This Sunday:

This Sunday, October 24, Rev. Andrew Mead will preach from Ephesians 3:14-21 and Numbers 14:1-9 in the standard English service. Yohan Lee will preach from Romans 8:12-17 in the Basic English Service in Room 5.

Please drop your children off at 11:45am and pick them up at 12:30pm from the following Sunday school classrooms:

  • The 4-year-old through 1st graders will meet in room 9, located in the children’s worship wing. This will also be the Kid’s Club room from now on.
  • The 2nd-4th graders will meet in room 23, located in thehallway behind the church mailboxes at the back of the sanctuary.
  • The 5th-6th graders will meet in room 22, located in the hallway behind the church mailboxes at the back of the sanctuary.
  • The 7th-8th graders will meet in room 17, located in the hallway on the far side of the sanctuary, near the nursery.  
  • High school students will meet in the youth room, located at the end of the artery, past the children’s worship wing.
  • Nursery is available for children 3 and younger.
  • There is no GPS (adult education) this Sunday, so enjoy some time connecting with other adults at COS!

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:

Sunday School Begins This Sunday, Oct. 24, After Church! 

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:  $16,039.02

Current Giving for the month of October: $58,073.22

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 27 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. 27. 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

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 28, is Eccles. 5:8 – 6:12 “What does it take to be content?”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.

Climate change can feel dark and heavy. So why not add some light? Join us in our sanctuary on November 6 at 7:00pm for #ClimateVigil, a global campaign inviting Christians to pray and act on climate change. Let’s take Jesus at his word when he tells us, “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14)! We will watch a global broadcast to hear from Christian leaders and listen to original songs written and recorded for the campaign by artists like Jon Guerra and Liz Vice. Then we will light candles and pray for God’s creation together.

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. Come and enjoy a time of fellowship and making something for others.

The COS Restorative Justice team invites interested people of all ages to join them at a West Michigan broad-based organizing launch meeting on Thursday, October 28, at 7pm at Oakdale Park CRC.  To register, go to http://bit.ly/OrgLaunchMI

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.

If anyone is interested in being a facilitator for Challenging Conversations around LGBTQ+ issues, please contact Pam Bratt or Nicole Romero for more information as soon as possible.  There will be a Zoom training on Wednesday evening, October 27.  See

https://www.crcna.org/pcr/churches/challenging-conversations-toolkit.

(Cost would be covered by COS)

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.You can sign up for a tour by filling out the form on cemeterytours.weebly.com.