Happening This Sunday

September 15 Tables and Tours, 9 am & 11:30 am– Guided tours of COS.  Have you ever seen the Youth Room? Do you know where the COS Food Pantry is located? Why is there a tree in the center of the large worship space?  Where do ESL students check-in? Chances are you know some details of our COS ministries and history, but not all.  We invite you to take a guided tour of our church to learn more. 

Also at 9 am & 11:30 am today, tables highlighting different ministries of COS will be in our café and fellowship space, inviting you to learn more about these ministries and consider ways your gifts could be put to use at COS.

The Schoofs will be sharing about their missionary work in Chad here at COS today, Sept. 15.  A light lunch will be served in the youth room at 12:30.  Immediately following the lunch, the Schoofs will present about their work.  They’ll share for about 30 minutes and then will have a question and answer session.  Bring your family!

Next Sunday

9 am & 11:30 am on September 22 – If you don’t have a chance to get to the “Tables” this week, next Sunday we will again highlight different COS ministries at tables in our café and fellowship space.  Come and learn more about these ministries and think about ways to get involved!

Calling all Friends of New Americans!  Please join members of the Refugee Support Team at the COS Ministries Fair, to be held in the Cafe area starting at 9 am on Sunday the 15th. We will offer information, inspiration and an invitation to people who want to get (more) involved in supporting our refugee and immigrant friends. Also, you will be able to sign up for a Friends of New Americans Lunch which will be held after the morning service on Sunday, Sept. 22nd. Questions?  Contact Troy Bierma, Resident Outreach Pastor, 956-7611. 

Safe Church Sunday is Sunday, Sept. 22 where you will find a mailbox insert on the Circle of Grace curriculum which teaches children and youth respect for themselves and for one another by honoring the sacredness of all relationships. There will also be a time in the intercessory prayer for this topic and if anyone would like to have something specific prayed for in this time of prayer, please contact John Witvliet.

Youth

High School News- High School Youth Group Kick-Off Event: Sun., Sept. 29 after worship! Save the Date! More details coming soon…

COS is alive with the Sound of Music! Movies with Meaning returns September 20. Middle and High School Youth are invited to join in the Youth Room Friday, Sept. 20 from 6-9 pm as we watch The Sound of Music. Dinner will be provided, and we’ll have door prizes for anyone who dresses up as a nun, goat herder, baroness, captain, Von Trapp child, or a brown paper package tied up with string – which are just a few of our favorite things. And, of course, we’ll be singing along with the Von Trapps!

Church News

THE BIBLE STUDY ON I CORINTHIANS BEGINS THIS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19!  We begin in the cafe area, 9:30 to 11:00 am.  Study guides by NT Wright will be available at the first, introductory session.  Childcare will be provided. 

Our giving for this week totaled $30,770.54 (with weekly online giving and our monthly ACH). Our current total general fund giving for the month of September is $41,496.06.

Parents of children nursery – high school: September is REGISTRATION MONTH! We want to make sure your child feels safe and cared for by staff and members of COS.  Look for forms and links that will allow us to gather key information about your child(ren) beginning soon! Official programming (i.e. Sunday school, Wednesday night programming, youth group, etc.) begins in October.  Submitting this information in September will allow us to warmly welcome your child(ren) to our ministries in October.

COS Annual Worship & Faith Formation Volunteer Training: Sept. 25 & Sept. 29!

Faith Formation Volunteers: Insurance requires that ALL volunteers who work with children 0-18 MUST attend an annual training event to remind you of our procedures for keeping kids safe.  We work hard to make this training informative, efficient, and fun.  If you are unable to attend either of the training opportunities, contact Annette or Jolanda to arrange a separate training time. (Who should attend? Volunteer leaders and assistants for Sunday school, HS Small Groups, Boys, Girls, or Kid’s club leaders, Children and Worship or Little Lambs leaders or assistants, WNL leaders and Nursery Team members.)

Worship Volunteers: The worship training is intended for those who are serving or would like to serve as scripture readers, liturgists or intercessory prayer leaders, although anyone curious about worship and liturgy is welcome to attend.  Those who attend training this year (or have attended in the past 2 years) will be given priority with regard to scheduling for liturgists and prayer leaders.  Please let us know you are coming by emailing Maria Stapert (maria.stapert@coscrc.org).  6-8pm Sept. 25 Training – includes a free dinner from 6-6:30! 9-10am Sept. 29 Training – an abbreviated version of the Wed. night training offered before worship.  We want you to be well equipped and ready to serve!

Seniors! On Monday, Sept. 23 at 10 am, you are invited to a COS brainstorming and lively discussion, led by Dale Cooper, regarding your thoughts, ideas, concerns, and ministry challenges for COS seniors. Let’s explore how we might more faithfully address the range of opportunities for our next COS ‘chapter’ ahead. All new and seasoned members and friends are welcome; we’d love to hear your observations and ideas.  For a ride or info, contact Jeanette Sprik. 

The ESL women’s Bible study begins its new year this Thursday, September 19.  We will be looking at the story of how God saves his people from Genesis to Revelation this year.  Please join us if you would like. Call Barbara Hampton 616-307-3493 or just show up at 10 a.m. in the ESL room. And look for an opportunity to serve these women and other new English speakers during a Coffee Break Bible study leaders training on Nov. 1.  Details coming….

Registration is open for the October 10-12 and 24-26 Understanding Racism Workshops. This workshop experience is designed to explore the deep racial complexity of the United States and begin to explore paths for reconciliation. Our goal is to gain insight in understanding systemic racism through the eyes of faith and Scripture. We encourage all leaders and members at Church of the Servant to attend one of these workshops. This effort helps us to become focused and work together to address one of our country’s greatest troubles. Register online at CORRnow.org.  Questions?  Contact janice.mcwhertor@gmail.com

Planned Giving Information Sessions: The Stewardship Team will be providing two educational events about planned giving opportunities on September 18 and 25.  The events will be led by Stewardship Team member, Michael Zahrt.  Michael is an estate planning attorney with Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith PC who specializes in income tax management.  Both events will be 6:30-7:30 pm. Refreshments will be provided.  The topic for the September 18 event is “Plan Your Legacy for COS,” which provides an overview of essential estate planning documents, the difference between a will and a trust, and how to give to COS through your estate plan.  The Stewardship Team will also introduce our new Trustees of Planned Giving, who are available to meet with COS members privately to discuss how to achieve their charitable goals.

The topic for the September 25 event is “Plan Your Legacy for COS.”  This session will discuss Qualified Charitable Distributions, which will be important information for anyone at or approaching age 70½ with a retirement plan.  The Stewardship Team will also discuss how you can use your retirement plan to leave a legacy gift to COS.

Spectrum Health will provide our annual flu clinic Oct. 27 here at COS. starting 11:30. Most insurance accepted.  More details will be included in a later bulletin 

We are collecting books on culture, multi-cultural ministry, refugees, immigration, foreign policy, ESL, and the like for a shelf in the library. This collection is primarily aimed at books to be used by new Americans as well as those seeking to learn about them, their cultures, and life together. If you would like to donate a title(s), please drop it with Lori in the library on Sunday morning with a sticky note “New American shelf.” For questions, or/and if you would like to suggest an important title for us to acquire please contact Troy Bierma (troy.bierma@coscrc.org).