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    Welcome to the website of the Congregational Summer Assembly, a community of friends and families who gather every summer on the shores of Crystal Lake to renew their spirit and strengthen the bonds of their faith.

    About this site

    The new CSA website contains a wealth of information regarding all aspects of our favorite summer getaway. Interested in what the Ecology Committee is working on? Then check out the Ecology Committee page! Curious about the Gibson series schedule? Head over to the calendar page. Did you know that Frankfort resident Jay Burt writes for the CSA website? Check out his page for his latest article and some beautiful pictures of Northern Michigan.

    We have also branched out into the world known as "social web." Become a fan of the CSA Facebook Page, ask the CSA to be your friend on Myspace, follow the CSA's Twitter updates, add your CSA photos to the CSA Flickr group, or subscribe to the CSA Youtube channel. These are all excellent ways to connect with your summer friends during the cold winter months or anytime you are not at the lake.

    With such a large site it may seem a bit overwhelming to navigate which is why we've included a "Quick Links" menu along the right side of this page. This menu will give you instant access to the most recent articles pertaining to your interests.

    The new website is constantly being updated and refined but we need your input. Is there information missing from the site? Do you wish there was a feature on the site that we don't have? Drop by the forums and let your voice be heard. After all, the CSA was founded when someone said, "There 'ought to be a place..."

Featured Articles


The CSA Education Fund was established October 24, 1992 to provide scholarships to CSA and Benzie County students to support ...

Summer 2015 Initiative – New Butterfly Garden

The Ecology Committee has joined in a project with the Buildings and Grounds Committee to plant a butterfly garden to ...

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If you are a CSA member, associate member... or family member of a CSA member or associate member... please complete ...


I saw very few monarch caterpillars this Summer. I’m sure the drought in the mid west had an effect and the availability of milkweed is down due to spraying. I did find one chrysalis that I was able to photograph shortly after she emerged. Shot 0 is about a minute old and shot 1 is […]


It’s feeling like summer here…. after an unusually cool June and July.   Crystal Lake is warming into the middle 70s and the swimmers are rejoicing!  Fiddler on the Roof will be presented on Friday and Saturday evenings,  August 8 and 9.  beginning at 7:30 in Meeting House.  I’ve heard good things about the rehearsals so […]

President’s Letter

The trustees gathered prior to Thanksgiving for the final meeting of the year, and were joined by the other Board members, a good representation of Committee Chairs and many CSA members. We reviewed the summer of 2011 which saw the refurbishing of the Woods and Michigan Courts, the initiation of a multi-year program to restore […]

Women’s Association Update

Minutes from Annual Meeting August 5, 2014: Women’s Association Annual Meeting Minutes Aug. 2014 Funding Requests for 2015 Season: The Women’s Association, under the leadership of the Finance Committee and approval of its Board, will consider funding requests proposed by Association members, the CSA Board of Trustees and/or Committees, and other members of the CSA […]

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