The first weeks of school are the most important for any college organization, especially a campus ministry. This is the time when students get plugged into the crowd they will hang out with for the rest of their college career. This Fall, Christian Student Fellowship wants to do everything we can to make sure students have the opportunity to be a part of a group that will help them on their journey back to God. Will you help us with that?
Welcome week and the few weeks following it are exciting, energetic, exhausting and super fun times. Our alumni remember getting jello smashed in their face and meeting people over the world's largest ice cream sundae. It is exciting to see people wearing our free t-shirts when we stop by the cafeteria and hearing freshmen say "I remember you guys, you moved my stuff into the dorm." We love all the opportunities to connect with new students but it can be a financially straining time for our ministry. We are asking that our alumni remember how much you loved the beginning of the new school year and give back to help new students experience that same thing. Churches and individuals, would you please join us in remembering the urgency of this time of year. As John 4:35 says, "Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." We are anxious and excited to start building the relationships that God has planned for us to help students find their way back to Him.
Our goal is to raise $1,250 by the time the semester starts on August 26. This will help buy everything from jello olympic t-shirts to popsicle giveaways to rally towels for students to tie dye.
Click on the "GIVE" button above to see options on how to make your contribution!
We're headed to the University of Southern Indiana August 3rd-7th for the National Student Conference! CSF'ers will join up with almost 300 students from across the country for a time of worship and training. It's not too late for students to sign up to go....email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wanna join us!
BIBLE STUDIES. This summer we have a study for a guys that meets Wednesday nights at the Lasley's house, and a study for the girls meeting at the Magruder's house.
COOK OUTS. Okay, we like to eat. Any excuse....start of summer, going away parties, Tuesday....
MISSION TRIPS. CSF'ers are serving in Uganda, Philadelphia, Nashville, Wisconsin, Kenya and in their own backyards this summer!
Here's a blog post from Allison Duncan, Senior education major who is spending her summer in Kenya with New Mission Systems International....
"Our education team returned from our backpacking trip today. So glorious. You can practically smell God in the open plains. Man oh man. It’s crazy to walk right next to wildebeasts, zebras, gazelles, the whole bundle. The upside of walking, instead of driving into a village, is that you actually get to talk to people you meet on the way. We walked with a whole group of kids coming home from school. It was one of those moments where I would have been okay with time stopping.
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!