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Getting Started

Are you new to CCSM? We want to get to know you.

Whether you’ve moved to the neighborhood or have joined us in an online service, please let us know if you want to find out more about our beloved community and how you might get more involved. Please join us Sunday mornings at 10:30am for worship, in person at 225 Tilton Ave., San Mateo, or online here.

From time to time we have a newcomers’ gathering, and we love to receive new members. Contact us for more information.

Opportunities to Connect

Small Groups

First Tuesday Book Club (on ZOOM)

1st Tuesday 7:30-9:30 pm
Susan Stoehr:
Meets the first Tuesday of most months, currently on Zoom, to discuss a book (usually fiction) previously selected together. All are welcome.

Sisters in Spirit (SIS)

Sisters in Spirit (SIS):  Sharing, sisterhood, and exploration of spirituality and consciousness (among other topics) through the examination of contemporary authors, writers and thought-leaders.  For more info, contact Rebecca Ruedy-Whelan at

Band of Brothers: Spiritual Journey

Every other Saturday, 7:45 am Mike Mullery:
Band of Brothers: Modern Men Thursdays 7:30- 9:00 pm
Peter Held:
Men’s groups building the bonds of deep friendship and spirituality, practicing our faith and having fun!

Spiritual Conversations (on ZOOM)

Every other Mon 7:15-8:45 pm
Chris Wuthmann:
Discussion group exploring various topics, books, and ideas through a spiritual lens

In the Spirit of Sharing (on ZOOM)

Every Thursday 7:00-8:30 pm
Chase Montara:
Spiritual group gathering to connect with ourselves, with Spirit and with each other, as we navigate the challenges of the pandemic. Each week, we listen to music selections, read a few poems, watch a short video and share our reflections with each other.

Ministry of Service & Justice

2nd Tuesday 7:00-8:30 pm
Carole Wilson:
The Ministry of Service and Justice (MSJ) meets the second Tuesday of the month in the evening from 7:00 - 8:30pm (currently on Zoom). Join our group to address social justice issues that impact our local community.

Music and Art (in person)

3rd Friday 12:00-2:00 pm
Susan Duty:
Monthly gathering over lunch with a special guest sharing a music or arts-related topic.

20’s / 30’s (on ZOOM)

1st Friday 7:00-9:00 pm
Jorge Bautista:
Young adults meeting for friendship and community building


Lani Leydig:
Quilters and knitters assembling afghans and quilts for those in need

Trudy’s Teas

Not Determined
Diane Kalliam:
Opportunity for women from the church to meet and enjoy a meal and fellowship

CC Riders Cycling Group

Every Saturday 8:00- 11:00 am
Peter Held:
This bike club offers group rides for every level of ability. Starts in Woodside for coffee, scones, and fellowship. When the weather is bad, sometimes the group just meets for breakfast.


Chancel Choir (in person)

Select Sundays
Lynnelle Bilsey:
Leads the congregation and enriches worship with a diverse offering of music, including special worship services and concerts

Bell Choir (in person)

Select Thursdays 7-8:30 pm
Lynnelle Bilsey:
A full handbell choir performing in worship services occasionally

Joyful Noise Choir

Julie Berk:
Exuberant children’s choir singing for special worship services

Ministry & Volunteering

Companion Ministry

Diane Kalliam:
Calling and visiting those with health and other challenges

Month of Sundays (greeting cards)

No Regular Meetings
Deb Flaherty:
Sending cards to those in difficult circumstances or celebrations

Reception Desk Volunteers

Monday -Thursday 9-12 and 1-3 pm
Chase Montara:
Answering the phone, receiving visitors and helping with many tasks needed to run the church such as mail, filing, copying, etc.

Open Cathedral Sandwich Making

4th Sunday 9:00-10:30 am
Nancy Dieguez:
Once a month making 100 lunches for Open Cathedral, a weekly non-denominational outdoor worship service

Second Hour

Sunday Learning Opportunities

Second Hour Sundays bring important topics for learning and discussion following the Sunday service.

Recent discussions have included:
  • Conversation on Spiritually Rooted Leadership for a Time of Change with Pacific School of Religion president Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy
  • Conversation with Pastor Álvaro Duran, Anglican theologian, pastor, and LGBTIQ+ Human Rights defender, the first and only openly LGBTIQ+ religious leader in El Salvador
  • Discussion group on the book Caste by Isabelle Wilkerson
  • Asian American History in the Bay Area with Grace Yoo 
  • Historian, theologian and author Martyn Whittock on Trump and the Puritans: exploring the deep historical roots of the support for Donald Trump among US evangelicals 
  • Penny Nixon on Religion and Politics: Finding Our Way 
  • Author Robby Jones on White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity 
  • Rev. Jim Antal on God’s Call – Our Vocation – In A Time of Climate Chaos
  • Activist Suzanne Verge on gun violence
  • Author Rev. Molly Baskette on Bless This Mess: A Modern Guide to Faith and Parenting in a Chaotic World
  • Climate Church, Climate World: A Discussion
  • Schools & Communities First with Dr. Jennifer Martinez, Chief Strategy Officer, PICO California

Prayer & Care

Prayer Requests, Joys, and Concerns

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; others are shared in the bulletin under Joys and Concerns for prayer by the whole community. If you would like to speak with a pastor or have other pastoral needs, please use the form below.

Music Groups

Becoming something greater in harmony…

Our Choirs

If you’re interested in performing in one of our choirs, please contact us.


The Chancel Choir is led by our Director of Music, Lynnelle Bilsey. The choir leads the congregation and enriches worship with a diverse offering of music. Our chancel choir offers special worship services and concerts, accompanied by a variety of instruments.

Carillon Handbell

Sundays are extra-special when our Carillon Handbell Choir performs under the direction of Lynnelle Bilsey.

Our Instrumentalists

If you play an instrument and would like to be part of our vibrant musical community, please let us know. We often have instrumentalists accompany our Chancel Choir and perform as soloists.

Our Music & Arts Circle

Our Music and Arts Circle meets monthly over a light lunch for music and art related programming and fellowship. Look for our next Music and Arts Circle gathering on our main calendar.

Organ Camp

Our church organist, Dr. Angela Kraft Cross, and our Joyful Noise Youth Director, Julie Berk, are committed to the musical education of young people. Organ Camp is an opportunity for young pianists to learn about the pipe organ. 

Children & Youth

Connecting children and youth with authentic spirituality.


At CCSM we’re committed to nurturing the spiritual development of children and youth by equipping them with the tools they need to discover faith-filled answers…for themselves. Our multi-dimensional programming, facilitated by our expert teachers, seeks to meet each child wherever they are on their faith journey. At CCSM, we strive to impart that:

  • An open-minded, progressive approach to scripture and tradition – without indoctrination — can inspire a love of God and growth in the Christian faith.
  • Jesus’s life models compassion, justice, faith and love for us all and serves to guide, inspire and enrich our children’s lives.
  • Social justice is an integral part of the Christian faith – we’re all the hands, feet, and face of God.


Beyond our core programming, we have many ways for children, youth and families to connect with our CCSM community.

  • Sing in our Joyful Noise Youth Choir and become something greater in harmony!
  • Participate in our many opportunities for service at CCSM, in our neighborhood and beyond.
  • Sign up for one of our Service and Education Opportunities. We offer opportunities that are appropriate for families as well as youth-specific trips.




Once again, CCSM is privileged to support the post-secondary education of those in our community! We offer scholarships undergraduate as well as graduate school students.

The application deadline is April 15, 2022.

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Warren Long ( or Sheryl Johnson (

Download applications and further information below:



Baptism & Confirmation

You are my beloved and in you I delight…

At CCSM we perform baptisms for babies, children and adults. Additionally, we have a confirmation program for our youth.


Baptism is an outward and visible sign of the love of God. Through baptism, CCSM affirms that we will nurture and guide you on your spiritual path. Baptism reminds us of our belovedness and that we are a cherished part of the family of God.


The confirmation program is offered every other year and is open to highschoolers who may be interested in exploring their faith in community. It often involves retreats, mentoring, service projects, visits to different faith communities, and more. The program is currently being offered in the 2020-21 calendar year.