This Sunday:

This Sunday, October 3, Rev. Andrew Mead will preach from Matthew 9:35-10:4 and Zechariah 10:8-12 in our Prism Sunday combined worship service. This will be a combined worship service with our SES and BES worshippers together followed by an all-church meal.

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!

Join the Wednesday Night Team for Girl’s Club, Boy’s Club, or Kid’s Club! Wednesday nights at COS are a time to deepen connections, grow in faith, and have fun together! Please consider joining the Girl’s Club, Boys’ Club, or Kid’s Club team to help build a sense of Christian community and belonging among children. Wednesday night volunteers build faith nurturing relationships with kids as they play, pray, create, build, share stories, laugh, and consider together what it means to be a follower of Jesus. Volunteers serve weekly on the first 3 Wednesdays of the month, or as available. We also invite adults to volunteer to lead devotions once or on a rotating basis. Look for Jolanda or Jim Howe at the ministry fair today to learn more.

Church News:

Last week’s offering and online giving:  $12,596.20

Current Giving for the month of September: $77,517.48

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 gather from 6:00pm – 7:00pm on Wednesdays, October 6, 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. 6 and 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 October 10.

The Thursday Bible Study is up and running. We meet Thursdays in the COS cafe area, 9:30 – 11:00 am. This fall, we will be exploring Ecclesiastes. Our focus this week, Sept. 30, is Eccles. 2:17-26 “What is the value of work?” 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

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).