Happening Today

Have you been thinking about joining COS?  Come to a luncheon at the church this Sunday, where we will sit together and talk about the process. Then on Nov. 10, 17 and 24 we will gather in the living room at 9am to hear about the history of COS and meet the staff and learn how you can be involved in the life of the church. Hope to see you there!

If you are a young-adult (between 18-30 years-old), you are warmly invited to stay for a special lunch in the COS living room following the worship services. Our special guests this month are Nick and Claire Wolterstorff. 

There will be an Open House for Rev. Bahago on Sunday, November 3 (today) from 2-4 PM at the Kortenhoven home. You are all invited to come with your questions and interest in a ministry that has been supported by COS since 1980.  Amazing things are happening in Sierra Leone. Praise the Lord for Rev. Bahago and his family who have given leadership to the growing Christian Reformed Church of Sierra Leone for the last 6 years.

At 6pm this Sunday evening, you are invited to our annual All Saints’ service. COS members Delphine Dukundane, Penny Mauger, Nicole Romero, and Prince Tuyishime will each share a brief testimony about a person who has modeled the Christian faith for them. 

Youth

High School:

Sun., Nov. 3

9am – IGSS – What is Intergenerational Worship?  Are we doing it well? Come share your thoughts!

Noonish – 1:30pm – Special Parent and HS Youth Group Event on Racism

Leadership from our Anti-Racism and Reconciliation Team (ARRT) will be talking with all of us about the subtle and overt systems of racism that exist in our community and what we can do to confront and dismantle it.  Lunch will be provided in the Youth Room for everyone who attends. (Note: there is an all-church lunch taking place in the fellowship space at the same time.  DON’T GET IN LINE!  DON’T EAT IN THE FELLOWSHIP SPACE!  COME & EAT IN THE YOUTH ROOM if you plan to participate in this event. Thanks!)

6pm – All Saints Service: You’re invited to hear members of COS talk about saints they have encountered in their own lives.  Don’t miss this powerful service!

Upcoming Events:

Small Groups should be meeting sometime between Nov. 10-17

Our 9am Sunday School reading of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will resume next week.  This month’s reader lineup includes Lisa VanArragon (11/10), Eric Kort (11/17), and Rich Van Houten (11/24).

Middle School: 

Next WNL Class, this Wednesday, Nov. 6.  Parent Night!
Parents/guardians are warmly invited to see what happens at WNL and to participate with their child in the evening activities.

Church News

Financial Update:  Last week’s offering, including online giving was $19,484.53.

Total giving for October is currently at $95,201.24.  Our monthly budgeted General Fund amount is $119,028.

Prisms for God’s Light:  Under this theme, the stewardship team invites you to consider your financial pledge to COS for the coming year. A flyer providing information is on your seats today and is available on the church web site. Please read this carefully and journey with us for the next few weeks as we prepare our hearts to make our commitments for 2020.

Elder Connection: This Tuesday (11/5) I will be out of town, but on most Tuesday mornings,  9- 11am, you are welcome to stop in, with or without an appointment, to chat with me, your Chairperson of Elders, Corrie Vos. Please come and tell me about your experiences at COS, or talk with me about personal concerns, spiritual questions, ideas for church improvement, etc.

560 …That’s how many pints of blood per day that Michigan Blood must collect to supply the hospitals in our state. It takes many donors to reach that goal each and every day! Please consider donating at our blood drive here on Monday, November 11, 2-7pm. Most likely someone in your family or circle of friends has needed a blood transfusion in the past, and wouldn’t be alive today without it. That’s how important these drives are! If you’ve donated before, please make time in your schedule to participate. If you’re new to blood donation and have questions, talk to Beth Karanicola or Ruth Huisman. Many thanks!

Meijer Simply Give Double Match – We are pleasantly surprised and excited that COS Food Pantry was awarded another Campaign this year! Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 3, 2019 and Friday, December 13 to purchase your $10.00 Simply Give cards at the Cascade Meijer.  On those days, for every 10.00 card purchase, Meijer will match this with 20.00, so the COS food pantry will benefit with a 30.00 gift! If you buy a 30.00 Meijer Simply Give card, it will turn into a 90.00 gift to the COS food pantry. Ellen Westrate will be taking monies from those who cannot easily go to the Cascade Meijer and will be purchasing these cards on your behalf on the Double Match days. Please give your name and money in an envelope to Ellen by Sunday, Dec 1 or Dec 8. It is our hope and goal this year to surpass the $25,000 COS received from Cascade Meijer for our food pantry which feeds over 100 families a month. Thank you for supporting COS’ partnership with Meijer! 

Angel Tree is coming! 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. The volunteers also get to come to the 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. 

Calling all knitters! It’s not too early to begin knitting hats, scarves for children, teens and adults. On Saturday, Dec 7 and Jan 4, these knitted winter items along with newly bought items-including gloves and socks- will be distributed during the Mobile Food Truck time. Let’s help keep our Camelot neighbors warm outside this winter. COS will be collecting these this winter clothing items beginning November 17 with a big basket on the Café counter. Thank you!

You are invited: A memorial service for Bill Bostrom is going to be held at COS on Saturday, November 9 at 4pm with light refreshments following.

November Gallery Opening Event, Mon. Nov. 11 at 7pm, hosted by the BES & the Mission Support Team. This show will showcase and support “People of Light”, shining their lights as missionaries around the world and as members of BES here in our community.  The photography in the show, taken by COS-supported missionaries and their friends, represents the ways God’s light and love shines in the places these missionaries serve. The paintings and artwork in the show were created by BES attendees and friends, with Mariah West and Jan Carpenter sharing their own paintings of light. Jan & Mariah have generously offered a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their work to support COS’ Mission Support Fund. Mariah and other BES friends also did a collaborative piece with the emerging youth artists of BES, with each artist sharing how they shine their light and show God’s love in the world. The event is free with a suggested donation of $5/person and will feature a conversation with the collaborators, live music, appetizers and wine. RSVPs on our COS facebook event page are appreciated.