Announcement: May 14:

With joy we announce that you contributed an additional $8,000 for Covid19 Relief this past week. Together with recent additional donations to the Benevolence Fund, the deacons now have almost $29,000 ready to distribute to needy persons both within and outside of our congregation. The deacons continue to work at assessment of need in this crisis.

For those who are able, you continue to have the opportunity to donate to our relief fund. All contributions will go to people with whom COS has a relationship in mission. The present world-wide crisis challenges us as a congregation named “Church of the Servant.” Please consider prayerfully how we can be true to our name as agents of Christ’s Kingdom. 

You may give to the Fund by:

Using the online giving portal and selecting “Receipts – Benevolence Fund”. Please also indicate “covid19 relief” in the memo field.

You may also mail checks to:

Church of the Servant
3835 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI
49546

Please indicate “covid19 relief” in the memo field.


Previous announcement: May 7

With warm gratitude and amazement, we report that you donated a bit more than $7,200 to the Covid19 Relief fund since we announced it two weeks ago. Together with recent additional donations to the Benevolence Fund, the deacons now have about $20,000 on hand to distribute to needy persons both within and outside of our congregation.

This past week, the COS COVID19 fund sent $1,000 to Coit Church to cover several Consumers Energy bills for church members – one deacon who has COVID19, and others who have lost their jobs. It also helped the Coit Church community center, called The ROCK, purchase cleaning supplies and diapers for their “Mommy and Me” pantry.

For those who are able, you continue to have the opportunity to donate to our relief fund, which will go to people with whom COS has a relationship in mission. The present world-wide crisis challenges us as a congregation named “Church of the Servant.” We should consider how we can be true to our name as agents of Christ’s Kingdom.


Sharing in this time of Need:

The Corona Virus has brought many changes to our COS family that tend to lessen our sense of vital community. We are thankful for the Zoom worship services, but video can never replace seeing each other in person as we pass the peace and gather around the Lord’s Table to share in Christ together.

On top of this forced separation, some of us are facing the personal anxiety of the loss of jobs and income. While our government has put various programs in place to help, some of our brothers and sisters are finding them inadequate for their basic needs or are disqualified from receiving them for various reasons.

One of the marks of the early church was the way in which they pooled their resources to share with brothers and sisters in need. The present world-wide crisis also challenges us as a congregation named “Church of the Servant.” We should consider how we can be true to our name as agents of Christ’s Kingdom.

Therefore, the Council of COS has established a special COVID19 Relief Fund to collect and distribute money to those who are struggling financially to meet basic needs. Two teams are identifying needs within our own church community as well in our wider community. Some immediate wider needs have already been brought to our attention. For example: 

  • Our sister church, Coit Community, has been inundated with requests for assistance with rent and other household expenses.
  • Nation Outside, a group organized by Troy Rienstra, is supporting recently released prisoners who have little or no resources.

As you consider joining in this exciting effort, one possible source of extra funds to share may be the federal relief check that many of you are receiving. Some of you may certainly need that extra cash to get through the month, or to replenish retirement savings that have been lost. Others may not need it as much. We are asking you to consider giving a tithe or even more of that extra income to the COVID Relief Fund to share with your brothers and sisters in need.

The Council pledges to use this fund to provide financial support, with wisdom and compassion, to those in need in our congregation and beyond.

You may give to the Fund by:

Using the online giving portal and selecting “Receipts – Benevolence Fund”. Please also indicate “covid19 relief” in the memo field.

You may also mail checks to:

Church of the Servant
3835 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI
49546

Please indicate “covid19 relief” in the memo field.