Happening This Sunday

In the Basic English Service, we’ll celebrate the baptisms of Christina Amina, Kaze Tuana, and Armand Arkaza, children of Delphine Dukandane, and also Warren Willson, infant son of Cory & Monica Willson.

Next Sunday

Next Sunday October 6 is a Prism service and we’ll worship together in the large sanctuary with a combined Basic English and Standard English service. Afterward, you’re invited to stay for a congregational lunch.
After the all-church lunch we’ll be hosting a pick up soccer game at Church of the Servant/ Gainey Athletic Complex. Bring your shorts, shoes, water bottle, and if you have a good ball maybe bring one along. All skill levels welcome for friendly play.


High School Youth Group Kick Off today at Annette’s house! All youth in grades 9-12 are invited to gather in the Youth Room following the worship services for a donut break before we head out to Annette & Jay’s home in Hudsonville

High School Sunday School – Sunday school begins with an Intergenerational Sunday School at 9am next Sunday Oct. 6. Starting Oct. 13, high school students will be listening to members of COS read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe followed by discussions after the reading during our 9am class in the Youth Room. And donuts will be served, as usual.

Middle & High School: We will be sending a group of Middle School and High School students on our first “Serve First” project of the season. Meet at church at 9amon Oct. 5 for donuts, return to church by noon or shortly after. *In an effort to encourage students to think about others, we will offer a service project on the first Saturday of every month. RSVP not required—but helpful!

Church News

Our giving for this week totaled $13,274.11 including online giving. Our current total general fund giving for the month of September is $75,764.62.

Giving Envelopes – This Tuesday, October 1 is the last day to request giving envelopes. If you received a box of giving envelopes last year you’ll automatically get one for the next year (unless you notify us). If you didn’t and would like to receive one, please, email AJ Zahrt at aj.zahrt@coscrc.org

Seeking Elementary Sunday School Teachers and Assistants- Sunday school begins soon, but we still have a few openings for teachers and assistants for K- 6th grade. We’d like to have a team of leaders for each class so teachers can work out the best schedule for them–alternating with others weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, for example. This year we are trying something new for lower elementary: grouping K-3rd graders together to allow younger children to remain with older siblings, and older children to play a role in storytelling and assisting with small group time. This changes the leadership dynamic from a single teacher in a classroom, to a pair or trio of leaders on a Sunday morning, all engaging the kids in the lesson. If you feel unsure about being the lead teacher, but enjoy children and want to help them grow in faith, consider serving as part of a teaching team for the K-3rd grade. If you appreciate the wit and insights of upper elementary kids, we also need more leaders for the 4th-6th grade classes. At all age levels it would be very helpful to have leaders who speak Swahili or French. Please contact Jolanda Howe jo.howe@coscrc.org or 616.238.1324 to talk about possibilities for how you could serve.

The Joyful Noise Orchestra will be leading the music for worship on Sunday, October 13. If you play a band or orchestra instrument, we would love to have you join the ensemble and help us make a joyful noise! This is a good opportunity for novice and experienced musicians to play together, learn from and mentor each other, get to know one another, and worship together. We will rehearse together on Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30pm and on Sunday, October 13 at 9:00am. Music can be picked up in the music room today. Please sign up by either putting your name on the list in the music room or by emailing Maria Stapert (maria.stapert@coscrc.org).

Inclusion Support Team – The children’s ministry is putting together a team of caring volunteers to assist children with disabilities in engaging fully in the Children’s Worship program. We have one child to serve in this way and one volunteer assisting him. We’d like to have 4-6 people on the team so each volunteer could assist once a month or so. Assisting would involve sitting on the floor and some lifting in and out of a wheel chair at circle time or the feast. If you are interested in joining this team, which has the potential to grow to serve other children in various ministries, please contact Jolanda Howe at jo.howe@coscrc.org.

The Wednesday Night COS Book Group will meet in the Church living room at 6:45 after the Wednesday night dinner time to discuss the program and book possibilities for the coming year.

Friendship ESL has opened, briskly, with 198 students in the first two weeks. These COS guests have enjoyed 46 class sessions led by 35 volunteers. Want to help? See Mark. He’s still looking for you.

October marks the beginning of all of our “regular” programs at COS and our leaders are eager to welcome all of you! Worship is central to who we are as followers of Christ, but fellowship, discipleship, and fun are also important pieces of our life together. Below is a list of many of our upcoming programs. We hope to see you at some of them!

Wednesday Club Nights begin Oct. 2nd and meet on the first 3 Wednesdays of the month. COS offers Book Club in the library for adults, Wednesday Night Live (WNL) for 7th/8th graders in the Youth Room, Boys Club and Girls Club for students in grades 2-6 in the fellowship spaces, Kids Club for children 4 years old – 1st grade in the nursery extension, and nursery for children up to 3 years old.

For ages 0-100+

Intergenerational Sunday School begins October 6th and meets at 9am on the first Sunday of every month in the fellowship and café space. These monthly sessions are a wonderful way to get to know members and friends of all ages. IGSS takes place around tables and includes breakfast treats, interactive activities, and discussions that are appropriate for all ages. The nursery is closed during the 9am hour on IGSS to allow us to spend some time with the youngest members of our church family.

For Ages 4-100+

Sunday School meets on Sundays at 9am beginning October 13. On every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month, adults meet in Fellowship Space #3, Barbara Hampton’s “Our Faith” study meets in the the ESL room. Sepa Nashale’s “Our Faith” Swahilli Bible study meets in the Glass Room, High school students meet in the youth room, 7 /8 grade meets room 19 (down the nursery hallway), 4-6th grades meet in the classrooms behind the mailboxes, kindergarten – 3rd grade meet in the nursery extension, and preschool will meet in the children’s wing. Nursery is available for children age three and under. Banners above the doors also indicate which group meets where.

Sunday Schedule:
First Sunday of the Month – COS offers a delicious homemade meal following the worship service. Everyone is welcome! (College students, join us in the Living Room for lunch.)
Second Sunday of the Month – Committee Sunday. We recognize how difficult it can be to find a time for your COS committee to gather. So we are encouraging committees to consider meeting in our building on the second Sunday of the month. Contact Annette or Chris to reserve space for your group.
Third Sunday of the Month – Household Sunday. Households are welcome to meet whenever it works for them, but we are earmarking the 3rd Sunday as Household Sunday in an effort to encourage regular gatherings of your group. If you would like to meet at COS, contact Chris to arrange a location.
Fourth Sunday of the Month – No meeting Sunday! The Westrates faithfully clean up our facility every Sunday. In an effort to give them a shorter day, we ask that no meetings take place following the service on these Sundays. Thank you!

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.