UPCOMING EVENTS

Annual Lenten Soup Supper & Reflection Series

Wednesday evenings, March 4 through April 1

6-8:15PM

We will begin with a simple soup supper and then a group reflection & discussion. This year, we plan to use Pope Francis’ profound statement to the world on care for the earth as a background for our own reflection about concrete ways we can 1) seek to become more spiritually aware of our place as part of creation and the current crisis; 2) take action to make a difference, and 3) advocate for social change to reduce the impact of the climate crisis. If you want to take part in the series, please sign-up in church so we know how much soup to prepare. For more info, contact John Gill.


Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffees, teas, & chocolate

March 15

The Conscious Consumers will sell Equal Exchange fair trade coffees, teas, and chocolate items this Sunday, March 15. The fair trade kiosk will be open for business by 10:30 AM in the gathering area of the church, will pause for the 11 AM service, and will be back up and running following the service. See you at the kiosk

COS Lunch Discussion

March 15 after worship

“Muslim peace advocate Fetullah Gulen and the Hizmet (Service) movement in Turkey - resilience with faith and dialogue” with guest speaker Umit Gunebir, President of the Atlantic Institute. Mr. Gunebir will offer a presentation about the philosophy of Fetulleh Gulen and the movement he started in Turkey, as well as talking about the efforts of the current Turkish government to have him extradited from the U.S. There will be time for discussion afterward. We will provide a light lunch and childcare for those who want to stay. 


Appalachian Fest V

March 21 at 5pm at COS

A celebration of the beauty, culture, creativity, and cuisine of the Appalachian region and her people (us) – through music, poetry, stories, & good food

 

When: Date —March 21, 2020; 5 PM gather; 5:30 eat; 6:30 read and play; 8 PM clean up    

 

Who: Whomever! We will have designated music and readings. Bring: yourself, friends, family, Appalachian style food (soup & beans can be vegan if you leave out ham hocks and such; corn bread can also be made vegan-wise). 

 

Why: just because (and just because it’s our home!) Contact Kevin Collins for more info.

Faith in Action: A COS Celebration & Fundraiser

May 2 - Save the Date

In our ongoing efforts to make our annual fundraising events both fun and outward facing, we are planning this special event to honor two COS members who are well-known in the wider community.


John and Nancy Stewart have spent their lives in service to others, demonstrated through their deep faith and commitment to social justice and public service. Please plan to join John and Nancy's family, friends, and colleagues for a lively celebration filled with stories, thoughtful reflections, and humorous recollections, of two lives marked by spiritual values, action, and accomplishments.  


New COS Library Catalog

If you have not yet browsed the shelves of the COS Library collections, you can now see what is available through the new online catalog. The library has over 1,000 adult, children’s, and teen titles you can borrow. You can click the link for any of those sections on the catalog page to see what is available in those sections, or you can do searches by author, title, subject, and other categories. The adult collection is in Shalom House, children’s books are in the church’s downstairs Sunday school classroom, and teen book are shelved in the youth room upstairs in the loft.  For questions and more information, contact Ed Sullivan.

Community Building Dinners

Coming in April & May

Sign up to host a dinner, and plan to attend a dinner.  
It’s a wonderful way to get to know members old and new! Host sign-up sheets are in the back of the church and will be there thru Sunday, March 23rd, with dinner sign-ups starting the following week.


Sunday Morning Adult Studies

Sundays at 9:30AM in Shalom House

This week, the Sunday morning group will begin discussing Broken We Kneel: Reflections on Faith and Citizenship by the well-known religious studies scholar and author, Diana Butler Bass. “Written in the tumultuous aftermath of 9/11 and now a spiritual classic, the book draws on both her personal experience and her knowledge of religious history. Bass looks at Christian identity, patriotism, citizenship, and congregational life in an attempt to answer the central question that so many are struggling with today: ‘To whom do Christians owe deepest allegiance? God or country?’ America's unique and often fractious relationship between church and state is, if anything, more relevant to who we are as a nation than when Diana Butler Bass' examination of it in Broken We Kneel was first published 16 years ago.” Books are available on-line or can be ordered from a local bookstore like Union Avenue Books or Barnes and Noble Booksellers

Attention COS Authors

The COS library wants to include published books by all members and friends in its collection. All genres and subjects welcome. The collection will have a dedicated shelf in Shalom House. If you wish to be included, please give your book(s) to Ed Sullivan. Contact him if you have any questions.


PAST EVENTS


COS Music Jam

March 9 at 6-8PM

Come to the COS Music Jam! Informal, laid back, no expectations, except to come and listen, sing, play tunes. Bring an instrument; bring a friend; bring a couple of songs to share with copies of lead sheets or music. All are welcome regardless of ability; just need the willingness to participate and share the music!

Obed Point Hike

December 19

COS Outsiders hiked Obed Point Trail on March 29th. Ann Harvey was a wonderful guide, and all involved has a great time. Be on the lookout for the next hike!

Community Dinners

April & May

Community Dinners are back. These are a great way to get to know your fellow members and COS.  Please consider attending a dinner where you have never been before to get to know someone new! Charts to sign up are on the table in the back of the church sanctuary.

Appalachian Fest IV

April 27 at 5:30 PM

A celebration of the beauty, culture, creativity, and cuisine of the Appalachian region and her people (us) – through music, poetry, stories, & good food. 

Bring: yourself, friends, family, Appalachian style food (soup & beans can be vegan if you leave out ham hocks and such; corn bread can also be made vegan-wise). Admission is free!

Knoxville PrideFest & Pride Parade

June 22

Thanks to everyone who made posters, walked in the parade, and volunteered to staff our booth at PRIDEFEST 2019. It was a joyful day and a great way to express the extravagant welcome of COS and God’s Love toward all

Blue Christmas Worship

December 19

We hold this special evening prayer service every year as a refuge and comfort for those who find the holidays to be difficult due to their losses, hurts, or worries. This service also serves as a time during Advent for many of us to pause and be reminded of the spiritual dimensions of this season. Join us for a time of prayers, readings, and special music meant to remind us that God’s presence is for those who mourn and for those who struggle, and that God’s light still shines into every dark corner of our world.

Santa’s Workshop

12/8 - 9AM-12PM

COS kids will share a light breakfast, make gifts for their families, and get their picture taken with Santa! Parents---you get a morning off to shop or just rest. We will be taking donations to cover the cost of materials and as a fundraiser for the youth group. Suggested donation is $10 per child but give whatever you can...we want all our little elves to participate!

Hero's Journey with Harry Potter" Vacation Bible School

Sundays, June 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 5:45 until 8 PM

We are doing VBS a little differently this year...instead of gathering every evening for a week, we will gather on 3 consecutive Sunday evenings for VBS, then share some songs with the congregation during worship on the 4th Sunday. Dinner and childcare for 3 and under will be provided. And plan to attend worship on June 30th to hear the children sing! 

Keeping Families Together Immigration Rally

June 28

Thanks to everyone who showed up at the keeping Families Together rally to support immigrant families in our community and protest policies like 287-G locally and the Trump Administration’s zero tolerance policy at the border. Your presence and your voice make a difference to our neighbors!

COS Youth Mission/Service Immersion Trip

July 7 - 12

Asheville Youth Mission gives young people an opportunity to explore the hidden needs and struggles of those who are living on the margins within and around a beautiful tourist town. Groups work with a variety of agencies working with those who are homeless, in poverty, or food insecure, both in urban and rural settings.

COS Fall Picnic

October 14

Thanks to all who joined us for our fall picnic. We enjoyed our picnic lunch, folding chairs, great hiking and blankets and took in the fall beauty of East Tennessee. 

MLK Memorial March

January 21

Thanks to everyone who represented COS over the MLK weekend – at the MLK Community Forum on Friday, the Women’s March on Saturday, inside giant puppets (made by the Collins family!) and in the streets at the MLK March on a COLD Monday (over 20 COS’ers at last count), at the Jobs with Justice banquet on Monday night, and in other settings as well! Your presence is a faithful witness for social justice!

Children’s Christmas Pageant Practice

December 15

Parents please have your children at COS by 10 AM sharp (let Tonya know if you’ll be late.We will fit costumes and run through the pageant about 3 times. If your child has lines, you will receive them via email early in the week so they can practice at home. If you haven’t already, please contact Tonya if your child wants to participate. All are welcome!


Get ready for the big performance during worship on Sunday!

MLK Memorial March

January 21

Thanks to everyone who represented COS over the MLK weekend – at the MLK Community Forum on Friday, the Women’s March on Saturday, inside giant puppets (made by the Collins family!) and in the streets at the MLK March on a COLD Monday (over 20 COS’ers at last count), at the Jobs with Justice banquet on Monday night, and in other settings as well! Your presence is a faithful witness for social justice!


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