CHESS Mom's Night Out - November 25
Are you looking for new ways to make your family’s Christmas meaningful and centered on Christ?
If so, please join us for Mom’s Night Out ~ Tuesday, November 25th 7:00 PM
South Church, Snow Road in Lansing ~ The Commons Room – upstairs
Please come ready to share your family’s favorite Christmas traditions.
If able, please bring your favorite Christmas books, DVD’s, Games or other items that help you to focus on the real meaning of Christmas (optional).
If able, please bring a plate of your favorite Christmas treat to share and the recipe too. We will later email everyone the collection of recipes (optional).
As we have each month, a portion of our night will be sharing prayer request in small groups and praying for each other!
You won't want to miss it! Doors open at 6:45 ~ the evening will start at 7:00 sharp! Feel free to come, grab some coffee, and chat before the program begins--and put your name in the drawing for Early Bird Prizes! (Please note: There is also time to fellowship during & after the program!). We hope to see YOU there!
To get to the Commons Room, enter the West Doors (those to the far left), take the stairway up that will be on your right and you will have entered the Commons room.
This is a MOM event, so leave the kids home with dad (or other childcare) and enjoy an evening out with other homeschool moms! Nursing babies, however, are always welcome to hang out with mom for the evening.
CHESS Gingerbread House Making - December 5
Looking for something fun to do on Friday after Enrichment Day is done? Ready to get into the Holiday spirit? Then come join us for a morning of fun as we build Gingerbread (graham cracker) houses together!
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Time: Group 1 – 9:30 am
Group 2 – 10:30 am
Place: West Lansing Church of Christ
Cost: $1.50 per house (max. $10 per family)
Bring to share: a bag of candy to decorate the houses
Service Project: We are accepting donations ($1 per family) to provide a local homeless shelter with kits for the children to make their own Gingerbread Houses.
RSVP: by December 1st
Please indicate if you would like to come at 9:30 or 10:30, how many houses you would like to make, and if you will be making a donation to the service project.
Contact: If you have questions or to register email Wendy Smith.
CHESS Field Trip to Frankenmuth - December 8
On Monday, December 8, we will be going on a field trip to the town of Frankenmuth! We will have three planned activities (detailed below) for families to enjoy. You can join us for one, two, or all three.
Activity #1: Pretzel Rolling at Bavarian Inn Restaurant
Description: "Outfitted with hats, your guests are transformed into German bakers. Our team will lead them through the proper pretzel-rolling method, and then it is their turn to try and match the technique. After they are baked, guests can pick up their piping hot pretzels and reap the rewards of their hard work." Pretzels will take 30-45 minutes to prepare. The Bavarian Inn will then bake the pretzels while you visit their shops, eat lunch, or walk around town. You will then return to pick up your finished pretzel.
Meeting Time: 10:15 am for pretzel rolling, 12:00 pm to pick up pretzel
Age range: Ages 5 and up to make their own pretzel, younger children can make one with the assistance of a parent or older sibling
Activity #2: Bronner's Christmas Wonderland
Description: Bronner's is the "world's largest Christmas store," selling all kinds of Christmas decorations. You will have free time to explore the store, and we will meet to watch a 20-minute movie, "World of Bronner's", describing the history of the store. For those who are interested, Santa Claus is scheduled to be in the store that day to meet with children.
Arrival Time: Between 1:00pm and 1:30pm
Movie Time: 2:00pm
Age range: All ages welcome
Cost: Free (unless you decide to purchase something)
Activity #3: Tour of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church - This part of the trip is full.
Description: We will be given a guided tour of this beautiful church on the western edge of Frankenmuth. This is the oldest congregation in Frankenmuth, having been founded when the original settlers came from Germany in the 1840s. The current building is a wonderful example of church architecture, with stained glass windows and painted murals. This tour is limited to approximately 40 people. A waiting list will be maintained, if necessary.
Meeting Time: 3:45pm
Age range: All ages welcome, but will be of most interest to older children
To sign up, please send an email by Friday, November 21 to Diane Constan with
1) your family name
2) the number of people (adults and children) who will be coming
3) which activities (pretzel rolling, Bronner's, and/or church tour) your family will attend
4) the number of pretzels your family will need (if attending that activity)
5) a cell number at which you can be reached, if necessary, while in Frankenmuth
If your family will be attending the pretzel rolling activity, you will also need to send payment ($5/pretzel) by Monday, November 24 to CHESS. Payments can be made by sending a check to CHESS, c/o Krista Royston. Please note in the memo line that it is for "Frankenmuth field trip". Alternatively, you can submit payment via Paypal -- from your Paypal account, send money to email@example.com, choose "I'm sending money to family and friends," and put "Frankenmuth field trip" as your subject. CHESS can receive money from a bank account only; credit card payments are not accepted.
Mom's Time Apart Retreat Registration is Open!!!
We hope you will consider joining us for this amazing weekend focused relationships, rest, and relaxation! You won't regret it!
When: Friday, January 23, 2015 (arrival starting at 4:00pm)- 10:00am Sunday, January 25, 2015
Where: The Water's Edge Lodge in beautiful Tustin, Michigan
Cost: $100 - $25 deposit due upon registration, balance due Friday, January 16, 2015
Deposits can be made via Paypal, or via check/cash to Krista Royston. Included in cost is lodging, all meals, materials for sessions and the sessions themselves, plus a few other surprises! Come and be encouraged - we look forward to spending the weekend with at you! Please contact Amy O'Keefe or Krista Royston to register, or with any questions you may have.
2014 Membership Forms: