Parent Link: Empowering Parents to Build Christian Families
November 7, 2019
Prayer for the Care of Children

Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen ( BCP #46, p. 829)
Information, updates and links to keep Parent Link subscribers and CSMSG parishioners current
on Parent Link events and resources(articles, book reviews, podcasts, websites, etc)
Thursday Morning Playgroup TODAY at 10:30 am!
All parents of preschool children are invited to playgroup from 10:30 - 11:30 am in the Armstrong Room on the first and third Thursdays of each month. This group will meet today! Hope to see you! Call Marty at 314-574-7979 for more information.

Fall Parent Social - Friends Welcome Too!

Join other CSMSG parents and friends of the CSMSG Parent Link THIS Saturday , November 9th for fellowship and refreshments! The Strand Family will host our Fall Parent Social at their home from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Bring an appetizer or easy snack to share IF you would like, or simply come! We hope to see you on the 9th!

Register HERE
Childcare at church in Wydown Meeting Room from 5:15 - 7:30 pm with reservation!
A Special Wonderful Wednesday Presentation :
ESG Investing - Do Your Investments Reflect Your Values?

Do you know what type of companies your money is invested in? Do you want
to direct that investment based on what is important to you? Our society is becoming more values-based people want to "do good" with their investments as well. This can mean screening your portfolio for companies that are good to the environment, support human rights, and have transparent management.

Join us and learn more about what ESG Investing is, and how computer technology is now allowing investors to quantify the positive impact their investments are having on society.

Parishioner Michael Pompian will highlight recent trends in the growing
area of ESG investing, and show how your investments can both grow, AND
make the impact you want in the world.

Wednesday, November 13
6 PM Dinner
6:45 PM Presentation
Register HERE
CSMSG College Care Packages!
Care packages have been assembled thanks to our 6th and 7th grade SS class! These care packages are being mailed out this week, so tell your college student to check his/her mailbox at the end of this week or beginning of next for a surprise!
Parenting Teenagers in the Digital Age

Thank you to the Mac Guys, Gabe Steinbach and Gregory
Ray of MGSTL for the very informative tech talk on October 30th! As Ian Hagemann said "It is not that often that you hear something completely new!".
Parents Share Rules for Screens and Sleep

Many have kids or teens with devices in their room during bedtime, and have fought to change that and felt defeated. Parents say things like:
"I go to bed before my teens, so there is no way for me to make sure they turn them in, so I have given up." Or, "They sneak in screens, so why even try." Or "They have to do homework late into the night, so why even have a rule about this?"
Do any of those sound familiar? If so, check out this article for dozens of rules and solutions other families have come up with around how to keep devices out of the bedroom during sleep hours.

Read article HERE
Five Reasons Your Teen and PreTeen Want You to
Set Boundaries (sort of)

In homes where parents set clear boundaries for their kids’ behavior, kids are actually less likely to rebel–especially when parents take the time to discuss their expectations with them. Why would your kids want you to set boundaries for them in the first place? 

Read article HERE
Sunday Morning at Gateway 180 Homeless Shelter
Would you like to volunteer? Families, teenagers welcome! Service hours can be earned here! Contact Bill Wallace at for more information or to volunteer.
Faithful Generations Adult Sunday School Class 

All interested adults are invited to join this class which meets on Sundays in the library from 10:30 - 11:00 am. This is a group of parents, grandparents and interested adults finding community and supporting the faithful growth of our families. This year we will be reading   The Road Back to You  by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. This book provides a nice introduction to the Enneagram which can help all adults understand themselves better in all relationships, especially those revolving around the family. Feel free to come even if you don’t have or haven’t read the book. We will discuss challenges and successes in raising families in faith.
Parent Link Steering Committee
If you have any questions or ideas for Parent Link, feel free to contact a member of our Parent Link Steering Committee to share your thoughts!

Parent Link Steering Committee: Will and Lucky Springer, Caroline Springer, Terese Portell, Kim Whittle, Marya Strand, Jeri Lynn Palmer; Janet Peterson, Pam Koprowski; Barb & Tim Smith; Bruce Springer.
You Are Invited!
We want you to join Realm! Watch your email for an invitation to join Realm, our church management software. So far parents in Preschool I, Preschool II, PreKindergarten, and Kindergarten should have received email invitations. Joining takes just a few simple steps:

  • Open the invitation. If you do not find the invitation in your email inbox, please check your spam folders. Click on the link to create your profile.
  • Go to the Directory, find your profile, click on Manage Privacy and opt in to share your contact information (phone, email, address) with other members.
  • Download the Realm Connect app on your smart phone or tablet. The app provides easy access to your profile, church directory, upcoming events, and more.

Joining Realm will give you access to information about our church, including upcoming events, member directory, giving information, and much more. It also allows us to communicate with parishioners more effectively. Parents with children in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grades should expect to receive an invitation in the upcoming weeks. Please take a few minutes to create your profile today. If you have any issues creating a profile, please contact  Marty Chapman  or  Laurie Brown .
How do I keep up with the latest going on with the CSMSG Parent Link? Follow us on  CSMSG Parent Link Facebook page and Instagram . This CSMSG Parent Link Update is published weekly. The Parent Link webpage is updated frequently with service opportunities and new resources.
Volunteer Opportunities:

-Parent Link Service Day- If you would like to help coordinate an intergenerational service event please contact
-Volunteers Needed Cooking Breakfast
Volunteers are needed to cook breakfast at Gateway 180 Shelter. It's a great way for the whole family to serve our community! Click HERE Shelter Sign Up Genius to sign up to volunteer on a Sunday morning.
-Hunger Ministry Saturday Sandwich Making  - 3rd Saturday of every month; Join volunteers of all ages to make sandwiches to donate to Gateway 180 Homeless Shelter. Contact Allison Wiedle to volunteer, or just show up!
-Youth Ministry - There are many ways to serve by volunteering with the YM. Contact Marty Chapman at Marty Chapman if you are interested to discuss options.