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Solar Eclipse 2017

August 20th - August 21st, 2017

$60 - $120

Join us in Salem, Oregon, for this family-friendly event August 20-21 to view the magnificent total eclipse! We’ll have food trucks so you don’t have to worry about finding meals.

Dry campsites will be provided for cars/tents and RV’s in a wide open field with a clear view of the eclipse. Morning Star is near Interstate 5, making traveling into Salem easy and convenient.

Proceeds will be donated to local charities including Hope Station, Simonka Place, and Union Gospel Mission. So come have a fun time camping and watch the eclipse while supporting a good cause!

Check-in starts at 2 pm on Sunday, August 20.

Check-out is by 2 pm on Monday, August 21.

$60 for a car and tent

$120 for a RV, camper or towing of any kind

Additional Details: Dry Campsites: no electricity, water, or sewer connections. Portable toilets and wash stations will be available, but no showers. Alcohol, smoking, drugs, glass bottles, firearms, and fireworks are not allowed while on campus (including e-cigarettes and marijuana). No digging or ground fires allowed. Renters will be courteous of neighboring homes by keeping a reasonable noise level (10 pm noise curfew as per city ordinances). No refunds are available.

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Solar Eclipse Volunteer Registration

August 20th - August 21st, 2017

We will be hosting out-of-town guests for the Total Solar Eclipse in August right here at Morning Star! We are excited for the opportunity to be good neighbors and encourage travelers from all over. There will be many different ways to help make these guests feel right at home. Would you consider being one of the hundreds of volunteers needed?

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MSK Leader Training: First Aid/CPR/AED Certification

August 26th, 2017

Wouldn't it be great if we had at least one person per classroom per service who is trained in how to handle life-threatening situations?

We think so too! That's why this training session and certification will be available to all children's ministry volunteers for free.

We will begin promptly at 9am in the South Auditorium on Saturday, August 26.

Lunch will be provided.

Sorry, no childcare will be available for this training session.

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Bridge 45 FootGolf Fun Day

August 29th, 2017


Morning Star Kids is excited to announce another Bridge 45 Fun Day!

FootGolf is a sport played like golf but with a soccer ball. This summer, your 4th and 5th graders can try out a game of footgolf at a professional golf course!

Bring your own soccer ball

Game Attire: Collared shirts. No cleats or athletic shorts.

Meet us at McNary Golf Club, 155 McNary Estates Drive N, Keizer. Drop off at 3:45pm, pick up at 6:15pm.

Community Group Leader/Assistant Leader/Host Training and Appreciation Lunch

September 10th, 2017

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September 17th, 2017

If you’ve already been our guest at one of our Sunday services, your next step in getting connected at Morning Star is coming to our Connect event.

No matter who you are, connecting at a larger church can be confusing or even intimidating. But we at Morning Star believe that there is nothing more important than being connected to Jesus and to His church. That’s why we created our Connect event—so people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures can come and find it easy to connect and be a part of God’s family at Morning Star.

At Connect, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other people new to Morning Star and some church staff, as well as learn more about who we are as a church, what we are about, and where you fit into God’s plan here and around the world. We do this in a relaxed atmosphere, with some great food and fun conversation. So take the next step to connect and sign up for the next Connect event. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Women's Fall Bible Studies 2017

September 18th - September 21st, 2017

$16 - $28

Sermon on the Mount by Jen Wilkin

What does it mean to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven? Matthew's gospel opens with three chapters containing Jesus' longest recorded message – a sermon given to His disciples early in His ministry to articulate what the life of a Christ-follower would look like.

Thursdays at 9:30 am in the South Auditorium & Thursdays at 6:30 pm in Bethlehem (C4)

(9 sessions, running September 21 - November 16)

Cost: $16

Precept upon Precept: Hebrews, Part 1

Consider Jesus, Your Merciful High Priest.

In these last days, God has spoken to us in His Son. What does He say about Jesus, angels, and our great salvation? Learn about Jesus' superiority to all in this exciting study of Hebrews 1- 4 that enlightens and enlivens Old Testament law and prophecy.

Monday at 9:30 am in En Gedi (C6) & Thursday at 9:30 am in En Gedi (C6)

(11 sessions, starting September 18)

Cost: $28

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Girls Night Out: Paint Night!

September 18th, 2017


We're doing it again! Join us at another Paint Night as our artist Kim Tallan guides you in painting your interpretation of the evening’s selected piece.

We provide everything you’ll need: canvas, paints, brushes, and even a smock. It's simple and completely stress free! Everyone gets a gold star! Absolutely no painting experience is needed.

Grab some friends and join us Monday, September 18 @ 7 pm, for the chance relax, unwind, and let your "inner artist" come out. You must register in advance; space and materials are limited.

The cost is only $12!

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Bridge 45 Ropes Course Fun Day

September 23rd, 2017


We're glad you're ready for some challenging fun ... We are too! We'll meet you at the YWAM Ropes Course campus on Saturday, September 23.

Don’t forget these things when you come:

  • Medical release forms completed for each participant.
  • Weather appropriate clothing.
  • Gloves (recommended: there are times where you will be grabbing, holding, or pulling ropes).
  • Water bottle (recommended).
  • A great attitude!

The address is:

7085 Battle Creek Rd SE Salem, OR 97317

Easy directions from I-5:

  • Take exit 252 (Kuebler Blvd) and go West on Kuebler.
  • Turn left (South) at the second light onto Battle Creek Rd. We are about 3 miles down the road on the right. The sign for our property says “Youth With A Mission” and there is a long drive with flags lining it.


  • Turn right at the end of the flag poles and park in the lower gravel parking lot. We make every effort to have a staff member waiting in the parking area to greet you. Participants get out and walk across the bridge and meet in the grassy area by the deck overlooking the creek.


  • Please plan to arrive about 10 minutes before your scheduled start time. This will allow you time to park, use the restroom, etc. before we actually begin. The more time we spend waiting for participants the less time we have to play!


  • You will be climbing, swinging, sliding, crawling, and doing other physical activities. Excessively tight or formal clothes are not recommended. There is a high possibility you or your clothes could get dirt, sap, sweat, etc. on them, so don’t bring anything that you can’t get dirty.
  • If it is raining or rain is forecast for the day, you should wear or bring some rain gear. If it is hot and sunny, you will want shorts (mid thigh length please) and a light shirt.
  • Please wear closed-toe athletic shoes. Sandals or flip-flops will make it difficult or impossible to participate on some elements.
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Marriage Retreat

September 29th - September 30th, 2017

$239 - $389

This year’s Marriage Retreat is in Bend! You Make Me Crazy is our theme, with guest speakers, Mike and Crystal Silva. Whether you are on your honeymoon, getting along well, just getting by, or on the brink of divorce, you will not want to miss this retreat!

Early-Bird Prices: Standard // Deluxe

1 Night: $239 // $269

2 Nights: $369 // $389

(Early-Bird discount ends August 20 at 11:59 pm - prices will increase $20 for standard rooms and $10 for deluxe rooms)

Includes all retreat materials, lodging and breakfast on Saturday. There’s an optional informal worship session on Sunday morning if you are staying two nights.

Find out more about where we are staying here.

Get a head start on planning Saturday’s free time here.

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I Belong

October 15th - November 12th, 2017

I Belong is an opportunity to dive deeper. Deeper into your relationship with God. Deeper into your knowledge of Him. Deeper into connections and relationships with others. And deeper into the distinctives of Morning Star Community Church.

We are going to spend 5 Sunday’s together, during the 11 am service—having lot of fun, engaging in great conversation, eating great food, and diving into this incredible journey of belonging . . . to God, to a church, and to a community—with a mission.

I Belong will be 11 am-12:30 pm in the Bethlehem modular (C4) on Sunday, October 15, 22, 29, and November 5 and 12.