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We've revised our news and events section! The Calendar now features the regular online calendar listing. This page will offer special events and news articles.

Embodied Practice: Spiritual Exploration though Yoga
Mondays evenings in November
7-8 pm, Buckham Room

Led by Yoga teacher and CCSM member Kate Joyce, this spiritual practice will be a gentle class for people with wide ranging physical abilities/limitations to participate fully. The class will also incorporate the week’s scripture reading(s) and sermon topic into the practice.
Come join Kate on Mondays in November!

Women’s Relationship Support Group
Do you know someone who is separating, divorcing or has recently divorced? A support group is forming which will provide women a safe and confidential place to share feelings and experiences during this often turbulent time of transition. The group will be held on Monday afternoons from 3:00-4:30 p.m. beginning November 17. The women’s support group is sponsored by Grace Pastoral Counseling of San Mateo and will be facilitated by Rev. Dr. Janet Bower, pastoral counselor at CCSM. Group size is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information about the group, contact Janet at janetbower@att.net or 650-483-2136.

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Thursday, November 20, 7 p.m.
Please join us for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. At this TDoR we will REMEMBER those trans persons who've died, RECLAIM our selves as whole and beautiful, and offer RENAMING through baptism. Come support not only our own Connie McEntee but also the transgender community in the Bay Area.

Friday, November 21 at noon in the Buckham Room
After lunch in the Buckham Room, we will enjoy a special organ program in the church by our own Angela Kraft Cross. She will play Channel Music from France and England and will include her original composition premiered Oct. 2 in London. Bring a sandwich to the Buckham Room at noon, where dessert and beverages will be served.
The program begins at 1:00 in the church chancel. Guests are welcome, and should reserve for the lunch by Nov. 17 with Zelta Adams at 341-1644.

Home & Hope’s Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 23, 7 PM
Temple Beth El • 1700 Alameda De Las Pulgas, SM

Reflections by Rabbi Corey Helfand and Rev. Mary Graves. All are welcome to join the instant choir. Please arrive at 5:30PM for rehearsal. Admission is free.Donations appreciated. Proceeds benefit Home & Hope shelter services. Please bring a pie or beverage to share at our traditional pie social immediately following the service. homeandhope.net

Sitting Meditation every Monday, 12:30 p.m.
Come join Penny and others for a silent meditation for 30 minutes each Monday. Weather depending, we will meet either on the chancel or on the labyrinth. All welcome.

Let's Talk: "Office Hours" with Jerri on Tuesdays, 11-1
Peet's Coffee and Tea, 3rd Ave. and B St. in San Mateo
Come to an informal time to meet and talk with Jerri any Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. No appointment necessary, just show up and Jerri will be happy to talk with you.

Sisters in Spirit (SIS) – Please join us!
Our group consists of women from all walks of life joining in community as we explore and discover what it means to lead a “spiritual” life. We primarily do this through book reading, discussion and meditation, but this fall we will be looking at new ways to continue along this path, perhaps adding in field trips to various houses of worship, rotating facilitation of our group, and more.
Sisters in Spirit meets 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23, and 12/7. Feel free to bring a bag lunch. Contact Rebecca at: (650) 483-0756 or email: rebrue@earthlink.net for more information.

Wise and Wonderful Seniors
DECEMBER—Saturday 12/6, 7pm: All church adult Christmas party and MSJ fundraiser
Wednesday 12/10, 10:30 a.m.: Senior Tea
Sunday 12/14 after worship: Pick-a-poinsettia for delivery
Sunday 12/21 after worship: All church Caroling—come share in the fun!

Pick-A-Party 2014: what party will you host?
CCSM’s 16th annual “Pick-A-Party” fundraiser is now underway.
•    We will distribute the list of parties on November 2 so you can decide in advance which parties you wish to purchase.
•    November 9 is Pick-A-Party Sunday. Parties will be offered for purchase in Kloss Hall at 9:45 am.
Pick-A-Party is a great way to enjoy the fellowship of CCSM members and friends while supporting our church financially.   
Questions?  Contact Carol Henton at carolhenton@aol.com or 650-571-7563 or Jennifer Jacoby-Yeh at jjacobyyeh@yahoo.com or 650-346-6114.

Christmas Party – December 13
We’re changing things up a bit for the annual Christmas party this year. We wanted to be sure and include the youth and families, so things will be a little more active this time! The party will take place somewhat earlier (5pm or so) will still include dinner, but here’s the new part – we’re presenting a “talent show”, and we’d like to include different groups in the church, such as the BOB’s, the bikers, maybe the quilters, families….and of course, the masters of all talent shows….the choir!
So, put your thinking caps on, and come up with a Christmas-themed song or skit – the sillier the better.
If this sounds intriguing, please contact Deb Flaherty: Flaherty.dwr@gmail.com.

Fall Meditation Schedule
The meditation group meets in the church library, 2nd floor, next to the choir room, 12:00-12:30 on the following Sundays: 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14. For further info; Bob Jarmusz, (650) 574-7372 or bobjarmusz@gmail.com

Dates to Remember In December
December 6—Healing the World: An Evening with Ruth Messinger, President of American Jewish World Service
December 7—Christmas Concert
December 13—Christmas Party and Silent Auction
December 14—Children’s pageant
December 21—Caroling after church

Bring It On!
Did you procrastinate and not get your spring cleaning done? If so, plan a fall “blow out”! Blow out your garage, closets and attic, get rid of anything you don’t need or love, and drop those items off on the Kloss Hall stage. The rummage sale isn’t until March 13 and 14, but you can “bring it on” now so volunteers can start turning your donations into funds for justice projects around the world.



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Fall 2014 Sermon Series by Penny Nixon

November 23
Thanksgiving Sunday
Sermon: Forget the Bling, I Want Real Jewels!

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take
but by the moments that take our breath away.

bird landing

Sunday, November 30
Sacred Moments of Listening

We will hear stories from CCSM people who went on the Encuentro trip and share communion as Advent begins. Penny presiding. Carlos Correra guest.

Sunday, December 7
Sacred Moments of Music

Gloria! Christmas Concert by Chancel Choir

Sunday, December 14
Sacred Moments of Innocence

Children’s Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 21
Sacred Moments of Surprise

Expect the Unexpected – Penny preaching. Caroling following service.

Wednesday, December 24
Sacred Moments of Keeping Watch
Staying awake to experience the coming of the Christ in our midst
5 pm: Family service
7 pm: Posada
11 pm: Candlelight service

Sunday, December 28
Sacred Moments of Wisdom

CCSM College Students return and share their faith journeys with us

Sneak Peek Epiphany
Testify to Love

Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.
—Cornel West