For the first time in 2019 we initiated a “Sustaining Pledger” option, through which people commit a pledge over a three-year period. Forty-six of you participated in that program! These sustaining pledges, as well as the 2019 annual pledges, have made the following possible:
- All Church Assemblies, where the CCSM family comes together to plan themes and activities that address the needs of our community.
- The hiring of Sheryl Johnson, our dynamic associate minister of Children, Youth, and Families, and the programs she has initiated for parents as well as our young people
- Sixty Minutes, which continues to address topics relevant to our teens
- A growing “on-line” presence and outreach through social media
- A vibrant 20’s and 30’s group, active in social justice events and committed to building personal relationships
- Continued work with immigration and the sanctuary movement, including the approval of father and son sanctuary guests, scheduled to arrive around Thanksgiving
- Plate offerings totaling $41,623 supporting more than 20 outside agencies
- The celebration of Lynnelle Bilsey’s 25 years with CCSM, a quarter century of work to bring quality and inspiring music to worship from vocal and bell choirs, instrumentalists, and soloists
- Special events such as concerts by Solstice and our organ scholars, talks by Brian McLaren, Richard Rothstein, and Pantsuit Politics
- Space for support groups such as AA and ACA, our Girl Scout Troops, Faith in Action, the San Francisco Foundation, One San Mateo and other community groups seeking affordable venues to meet and address the greater community’s issues
- Second hours focusing on Homelessness, Anti-Gun Violence, Climate Change
- Banners which influence passersby and welcome the stranger, the immigrant, the displaced
- An Energy Ministry, tasked with furthering CCSM’s efforts to be environmentally responsible
- Housing the Home and Hope rotating shelter for families who are homeless
- Various improvements around the building such as new blinds in the Fireplace Room and Library, motion sensor security lights soon to be installed in the playgrounds and parking lot, a basketball hoop for our youth, as well as projects our custodian extraordinaire has done behind the scenes to ensure a “clean well-lighted place” for worship
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, Knitters, Music and Art, Time Out for Lunch Bunch, 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 four 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, Atkinson Foundation, Cadette Girl Scouts, Special Needs Kids, One San Mateo, Mid-Peninsula Village, Homework Central, Intercommunal Pre-School, Faith in Action,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 times each year), candidate forums prior to elections, Lifeline Screening, Unaccompanied Minors Holiday Party, Homework Central Family Nights, 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, Viva La Musica, and Solstice have performed in our hallowed hall. The sanctuary has been the sacred space for weddings and 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.