Virtual Art Workshop July 15

CSA is offering a virtual ART workshop on July 15 at 5:00 PM with CSA's Ciarnan McQuiston

Email Cairan to sign up at 

Drawing Leaf Patterns with Ciaran McQuiston

The leaves around us are full of so much variety! In this workshop, we will take some time to appreciate them together. Participants will learn about some of the basic leaf patterns found in nature, and techniques to draw their favorites. 

Before the workshop, take a walk or research online and notice the natural beauty of the leaves around you! What leaves are most special or visually interesting to you and why? Save some pictures or collect and press the leaves you love the most and want to try drawing! Participants are also welcome to take their sketchbooks outside and draw from real life during the workshop!

A short how-to on how to press leaves and flowers if you would like to do so in advance of the class: 

***please be careful not to pick anything that might harm you! Link to plants to avoid in Michigan, with links to more information on each plant: 

Materials needed: 

paper to draw on

a hard surface such as a table / desk / clip board

your favorite drawing utensils, including at least one pencil (can also include pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, etc)

reference images / leaves

Instructor will email a Zoom link and sample reference images before the workshop begins.

Ciaran McQuiston is a midwest-based artist living in Pontiac, MI. Her work centers around papermaking, printmaking and drawing with the incorporation of paper, steel and cement sculpture. She also loves to do painted pet portraits! She is currently a resident artist at Talking Dolls in Detroit, and has received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Most recently, she has taught at the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Indianapolis Art Center, and Cat Head Press. Instagram @ciaranmcquiston

"All the thoughts of a turtle are turtle.     -Ralph Waldo Emerson



For writers in any and all genres and forms - fiction, poetry, essay, screenplay, memoir, song, performance, spoken word!2020artworkshop

We will employ prompts, exercises, and group discussion to explore ways to unearth, reveal, and manifest Truth in its various aspects - personal, universal, simple, complex, difficult, liberating.  We plan to have fun and encourage one another to discover and reveal Truth in our work.

Facilitated by Merry Elrick and Julia Gibson via Zoom.

Monday, July 20, 2020, 2-4 pm

Free of charge.

Maximum 10 participants.  Sign up by emailing Julia:

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” ― Ernest Hemingway   

Ladies Bible Study

In this most unusual season of our lives, those who feel comfortable meeting together in the fresh air, with appropriate social distancing, are invited to gather for a time of Bible Study this summer. Although the CSA is closed, we plan to meet at the picnic tables on the west side of the Assembly Building and if it is rainy, we’ll be on the back porch of the Meeting House. We will use the InterVarsity LifeGuide Bible Study booklet by Juanita Ryan titled "The 23rd Psalm--The Lord, Our Shepherd." We'll gather around 9 AM for a chance to visit and from 9:30 – 10:30 we’ll discuss that week’s lesson. The meeting dates are Thursdays beginning July 2nd and ending August 27th. All are welcome to join in this time of learning and encouraging one another.


Women’s Association Yoga/Pilates classes

The C.S.A. Women’s Association is now sponsoring Yoga/Pilates classes!!!

JULY 7 - - UPDATE: Next week’s yoga classes will start at 8:30 am on Monday and Wednesday due to the heat.
Our very own Beth Tarkington, a long time C.S.A. member, is one of our instructors. Her classes are a fusion of Yoga and Pilates known to some as “Yoga-lates”. Anna Walker, our other instructor well known in Frankfort, will be teaching yoga classes.

We will be following the state of Michigan’s guidelines and practicing social distancing, asking that everyone place their own towels/mats 6 feet apart.
Classes will start on Monday, July 6th and continue through Wednesday, August 19th.
• When? Mondays (Yoga-lates) and Wednesdays (Yoga) @ 9:30am – 10:45am
• Where? Will meet on the C.S.A. beach basketball courts. Please check the Women’s Association White Board postings for changes in location.
Attendees are welcome to make a small donation to the Women’s Association.

CSA Big Read 2020. IT IS BACK ON!

 We will hold our book club meetings this summer via Zoom on Thursday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. and Thursday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. Our book is "100 Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Book Store in Frankfort will have copies. If you mention it’s for the CSA Big Read book club, you’ll get a 10% discount. We will limit the size of the group to ensure our Zoom discussions don’t get too unwieldy—10 people per session maximum. So be among the first to sign up, and remember we’ll have two discussions and you can join in from anywhere. First come, first served. Email Merry Elrick and let her know which session you’ll be attending: . Happy reading!


 "One Hundred Years of Solitude is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race....Mr. Garcia Marquez has done nothing less than to create in the reader a sense of all that is profound, meaningful, and meaningless in life."
—William Kennedy, New York Times Book Review