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

First Tuesday Book Group

November 6 • 7:30pm • Fireplace Room Hold the presses: we are changing the title of our November book. If you liked Water for Elephants and The Nightingale, this book will capture your heart. The book committee has decided to read The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff for our November meeting. A best seller positively reviewed by NPR, Goodreads says: … Read More

Custodial Apartment Renovation Project

For the past few months, the Custodial Apartment Renovation Project Team (led by Jim Berthelsen, along with Jim Lindsay, Tony Gallo, and Marge Boyd) has been hard at work reviewing bids for the remodel of our custodian’s residential apartment, on the second floor of CCSM, over the Buckham Room and kitchen.  The apartment has had little attention during the past … Read More

Welcome to our New Members!

These new members joined September 23, 2018: Back row: Ray and Noël Olson, Rolf and Robin Hansen, Ago Pedalizo Front row: Shannon, Bridgette, and Paige Sieckert, Troy, Kinsley, and Christine Grabow, Violeta Reyes, Chase Olson

CCSM Adopts Revised Bylaws in Unanimous Vote

From Your Moderator Hello CCSM! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dave Chandler and I am your new Moderator. As I contemplate past moderators and their tremendous achievements, both collectively and individually for over 150 years, I am deeply honored and humbled to take on this role and look forward to our time together. I would be remiss … Read More

Pick-A-Party: 20th Year!

PICK-A-PARTY list of parties is available October 7 Pick-A-Party Sunday is October 14, starting at 9:45 a.m. Since 1998, Pick-A-Party has been an essential part of the fabric of CCSM and a great opportunity to connect with others. Pick-A-Party is fun, extremely popular, and—by far—our largest fundraiser. Whether you host a party or sign up to attend a party, you … Read More

A Few of CCSM’s Saints

Since last All Saints Day, CCSM has lost quite a few pillars of our community. We miss them and remember them with love.