at the Main Entrance, each arranged alphabetically. For those who recently signed up to receive a nametag, we have added your nametag. If you don’t find your name tag and would like one, email When services are complete, return your nametag to the kiosks. Sunday, September 11, the ESL/Nursery kiosk will return to its place inside the Worship Space. 

Also! If you wear your name tag for any of the next three Sundays, you will be eligible to win a tasty treat – this week it’s donuts from Krispy Kreme.

COS is resuming the First Sunday Meals in October. Everyone is invited to remain after worship to eat and fellowship in the Café. However, we are looking for volunteers who will stay after the meal and assist the kitchen staff with clean up. This may include wiping down tables, breaking down of tables and chairs, bussing tables, etc. If this is a ministry in which you would be willing to assist, contact the church office at 616.956.7611 or