Gathering Season, October 17, 2021

This Sunday:

This Sunday, October 17, Rev. Karen Campbell will preach from Ephesians 2:11-18 and Isaiah 53:4-12 in the standard English service. Rev. Andrew Mead will preach from Isaiah 44:21-24 in the Basic English Service in Room 5.

Following the morning worship services, Spectrum Health will provide a flu shot clinic in the office workroom.

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:

Club Ministries Begin This Sunday, Oct. 17 + Sunday School Begins Next Sunday, Oct. 24, After Church! 

Our Girls Club, Boys Club, and Kids club ministries will kick off THIS SUNDAY, Oct. 17th from 11:45am-12:30pm! Through the end of December, clubs place on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. We’ll reassess for the new year after we have the chance to try this new rhythm. Parents are welcome to stay and catch up with each other or join in the club fun!

In this new, topsy-turvy schedule, Sunday school will take place AFTER church from 11:45am-12:30pm on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month! Along with lemonade, we’ll have granola bars available after the service for a snack before programming. We hope this schedule will allow your family to have a consistent routine on the first 4 Sundays of the month with church at 10:00am and programming at 11:45am. On 5th Sundays there is no programming, and on the first Sunday of the month we hope to continue our congregational meal tradition, but we’ll squeeze programming in first. So grab a plate of food for your kids to enjoy with you after they finish clubs!

Church News:

Last week’s offering and online giving:  $8,845.46

Current Giving for the month of October: $42,034.20

Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving is:  $118,873

* Contribution statements through 9/30 will be sent out during the fourth week of October. These will be sent via email. If no email is on file, they will be sent via the mail.

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 Wednesday, October 20 to sing hymns together from our Lift Up Your Hearts hymnals and to re-train our vocal cords. 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 or call him at 231-349-1328.

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 21, is Eccles. 4:4-5:7 “What Attitudes Should we Embrace?”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

Your Chance to Save a Life! Volunteer donors are absolutely essential to provide that for which there is no substitute: human blood. Share your gift of life. Become a blood donor. Sign up to give at our next blood drive on Monday, November 8, 2-7pm. Follow this link to the schedule:   https://donate.michigan.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/132870   Thank you for being someone who cares. And shares.  Questions? Contact Ruth Huisman, 616-337-9763.

Fabric and Fellowship: Join a group that likes to sew and enjoy a time of fellowship. Our next meeting is October 25 from 10am to 2pm in room 5 of COS. We have a stash of fabric that we are using up in quilts.  You can bring your machine or come to design, cut pieces or iron for others.  Also bring your lunch. Coffee will be available. Let Hope Bradley (616 389 3073) or Claire Elgersma 9616 881 9878) know if you will be able to make it so we can ensure there are enough tables setup for people coming. Come and enjoy a time of fellowship and making something for others.

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.

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.

We have finished our planting of the parking lot islands for this year! Thanks so much to all who contributed time (planting, weeding, watering), contributed financially this work, and/or just took an interest in the project. We eliminated the turf grass and planted over 4,000 native grasses and flowing plants on the islands. The last planting event of 2021 took place last Saturday, when we planted 10 Red Cedars (Juniperus Virginiana) to serve as our Processional Trees, marking the way to our sanctuary. These are native trees that you can see growing all over West Michigan, along highways, in open fields, and in disturbed areas. We selected this species because it is native (cedar waxwings, bluebirds and turkeys love the berries), long-lived (the oldest known individual in North America is over 900 years old!), not relished by deer, and considered quite hardy and not overly fussy regarding soil and water. Finally it is expected to be resilient to climate change.  This common species honors COS’ Architectural Design Concept of “Dignifying the Ordinary”.  Red Cedars also grow relatively rapidly (1’ – 2’/year).  We look forward to nurturing these trees as they grow to a height of as much as 70’ in the coming years and decades.

Oak Hill Cemetery Tour – Saturdays, November 6 & 27, 10am—12pm. The Classis Grand Rapids East’s Racial Justice Team invites you to join a tour of Oak Hill Cemetery (647 Hall Street SE) to learn more about early African Americans and racism in Grand Rapids’ history. The tour is two hours long, so wear walking shoes (or boots). Meet and park on the north side of Hall Street, by the small office building. Pastor Shannon Jammal-Hollemans is the Racial Justice team leader and tour host. You can sign up for a tour filling out the form on cemeterytours.weebly.com.