Happening This Sunday

Last Chance! This Sunday is your last chance to financially support the members of our Puerto Rico youth mission team!  You can do this by placing money in an envelope from our money board or ordering coffee during the coffee hour in the café.  Online donations will also be accepted for this trip through this coming Friday, March 29.  (Visit “Giving” on the COS website and click on “Give to Church of the Servant” to indicate your online offering towards Puerto Rico.) Thank you so much for your generous support of our trip! We look forward to representing the servant heart of COS in Puerto Rico March 29-April 5.

Next Sunday

College-Age/Young Adult Lunch next Sunday, March 31 – If you’re a post-high school young adult, you are invited to the Doorlags’ house next Sunday for lunch and discussion following the worship service. Please gather near the welcome kiosk located at the front entrance of the church if you are interested in going, to make sure everyone has a ride before heading to the Doorlags’ house.

There will be no Sunday School next Sunday, March 31, due to Spring Break. We will resume at 9am on Sunday, April 7, when we will have Intergenerational Sunday School, and enjoy an all-church meal after worship!

You’re invited: Next Sunday, 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!

Youth News

High School: Sunday, March 24 – We will gather for the last adult GPS session at 9am to hear Dr. Nick Wolterstorff share his story about his views on gay marriage.  Be there!

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 31 but will be back in action on April 7

Puerto Rico Mission Team will meet in the Youth Room following the worship services for a team meal and discussion about final details for our trip.

Youth Group This Sunday – 4 for 4 is CANCELED this week!

Next Sunday, Mar. 31 – No Youth Group (Spring Break)

April 7 – Big Group: come watch a slideshow of our Mission Team’s trip to Puerto Rico!  Join us for the all church dinner and then come to the Youth Room at 12:45pm for a slide show.

Middle School: Due to Spring Break, the next WNL Class is April 10 – See below for an announcement about a very special WNL Passover Seder Meal that will occur in the Youth Room that evening. You don’t want to miss this!!!

Church News

The Thursday Bible study meets this week Thurs. March 28.  This week’s study: Esther 1-2, The Pieces in Place. We meet Thurs. 9:30–11am, in the café area.  Childcare provided.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

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 COS Antiracism Team is putting together a COS list of those who have attended a 2.5 day Understanding Racism Workshop.  We would like to have occasional contact to invite you to relevant events.  One upcoming event will be Sunday, April 28 from noon to 2pm here at COS. We will have a meal together, some reflecting on the impact and work of racism in our lives and a learning opportunity offered by Calvin Professor Joe Kuilema.

FUTURE FAITH—There are still copies available! The newest book by Wes Granberg-Michaelson is being used by the Wednesday night book group.  Extra copies of the book are available for purchase in the café for $15, payable by check to COS.

COS and a few other local churches are working with Plaster Creek Stewards to build wildlife habitats and promote creation-care education as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Sacred Grounds program (www.nwf.org/sacredgrounds). Each church is receiving $1500 from an NWF grant. We will be using our funds to build a new rain garden in the swale that recently flooded on the east side of our parking lot. The garden will be planted with native species that attract wild bees and butterflies. Stay tuned for announcements about work dates in May. For more information, contact Ginny Kuilema, Kristin Lee, or David Koetje.

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