On Sunday, May 17, we will continue to worship in homes, individually, but still as one body. This week Pastor Karen will bring us a message entitled: “Praying Our Integrity,” based on the scripture of Psalm 93. 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:  Mark Wednesdays at 6:45pm for the month of May and probably even through June.

High School: COS High school students are invited to connect with each other every Sunday through Zoom. NEW ZOOM MEETING TIME: 11:45am (or soon after).  Our High School meeting will take place after our 10am worship service and COS Zoom “coffee hour” is over. 

Children’s Ministry

Dear families, just a reminder of the many ways to experience worship and spiritual growth at home, without the great cloud of witnesses in nursery, Little Lambs, Children’s Worship, Sunday school, and Boys, Girls, and Kid’s Clubs.  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

Financial Update – Last week’s offering and online giving (as of May 5): $44,226.57. Total Giving for the month of May (includes monthly ach)$56,035.74 (3 Sundays left).Our monthly General Fund budget is $119,028.  

You are a Blessing! Thank you for your church’s gift to ministry shares. Your gift makes it possible for us to share God’s story of grace, hope and love. We could not impact the world through missions, media, and church development without your incredible and faithful support. To learn more about the work you support visit crcna.org/ministryshares.

Due to our unusual times, CORR (Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation) has cancelled the June 5- 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.

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.

A word from the Missions Support Team: Last year, COS supported 15 missionaries living in 11 countries with prayer and financial support of $52,000.  Almost half of this came from the COS General Budget, with the rest coming from Faith-Promise support.  The Faith-Promise pledge drive for COS missions support is scheduled for Pentecost Sunday, May 31.  We are hoping to raise $27,750 in this year’s pledge drive.  Last year we raised $22,369 – about $4,000 short of our appeal.  We met our financial commitments to all of our missionaries with remaining Faith-Promise funds from the previous year.   

Next week you’ll receive more detailed information about the activities of our missionaries and how to make your Faith-Promise pledge on May 31.  The Missions section on the COS website is also being updated, so you’ll soon be able to browse the new-and-improved site!  God has been calling an increasing number of COS members to serve in global ministries.  We celebrate this exciting area of renewal for our church, and the love of Jesus being shared around the world.  This week, please prayerfully consider your Faith-Promise missions support for 2020. 

With joy we announce that you contributed an additional $8,000 for Covid19 Relief this past week. Together with recent additional donations to the Benevolence Fund, the deacons now have almost $29,000 ready to distribute to needy persons both within and outside of our congregation. The deacons continue to work at assessment of need in this crisis. 

For those who are able, you continue to have the opportunity to donate to our relief fund. All contributions 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.” Please consider prayerfully how we can be true to our name as agents of Christ’s Kingdom.