Season of Thanksgiving
Gift Basket Auction & Social

Nov 22 at 6:30-8:30PM

Join us for a fun evening of fellowship, food and fundraising! Here are some ways you can help for the Season of Thanksgiving Basket Auction:

1) Prepare a gift basket/box for auction. Food, drink, and books are always popular, along with other items for Christmas gifts or special events or services, like themed dinners, hikes, etc. Get creative! (Tip: use coupons to buy discounted items or ask a business to donate something.)

2) Make an appetizer or dessert for the evening.

3) Donate a door prize item or a bottle of wine.

4) Have fun! Attend the evening of fellowship and fundraising, and bring a friend or two!

COS Current Events Salon

Nov 15 at 7PM

Impeachment is the number one topic in our news today - so we will continue our discussion from last month on this very important subject with "Impeachment! Round 2" Is it going well? Is it a "Partisan Clown Show" as Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska said? What can ordinary people do in these troubling times? Please also feel free to bring up any topic that interests you. Come and be prepared to have a good time!

Thanksgiving Potluck

Nov 28 at 12PM

Our annual family-style Thanksgiving dinner at the church will take place Thursday, November 28TH. Arrive at noon and eat at 1 PM. PLEASE SIGN-UP OR E-MAIL THE CHURCH OFFICE if you plan to come and to let us know what kind of dish you will bring to share. Also, let us if you can help set-up, clean-up, or coordinate this event for COS’ers and friends who want to gather to celebrate Thanksgiving together.

Congregational Meeting

Nov 17 after worship service

Please attend our COS Congregational Meeting and Potluck after worship! We'll be sharing food, fellowship, reporting, and the annual budget discussion! Bring a dish to share!

COS Game Night

Nov 18 at 7PM

COS Game Night is here again! Our next meeting will be on Monday, November 18, 7 PM at the church. Bring your favorite game and join us. We will be playing both board games and card games. For more information, please contact Rhonda Melton.

Justice Knox Annual Issues Assembly for ALL Network Members

Nov 18 from 7-8:30PM at Tabernacle Baptist Church

Team members, network members, and clergy are called to come out to our Annual Assembly to hear stories from house meetings and have input on our direction for the upcoming year! Congregations will caucus and vote on a new problem area for our members to research in the upcoming months. We'll hear a wrap up of our listening process and will choose a new problem from a slate of three problems developed by house meeting hosts and clergy. Network members will also elect a new slate of officers.  

Sound System Team Request

Want to know who is doodling on their bulletin or fiddling with their phone during John’s meditation? Here is your chance. The Sound System Team is in need of two or three volunteers to help run the system during the 11:00 service. If we can get a couple more folks, you are looking at serving around once a month or less; you sign up when you are willing and available. It is an easy task and training will be provided. Contact Frank Harvey if you are possibly interested. And remember, you are being watched!

COS Meal Volunteers Needed

The Congregational Care Team invites all who are interested in providing meals for COS friends and members in need to join the Meals Team. We are currently looking for volunteers who can prepare and/or deliver meals on an as-needed basis. Please email Kaylen Mallard if you are interested in volunteering.

COS Loss Support Group

The group is open to anyone and everyone at COS who has experienced loss in some significant way.  No matter who you are, how old you are, what you look like, how you self-identify, all are welcome to attend. If you have experienced any loss -- a job, pet, relationship for example – you are welcome to attend this facilitated support group. If you have questions, please contact Ceil Sheahan.

Sunday Morning Adult Studies

Sundays at 9:30AM in Shalom House

The Bible Study Group is now reading the book of Ecclesiastes from the Old Testament, along with the companion book, “The Way of Solomon” by Rabbi Sami Shapiro. Other companion texts on Ecclesiastes by Rabbi Shapiro are “Ecclesiastes: Annotated & Explained” and “The Tao of Solomon.” 


The Adult Discussion Group is discussing Joan Chittister’s new book: The Time Is Now – A Call to Uncommon Courage. 

Women's Spirituality Group

Every Third Tuesday - 6:30pm

All women are invited to join us for prayer, fellowship, and learning. We gather at 6 PM in the Shalom House for dinner and catch up (bring your own food) and the official "program" begins at 6:30, ending at 8:00. This month we'll determine topics of interest to explore throughout the year. Please join us!


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!


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