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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.

Longing for Light:
Advent Meditations

Find the light within this Advent season.
Take time ...
to pause
to linger
to wait

Take ten minutes each day
of quiet reflection
breathe in the mystery
find the light within

Daily meditations will be
found on our Facebook page
throughout Advent.
(You do not need to have a
Facebook account to access
the meditations.)


We have a very active men’s group called Band Of Brothers (BOB) and now, an up and coming 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.

Winter programming:
Save the Dates

Book Lecture by author Jay Johnson
Sunday, January 12, noon – 1pm
Divine Communion: A Eucharistic Theology of Sexual Intimacy

Book discussion of Reza Aslan’s Zealot
Saturday, February 15, 5:00pm

Susan and Julien Phillips’ home

Non-Violent Communication
5 Tuesday evenings beginning January 7 (every other Tuesday)
7-9 p.m.

Do you ever wish you could see the humanity in others even when they're squeezing the toothpaste tube "improperly" or are pro guns?
Teresa Rose, empathic coach, conflict resolution facilitator, parent, and teacher of Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication (NVC), would love to share the language of NVC with you to support that intention.
The NVC group will form on January 7 and meet every other Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. for five meetings. The meetings will build on one another, so it's recommended to plan to attend all five.
A $10 donation per person will be accepted at each meeting.
Thank you, Choir!
CCSM Chancel Choir sang beautifully at the Home and Hope Interfaith Concert. We received a note from the Home and Hope board expressing their gratitude and reporting that the final total from the concert was $5800, more than double last year’s proceeds! The great increase in donations is being attributed to the terrific attendance at the concert—standing room only!
Bay Bridge Bike Riding Expedition on a beautiful day on the






To believe is to care,
and to care is to do.