Pentecost Season, July 11, 2021

This Sunday:

This Sunday, July 11, we will worship indoors at 10 am in the Large Worship Space and the BES/Bilingual service will worship with a time of testimony and song offering at 10 am in Room 5. In the large worship space, Rev. Emmett A. Harrison will bring us a message based on Mark 2:1-17.

Rev. Harrison is a Retired CRC Pastor who served three congregations during his 35 years of service in the Christian Reformed Church:  Roseland Christian Ministries Center, Chicago (6years); East Side CRC, Cleveland (22 years) and Oakdale Park CRC, Grand Rapids (7 years).  He has been married to his wife Emily for 39 years, and they have 3 adult children and two beautiful granddaughters.

We invite you to sign up to attend the morning service. The 10 am service will also be live via Zoom. Sign up for our Newsletter to receive the Zoom links.

We will hold another clinic at COS this Sunday, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. The clinic is designed to give 2nd doses of the Pfizer vaccine to the folks from the first vaccine clinic, but we can also take new folks for 1st Pfizer or the 1-dose Johnson and Johnson. Meijer gift cards will be given to those receiving a dose, while supplies last. Please call 616 965 8347 to pre-register for vaccination. Walk-ins are welcome, but pre-registering will help the process go more smoothly and quickly.

Children’s Ministries:

Celebrating Ms. Jana! Our beloved nursery director, Jana Brasser, is retiring after rocking, cuddling, and loving our babies in the nursery for the last 11 years! Please join us in celebrating Jana after the worship service on Sunday, July 18. We hope to get a nice photo outdoors of Jana surrounded by all the kids who love her! Please encourage your children to visit the art station, which will be set up during the coffee time this week and the next two Sundays to make a card or picture for Jana to express their love and thanks. You’ll find a basket to put the cards in (or leave them on the table to dry, if needed).  

Children’s Welcome Station. This Sunday you’ll find our Minister of Faith Formation, Annette Ediger, greeting children and families at our welcome station, right inside the main entrance of COS. She’ll help you find your children’s nametags for the nursery, Little Lambs, or Children’s Worship. Then you may check your 0-2 year old children into nursery immediately. Your children ages 3-7 will with you for the beginning of the worship service to join in the opening songs, prayers, and the passing of the peace be before being blessed and dismissed to continue worship in our children’s worship programs. All children ages 2 and older, and leaders in the children’s programs, are required to wear masks for the safety of our kids. Child-sized masks are available a the children’s welcome station. 

After the service, you’ll pick up your babies and toddlers directly from the nursery, and meet your older children on the patio right after the service. Look for them standing with their teachers along the grassy edge of the patio, just outside the sanctuary. Please give teachers your child’s pick up ticket and nametag before sending your children to the new playset to play!

Church News:

Financial Update: Last week’s offering and online giving (includes monthly ach): $33,888

Current Giving for the month of July: $33,888

Estimated Giving for the month of June: $88,359

Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving is:  $112,926

The Camelot Block Party with our neighbors across the street along with our Camelot church partners will be on Saturday, August 7 at 11 am-1:30 pm at the Camelot Park, 2230 Rowland SE. Please take your kids and join us for a fun time of soccer, bounce house, yard games, chalk art, and a beef hot dog lunch. Let’s meet and build relationships with our neighbors!

P.S. Don’t forget to bring the Crayola color pencils and Crayola fine tip markers and pencil boxes in the wicker basket in the church lobby!

The Racial Justice Team of Classis Grand Rapids East invites you to join a tour of Oak Hill Cemetery on July 17 at 10am. This educational tour will be led by Pastor Shannon Jammal-Hollemans of Oakdale Park, who will share stories about some of the African American people whose contributions impacted our city, and the role of race and racism in Grand Rapids’ history. The tour is two hours long. Plan to meet at the entrance on the north side of Hall Street where there is parking next to the small office building. Questions can be directed to Pastor Shannon Jammal-Hollemans,

To our brothers and sisters in Christ, CORR (Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation) continues to offer Understanding Racism virtual workshops in 2021.   These workshops are open to everyone in our congregation.  It is our hope and prayer that as we continue in this work of understanding racism, Church of the Servant will reveal what Godly antiracism looks like in the community. CORR has two upcoming workshops, one starting in August and another starting in October. The August will consist of six sessions from 6-9 p.m. on August 4, 11, 18, 25, September 1 and 8. The October workshop will be October 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 8:30am-1pm. Please prayerfully consider taking advantage of these opportunities. We will meet in person for workshops in 2022, but for now this is a wonderful format for all of us to continue to do the Lord’s work in antiracism. Register at   

Blood Drive in three weeks! Our next drive at the church is on Monday, August 2, from 2-7pm. Be a hero and share your gift of life! The blood supply is very low right now, and donors are needed. If you are available and can invest an hour of your time, you can make a life-saving difference to a patient in the hospital! Follow this link to schedule an appointment:  Many thanks!

As we move back to in-person, indoor services, we invite more people to serve as Sunday morning scripture readers. If you would like to read scripture during a morning worship service, please sign up here.

Social Seniors meet every Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:00. Designed to provide opportunity for church family camaraderie, Social Seniors is open to anyone who would like to attend, regardless of age. We seek to be spiritually encouraged and to provide opportunities for sharing, humor, expression of our sorrows and joys, and prayer for one another and our church. The Zoom link below will work for every Tuesday. 

Topic: Social Seniors

Time:  10:00 – 11:00 AM

Meeting ID: 832 6366 9013

Passcode: COS  

You can also join by telephone: 1 312 626 6799. When prompted, enter the meeting ID plus #, and then when asked for your participant ID, merely enter #, and you will be connected to the group.

College students and young adults are warmly invited to an informal meal after church next Sunday, July 18th. But not just any meal, no, this is a meal that involves cooking tamales! You read that right. Sarah Gibes, our church’s Jubilee Fellows intern, will reveal how it’s done, and you’ll get to help. Look for Sarah or chat with Ben Videtich this Sunday to learn a bit more.

Wanted: COS Nursery Supervisor for Sundays: With Jana Brasser’s retirement later this summer, the COS Nursery Supervisor position is opening and will need to be filled.  This is a vital, year-round, paid position.  The Nursery Supervisor should be someone who loves children and loves Jesus.  This person (or team of persons) will be responsible for overseeing the check-in/check-out procedures, supervising weekly nursery volunteers, regular cleaning practices, and attending annual trainings that empower them to implement “safe church policies” to ensure that our youngest members and visitors have a safe space to be during worship services and Sunday school classes. This position requires approx. 2 hours of work on Sundays in the summer (9:40-11:40am) and approx. 3 hours of work most Sundays during the school year (8:45-11:45am).  This position can be filled by an individual or by a pair of people who rotate coverage on Sundays.  If you would like more information, or if you are interested or know of someone who may be interested, please contact Annette Ediger: 616-308-0143/

Very good Samuel Shen 16″ Viola for sale. Cele Mereness, who played viola in our church orchestra for years, is no longer able to play this wonderful viola from China. These Chinese violas are very well made with a beautiful tone. The viola and bow both come from The Guarneri House. They are in very good condition and they come with a nice case. For more information on the viola and her asking price, please contact Amy Heeringa.