Pentecost Season, July 10­, 2022

This Sunday:

This Sunday, July 10, Rev. Gary Burge will preach from Deuteronomy 30:9-14 and Colossians 1:1-14 in the large service. Makema Lwenge will preach in the All Nations Worship Service in Room 4.

The 10 am large service will be streamed via Zoom.

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Children’s Ministry:

New Check-In System for Nursery, Little Lambs, and Children’s Worship!

Last week we launched a new kiosk check in system for nursery, Little Lambs, and Children’s worship (the during-church programming for children ages 0-7). I hope you received an email this week with the passcode to use for checking in your kids. If not, someone will be stationed at each kiosk—After our first week using the check-in kiosks we’ve decided to move both kiosks to the front entrance of the church where most families are used to picking up nametags for programs—to retrieve your password and answer any questions. At 10:10am the front door kiosk will be relocated to the entrance to the children’s wing. So if you didn’t have time to check in before the children were dismissed for programming, please accompany your child to the children’s wing to check them in at that time. You’ll need the pick-up ticket that is printed at check in to pick them up from the nursery or classroom when church is over. Each Sunday new sticker nametags will print along with a unique code and pickup ticket to ensure kids are picked up.

New Opportunity to Serve: Check-in Volunteers Needed!

Our new kiosk system is self-directed, with parents using their passcode to sign their kids in and receive their nametags and pick up tickets. But I’d like to make sure there is at least one volunteer available each Sunday to help greet families warmly, retrieve forgotten passwords, encourage families to use nursery kiosk if the front door kiosk is in use, and explain how the system works to families who are visiting or using it for the first time. If you enjoy greeting people and have a knack for technology, this role is for you! You’d be serving from 9:45am-10:10am and/or 10:15-10:25am (when children are dismissed from the service) once every 6 weeks. Please contact Jolanda at to join the team!

Church News:

Pastor Andrew will at Calvin Seminary for a seminar July 10-15. For any pastoral concerns, Ben Videtich (231-349-1328) and Jack Roeda (616-920-9510) are available.

Current Giving for the month of July: $19,246

Estimated Giving for the month of June: $80,926

June 2021 Giving: $88,359

Giving for the month of May: $117,161

Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving is:  $118,873

The COS Treasurer is looking for volunteers to assist weekly with counting and recording the Sunday deposit. This can be completed by the Monday or Tuesday following Sunday service. You do not need an accounting background to assist. One or two people could share this role as well. The primary job is to ensure all checks and donations are entered into donor software. Please contact Angelica Zahrt by email or by phone 616-956-7611 x 29 if you are interested in helping in this important ministry of COS. 

Summer Schedule for Social Seniors: We are meeting every other Tuesday morning at 10:00 AM over the summer, via Zoom. Meeting dates are July 12, July 26, August 9, August 23, and September 13. All persons interested in casual visiting, sharing spiritual encouragement, and praying for one another and for our church are welcome. For more information, contact Corrie Vos.

Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 832 6366 9013

Passcode: COS

Job Opening: All Nations Worship Coordinator. Position summary: To cultivate, empower, and sustain a multicultural, multilingual worshipping community. The All Nations Worship Coordinator will work as part of a team consisting of Co-Pastor Andrew, Co-Pastor Karen, All Nations music teams, the All Nations Music Assistant, and the SES Worship Coordinator. A key component for cultivating multicultural worship will be building relationships across a variety of cultures. Find the full job description and information on applying here.

The Basic English Service began in 2009 as an outgrowth of the ESL ministry of COS. As the BES fellowship has grown and changed since then, one question that emerged was, “Is Basic English Service the most fitting name for who we are becoming and who we sense God is calling us to be?” After a long process of discernment with fits and starts, the BES leadership team approved changing the name of the BES to All Nations Worship Service. The name All Nations seems to better capture how this service has grown to be a fellowship of believers from many nations who share their gifts for God’s glory and the enrichment of Christ’s church.

May COS continue to grow as a house of prayer for all nations.

Heroes Wanted!  Give someone another summer day – share your gift of life! We have another blood drive coming up soon – Monday, August 1, 2-7pm – right here in our cafe. For anyone who needs a blood transfusion, your blood donation is literally the gift of life! We have many open appointment times, and you can select the one that works best for you. Follow this link: We’re looking for about 15 more people to sign up to donate. Be someone’s HERO! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Beth Karanicola or Ruth Huisman.

Apartment needed: A new senior research fellow at Calvin University’s Paul Henry Institute is seeking an apartment within walking distance of the campus for late-August through at least May 2023. If you have a place to rent or know of a neighborhood opportunity, please jot an email to Kurt Schaefer at .

Friendship ESL at COS is searching for an Administrative Associate with primary responsibilities for nursery supervision, break-time, and student care. The work involves four ESL sessions per week, TUE/WED 915-1140am, and TUE/THU 545-810pm. ESL opens for the fall term on September 13 and concludes the term December 22. Resumes January 3, 2023 to May 25.  Salary competitive. Work enjoyable and important: helping refugees and their families make life in the USA. Contact Mark Fackler, ESL coordinator, 616 285 9298. Interviews begin immediately.  Search open until filled.