Trinity Season, Week of Sunday, October 25, 2020

On Sunday, October 25, 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. Andrew Mead will bring us a message based on the scriptures of Habakkuk 1:1-4 and Romans 1:18-23.

Resources, videos, and liturgies can be found on the Church of the Servant website at coscrc.org/category/housechurch

Children’s Ministry

Girls Club & Boys Club Kickoff: Pinewood Derby Race! Sunday from 4:30pm-5:30pm

Boys and Girls Club is for 2nd-6th graders, but for this event 7th graders who made a Pinewood Derby car last year are also welcome to join the kickoff to watch their cars soar down the tracks! Parents and family are invited to stay, watch the races, and cheer. This outdoor event that will take place in front of the memorial garden not far from the playground at COS. Please bring chairs or blankets to sit on and masks for everyone three and older in your family.

Kids Club Kickoff: Sunday from 4:30-5:30pm

This club for preschool-1st graders will meet outside at the front of the building, near the windows for the Café. While the big kids race their derby cars, we’ll be making a race car craft and talking about how each of us were wonderfully made by God in God’s image! Please dress kids in warm outdoor gear and a mask,  you can even send along a blanket if you’d like. Along with our regular leaders, encourage a parent or grandparent to stay to join in the fun and help make sure all of our kids are engaging safely. 

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 wearing a mask. Parents or Grandparents of Kid’s Club Kids, please consider staying to participate with your child to help ensure all our kids are safely included. We are planning for very careful social-distancing measures, including fever checks at the door, or if you are being picked up, before getting into a vehicle to help ensure the health and safety of all kids and adults involved.



Church News

A COS Blood Drive in two weeks! We are planning to host a blood drive in our building on Monday, November 9, 2-7pm. So many Versiti mobile blood drives have been canceled since March, and the need for donations is great. Will you help?? Please schedule your appointment to donate on the Versiti website by using this link: https://donate.michigan.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/121464. All donors and staff will be wearing masks, and social distancing will be observed as much as possible. More information about Versiti safety protocols can be found here: https://www.versiti.org/home/coronavirus-information.
Also, please note that the Covid antibody test will be performed on all successful donations as part of Versiti’s standard testing. This test will inform donors if they have antibodies reflective of a prior COVID-19 infection and is not to inform donors if they currently have COVID-19.
If you have questions, please contact Beth Karanicola or Ruth Huisman. Thank you for sharing your gift of life!

Financial Update- Last week’s offering and online giving:  $21,376

Current Total Giving for the month of $72,398 (1 Sunday left).

Our monthly General Fund budget is $112,926. Contribution statements for the first three quarters of the calendar year will be sent to contributors by Tuesday, October 27. Once received, please review them and let AJ Zahrt know if you have any questions. She can be reached at (616) 956 7611 ext. 29 or by email aj.zahrt@coscrc.org

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.  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.

The Living Word in Action The pastoral theme for this year is The Living Word: Translated for Us.
For our fall pledge drive, the stewardship team invites you to consider with us how we translate the Living Word into actions in service of Christ. Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing testimonies about many of our members are trying to live out their calling in faithful action. For this week, please check out our introduction to the pledge drive on our COS web site.

You are invited by the COS Creation Care Team (CCT) to a free virtual viewing of “The Story of Plastic,” a powerful and inspirational film on the impact of plastic on our environment. The film is available via Zoom, now and until 10/27/20 by registering at: https://forms.gle/DZm343EVUFKRFy1C6 

There will be a Q and A panel and break-out sessions on Tues, 10/27/20 from 7:00 -8:30, hosted by Citizens Climate Lobby of the Holland Area.

Watch the COS Facebook page for information from CCT on ways to reduce the use of single-use plastics.  Coming soon!

Directory updates! It’s time for a new COS directory, but we need your help to make this happen! The Online Member Center can be accessed here: https://servantkeeper.com/member-portal/church-of-the-servant  The “Members and friends” link on the COS website should direct members to this same page. If you haven’t already done so, on your first visit you will be asked to log in. This requires entering your FAMILY email. There is one login per family, rather than individual logins for each person. Once you have logged in, you can look at your family profile, view contribution history, etc. You can also access the Online directory. 

Please update incorrect information and provide a current family photo! This information will be used to generate a church directory.

If you are not sure what your family email is, or if you have other questions, please contact diane.jonker@coscrc.org or dave.hartwell@coscrc.org

Starting soon! Our Meijer Simply Give program to benefit the COS food pantry will run a total of ten weeks from the dates of Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, through Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021.   Please mark your calendars for Meijer Simply Give Double Match days, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 and Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020 to purchase your $10 Simply Give cards at the Cascade Meijer.  On those days, for every $10 card purchase, Meijer will match this with $20, so the COS food pantry will benefit with a $30 gift! If you buy a $30 Meijer Simply Give card, it will turn into a $90 gift to the COS food pantry. Watch for links to give on-line, coming soon! The last campaign generated $18,780. To give online: https://tinyurl.com/y4qn27n4

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.  Please send donations to COS and mark them as “Angel Tree.” Any questions? Contact Lucie Marsden at: lucie.marsden@gmail.com

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 container 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!

A heartfelt thank you to the yard crew who did some much-needed work on our beautiful church grounds despite the rain forecast! Arend VanderPols, Brenda Hoeksema, Paul and Jan Stoub, Ginny Kuilema, Elaine Hoekstra, Arvin Vos, Jim and Hope Bradley. Hats off to you all!