Happening This Sunday

The new members’ class meets for the final time in the living room at 9am.

Thanksgiving Day

You are invited to give thanks in worship at 10am, this Thursday, November 28 at our annual Thanksgiving Day service. There will be an opportunity for brief individual testimonies of thanks during our worship time.

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. 

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 again on Thursday, November 28 at 9:45 am, 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). 

Thanksgiving Day Joyful Noise Orchestra – Anyone who plays a band or orchestral instrument is invited to play for our Thanksgiving Day service on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 10 am.  We will rehearse on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 9 am 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

Next Sunday

Due to Thanksgiving Break, we will NOT be having our all-church meal next Sunday, December 1st. The following Sunday, December 8, we will hold our annual Christmas Brunch after the Prism worship service. Please bring food to share—muffins, and egg dish, or something sweet.  There should be a flyer with details in your mailbox.

Youth

High School today, Nov. 24:

9am Sunday School in the Youth Room – Donuts will be served and Rich Van Houten will continue our reading of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Noon – 1:30pm – 444! Join us in the Youth Room around noon for 4 activities on this 4th Sunday of the month. Lunch, Baking Brownies, Sporty Activity, Board Game/Cards/Gaming activity. Something for everyone!  See you there!

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

Reminder: there is no Sunday school and no youth group activities next weekend, due to Thanksgiving Break.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Church News

Spiritual Practices for Advent – This Advent, consider beginning a spiritual practice to draw you deeper into the wonder of the promised savior. Visit the display in the café to learn more about different spiritual disciplines we are inviting you to choose from and also resources for individuals and families with teens or young children. Sign up to become part of a trio of individuals or families growing in faith together during this special season! Materials will be available next week to pick up, or sent via email in time for the start of Advent.  We pray that this may be an invitation to deepen your connection to the triune God during this busy season.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel – rehearsals for our opening dance for Advent will be held Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 7PM and Saturday, Nov. 30, at 10AM. Dancers 5 years and older are welcome. We welcome those who do not regularly dance. We especially welcome men and young boys to join us. Any questions, contact Julie Yonkers.

Lessons and Carols Choir – Singers of all ages are invited to join the choir for our Lessons and Carols service.  We will have rehearsals on Wed. Dec. 4 at 6:30pm, Wed. Dec. 11 at 6:30pm, Sat. Dec. 14 at 9am, and Sun., Dec. 15 at 4:30pm.  The service is at 6pm on Sunday, Dec. 15.  If you would like to sing with us, please email Maria Stapert (maria.stapert@coscrc.org). 

A big thank you to all who participated in our November 11 Blood Drive! It was our first really snowy day, but we had 23 people show up to donate, and we were able to collect 19 units of blood. Plus, we had FOUR first-time donors! Thank you, thank you! You really do make a life-saving difference!

Facility Manager Opening:  Church of the Servant is looking to hire a part time  (up to 25 hrs /week) person to join our staff team and be responsible for the our building’s operation and maintenance needs.  Strong Facility Management experience preferred.  Start date: December 16, 2019. 
See the position description at: www.coscrc.org/employment
Please send your letter of interest and resume to: lori.wiersma@coscrc.org

Financial Update: Last week’s offering and online giving was $18,791.81. Our total giving for the month of November is $76,618.64. Our monthly General Fund budget is $119,028.

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! 

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.   

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. 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.

Thank you to those who have signed up to buy a gift for Angel Tree. If you are planning on attending the party at COS on Sat. Dec. 7, 2-4pm and have questions contact Lucie Marsden.

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. Thank you!