This Sunday:

This Sunday, September 26, Rev. Andrew Mead will preach from Mark 1:32-39 and Isaiah 40:21-31 in the standard English service. Rev. Karen Campbell will preach from Mark 1:32-39 and Isaiah 40:21-31 in the Basic English Service in Room 5.

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.

This Sunday, in conjunction with our annual volunteer training event, the leadership of COS invites COS volunteers, leaders, and friends to lunch and a session with Tom Schwanda. We hope this event will equip all of you to pursue mentoring more intentionally, especially those who are volunteering at COS. Learn more here.

Children’s Ministry News:

Children’s Ministry Volunteer Lunch & Training, Sunday, Sept. 26th! If you’re planning to serve in our children or youth ministry programs, please join us on Sept. 26th for lunch, words of wisdom on mentoring from Tom Schwanda, and an overview of child safety protocols. The lunch and presentation on mentoring is open to everyone who would enjoy learning more about what it means to be mentored and to mentor. So, feel free to invite a friend along! The safety part of our training is required for every volunteer, for the safety of our kids. If you can’t be there next Sunday, we’ll be offering safety training on Oct. 10th as well. 

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:

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.

This Sunday, Sept. 26, is our denomination’s Abuse Awareness Sunday. Safe Church Ministry would like us to recommit fostering a holistic culture of safe church. This can occur when we regularly pray and preach against abuse, create spaces for survivors to share their stories, (see the bulletin board in the back of the sanctuary), regularly review our church’s policy, and teach children about their “circle of grace”. There are many other ways to create a safe and restorative space, which one may read on the bulletin insert placed in your mailbox. Ruth Everhart’s book, #MeToo Reckoning and A Church Called Tov by McNight and Barringer, is also recommended reading which can be found in the church library. Any questions or concerns, you may email Ben Videtich or Amy Heeringa or any staff person.

ESL Update: 42 students attended 15 classes during the first week of ESL; 38 have attended 3 of the 4 sessions of Week 2. Great start: people from four continents, newcomers and “old-timers.” NEEDED: TUES evening tutor. We offer only three classes on TUE evening, need four. Who’s out there looking for challenge and fulfillment on the next 12 Tuesday evenings before Christmas?

Art has returned to the Artery in a show of new work by COS member Wietze Adema. ‘Urban Expressions’ is currently open for your viewing and will hang into early November. A reception will be announced for a date In October. Watch the bulletin for details. Thank you for sharing your talent, Wietze!

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. 1:12-2:16 “Where Can We Find Fulfillment?” 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).

Fabric and Fellowship: Join a group that likes to sew and enjoy a time of fellowship. Our next meeting is on September 27 from 10am to 2pm in room 5 of COS. We have a stash of fabric that we are using up in quilts for ministry organizations. You can bring your machine or come to design, cut pieces, or iron for others. Also bring your lunch. Coffee will be available. Let Hope Bradley or Claire Elgersma know if you will be able to make it so we can ensure there are enough tables set up for people coming. It’s been enjoyable the past couple of months working together cutting designing and sewing a variety of baby quilts.

Interested in singing, dancing, and having fun with super cool people? Join the COS Swahili Youth Choir! Starting on September 26, we will be learning worship songs in Swahili, choreographing dances, and getting to know more about what it’s like to be diverse disciples of Christ. Everyone in grades 7-12 are invited; food will be provided. Rehearsals and fellowship will occur after the worship service from 12-1:30 outside of the youth room.

Volunteers needed for new Refugee Tutoring program! We’re starting a new ministry at COS this fall: tutoring/mentoring for our middle-school and high-school BES students of refugee background. No experience necessary, just the willingness and commitment to spend an hour each week with one of our students. You’ll help with homework, give your student the opportunity to practice their conversational English skills, and use the provided materials to offer some academic support. Sessions will take place in person at COS on Mondays, from 4:30 to 6:00. Training will be provided. 

If you’d like to support the ministry but aren’t sure about tutoring, we also need drivers and a snack coordinator. Contact Kate Snow if you’d like to sign up or have questions.