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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.

Music & Art Guild: Beatrix Potter, a Woman of the World
Friday, October 17, noon • Buckham Room
Dr. Beverly Vaughn Hock, PhD in International and Multicultural Education, will present a program about Beatrix Potter. The creator of Peter Rabbit was also a gifted woman of science, studying zoology and botany. She was a landscape artist, naturalist, and farmer, and left hundreds of acres of land to the National Trust. Bev has taught children's literature classes at Cañada College and several colleges in the Bay Area. She will talk about Beatrix Potter's influences on children's literature, and bring books and artifacts to share.
Parents enrolled in the Music School, Little Wonders and the Muslim Children's Garden School are especially invited. Bring your sandwich; beverages and a delicious dessert will be provided. We welcome guests, who should call Zelta Adams at 341-1644 by October 13 to reserve.

Intercommunal Survival School Yard Sale
Saturday, October 18, 9:00am - 3:00pm
One of our outreach organizations, Intercommunal Preschool, is having a Yard Sale to raise money for the school. They are looking for donations of children's clothing and toys in addition to men's clothing. Donations will be accepted the week of October 13-17. Please call Mindy, the Director to set up a tome to drop by donations. The school is located at 713 2nd Avenue in San Mateo. Thank you for your support.

The Blanketeers Turned 14!
Did you know the Blanketeers have been sewing and donating quilts to those in need for 14 years? We are a small but determined group working to give the gift of warmth to those who may need a little special attention during critical or challenging events in their lives. Come be a part of creating and producing these gifts.
Our next two meetings are on October 18 and November 15 from 1 to 4 pm in the Buckham Room. Please contact Linda Skromme for more information at linda.skromme@gmail.com.

SF Chamber Orchestra’s “Very First Concert” Series Returns October 18th!
The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Ben Simon, will return to CCSM this year to perform their “Very First Concerts” for young children. The first of these concerts will be on Saturday, October 18th in Kloss Hall and it is free!
There are three short concerts to choose from that day, at 10:00, 10:45, and 11:30, each lasting 20 minutes. These concerts are designed for children between the ages of 1 and 7 years old; however, children and adults of all ages are encouraged to attend.
For more information contact Julie Berk at teacherjulie@pacbell.net or 650.400.9808.
We hope to see you all there. It is sure to be a wonderful musical and educational experience for your children and grandchildren!

Crop Walk, October 19
Join our youth as they walk to raise money for local and world hunger relief programs, October 19 at Burgess Park in Menlo Park!
To donate online:

6th Annual Interfaith Choral Concert
Praises of Truth and Grace
Sunday, October 26, 5:00 pm • CCSM

This year we will host and participate with our choir in the interfaith concert, Praises of Truth and Grace, which is a benefit for Home & Hope.
The other participating choirs are from St. Catherine of Sienna, First Presbyterian Church Burlingame, Episcopal Church of St. Matthew, Transfiguration Episcopal Church and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Please bring family and friends to enjoy an uplifting evening of choral music. Reception will follow the concert.

Halloween Organ Concert
October 31, 8 pm
The Phantom of the Casavant (aka Angela Kraft Cross) will give an organ concert in our sanctuary on Halloween evening. Our Organ Scholar, Tom Lohmuller will also be making a guest appearance! Listen to favorites such as Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Boellmann's Toccata! Suggested donation at the door is $10.

First Tuesday Book Group
November 4,7:30-9:00
Come join us for a lively discussion of Dan Brown's Inferno, his latest thriller in a series of books. Through the story, we journey through Rome, Florence and even Venice! The book is available in paperback. New readers are always welcome. Call Betsy Woodward if you want more information (650-571-9359) and/or email Susan Stoehr if you wish to be added to the email list (s_stoehr@hotmail.com)

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.

Justice, Moral Dilemmas, and Doing the Right Thing
A 6-Part Series by Penny based on Michael Sandel’s book Justice
Sundays, October 19; November 2 & 16
Noon – 1 p.m., Buckham Room

Using Michael Sandel’s book Justice and gleaning wisdom from his lectures at Harvard, Penny will lead this class by opening with a 7-10 minute mini-lecture, will pose moral dilemmas and complicated scenarios for small group discussion, and will wrap up the hour with group discussion and a 3-5 minute response that synthesizes her understanding of each subject area from our faith tradition. In keeping with Sandel’s approach, the goal of the class is to subject our views (personal and church) to critical examination—to figure out what we think and why.
In our course we will be adding, “What does our faith tradition (prophets and the teachings of Jesus) say about justice?” Guaranteed to be a thought-provoking and deepening course.
1. How do we make our “justice-decisions?”
2. Cost-benefit analysis and bottom lines.
3. What matters is the motive.
4. Who deserves what?
5. What do we owe one another?
6. Justice and the common good.

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
Wednesday activities are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Buckham Room.
Thursday activities: meet at church at 10:30 a.m., leave at 10:40, return by 1 p.m.

OCTOBER—Wednesday 10/8: Advance Directive planning, Bob Jarmusz and Dakota Brown. Hear about the benefits of Advance Directives from a patient’s view as well as a chaplain’s view.
Thursday 10/23: Sole Ristorante Italiano, 69 37th Ave, San Mateo. Meet the owner of a small Italian Restaurant in San Mateo and experience a wonderful taste sensation as we dine together.
NOVEMBER—Wednesday 11/12: Rev. Jerri Handy. A yet to be determined speaker will be addressing the safety concerns of Senior Citizens in the greater San Mateo area.
Thursday 11/27: THANKSGIVING
DECEMBER—Saturday 12/6, 7pm: All church adult Christmas party and MSJ fundraiser
Wednesday 12/10: Senior Tea
Sunday 12/14: Pick-a-poinsettia for delivery
Sunday 12/21: 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, set for November 9, is now underway. To offer a party, think of something you enjoy doing and then build a party or activity around your idea. While dinner parties are popular, there are many wonderful ways to throw a party.
•    Select a date for the party (or activity). Any date between mid-November and early summer is fine.   
•    Submit your party offering to Carol Henton or Jennifer Jacoby-Yeh. The deadline to do so is Sunday, October 19.
•    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.
•    New this year: an online tool for you to describe your party offering. Stay tuned for more details.
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.

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: 10/19, 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

October 19
Sermon: Cling-Free Spirituality

October 26
Sermon: How Big is your Frying Pan?

November 2
All Saints Sunday
Sermon: Touching our Ancestors

November 9
Pick-A-Party Sunday
Sermon: Why Did the Man Clip the Bird’s Wings?

November 16
Bible Sunday, Family Worship.
Sermon: Back to Kindergarten

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