Ash Wednesday Prayer Service

Feb 26 at 7PM

Please Join Us for a special Ash Wednesday Prayer Service, as we mark the beginning of Lent and the journey toward Holy Week, Easter, and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with a time of prayer and reflection together. You are invited to read Chapter 1 of Laudato Si’, “What is Happening to Our Common Home,” before the service and come prepared to change. The full text of the book can be found on-line for free.

Annual Lenten Soup Supper & Reflection Series

Wednesday evenings, March 4 through April 1, beginning at 6PM

We will begin with a simple soup supper at 6 PM, and group reflection & discussion from 6:45-8:15. 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 at cosjg@att.net 

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.

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.

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.  

Sunday Morning Adult Studies

Sundays at 9:30AM in Shalom House

The Adult Discussion Group is studying Carol Gilligan’s pivotal book, In a Different Voice. “This is the little book that started a revolution, making women's voices heard, in their own right and with their own integrity, for virtually the first time in social scientific theorizing about women. Its impact was immediate and continues to this day. In a Different Voice inspired new research, new educational initiatives, and political debate―and helped many women and men to see themselves and each other in a different light. 

TIPL Earth Choir Concert

Feb 23 from 4 - 5PM

Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light Earth Choir Concert at Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church (5409 Jacksboro Pike 37918), Sunday afternoon, February 23, 4-5 PM. COS is a member congregation of TIPL and the COS Choir will be singing!


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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