Connections: October 18, 2021

Dear friends,

Here is a reflection written by Jeff Foster called You Will Lose Everything -- while it may sound depressing, it is actually an invitation to live fully and joyfully in the present.

You will lose everything. Your money, your power, your fame, your success, perhaps even your memories. Your looks will go. Loved ones will die. Your body will fall apart. Everything that seems permanent is impermanent and will be smashed. Experience will gradually, or not so gradually, strip away everything that it can strip away. Waking up means facing this reality with open eyes and no longer turning away.

But right now, we stand on sacred and holy ground, for that which will be lost has not yet been lost, and realizing this is the key to unspeakable joy. Whoever or whatever is in your life right now has not yet been taken away from you. This may sound trivial, obvious, like nothing, but really it is the key to everything, the why and how and wherefore of existence. Impermanence has already rendered everything and everyone around you so deeply holy and significant and worthy of your heartbreaking gratitude.
Loss has already transfigured your life into an altar.

 On Sunday I talked about re-evaluating what's important in life and I ended the sermon with this reflection. Take a listen if you missed it. The bells were back in church service as well and they did an outstanding job!

Peace,
Penny
p.s. Don't miss our second hour this week led by Rev. Sheryl Johnson-- it will be in person AND online-- as she explores Indigenous Justice and the Church.
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On Sunday we honored our wonderful
MASK BRIGADE
This ministry has been one of the most active during the pandemic. They came together to meet a desperate need and together have made more than 7,500 masks. They not only supplied the church members with masks, but their outreach has included organizations such as Samaritan House and Clinic, Life Moves Shelters, Puente, Safe Sleeping in San Francisco, St. Vincent de Paul, the SF Night Ministry, Redwood City Catholic House, SMC In Home support services, as well as the South Central LA Health Clinic and the Navajo Nation in AZ.  There is no doubt that their efforts have saved lives. They have grown into a deeply supportive group of fast friends who are an example of what is possible when people unite for a cause they believe in.  
 
Indigenous Justice and the Church 
Join us for Second Hour with Rev. Sheryl Johnson
Sunday, October 24- following the service in person and on ZOOM (link will be in bulletin and in the chat)
How are churches implicated in matters of Indigenous justice? What is the Doctrine of Discovery, Residential/Boarding Schools, UNDRIP? Come learn more about these issues and others, and also what we can do as a church to stand in solidarity. 
WISHLIST: TECH ANGEL NEEDED
Sunday YouTube ONLINE USHERS needed
The main duty is to greet and welcome people as they join.

  • You will need to have a YouTube/Google account in order to login at 10:15 and interact in the chat.
  • A couple of times as the service is starting, send a link to the online bulletin (most people will already have this.
  • If someone has a prayer request, there are 2 things to do: 1. you will make note of it (you can just take a picture with your phone) and forward it to Chase 2. send them a link to the prayer request page on our website.
  • During the Offertory, you will send a link to Giving Online.
That's about it, and we are happy to train you.
Ways to Connect at CCSM!
As we are in a time of reopening and reconnecting, here are some ways to get involved! There are small groups and service opportunities that are both in person and online. Take a look at some of our current groups by clicking HERE.
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