Happening This Sunday

Sunday, January 26 in our BES, Philip McKinley will be our guest preacher. Philip is ordained in the Church of Ireland (Anglican). He is a singer-songwriter and co-founder of Discovery Gospel Choir, an intercultural ensemble that reflects the new-found cultural and ethnic diversity in Ireland. He has worked extensively in faith-based reconciliation and social inclusion initiatives for the Irish Council of Churches. He has also served as a chaplain at Dublin City University’s Inter Faith Centre.  Andrew Mead will preach in the SES this Sunday.

Next Sunday

At 9am Sunday February 2, our education hour will be an Intergenerational Sunday School. At our Standard English Service Betsy DeVries will be our guest preacher. Betsy is a PhD candidate at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto, Ontario, where she is studying homiletics. At our BES worship service, COS intern Nicole Romero will be delivering the message.  Nicole is a Master of Divinity student at Calvin Theological Seminary. After our worship services, we will gather for an all-church meal in the café. Everyone is welcome!

Psalm Contest Premiere: For the past ten years COS has held a New Psalm Contest in memory of Ben Fackler.  This contest exists to encourage Psalm singing and writing.  Next Sunday, February 2, we will premiere the first and second place winners of the 2019 New Psalm Contest in our morning SES worship.  One of the winning composers will be worshiping with us.  Wendell Kimbrough, a prior contest winner, will help to lead the music for the service. 

Psalm Contest Celebration: Also happening on Sunday, February 2, we will host a Psalmfest, featuring the winning Psalms from all ten years. We will sing together and hear about the contest’s origins and what it has meant to various composers. The Psalmfest begins at 2pm with a cake reception following. 

Youth

Serve First – this Saturday, February 1 at COS from 10am-noon! Students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to SERVE OTHERS on the first Saturday of every month!  We will play twister, matching games, dominoes, and other games with BES children to help them learn more English in a fun and caring environment.

Movies with Meaning – for Middle and High School students. Double feature, Friday February 7, 6-9:30pm. The Wizard of Oz & Matilda

High School: 9am Sunday school: this week our Sunday school class will meet with the adult GPS class in the café area as we listen to COS members talk about their experience with disability in the church.

444 THIS SUNDAY, noon-1:30pm – meet in the youth room at noon for lunch and a brief faith discussion on disability and the kingdom of God. Then bake brownies, play scooter soccer, and/or board games.

GOT STRESS? Come to our annual Winter Retreat Feb. 22-23 and let’s talk about Faith in an Anxious World. Leave COS at 11am Saturday, return at 2pm Sunday. $10/student. 

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

Middle School – Middle School Outing: Note that there’s been a change in plans! Due to overwhelming demand and conflict in scheduling, the planned roller-skating outing has been changed to snow tubing at Cannonsburg AND the date has been changed from Saturday, January 25 to Saturday, February 1. A headcount for this outing is required, so please RSVP Mr. Leahy at bleahy@barr.com.

Church News

Starting this Thursday, 9:30 – 11am –Explore the mystery of God’s mercy from the book of Jonah!  This is a Bible study for EVERYONE, yes, for men too.  Childcare provided.

Financial Update: Last week’s offering and online giving was $58,731.56. Our total giving for the month of January is $108,116.89 (with one Sunday left)

Our monthly General Fund budget is $119,028.

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.

 Registration is open for the Feb. 28-29 Understanding Racism Workshops. 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 United States and to begin to explore paths for restoration. Our goal is to gain an understanding of 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.

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.