Dia de los Muertos celebrated at CCSM on Nov. 3, 3-7pm

Come celebrate Dia de los Muertos at CCSM! 3:00-5:00pm • Decorating sugar skulls • Making paper flowers • Making confetti • Face painting 5:00-6:00pm • Decorating and blessing   the altar 6:00-7:00pm • Baile Folklorico • Food/Dinner

“RBG”: Documentary on Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Screening at CCSM

 November 16 at 7:00 pm • Buckham Room Join us for a screening hosted by MSJ of this widely acclaimed documentary! Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a fighter, an inspiration, and an icon—and this documentary tells the story of how she became a lawyer “when women were not wanted by the legal profession,” and explores her life and career fighting … Read More

8th Annual William J. Bullis Fundraiser and Silent Auction

Saturday, October 20 • 4:00-7:00pm The proceeds from this annual event go to fund a scholarship given to a young aspiring chef who cannot afford culinary school. This year’s auctioneer for the live auction is Congresswoman Jackie Speier. Over 200 different items from golfing to cake, cookies and candy will be auctioned. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Visit willsdreamfoundation.org, … Read More

PEACE GARDEN: COMING SOON to a lawn near you!

Add John Fyfe’s continued commitment to the beautification of our grounds and a 17-year-old Blair Castelino hoping to earn the Eagle Scout rank, and CCSM gets a Peace Garden in front of the Woodward CE Building! First comes an olive tree, a symbol of peace for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Then, some plants. Children from the Muslim Children’s Garden, our … Read More


The new CCSM bylaws mean: no longer are nine rotating members required to serve on the Ministry for Children, Youth and Families (CYF). The former chair is now called a “lead.” The name of a ministry can be changed without a congregational vote.  Transformation is afoot! However, the purpose of CYF remains the same—to provide an environment for the spiritual … Read More

CCSM Top Chefs

Cooking and eating together builds community.  Learning some skills in addition is an extra bonus.  Twice a month, CYF sponsors its own “cooking show” for the high schoolers.  Through demonstration by experts and participation by young sous chefs, the youth learn to make meals that they can replicate for their families or create once they are older and on their … Read More

We heard you, and your voice matters!

Penny and Marge wanted to thank everyone again for your participation in the Survey that was conducted in August.  We felt you would want to have a summary of the results which are responsible for and supportive of some of the changes you are already seeing in worship!  Your feedback is welcome as we shape the CCSM of the future! … Read More

A Fond Farewell 

I’m grateful to have served the Congregational Church of San Mateo for over eighteen years as church administrator and lately as administrator of finance.  Now it’s time to retire, based on my timely completion and mailing of all tax and reports to the members and friends of CCSM, my employment should end by mid-January 2019. Your generosity and acceptance has … Read More

The Common Good: Expanding our Circle of Care to All Beings

Sunday, October 21:  9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Fireplace Room Before worship, Amie Giordano will lead a guided lovingkindess meditation. This Vipassana Buddhist practice, also called “metta,” is a way of opening our hearts by offering kind wishes to ourselves and other beings. Through this guided meditation, we will expand our circle of caring to include ourselves, those we love, … Read More

Faith Leaders’ Solidarity Cohort Kicks Off its Second Year!

If you walk by the Buckham Room on the second Thursday of the month, you will see over thirty San Mateo County faith leaders gathered to address the most pressing social justice issues of our time.  The Faith Leaders’ Solidarity Cohort is led by Penny and Amie through the Peninsula Solidarity Network. The first year of the cohort met from … Read More

Thanksgiving Service with St. James AME Zion

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 22nd, at 10:00 am, we will join our sister church, St. James AME Zion, 825 Monte Diablo Street, for a worship service of praise and gratitude.

Music & Art, October 19

Friday, October 19, noon – 2pm • Buckham Room We are honored to have for our program Ellen Anne Chong. She is a Peninsula native with a broad range of experience in visual art and education. Ellen is currently Director of Education with the Peninsula Museum of Art in Burlingame and facilitates the museum’s Leonardo Studio children’s art program, where the … Read More

Wise & Wonderful

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 10:30am – Noon • Cookies and coffee provided October 24: Film—The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, a PBS documentary about the relationship between an unemployed musician and a flock of feral parrots. November 14: Book discussion—On the Brink Of Everything: Grace and Gravity and Getting Old by Parker Palmer