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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.

September 14 is Homecoming Sunday!
The full choir will be back in church, and we’ll have a big BBQ lunch to celebrate the start of a new church year. Enjoy festive music on the lawn, plus a jumpee and balloon animals for the kids. See you there!

CCSM Paella Party
Saturday, August 23, 4 p.m. at CCSM
Don't miss out on a delicious Paella dinner prepared lovingly by Penny Nixon, Annlee McGurk, and Linda Skromme. Plan to arrive early (4:00 p.m. or so) to watch the paella, which is cooked over an open fire, be prepared. Paella is a mouth-watering and rare treat made with seafood, sausage, chicken and special rice. We promise great food, sangria, and good conversation with CCSM friends. Perhaps you’d like to purchase extra tickets for some of your friends—this is a great way to introduce them to our church. Tickets for this Pick-A-Party event are $45 per person (but there is flexibility if that price doesn't match your budget).
If interested, contact Carol Henton at 650-571 7563 or carolhenton@aol.com.

3-Part Sermon Series in August:
God is a Poet! (and we didn't know it)
Using poetry as inspiration, Penny returns to present a sermon series about Rediscovering Body, Soul and Spirit. Our former Interim Minister of Music, Stephanie Smith, will be in worship and team up with the CCSM staff for this time of creative worship. "Before I move back to Portland, this is where I want to be—with Brandon, Jerri, Laura, Penny and everyone at CCSM. It's going to be some of the most exciting worship I've ever done and I can't wait to experience these services!"
Come experience poetry each week through music, the spoken word, and prayer—with special guests, fantastic music and engaging preaching. Start thinking about who you are going to bring to church with you!
August 24: Caleb Zachary Mathews, Author and Poet

Godly Play Workshop
Saturday, August 30, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
CCSM Godly Play Classrooms, 2nd floor of the CE Building
Please join us for a Godly Play Workshop where we will share more about this wonder-filled curriculum with you and discuss how our congregation can best support Godly Play at our church. Master Storyteller, Di Pagel, will also join us and share a story with us.
Please RSVP to Rev Laura Barnes, revlauraucc@gmail.com by August 28, so that we may more effectively plan for the workshop. Thank you in advance for supporting this program, which means so much to our children.

First Tuesday Book Group
Tuesday, Sept 2, 7:30 pm, Fireplace Room
You still have time to add The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd to your summer reading list! [Editor’s note: this book is on Penny’s list of favorite books of the summer!] It is quite a story—a historical novel about the relationship between a slave and the daughter of slave owners in antebellum Charleston. Read it and bring your evaluation of the book to our group. We are a diverse group of readers so each discussion is lively and thought-provoking.
You're welcome to join us this time or any time. In October, we'll discuss David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, and in November,The Inferno by Dan Brown. Please contact Susan Stoehr to be added to the email list (s_stoehr@hotmail.com) or Betsy Woodward for info (betsdce@comcast.net.)

Justice, Moral Dilemmas, and Doing the Right Thing
A 6-Part Series by Penny based on Michael Sandel’s book Justice
Sundays: September 7 & 21; October 5 & 19; November 2 & 16
11:50 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Buckham Room

Using Michael Sandel’s book Justice and gleaning wisdom from his lectures at Harvard, Penny will lead this class by opening with a 7-10 minute mini-lecture, will pose moral dilemmas and complicated scenarios for small group discussion, and will wrap up the hour with group discussion and a 3-5 minute response that synthesizes her understanding of each subject area from our faith tradition. In keeping with Sandel’s approach, the goal of the class is to subject our views (personal and church) to critical examination—to figure out what we think and why.
In our course we will be adding, “What does our faith tradition (prophets and the teachings of Jesus) say about justice?” Guaranteed to be a thought-provoking and deepening course.
1. How do we make our “justice-decisions?”
2. Cost-benefit analysis and bottom lines.
3. What matters is the motive.
4. Who deserves what?
5. What do we owe one another?
6. Justice and the common good.

Sisters in Spirit (SIS) – Please join us!
Our group consists of women from all walks of life joining in community as we explore and discover what it means to lead a “spiritual” life. We primarily do this through book reading, discussion and meditation, but this fall we will be looking at new ways to continue along this path, perhaps adding in field trips to various houses of worship, rotating facilitation of our group, and more.
Please come to our first meeting after our summer recess and join us in planning and brainstorming how we will move forward. Sunday, Sept. 7, 12noon-1:30pm, 2nd floor library room. Feel free to bring a bag lunch. Contact Rebecca at: (650) 483-0756 or email: rebrue@earthlink.net for more information.

Wise and Wonderful Seniors
Wednesday activities are from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Buckham Room.
Thursday activities: meet at church at 10:30 a.m., leave at 10:40, return by 1 p.m.

SEPTEMBER—Wednesday 9/10: Rev. Penny Nixon, Feminism then and now. Drawing on wisdom from the Seniors, Penny will lead a discussion on Feminism, its strengths and weaknesses, from a spiritual and societal perspective.
Thursday 9/25: Olive oil tasting: Del Olivia, 1440 Burlingame Ave. Burlingame. Learn the art of pairing infused oil with balsamic vinegars for different dishes.
OCTOBER—Wednesday 10/8: Advance Directive planning, Bob Jarmusz and Dakota Brown. Hear about the benefits of Advance Directives from a patient’s view as well as a chaplain’s view.
Thursday 10/23: Sole Ristorante Italiano, 69 37th Ave, San Mateo. Meet the owner of a small Italian Restaurant in San Mateo and experience a wonderful taste sensation as we dine together.
NOVEMBER—Wednesday 11/12: Rev. Jerri Handy. A yet to be determined speaker will be addressing the safety concerns of Senior Citizens in the greater San Mateo area.
Thursday 11/27: THANKSGIVING
DECEMBER—Saturday 12/6, 7pm: All church adult Christmas party and MSJ fundraiser
Wednesday 12/10: Senior Tea
Sunday 12/14: Pick-a-poinsettia for delivery
Sunday 12/21: All church Caroling—come share in the fun!

Home and Hope “Journey Home” Walk/Run
September 14, 1:30 p.m.

Home and Hope is holding its 2nd Annual “Journey Home” Walk/Run on September 14. The Walk/Run will begin at 1:30 Sunday afternoon at Seal Point in San Mateo and go North to Coyote Point and back along the bay.
This is a major fundraiser for Home and Hope and the goal is to raise $30,000. This year, because of the location, there will be no bike ride, but that means that there is more room for walkers and runners.
Go to the web site to sign up: journeyhome.homeandhope.net
Sign Up for TEAM CCSM! Any questions: contact Donna Lindsay 650-345-8397 or releduc@sbcglobal.net

Home and Hope Families come to CCSM in September
Beginning on Sunday, September 21 through Sunday, September 28, Home and Hope families will be living in Kloss Hall. This means that volunteers need to be found to:
• help with set-up, (Sept. 21 after coffee hour) and take down (around 8 AM on the 28th).
• provide evening meals
• spend the night
• do shopping for food supplies before the families arrive and at least once during the week
• interact with children and adults during dinner and evening
• help with homework, etc.
Donna Lindsay will be signing up volunteers in Kloss Hall. Please check your calendars and help us provide a lovely welcome for these families. Also, mark November 30 through December 7 as the next dates that the families will be with us.

WORKSHOP: How to enjoy dealing with “difficult” people
Saturday, September 27, 10 a.m. to noon. Fireplace Room
Do you ever find yourself getting frustrated around "difficult" people and wanting something different? Teresa Rose will engage you in a conversation about "difficult" people and how to enjoy them, and yourself too. Those of you who filled out the WSL survey last spring indicated that addressing the reality of “difficult” people in our lives was sorely needed.
Teresa is an empathic coach, conflict resolution facilitator, teacher, mother and long-time advocate of nonviolence (and a CCSM member). You can RSVP to or find out more about Teresa at TeresaRoseCoaching.com.

Fall Meditation Schedule
The meditation group meets in the church library, 2nd floor, next to the choir room, 12:00-12:30 on the following Sundays: 9/21, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14. For further info; Bob Jarmusz, (650) 574-7372 or bobjarmusz@gmail.com


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Sunday Celebrations
10:30 a.m.

August 24
Sermon: Every Body Matters, Penny Nixon. Guests:
Stephanie Smith, Caleb Zachary Matthews

August 31
Sermon: To go or not to go to Jerusalem? Jorge
Perry Bautista.

Fall 2014 Sermon Series by Penny Nixon

September 7
Sermon: Ready for a Spiritual Makeover? Communion.

September 14
Sermon: We’re not in Kansas Anymore

September 21
Sermon: Living precariously on Fault Lines

September 28
Sermon: Is there an APP for that? Celebrating Lynnelle’s 20th anniversary.

October 5
World Communion Sunday & Family Worship.
Sermon: One drop at a time

October 12
Sermon: A rose is just a rose

October 19
Sermon: Cling free spirituality

October 26
Sermon: How big is your frying pan?

November 2
All Saints Sunday
Sermon: Touching our Ancestors

November 9
Pick-A-Party Sunday
Sermon: Why did the man clip the bird’s wings?

November 16
Bible Sunday, Family Worship.
Sermon: Back to kindergarten

November 23
Thanksgiving Sunday
Sermon: Forget the bling, I want real Jewels!