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Adult Spiritual Education

Programs at the
Congregational Church of San Mateo

Join with us over the coming months to enjoy the full experience of Christian community as a bountiful offering of programs here at CCSM provides opportunities to be educated, inspired and connected.

We have a very active men’s group called Band Of Brothers (BOB) and a women’s group called Sisters in Spirit (SIS). The men and women of CCSM are coming together in small groups to study books, explore spirituality, and form both space and trust, in order to have discussion about a life of faith that matters.

  • SIS meetings are held alternating Sundays. Contact Karen Holderbein <karenholderbein@comcast.net>.
  • BOB welcomes new members – men who believe that life is enriched through relationships based on mutual respect and a shared journey. If you have questions, want further information about the Band of Brothers, or just want to share your thoughts, please contact any one of us: Peter Held, 650-888-8398 <heldpainting@aol.com>; Mike Mullery, 650-348-5512 <leeandmikemull@cs.com>; Mark Meyers, 510-760-1605 <meyers@westerntruckfab.com>

Wise and Wonderful Seniors!
Wise and Wonderful Seniors meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Look in the Pine Tree and/or the calendar for special programs and opportunities to get together for fellowship. There will be no meetings in July and August.

Summer Speaker Series
Our annual Summer Speaker Series (six consecutive Sunday mornings, 9:30 – 10:20 a.m.) kicks off on Sunday, July 13. From politics and global issues in Asia that first Sunday morning, we will travel to Tanzania, Cuba, and Haiti where we will be privy to on-the-ground information. We will also discover new scientific information about Alzheimer’s and as well as economic innovation for the common good right here in our own backyard.
July 13—Peter Bayley, PhD: Memory and Its Relationship to Alzheimer’s Disease. Peter is an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine at Stanford University and Director of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Veteran’s Affairs hospital in Palo Alto. He has a strong interest in finding new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and has been involved in research for over 20 years. This presentation will cover some of the facts and myths surrounding memory and Alzheimer’s disease, and provide practical suggestions for healthy aging.

July 20—Mike Armacost: Maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas. Come hear former U.S. Ambassador Mike Armamcost discuss the maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas, which pit China against Japan in the former, and against the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei (and Taiwan) in the latter. Michael Armacost is the Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, and has served as U.S. ambassador to the Philippines and Japan.

July 27—Tony Gallo: Cuba. A Country Frozen in Revolution.
Tony and Kathy visited Tony’s home country of Cuba after a 53-year absence. We will go on a photo journey explaining the genesis of Cuba’s struggles, revisiting his childhood memories around Habana, and exploring how the Cuban people live today. He will serve a typical Cuban snack to get things started!
Tony works as a Semiconductor Engineering manager developing emerging memory technology in Silicon Valley. He received his Doctorate in Chemistry from UC Berkeley and returned to California 7 years ago where he met his wife (also a UC grad - GO BEARS). He fell in love with CCSM soon after and is active in CFE, BoB, CC Riders, Choir, and all jobs he can possibly fill in when asked.

August 3—Warren Long: Nothing is Impossible! Teaching hands-on science in Tanzania.
Long time CCSM member and science teacher Warren Long will share his experience leading workshops for teachers in the Kilimanjaro region incorporating hands-on-Science activities into their curriculum. This presentation includes slides showing classroom conditions, interactions with teachers, a celebration at a village school for scholarships covering school fees for students, visits to district schools and experiences from a safari and other travel in Northern Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Warren recently retired from a 29 year high school science teaching career teaching all sciences but mostly chemistry, earth science and biology. In May, he began directing a non-profit, Science from Scientists as they expand their science education program for middle schools from Boston to the San Francisco Bay Area.

August 10—Jerri Handy: Transformation in Haiti. Come share the experiences of the latest trip to Haiti; powerful moments of transformation in Pastors and leaders, worship singing in Creole, conversation with our mission partners Patrick and Franswas Villiar.
Come receive words of gratitude for the role you played both financially and prayerfully. Your $1,400 covered every need, from transportation, to 102 meals.
Come hear the message: We are a Global Mission Church.
Come learn about the next trip to Haiti. The Wise and Wonderful Seniors have taken on the project of raising money to pay the salary of a music teacher for CONASPEH (our mission partner) as well as collecting instruments for the school.
Rev. Jerri Handy is your Minister of Congregational Care here at CCSM. In September Jerri will have been involved in ministry here for 6 years. Jerri has a broad area of interest in Global Ministries and works to inspire this church to hear, learn and participate in building relationships with mission partners. Prior to ministry Jerri worked as a mental health counselor in public schools in Indianapolis, IN and also had an active private therapy practice. Ministry at this stage in my life is using my gifts and skills to be the hands, feet and face of God.

August 17. Andy Fyfe: A Better Way to Do Business: with a glimpse on some local community engagement in San Francisco
Andy Fyfe, son of John Fyfe: long term member of Congregational Church of San Mateo works for an organization called: B Lab. B Lab is a 501c3 non profit that supports a global movement of entrepreneurs using business as a force for good. Have you heard of B Corporations? These are companies (1,000+) around the world (35 countries) representing many industries (60) redefining what it means to be successful by taking care of their employees, their local communities, and being better stewards of the environment. Best news? There are 165 of them in the Bay Area. Andy will share a little about what is happening in the ‘responsible business’ world and then dive deeper into an issue he’s also passionate about: the changing landscape of the Mission community in San Francisco and how new and old residents are finding ways to engage with one another and rebuild community.






We embrace innovation and experiment with new ways of being faithful. We strive to be rooted but not stuck.