Last Updated: March 27, 2020 at 11:58 am

Some of you have received an Easter card in the mail about Holy Week services. This card was printed before our covid-19 crisis.

We are committed to journeying together through Holy Week but in a different form this year using online resources.

Rather than focus on the loss of being together let us focus on the opportunity of how we might inhabit the story of Holy Week in a new way and share these resources with others who also need the hope of the resurrection in their lives.

Details about holy week will be forthcoming.

Previous update: March 20, 2020

As we navigate life together, apart, we inevitably face a new rhythm as a church. Here is a little bit of what that weekly rhythm might look like, and what kinds of communication can be expected during this time.

WORSHIP together
Sunday – worship together online (resources on COS website); you’re invited to share any responses (to the service, the sermon) on the COS Facebook group
Monday – look for Setting the Table, our weekly worship email. If you do not currently receive Setting the Table, sign up here
Tuesday – spend some time dwelling in the Scripture for the week, use ponder questions from Setting the Table as a guide. FELLOWSHIP together
Wednesday – a video from one (or more) of our Wednesday Night Club leaders (available on the COS Facebook page)
Thursday – expect a brief video message from Pastor Karen or Andrew
PRAY together
Friday – weekly email newsletter
Saturday – spend some time praying for the COS family (see the online bulletin for prayer concerns and praises and share on the Facebook group  
From the Pastors:

Pastors ‘Open’ Office Hours
Pastor Karen or Pastor Andrew will be in the church office to receive your calls, especially during these hours. Feel free to call just to chat, to share any prayer needs, or critique our sermon 😊. Of course, feel free to reach out outside those hours. We’re here as your pastors.

Monday: 2:00-4:00pm (Karen)
Tuesday: 1:00-3:00pm (Andrew)
Wednesday: 6:00-8:00pm (Karen)
Thursday: 10:00am–12:00pm (Andrew)

Previous Update: March 13, 2020

March 13 update – Swahili

Dear Friends of Jesus Christ,

As reformed followers of Christ we take our responsibilities to this world very seriously. Even though there are at this moment only a few cases of COVID-19 in Michigan, we find ourselves in a unique opportunity to work together to slow or stop the spread of this virus before it becomes more widespread. If we do not seize this opportunity, we risk spread of this virus throughout our communities, with potentially devastating consequences–particularly for our older friends and family members. 

In light of this and consistent with guidance from our state government and classis officials, the council has decided to suspend all events at Church of the Servant until the outbreak abates. This includes Sunday worship, Wednesday night programming, ESL, Bible Studies, the March 16 Blood drive, or any other sanctioned gatherings at COS. Essential operations including food pantry, telephone and internet communications from the building will continue. Teams and committees are encouraged to find ways to meet electronically. 

The executive committee will monitor the situation on an ongoing basis. We cannot predict at this moment when services will resume. We will update our church website with additional information as it becomes available. Bookmark this page for continued updates.

Our pastors and worship committee will be working on creative ways to stay connected with you and to facilitate your ongoing worship in your homes. We are confident that this experience will lead to new and deeper understanding of the meaning of worship and ways we can stay connected to one another and to God outside of the usual rhythms of our life.

Pastor Karen and Pastor Andrew have written a pastoral letter to the beloved people of COS. You can read it here. And in Swahili Here

You will find a link here that will contain details for a liturgy for Sunday.  We invite you to use this liturgy in your own home.  We hope that you may be able to continue to ‘keep your spiritual fervor’ by engaging in thoughtful rhythms that center us on Christ.

The council and staff covet your prayers for our ongoing discernment. Our church family is always in our prayers as we work to meet the needs of our congregation in the coming weeks. For the moment we leave you with the words of the song we closed our council meeting with last night: 

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?

In Christ,
The Executive Committee of COS

Previous update: March 11, 2020, at 8:04 pm

March 11 Update – Swahili

As we are sure you are well aware, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly. Recommendations from the CDC and Michigan government continue to develop, and we have been having many discussions this week about how to be faithful stewards and servants of God. The council will meet Thursday evening to discuss next steps, and our plans continue to take shape. For the moment, we want to make the following recommendations while we continue our process of discernment.

  1. Our vulnerable members should remain at home. Vulnerable individuals include those who are older, and those who have a serious chronic medical condition. “Older” means those older than 60, although those older than 80 are at highest risk.
  2. Members who have symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) are asked to stay at home.
  3. Updated information including cancellations will be made available on an ongoing basis through our web site.

Please hold in prayer those affected by this situation, and our congregation’s leadership as we discern wise next steps.

In Christ,
– Executive Committee of COS