Happening This Sunday

Children interested in playing an angklung at the 5 pm service Dec 24 should practice with Mugs Mast in the BES Room after the service.

Youth News

Reminder: Sunday school classes and Youth Group will NOT be meeting Dec. 23-30. See you next year!

Church News

Save the date! Save January 5, 2019 as a stopping point between 9am and 6pm for an hour or a day of prayer for the church, the community and the world with the COS Prayer Support Team and other interested participants.

COS 2018 New Psalm Contest – We are pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Psalm Contest is Noah McLaren, with his setting of Psalm 71, “All My Life.” Thank you to the judges for their hours of work listening to and singing through all the Psalm entries. The judging panel is made up of mostly COS members, all of whom have some combination of musical, theological, and literary training. We will welcome Noah to our worship service on Sunday, January 27, 2019, when we premier his winning Psalm setting.
To hear his Psalm, and other top choices from this year’s contest, as well as past year’s winners, visit the worship page on the COS website (www.churchoftheservantcrc.org/newpsalmcontest). If you are interested in donating to the New Psalm Contest, contact Maria Stapert (maria.stapert@coscrc.org).

Christmas Day nursery helpers needed. Please email Diane or Annette if you’re willing to help out, or sign up in the café. diane.jonker@coscrc.org annette.ediger@coscrc.org

The Living Water Stewardship Campaign
More good news! Two weeks ago, we asked for 50 more pledges from the congregation, and we set a goal to increase our pledges from the $800,000 then to $1 million. We are halfway toward those two goals. As of early this week, we have 198 pledges, totaling $911,000.
With this momentum we have the potential to reverse a three-year downward trend in giving! However, to meet our budget for next year, we need more participation from the congregation. Simply put, more pledges at every level will ensure that we reach our goal. We encourage everyone to turn in their pledge form during the offertory, to the office, or to pledge online as soon as possible. When we all work together, we will ensure our church has predictable cash flow throughout the year to support our ministries.

Finance Committee report on the first quarter of the fiscal year
Sept–Nov
Budget $357,000
Estimated Receipts $257,789
Estimated Expenses $319,330
Deficit ($61,541)
Even with Council approved budget reductions in place our giving is 20% below expenses. Further reductions will necessarily affect program and/or staff.

2019 ARTery Update: Exciting things are in store for the COS ARTery in 2019! We plan to do six Artery shows throughout the year: three featuring COS members & three highlighting artists in the community and beyond.
Starting January, shows will take place every two months with an evening gallery opening event on the second Monday of the month the show is installed. This will be an opportunity to hear from the artist and spend time experiencing the installation over wine and music.
Mark your calendars for Monday, January 14 at 7pm for our first event of the new year, featuring COS member and artist Gene Ellens.
We are also taking submissions for the 2019 ARTery season. If you are an artist and a COS member or have a favorite artist from outside our church family that you’d like to recommend, we want to hear from you! Please email Lauren Figueroa (Lauren@LFdesigns.co) for additional information.

The church office needs volunteers to help collate liturgies on Friday mornings from now until mid-April. One of our regular volunteers is out of town for the colder months. Even if you can offer an occasional/monthly schedule, it would be appreciated. This is an easy task that takes place on Fridays from about 10am-11am, but the time is flexible. The liturgies are printed Wednesday afternoons, so 9-3 on Thursdays is also an option. Please let us know if this would be a way that you would be willing to serve. Thanks for considering this!