Happening This Sunday:

This Sunday, February 16, at our 10am large sanctuary service, we welcome Rev. James Kombo to the pulpit. Reverend Kombo is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church of Kenya with ministry assignment at the All Saints Cathedral, Nairobi. James is married to Pamela and together they have three children.

If you are between 18-30 years old, please join us for lunch today at the home of Annette and Jay Ediger. We will gather at 12:30pm with lunch served shortly after.

Youth

HS Sunday School meets in the Youth Room at 9am.  (Note: HS Sunday School will NOT be meeting Feb. 23 due to the youth retreat.) This semester we are going to be looking at real case studies that present moral dilemmas and then practice the complex art of making Christian moral decisions.  Donuts are always provided.  Join us! 

Sat., Feb. 22-Sun., Feb. 23: Annual Winter Retreat!  Topic: “Got Stress?!? Faith in an Anxious World.” Cost: $10. Discussion Leader: Jeff Jackson, psychiatrist.  Location: Beversluis Cottage near Muskegon.  Leave COS at 11am Saturday, return at 2pm Sunday.  RSVP required by Wed., Feb. 19.  Contact Annette with questions or to RSVP.

Winter Retreat Food Sign Up: Students are encouraged to bring “snacks to share” with the other retreat participants but we are also looking for volunteers to send food along for this retreat.  There is a sign-up sheet in the café, or contact Annette to see what items are still available.  Thanks!

Summer Mission Trip: June 20-27.  Where?  Grand Rapids, MI!  To wrap up our theme of “Light in the City,” high school students are invited to participate in a week-long mission trip where we will be bringing light to our very own city.  We will be staying at a local church (not COS) with over a hundred other HS students, serving our neighbors during the day and eating and worshiping together every night. The estimated cost is $375 but cost can be reduced through participation in fundraising efforts. Contact Annette to reserve your spot or get more info.  Sign-up deadline: March 30, 2020

The small group ski-outing has been postponed until March to allow more people to join. Keep alert for a future announcement.

Middle School: WNL (this week):  Lord’s Days 20 (“The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit”)

Church News

The Thursday Bible study on Jonah meets this week on February 20, in the café area, 9:30-11am. This week’s lesson; Jonah 3—God’s Mercy to the Ninevites.  Questions? Contact Mary Loeks, mary@loeks.com.  

There is a basket on the welcome table for cards and well wishes to thanks Ellen Westrate for her 26 years of faithful service to the Church of the Servant family. You should have received an invitation in your mailbox to a party/potluck to be held in Ellen’s honor here at COS on March 1.

Financial Update: Last week’s offering and online giving was $36,046.85. Our total giving for the month of February is $59,587.43 (with 2 Sundays left).

Our monthly General Fund budget is $119,028.

COS partners with other local churches to provide mentors for students at Ridge Park Charter Academy (on East Paris). The mentors meet weekly with their students for 30-60 minutes, offering encouragement as much as tutoring. Ridge Park is in need of additional mentors for both elementary students and ELL (English Language Learning) middle school students.

The COS Creation Care Team (CCT) meets tomorrow evening (Monday 2/17) at 7:00 pm at church.  We will check in on the Energy Stewardship, Worship, and Education tasks we are working on.  We will also expand our conversation regarding COS’ native plantings and our ideas for creating a long-range vision and plan for our property.  We are so excited about this.  Please join us!

In December we welcomed several families as new members to COS. At the time, we didn’t have enough information from all of our new folks to publish a new member biography/photo page. But, happily, we have now compiled all the information and it should be in your mailbox. Use it to get to know our new church family members, and please keep it with your directory for reference.

Come check out the growing New American shelf in the library. (Additional suggestions for titles, etc. can be directed to Troy Bierma troy.bierma@coscrc.org)

From the COS Mental Health Committee – We would like to inform the congregation that there is a fund to assist members of Church of the Servant to access mental health counseling. The fund is intended to assist with co-pays or the full cost of therapy if members cannot afford therapy.  The committee is currently developing a panel of therapists to whom church staff can refer members.  Please contact Rev. Karen Campbell or Rev. Andrew Mead if you would like to either access these funds or financially support the ministry.

“Becoming a Restorative City: A Case Study and a Plan of Action” at First CRC, 651 Franklin St., SE GR, MI, Thursday, February 20, beginning at 5 p.m. with a free film “Healing Justice,” followed by a reception and refreshments, and a presentation at 6:30 p.m. by Rev. Henry McClendon, the Michigan Regional Representative for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP.)  For more information and to sign up, go to Eventbrite.com and search for the date and/or the event title.  Sponsored by the Restorative Justice Coalition of W. Michigan (616-724-6772) and the Greater GR ALPACT (Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust.)

For the academic year 2020-2021 Classis Grand Rapids East will provide need-based leadership development grants to students who are members of a church in our Classis, planning to enroll in an approved M. Div. program, and committed to entering ordained ministry in the CRC. The application deadline is March 1, 2020. Details and the application form are available on the Classis website under “Leadership Development Grants” at http://classisgreast.org/index.php/ministry-grants/