On Sunday May 24, we will continue to worship in homes, individually, but still as one body. This week Seminarian Larry Figueroa will bring us a message entitled: “God’s Big Sound,” based on the scriptures of Psalm 150 and Rev. 4:1-11. 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. Visit the House Church Resources Post for this Sunday to participate in these worship activities with other COS members.
Middle School: Reminder: we have implemented a “point system” for our
WNZ meetings. You can earn points by showing up at meetings, winning
games, or doing something that impresses a leader. And then at our Epic Endof-Quarantine Party (EEofQP), you can use those points to “purchase”
prizes! As if you needed more reasons to spend your Wednesday nights with us! Here is the Zoom link we will continue to use every
And remember: your leaders are praying for you and available to talk if you
need encouragement or just an ear to talk High School: Congrats to our seniors who are in the midst of wrapping up their high school academics! My hope is you are finding meaningful ways to celebrate this significant achievement. We are proud of you!
Seniors: COS will be taking a moment to recognize you during the worship
service on June 7. If you haven’t done it yet, please send me:
A senior picture
The name of the HS you are graduating from
The college or job you plan to pursue next
If attending college, what will you be studying and what extracurriculars will you be participating in?
I need this no later than May 31!
No High School Youth Group this week! Our high school Zoom gatherings are now scheduled for 8 pm, every other Monday. We are not meeting this
coming Monday (Memorial Day) but will meet again on June 1. Here is the link for those meetings: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/76225676340?pwd=WVpoMHlRbytEWXF4SUxHZ0dLWkhzZz09
Also, please remember that your small group leaders care about you and are praying for you. If you need someone to talk to or pray with you, don’t
hesitate to reach out to Annette or one of your small group leaders.
Dear families, just a reminder of the many ways to experience worship an
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 Thursday 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!
Financial Update – Last week’s offering and online giving $15,436. Total Giving for the month of May (includes monthly ACH) $71,471.25 (2 Sundays left). 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.
• Select the student(s) to whom you would like to send a note of
encouragement/congratulations/favorite Bible verse from the list
• Mail this note to: Annette Ediger, 6244 New Holland St., Hudsonville,
• Annette will distribute them to the students when they receive their
• 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.
Join Ruth Lemmen at a Zoom gathering to conclude her service in China. The time together will feature a game, a few of Ruth’s favorite photos, and time for questions and conversation. Bring your own beverage or snacks and join her on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:00pm, Tuesday, June 2 at 8:30pm, or
Thursday, June 11 at 7:30pm (all Eastern time). Let Ruth know if you have questions or want to talk to her at another time.
A word from the Missions Support Team: The Faith-Promise pledge drive for COS missions support is scheduled for next week, Pentecost Sunday, May 31. We are hoping to raise $27,750 in this year’s pledge drive. Please see
the coscrc.org/faithpromise2020 link in COS House Church Resources. Also,
the Outreach-Missionaries section on the COS website has been updated –
https://www.churchoftheservantcrc.org/outreach/missionaries/ check it
out! 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.
You can still contribute funds for Covid19 Relief. Together with recent
additional donations to the Benevolence Fund, the deacons continue to
respond to needs of those in this crisis, to needy persons both within and
outside of our congregation. For those who are able, you continue to have the opportunity to donate to our relief fund. All contributions for the relief fund will go to partners with whom COS has a relationship in mission.
On April 17, floods devastated the city of Uvira in the Democratic Republic of Congo. About 40 people died. 3,500 homes were destroyed, about 75,000
people are homeless. This disaster has a particular connection to COS
through Alex Majaliwa (his brothers living in Uvira lost their home) and
through the Sepa family (the home they owned was destroyed). The Sepa
family also planted a church in Uvira, Calvary Church. This congregation is
currently sheltering about 20 families who lost homes and possessions.
Calvary Church is providing water, food, cooking fuel, clothing, etc. You are
welcome to partner with Calvary Church in their ministry of relief by
donating to the Benevolence Fund with “Uvira Relief” on the memo line.
You can send a check by mail or give online