Connections: June 20, 2022

Dear Beloved Community at CCSM, 

I hope this email finds you well. Sunday's service was a wonderful time of reconnecting and sharing together in worship. I was so touched by the stories of challenge and disappointment that many of you told me after the sermon—and the ways you have experienced exile and pilgrimage in your own lives. If you missed the service, please do go back and watch

The experience of telling my own story of disappointment, and the sharing that it has already led to, made me think of the Leonard Cohen song Anthem, with the line "forget your perfect offering, there is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." I love the sentiment of that. It is our experiences of greatest need that, so often, lead to our deepest connections. 

It's similar to the sentiment of communion—it is through broken bread and spilled wine that we are strengthened and nourished, and formed into a community of faith. Jesus' brokenness led him to become what he was called to be—not only for his own community but also for us today. 

As we continue to become more deeply woven together as a community, please do reach out and share the "cracks" in your own life right now so that we can be that "light" with and for one another. 

And please join us for worship next Sunday, June 26. Our guest preacher, Rev. Elisabeth Middelberg, is a dear friend of Rev. Penny's and I know she will bless us with her message. There will, as always, be wonderful hymns, music, and other offerings to weave together our time of worship. 

Peace be with you, 

Sheryl  
Click on the video above for the most recent entire worship service, or click HERE to listen to Rev. Sheryl's sermon, WE WALK BY FAITH.
Inaugural
CCSM Volunteer of the Week

There are so many people who are the hands, feet and face of God right here at CCSM. Each week in Connections, we are going to highlight one of these volunteers.
Robert Leung is an usher who warmly welcomes people at the doors of the Sanctuary on most Sunday mornings. Week before last, when Oscar fell sick unexpectedly, Robert saw the gap and stepped in proactively. He helped set up coffee hour, cleared tables (he also did this at Penny’s Celebration) and even helped set up for the board meeting. Robert, your thoughtfulness and helpfulness (with even the un-glamorous work!) is appreciated!

To nominate a volunteer you’ve seen in action right here at CCSM (or to sign up for various volunteer needs), please email Chase Montara at cmontara@ccsm-ucc.org, with a brief paragraph. 
Coming Back to Community Events
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Carne Asada Feast, July 23, 5-7 p.m. CCSM
You don’t want to miss Pastor Jorge’s Carne Asada feast on July 23.  He will be cooking up a storm to serve guests on the CCSM lawn, and it promises to be a great family experience. We are asking guests to pay $15/person or $30/family to attend, but if that doesn't fit your budget right now, don't let that stop you. Just sign up and come enjoy some amazing food. Let Jorge, Sandy McNabb (Sandra.j.mcnabb@gmail.com, 650-678-5650) or Diane Kalliam (dkalliam@gmail.com, 415-279-1359) know you're coming.

Tamale Cooking Class — rescheduled to September
The Tamale Cooking Class announced last week that it will be rescheduled to September. A date will be announced soon.

Upcoming event reminders
As these dates get closer, more details will be provided. In the meantime, if you'd like tickets or to sign up for:

BASEBALL (San Jose Giants) and BBQ on August 12, contact Kay Harris at communi_ks@me.com for the baseball game tickets/information

FAMILY FUN NIGHT on August 20, contact Jennifer Jacoby-Yeh at jjacobyyeh@yahoo.com

Find info on all upcoming events by clicking HERE.
  
Summer brings new possibilities!

As the restrictions of lockdown seem to be easing, the opportunities to capture summer fun seems endless when compared to this time last year.

As you embark on your summer adventures, whether away or at home, here's a question we would like you to ponder.

What is something you’ve been missing or gave up during the Pandemic that you want to reconnect with this summer?

As Homecoming Sunday gets closer, reflect on something you experienced this summer that felt freeing from the restrictions of lockdown. Was it a spiritual experience, an event, a person, or place? The Liturgical Arts Team will be creating an installation for Homecoming Sunday with anything you provide that physically represents your adventures. It could be a photo, poem, art work, rock, flower, or anything that evokes your experience.

If you would like to participate, check the Sunday Bulletin for more details. If you have questions, please contact Laura Pierce-McKenzie, Liturgical Arts Ministry Lead. Contact information in Church directory.
Wishing everyone a glorious experience of “the possible” this summer.
CCSM Playlists for inspiration

If you're looking for some comfort and inspiration, one place to look might be one of the playlists Chuck has created on Youtube where you can find uplifting prayers and songs selected from our services. You can find the prayers here and the songs here. Please make use of this wonderful resource!
Pray for Ukraine Every Tuesday at 7:30pm

CCSM held a powerful live Prayer Ritual for Ukraine on March 6th. We have decided to premier this ritual ONLINE every Tuesday until the war ends. We hope you will join us online weekly to continue our prayers and heal our hearts. These are challenging times and this offering is a way to bring our community together and magnify our prayers.

Please share this link with your friends and family so we can extend this offering to as many people as possible.

Link for Prayer Ritual on YouTube: tinyurl.com/CCSM-Ukraine-Prayer
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