grace. | Series in January

During the month of January we are starting a new series called “grace.” The New Year marks a new beginning. Our students experience a fresh semester with a new GPA. We create new goals for our lives that hopefully give us a fresh outlook in life. What better subject to talk about then than grace?

We want to start from the ground up to better understand what grace is and how vital it is to every single moment of the Christian life. Our desire is that through this series we will better understand that God TRULY paid the price for our sin and how our lives can reflect that! We pray and hope that we as leaders will model what a life of grace looks like; not one marked by trying harder but rather being wrapped in Jesus’ final words on the cross, “It is FINISHED!”

Over the series we will look at the book of Jonah. Jonah gives us an in-depth look into God’s grace and mercy: grace for the Israelites, grace for Jonah, grace for the Ninevites. As you may know, the book of Jonah doesn’t end on a good note. We pray that our lives won’t be a reflection of Jonah’s frustration with God’s grace but rather a celebration of it. Below is our teaching schedule.
MORNINGS (11am Small Groups)
4 – Introduction to Grace
11 – Deadly Plunge
18 – Hearts Exposed
25 – Never-Ending Surprise

EVENINGS (6:30pm Worship)
7 – Introduction to Jonah
14 – Deadly Plunge pt. 2
21 – Hearts Exposed pt. 2
28 – NO Evening Worship (due to Big Chill)

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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