Season of Jubilee, November 13, 2022

This Sunday:

This Sunday, November 13, Rev. Karen Campbell will preach from Micah 4:1-5 and Revelation 21: 5-8 in the large service. Rev. Andrew Mead will preach in the All Nations Worship Service in Room 4. Following the services, stick around for Sunday School for all Ages. God’s People Seeking (GPS), our adult-ed Sunday School begins its October series: “Jubilee and Your Checkbook”. This Sunday, GPS welcomes Kurt Schaefer to discuss “The Economics of Jubilee” in Room 3.

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Church News:

Current Giving for the Month of November (includes monthly ach): $44,715

Giving for the month of October: $122,219

Giving for November 2021: $86,525

Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving is:  $118,873

The Finance Committee is looking to add 2-4 new members. The committee meets near the middle of each month to review the past month’s finances. Our responsibilities are 1) to keep an eye on the financial situation of COS for Council, 2) advise Council on financial matters, and 3) with guidance from Council prepare the annual budget for approval by Council and the congregation. If this interests you, please contact the church treasurer, AJ Zahrt, or the committee chair, Chuck Hampton.

G.P.S. Schedule. GPS (God’s People Seeking) invites you to join us on Sundays in Fellowship Room 3 (next to the café) from 11:45am-12:30pm. GPS seeks to offer a space where friends and members of COS can build connections, expand their view of God, and grapple with faith.

November: Jubilee and your Checkbook –an exploration of how Jubilee shaped Israel’s understanding of economics, and how this vision might impact our view of finances today.

  • Nov. 13: Kurt Schaefer: The Economics of Jubilee
  • Nov. 20: Mike Zahrt: Planned Giving and the Church*

December: When COS Went to Prison – Dec. 11 & 18, 11:45-12:30pm, Fellowship Room 3, more details coming soon.

*Do YOU Have a Will? Estate Planning for Everyone: The GPS presentation after the November 20 worship service will be led by Mike Zahrt, a COS member and attorney. Mike will explain the importance of medical and legal/financial powers of attorney, how to create a will, how to include COS and its Legacy Foundation and other philanthropic interests as a part of your will or estate plan, and why you might want to do that for tax and principled reasons. No matter your age or life circumstance, if you don’t have a will or estate plan, or you think yours needs to be updated, you will find this session helpful. This presentation has been arranged by the Trustees of the Church of the Servant Legacy Foundation, which was established by the COS Council in 2019 as a way for members and friends of Church of the Servant to help lay a stronger financial foundation for our congregation into the future.

Seeking seekers: Alpha is an opportunity for anyone on the journey of faith and doubt to engage life’s biggest questions in a safe and honest context. If you or someone you know may be interested in gathering in a small group setting for 10 sessions, please email Pastor Andrew. Additionally, if you’re willing to commit to praying behind the scenes for this group, please let Pastor Andrew know. A start date will be determined by responses.

O Antiphons Advent service at Church of the Servant – December 18, 2022 at 6 pm. The COS O Antiphons Advent service makes use of a series of medieval prayers referred to as the O Antiphons. They were composed for use in evening prayer services on the last seven days of Advent. They are best known to us as the seven verses of the advent hymn, O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Each antiphon is a petition for Christ to come, addressing the Messiah with a title from Old Testament prophecies. In anticipation of this year’s service, we invite members of the congregation to contribute artwork for our worship. If you would like to contribute artwork for this year’s service, please contact Maria Stapert, COS Worship Coordinator. Artwork is not limited to paintings nor limited to professional artists. Learn more here.

As is our tradition, we will worship together on Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 am. We will have space in our service for brief thanksgiving testimonies, and our Joyful Noise Orchestra will accompany the singing of Thanksgiving hymns. Anyone who plays a band or orchestra instrument is invited to play with the orchestra for this service.

Position Opening – Music Assistant. Summary of Position: To provide support to our music coordinator, worship team, and pastors to enable a lively, diverse, liturgical, multicultural, multilingual worshipping community. This requires creating space for the spiritual gifts of many congregants to be offered in the service. While most of this position is administrative, a solid musical background is highly desirable. Find the complete job description here. To apply for this position please submit your letter of interest and resume to: karen.campbell@coscrc.org This position will remain open until it has been filled.

We are setting a goal to print a new Church Directory in January 2023. We need the help of everyone by sending an updated photo. Secondly, if you have moved, new phone number, email, etc., we would appreciate those updates as well. Send photos and updates to monica.smith@coscrc.org.

Advent Calendars: Remember the Advent Calendar show in the Artery last year? Good news! This year we have the calendars for sale in time to use during Advent. Their interactive element makes them appeal to the whole family. The QR code lets the phone users get involved in their own way. Each page has artwork and a short inspiration to take you into Advent on the journey to Christmas. Look for the table in the Cafe. Cost is $20 including a complementary ribbon for hanging on the wall if you wish. Limited quantity so pick yours up today. Cash or check at this point. Questions? contact Betsy Ratzsch. View an interview with Pastor Karen Campbell and artist Carol Kane discussing the Advent calendars.

All are welcome to participate in a Restorative Justice conversation on Monday, November 21, from 5:30-7:15 p.m. at Church of the Servant, 3835 Burton St. SE. Citizens for Prison Reform representatives will share how ending solitary confinement and reinstating “good time” credits would reduce harm and promote safety inside prison facilities and in our homes and communities.  Sign up for this free event, light supper included, supported by CRCNA Classis GR East, by emailing info@prisonersinchrist.org or calling (616) 724-6772.

Extra nursery help needed for our extra services. If you love children, are in high school or beyond, and want to serve our families with young children, please consider volunteering to serve in the COS nursery on one or both upcoming services:

  • Thanksgiving Day Service, 10am Thurs., Nov. 24
  • O Antiphon Service, 6pm Sun., Dec. 18

Contact Annette.ediger@coscrc.org if you are willing to help.  Thank you!

Donate dry food to Well House. On Sunday, November 20, you have the opportunity to bring dry food offerings to church for Well House. Residents coming out of homelessness live in 15+ houses in southeast Grand Rapids. They keep food in their rooms to cook in shared kitchens. They need shelf-stable food such as peanut butter (small jars); canned vegetables, meat, fish, soups, and stews; cereal; and mac and cheese. This is a great opportunity for kids to spend their own money to buy food for others. COS council members Hope Bradley and Clare Elgersma have volunteered at Well House and can vouch of its housing-first approach.