Happening This Sunday

June 30, our 10 am worship will be a combined BES/SES service in the large worship space. Rev. Andrew Mead will deliver the message and we’ll welcome our VBS friends who will be worshiping with us. Afterward, plan to stay and enjoy ice cream and coffee during the coffee hour!

Youth News

High School:

The winner is… August 3! The votes have been tallied and August 3 works best for our Cedar Point Trip (for kids entering grade 7 through first year of college). We still need more drivers, so let Annette know if you can drive to Cedar Point. Friends are welcome to join us. Cost is $40 plus money for food. Cost for drivers is $20 plus money for food. Annette will place a signup sheet in the café this weekend. Spots can be reserved until July 21.

Middle School:

Stay tuned for more announcements and upcoming Movies with Meaning soon!

Church News

Gender and Sexuality Acceptance Group Summer Programs

Wednesday, July 17, 6:45pm:

Film Screening, Dessert and Discussion, COS Youth Room. Join us to watch and discuss the award-winning documentary For the Bible Tells Me So (2007). The film includes interviews with five Christian families, including the parents of V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. The film’s goal is not to increase opposition but to explore the complicated intersection of gender, sexuality, and Christianity. All are welcome. Dessert will be provided.

July 21 and August 18, 6:30pm:

Sunday Evening Book Club, Home of Lisa VanArragon & Chris Smit, 1850 Mayberry St SE, GR 49508

Young Adult fiction gives readers of all ages the opportunity to think about coming-of-age, identity, friendship, and belonging. The Sunday Evening Book Club will read two acclaimed YA novels this summer. See schedule below. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Lisa VanArragon at evanarragon@gmail.com.

Sunday, July 21:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Saenz (2012) (368 pages)

Sunday, August 18:

Little and Lion, Brandy Colbert (2017) (336 pages)

The Gender and Sexuality Acceptance Group is open to everyone interested in joining our discussions and programs on gender and sexuality. All are welcome. Our events are safe spaces, planned with the goal of the full inclusion and participation of people who identify as LGBTQ+ and their families. If there are any questions please contact Lisa VanArragon (evanarragon@gmail.com) or Chris Klein, Minister of Congregational Life (chris.klein@coscrc.org).

Visitors and friends digital kiosk – If you’ve been attending COS (or if it’s your first time here) and you’re interested in becoming more connected,stop by the welcome counter in the cafe area. We have a new digital kiosk, where you’re invited to share email/contact information with us. We’d love to get to know you better!

The memory caregiver’s support group will not meet this week. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, July 9.

Because of Independence Day, the deadline for bulletin announcements this coming week will be 8:30am on Wednesday (July 3) instead of Thursday.

Members of the ministry staff will be away periodically this summer. If a pastoral need arises, please reach out to the following staff during these dates:

July 1-5, Pastor Andrew Mead or Minister of Congregational Life, Chris Klein

July 6-14, Minister of Congregational Life, Chris Klein

July 15-20, Pastor Andrew Mead or Minister of Congregational Life, Chris Klein

July 21-27, Pastor Andrew Mead

July 27-Aug. 9, Pastor Karen Campbell or Minister of Congregational Life, Chris Klein

COS is hoping to appoint a Basic English Service Music Coordinator to help and lead in the planning of the BES worship services that welcome and utilize the creative and spiritual expression of congregants’ gifts.  This is a part-time position (12 hours a week for an initial period of one year).  For further details consult the church’s website at coscrc.org/jobs  Closing date for application is 16th August. 

Giving Update: Our giving for Sunday June 23 totaled $39,472.72 (including weekly online giving). Our current total giving for the month of June is at $110,006.92.