On Sunday, May 10, we will continue to worship in homes, individually, but still as one body. This week Pastor Andrew will bring us a message entitled: “Praying Our Exile,” based on the scriptures of Psalm 137 & 1 Peter 1:1-8. Each week we will add a new post that includes a house church liturgy, messages from the pastors, resources for leaders, and media to accompany worship. Go to https://www.churchoftheservantcrc.org/category/housechurch/

to participate in these wonderful worship activities with other COS members.

Youth

Middle School: Thanks to our 8th graders Gerrit Boer and Ian Campbell for sharing their favorite Bible verses on Wednesday.  I love hearing how God’s word has struck a chord with you and captured your heart and your imagination!  Next week we will be hearing favorite Bible stories or verses from Jonathan Koetje and Miriam Kort.  Can’t wait!

And Congrats to Gerrit Boer, Callum Campbell, Ian Campbell, and Tyler Stinton for correctly identifying ALL the flags of the 56 countries that participated in the 2018 World Cup!  We are an impressive crew. 😉

Next week: will Annette be able to figure out breakout rooms in time for our weekly game?!?!  Stay tuned! And remember, your leaders are praying for you and available to talk if you need encouragement or just an ear to talk to.

Mark Wednesdays at 6:45pm for the month of May and probably even through June. Here is the Zoom link we will continue to use every week:  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71796320218?pwd=L3ZLVmNIZFB1Nkpxcnd5WlJDeVg0UT09

High School: COS High school students are invited to connect with each other through games, conversation, and a weekly worship moment every Sunday through Zoom.NEW ZOOM MEETING TIME: 11:45am (or soon after) After our 10am worship service, COS is going to try something new this week: coffee hour in Zoom breakout rooms!  Each breakout room will have a few minutes to “chat” before getting randomly sent off to another breakout room.  It’s like the church’s version of speed dating!  I plan to check this out and hope to see a few of you in a breakout room or 2.  Our High School meeting will take place after the “coffee hour” is over.  Here is the link:

Children’s Ministry

Dear families, we’re all learning what it means to establish new habits of worship and spiritual growth without the great cloud of witnesses in nursery, Little Lambs, Children’s Worship, Sunday school, and Boys, Girls, and Kid’s Clubs pouring love into our children and helping them grow in faith. It’s a big loss, but it’s temporary. So I hope you’ll give yourself grace as you explore the offerings below and decide what might be helpful for your household during this time of separation. What works for one family may not work for another, and that’s okay. God’s grace is sufficient.  

Family Faith Formation: Each week during the Psalm series you’ll find a family faith guide on the House Church Resources page of the COS website. Family faith formation offers a kid-friendly way of exploring the Psalm text together as a family. Use it for 30-45 minutes of family time in the Word, as one-on-one time with a child, or as a source to draw from for table conversation, prayer prompts, and arts/crafts/nature activities to do throughout the week. Reach out by phone, email (Jo.Howe@coscrc.org) or WhatsApp if you want to brainstorm ways to use this resource with your family.

Sunday Morning & Midweek Videos: On Sundays you’ll find a video featuring the book At Psalm School to share with your kids, and Wednesday or Thursdays I’ll post a Children’s Worship resurrection story from the Eastertide series. Both the Sunday and the midweek video will include PDFs to children’s bulletins that match the Scripture text.

Sunday Sing-Along from 9:40am-9:50am: Join the Sunday worship Zoom call a little early to sing along with Karen Saupe and John Verbrugge! If your kids usually attend Little Lambs or Children’s Worship on Sunday then singing with Karen & John is a beloved tradition your kids probably miss. I’ve found this helps my kids feel connected to church and more interested in engaging in zoom worship after singing.

Kid Zoom Calls with Karen: Check the COS Facebook page for Zoom invites from Karen Saupe for kids and parents. This is a fun way for kids to stay connected with one of their favorite leaders as well as friends from church!  

Church News

New Elders and Deacons nomination deadline: Our congregation will soon need to elect new elders and deacons to begin service in September. Council will consider nominations this week, so please return nominations by Wednesday May 13, if possible. In these serious times, we need thoughtful and dedicated leaders from across our congregation. If you would like to serve, or if you know someone you believe would be qualified, the council invites you to submit a nomination:  nomination form is available here.

Financial Update – Last week’s offering and online giving (as of May 5):  $11,809. Total Giving for the month of April was $128,192.Our monthly General Fund budget is $119,028.  

Celebrating our High School Seniors!  Graduation celebrations are looking very different this year, but COS is committed to finding ways to celebrate the accomplishments of the 13 seniors who have been a part of our church family for all or many of the past 18 years—and you can help.  One of our traditions is giving Bibles to our graduates that include notes of encouragement or congratulations as well as favorite Bible verses from members of COS.  In lieu of writing these messages directly into their Bibles, I invite you to write personal notes to one, a few, or maybe even all of these students!  MAIL THESE NOTES TO ME so that I can collect them and distribute them to the graduates along with their Bibles.  This is one of the many ways we plan to recognize our students over the next several weeks.

To summarize:

  • Select the student(s) to whom you would like to send a note of encouragement/congratulations/favorite Bible verse from the list below.
  • Mail this note to: Annette Ediger, 6244 New Holland St., Hudsonville, MI  49426
  • Annette will distribute them to the students when they receive their Bibles.
  • All notes should be received by Sunday, May 31.

High School Seniors: Rellian (formerly known as Lana) deGraaf, Anna Devarenne, Calvin Kooyer, Graham Kort, Elena Roberts, Phoebe Ryckbost, Rachel Sepa, Lindesy Stinton, Ella Stremler, Deborah Uredi, Jacob Vandenbosch, Naomi Vandervelde, Rebecca Zoetewey.

Laptop computers still needed – Some of our COS students need laptops for their schoolwork and for zoom meetings with our youth groups. It is so important for our students to stay connected with our church family. Computers 8 years old or newer can be set up as a Chromebook for a student.  If you have an older laptop and would like to donate it to the church, please contact Jay at jay.deman@coscrc.org to arrange for a drop off at church, preferably on Wednesdays. Thank you so much!

The Creation Care Team would like to invite all who are interested to join us on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm for a virtual presentation via Zoom on sustainable investing. Our presenter, Kurt Holzhueter from ClearView Investments will provide a brief explanation and history of sustainable investing as well as some practical information on how to invest effectively and become a successful “green” investor. Here is the Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83571820171

Due to our unusual times, CORR (Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation) has decided to cancel the June 5 and 6 Understanding Racism Workshop. Like all of you, we are also exploring how to continue using an electronic format. Understanding and addressing racism is vitally important work for us as Christians and we want to find ways for us to continue this crucial work. Please pray for CORR and please pray for each other.

With warm gratitude and amazement, we report that you donated a bit more than $7,200 to the Covid19 Relief fund since we announced it two weeks ago. Together with recent additional donations to the Benevolence Fund, the deacons now have about $20,000 on hand to distribute to needy persons both within and outside of our congregation.  

This past week, the COS COVID19 fund sent $1,000 to Coit Church to cover several Consumers Energy bills for church members – one deacon who has COVID19, and others who have lost their jobs.  It also helped the Coit Church community center, called The ROCK, purchase cleaning supplies and diapers for their “Mommy and Me” pantry.  

For those who are able, you continue to have the opportunity to donate to our relief fund, which will go to people with whom COS has a relationship in mission. The present world-wide crisis challenges us as a congregation named “Church of the Servant.” We should consider how we can be true to our name as agents of Christ’s Kingdom.