Ministry of Service & Justice (MSJ)

 
Matthew 25:35 says, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in".

In order to put action to this scripture, the Ministry of Service and Justice (MSJ) seeks to cultivate a more just and compassionate world, working together to understand and meet the real needs of our local community and beyond. MSJ is an active and vibrant ministry integral to the life of this church, and it. is involved in a wide variety of projects: long term and short term, local and global, small and large, CCSM-only and partnered with the community.

Our goal is to be the hands, feet and face of God in this world. 

A Climate Church

The EEJ (Energy, Environmental Justice) Ministry was formed in 2019 to research, educate, implement and communicate in the CCSM community sustainable practices and energy saving operations such as installing solar panels and other efficiency upgrades to our campus. By fulfilling our mission, CCSM will save money, reduce our carbon footprint and do our part to mitigate climate change. Our mission aligns with the congregation’s social justice values and sustainability of our planet. 

Solar Project

The solar project being researched for consideration is a design of overhead solar panels installed in the parking lot with storage batteries, car charging stations and provision for limited use of power for our neighbors in case of emergency.

Sanctuary Church

CCSM voted to become a Sanctuary Church in February 2017, approving this motion: “The Congregational Church of San Mateo declares itself a Sanctuary Congregation and as such will open our doors to welcome into Sanctuary undocumented individuals who are facing deportation and in need of safe refuge.”

Later that year, two members of the TransGay Caravan, Estefany and Natalia, were received by the church to live in an apartment on the grounds adapted for that purpose, with Estefany staying for an extended period. Currently, a father and son, David and Byron, reside in the church’s Sanctuary apartment.

man with a child on his back

Ministry of Service & Justice (MSJ)

God has no hands but your hands, no feet but your feet, no face but your face.

The Ministry of Service and Justice (MSJ) seeks to cultivate a more just and compassionate world, working together to understand and meet the real needs of our local community and beyond. MSJ is an active and vibrant ministry integral to the life of this church, and is involved in a wide variety of projects: long term and short term, local and global, small and large, CCSM-only and partnered with the community.

Our Partners

 
Education
Boys and Girls Club SM
Peninsula Scholarship Fund
Disaster Response
International Rescue Committee – Ukraine
Millbrae Fire Victims/Three Schools/Mariposa
Red Cross - Tongan Relief
 
PRIDE Celebration Sponsor: