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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

Oliver Art Center – Summer 2015

The Oliver Art Center has once again expanded offerings to more areas for more age groups. Below, you'll find a ...

2015 CSA Calendar

  PDF version here:http://summerassembly.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015-CSA-CALENDA1.pdf Sunday June 21 First Sunday Service 11:00am Monday June 22 Office Opens/Programs Begin 9:00am Thursday  June 25 Potluck Dinner 6:00pm Friday July 3 Board of Trustees Meeting 9:00am Monday-Saturday July 6-11 July Tennis Tournament TBA Saturday July 11 Dutton Concert 7:30pm Wednesday July ...


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


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 […]


We are looking for a new Crystal View Manager for the summer of 2015.  If you are a responsible, mature person with hopefully some restaurant experience, can lead a staff of untrained workers, and would like to make some decent money for nine weeks this summer, please contact me, Ken Cox, at csapilgrim@yahoo.com

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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