Next Sunday

GPS – exploring issues of disability and the church. This and next Sunday at 9am in room 3, Kevin Timpe, will join us to share thoughts about the biblical issues related to disability (see announcement on reverse page.)

Youth

Sunday school classes meet this Sunday at 9am!  (And yes…we will have donuts)

7th-8th graders meet in the room across from the nursery

9th-12th graders meet in the youth room.  We will be wrapping up our reading of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe over the next two weeks.  David Campbell will be this week’s reader. 

High School:

Small Groups should be meeting over the next week. 

444* will meet Jan. 26, noon – 1:30pm, (*444 = 4 activities for the 4th Sunday of the month: lunch + baking brownies + sporty activity + board game.  Pick the activities that interest you!)

Mark your calendar:

HS Winter Retreat: Sat., Feb. 22-Sun., Feb. 23.  More details coming soon!

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.  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

Middle School:

Wednesday Night Live (this week):  Lord’s Day 9 (The Power, Providence, and Love of the Father). It’s Grand-Friends Night. Students are invited to bring their grandparents (or other grand-friends) to class this week.
Mark Your Calendar:  Roller Skating, January 25

Church News

Explore the mystery of God’s mercy from the book of JONAH!  This is a Bible study for EVERYONE, yes, for men too.  The study resumes on THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 in the COS cafe area, 9:30 – 11:00.  Childcare will be provided.

Book Sale – Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing, by Gayle Boss, author of All Creation Waits. Limited copies are available in the café area for $10 each. For additional copies, contact Annette Ediger.

Parents of Children in K-12 Christian Schools: If you are in need of financial assistance, it’s time to apply for the tuition assistance program for the 2020/2021 school year. Updated step-by-step instructions can be found here: coscrc.org/education. Application is completed online; you will find the direct link to the COS FACTS page on the website. Don’t wait for your taxes; apply now using 2018 taxes and meet the earlier deadlines!
Important deadlines:
• Please submit your name using the online form by Feb 1 – This will help the team prepare for applications and track the process.
• Submit FACTS app and documentation by March 1.
• Mandatory Face-to-face meeting will take place March 25 between 6-9 pm. After your application has been received you will get an email to sign up for a meeting time.

Financial Update: Last week’s offering and online giving was $13,312.26. Our total giving for the month of January is $49,385.33 (with two Sundays left). Our monthly General Fund budget is $119,028.

Prisms for God’s Light – pledging for 2020. If you have not pledged, please do so today, online at the COS web site under “Giving,”  or with paper forms available near the mailboxes.

New Staff update: Council is pleased to announce the temporary appointment of Maria Beversluis Van Leeuwen as Pastoral Care Coordinator. She will begin Jan 13 for 10 hours a week and conclude this position in June 2020. This will allow time to determine the needs for Congregational Life going forward.
The Facility Search team announces the temporary hiring of Jay De Man as Facility Manager.  He is a recent graduate of Calvin University and has been worshiping with us for over a year. He will be working up to 25 hours a week beginning January 13 – June 20. He will then be getting married and moving to Chicago. This 6 month period will help the Facility team to decide whether the number of budgeted hours is realistic after the departure of Kenny and Ellen Westrate on January 31.
Ellen will be continuing as our COS Food Coordinator. This role will involve planning, shopping, cooking and serving the church meals with her loyal volunteers. She will also be the Coordinator of the COS food pantry and the Simply Give program.

Retirement Celebration for Ellen Westrate – Due to Ellen’s recent heart surgery the planning team pushed back the date of the celebration to Sunday, March 1 following a potluck lunch after the Prism Service. Please mark your calendar to celebrate Ellen’s faithful service to COS for 26 years!  More details will follow.

Emergency Appeal for Blood – Please Help!  Versiti Blood Center of Michigan is issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations! Due to the busy holiday season, inclement weather, and seasonal illness, donations began declining in December. Our communities are facing a potential crisis situation and blood donations are needed immediately. Patients in our community rely on the generosity of blood donors to maintain a safe blood supply. For an appointment, please call (866) MI BLOOD. If you donated at our last drive here on November 11, you may donate again now. If you donate by tomorrow, Monday, 1/20, you will still be eligible to donate at our next COS drive on March 16. Thank you!  —Ruth Huisman & Beth Karanicola

Registration is open for the Feb. 28-29 Understanding Racism Workshop. We have developed new content and have shortened these Understanding Racism Workshops to two days: 9am-5pm each day. This workshop experience is still designed to explore the deep racial complexity of the US and to begin to explore paths for restoration. Our goal is to gain insight in understanding systemic racism through the eyes of faith and scripture in order to become the Beloved Community. 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 online at CORRnow.org.

The COS Prisoners in Christ team, including Troy Rienstra, who is the Outreach Director of Safe and Just Michigan, will present a Path to Justice: A Conversation on Criminal Justice Reform, on Tuesday, January 21, at the Calvin University Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.  A panel discussion and presentation begins at 6:30pm, with an information fair before and after.  Please register via this link  For more information: https://calvin.edu/centers-institutes/henry-institute/programs/rule-of-law/index.html

Friends of New Americans, if you would like to find out about how you can help COS to sponsor and support refugees, please put this Tuesday the 21st at 6:30 pm on your calendar. The COS Refugee Support Team will host Deb Hoekwater, a representative from Bethany Christian Services for an informational meeting in the Youth Room. This is in anticipation of our entering into a partnership with Calvary Church to co-sponsor a new Afghan refugee family, who is expected to arrive next week. Questions? Contact Troy Bierma or Joel Westmaas.