This Sunday:

This Sunday, August 29, in indoor worship at COS, Rev. Karen Campbell will preach from John 1:1-14 in the standard English service. Ben Videtich will preach from John 1:1-14 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.

Worship this Sunday will include the ordination of new Elders and Deacons. We also invite Middle School students to stick around after worship today for an end-of-summer cookout! Following the service, all children’s ministry volunteers are encouraged to attend a training session with Jo Howe, our Children’s Ministry Coordinator.

Church News:

Financial Update: Last week’s offering and online giving:  $19,343

Current Giving for the month of August: $70,785

Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving is:  $112,926

Welcome Pack: Bundu House Set Up: a special thank you to all who have contributed to the welcome Pack for the Bundu   family. We need helpers to set up the house on Monday, August 30 starting at 9:30 at COS to pack items for transport to 1920 Rowland Ave SE. We Plan unpack and place items from 10 – noon. Sign up in the café area.

Welcoming Team for Bundu Family: The Bundu family is expected to arrive Sept. 6. More details on arrival time will be posted next Sunday. The welcome team will meet the family at the airport and participate in different ways to build relationships, groceries/clothes, shopping, introduction to church programs, and social gatherings. Alusine is a citizen so he could apply for visas for his family to join him here. However, Mariama and the children have never been outside Africa. Sign up in the café area or contact Mary Loeks.

Housing – You’re likely aware of the tight housing market in Grand Rapids. This especially impacts families who rent, as prices continue to climb. A number of families in COS are in search of apartments and homes to rent. Do you own rental property or know of someone who does that may have a place available soon? Please contact Pastor Andrew (andrew.mead@coscrc.org).

In the interest of promoting pesticide-free landscaping, the Creation Care Team recommends this upcoming educational offering: Midwest Grows Green (MGG) and Sierra Club Greater Grand Rapids’ grassroots movement Growing Green invite you to a public viewing of the documentary “Ground War” on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at City Built Brewing’s Canal Park tent.   The “Ground War” documentary follows a filmmaker’s investigation into the death of his father and the links to the golf industry and chemical lobbying. After the film, we will host a panel discussion with MGG’s Ryan Anderson and others to discuss natural lawn care progress in the Grand Rapids region. RSVP today at bit.ly/GroundWar21


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? 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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83263669013?pwd=UzE4Z1czT2h2Q0lsck0zaXV4T1NMdz09

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.

The ESL Women’s Bible study will begin again on September 9 to examine the fruits of the Spirit and how to reflect God by living them out.  We will meet in person and by Zoom on Thursdays from 10 to 11:30. Women from around the globe have joined by Zoom during Covid! We will have nursery available for those who join in person. All are invited but women who speak English as a second language are especially welcome, even from another country.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT AT COS The Refugee Support Team was granted money in this next budget cycle to hire a much-needed Coordinator for the RST and the ministries to refugees and recent immigrants. Our primary focus in this area has been on resettlement, and there is expectation of a significant (and imminent) increase in numbers of approved refugees (including family members of current COS/BES folks).  The job requires experience and skills in administrative leadership, and is currently funded at $15 per hour and 10 hours per week. For details see the links to a job description and supporting materials.  If you would like more information, or to submit your credentials (resume and cover letter) please contact Lori Wiersma, supervisor of the position. 

On Friday, August 27, COS served as one of nearly 60 Service-Learning sites for Calvin University incoming students. Nearly 50 Students came to learn about Church of the Servant and get to know each other better while they did hands-on projects with Steve Mulder, Jolanda Howe, and Annette Ediger, Jim VanderMolen, and other members of COS. For more than a dozen years, StreetFest has introduced many young people to the greater Grand Rapids community and opened the doors to their engagement with churches, non-profits and neighborhoods. More than once this has led to jobs, church memberships, and lifelong friendships. 

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.

A minivan or larger passenger van is needed for our growing group of new American children and families who are picked up for church and other youth activities. If you would consider retiring your current mini van or letting COS use it regularly, COS volunteer drivers would greatly appreciate it.

Please contact Jon Bruss, our transportation coordinator. Thank you!

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: www.GRClimate.org 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.