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News & Events

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

CCSM SURVEY RESULTS
In January and February, over 250 church members and friends participated in our online survey conducted by our Organization Design Task Force.  Click CCSM Survey to see the results.

Music and Art Guild
Friday, May 15 • Noon • Buckham Room
We will enjoy hearing about The Music School from Director Julie Berk and we’ll share a potluck luncheon. Guests are welcome, and should contact Zelta Adams at 341-1644.

Organization Design Task Force (ODTF) Forums
Sunday, May 17, 11:45am
An additional Congregational Forum hosted by the Organization Design Task Force has been scheduled. You are warmly invited to attend the presentation in the Buckham Room after worship.

Interested in affiliating with CCSM?
Come join Penny for an informal introduction to CCSM and a time for questions and conversation about our core beliefs and practices.
Wednesday, May 20 at 6 pm. Please RSVP at 650 343-3694 or pnixon@ccsm-ucc.org. Light dinner provided and childcare will also be provided.

CCSM welcomes New PSR President David Vásquez-Levy on May 31
Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy serves as President of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California—a progressive, interdenominational Christian seminary committed to preparing spiritually and theologically rooted leaders for social transformation. A committed pastor, a nationally recognized immigration leader, and a sought after speaker, Vásquez-Levy leads at the intersection of faith, higher education, and social change.
David’s will be our guest preacher on Sunday, May 31, giving a sermon titled Second Helping based on the story from 1 Kings 19: 1-8.
Immediately following the service, we are also delighted to announce the presentation: On the Move: Conversation on Faith and Migration.
Migration is at the core of the biblical narrative. Adam and Eve must leave the garden of Eden; Abraham and Sarah venture out with nothing but a promise; Moses guides the people across the sea and into freedom; Jesus begins his life as a refugee hiding from Herod. Join David Vásquez-Levy, President at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley California for a conversation about the sustaining power of religious narratives that speak to our own stories of change—migrations across national or physical boundaries or beyond personal boundaries of belief and experience.

Wise and Wonderful Seniors (WiWoS)
WiWoS are great fun and you don’t need to be Wise or Wonderful to join the in the fun… You don’t even need to be a senior. Wherever you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome to join us for any or all of these activities.
2nd Wednesdays in the Buckham Room
5/13 10:30-11:30 In with the New
A time to regroup and look ahead.

Sisters in Spirit (SIS)
We are an open-minded group of CCSM sisters (and friends) exploring cutting edge ideas about spirituality through the writings of contemporary religious, philosophical and inspirational thinkers of our time. We had a great time last fall reading Pema Chodron’s well-acclaimed primer Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change. This winter and spring we are delving into the latest book by Deepak Chopra, The Future of God.
We meet twice a month, on Sundays from 12noon-1:30pm in the 2nd floor library room. Dates for winter/spring are:  5/24, 6/7 (we’ll recess for the summer). Please join us! Contact Rebecca at (650) 483-0756 or rebrue@earthlink.net for more information.

San Mateo Pride 2015
Saturday, June 13, 11am – 6pm
San Mateo Pride will be here soon. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the event on June 13 at Central Park. The time of event is 11am-6pm. Get involved with your community and let’s make some great memories. Contact Janelle Bradford, angelique.smcpi@gmail.com

CCSM Partners with Pacifica Institute CCSM shares common values with the Pacifica Institute: to encourage dialogue between various cultural, spiritual, ethical and belief traditions to find a common ground where compassion can be restored and collaborative action can be initiated. They are extending an invitation for CCSM families to be involved in multi-faith understanding. Ramadan is the holy month for Muslims where fasting and sharing meals with friends and neighbors takes place, as well as remembering and helping needy people. Ramadan Family Dinners aim to create a friendship among local Muslim families with Christians and Jews, as well as other faith houses.
Ramadan 2015 is June 18-July 17 and it’s a special time for Muslims. You are invited to a Pacifica Institute member’s home for fastbreak dinner. This invitation extends to you, your significant other, and to families. Are you available any Fridays or Saturdays? Let us know your availability if those dates do not work – I am sure we can find one  night during 29-30 nights of Ramadan :) Weekend nights work better, but weekdays are possible. Muslims break fast at Sunset, which is around 8:30pm during summer. We hope you can make it, and we look forward to hearing back from you.
In the CCSM spirit of seeking to understand and to build bridges across faiths, our goal is to have 7-10 families sign up to share a meal with a Muslim family connected to the Pacifica Institute here on the peninsula. (Families could be friends, a couple, parents and children, etc.) Please let Penny know if you are interested.