This Sunday:

This Sunday, October 31, Rev. Gary Burge will preach from Ephesians 4:1-16 and Deuteronomy 6:1-9 in the standard English service. Rev. Karen Campbell will preach from Matthew 27:45-53 in the Basic English Service in Room 5.

Following the morning services: Sam and Elizabeth Schoofs, missionaries in the country of Chad, will be sharing at COS about their ministry in Africa. You’re invited to see and hear more with them in Room 3 at 11:30 am

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:

Brrrrrr, Bundle Up for Outdoor Singing on Sundays!

Our 2 ½ – 2nd Graders have been singing along with the Little Lambs Jam Band outside before heading to the children’s wing. We’d love to continue singing even though it’s getting cold. So please encourage your children to bring a coat when are blessed and sent to continue worship in the children’s wing! If you are leading in our children’s wing, please bring your coat too!

Outgrown Kids and Teen Coats, Snow Pants, Boots, Hats, and Gloves Needed!

Cold weather is coming, but our club ministries don’t want to be stuck inside during the winter months. So we’re collecting outgrown winter gear to distribute as needed when we have outings like last year’s sledding meetup, or snow activities on the patio. If you have winter gear your kids have outgrown, please wash it and bring it to church for others to use! Look for a bin near the children’s welcome station at the entrance of the church for dropping off items. These items will be washed between uses, or sent home with kids who need them. 

Clubs Meet Next Sunday, Nov. 7, 11:45am-12:30pm!

There is no after-church programming scheduled for this Sunday, but please plan on staying after next week for Clubs for ages 4 through middle school! Kids ages 4 through 6th grade will on the patio near door F at 11:45am—please remember to dress for the weather as we might spend most of the time outside. Granola bars will be available for kids and leaders at the refreshment area during coffee hour. Please encourage your kids to eat a snack outside and use the restroom before clubs begin. Plan to pick them up from the patio at 12:30pm. 

Church News:

Last week’s offering and online giving:  $19,897.48

Current Giving for the month of October: $78,115.70

Monthly budgeted General Fund Giving is:  $118,873

* Contribution Statements for January 1 to September 30, 2021 have been sent via email. If you have no email on file, you can find a paper copy of your contribution statement in your cos mailbox. Please contact Angelica Zahrt with any questions

Ruth and Jim Padilla DeBorst, our missionaries in Costa Rica (and beyond), will be visiting COS on Sunday Nov. 7.  Both of them will preach—one in the BES and one in the SES worship services.  There will be a reception for them in Room 3 after the morning worship and coffee.

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, November 4, is Eccles. 7:1-8:1 “Where can We Find Wisdom?”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!

Countdown! Only one week to our Blood Drive – Monday, November 8, 2-7pm. We received this note from our contact at Versiti Blood Center: “The blood inventory has hit an all-time low and we need viable blood drives if we have any hope of restoring our supply for our friends, families and neighbors! There is no replacement for human blood and no amount of money can help patients who need blood to survive.”  We still have about 20 appointments available on our schedule. If you are able and willing to donate next week, we’d love to welcome you to the drive here. Use this link to sign up: https://donate.michigan.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/132870 Thinking about it and have questions? Talk to Ruth Huisman or Beth Karanicola. THANK YOU!

All Saints’ Service – This Wednesday evening at 7 pm, you are invited to our annual All Saints’ service to honor the “cloud of witnesses”—those faithful servants of Christ who have gone before us.

Making worship inclusive of the whole community of saints—the living and the dead, however and whenever it’s done—broadens our understanding of the church, reminds us of those who went before us on the journey of faith, and reinvigorates our trust in Christ’s ultimate victory over sin and death.

This Wednesday’s evening service will include testimonies in which a few people give a brief testimony about a person—dead or living—who has modeled the Christian life for them. Join us as we hear from Sheila Witvliet, Karen Hampton, Heather Koole, and our seminary intern, Debbie Jin.

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. Contact Steve Mulder.

Winter is Coming… Our annual collections of newly knitted or bought children’s hats, gloves and socks will be starting with a big Basket by the front entrance on Sunday, November 14. We will distribute the items at the Food Truck on Dec 4 and on Jan 8 and we will give the remaining to Ridge Park school and at our ESL classes. Thank you for your faithful annual support with this important ministry!

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

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.