Trinity Season, Week of Sunday, October 11, 2020
On Sunday, October 11, we will continue to worship in homes, individually, but still as one body as we seek to be prisms of God’s light in liturgy and in life. This week Rev. Karen Campbell will bring us a message based on the scriptures of Deuteronomy 6:1-9 and Phil. 4:4-9.
Resources, videos, and liturgies can be found on the Church of the Servant website at coscrc.org/category/housechurch
Vesper service — On Sunday evening, October 11 at 6 pm, please join our outdoor service. In case of inclement weather, please check the website before the service for updates on cancellations/rain date arrangements. These outdoor services are in addition to our 10 am Sunday morning Zoom services. Pastor Andrew Mead will lead us in a meditation on Luke 12:1-8.
Join us for GPS: COVID-style this Sunday following our 10am Zoom worship.
James W. Skillen (a Christian political philosopher, author of numerous books on politics including The Good of Politics: a Biblical, historical, and contemporary introduction, former president of the Center for Public Justice, and dad to our very own Jamie Skillen) will be leading a 2-week presentation and discussion in a Zoom breakout room after our worship services on the next two Sundays, Oct. 11 & 18. Tom McWhertor will be facilitating. Join us for the following 2 sessions:
Oct. 11 – Politics: Did They Exist Before the Fall? Civic responsibility from the beginning to now.
Oct. 18 – Politics: Redeeming & Restoring our Civic Calling
These presentations will use the same Zoom link as our worship service that day. After the service, you can choose to join the breakout room for the “GPS Session.” These timely and important sessions will be limited to 45 minutes and will include time for Q&A via the chat feature and, if time allows, “unmuted” discussion. 😊
High School Students: The weather forecast for this weekend is beautiful! Which is perfect because I would love to invite all of you out to my place TODAY Sunday, Oct. 11, from 4:30-5:30pm for pumpkin carving/painting/decorating and a bonfire with snacks. I will have several tools available for pumpkin carving and decorating but you are also encouraged to bring your own tools or decorations to use on your pumpkin. Prizes will be awarded for Best Pumpkin in several different categories!
Note on transportation: my hope is most of you will be able to drive out or have your parents drive you out to my place. We will provide special “parent seating areas” 😉 for parents during our meeting so PARENTS – please feel free to stay instead of driving back and forth! If you need help with transportation, let me know and I’ll see what I can do to help. If possible, PLEASE RSVP for this Sunday’s event by noon on Saturday! I want to make sure I have enough pumpkins and snacks for everyone.
Pinewood Derby Race, Oct. 18th! Kids in 2nd-6th Grade (plus current 7th graders who built a car in Boys or Girls Club last year) are invited to the long-awaited Pinewood Derby race on Sunday Oct 18 4:30-5:30pm! Families and friends are welcome to join this outdoor event held at COS. Please dress for the weather, wear a face mask, and bring a blanket or lawn chairs for sitting and staying warm.
Kids Club, Girls Club, and Boys Club November – Club ministries for kids in Preschool-6th grade will meet twice in November, from 4:30-5:30pm on Nov. 1st and Nov. 15th (the first and 3rd Sundays). These meetings will include outdoor games or activities as well as indoor Bible lessons, projects, or crafts. Please plan to send your kids dressed for outdoor weather and a mask. We are planning for very careful social-distancing measures to help ensure the health and safety of all kids and adults involved. Parents and grandparents, please let me know if you are interested in assisting as leaders or as safety supervisors in these groups.
K-6th Grade Sunday School in October- Sunday school for Kindergarten through 6th grade children will continue to coincide with the 6:00-6:30pm outdoor evening service through the end of October. Please drop your children off in the front lawn of COS before you go to the patio for the worship service. As weather gets cooler please encourage your kids to bundle up and wear a hat and gloves along with a mask. Please feel free to send along a cozy blanket suitable for outdoor use.
The COS COVID response team realizes that as the colder weather sets in, there will be more requests to meet inside the building. We are following the guidelines for indoor activities. For small groups that begin meeting inside the church, there will be temperature checks and a brief health survey, mask-wearing, no eating or drinking, and physical distancing. We thank everyone for their ongoing patience and prayers for wisdom.
Dark Times, Deep Grace continues Wednesday evenings at 8.30 pm on our COS Facebook group. We simply read God’s word together and encourage you to draw and use the vehicle of art as an opportunity to slow down and notice how God is present through his word. We know that this is a time requiring deep wisdom from each one of us. As it says in James, a wisdom that is from on high is pure, peace-loving, considerate, full of mercy and good fruits. Therefore, our passages will come from the Wisdom literature of Proverbs. Our guest artist this week will be Betsy Ratzsch. The session is recorded so if you miss it on Wednesday nights you can catch up during the week by looking for the recording on the COS Facebook group. You can also view the videos on the COS website online here.
Angel Tree is coming! It will be virtual of course, but our Prisoners in Christ team will be giving the children of prisoners presents in the form of gift cards, sent virtually by Prison Fellowship. We have asked for 10 children and will need to raise $220 to do this. If we raise more, we can give to more children. These will be local children and we intend to follow up with their families. If we raise more, we will put it in our Angel Tree fund so we can help send Angel Tree children to Camp Tall Turf when that becomes possible again. So Christmas shopping starts now for Angel Tree. Please send donations to COS and mark them as “Angel Tree.” Any questions? Contact Lucie Marsden.
Children’s winter hats, gloves, and sock drive – It’s that time again, to begin collecting new and hand-knit hats, gloves, and warm socks for the students at Ridge Park Charter Academy. The students are in grades K-8th grade. Many of the children live in the Camelot neighborhood. COS will have our big basket in the entryway of the front doors. We will collect these winter items in October, November and December, bringing the items to the school each month. Thank you to all of you who help keep our neighborhood kids warm this winter!
Noon, Sat., Oct. 17 – COS is accepting the Jerusalema Dance Challenge! As some of you may recall, Pastor Karen referenced the song “Jerusalema” in her sermon a few weeks ago. Turns out this song is part of an international movement that is inviting people from all over the world to share a video of their group doing their version of the Jerusalema “line dance.” What a great opportunity to exercise, laugh, and celebrate God’s goodness to us as his people! All ages are welcome to attend this event—either as dancers or encouragers. Plan to join us in the COS parking lot from noon-1pm on Saturday, Oct. 17. No need to know the dance before you arrive. Instructors will teach everyone the dance at this event. Questions? Contact Annette.firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Update- Last week’s offering and online giving: $34,625.32
Current Total Giving for the month of $34,625.32 (3 Sundays left)
Our monthly General Fund budget is $119,028.
The trustees of the Church of the Servant Legacy Foundation would like to invite you to participate in any of several sessions on “Gifts that Reduce Your Taxes.” Hosted by Barnabas Foundation in October and November, we encourage everyone to consider joining these online sessions on different timely topics. They will be held October 14, 21, 28 and November 4, with the benefit of enabling you to free more funds for charitable giving. Topics include; market security gifts, IRA gifts, real estate and business gifts, and commodity and other property gifts. Please join the session that might be most relevant to you. If these topics interest you, register for the various sessions at: https://www.barnabasfoundation.com/ReduceTaxes. This opportunity is provided to members of our congregation free of charge, in conjunction with the partnership we have with Barnabas Foundation.
If you are not familiar with the Church of the Servant Legacy Foundation, please find an introduction on the COS website and, in the months to come, watch for more information on that webpage to help you develop a will or do estate planning for your family.