• Congregational Church of San Mateo

    God is a spirit of love that can be
    felt and known by each one of us.
  • Congregational Church of San Mateo

    Christian means we eagerly explore
    the Bible for its spiritual wisdom.
  • Congregational Church of San Mateo

    We understand faith as a quest,
    not a clutched certainty.
  • Congregational Church of San Mateo

    We are Christian. We are diverse.
    We are evolving.
  • Congregational Church of San Mateo

    Christianity is as much about the heart as the head, as much about the body as the mind.
  • Congregational Church of San Mateo

    We strive to be rooted,
    but not stuck.

Welcome to the Congregational Church of San Mateo! 

LAS POSADAS Las-Posadas-art

December 19, 5:30-9:00 pm at CCSM

Las Posadas means “the inns” or “the shelters” in Spanish and it commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and their search to find shelter for the birth of Jesus. It is a re-enactment of their difficult journey. A journey, in keeping with Luke’s biblical story, where Mary and Joseph hear the words “No!…No room!” as they ask for a place to stay.
I love this celebration and creative re-enactment of Luke’s story because it always reminds me and encourages me to consider my own practice of hospitality. I believe Advent is an appropriate time to consider how we respond to newcomers in our midst.
So mark your calendars for the service of Las Posadas. It will be a great day of not only a communal and participatory liturgy, but a time to enjoy tamales, pan dulce, ponche, and a piñata for the kids. Finally, my mom, along with several women from the community, have already volunteered to make the tamales! For those who are interested in helping or learning how to make tamales, ALL are welcome to join the tamalada! It will be a great opportunity not only to meet my mom, but to develop relationships with our neighbors.
Details to come as we get closer to the day. Many blessings to all of you during this advent season.
—Jorge Perry Bautista

Franc D'Ambrosio Christmas in New York

Christmas in New York with Franc D’Ambrosio
December 20 • 2pm at CCSM
CCSM is thrilled to welcome the legendary Franc D’Ambrosio—Broadway’s “Iron Man of the Mask”—to the Bay Area for a special engagement of his Christmas in New York to benefit Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti di Lucca and the programs of CCSM.
With over 2,300 performances, Franc held the title “World’s Longest Running Phantom of the Opera” for over a decade, and starred as Anthony Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather III. Franc co-founded the Accademia in Lucca (Italy) in honor of his teacher, Lorenzo Malfatti.
Appearing with Franc are Portland-based pianist Stephanie Lynne Smith and prospective Accademia student, contralto Jasmine Johnson, currently in studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
This event WILL SELL OUT. Only a limited amount of tickets will be available at the door. General admission is $35. You may purchase tickets at francatccsm.brownpapertickets.com/  or ask Pearly in the church office if you need help.


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