This weekend CSF is hosting our first ever Alumni Picnic!
Sunday, July 19
Lincoln Park, Pavilion 4 (Use the Nelson Center Parking Lot, Pavilion is near playground equipment)
CSF will provide the meat and we are asking everyone to bring something to share.
If your last name starts with...
A-I... Bring a side dish.
J-R... Bring dessert.
S-Z... Bring drinks.
There will be yards games, giveaways and lots of reconnecting. We are going with a throwback theme so pull out your favorite CSF t-shirt to wear.
You can RSVP for the picnic via our facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1627614957453790/ or email email@example.com .
One of the most CRUCIAL times in the campus ministry calendar is the first 7-10 days students are on campus. That's the window for us to connect with new students. That's the time when most students who will decide who their friends will be for the next 4 years. That's when they make decisions that impact the people they will become. And we think God wants to do GREAT things during that window!
This week a mailing is going out to some of our friends with opportunities for YOU to get involved with the mission of Helping Students Find Their Way Back To God. Sponsor or cook for our Field Day and Cookout, underwrite the cost of publicity t-shirts our students will be wearing with info about when/where to find CSF on campus, provide CHEESE for the ULTIMATE NACHO NIGHT....there are all kinds of opportunities! Check out our events, and let Lindsey@uiscsf.org know how you can help!
Every year we set aside the first week in August to attend the National Student Conference in Evansville, Indiana. Hundreds of college students from across the country will join together for great teaching and worship, workshops on a wide variety of subjects taught by experienced campus ministry staff, and a time to remember the mission God has given us on campus!
This year's theme is The Heart of Worship, and features worship leader & songwriter, Marc Imboden, as our main speaker this year. Looking at the heart beat of the body of Christ as being the rhythm in the songs we sing to God, Marc will explore how worship influences our theology and how our theology ought to shape our expressions of affection to God in worship.
Students will have a special workshop opportunity this year:
Moving beyond snapshots by John Palmer Gregg, a writer and photojournalist currently serving as director of Storytellers, a ministry dedicated to telling the stories of missionaries, the churches that send them and the people they serve.
This three day workshop focuses on learning how to capture meaningful photos and video instead of just snapshots. Participants will have the opportunity for both instructional and hands-on learning through teaching and covering the conference. Participants need to have a photo or video camera and a laptop to edit the images/video with.
It's not too late to sign up! Email Lindsey@uiscsf.org to sign up!
Hey CSF!!! Just wanted to send a quick update on this rainy day in Springfield. David shares about "The Circle Maker" - a book from the CSF Summer Survival guide that he has been reading. We'd love to hear from you about what God is teaching you through the Word or a good book!!! Post it in the "comments" section or on our Facebook page!!
In case you missed it at our last Edge, or misplaced it in the midst of packing and unpacking, we've attached the CSF Summer Survival list. Miss you all!!!
There are lots of things that can derail your summer.....right now you have dreams of adventures with friends, catching up on sleep, and reading the stuff you actually WANTED to read, but it's very possible that come August, you'll look back on the summer and wonder where in the world it went! We don't want you to simply SURVIVE the summer....we're hoping that students will THRIVE!
Here are a few things you're going to need for your journey:
1. Community. You need people who are encouraging and challenging you spiritually. Whether that's a weekly skype call with an accountability partner or the Monday night CSF Summer Small Group, you need other people! Dig in at a church. Find a small group. Don't do it alone.
2. Spiritual Training. The National Student Conference in August is a huge opportunity for spiritual velocity. Maybe you've been around CSF for a bit and are ready to start pitching in....this will help give you great training, tool, and resources to grow your faith! Cost is $225 and is due by July 30th. Read. Check with people in your small group or the CSF staff about something good you could be reading this summer.
3. A Spiritual Major. What’s one thing you want to grow in this summer? Maybe you’ve never established the discipline or routine of spending time with God every day….Maybe this is the summer you’re going to begin keeping a prayer journal. Or reading everything you can about prayer. Maybe this is the summer you need to begin memorizing scripture. Maybe it’s evangelism and you’re challenging yourself to have one spiritual conversation EVERY DAY with a non-christian. What’s one spiritual goal you can set for your summer? This week we hope you’ll share those with your small groups and hold each other accountable for doing a little spiritual Independent Study course this summer!
"It's Spring - hooray! - and with it comes my favorite gathering: the annual CSF Celebration Dinner on April 11th! This year for the event, CSF has decided to add extra doses of celebration by hosting an alumni reception before the dinner. YES!! One of my favorite parts of the evening is catching up with other alumni, and now we get extra time to do it! So come on out a little early and spend some time catching up. The dinner starts at 6pm, but the doors will open at 4:30pm for the reception. There will be appetizers and lots of joy. The venue, South Side Christian Church Southwest Campus, is super kid-friendly, so bring the whole family. It's time to celebrate!" - Shana Stine Waldinger, 2005-2009 Alum
CSF has been helping students find their way back to God for 20 years.....but we need partners like you to reach students for the next 20!
Start thinking about who you can bring along...who's your +1 for the next 20 years?
If you missed The Edge this week, you can still join us as we slow down and get quiet...
Get away: Find a place removed from distraction and the daily hustle and bustle to slow down and hear from God.
Once you’ve arrived, take a moment to quiet down. Focus your thoughts on your heavenly Father’s love for you and your love for Him. Read and listen to the words of Romans 8:38-39. Don’t rush through this. Thank Him for His love...Don’t worry about saying the right things. Just thank him the best you know how. Thank Him for ways He has shown his love to you. Be specific. If there are things that you’re struggling with, be honest with him about them and ask for His help. Tell him the kinds of things you’ve been thinking about or worrying about. And then be still. Ask him some questions you’ve been wondering about. And then listen. If you want to take a journal, you can write down any impressions you get after being quiet for a little bit. End by taking a few minutes just to express your love for Him.
CSF is done with being Campus Nomads, travelling from room to room every Friday night! Join us this Friday as we MOVE IN and make the Butler Housing Commons our home for the rest of the semester.....there will be Music, Door Prizes, Food, Bear-Wrestling, Wedding Cake sampling, a New Car Give-Away, and much, much more!! **
Bring your friends...bring your roommates.....bring strangers.....but don't miss it!!
Friday, November 7th
6pm Free Meal
7pm Worship and Bible Study
**Some hyperbole is to be expected with an event this exciting. Suffice it to say, whatever happens will be just as epic as anything listed here...
Christian Student Fellowship
is a place for students at the University of Illinois Springfield who are on a spiritual journey. Whether you're just starting out or you've been headed this way for awhile, we want to help you find your way back to God!