Next Sunday

Next Sunday, August 11 our worship will be a combined Standard English and Basic English service, held at 10am in the large sanctuary.

As COS continues to deepen our discernment about sexuality and life together in Christ, please join us next Sunday Aug. 11 from 8:30 – 9:50am in room 3 off the café. Two RCA pastors currently writing a book on marriage and celibacy will share their work:

Two Ways of the Cross: Rediscovering Marriage and Celibacy in Light of the Contemporary Sexuality Debate

How do the two vocations of marriage and celibacy witness in their own unique, complementary ways to the gospel? In what ways do they witness to the cross, and the new creation? Steven Rodriguez and Kevin Slusher, two pastors committed to spiritual friendship, one married with children, one gay and committed to a life of celibacy, each bring a unique perspective to these questions. Breakfast foods and coffee will be on hand! Please contact Pastor Andrew with any questions.

Youth News

Our camping trip has been canceled, due to lack of interest.  Looking forward to activities starting again in the Fall!

Church News

The Church of the Servant 2019-2010 proposed budget has been distributed via email and is also available on the COS website. You can find some hard 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.  

Be A Beacon of Hope! Every day more than 10,000 patients rely on the generosity of blood donors to survive. You can be their hope! In three weeks, we have a blood drive here in our fellowship area: Monday, August 26, 2-7pm. It only takes about an hour of your time, and it means the world to someone who needs that gift. A scheduling poster is in the cafe area today or use this link to schedule online:

Have questions? Talk to Beth Karanicola or Ruth Huisman. Thank you!!

Members of the ministry staff will be away periodically this summer. If a pastoral need arises, now through August 9 please contact Pastor Karen Campbell or Minister of Congregational Life, Chris Klein.

Joyful Noise Orchestra – The JNO will be leading the music for our worship on Sunday, August 18.  If you play a band or orchestra instrument, please consider playing with this group on the 18th.  We will rehearse on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30pm in the sanctuary, and again on Sunday morning, August 18 at 9:00am.  Music is ready to be picked up in the music room.  You can sign up in the music room or by emailing Maria Stapert ( 

Gender and Sexuality Acceptance Group – Sunday, August 18:

Sunday Evening Book Club – 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.

From Ruth Lemmen: Please join me at an open house Monday, August 12 from 6:30-8:30 at the picnic shelters on the Northwest side of Garfield Park.  We’ll have some snacks and an opportunity to catch up on what God is doing in China and Grand Rapids.  I would love an opportunity to see you! 

The Refugee Support Team will meet at Helen Bonzelaar’s home on Monday, August 12.

COS and Camelot Community Partners invites you to the Camelot Block Party on Sat. August 10 from 11 am to 2 pm at Camelot Park. There will be burgers and hot dogs, soccer, basketball games, bounce house, ice cream, fire truck, and our school backpack giveaway to Camelot area students.

Tuesday, August 6, 7-8:30 pm at Unison Church, 2010 Kalamazoo Ave. – “Broad-based Organizing for the Common Good” with Paul Turner, Micah Center consultant. Also, from 6-7 p.m. a light supper will be served. 

COS is looking for a Basic English Service Music Coordinator to help and lead in the planning of the BES worship services that welcome and utilize the creative and spiritual expression of congregants’ gifts.  This is a part time position (12 hours a week for an initial period of one year).  For further details consult the church’s website at  Closing date for application is 16th August.