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)


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!


Sin & Wrath | October Series

During the month of October, we enjoy the scare of Halloween. At CSM we are jumping on the bandwagon. This month we are kicking off a new series called “Sin and Wrath”. We will look at the darkness of mankind and the judgment that God has for us. As Christians we can never truly understand the price Jesus paid on the cross without understanding the depth of our sin.

Last month we kicked off our monthly Application Sunday. Our students had an opportunity to learn about how to have an effective quiet time. This was a great success! This month we will have our Application Sunday on October 26th. During this time students will look at what repentance is in their small group time (11am-noon). Following that time students will reflect on their own sin. After a time, they will pray for forgiveness and God’s help in these areas of their lives as they throw those sins into a fire at the feet of the cross. We ask students to bring a sack lunch. Application Sunday will go from 11am-1pm. If you have any questions, be sure to email Ben at Below is the teaching schedule for the month.

MORNINGS (11am Small Groups)
5 – What is Sin? (1 John 3:4; Romans 5:12; Isaiah 59:2)
12 – Knowing Sin (Romans 7:7)
19 – Killing Sin (Romans 8:10-17)
26 – Repentance – Application Sunday (Romans 2:1-5; Psalms 32:1-7)

EVENINGS (6:30pm Worship)
8 – Why Wrath? (Romans 3)
15 – Deadliness & Seriousness of Sin (Romans 7:8-12, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13)
22 – Experiencing Grace (Romans 3:23)
29 – Repentance Stories

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Tomorrow night is our Photo Scavenger Hunt! You will have clues that will send your team around South County to take silly pictures with one another. The night will begin at 6:30pm and end at 8:30pm. This event is part of our invite nights. That means we encourage each of you to bring any friends especially your unchurched and non-believing friends. This will be an easy opportunity for them to come to church. We hope to see you tomorrow night!