Happening This Sunday

The new members’ class meets in the living room at 9 am. We will have our final meeting at 9am next Sunday, November 24. Come to hear about the history of COS, meet some of the staff, and learn how you can be involved in the life of the church. If you have questions, email Chris Klein, Minister of Congregational Life, at christopher.klein@coscrc.org. Hope to see you there!

If you are a young adult (between 18-30 years-old), you are warmly invited to join us for a special lunch with Pastor Karen Campbell. The lunch, happening this Sunday, will be at 579 Madison Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.


High School: Brian Leahy’s Small Group –Friday, December 20, 6:15 pm, Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker at Celebration South. RSVP ASAP to Brian

In Sunday school this week, we welcome Eric Kort, as he continues our reading and discussion of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

High School and Middle School: Movies with Meaning Night, Friday, November 22, 6 & 9:30 pm. Double Feature: The Red Balloon (the best short film of all time!) and Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope. Dinner will be provided.

Middle School: This week in WNL: Lord’s Day 3 – “Why we Fail”

Church News

Financial Update: Last week’s offering, including online giving, was $25,532.49. Our total giving for the month of November is currently $57,826.83 (with one Sunday left). Our monthly General Fund budget is $119,028.

The 2018-2019 Fiscal Year Report from the Finance Committee is posted on the member page of the COS website. There are also a limited number of paper copies on the cafe counter.

A directory of Parish Care Team members is available on the members and friends page of the Church of the Servant website. If you are uncertain of which Parish you are in, you can also find a Parish Care map on the website. Scroll down the page to the heading Ministry Teams to locate these two documents.

The COS deacons invite you to give generously to our Thanksgiving offering so we can support Coit Community CRC, a light in the city to those affected by crime and incarceration, as mentors and active members of the Parent Community Organization at Coit School, through “The ROCK” (Reaching Others for Christ’s Kingdom), and at a new GVSU Apartment complex on Lafayette and Trowbridge NE. Checks made out to “COS” with “Thanksgiving Offering” on the memo line may be brought to the COS church office or put in the offering plates anytime between now and Thurs. Nov. 28, (Thanksgiving Day, 10 am) when Pastor Burton and members of Coit Church will worship with us here at COS.

The COS Creation Care Team meets Monday, 11/18 at 7 pm here at the church. We have a lot going on from Organicycle to Sacred Grounds to partnering with Plainsong Farm to a region-wide effort to limit the use of single-use plastic in churches. The climate crisis is real and urgent, and there is plenty of reason for hope when we take action together. Please join us or just come check us out with no commitment!

Update on Faith Promise Missionary Support: If you made a Faith Promise pledge in February 2019 and haven’t yet paid it, please consider doing so as soon as you’re able. If you don’t have yellow Faith Promise giving envelopes, just identify your gift clearly as “Faith Promise.” Thanks for your support! Our next Faith Promise pledge drive will take place in Feb/March 2020.
Thanksgiving Day Joyful Noise Orchestra – Anyone who plays a band or orchestral instrument is invited to play for our Thanksgiving Day service on Thursday, November 28 at 10:00am. We will rehearse this Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm and again on Thursday, November 28 at 9:00am before the service. We need experienced musicians too, but this service is an especially good service for beginners to get their feet wet, since the amount of music is less overwhelming than a regular Sunday service. If you have never played with the group before, I encourage you to give it a try! The music is ready to be picked up in the music room this week. Please sign up in the music room when you pick up your music or email Maria Stapert (maria.stapert@coscrc.org) so that we know to plan on you.

Thanksgiving Day Djembes – Anyone who would like to play djembe is invited to participate in the opening song in the Thanksgiving Day service. We will rehearse for about 15 minutes on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:30pm, and again on Thursday, November 28 at 9:45am, just before the service. Even if you have never played before, you are welcome to give it a try. Please either sign up in the music room or email Maria Stapert (maria.stapert@coscrc.org).

Meijer Simply Give Double Match –Please mark your calendars for Tues. Dec. 3, and Fri. Dec. 13 to purchase your $10 Simply Give cards at the Cascade Meijer. On those days, for every $10 card purchase, Meijer will match this with $20, so the COS food pantry will benefit with a $30 gift! If you buy a $30 Meijer Simply Give card, it will turn into a $90 gift to the COS food pantry. Lori Wiersma will be taking monies from those who cannot easily go to the Cascade Meijer and will purchase these cards on your behalf on the Double Match days. Please give your name and money in an envelope to Lori Wiersma by Sunday, Dec. 1 or Dec 8. Thank you for supporting COS’ partnership with Meijer!

A Gathering for COS folks who have attended a 2.5 day Understanding Racism Workshop: The COS Antiracism Team is offering an opportunity to deepen our roots for understanding racism. Come on Sunday, December 8 from 12:30-2:45pm at Church of the Servant to Room 5, after the COS Christmas Brunch. The COS Antiracism Team has again invited Mark Mulder to share his insights with us. Mark is a professor of Sociology at Calvin University and is a member of Sherman Street Church. Mark says, “Congregational engagement with their communities is so widespread that it’s considered a norm. However, congregations don’t always possess a good understanding of social stratification, poverty, or racism.” Using insights from social science, Mark will help us think about community engagement, civic engagement, and how congregations play a vital role. We think this will be a good opportunity for us to think more deeply about being a good neighbor.

Angel Tree! Help the children of prisoners have a happy and Christ-filled Christmas this year. COS has been assigned 20 children ranging from ages 1 to 18. We would like 20 volunteers to contribute gifts requested by their parents for these children. Angel Tree St. Nick Party (yes he really does come in full regalia) on December 7, here at church from 2 – 4 pm. We provide fun food, our Young People provide fun and games, St Nick gives out the presents, and the children are told the Christ story. Contact Lucie Marsden if you are interested.

Let’s help keep our Camelot neighbors warm outside this winter! It’s not too late to donate hats, scarves, and mittens for children, teens, and adults. On Sat. Dec 7 and Jan 4, any knitted winter items, along with newly bought items-including gloves and socks, will be distributed at the Mobile Food Truck. There is a basket for these items in the basket on the Café counter.