Connections: May 16, 2022
Hi friends,
As you know, there's a lot going on at CCSM right now. Please take a look at this latest issue of the PINE TREE to find about the new Search Committee slate, more about my transition, our Summer Worship plans, Coming Back to Community, upcoming special music, Music and Art, what's happening with EEJ and LAM and more! There are lots of wonderful photos from Palm Sunday and Easter as well. Please CLICK HERE or on the image of the Pine Tree to see the latest issue!


Click on the video above for the most recent entire worship service, or click HERE to listen to Penny's sermon, NO CRUMBS.

Upcoming Sermons from Penny

May 22—Surprise

May 29—The Presence in Absence

June 5—Full Circle
Don't miss the Hybrid Congregational Meeting on May 22 after church

We'll vote on the nominated slate to serve on the Settled Senior Minister Search committee! See page 5 of the Pine Tree.

Coming Back to Community Events
Sign Up Now!

You still have time to sign up for a spring/summer community event, but you need to act quickly! There's a hike in Huddart Park with Allison Rock and Chris Wuthman scheduled for May 21 which you don't want to miss. And we need to reserve seats NOW for the San Jose Giants game on August 12Check out the flyer HERE for details describing all the great events that are available to you—hikes, music, Carne Asada feast, SJ Giants game and BBQ, Family Fun Night, and Wine Tasting. You can sign up on the loggia on May 15 or 22, or contact  Sandy McNabb (, 650-678-5650) or Diane Kalliam (, 415-279-1359). 

Sign-ups are now underway. You can find a list and description of events at OR, contact committee members, 650.678.5650 or, 415.279.1359. We set a deadline of May 22 but please know that you can contact committee members or event hosts any time before or after that date to sign up—with the exception of the baseball game; hosts need to sell you a ticket NO LATER than May 22.  

These events are NOT Pick a Parties; that extravaganza will return in the fall. These events are low-cost, fun, largely outdoor events to bring our community back together.  

Interim Senior Minister Search
The board of directors is starting to interview Interim Senior Minister candidates. Please share this job description with your networks! Many churches in the NCNC are in transition; your help in getting the word out is greatly appreciated. 
A UCC church can call ministers from not only the UCC but also the Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian (USA), Reformed Church in America, United Church of Canada and ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
FRIDAY, MAY 20 • Buckham Room 
You're invited to the grand finale meeting of the 2021-2022 season of Music and Art. It will be a potluck lunch. If you missed the April meeting and the food sign-up sheet, be prepared to let your contact person know whether you will bring sandwiches, salad or dessert.  

In addition to our time of fellowship and business meeting, we will have a special time to commemorate the three members we have lost during this past season: Thelma Kromhout, Barbara Mollison, and Carolyn Shaw. While we have lost other members as well, these three have not had a memorial service and we want to remember them and pay them tribute. Please feel free to bring a poem or a story to remember these lovely women. Penny will also be present to lead us in this ritual of remembrance.  
If you would like to celebrate these women, you are most welcome to attend. ALL who would like to attend MUST PLEASE RSVP to Susan Duty at or by phone 650-533-6830. This will be a special time for the close of our Music and Art season.
Memorial Day Remembrances
Once again we have the opportunity to remember those loved ones we have lost or to celebrate a life or event that we wish to honor. On Sunday, May 29, we will create a Memorial Day remembrance page for the worship bulletin. We are requesting a donation of $25 for the remembrance page, or $35 if you would also like a a succulent suitable for planting to take with you as a remembrance. Deadline is Sunday, May 22. Please click here for further information.
Sound Bath
May 22, 4:00-5:30pm

Join Chuck and Jordan for the next SOUND BATH on May 22nd from 4 -5:30pm.
Check out this 3 minute video so you can get an idea of how relaxing the sound bath is.
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:
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