Happening This Sunday

GPS (God’s People Seeking)- During GPS today at 9am, Steve Mulder and others from the CRCNA Climate Witness Project (CWP) will present on this important work. This session will focus how we can each take steps to reduce our individual carbon footprints.

February 17 and 24 –the Justice Class will meet as “usual” to finish the “proximate justice” series we have been doing for the last few sessions, based on readings from the Public Justice Review, published by the Center for Public Justice, Vol. 8, Issue 4, 2018, “Making Peace With Proximate Pluralism”– Https://Www.Cpjustice.Org/Public/Page/Content/Public_justice_review. We will address essays 2, 3 & 4 on the 17th (Chaplin, Chaplin & Walsh) and essays 5 & 6 on the 24th (Berkeley and Covington).

Youth News

Sun. Feb. 17 – Meet with small groups

Sat. – Sun. Feb. 23-24 – High School Winter Retreat! We will leave COS at 10am on Sat., Feb. 22 to go to the Beversluis cottage in N. Muskegon, and return to COS around 2:30pm Sunday.  All high school students are invited to attend!  Our topic: Gender, Sexuality, and the Church—continued.  Mr. Larry Borst will guide us through discussions around this topic, looking at what scripture says, and help us learn how to navigate discussions with people who hold different viewpoints. 

RSVP required!  Contact Annette.ediger@coscrc.org to reserve your spot.

Church News

The Thursday Bible study meets this week Thurs. February 21, 2019.  We will be studying RUTH and ESTHER, using a study by Kathleen B. Nielson, Crossway Books.  This week’s study: RUTH 1: RETURNING TO BETHLEHEM. We meet Thurs. 9:30–11am, in the café area.  Childcare provided.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

Transportation to and From Church: Do you come to church with a few empty seats in your car or van?  Would you like them filled with some wonderful people?   Once….or twice… or more times a month, you can be a part of bringing people to church, or bringing people home after church or both.  Interested? Look forward to hearing from you and working something out. 

With Michigan’s blood supply levels at a critically low point, we are urging all our donors, and NEW donors, to come to our next drive here on Monday, March 11. There are 40 appointment slots between 2:00-7:00pm and we’d like to fill ALL of them! Make an appointment online at versiti.org/michigan or on the scheduling poster today in the café. Questions? Contact Beth Karanicola or Ruth Huisman. Thank you!

The ESL Women’s Bible study meets this Thursday, February 21 from 10am to 11:30am.  We will study the life of Joseph this spring.  Join us for lively discussion and sweet fellowship.  Childcare is provided.  Questions?  Contact Barbara Hampton at bhampton@wooster.edu or 307-3493.

Faith Promise Missions Sunday is March 10: Ruth Padilla de Borst will be preaching and Faith-Promise pledges for COS missionary support will be collected.  More information to come next week!

March ARTery Gallery Opening Event

Mark your calendars for Monday, March 11 at 7pm for our next gallery opening event, featuring Grand Rapids artist Jordan Smith and a conversation with Matt Provoast & Erika Townsley, owners of Light Gallery & Studio, about the relationship and role of their gallery in helping establish emerging artists. The event is free with a suggested donation of $5/person. The evening will feature live jazz by members of COS and a chance to peruse the gallery over appetizers and wine (available by purchase of drink ticket). Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to experience art in community! RSVPs on our COS facebook event page are appreciated.

FUTURE FAITH—the newest book by Wes Granberg-Michaelson is being used by the Wednesday night book group.  Extra copies of the book are available for purchase in the workroom for $15, payable by check to COS.

Registration is open for the February 21-23 and March 7-9 Understanding Racism Workshops. These workshop experiences are designed to explore the deep racial complexity of the United States and begin to explore paths for reconciliation. Our goal is to gain insight in understanding systemic racism through the eyes of faith and Scripture.

We encourage all leaders and members at Church of the Servant to attend one of these workshops. This effort helps us to become focused and work together to address one of our country’s greatest troubles. Register on line at CORRnow.org.