Christmas Parties

It’s December and that means Christmas parties! The Christmas parties are always a wild and fun adventure at CSM. From goofy sweaters to eggnog chugs, the nights are full of laughter and joy! This year we are continuing that tradition. We will have the High School Christmas Party on December 14th from 6-9pm. We will have the Middle School Christmas Party on December 17th from 6-9pm.

We will have drinks and pizza provided for the students. We ask that students bring a couple of things:

  • A White Elephant Gift (something silly under $5 – the weirder the better)
  • Wearing an Ugly Christmas Sweater (Optional: there will be a prize for the ugliest)
  • Last Name A-M: A Dessert
  • Last Name N-Z: An Appetizer

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Socks & Underwear | Christmas Series

During the month of December we will have a series on Christmas, “Socks and Underwear”. We all know not all Christmas gifts are created equally. Some gifts are lame while others are highly anticipated and fill us with pure excitement…like these kids. So what makes a gift lame? We find gifts lame because they are things we need…kind of like socks and underwear.

This is where many of us find ourselves this Christmas season. We highly anticipate the opening of gifts wondering what we will receive. The sad truth is that many of us have opened the gift of Christ and responded with a dull thud; much like when we receive socks and underwear…like these kids. This series we are going to look at how we can be filled with great anticipation and expectation at the coming of our Savior’s birth; our greatest need.

MORNINGS (11am Small Groups)
7 – Unexpected Gift
14 – Gift Received
21 – Best Gift Ever
28 – NO Small Groups (No 11am Classes)

EVENINGS (6:30pm Worship)
3 – Ezra & Nehemiah (Messages in the OT)
10 – Gift Return
14 – HS Christmas Party (6-9pm)
17 – MS Christmas Party (6-9pm)
24 – NO Evening Worship (Christmas Eve Services at 5pm & 11pm)
31 – NO Evening Worship

Thanksgiving Baskets

Over the month of November we have encouraged our students to bring in items needed for the Thanksgiving baskets at church. As many of you know, Thanksgiving Baskets are a way that we provide for families in need during the holidays. We give them food, gift certificates and money if needed to enjoy a meal.

This Sunday is the last day to bring in items. Below is a list of items needed. Please think of ways that you can provide for families in our church that are in need. Share your joy with them!

  • Poptarts – strawberry, chocolate fudge, or cherry
  • Oatmeal – raisin spice or apple cinnamon
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Hamburger helper – Lasagna or Cheeseburger helper
  • Smooth Peanut Butter
  • Pies
  • Canned carrots
  • Bread mix
  • Canned sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes mixes
  • Canned fruit medley’s
  • Jello
  • Cool Whip
  • Gift cards for perishables

New Series: Messages in the Old Testament

During the month of November we are beginning a new series “Messages in the Old Testament.” This series will look a little different. Normally, we like to put scripture under the microscope to fully understand all of its complexities. During this series we will take a step back…way back! We will be looking at the forest instead of the trees. Each session we will look at a different book in the Old Testament and discuss the themes and message that God has for us.

My hope is that through this series our students will have a greater foundation of God’s scripture throughout the Old Testament. I pray that this will aid them as they read through the Bible and give them greater clarity to passages that may have been confusing. Below is a rough outline for the series (the themes may change but the books will stay the same).

MORNING (11am Small Groups)
 2 – Intro
 9 – Exodus (God’s Sovereignty & God’s Law)
16 – Judges (The Pride of Man)
23 – 1 & 2 Chronicles (Faithful God with an Unfaithful Nation)
30 – Jeremiah (The Hard Truth)

EVENINGS (6:30pm Worship)
5 – Genesis (God’s Creation & God’s Chosen People)
12 – Joshua (God’s Power in Faith)
19 – Ruth (Redemption in a Lost Nation)
 26 – No CSM (Thanksgiving Break)
Dec 3 – Ezra & Nehemiah (Hope for a Hopeless Nation)

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Hoedown | Invite Night

This month we will have our 4th Annual CSM Hoedown! The Hoedown will be Friday, October 24th from 6-10pm. We will have a professional square dance caller come in for part of the evening. We will also have dinner together, play some fun redneck games and have a costume contest (doesn’t have to be western)! We ask that boys bring chili and girls bring a dessert. We encourage our students to get together with their small groups to make their dish. Otherwise we will have an overabundance of leftovers! We look forward to seeing you then!

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