Circle Maker Prayer WalkSunday, Jan. 27, 2013 | 1 - 3 p.m. | Morning Star Church & Community
To close out our "Circle Maker" message series, Morning Star's Prayer Team will be hosting a Prayer Walk on Sunday, Jan. 27. Join us as we walk the interior rooms of Morning Star, the exterior of our building, our property and even the neighborhood of Dardenne Prairie.
Come with your friends and family (YES! Children are invited!), meet in the Auditorium at 1 p.m., choose which walk(s) you want to take, and help us lift up our church, our community and its families.
If you have questions, or wanna help out with event, contact Linda Sullivan at 636.561.5680.
Back to School Outreach
Lock-inSunday, July 7 at 4:30 p.m. to Monday, July 8 at 8 a.m. | Morning Star Church
Parents join your 5th Grader for a BBQ at 4:30 p.m. when we will have a Q & A with Adam Lauman, Director of Middle School. There is no cost for parents to attend, however we would like you to still register.
The Lock-in begins at 6 p.m. when students participate in their first MERGE service. Then, throughout the evening, we will play indoor/outdoor games, enjoy snacks, and hear a midnight devotion on identity. Lights out will be 1 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. Pick-up will be at 8 a.m. The cost is $10/student.
SAM Memorial Day Picnic
The Attic STLFriday, May 17 | 8 p.m. | Morning Star Church - The Venue
The Attic STL is like a concert that is hosted by different churches all around the area. It's a worship experience, open to anyone of any age, background or denomination to come and experience the presence of God, and fellowship with other believers.
The Attic will be here at on Friday, May 17 starting at 8 p.m. in The Venue and will feature Morning Star’s very own Mark Roach as a guest worship leader. There is no cost to attend! Find out more information on their website.
Cardinals Family NightCardinals vs. Cubs Baseball Game
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | 7 p.m. | St. Louis, Mo
The Second-50 Group is inviting the entire Morning Star Church congregation, your friends and family to watch the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs!
Tickets are just $13.50 and tickets are located behind home plate on the upper balcony. Please register by May 13.
Vacation Bible School
Celebrate Recovery Meetings
Vacation Bible School
Spring SPRUCE-UPSaturday, Mar. 9 | 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Morning Star Church If you're the roll-up-your-sleeves-and-get-to-work type, we'd love to have you join us for our upcoming campus work day. We have both indoor and outdoor projects on our honey-do list, including painting, grounds maintenance, and construction of a retaining wall for a new sidewalk. Register online by March 6.
Spring Fling Vendor
Spring FlingJoin us for the second annual MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Spring Fling Craft Fair.
Friday, May 17 | 5 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 | 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Shop our great assortment of craft vendors and home-based businesses, or find some great bargains on gently used children's items.
Proceeds will benefit the outreach programs at Morning Star Church - MOPS group
Includes our amazing dessert bar, refreshments and a drawing into our door prizes provided by the vendors!
Holy WeekSeder Service Celebrated during the week of Passover, the Seder is an integral aspect of Jewish faith and tradition. In fact, the "last supper" Jesus shared with his 12 best friends was a Seder meal. As Christians, participating in a Seder presentation can help us gain a personal understanding of how God's plan is fulfilled through His son, Jesus Christ. This 60-90 minute program is perfect for older youth and adults. Learn more and purchase tickets.
Good Friday On Good Friday, we invite you and your family to a contemplative time of worship and reflection. Between 6 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 29, the Venue will be open for you to experience song, media, scripture, and brief teachings. Please note that this is not a 3-hour "service," and there's no beginning-middle-end to the experience. Rather, it's a more unstructured atmosphere in which you can feel welcome to arrive at any time and stay for as long as you'd like.
Easter Services This Easter, we invite you to experience the miracle of the resurrection with us! Children's Ministry is available during all six, identical services.Learn more.
Volunteer Opportunities Visit our Holy Week volunteer page to learn about opportunities to help welcome and serve guests during Holy Week programs.
Date NIghtApril 25, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
When was your last date?
How you answer that question will speak volumes about your most important relationship. Why? Good relationships don’t just happen. Intentional, fun, planned time and strong skills improve relationships between couples, parents and children, co-workers, family and friends.
Research shows that couples who devote time to each other at least once a week are more likely to have higher levels of communication, sexual satisfaction and commitment. These results are fueling a dating movement nationwide that challenges couples to go on 4 dates in 4 weeks.
What is Date Night?
Join us for this two hour seminar where Ted will teach and train about how to have beneficial marriage dates.
The cost is $10 per couple in advance, $15 at the door. Childcare is now closed..
April 6, 4:30 p.m.
April 7, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Morning Star is thrilled to be welcoming Ted Cunningham to our platform on April 6 and 7.
Author of Young and in Love, Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church, in Branson, MO. He has co-authored four other books with Dr. Gary Smalley: The Language of Sex, From Anger to Intimacy, As Long As We Both Shall Live and Great Parents, Lousy Lovers. He is a regular guest on Focus on the Family, Life Today and Moody Radio. Cunningham enjoys teaching on marriage and family straight from Scripture. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Having met his wife, Amy, on a blind date at Liberty University, Cunningham determined to marry her that night. Although he didn’t ask her then, she said “yes” to his proposal one year later. Now married for 15 years, they both love taking road trips and boating on Table Rock Lake with their children, Corynn and Carson, near their home.
The Way Sessions
Not a Fan Meet and Greet
Feed My Starving Children
Not a Fan Study
Josh Wilson Concert
Josh Wilson Concert - SOLD OUT
What is it?
Josh is an incredibly talented musician who is making big waves on Christian radio. He stopped in at Morning Star Church a few years ago and performed his incredible version of Amazing Grace, and we're thrilled to be hosting him for a Christmas show this year!
When is it?
Sunday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
How much are tickets?
Tickets are $5 each. Yes, it's ridiculously inexpensive because we want families to be able to come and enjoy the show together! Net proceeds will benefit Morning Star Church's Christmas Wishes program, through which our church family purchases Christmas gifts for 400 under-resourced families in our local community.
Where can I buy tickets?
Tickets are now sold out. Tickets will be mailed starting the week of Nov. 13.
Sunday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.
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Women’s Bunco Night
Who's it for?
All Morning Star Church women and anyone whom they'd like to invite. (Well, anyone of the girl variety, anyway.)
When is it?
Friday, Oct. 14 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
What is it?
Bunco Night is simply an opportunity for Morning Star women to get together, hang out, have fun and begin to make connections.
But, um, what's "Bunco"?
Ooooh, right. It's a little like gooey butter cake: If you didn't grow up in St. Louis, you may never have heard of it! Bunco's a dice game. It's super easy to learn (definitely nothing like bridge, for example) and your team's constantly changing so you'll get to meet lots of ladies. Normally there's a bit of cash associated with Bunco, but that's NOT the case at Morning Star. We will provide popcorn and refreshments. There's no entrance fee and no gambling.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have a card table we can borrow, that would be awesome!
Do I need to RSVP?
Yes, please, using the form below. Thanks and see you there!
Bunco RSVP Name First Last Do you have a card table we can borrow?
Volunteer AppreciationFriday, Jan. 25, 2013 | 6 - 9 p.m. | The Auditorium
All of volunteers of Morning Star Church are invited to "Volunteer All-Stars"! This evening is a night for the Morning Star Church staff to honor and show our appreciation for all that you’ve done for the church and for the community. Dinner and entertainment will be provided, so all you'll need to do is sit back and enjoy!
What should I wear?
Dress in your favorite sports team attire!
Registration is now closed!
YES! Comedy Night is still on, even though the weather's BLECH. See you there!
Who's it for?
We recommend Comedy Night for ages 12 and older.
What is it?
This year's Comedy Night will feature Panic Squad, an improv troupe that delivers clean comedy without sacrificing the funny. They perform an interactive show based on suggestions and participation from the audience for a hilarious night of genuine, wholesome laughter. Find out more!
When is it?
Friday, February 5, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Is this event open to the public? Or is it only for MSCers?
Definitely open to the public! (MSC-only events really aren't our style. In case you haven't noticed.)
Why in the world would a church host a Comedy Night?
For a couple of reasons. First, it's an opportunity for people who are a bit leery of church to check out MSC in a non-threatening environment. (Like we're ever "threatening"? Nah . . . we're actually really nice people.) Second, they say laughing is good for you. And we always believe "they."
How do I get tickets?
Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.
Trivia Night SponsorFriday, March 8, 2013 | 6-11 p.m. | Morning Star Church - Auditorium / TheVenue
Sponsorship and donation opportunities have filled up quickly in the past! Because of the limited number available, sponsorships are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be contacted to confirm the availability of your sponsorship. Questions? Contact Karen Peich
All proceeds benefit Morning Star’s Outreach programs:
· National trips - Mississippi Katrina
· State trips - Sikeston
First, you can view sponsorship details by clicking here to download our Trivia Night Sponsorship Sheet. Then, click the below button to register. If you have troubles registering, contact Anna Tripp at 636.561.5680.
Just wanna play? Purchase a table here.
Trivia NightFriday, March 8, 2013 | 7-11 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) | Morning Star Church - Auditorium / TheVenue
Join us for an evening of trivia, food, fun, and hanging out! Activities will include fun trivia, attendance prizes, mulligans, and much more! Cash prizes for first and second place are $250 and $100, respectively. (And no, it's not just Bible trivia. Promise!) And the best part? All that fun is for a good cause because all proceeds benefit Morning Star’s Volunteers in Mission teams.
Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and desserts for their table. Sodas and bottled water will be provided. Just skip dinner and bring some gnoshalicious stuff for your team. Food helps one think. Right? Got more questions? Contact Shelly Simms.
Are sponsorships available?
Individual and business sponsorships for tables and rounds are available. Click here to learn more!
How much is it and how do I sign up?
A table of 10 is $150, and registration for individuals are just $15. Sign up using the button below. If you have troubles registering, contact Anna Tripp at 636.561.5680.
*** Registration is now FULL in the Auditorium, however, we are still taking reservations in The venue. ***
Fam Jam Auditions Kids
Fam Jam Auditions for KIDS!
Monday, March 12 | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Loft 4
We are looking for youth (4th – 12th grade) who are interested in sharing their creative talents! If your kid enjoys singing, dancing, or drama we welcome you to sign up for a Fam Jam audition!
All main character roles will be played by adults. Youth may play a supporting, cameo role. They may also assist with worship and/or dancing. These roles will be assigned on an as-needed basis. Parents, please read through the Cast Expectations with your child. He/she will need to bring this signed form, along with the Youth Application Form to their audition.
To reserve your audition spot, or if you have questions? Contact Traci.
Fam Jam Auditions
Fam Jam Auditions
Sunday, Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in The Treehouse
We are looking to add to our hilarious cast of Fam Jam actors! We need men and women to share God's word to an audience that thinks a little yellow sponge with brown pants is funny! No experience needed, just a heart for God and sharing His word!
- Cast Expectations
- Character Descriptions
- Volunteer Descriptions
- Sample Script
- Kid Connection Volunteer Application
- Background Check Consent Form
Questions? Contact Traci.
Not a Fan Connect
Connect Event | Sunday, Jan. 20 | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
If you are still seeking a Small Group for our Not a Fan campaign and are having difficulty choosing ... attend our Not a Fan event happening Sunday, Jan. 20. Come, meet the group leaders in person and find out which group is right for you.
(Click to Browse Small Groups)
Women’s RetreatSaturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at 10 a.m. - Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 at 12 p.m.
Cedar Creek Conference Center, New Haven, Mo
Our Women's Ministry Annual Retreat is open to women of all ages and stages in need of a time of refreshing. (And who isn't?!) Take a weekend away from family and responsibilities to spend time with other women from Morning Star to be encouraged and fed spiritually by our uplifting speaker. Also, experience a mixture of activities designed specifically for relaxation and fun. It’s a great way to recharge spiritually but also get to know other women of the church.
To RegisterRegistration and cost to be announced. If finances are a problem, we have Scholarship money available.
For further information, contact Darlene Rawson.
EasterSaturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 31 | Auditorium & The Venue
This Easter at Morning Star Church, we invite you to experience the miracle of the resurrection with us. This special service will include powerful music, and a message that will bring the true meaning of Easter to life.
Easter at Morning Star is also perfect for the whole family. Since our Children's Ministry is open for all six Easter Services, your kids will enjoy a high-energy service where they will hear the Easter message woven into videos, music, and games.
As always, admission for any Morning Star Church weekend service is FREE and open to the public. (Seating is on a first come first serve basis and subject to capacity. Please arrive early for best seating.)
Shuttle Service We will not be running a shuttle this year, due to our NEW, beautiful parking lot!
Sunday, March 31:
Seder ServiceWednesday, March 27, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. (Doors Open at 6 p.m.) | Auditorium
Who's it for?
Adults and older youth. (Childcare is available for youth under 10 years of age with advance registration for just $5 per family.)
What's a Seder?
Celebrated during the week of Passover, the Seder is an integral aspect of Jewish faith and identity. Through symbolism and stories, the Seder relives the history of the Jewish people’s enslavement in Egypt and their subsequent exodus to Israel.
Yeah, but Morning Star's a Christian church. Why are we teaching about a Jewish tradition?
On the night of Jesus’ arrest in Jerusalem, He gathered with his 12 best friends for a meal in the Upper Room. This “Last Supper” was actually a Seder meal--a celebration of the Jewish Festival of Passover! The Seder presentation will teach our church family about this meaningful experience that Jesus and His disciples shared nearly 2000 years ago. Moreover, we’ll gain a more personal understanding of how God’s plan is fulfilled through His son, Jesus Christ.
How long is the presentation?
We anticipate that the Seder presentation will last 60-90 minutes. (We won't be sharing dinner together, and the auditorium will remain set up theater-style.)
Is there a cost?
Tickets are just $5 per person (Maximum $20 for Family Ticket which includes childcare) for the Seder presentation, which can be purchased online below, or at the Connection Center in the Lobby in between weekend services.
How do I get my tickets?
Tickets can be printed out as soon as they are purchased online. Please make sure you bring your tickets to the Seder Service.
Do I need to RSVP?
YES, please! Deadline to register is March 25. The childcare registration deadline has passed.
What is it?
While Christ's resurrection is certainly reason to celebrate, it's important that we approach not only the empty tomb, but also the cross. On Good Friday, the Venue will be open for you to experience song, media, scripture, and brief teachings. Please note that this is not a 3-hour "service," and there's no beginning-middle-end to the experience. Rather, it's a more unstructured atmosphere in which you can feel welcome to arrive at any time and stay for as long as you'd like.
When is it?
Friday, March 29 between 6 and 9 p.m.
Christmas ServicesBelow is our complete holiday worship service schedule. Childcare is available for children from nursery to preschool at each of these services.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Come as you are to the Morning Star Church Family to celebrate the birth of Jesus at one of our following five identical Christmas Eve Services. Also, explore and experience the opening of Morning Star's 21,400 sq. foot building expansion (including The Venue!)
Sunday, Dec. 23 | 9:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 24 | 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
Serve ChristmasThis Christmas, with the opening of our new building expansion and the addition of our Blue Christmas Service, we have several opportunities for you to serve your church!
Women’s Bible Study
Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a hostess for Advent by Candlelight at Morning Star Church on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for women to focus their hearts and minds on the celebration of Christ’s birth.
- 1. If you have been a hostess in past years, please re-read these instructions, as they have changed slightly for 2012. Tables are $20 each and payment is due at registration (cash or check).
- 2. You may personally invite up to nine women to join you at your table. We encourage you to invite family, friends, and neighbors, however it is not mandatory that you fill your table.
- 3. When reserving a table, you will receive 10 tickets. Please write your name on each ticket before handing them to your guests. From sign-ups to the day of the event, please return any un-used tickets by either contacting Shelly Simms at 314.229.4242 or turning in the tickets to Women’s Ministry before and after each weekend service in the lobby (at our registration table or at the Connection Center). This will assist us in accommodating any women that may be on a waiting list.
- 4. Table placement in the auditorium will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis (according to registrations). If you have specific requests or require special seating, please also contact Shelly. You will be notified of your table number(s).
- 5. As in past years, we are expecting a full crowd, so please keep ‘space’ in mind when planning for the evening – from food to décor. Ask your guests to bring a dish to share with your table, and we ask that you limit food to appetizers and desserts.
- 6. Coffee, sugar, and ice will be provided by Women’s Ministry.
- 7. As a hostess, it is important that you arrive early. Please have your guests’ water glasses and a sugar bowl filled by 6:10 p.m. The supplies will be located in the lobby by the Java Bar.
- 8. Hostesses may set their table starting on Thursday from 12 to 8:30 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. until the event.
- 9. A list of your table guests will be placed on your table on the day of the event if you have open seats. You may designate a seat for your guests (by making table place cards) or let them choose where to sit. Name tags will also be placed on your table. Please fill these out before your guests arrive.
- 10. A portion of proceeds from the registration fees will benefit the local organization, Crisis Nursery.
- 11. Dinner and fellowship will begin at 6:30 p.m. We ask that you finish your refreshments and pause your conversations when the program begins at 7:30 p.m. The Java Bar will be closed during the program.
- 12. We ask that you and/or your guests provide your table with:
- Holiday decorations (But please note that this is NOT a decorating contest!)
- A minimum of four tall candles – no taper candles, please, as they are more likely to fall over. You may use a variety of sizes, colors and shapes
- A garbage bag for clean up at your table.
- Candies and favors for the ladies at your table. (optional)
- Table cloth (optional). We will provide a white table cloth.
- Candle lighter.
- Place settings (Both casual and formal approaches are appropriate.)
- Dessert plates
- Creamer and sugar containers
- Coffee decanter
- Coffee cups and saucers
- Water pitcher (The Morning Star Java Bar also has water pitchers available.)
- Water glasses
Thank you for your enthusiasm and assistance in making this Advent by Candlelight a special occasion for so many ladies! We hope you have a wonderful evening!
If you have any questions, please email Shelly Simms at firstname.lastname@example.org or 314.229.4242.
Advent by CandlelightWednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Morning Star Church - Auditorium
At Advent by Candlelight, women of all ages will gather around tables for food and fellowship followed by a program designed to draw one’s attention away from the busyness and activity of the season, and instead focus their attention on God’s gift of Jesus. A portion of proceeds for this event will benefit the Crisis Nursery.
What actually happens at Advent by Candelight?
Each table hostess provides place-settings for her guests. Both casual and formal approaches are completely fine; this isn't a decorating competition by any means! Each hostess will ask their guests to bring a dish to share with their table (limited to appetizers and desserts.) After we eat, we'll enjoy seasonal music and meaningful teaching.
Are YOU interested in being a hostess? Check out what that means.
To RegisterSign up to host a table of 8, or individually. Cost is $24 per table or $3 per individual. Food is furnished by each table – hostess will contact table members with details. Registration date will be announced at a later date.
For further information, contact Darlene Rawson.
OPEN HOUSE! Building Preview
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 at 4 p.m. | Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
We invite you to join us for a special pre-opening building tour and chat with Pastor Mike!
Morning Star Church’s new children's space and multi-purpose video venue will not officially open until November and December, respectively. However, we are inviting you to gain a sneak peek of the new space.
Children will be able to see their new rooms and parents will hear from kids' teachers!
Vision Chat with Pastor Mike about God's direction for Morning Star Church in 2013 and beyond.
Meet and greet with other Morning Star supporters, staff and members.
Serve Day Training
Yoga on PurposeMonday, Dec. 3 | 9 a.m., 12 p.m., & 6:30 p.m. | Morning Star Church - Auditorium
Yoga on Purpose is a unique opportunity to experience a session of yoga and benefit under-resourced families at the same time. Enjoy 90-minutes of movement and stillness during the bustle of the holidays, practice the compassion of Yoga both on and off your mat, and make a difference in the lives of others this Christmas season!
This is a special, donation-only class benefiting Christmas Wishes (no additional class fees). Every dollar you feel led to donate will go directly to help buy gifts that will complete the wish lists of area families in need.
Wear comfortable exercise clothing, nothing too baggy, and bring a mat if you have one. (There are a few mats available, if needed.) Also, plan to come to class on an empty stomach.
Register Today!Click below to register for one of the three offered classes. Donations will be collected at start of class.
Monday, Dec. 3 | 9 a.m. | Auditorium
Monday, Dec. 3 | 12 p.m. | Auditorium
Monday, Dec. 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Auditorium
Beauty: More than Skin Deep
Saturday, Oct. 27 | 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Morning Star Church - Auditorium
Attention Middle & High School Ladies! This event is for YOU!
Join us, for a fun-filled day of fashion and beauty! Be sure to bring along an important woman (over 18 years old) in your life to share the day (mothers, grandmothers, aunts, family friends, etc.) Our day together will feature Mrs. Missouri International, Leah Pruitt, as she talks about looking and feeling beautiful, while presenting ourselves and our appearance in a way that honors God. Both students and their significant adult will be treated to some pampering, while learning hands on about skin care and color application that is not only fun, but also flattering!
Lunch, as well as all makeover supplies will be provided. Cost for each participant is $20. Please register by Oct. 17.
Open Mike Night
The Great Chili Cookoff
If you think you can compete with the best chili cooks around, then sign up for The Great Pumpkin Fest Chili Cook-Off!
The Cook-off is a fun way to showcase some of the best amateur and seasoned chefs in the area. The cook-off will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14 during The Great Pumpkin Festival between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Chili Cook-Off Rules1. All chili entries MUST be registered (given a number) prior to the event. This allows us to accurately accommodate electrical needs for keeping chili warm and provide enough table space for all entries.
2. All chili must be pre-cooked and ready to serve. A minimum of four quarts is required per entry.
3. All chili must be delivered in a crockpot that can be plugged in during the event.
4. All contestants must identify main ingredients (beef, chicken, vegan, etc.)
5. All entries will remain anonymous until the contest ends.
6. Chili must be dropped off no later than 2 p.m. at the Chili Cook-Off Check-In table.
To enter your chili, contact Lori Carballo at 636.978.2915.
Frequently Asked QuestionsDo I have to sign up for a specific activity or shift?
We ask that you sign up for a specific activity and shift. This will help the planning team best coordinate volunteer needs. If you know the shift you want, but aren’t sure of a position, sign up to be a floater.
I want to sign up to do X during X shift, but it’s not available. What do I do?
Thanks for your interest and decisive personality! We hope you will be flexible and will find another way to serve at the Festival. Remember – we have 500+ opportunities!
Can I sign up for more than one shift?
ABSOLUTELY! You get a gold star!
Will child care be available?
Unfortunately, we will not be offering child care for volunteers.
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
We ask that volunteers be at least 12. Some positions, because of their responsibilities, are only open to adults or older youth. Please see the listing of volunteer opportunities for more information.
We know that some parents want to expose their younger children to serving. This is wonderful! For children between the ages of 6 and 11, please sign up and note the name and age of child to serve with you in the “Comments” section of the registration. We encourage that each adult only have no more than one child serve with them. We strongly discourage children younger than 6 from volunteering.
Our family/small group wants to volunteer together. Does each of us have to sign up?
Yes! Each person needs to sign-up (unless the child is between the ages of 6-11. In that case, see the previous question).
Why do I have to buy a T-shirt?
To help guests know who is a volunteer, we are asking all volunteers to purchase and proudly wear a Great Pumpkin Festival T-shirt. We want all volunteers to have the same T-shirt. We’ve worked with our vendor and are pleased to be able to offer shirts for only $5 up to XL and only $7 over XL.
NOTE #2: If you are only volunteering for Set Up or Tear Down, you do NOT need to buy a T-shirt, unless you want a nifty memento from the day.
We will be taking T-shirt orders and registering people to volunteer at each weekend service through the end of September. You can purchase a T-shirt by cash or check at that time. Just look for the table in the church lobby. We are not offering on-line T-shirt purchases this year. You must sign up and pay for your T-shirt during weekend services.
Where and when do I get my T-shirt?
T-shirts will be distributed during all four services the weekend of October 13-14.
Why are you asking for my birthdate on the registration form? Isn’t that a bit personal?
First, everyone who volunteers should be 12 or older (unless volunteering with a parent; see above for further detail). Further, some volunteer positions require that you be a certain age. Asking for the year of your birth will help us make sure that only appropriate folks volunteer in these positions.
Oops! I volunteered for a shift but now need to change. What do I do?
We hope that you can commit to your volunteer shift and position. However, we understand that things can change. Please contact Paula Pressly or 636.541.1671 and she will assist you.
OK, I’ve signed up to volunteer. Now what do I do?
Awesome! Thanks for getting involved! Please review the on-line training to help you prepare (available after Oct. 1). You will also receive further information from the volunteer coordinating your area the week of the event.
I still have questions. Who do I contact?
Great! We want to get all of your questions answered. Please contact Paula Pressly. Or, stop by The Great Pumpkin Festival booth before or after each weekend service!
List of Volunteer Opportunities
Arts & CraftsPumpkin Walk – Volunteers will start and stop music, pull a number and distribute prizes to guests on the winning number.
Pumpkin Painting – Volunteers will assist children in painting and decorating small pumpkins.
Face Painting: Painters – Volunteers will paint guests’ faces, arms, legs, etc. Some artistic talent is recommended for this position.
Face Painting: Line Control – Volunteers will help keep the line orderly and guests happy.
Bean Bag Toss – Volunteers will assist children in gathering and tossing bean bags through a cut-out pumpkin face.
Guessing Games – Volunteers will assist participants as they guess the number of items in a jar and the weight of a pumpkin, including keeping proper stock of paper/pencils throughout the day.
Leaf Pull – Volunteers will assist participants in pulling marked leaves from a pool of water and handing out prizes.
Leaf Coloring with Foam Frames – Volunteers will assist participants as they create masterpieces using leaves and crayons and while they decorate frames for these creations.
Spider Suckers – Volunteers will assist participants as they create spider suckers using pipe cleaners and other craft supplies.
Gunny-Sack Races – Volunteers will assist participants with these traditional sack races by helping them step into the sacks, help complete and declare a winner for these races. Physical exercise may be involved.
Petting Zoo – Volunteers will help keep the children from overwhelming the animals and help with line control for the Petting Zoo.
FoodDrink Servers – Volunteers will serve drinks to guests.
Hot Cocoa – Volunteers will help make hot cocoa.
Drink Runners – Volunteers will be running from the festival to the church to get drinks and bring back to the festival. Carts will be available to assist in this position.
Caramel Apples, Kettle Korn, Pumpkin Bread, and Funnel Cakes – Volunteers will prepare and serve one of these items to guests. Please note these can be messy areas, so dress accordingly!
Hot Dogs – Volunteers will cook hot dogs and prepare for serving to guests.
HospitalityWelcome Tables – Volunteers will welcome guests to Morning Star Church campus, distribute welcome bags and maps, and answer questions.
Roam & Give Directions – Greet guests in the parking lot and direct to the Festival entrance as well as work in the Festival to assist guests to all the fun events.
Security/Medical Tent - Volunteers will provide security in the building and at the Festival and medical support. Medical volunteers should have a medical background. This position is available to folks 18 and over.
Volunteer Support – Volunteers will provide respite breaks and food/water for Festival volunteers.
Lost Parents Station – Volunteers will assist with parents who become separated from their children.
Bon FireFire Tending & Marshmallow Roasting – Volunteers will supervise the bon fire, make sure guests stay safe, and help guests roast marshmallows. ALL volunteers must be at least 21 years old. NO exceptions.
Food ContestsChili Cook-Off – Volunteers will distribute samples, refill sample clipboards, help with line control, and clean clipboard trays between uses.
Vote Tabulator – Volunteer will be counting votes from the chili cook off.
Clean Up/Organizing – Volunteers will help keep the contest area organized and supplied with bowls, spoons, etc. and help answer guests’ questions regarding the contest.
Pumpkin PatchDistribute Pumpkins – Volunteers will take tickets from the guests and assist them in picking out a pumpkin to take home. They will also be responsible for making sure each family only receives 1 pumpkin.
Hay RideLine Control – Volunteers will help guests get on/off the trailer.
Trailer Supervision – Volunteers will ride on the trailer to supervise guests. Volunteers should be at least 18 years old.
Other RidesInflatables – Volunteers will help guests enter/depart jump houses and monitor guest safety.
Barrel Rides – Line Control – Volunteers will help guests get on/off the ride.
Pony Rides – Walkers – Volunteers will walk along side ponies and help keep guests safe.
Pony Rides – Line Control – Volunteers will help keep guests in line and assist with getting guests on/off the ponies.
GroundsSet Up: Saturday – Volunteers will set up Festival area.
Set Up: Sunday – Volunteers will set up Festival area.
Trash/Recycling – Volunteers will help keep the Festival looking clean and attractive to guests.
Tear Down: Sunday – Volunteers will tear down the Festival area.
ParkingMSC Campus Parking – Volunteers will assist in loading & unloading of shuttles and parking assistance.
Off-site Parking – Volunteers will assist in the loading & unloading of shuttles and general oversight of the parking lot.
Shuttle Bus/Van Drivers – Volunteers will drive shuttle buses/vans to/from off-site parking. Volunteers must have appropriate an appropriate license and be able to provide such documentation to the church.
Odds & EndsAlternate – Volunteers will be extra hands and feet in case another volunteer is unable to show at the last minute. There are a number of alternate positions available.
Floaters – Volunteers will assist with various needs that day.
Volunteer Check-In – Assist volunteers as they arrive at MSC campus and direct them to their station and team lead.
Volunteer OpportunitiesThe Great Pumpkin Festival is just around the corner and we need YOU to make it a smashing success! There’s a variety of ways you can serve this year – from helping with set up or tear down, to arts and crafts, to hospitality, to hayrides.
Just visit our volunteer sign-up page, and then pick your specific shift AND volunteer opportunity. Go crazy and sign up for one, two or more shifts! We also need lots of help with set-up and tear-down. We have over 500 shifts to cover, so we really need your help. Each volunteer is asked to purchase a T-shirt so guests will know who they can turn to with any questions. (If you have a volunteer shirt from last year, you are more than welcome to wear that shirt instead of ordering a new one.)
- Set up: Saturday, Oct. 13; 1–3 p.m.
- Set up: Sunday, Oct. 14; 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. AND 12:30–2:30 p.m.
- Shift 1: 2:30–5:15 p.m.
- Shift 2: 5–7:45 p.m. (volunteers working this shift will help with tear down)
- Tear down: 7:30–10 p.m.
We will not be holding group volunteer training sessions. However, all volunteers are strongly encouraged to review the online training guide so that you are well prepared for your experience. Training slides will be available starting Oct. 1.
Thank you in advance for getting involved in this year’s Great Pumpkin Festival. YOU will help make it amazing!
Frequently Asked Questions | Online Training Guide
The Great Pumpkin Festival
Sunday, Oct. 14, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Do you remember going to the fall festivals when you were a kid? … Riding on hayrides, the smell of kettle corn, and picking out your very own pumpkin? Morning Star Church would like to recreate those lasting memories for people, young and old, in our own community.
The Great Pumpkin Festival, held on Sunday, Oct. 14, is a community event that features those very hayrides, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin chunkin, a chili cook-off, bon fires to roast marshmallows, and lots of food and entertainment … and it’s completely, 100% free! Each family will receive a free pumpkin while supplies last.
The Great Pumpkin Festival will provide wonderful, lasting memories for you and your family ... so join us, and don't forget to bring along your neighbors!
Game Changer ConferenceSaturday, Aug. 25, 2012 | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Morning Star Church - Auditorium
Doors Open at 8:15 a.m. for Registration & Breakfast
Parents (of children & youth) and volunteers are invited to join us as national speaker, Sue Miller, helps us bring together the five essential core ideas of Orange: strategy, message, leaders, family and influence. Orange connects parents and church leaders with the same strategy toward the same end goal. Become inspired to put together a plan to align your team!
Learn what matters most in raising our children and teenagers, a strategy on parenting, how to set goals, how to build relationships with your children, and much more. A continental breakfast and childcare (ages birth through 5th grade) is included with this free event.
A game changer is an event that requires you to radically alter how you play. If you learn to recognize a game changer when it happens so you can make the adjustent you need to be an effective leader of your family and of your church. The game is changing. How we adapt is our choice.
Keynote SpeakerSue Miller joined Orange in 2005 after 17 years of leading Promiseland children's ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill. Sue was instrumental in leading the change process that grew Promiseland into a cutting edge ministry known around the world. The story of how all that happened is told in her book, Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week. Sue travels extensively teaching and helping churches partner with parents. She mentors leaders, inspires volunteers, and serves as a consultant for churches who want to go Orange. And in her spare time, she leads the charge with the First Look curriculum team at reThink.
Student Float TripMonday, July 22
Leave Church at 8:30 a.m. | Returning Around 5 p.m.
Students (both middle & high school) will meet in the Parking Lot of Morning Star Church, and then will then be transported to Eureka, Mo where they will float on the Meramec River at the Twin Rivers Canoe Rental. They will enjoy a fun day of floating and a picnic lunch on the river!
Students are asked to bring a modest swimsuit, towel, six pack of water, and sunscreen! Cost is just $45 per person (families are welcome); includes transportation, float and lunch.
REGISTERTo register, make sure you complete our MSC Event Release Form and Eureka's Release Form. (For the Eureka Form, only fill out top portion and sign on bottom. Don't worry about the number of canoes, rafts, etc.). Both forms are required for all participants. Registration ends Monday, July 15.
Blood DriveWednesday, June 26, 2013 | 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Morning Star Church - Lobby
Have you donated blood lately? Whether you're a regular donor or a new donor, your help is needed. Morning Star Church is teaming up with the Mississippi Regional Blood Center to host a community wide blood drive.
Giving blood just takes an hour, and the difference for a patient can last a lifetime.
How do I register?
Please fill in the form below, providing us the time slot that would work best for you, and press send!
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Thanks for considering one of our golf tournament sponsorship opportunities! If you choose to support our event and have a logo or specific information you'd like included on your sign, please contact Mike Mills.
Includes two free teams and company recongnition throughout the tournament.
Corporate Sponsor$1000 each
Includes one free team. ($380 value)
Meal/Beverage Sponsor$500 each
Includes two free players. ($190 value)
Prize Hole Sponsor- Both Friday & Saturday (Hole-in-One, Closest-to-Pin, Longest Drive)
Feature your company on a hole.
Hole Sponsor- Both Friday and Saturday
Feature your company on a hole.
Personal Sponsorship$50 each
If you'd like to support our tournament but don't have a business to promote, we welcome donations. Your family name will appear on materials at the Golf Tournament Thank you for your generosity!
Restaurant Hold SponsorNo Cost
This sponsorship is at no cost as long as the restaurant supplies samples of food, beverate, or the like of rour players. Also, handing out coupons for free dinners, appetizers, etc. Email John Dickey for more information.
Fam JamFriday, Sept. 6, 2012 | 6:30 p.m.
Fam Jam is designed to bring parents and kids together for an evening of entertainment. For 45-minutes, families engage in a live production packed with high-energy music, drama, media, comedy and a look at the Good Book.
Remember ... this is an absolutely FREE Event! That’s like, $60 less than what you’d spend on a 3D movie for four and one micro-size bucket of popcorn. Score! Also, don't forget to invite your friends and neighbors!
15th Annual Golf Tournament | June 21/22, 2013
Directions to Golf Club of WentzvilleFrom I-70 West, take the Wentzville Parkway exit (#208). Turn left over the bridge, then turn right on South Outer Road. Turn left on Hepperman Road. The course is two miles down on the right.
Activities on Friday, June 21, 2013
9-Hole, Families / Two-Person Tournament
We hope you'll join us for our Friday night tournament that is broken down into two events. The first nine-holes are set for family golf, while the second nine-holes are scheduled for a two-person golf. The evening will include a campfire complete with smokes!
4:30 p.m. - Check-in
5:30 p.m. - Play begins (Hot dogs & refreshments served during.)
8 p.m. - Dessert & Prizes
Two Person (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and Special Family Prizes
Adult (age 17 and older) - $40*
Second Adult - $20
Additional Youth/Child - $25
*For Family, each adult registration includes two free youth/child registrations!
Tournament fees include golf, cart, non-alcoholic beverages, hot dogs, dessert and prizes. Mulligans will be available for purchase at check-in.
Activities on Saturday, June 22, 2013
18-Hole, 4-Person Scramble
7 a.m. - Check-in begins
8 a.m. - shotgun 12:30 p.m. - lunch and live auction begins
$1,200 in gifts; A, B and C Flights; Longest Drive (men and women); Closest to the Pin
Fees (all fees are per player)
Golf and Lunch - $85
Tournament fees include golf, cart, non-alcoholic beverages, meal after play and prizes. Mulligans will be available for purchase at check-in.