Season of Epiphany, Sunday January 24, 2021

Happening this Sunday

This Sunday, January 24,we will continue to worship using our zoom format, individually, but still as one body, united in Christ. Rev. Karen Campbell will bring us a message based on the scriptures of Gen. 1:27-31 & 1 Cor. 7:29-31.

GPS:  Join us this Sunday after Zoom worship for the second of a two-part GPS series on the Human Sexuality Report. Synod has shared the Human Sexuality Report with congregations and encouraged church families to have discussions around the contents of this report. This report attempts to define how churches within our denomination should respond to a variety of relational matters, including gay marriage, the stance of the church in regards to LGBTQ members, premarital sex, and other potentially controversial topics. Presenters will guide us through a summary of this report and create opportunities for feedback. We look forward to prayerfully and humbly navigating through this report with all the members of our COS family.

Children’s Ministry

Kid’s Club is today at 4:30pm! All children in preschool, kindergarten, and first grade are invited! To join the Kids Club Zoom meeting at 4:30pm click this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84509390414?pwd=RGxGUjQ1czBqOW1YejZaL0JZYU1VUT09 If a Meeting ID is requested, enter: 845 0939 0414

If a passcode is requested, enter: CLUB

Taste and See! A Lord’s Supper Class during Lent – We plan to have a At COS we love to welcome children to the Lord’s Supper! Our tradition is for young children to come forward in the communion circle to receive a blessing. As children grow curious and interested in understanding and participating more fully, we encourage them to attend a class with a parent about what the Lord’s Supper is all about. I’m planning to schedule this class during Lent, so please send me a note if you’d like to be included! Jo.Howe@coscrc.org

Church News 

Every Wednesday evening in January via Zoom, we will spend a half hour (7:30 – 8:00pm) in guided meditation using scripture, poetry, silence and journaling to consider the growth that is happening in the dark. COS member and spiritual director, Andrea Le Roy, will facilitate this time together. We hope you’ll join us on January 27.  

Volunteers, sewers, and crafters needed to help refresh our children’s worship materials!  In preparation for Lent and Easter I’d love to repair and refresh some of our gorgeous Children’s Worship Advent, Lent, and Easter materials and banners. This break from in-person meeting is a great time to give some TLC to the materials our leaders and children use to tell and retell our stories of faith. I’d love some help taking inventory of what needs care and repair, and ensuring the story sets that get the most use are in great shape for when we come back together. Please give me a call if you are interested! 616-238-1324 or jo.howe@coscrc.org      

Keeping our congregation updated: To our brothers and sisters in Christ, CORR (Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation) continues to offer Understanding Racism workshops in 2021, virtually.  These workshops are open to everyone in our congregation.  It is our hope and prayer that as COS people continue in this work of understanding racism, Church of the Servant will reveal what Godly antiracism looks like in the community. A Thursday/Friday morning workshop begins in February. Please prayerfully consider taking advantage of these opportunities. We long to meet in person again but for now, this is a wonderful format for all of us to continue to do the Lord’s work in antiracism. Register at CORRnow.org  

Staff Retirement – Our hearts are saddened with the news of Diane Jonker’s retirement as of Feb 26, 2021. Diane has been a wonderful presence on our staff team for the past 5 years as Office Coordinator. Although she was not a member of COS, she quickly learned the names of volunteers and folks in the church and greeted everyone who called or came into the office with grace and hospitality.

She will be deeply missed; however, we wish Diane and her husband, Jim, who is also retiring, an enjoyable time with their 9 grandkids and biking, hiking and camping and with more time for her watercolor painting!

We will be posting the part-time position opening and job description in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please send your notes of appreciation to Diane. On February 21 she will be with us after our Zoom service in the announcement time.

We still need Sunday morning scripture readers! If you would like to read scripture on Sunday morning, go to Signup Genius to sign up to read any Sunday.  Click here to sign up for any Sunday, from January through the end of May. 

Financial Update: Last week’s offering and online giving: $26,082

Current Giving for the month: $87,828

Monthly General Fund Budget:  $112,926

This year due to the delay in mail delivery, our COS Treasurer will be both emailing and mailing contribution statements before January 31.

Pledges: As of midweek, we have 189 pledges totaling $902,018.  There is still time for you to make your pledge. Thank you from the Stewardship Team.