Youth News

High School: Sunday, March 17, & 24 – We will continue to join the adult GPS sessions at 9am to hear Dr. Nick Wolterstorff share his story about his views on gay marriage.  Be there!

Small Groups should meet over the next week.  2 possible topics of conversation: What are some ways we can encourage each other to embrace the season of Lent?

Look over & discuss the handout from Larry Borst re: “5 Christian Views on Sexuality and the Church”

Spring Break is coming! 29 people from COS will travel to Puerto Rico from Mar. 29 – April 6 for our High School Mission Trip.  Pray for us—and remember that Sunday school will NOT meet on March 29 but will be back in action on April 7

Puerto Rico participants: your help is needed selling coffee after church for the next 2 weeks!  Thanks to some of you who have already stepped in to encourage members of our COS family to purchase coffee as a way to raise funds for our PR Trip.  If you haven’t done this yet, plan to join me in the café after you have taken communion this week and/or next week!  You can also sell coffee to friends, family, teachers, coaches, etc. over the next 2 weeks.  Pick up an order sheet at church this Sunday.

Middle School: Next week in WNL – “The 10 Best Ways”, Pastor Andrew will lead on Commandments 5 through 10.

Church News

In our ministry together with Karen Campbell and Andrew Mead, the Council has committed to completing a review of their first six months with us. To assist in that process input from COS members and friends would be most helpful. You are welcome to phone, or write a note/email to Claudia Beversluis, Jonathan Bradford or Mark Stinton by Monday, March 18.  Words of appreciation, concern, encouragement or advice about their work or the new co-pastor structure will be appreciated. Please pray that this process will encourage us all to grow in the grace of God and that in all our COS ministries his love will abound.

Applications are being accepted for the Jack and Carol Roeda Refugee Higher Education Scholarship until April 15 for the 2019 – 2020 school year.  To get an application, please see or email Barbara Hampton (Applications are being accepted for the Jack and Carol Roeda Refugee Higher Education Scholarship until April 15 for the 2019 – 2020 school year. To qualify, you must be a refugee, participate regularly in COS/BES, and plan to attend a college or university. This year five students who attend GRCC, Ferris State and Calvin have benefited from this scholarship. For this we thank God and thank you for your generous giving to the scholarship fund.

Lectio Divina during Lent –Lectio Divina is a prayer form reaching back to the 6th century and used by Christian communities around the world. It is an opportunity to spend 45 minutes of facilitated reflection and contemplation on a chosen scripture text. All are welcome to join us each Wednesday of lent from 12:00 – 12:45. We will meet in the Living Room for no more than 45 minutes in order to allow people to come and go within their lunch hour.

The Thursday Bible study meets this week Thurs. March 21.  This week’s study: Introduction to Esther. We meet Thurs. 9:30–11am, in the café area.  Childcare provided.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

Results for our March 11 Blood Drive – We had 32 people sign in, and were able to meet our goal of 24 units collected. MANY THANKS to all who came out to support our blood drive! These are great numbers, and each person who attempted to donate is a hero in our book! Next drive is on Monday, May 13 – please mark your calendars. Beth Karanicola and Ruth Huisman, Drive Chairs

The Creation Care Team invites you to a screening of the documentary Time to Choose http://www.timetochoose.com/ by Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson, featuring narration by award winning actor Oscar Isaac on Friday, March 22 at 7 pm. The film addresses worldwide climate challenges and solutions, and leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what can be done to fix this global threat. Following the screening, there will be time for a short discussion. Join us to discover what we can do to prevent runaway climate change.

You’re invited: March 31 at 3 PM, COS will be hosting a solo and chamber music concert featuring talented young Calvin alumni, including Josh Parks, playing works by Bartok, Telemann, Bach, and more. A free-will offering will be taken for Sonido del Movimiento, a Christian nonprofit working to promote resiliency and community building through music and dance in Xela, Guatemala. We hope to see you there!

The COS Council needs you! We are seeking nominees for the roles of elder and deacon, to serve beginning this August, 2019. Elders and deacons serve the congregation through caregiving, discernment, support for the church staff, and governance. People who have served in this way have been thankful for the opportunities to see God at work in and through the congregation.  You are asked to nominate others or signal your own willingness to be called to this task; look for nomination forms in your church box and in a special email sent to all members.

Our COS outreach to immigrants here and to territories far away comes together as COS youth work ESL nursery and snack-prep duties, with their honoraria going toward PR Mission Trip expenses.  Thank you, emerging leaders!  Four new registrations this week:  India (2), Egypt, Palestine

What does BES sound like? Well, considering the variety of languages and musical traditions represented in our fellowship, BES enjoys many different songs and sounds offered for the glory of God. Come to the church dinner and birthday party on April 7 to hear for yourself! #BES10thbirthdayparty

Tour the Jim Crow Museum, March 23: The COS Anti-racism and Reconciliation Team take a field trip to the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University on Sat. March 23 –and you are invited to join the trip. We will meet at COS at 10:30am to carpool to the museum in Big Rapids, with a guided tour scheduled from 12-2pm. This trip is for high school seniors and adults only and the guided tour is limited to 25 people.