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Sitting Meditation & Reflection every Monday, 12:30 p.m.
Come join Penny and others for a brief reflection and silent meditation for 30 minutes each Monday. Weather depending, we will meet either on the chancel or on the labyrinth. All welcome. Plans underway to have others join virtually. Stay tuned.

Let's Talk: "Office Hours" with Jerri on Tuesdays, 11-1
Peet's Coffee and Tea, 3rd Ave. and B St. in San Mateo
Come to an informal time to meet and talk with Jerri any Tuesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. No appointment necessary, just show up and Jerri will be happy to talk with you.

Justice, Moral Dilemmas, and Doing the Right Thing
A 6-Part Series by Penny based on Michael Sandel’s book Justice
Sundays, 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.
Sisters in Spirit meets 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/23, and 12/7. 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—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!

Pick-A-Party 2014: what party will you host?
CCSM’s 16th annual “Pick-A-Party” fundraiser, set for November 9, is now underway. To offer a party, think of something you enjoy doing and then build a party or activity around your idea. While dinner parties are popular, there are many wonderful ways to throw a party.
•    Select a date for the party (or activity). Any date between mid-November and early summer is fine.   
•    Submit your party offering to Carol Henton or Jennifer Jacoby-Yeh. The deadline to do so is Sunday, October 19.
•    We will distribute the list of parties on November 2 so you can decide in advance which parties you wish to purchase.
•    November 9 is Pick-A-Party Sunday. Parties will be offered for purchase in Kloss Hall at 9:45 am.
•    New this year: an online tool for you to describe your party offering. Stay tuned for more details.
Pick-A-Party is a great way to enjoy the fellowship of CCSM members and friends while supporting our church financially.   
Questions?  Contact Carol Henton at carolhenton@aol.com or 650-571-7563 or Jennifer Jacoby-Yeh at jjacobyyeh@yahoo.com or 650-346-6114.

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: 10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 12/14. For further info; Bob Jarmusz, (650) 574-7372 or bobjarmusz@gmail.com

CCSM READS: A Book Discussion
Wednesday, October 1st, 7 p.m.
Join Penny for a discussion of The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. The New Jim Crow is a book by Michelle Alexander , a civil rights litigator and legal scholar, published in 2010 by The New Press. The book deals with race-related and social, political, and legal phenomena in the United States and applies the term "The New Jim Crow" to the situation of African Americans in the contemporary United States. Please come having read the book and ready to share your reactions and thoughts.


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Fall 2014 Sermon Series by Penny Nixon

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!