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Though we cannot be physically present, beloved community is here for you!


JOIN US online at 10:30am for worship!

Services will be broadcast live on Facebook (CLICK HERE).

CLICK HERE FOR THE BULLETIN for Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Music and announcements start at 10:15 each week, and the service starts at 10:30.

Each week we will archive previous services on our SERMONS PAGE.
All the services will be recorded and posted here and on Facebook to watch anytime.


CCSM Easter Sunday Service
April 4th, 2021


CCSM’s Good Friday 2021 Organ Concert
Performed by Angela Kraft Cross
April 2nd, 2021


CCSM Online Service
Palm Sunday
March 28, 2021


Pastoral Letter from Penny to all AAPI CCSM members, friends, and communities.

Dear Asian American and Pacific Islander CCSM members and friends,

I am writing with deep concern for you in the face of escalating anti-Asian violence. The horrendous murder of six women of Asian descent in Atlanta this week is getting widespread media coverage, but we know this is just one of many attacks this year on the dignity, humanity and safety of AAPI people in the United States. Regardless of the shooter’s stated intent, we cannot and must not overlook the impact of the murders on the Asian community — especially women and working-class people — amid a sharp rise in anti-Asian violence and rhetoric throughout the pandemic.

The violence in Atlanta is not an isolated incident, but part of a pattern woven into the fabric of this country that results in deadly harm for BIPOC communities. Each act of violence, verbal or physical, opens a deep historical wound and brings up painful memories from our nation’s history.

We in California bear an even greater responsibility — 45% of the 3,800 anti-Asian hate incidents reported by Stop AAPI Hate in the past year have occurred in California. We know that anti-Asian discrimination and violence are part of the long legacy of white supremacy in this country, and that racist rhetoric from the highest levels of government in 2020 reflects this longer legacy.

As an inclusive, beloved community committed to working daily for justice and equity for all, we unequivocally condemn this hatred toward Asian American and Pacific Island communities, as well as hatred toward all people based on race, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

We stand together against hate and discrimination and to uphold the truth stated so eloquently by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

We want you to know that CCSM is recommitting to our efforts to hold officials accountable, dismantle systems of racism, misogyny, and xenophobia, and build a world in which everyone belongs and is able to thrive.

Please know that your spiritual community surrounds you with love and light during this time. We want you to know that you are not alone. We are with you. We see you. We witness your pain. We seek to be part of the healing through love and solidarity.

Love,
Penny


 

Pastoral Letter from Penny to all AAPI CCSM members, friends, and communities.

Dear Asian American and Pacific Islander CCSM members and friends,

I am writing with deep concern for you in the face of escalating anti-Asian violence. The horrendous murder of six women of Asian descent in Atlanta this week is getting widespread media coverage, but we know this is just one of many attacks this year on the dignity, humanity and safety of AAPI people in the United States. Regardless of the shooter’s stated intent, we cannot and must not overlook the impact of the murders on the Asian community — especially women and working-class people — amid a sharp rise in anti-Asian violence and rhetoric throughout the pandemic.

The violence in Atlanta is not an isolated incident, but part of a pattern woven into the fabric of this country that results in deadly harm for BIPOC communities. Each act of violence, verbal or physical, opens a deep historical wound and brings up painful memories from our nation’s history.

We in California bear an even greater responsibility — 45% of the 3,800 anti-Asian hate incidents reported by Stop AAPI Hate in the past year have occurred in California. We know that anti-Asian discrimination and violence are part of the long legacy of white supremacy in this country, and that racist rhetoric from the highest levels of government in 2020 reflects this longer legacy.

As an inclusive, beloved community committed to working daily for justice and equity for all, we unequivocally condemn this hatred toward Asian American and Pacific Island communities, as well as hatred toward all people based on race, gender, sexual orientation or religion.

We stand together against hate and discrimination and to uphold the truth stated so eloquently by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

We want you to know that CCSM is recommitting to our efforts to hold officials accountable, dismantle systems of racism, misogyny, and xenophobia, and build a world in which everyone belongs and is able to thrive.

Please know that your spiritual community surrounds you with love and light during this time. We want you to know that you are not alone. We are with you. We see you. We witness your pain. We seek to be part of the healing through love and solidarity.

Love,
Penny

 

JOIN US: check the calendar!

Though we cannot be physically present with one another at this time, there are more and more events being scheduled to find ways of gathering via the internet. We are starting to post those on our calendar. Please check the church calendar to find a movie to watch “together,” a discussion group, a virtual meal… as sheltering in place continues, we will look for more and more ways to connect over the phone and the web. (Not all events have been updated yet… please be patient as we edit our calendar to match our current situation. Please contact the event’s host if you have questions about it. There are currently NO in-person events happening at the church, even if the location indicates it’s on campus.)

 

We want to pray with you

Now more than ever, our prayers are needed and our prayers connect us. We want to know your prayer needs, and each week the bulletin‘s “Joys and Concerns” section will include those you’ve indicated you want to be public. Each week, the pastoral care team gives prayerful attention to the congregation’s joys and concerns. Many of these come with a request to hold the contents in confidence; therefore they are not published below in the Joys and Concerns. The wonderful thing about prayer is one doesn’t need a specific reason in order to lift another in the light of love and care. Please know that many in your CCSM community are facing challenges and experiencing both emotional and physical pain; so even though a prayer need may not be made public, please hold your brothers and sisters in your heart. Since this is an online document now, we are omitting phone numbers and addresses. Please check your directory or go to MyCCSM to find phone numbers and addresses to send cards.

In order to let us know of your prayer requests, there are several ways to do so. Call (650-343-3694) or email the church office–please let us know if you wish it to be in Joys and Concerns or confidential) or fill out our prayer request form here:

Giving

It’s an uncertain time for everyone right now, and many organizations are in need of resources at a time when giving is down. Every week we make a gift to one of the organizations we sponsor, and you are encouraged to continue giving generously to our “plate offering” organizations even as we are not physically gathering.  Here are several ways to give:

• You can quickly give a one-time gift or you can log in to myCCSM and set up a recurring gift. Learn more about myCCSM and how you can set up an account. Contact us if you need assistance.

Give Online Now

Button to give now online

• You can also TEXT a gift to the church. Text 73256 and type in either CCSM Plate $ (with the amount) or CCSM General $ (with the amount). You will receive a response text that asks you to click on an included link.

• Of course, you may always send in a check to the church office (225 Tilton Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401).

 

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