A FEW CCSM HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018 THAT YOUR COMMITMENTS MADE POSSIBLE…
- Due to the outstanding work of our lay leadership team, the congregation voted unanimously to adopt a new governance and ministry structure.
- We have had two ministry leadership meetings where enthusiastic members worked across ministries to create a dynamic fall at CCSM.
- Total of 24 kids and adults attended Camp Caz (including 13 from the Wednesday Gathering.
- Over 80 children from Muslim Children’s Garden, Little Wonders, the Sunday and Wednesday services participated in Train Day.
- Six teenagers were confirmed their baptismal vows and joined the church in May.
- The high school youth group has been revived featuring CCSM Top Chefs who teach the high schoolers how to prepare their own meals and then join them for conversation around the table.
- Sixty Minutes now averages 12-15 teenagers eager for deep, dynamic discussion.
- We have over 15 Companion Ministers visiting the homebound and elderly.
- The CCSM pastoral team has been present for 11 member families during the loss of their loved ones, as well as a number of friends and relatives of CCSM members.
- Another Girl Scout troop joined our church family—and then launched a special troop for the Sunday and Wednesday youngsters AND an interfaith summer day camp.
- Over eighty families are now active in our children and youth program, not counting 13 connected with the Wednesday Gatherings.
- Fifteen youth from CCSM attended the UCC Western Regional Youth Event in Honolulu—a transformational event–thanks to the generosity of the congregation.
- CCSM has enhanced our social media presence, drawing new followers every week. Our online presence is growing and many people are plugging into CCSM virtually and engaging spiritually when they cannot be present at services.
- While many CCSM members have moved out of the area because of high housing prices, and while a number of our pillars have died this year, we continue to take in new members both in the Sunday congregation and the Wednesday Gatherings. The Wednesday Gatherings average 40-50 weekly.
- Our former sanctuary guest, Estefany, now has a work permit, a job at a hotel in South San Francisco, and her own housing in San Francisco.
- This fall, the congregation explored new ways of experiencing faith and God with lots of conversations and positive feedback.
- The Ministry of Service and Justice sponsored five different Second Hour programs to raise awareness, prompt discussion, and inspire action on the following topics: Bail Reform, Gun Violence, Climate Justice, Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines (co-sponsored with FAHRA – Filipino American Human Rights Alliance), and Immigration Detention Centers.
- Over 80 CCSM members joined the CCSM Justice Network, which was launched by the Ministry of Service and Justice in April. The Justice Network sends out alerts about time-sensitive social justice actions via text message. This network helps us respond to opportunities to stand up for justice and live out our calling as “God’s Hands, Feet, and Face” in the world.
- On June 19, over forty CCSM members attended a press conference after the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors meeting to request the establishment of a deportation defense fund. The following Tuesday, the Supervisors of San Mateo County unanimously approved a $764,000 fund for deportation defense.
- CCSM’s plate offerings to-date are $49,765 – an all-time high. Our collections supported 31 organizations, local, national and international. The largest and most generous plate offering was for the California fire victims @ $3,544.
- Jorge and Penny created First Fridays @CCSM, a monthly dinner church for millennials! We are all having a meaningful time together.
- Marge Boyd and others facilitated a smooth transition after Trini’s retirement with the hiring of Oscar Rosas. Thanks to Jim Berthelsen, Jim Lindsay and Tony Gallo, the upstairs apartment is nearly renovated and Oscar and his family will move in January 1, 2019!
- Members from both the Wednesday and Sunday services gathered for a vigil and press conference outside of our church lawn to honor the life of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez, a young Guatemalan woman who was shot dead by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) last month, as she was making her way to the U.S. to work to pay for her education.
- Rev. Jorge was one of the speakers are the Families Belong Together Rally in Redwood City where hundreds of concerned citizens, members of the faith community, and local leaders at this vital rally to show support for keeping families together! Our demand was clear that Trump’s policies of separating and detaining families must be stopped indefinitely and families must be reunified.
- Members from both the Sunday and Wednesday services participated in Dia De Los Muertos event on November 3rd. There people got to enjoy tamales from Guatemala, arts, crafts, decorating sugar skulls, and blessing the altar that was created by Héctor Robles Montada from the Wednesday gatherings.
- We celebrated Angela’s 25thAnniversary at CCSM with an amazing service. Also, Angela Kraft Cross’s first published organ compositions were released by Lorenz Music/Sacred Music Press under the title Tree of Life, including Grand Lothbury Voluntary, Tree of Life, All Hallows Voluntary, Les Bergers and Kyrie Eleison.
A SPIRITUAL HUB….
During the week, the Fireplace Room, Buckham Room, Library, and Choir Room all require constant changes to accommodate meetings of CCSM groups such as the Blanketeers, Prayer Shawl Knitters, Sanctuary Accompaniment Team, Music and Art, Time Out for Lunch Bunch, Wise and Wonderfuls, First Tuesday Book Club, Spiritual Conversations Gathering, Solidarity Cohort, Sisters in Spirit, and those who practice Meditation.
Interspersed among the above are groups from our surrounding community. We host three 12-Step support groups on a regular weekly basis as well as provide meeting space from time to time for the Upper-Peninsula San Francisco Symphony League, Peninsula College Fund, Atkinson Foundation, Cadette Girl Scouts, Special Needs Kids, a student drama group, One San Mateo, Mid-Peninsula Village, Homework Central, Intercommunal Pre- School, Faith in Action, Survival School, Soulforce Leadership Team, private piano recitals, and the San Francisco Boys’ Chorus. At times, we even have had to use the Production Room and Infant Room to carve out meeting space!
Then there are unique events which require advance planning and special Kloss Hall room arrangements. These include Home and Hope’s rotating family shelter (which CCSM hosts three to four times each year), candidate forums prior to and a polling place during elections, Lifeline Screening, a book tour by John Dear, the PFLAG Scholarship Ceremony, Unaccompanied Minors Holiday Party, and Feelosophers Camp.
Our sanctuary is a coveted venue for concerts such as Angela’s annual Halloween Concert as well as her Spring Concert and Ice Cream Social. Masterworks, the Choral Project, Viva La Musica, and Magic Flutes have performed in our hallowed hall. The sanctuary has been the sacred space for five weddings and nine memorials over the past year.
Celebrations such as retirement parties, quinceañeras, the Will’s Dream Foundation annual Fundraiser, birthday parties, baptisms, first communions, and Pick-a-Parties have graced CCSM’s rooms with laughter and music. The Día de los Muertos and Las Posadas events have built relationships between the Sunday congregation, the Wednesday Gatherings and our neighbors.