Excerpts from the COS Bulletin. For the full bulletin, please visit the Members and Friends portal.

Happening This Sunday

NEW MEMBER Class meets this Sunday, November 4 and will meet next Sunday, Nov. 11 and 18 at 9am in the living room (near the office at front entrance). Contact Chris Klein, chris.klein@coscrc.org 956-7611, with questions.

Intergenerational Sunday School meets this Sunday at 9am and will be led by the Stewardship team. All ages are welcome!

From the Stewardship Team: Last week many Christians celebrated the Feast of All Saints, a time to remember both famous and obscure saints. Throughout the Bible we read many stories of God working through the rare or unusual person to help others, bring about peace, and accomplish his purpose.

This Sunday you will receive a form to make a financial commitment to the church. Your personal pledge, regardless of the amount, is important and imperative to the work of the church. Whether you are well-known or unknown within our church family, you are important to the life and work of COS.

As you prepare to make your pledge, we ask that you consider the exciting ways in which God can use you and your gifts in the coming year.

This Sunday after the worship service everyone is welcome to stay for dinner. If you are new to COS we welcome you to your own specially marked table! We will have hosts there to help us all get acquainted with each other. See you there!

This Sunday at 6pm we will have our annual All Saints’ Testimony Service. COS members Dave Hartwell, Chuck Ippel, and Linda Schaefer will each share a brief testimony about a person who has modeled the Christian faith for them.

Next Sunday

Parish 3 (formerly Parish 4) Potluck: Everyone in our Parish is invited to a potluck dinner next Sunday, Nov. 11. We will begin immediately following the coffee hour. Beverages and table service provided. Please bring a dish to share if possible. Contact Dan/Nancy Brower, Pam Plantinga, or Natalia Connelly if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

Next week Sun. Nov. 11, Stuart and Peggy Milliken will visit COS. Stuart and Peggy are financially supported by COS and work through the Jian Hua Foundation in China. After the morning service, they will give us an update on their work and on concerns that have developed recently that they would like us to be informed about.  Please plan to stay and join the conversation with them.

Youth News

Reminder: High Schoolers are encouraged to sit together for our Church Dinner following this Sunday’s worship service.

Are you receiving the weekly COS Youth newsletter? If you have a student in middle school or high school and you are not receiving a weekly email with youth news, please contact Annette or Dave to get your email address added!

The annual Craig‘s Cruisers lock-in is happening November 9-10! High school and middle school students and their friends are invited. Cost is $26. For more information, check out the COS Youth Newsletter.

Church News

Knitters’ Night Out – This coming Sat. Nov. 10 at 7:30pm.  Knitters (and other needle crafters) are welcome to join us at Deanna van Dijk’s home,

The Thursday Bible study meets this week on November 8, 9:30 – 11am, Col. 2:8-3:4, lesson 4 in the café area, childcare provided.  EVERYONE is welcome!

GREAT NEWS! COS has been awarded the Meijer Simply Give holiday campaign again this year from November 18- December 29, 2018! Last year this campaign generated nearly $25,000 in Meijer Gift cards to purchase food for our in-house Food Pantry which serves over 100 families a month. These low-income families and individuals are from our neighborhood and from our church. More details will come over the next few weeks!

Save the date! The youth of COS will be holding a Puerto Rican-themed fundraising dinner and auction on Wed., Dec. 5, 5-7pm.  If you have items you would like to donate, contact Annette Ediger.

Adults: Need help around the house?  High School Students: Want to earn money towards our mission trip to Puerto Rico? Check out the bulletin board outside the Youth Room where COS members may offer to donate to our PR trip, and youth can thank them by doing some volunteer work for them.  Forms are available by the bulletin board.  Fill one out today!

Share the gift of life – Our Blood Drive is one week away – Monday, November 12, from 2-7pm in our building. Every donor is important! The process takes approximately one hour of your time, and will greatly bless another person(s). Make an appointment online at versiti.org/michigan (or call 1-866-MIBLOOD) or sign up on the poster in the café. Many thanks!

Did you know we send out a short COS newsletter every Friday? The newsletter offers a quick snapshot of the upcoming weekend, helpful links, reminders of important events, and the week’s calendar. If you are not receiving the Friday Newsletter, please first check your junk folder or promotions tab in your email. If the newsletters are not there, contact dave.hartwell@coscrc.org to be added to the list. Also, please add office@coscrc.org to your email address book to help prevent the newsletter from being filtered into a spam folder.

The Finance team is pleased to announce that Rachel May has been hired as our COS Assistant Treasurer who is primarily responsible for handling the receipts to the church and work closely with AJ Zahrt our Treasurer. Rachel will be ordinarily working on Monday mornings in the church office. Rachel and her family are members of Seymour CRC where her husband Shawn is one of the pastors. Please welcome Rachel our COS staff team! 

Several COS members attended the 30th annual Christian Community Development Association conference this past week.  On Wed. Nov. 7, from 4:30-5:30 pm in the COS Living Room, some of those attendees will engage in a conversation with Liz Hall, a lead organizer with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), about CCDA’s justice initiatives – mass incarceration, immigration and education equity.  Please join us.

Thank you to all who donated hats, scarves, socks and gloves/mittens for our Camelot neighbors! We will continue collecting these items for a second distribution at our next Mobile Food Pantry Sat. Dec.1. The collection basket is in the café.

Tues. Nov. 6, 7 – 8:30 pm – Reception with Center for Public Justice at COS Room 4. Tom McWhertor, who currently serves as board chair of the Center for Public Justice (CPJ), is hosting a reception for CPJ friends and others interested to learn more about the work of the Center. CPJ CEO Stephanie Summers will present the work of the Center. Come to informally meet with others and learn more about CPJ. Hear about some of Center for Public Justice’s current work equipping citizens around the country for political engagement through Political Discipleship, current public policy efforts in protecting the religious freedom of faith-based organizations and the basic civil rights of all persons, and developing better policies to help low-wage working families. (Note: COS is an election polling place for our neighborhood, and there are also ESL classes and other meetings in the building, so look for signs for the CPJ Reception in Room 4). Please join us.  RSVP link

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reception-with-center-for-public-justice-registration-51559259132 or let Tom know you plan to attend (temcwhertor@gmail.com).

Gender and Sexuality Advisory Group meetingWednesday, November 7, 6:30-8:00 pm The Gender and Sexuality Advisory Group began meeting in September 2017 as a inter-generational subcommittee of the Congregational Life Team. Our role has been to advise the CLT about how to increase awareness and knowledge of gender and sexuality at Church of the Servant. We have consulted with church members, ministry teams and church staff, and have supported events with the local CRC group All One Body. Our next meeting Wednesday November 7 at 6:30pm is open to anyone interested in joining our discussions and learning about, or contributing to, upcoming programs. All are welcome, with the understanding that we exist as a safe space in support of helping COS grow to become more inclusive of people who identify as LGBT+ and their Allies. If there are any questions please contact Lisa VanArragon or Chris Klein (chris.klein@coscrc.org).

September 2018 General Fund Report

                          Actual

Receipts              $82,135

Expenditures       98,548

Income (Loss)    $ (16,413)

The general fund balance on September 30 was reported at 32,054.

2018-19 Monthly budgeted receipts were expected to be $119,028. This requires general fund giving to be $29,757 each week. Our September receipts were $82,135.  This was a weekly average of $20,534.