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Thrivent Disaster Relief

HURRICANE FLORENCE

As a membership organization of Christians, we know caring people want to support those who are recovering from the hurricane. And we’re making it easy to help.

Make a personal donation

You can make a personal donation through their online giving platform offered in partnership with InFaith Community Foundation to the below organizations helping those affected by the hurricane. Thrivent will match your donation dollar for dollar – up to $1 million. This matching opportunity will run until the match is met or until Dec. 31, 2018, whichever comes first. The organizations below have been selected to receive matching dollars. To donate, simply click on the name of the organization to which you wish to donate:

* Thrivent will pay the processing fees for personal donations made through InFaith Community Foundation, up to $100,000 or until Dec. 31, 2018, whichever comes first.



17th Annual Cruise-in

Friday, September 7, 2018 from 5-9 PM
 
COS had the honor of serving food again at this year’s annual event. Thrivent Financial assisted us with seed money and t-shirts and many volunteers and donations helped push this event to an all-time record in terms of donations raised ($35,000).  This year’s benefit helped the Appledoorn family with their many financial needs.  Their 13 year old daughter Chloe suffers from Anorexia Nervosa.  Your attendance and help was so appreciated!! Join us again next year for a fun and exciting night of fellowship as we show our love through Christ, serving others in our community.  Thank you to Terry Reimink and Tom Nunheimer for organizing our church’s participation. 
 


Summer Picnic

Friday, August 17 from 5 – 9 PM
 
Get ready for this year’s Annual Picnic by signing up on the back wall of the sanctuary or calling Whitney. Bring a dish to pass, table service and chairs. Bring family, neighbors or friends. Hot Dogs, chips and juice will be provided. Dinner from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Square Dancing will be from approximately 7:00 to 9:00 pm. 


LWML Spring Rally

The Lord’s Unfailing Love surrounds the man who trusts in Him. Psalm 32:10b
 
The LWML Lakeshore Zone Spring Rally is being held Saturday, April 21 at 9:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Holland. Cost is $8 ($4 youth ages 10-15) and includes brunch, devotions and a chance to hear guest speaker Deaconess and Missionary, Christel Neuendorf. 
 
Harvest Stand is collecting non-perishable food items (no green beans or tomato soup)
 
RSVP by April 13 on the wall in the sanctuary or contact Helen Travis at helentravis@charter.net
 


Your Invited to Supper

When: Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Christ  Our Savior Church
 

The Youth of Christ Our Savior would like to invite you to attend our pizza dinner. There is no cost for this event, but we are accepting donations for two youth conferences that they will be attending. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

 



Affecting Culture with Truth

Do you have a Christian world view? What would our communities look like if we influenced them with the truth? A new organization, West Michigan A.C.T. (Affecting Culture with Truth), is hosting an event in partnership with the Churches of Greater Lansing at the Grand Haven Community Center on April 7 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Keynote speakers will address the 7 cultural mountains that affect lifestyles, behaviors, culture, morals, values and decisions. The day will include 5 key sessions, 2 breakout sessions, a continental breakfast and a box lunch. Reduced fee with reservations before March 14. For information about speakers and topics, please see MaryAnn Hamilton. Sign up here
 
 


Here I Stand Lecture

The Rev. Dr. Dennis N. Voskuil, who in addition to being president of Hope College is a theologian with an emphasis in church history, will bring Martin Luther to life through the presentation “Here I Stand: A Conversation with Martin Luther” on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 4:30 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall through the college’s Presidential Colloquium lecture series.
The public is invited. Admission is free.


500th Anniversary

     Martin Luther was troubled. He was committed to being the best monk possible. He dedicated his life to serving God and the Church. Yet he found that God was impossible to please, and the Church was far from perfect.

     On October 31, 1517, in Wittenberg, Germany, Luther posted his thoughts about God and the Church. His teachings gained purchase with many. The result was the 150-year movement in Europe that became known as the Reformation and that continues to have an impact today.
     Luther was not alone in his struggles and desires.This 500th anniversary of the Reformation reminds us that our fears and needs have not changed. With all our progress and knowledge, we are still concerned about questions of death and our place in the universe.                                              The answers Luther found in the Reformation address our concerns today. How does God feel about us? What do we do in the face of an overwhelming reality like death?

     Luther read the Bible and discovered that God has made Himself known to us as a God of love. Luther’s fundamental discovery was in how he read the Bible. Luther’s heart skipped for joy when he understood God’s character. God shows mercy to the guilty and love to the unlovable. Luther saw himself as the recipient of God’s undeserved kindness, not the target of His deserved anger.

     Luther discovered that God is love. God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross as a sacrifice for sinful mankind. Jesus wasn’t guilty of any sin. His death paid the price for sin. God’s wrath over sin and all who do wrong was poured out on Jesus.

     The Reformation is summed up in a brief statement by Luther: “I must listen to the Gospel. It tells me, not what I must do, but what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has done for me” (Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians, Chapter 2).  Because of Jesus, God turns toward humanity in love. God forgives all those who have faith in Jesus. After His death on the cross, Jesus rose from the dead. He conquered death for all those who believe in Him.

     In the Reformation, Luther taught that humans don’t earn God’s love by trying to please Him. God’s love is a free gift because of Jesus. This is the good news of the Gospel. Faith in Jesus as God’s Son and our Savior gives forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

     These answers address humanity’s needs. The individual’s standing before God and the perpetual battle against death are answered in Jesus Christ. He is God’s love. He conquered death. He reconciles you to God.

     Five hundred years have passed since Luther began the Reformation. The truth is still the truth. Humanity’s situation hasn’t changed. Luther needed answers. He found them in God’s love. Luther taught everyone that God sent Jesus to forgive sins and to give eternal life. Where are you looking for answers?