Happening This Sunday
In our large sanctuary service September 1, we welcome Rev. Len Vander Zee to the pulpit.

Next Sunday
Next Sunday, September 8 we will ordain our new office bearers for their term as elder and deacon. At last Sunday’s congregational meeting, the congregation voted and unanimously approved the recommended slate of elders and deacons. The 2019-2020 budget was also overwhelmingly approved at that same meeting. We thank God for providing for the life and leadership of his church.

The new season of Children and Worship and Little Lambs begins next week, Sept. 8! We will welcome 2 1/2 year-olds through second graders to come forward to receive a blessing, then send them to continue worship in the children’s wing. If your kids are within this age range please bring home a liturgy to practice the blessing at home this week!

Church News
NOW IS THE TIME TO PLAN TO PUT BIBLE STUDY INTO YOUR LIFE! Thursday mornings, STARTING SEPTEMBER 19, from 9:30 to 11:00 am, in the COS cafe area. We will be studying I Corinthians. Everyone is welcome, childcare is provided. Questions? Contact Mary Loeks, mary@loeks.com

Thanks to all who supported our Blood Drive on Monday. We collected 20 units of blood, which will impact up to 60 lives! We’ve been sponsoring blood drives in our church for over 20 years, and your faithful support has made a difference to hundreds of people! On behalf of all those you have helped, THANK YOU! Our next drive is scheduled for Monday, November 11. Please mark it on your calendar, and watch for more information as we get closer. –Drive co-chairs Beth Karanicola & Ruth Huisman

Still needed- Additional drivers and substitute drivers of minivans to be on a schedule to pick up our new American families and bring them to the BES worship on Sunday morning at 10am. Please call or email Jon Bruss, the new volunteer transportation coordinator.

Worship Committee is seeking a few good people to share the task of checking each week as to whether the communion table tablecloth and minister’s vestments need to be laundered. Having several people on our list will give each volunteer a great deal of scheduling flexibility. Please contact Ellen VanderMey if willing and able to help. Thanks for considering this!

The Dementia Caregivers Support Group meets this coming Tuesday September 3, at 10am.

Our giving for this week totaled $23,213.09 (with weekly online giving). Our current total general fund giving for the month of August is $95,524.43.

The Schoofs will be sharing about their missionary work in Chad here at COS on Sunday, September 15. A light lunch will be served in the youth room at 12:30. Immediately following the lunch, the Schoofs will be presenting about their work. They’ll be sharing for about 30 minutes and then will have a question and answer session. There will even be clothes to try on from Chad. Bring your family!

The ARTery is Back! September Gallery Opening Event with featured artist Jim VanderMolen. Mark your calendars for Monday, September 9 @ 7pm for our next gallery opening event, featuring COS member and architect, Jim VanderMolen. The event is free with a suggested donation of $5/person. The evening will feature a conversation with Jim, live music, and a chance to peruse the gallery over appetizers and wine. Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to experience art in community! RSVPs on our COS facebook event page are appreciated.

The new schedule for coffee serving, communion elements and nursery begins next Sunday, September 8, so please check your mailbox to see if you’re on the list this time around. As always, if you need to make a change, please let Diane Jonker know so we can be assured that these important ways of serving are being covered. (diane.jonker@coscrc.org or 956-6711) You may also access the new schedule on the members portal of the COS website.

Last Saturday’s Rise for Refuge advocacy event was a great success. Many folks from COS plus other local advocates met to encourage support for our refugee friends. Let’s tell our government officials that we need to remain open as a nation of refuge. What can you do today to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Prov 31:8)? Text 52886 twice, once with the word ASYLUM and once with the word REFUGEE. Click on the invite from the CRC Office of Social Justice and send each letter to your members of Congress and to the President asking them to continue to welcome Refugees and Asylum seekers! Interested in doing more? Contact Troy Bierma, Resident Outreach Pastor, at 956-7611.

Mentors and Mentoring Ministry Coordinator – Church of the Servant, Crossway Community Church, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, and Immanuel Reformed Church have partnered to provide mentors to students at Ridge Park Charter Academy. Mentors meet with students weekly during the school year to build a relationship and tutor them with school work. Pam Plantinga is currently the COS coordinator. Please contact her (pplantin@calvin.edu) if you’re willing to serve as a mentor in this wonderful program.

There is also a coordinator that serves as the liaison between RPCA and the churches, connects mentors with students, and ensures the school’s paperwork are completed. A member from Immanuel had been the overall coordinator for this ministry but now feels led into other ministry. We are looking for someone to step into this role. Training will be provided. Will you consider serving Jesus in this role?