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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.

SUMMER SPEAKER SERIES
through August 16, 9:30am
We have a great group of presenters this year for our Summer Speaker Series.  Join us at 9:30 a.m. before our worship service to engage topics from climate change to design innovation and to learn from folks in our community who are doing interesting things!
Aug. 2: Big Foreign Policy Challenges for the Next President by Mike Armacost.
Aug. 9: Rebuilding South Sudan: Can the World’s Newest Nation Live in Peace? by Katie Rivers.
Aug. 16: Climate Change: An Update by Gary White.
For more information, download the descriptions of the talks on the flyer Summer Speaker Series 2015.

AUGUST SERMON SERIES: HOLY HOLLYWOOD
August 2: LORD OF THE RINGS.
Stephanie Smith, Guest Director of Music
Sermon: My Precioussss. Preacher: Penny Nixon.
Special Guest: Franc D’Ambrosio.

August 9: THE HUNGER GAMES.
Stephanie Smith, Guest Director of Music
Sermon: The Last Supper. Preacher: Bonnie Rambob.

August 16: INSIDE OUT.
Family Worship/Back to School Sunday.
Sermon: Joy, Sadness, Anger, and So Many More. Preacher: Penny Nixon.
Costa Rica report

August 23: AMADEUS.
Sermon: The Shadow of Genius. Preacher: Penny Nixon.
Musical guest: Brett Ruona singing Kyrie from Mozart Requiem in C Minor

August 30: DEAD MAN WALKING.
Sermon: Sometimes Forgiveness is in the Smallest Gesture. Preacher: Penny Nixon.

BONNIE RAMBOB’S ORDINATION TO MINISTRY IN THE UCC
August 15, 4pm at CCSM
Bonnie extends a warm welcome to her entire CCSM family. CCSM has been integral to Bonnie’s development as a pastor, for which she is very grateful!

PEACE VILLAGE POSTPONED
Unfortunately, because of transitions and timeframes, Peace Village will not take place in August as previously planned. We are very sorry for the inconvenience of wondering, waiting to hear, and now having to make a change in plans.
The commitment to Peace Village is very strong from each of the faith partners: CCSM, Peninsula Temple Beth El and the Muslim Children’s Garden School. Bonnie and Penny have set meetings with the Peace Village Planning Team to make plans for the future of Peace Village San Mateo. No doubt there will be exciting information to share following the meetings.

BACK TO SCHOOL SUNDAY, August 16
To celebrate the first week of school for students in the San Mateo school district, CCSM will be hosting a special Back to School themed Sunday. Children and Youth will step up to the next church school class according to their grade levels. Following worship and church school, there will be lots of fun activities on the lawn and loggia for kids of all ages. We will be inviting the whole surrounding community to celebrate the new school year with us, so please mark your calendars!

HALF-DAY CHURCH RETREAT
Saturday, August 29, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch included • childcare available

The Bond of Peace: Building Authentic Teams
We live in a time when teamwork and collaboration are essential skills. At home, work, and in our own CCSM community, so much is done through teamwork, and its success rests on the authentic relationships between the members of that team. Those relationships, in turn, form the foundation of a cohesive and unified body and ensure the “bond of peace” we read about in Ephesians 4:2-3: Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Sounds great, right? Easy? Not so much. How do we foster a “bond of peace” within our teams in real and practical ways? How can we be more intentional about creating authentic relationships with those with whom we share a common purpose?
Join us for a lively facilitated workshop that will focus on these themes through the lens of Patrick Lencioni’s* work on building cohesive teams.
*Patrick Lencioni is the best-selling author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (and many other business communication titles including The Advantage and Death by Meetings.)
Facilitators:
Alicia Santamaría
As principal of adelante coaching+consulting, Alicia’s mission is “facilitating people, teams, and organizations forward.” A trainer, coach, facilitator and organizational consultant, Alicia has over 20 years of professional experience across a variety of sectors, including work at the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center and for the City of San Mateo. She is also a core faculty member for the Presidio Institute’s Cross Sector Leadership Fellows Program and a trainer at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. She is also adjunct faculty at the Notre Dame de Namur University School of Business and Management, where she develops and teaches courses on leadership and organizational development topics. A trained mediator and experienced conflict resolution practitioner, Alicia holds a master’s degree in communication. She is an accredited Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.
Holly Allen
Holly Allen leads the San Francisco-based product development team at Wiley Publishing Company. Her work at Wiley is focused on developing products that teach teamwork, leadership, and other soft skills within organizations. She has worked with best-selling business authors in creating content for corporate and non-profit training programs and assessments to improve the workplace.  Her career in publishing educational materials for adult learning spans 29 years.

MUSIC AND ART RETURNS IN THE FALL
Music and Art, a CCSM affinity group, is planning a wonderful series of programs for the monthly meetings of the 2015-16 season. We share the talents of both CCSM members and outside guests to bring interesting programs featuring music, art, theatre and more to enrich our members. We invite you to join us for our next meeting on Friday, September 18 at noon in the Buckham Room. Carl Pantle, Director of Music will be our first program presenter. Mark your calendars now. For further information, contact Pat Pepper, 650-343-4286, or Bonny Armacost, 650-315-2999.

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.