Gathering Season, October 10, 2021

This Sunday:

This Sunday, October 10, Rev. Karen Campbell will preach from Deuteronomy 4:1-6 and Ephesians 2:1-10 in the large worship space. Makema Lwenge will preach from Exodus 14:10-13 in the Basic English Service in Room 5.

Art is back in the Artery at COS! Don’t miss the chance to speak with our first artist in the Artery after Covid shutdown. The Artery is happy to welcome our own Weitze Adema and his exhibit Urban Expressions. Weitze will be available in the Artery after the Sunday service today, October 10, to say hello and answer questions. Due to current restrictions, we are unable to have receptions currently but hope to return to them soon. In the meantime, come see the wonderful gifts of skill, observation and creativity God has given Weitze. 

Following the morning services, there will be a brief safety training for Faith Formation volunteers who could not attend the training on Sept. 26.

Interested in singing, dancing, and having fun with super cool people? Join the COS Swahili Youth Choir! This Sunday, October 10, we will be learning worship songs in Swahili, choreographing dances, and learning more about what it’s like to be diverse disciples of Christ. Everyone in grades 7-12 are invited; pizza will be provided. Rehearsals and fellowship will occur after the worship service from 12-1:30 outside of the youth room. 

We invite you to sign up to attend the morning service. Please note on the sign up that masking is now required for those over 2 years old. The 10 am service will also be live via Zoom. Sign up for our Newsletter to receive the Zoom links.

Children’s Ministry News:

Register Your Kids ages 0-18 for Faith Formation Programming! If you haven’t already, please fill out this online form to register your children for programming now!

Church News:

Last week’s offering and online giving:  $33,188.74

Current Giving for the month of October: $33,188.74

Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving is:  $118,873

Wednesday Evening Hymn Sings – Do you miss congregational singing? Are your vocal cords out of shape after more than a year of not singing on Sunday mornings? All are invited to come Wednesday evenings in October to an outdoor hymn sing on the back patio at COS. We will continue to gather from 6:00pm – 7:00pm on Wednesdays, October 13 and 20 to sing hymns together from our Lift Up Your Hearts hymnals and to re-train our vocal cords.  John Witvliet will lead our singing on Oct. 13. Maria Stapert Vander Berg will lead the singing on Oct. 20.  We hope to see you there.

Are you new or relatively new to Church of the Servant? If you’re interested in either officially joining COS or in learning more about the mission and ministries here, you’re warmly invited to participate in the Fall New Members Class. We have a Spring class and a Fall class, so it’s time. We will meet in the Cafe at the COS building at 8:30am-9:30 four Sundays in a row beginning October 31st and continuing November 7th, 14th, and 21st. Childcare onsite is provided. Even during these late pandemic days, the church is moving forward, so if you are interested signing up or just want to learn more, reach out to Ben at ben.videtich@coscrc.org.

Refugee Support Coordinator hired. The Refugee Support Team is pleased to announce that Ken Soper, a new member to COS, has been hired and is beginning his work with the team for up to 10 hours a week.  Ken comes with great experience in leading and coaching teams. Please introduce yourself to Ken if you have not already met him. His COS email address is: ken.soper@coscrc.org He will be introduced to the congregation after the service on this Sunday, October 10.

The Thursday Bible Study continues to meet. We meet Thursdays in the COS cafe area, 9:30 – 11:00 am. This fall, we will be exploring Ecclesiastes. Our focus this week, October 14, is Eccles. 3:1-4:3 “Who is really in control?” You may pick up a study guide when you come on Thursday. If you need childcare, please contact Mary Loeks. Please wear a mask. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Social Seniors continues to meet on Tuesdays at 10:00 via Zoom. All are welcome. For more information check our website or call Corrie Vos at 616-558-6634

Council Highlights: Over the last couple of months the council of COS has installed new deacons and elders and said a heartfelt thank you to those who finished their terms. In addition to orienting the new members, council held a retreat to explore the work and role of mentoring within our faith community. Council has been receiving reports and providing feedback to the taskforce working on creating deep listening opportunities regarding the human sexuality report from the CRC. Council continues to monitor responses to the pandemic, budget activity and ministry teamwork. Please continue to life up the COS council in your individual prayers as they earnestly seek to follow God’s will for COS.

Housing – You’re likely aware of the tight housing market in Grand Rapids. This especially impacts families who rent, as prices continue to climb. Several families in COS are in search of apartments and homes to rent. Do you own rental property or know of someone who does that may have a place available soon? Please contact Pastor Andrew (andrew.mead@coscrc.org).

The COS Prisoners in Christ Restorative Justice team extends a special invitation to COS members to join them at a Micah Center/West Michigan broad-based organizing meeting on Thursday, October 28 at 7pm at Oakdale Park CRC.Contact Carol Rienstra at 616-724-6772 for more information and to sign up.

Friendship ESL at COS is growing. New students come each week. NEEDED: A tutor on Tuesday evenings, another on alternating weeks on Thursday evenings. ESL meets ten more weeks before Christmas break, thus, ten evenings with internationals from all directions on the compass, eager to learn. See Mark, pmfackler@gmail.com

Sam and Elizabeth Schoofs, missionaries in the country of Chad, will be sharing at COS about their ministry in Africa.  Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 31 at 11:30 to see and hear about their work.

This week, we completed our celebration of the Season of Creation.  This Saturday (10/9), we also had our final native planting opportunity for 2021. We planted 10, 5′ Red Cedars (juniperus viginiana). These trees will provide a living, native processional to our building. Thanks to all those who came out yesterday to help plant!