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We've revised our news and events section! The Home page and Calendar now feature the regular online calendar listing. This page will offer special events and news articles.

150th Anniversary Celebration
Did you know our church got started while Abraham Lincoln was president? There is so much to celebrate! Please join us for any and all of what's coming up:
Every Sunday, the 150th Committee will be in the Buckham or Fireplace Room after church service. Buy a ticket to the big celebration party, sign up to compete for the title “CCSM Top Chef” (pick a recipe from our 1897 cookbook), buy a commemorative t-shirt, take a look at some of our church artifacts, and much more! You may also buy tickets online at ccsm-ucc.org/ccsm150.
April 27: Are You a CCSM Top Chef? Sign up to compete for the title! Choose a recipe from our CCSM 1897 cookbook "The YPSCE Cupboard," available to view in the Fireplace Room after each Sunday worship or in the front office. Sign up to participate. Make your recipe. The judging will be on Sunday, April 27 after worship. Please contact Linda Skromme to register and choose your recipe: linda.skromme@gmail.com
May 3: BIG CELEBRATION! The party will start at 6:00 at Peninsula Temple Beth El (they got their start holding worship here at CCSM!) at 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo. Tickets are a suggested $25 and include dinner, drinks and merriment! We have “Ticket Angels” who have purchased extra tickets, so please don’t let the cost stop you from celebrating our wonderful past and looking toward the future with us!
To buy tickets: Stop by the Buckham or Fireplace Room after church, call the church office, or go to ccsm-ucc.org/ccsm150 for all you need to know and to buy tickets.
May 4: Special Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. with guests, music and words to honor and celebrate our past, present and future.

Upcoming Music Events!
Fab 4 Concert, Sunday, April 27, 4 p.m.

The Soul of Music with choral ensemble Viva la Musica, Saturday, May 17 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 at 4 p.m., Sanctuary
Tickets are available at: http://www.vivalamusica.org.

Masterworks Chorale concert: Some Enchanted Evening, Saturday, May 31, 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 1, 4 p.m.
The program will feature Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Tickets are available at: http://www.masterworks.org/season.html.

Singers of the Street Return to CCSM May 18!
Mark your calendars and invite your friends for another moving musical morning in our Sunday worship service on May 18.
Singers of the Street (SOS) is a community choir of San Franciscans affected by homelessness, those who are marginalized in our society and those who support them, raising voices for justice, healing, and joy. CCSM supports and celebrates SOS!

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Training on Healthy Sexuality
On April 24-26 our church will be hosting a National UCC OWL (Our Whole Lives) training event. There will be 24 adults from all around the country being trained how to facilitate healthy conversations around sexuality, power dynamics in relationships, bullying and how to build a sturdy self-esteem with teens in grades 7-9 and in grade 10-12. Rev. Penny, Kit Dunbar, Patrick Kane and several other CCSMers will be trained as well. Pastor Laura will help host the event.
OWL will then be shared with our youth, and hopefully with youth throughout our community. If you would like more information, talk with one of us! We would appreciate your prayers as well. For more information about the program, go to: ucc.org/justice/sexuality-education/our-whole-lives.html
Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education programs for six age groups (click on the links for more information):
Grades K-1
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-9
Grades 10-12
Young Adults
The resources are written by professional sexuality educators and provide accurate information for parents, teachers and pastors to be used in the affirming and supportive setting of our churches.
The resources are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States.
There is a Parent Guide to Our Whole Lives Grades K-1 and Grades 4-6 that accompanies the Our Whole Lives resource for those age levels. Our Whole Lives Grades 4-6 also uses the book, It's Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris.

Michael Kuany speaks at CCSM April 27, 9:15 a.m.
Michael Kuany, founder of the nonprofit Rebuild South Sudan, has had a long connection with this congregation. One of the Lost Boys, he came to the US after a nightmarish childhood fleeing war and being separated from his family. Since arriving in the States in 2001, he received his bachelor's degree as well as a master's degree in Conflict Transformation. The two South Sudanese boys MSJ has supported for several years are originally from Michael's home village, where his organization is building a desperately needed school.
Michael is just arriving from South Sudan. Come meet him and hear about his vision for peace. His own childhood spent in a refugee camp gave him a deep understanding of the power of education not only to bring economic stability but to promote dialogue and broaden understanding. Come at 9:15 on April 27, grab a cup of coffee and hear from an extraordinary young man.

Wise and Wonderful Seniors of CCSM
Every month we plan an educational time, Wise and Wonderful Seniors, and an outing with Pastor Jerri. These have been fun and community building moments for the group. There are a few younger folks who enjoy these events too, so come one, come all to have some fun exploring the area and discovering different restaurants.

Wednesdays, 10:30-12
May 14: Lisa Mallette: The Language Archive Show Preview. Attend the show May 18 at 2pm.

Thursday Outings with Jerri - meet at 10:30
April 24 Sunset Gardens and Lunch at IKEA
May 29 Jorge Bautista: Community Art
June 26 San Mateo County History Museum

First Tuesday Book Group
Tuesday, May 6, 7:30-9 p.m., Fireplace Room
Our CCSM Book group has reconvened and is now meeting the first Tuesday night of the month. We had a great first gathering April 1st and chose several terrific reads for the next few months. Please join us for a lively book discussion whenever you are able to attend. Contact Susan Stoehr to be added to the email list (s_stoehr@hotmail.com) or Betsy Woodward for questions. (betsdce@comcast.net)
Our book list:
May 6 Where’d You Go Bernadette by Marie Semple
June 3 My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
September 2 The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
October 7 David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
November 4
The Inferno by Dan Brown

Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser
May 18, after worship
We will hold a silent auction for a homemade box lunch with one of our youths on May 18th after worship to raise funds for our 2014 Summer Mission Trip, June 25-July 3.
We'll travel with youth from Sebastopol UCC and Danville UCC to the Yakama Christian Mission in White Swan, WA to work on an organic farm to learn about sustainable agriculture practices. We will also have the privilege of meeting several Native American farmers and have discussions in the evenings about the Native American experience here in our country. We then travel to Seattle for the UCC’s Western Regional Youth Event to connect with UCC youth from 12 Western states at Seattle Pacific University.
The 2014 Mission Trip team consists of Pastor Laura, Fred Tileston, Patrick Kane, Joe Dunbar, Jeremy Chang-Yoo, Cammy Caverly, Kayla Hanna, Svannah Zvarik and Lindsay Block.

Drop-In Meditation Group
what: Drop in for 20 minutes of silent sitting meditation with a 10-minute discussion afterwards.
when: Every other Sunday: 4/27, 5/11, 5/25.
time: Sundays, Noon-12:30 p.m.
where: Church Library, second floor next to choir practice room.
who: Non-experienced and experienced welcomed.
more info: Call Bob Jarmusz, 650 574-7372

Save the Dates!
NCNC Camp Cazadero Summer Schedule
July 11-13: You and Me Camp for children entering grades K - 3 and their adult companion/s.
July 13-19: Caz Senior High for campers entering grades 9 to 12. (CCSM’s very own Patrick Kane is directing this camp)
July 20-26: Caz Junior for campers entering grades 3 to 6. (Come with Pastor Laura—she is the chaplain again this year!)
July 27-August 2: Caz Junior High for campers entering grades 6 to 9.
August 8-10: Caz Adult Spiritual Retreat.
Registration is already open at www.ncncucc.org

Save the Date!
August 4-8, 2014: Peace Village Summer Camp
Info and Registration form HERE!


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CCSM 150 LogoCCSM Celebrates 150 Years! Celebrate with us on May 3
Our big celebration is around the corner! Come join us at our Gala on MAY 3 at Peninsula Temple Beth El to celebrate our 150th Birthday. Please click here to find out everything you need to know, or go straight here to buy a ticket right now!
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