The Congregational Church of San Mateo
United Church of Christ
225 Tilton Avenue • San Mateo, California 94401
650 343-3694 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org • website: www.ccsm-ucc.org
Vol. 60 Issue #6 • June/July summer issue, 2011
Annual Church Picnic July 17th
Join us immediately after worship for an all church picnic at Ryder A Note From Penny
Park, San Mateo. It is just beyond 3rd Ave. and Norfolk St. towards
S.F. Bay and two miles from the church. It has a newly renovated We begin our summer Sundays this coming
children’s area, water play area, grass, picnic tables, restrooms June 19th where we will have an opportunity
and access to the Bay Trail. Please carpool if possible. See church to see our CCSM values brought beautifully
bulletin on July 17th for more directions on parking. to light by our special musical guests, Singers
The CFE Ministry is providing chicken, hot dogs, chips, water of the Street. Singers of the Street (S.O.S.) is
and lemonade. You should bring a non-auditioned choir for people who are
sunscreen, anything you’d like to homeless or marginalized, and those who
drink, a folding chair if you like (there support them. Their mission is to sing for
are picnic tables and a grassy area for justice, healing, and joy. S.O.S. is modeled
sitting). For your dish to share please on similar, highly successful choirs already
bring according to your last name: operating in Australia and Europe. S.O.S.
A-I: salads, vegetables or fruit, operates as a harm-reduction activity; its
J-R: starchy side (rice, beans, pasta), purpose is 1) to help singers to improve their
S-Z: dessert. self-esteem, 2) to provide a safe and fun
Remember there is a water play environment for socialization and community-
area—so bring a towel! building, and 3) to increase public awareness.
Sneak Preview: S.O.S.’s first rehearsal was in September,
August Sermon Series: Life Is A Musical! 2010, and the group has performed at least
monthly since then. S.O.S. is directed by Dr.
August will be full of fun Sunday sermons with important spiritual
Kathleen McGuire, conductor of the Oakland-
lessons. We will look at the stories, characters and music from some
based Community Women’s Orchestra and
of our favorite musicals: The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof,
conductor laureate of the San Francisco Gay
Wicked, Les Miserables, and more! Come sing along and find yourself
traveling a spiritual path with Maria, or Tevye, or Elphaba and
We will be blessed by their ministry in our
Glinda, or Jean Valjean and Javert...you never know when you will
worship service. The children will be able to
be moved to break out into song!
hear two of their songs as well as listen to a
testimony by someone who found her self-
Sunday Celebrations esteem by being part of this group. S.O.S.
June 19 Is There Faith In The Future, Penny Nixon preaching gives our children, and all of us, a different
Father’s Day/Honoring Graduates way to view those who are homeless. We will
Special Guests, Singers of the Street
be able to see them as people with passions,
June 26 Love Unbound, David Cowell preaching with gifts, with hopes and with dreams.
July 3 Freedom, Bonnie/Greg preaching I love their mission statement: “to sing for
July 10 To the Glory of God, Penny preaching justice, joy and healing.” Mother Teresa once
Lessons from Bach said, “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared
July 17 Let it Be: Lessons from the Beatles, Penny preaching
for, forgotten by everybody—I think that is a
Members Joining/Church Picnic much greater hunger, a much greater poverty
than the person who has nothing to eat.”
July 24 God’s Will Or Free Will? Steve preaching
S.O.S. is abating the poverty of dignity by
July 31 What Now? Jerri preaching Continued on page 5
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Youth & Family News Senior High Summer Cabin Trip
We have eight students signed up for our Summer
Scholarships Recipients Cabin fun and outreach trip! We’re going to a
Colin and Andrew Reid are recipients of the Macon Banks great cabin next to the Yuba River in Grass Valley
Memorial Scholarships. Both attended El Camino High School. to work with the Native American Tribal Council
Colin participated in a variety of sports and there and have fun in the river! July 27th - July
clubs and the National Honor Society. Colin’s 31. SIGN-UP DEADLINE is July 15th! $25 holds
volunteer activities included working with Second your spot! Sign-up early to hold your spot! Please
Harvest Food Bank and tutoring. contact Steve Naylor for more details! snaylor@
Andrew participated in both ccsm-ucc.org
junior varsity and varsity sports
at El Camino, and also performed We Need Church School Teachers!
community service activities. You know the saying—It takes a village to raise
Colin and Andrew have been actively involved a child? We are looking for your assistance. Our
with CCSM, including many volunteer activities. church is blooming with children! They are filling
Both participated in the outreach trips to New the steps at the children’s moment and taking all
Orleans and Pine Ridge. the chairs in the Church School classrooms and
Colin and Andrew plan to attend University of California Los we love it; we love all their faces, excitement and
Angeles, Colin in psychology and Andrew in engineering. participation. However, our teaching teams need
David Tocchini, is this year’s Arthur Younger more adults to teach the children! Wouldn’t you
Scholarship recipient. He attended Aragon High like to get to know these wonderful little people
School, where he participated in Jazz Band and a little more? You could be a teaching assistant, a
sports and took cooking classes. David is a long- craft leader in the classroom or a crafts leader at
time Boy Scout; currently a Silver Palm Eagle Scout a Children’s Festival. Or you could be a church
and assistant scout master. He has also worked at a school secretary or a toddler mom once a month.
Boy Scout Camp teaching about nature. It is a small commitment that means the world to
David is motivated to help and participated in these children. And you will have several shorter
CCSM mission trips to New Orleans, Fresno, and Pine Ridge. friends to chat with during Coffee Hour. If you
David plans to attend City College of San Francisco’s Culinary are interested, please talk to Betsy, Barb Karlin,
Arts and Hospitality Program, and transfer to a college for Hotel Renato Floresca, Jeanne Back or any teacher you
Management degree. know!
Jessica Duncan is the Dorothy Bracamonte
Summer Church School:
Memorial Scholarship recipient. Jessica has come
to CCSM with her grandparents since she was
Bible Super Heroes
young. She attended Mercy High School, and was Our Summer Church School begins Sunday, June
active in chorus and the music honors society. She 19th and continues until September 4! The
also began ice skating when she was two, skated theme for this summer is Bible Superheroes! (Yes,
competitively, and is a skating school instructor they may have capes!) We will study Abraham
and summer skating camp counselor. Jessica also and Joseph, Esther and Ruth, Jonah and Lydia and
works part-time for a CPA. more. Each character will have a special power
She will attend the University of Southern California, where she that is God’s gift to them. And some days these
plans to major in biological science or biomedical engineering. characters may even come to visit.
Our Church School program changes during
the summer. We offer two classes: younger
Graduation Sunday, June 19th! Make Sure to
children ages 3 through 1st grade meet in the
Congratulate our Senior High Students! Kindergarten class room; students 2nd grade
Colin and Andrew Reid, graduated from El Camino High School through 8th meet in the Youth Room. Summer
and will be attending UCLA. is a great time to try teaching. The curriculum
Jessica Duncan, graduated from Mercy High School and will be is all written and your supplies will be ready so
attending USC. just pick the best date and join the summer team.
See Betsy Woodward or Jeanne Back for more
David Tocchini, graduated from Aragon High School and will be
attending City College SF seeking a culinary degree.
Ryan Ashbaugh graduated from Aragon High School and will
attend Humboldt State University.
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Time to Clean the CE Storage Closet Peace Village Camp: August 8-12
Saturday, June 25, 9:00-11:00 a.m. is the time Peace Village is an interfaith peace education camp, developed
to clean out our Christian Education storeroom. in collaboration by the Muslim Children’s Garden School,
We have an abundance of art supplies in our Peninsula Temple Beth El, and CCSM for kids ages 6-12. Under the
storeroom that just need to be organized. From leadership of skilled teachers and trained teen/young adult group
9:00 until 11:00 a.m., we will spend our time leaders, villagers will learn about peacemaking through learning
sorting, organizing, labeling and tossing items to experiences in peaceful conflict resolution, the arts, cooperative
make the storeroom a usable treasure trove for outdoor games, media literacy, different religious practices, yoga,
teachers. Anyone who loves cleaning closets is community service opportunities and more. Peace Village will take
welcome to help! place the week of August 8-12 at both CCSM and Peninsula Temple
Beth El. So far, more than 30 villagers have registered.
Fall Church School Teachers’
meeting, Saturday, August 20 Peace Village Needs Volunteers
9:30-11:30 a.m. Would you like to be part of the peacemaking program during
As August rolls around, our teaching plans and an exciting week of peace related activities? We need assistance
ideas will be taking shape. Plan to attend this with such things as purchasing food and supplies; providing and
meeting just for teachers so we will be prepared serving healthy snacks; fixing lunches for the staff; providing free
for the fall. Our children love coming to Church time supervision and games after lunch; cleaning up after lunch
School so our goal is to continue to build this and at the end of the day; preparing for crafts; assisting with
enthusiasm. In the meeting, we will be inspired, crafts and other activities, and/or being an all-purpose on-the-spot
energized and jazzed for the fall curriculum plus helper.
ready for Homecoming Sunday, September 11. To sign-up or to get more information, please contact Lee
Please remember your calendar so we can plan Mullery 650-348-5512 or email@example.com.
schedules. Breakfast goodies and childcare will
be provided. Call Betsy if you have questions, 650
Nepalese School Library Progress Report
By Melodie Lew grateful for the books which foreigners to visit his home.
With the help of Jennifer made up the original library Mr. Shrestha and the teachers said the students
Longren and Lucy Lee to (delivered in 2009) as well as the at the school were limited in their educational
organize the children’s book additional educational materials opportunities unless they learned English well
exchange benefiting last from this trip. enough to pass a national examination which
summer, CCSM’s Nickels for It was exam time in Nepal so would allow them to pursue any education
Nepal efforts, and Jennifer our contact with the students beyond what would be comparable to our 8th
Lew-Andrews family’s tapas was limited; however we grade. Mr. Shrestha felt the best way to teach
party—my son, Chris, and I drank sweet tea and had long English would be through an English immersion
were able to bring more supplies conversations with the staff and program beginning in kindergarten and adding a
to the library we started at Divya several parents who seemed to grade each year. Private schools in Nepal teach in
Jyoti Lower Secondary School in be members of what might be English. We marveled at their dream and decided
Nepal. We were able to purchase comparable to a school board in to support them in purchasing the first year’s
three boxes of books, some the U.S. Chris and I were able curriculum materials with some unspent funds.
basic science equipment, three to deepen our relationship with Many challenges remain for the school. There
computers with battery back- the teaching staff, Mr. Shrestha, is no reliable source of electricity. With the
up, and some sports equipment the school superintendent, as exception of one teacher whose university major
in Kathmandu. We drove the well as Sunil and his family. We was English, the English skills of the teachers
materials to the school in clapped as the normally stern themselves is not strong. I am researching other
Chitwan Province. All were very looking Mr. Shrestha danced a non-profit organizations which might be working
well-known and lively Nepalese nearby, learning all I can about solar power, and
dance to music played on the learning how best to provide the teaching staff
three instruments which the with support for the English immersion program.
school possessed. Sunil asked I remain in contact with Sunil and several other
us over to his home for dinner. Nepalese who are committed to improving the
I reminded him that a mere school. It will take time to complete the research
three years ago, I was one of two so our next trip will be in fall 2012.
people who had been the first
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Summer Speaker Series
Join us before church at 9:15 a.m. in the Fireplace Room for lively
presentations this summer by some of our most interesting members.
July 10th: What is
Presenter: Anne Anderson has been interested in this field for most
of her life though she didn’t know what to call it until recently. She
is a former Teaching Director for Community Bible Study. Now she Summer Nights
enjoys exploring the many paths to The Holy. One Wednesday a Month, Nightclub
July 17th: International Point of View: Hear A Well-Informed
Celebrating different ways to connect with the
Perspective On Current International Affairs
Divine in each of us.
Presenter: Mike Armacost: In his current role, as Shorenstein
June 22: ART, July 20: MUSIC, August 24: FOOD
Distinguished Fellow, Michael Armacost has been at Shorenstein
APARC since 2002. Between 1995 and 2002, Armacost served as If you’re an artist, a musician, or a foodie...
president of Washington D.C’s Brookings Institution, the nation’s YOU have something to offer at these Gatherings!
oldest think tank and a leader in research on politics, government, Contact Steve Naylor to get involved.
international affairs, economics, and public policy. Previously,
during his twenty-four year government career, Armacost served, Ellipsis Small Group House
among other positions, as undersecretary of state for political affairs Gatherings!
and as ambassador to Japan and the Philippines. These weekly Wednesday events will happen every
week (except on Ellipsis...Club Celebrations). The
July 24th: How Is Your Memory? Evaluating Memory in the focus will be on sharing in the spiritual journey.
Individual and Its Relationship to Alzheimer’s Disease We will participate in guided meditation, reflection
Presenter: Peter Bayley is a Senior Clinical Research Scientist on the Divine within us, and sharing dinner.
at the Stanford/VA Aging Clinical Research Center located at the We are still putting together the rotating house
Veteran’s Affairs hospital in Palo Alto. He has a PhD in Alzheimer’s schedule for July and August. If you would like to
disease from University of California, San Diego. He has a strong be involved please contact Steve Naylor at snaylor@
interest in finding new treatments for diseases that affect the brain ccsm-ucc.org
and have been involved in neuroscience for over 20 years, in both
academia and the pharmaceutical industry.
July 31: Behind The Scenes
In A Criminal Jury Trial:
What Really Happens.
Presenter: Jon Karesh is a trial judge for the San Mateo County
Superior Court. Jon is a San Francisco native and studied law school
at UC Berkeley. He was deputy district attorney for 12 years and has
been a judge since 2001 and is now a Superior Court judge. Jon has
presided over more than 130 jury trials as a lawyer and judge.
August 7th: Social
Media And How It Is
Changing Our World (left) Betsy thanks this year’s Church School Teachers and leaders.
Presenter: Charlene Li (above & below) Annual Meeting 2011.
is a partner at Altimeter
Group, a social media
guru and the author of
Open Leadership, and
co-author of Groundswell.
August 14th : Rock Hounding And Lapidary Work
Presenter: Phil Lind is an educator and a principal in Redwood
City. Betsy and Phil have delighted families over the years, with
their “rock collecting” Pick-a-Party and dinner and now he will
share some of the delights with an interested audience.
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Join an Affinity Group
Summer is a great time to join an affinity group! Joys & Concerns
Monday Night Book Group will meet Prayers of Joy and Gratitude
Monday, June 27, 2011 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Betty Brooks turns 91 on June 22; Julie Lauh turns 92 on June
in the Fireplace Room. Our June book is Angry 30; Ruth Robinson turns 93 on July 23; Elsie Phillips turns 91
Housewives Eating Bon-Bons by Lorna Landvik. on August 3. Congratulations to all of you!
The library has about 25 copies, editions on CD, A park in Oakland was named, honoring Wade Johnson, who is
tape and large print. The book is lighthearted and Vera Pitts’ father. The park was dedicated on May 21, 2011.
fun, focusing on five friends in a book club! Join Claire Brown who was attacked by a rhino in Nepal. Prayers
us for a lively discussion before you head out for of joy for her safety, and also, prayers for the full recovery of Ty
vacation. Susan Stoehr is our contact for more Go, the young man who is responsible for keeping Claire safe. Ty
firstname.lastname@example.org experienced several broken bones.
Time Out for Lunch (or Dinner) with
Prayers of Comfort
Camaraderie, Conversation and Comestibles!
For the people in the Joplin, Missouri area who have suffered
For the past year, several groups of eight from
loss of family, friends and property in the recent tornadoes.
our church community have been meeting
occasionally for lunches or dinners in their homes. For the people of Mississippi who have experienced extreme
The groups made up of individuals and couples flooding.
have found the participation rewarding, interesting For the people of Japan as they continue their recovery efforts
and informative. It is time to reassemble the after the disasters of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant melt
current groups and invite interested parties to down.
join. For further information, contact Trudy Margot Lenigk, passed away May 12, 2011.
Duncan, email@example.com or 573-7053. Rev. Landon Tracy Archer Summers, husband of Rev. Dr.
Boyung Lee (Associate professor at Pacific School of Religion)
Wise and Wonderful Seniors and family; also Rev. Summers’ church Burlingame United
Wednesday, June 15: Seniors’ Gathering, Methodist Church. He passed away May 15, 2011
10:30-11:30 a.m. Senior Summit II: Mario Bojorquez, father of Tita Arevalo, passed away May 30,
It is one year after we first began planning 2011.
programs for seniors. So please come and add
Darren Dieguez, son of Nancy Dieguez died on May 31, 2011.
your comments to our evaluation of what worked,
what did not and what grand adventures we wish Christian Martinovich, friend of Phyllis Mead, passed away.
to plan next year. Everyone please share your
thoughts and suggestions. Healthy refreshments Prayers of Healing and Support
are promised! Steve, friend of Kelly McCarty, as he deals with life transitions
with his children.
Golf Tournament Martha Ruiz, mother of Cori McCarty’s friend, struggling with
The rained-out CCSM Golf Tournament has been health issues.
rescheduled to July 2 at Deep Cliff Golf Course.
Tony Russell, father of Steve Russell, had bypass surgery on
We will start play at 10 a.m. and celebrate our
June 9 in MA.
great rounds with a BBQ later that evening. Please
contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org to Kumar Shrestha, the trekking guide who introduced Melodie
reserve your tee time. Lew to the school, was in an accident. Mr. Shrestha’s duties
include that of school superintendent of the Nepalese school
where we have started the library.
Hayden Pheif (10), friend of the Zimmerman family. Hayden
A Note From Penny has been in UCSF for several weeks and is continuing to struggle
Continued from page 1 with pneumonia and F.O.P.
this opportunity for people to make music Dorothy Kretchmer, aunt of Jim Shaul, is experiencing
together, to feel good enough about themselves significant health issues. Please pray for the family at this time.
and to present that music to others. We are Prayers for 7-year-old Mason, Elizabeth (friend of Genel
fortunate to have them as our guests. Morgan), Sandi Blodgett, Christine Cameron, Rosemarie Pero,
Visit www.singersofthestreet.org to learn more Zee and Cliff Larrew, and others as they travel their different
about S.O.S. Hope to see you on June 19th. journeys with cancer.
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Next Steps for Expanding BOM Appoints
Our Extravagant Local Outreach Project Task Force
Welcome! By Veril Phillips, Vice Moderator
By Linda Skromme, Moderator The Board of Ministries is pleased to announce its appointment
of the Local Outreach Task Force, charged with developing a five-
As we get closer to our goal of $1.5 million in
year strategic plan for CCSM to provide services for the community
pledges over five years from the Capital Campaign,
surrounding our campus. The primary early focus of the task force
I want to announce our next steps. A construction
will be to determine a single service (or very closely related services)
committee and process has been approved by the
that CCSM can usefully offer to residents of North Central San
Board of Ministries to affirm and agree on the
Mateo, especially to the prominent Latino community. The task
scope of the work, obtain competitive contractor
force will present its recommendations to the MSJ and to the Board
bids, verify the feasibility of the scope, select a
by the end of 2011.
contractor and negotiate a construction contract,
Initial members of the task force are Linda Kilby, Donna Lindsay,
reaffirm scope, work with the architects to
Jim Lindsay, Lee Mullery, Mike Mullery, Penny Nixon, Julien
secure city building permits, and monitor the
Phillips, and Veril Phillips (Chair). Others who have recently joined
construction as it happens.
the task force are Cristina Avila-Summerville, Melodie Lew, Kristi
This committee will report to the SFO ministry
Skjerdal, and Gene Summerville. If you might be interested in
and the Board of Ministries. The Board will keep
joining the task force, just let me know at email@example.com or
the congregation informed during the project.
We will be able to get a time line in place once we
In its first two meetings, the task force brainstormed a potential
know the congregation’s financial commitment
list of services to be short-listed for further research: immigration
and pledge payment schedule to the proposed
workshops (building on CCSM experience in May 2010), blood
projects. If you have made your commitment, I
drive, a teen center, interaction with existing ethnic churches, a
say “thank you.” If you would like to participate,
“safe” referral agency for existing services, shelter for homeless,
please feel free to call me or Pearly.
food for hungry, advocacy (for jobs, affordable housing, immigration
The members on the Construction Committee
reform, etc.), adult ESL classes at night (together with family
are: Jim Berthelsen (representing Sacred Space
dinner and games for children), and planting a Spanish-speaking
Renewal Committee), John Fyfe (representing
congregation within CCSM. The task force has reviewed two
Memorial Garden Committee), Clayton Lee
videos, Dying to Live and The Visitor, with a view to providing the
(representing SFO and SSR), Jim Shaul (CCSM
congregation with opportunities during the summer or fall to learn
campus / building expertise and Memorial Garden
about immigration issues and to discuss progressive Christian
Committee), Bahram Mozayeny (engineer/
responses. Watch for announcements of these opportunities in the
construction expertise and SSR and Memorial
Garden Committees). We may have one or two
Speaking of opportunities, please plan to attend the CCSM
more members joining in the next two weeks.
Border Immersion Trip for Adults meeting September 13-18,
What an exciting time to be a part of CCSM!
2011. Senior Minister Penny Nixon and Vice Moderator Veril
Phillips will co-lead a transformative educational experience. We
will travel to and stay in facilities at Centro Romero in San Ysidro,
CA, a bi-national region of wealth and poverty in close proximity
to Tijuana, Mexico. In the video at Centro Romero’s website (http://
www.ucc.org/justice/centro-romero/) Brenda Joyner remarks, “These
people (who flee Latin America to work in the U.S.) live this way in
order that we can live the way that we live. And that’s what makes
it personal.” What a profound statement! Please contact Veril for
information and Penny for scholarships. No commitment is needed
at this time, but we want to know of your interest in order to
conduct additional planning.
The Board sees the work of this task force as one avenue to pursue
CCSM’s three priorities: voice for progressive Christianity, our
commitment, action, and effectiveness in social justice and outreach,
and to deepen and grow our beloved community. We seek your
support and feedback as we embark on this endeavor.
Congratulations Moderator Linda Skromme and Vice Moderator
Veril Phillips sign on for second term.
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Minister of Music and Art To Care is To Do
Search Team Update First Sunday Food Collection for Call Primrose
By Marge Boyd, Chair As on the first Sunday of every month, please bring your donations
of non-perishable food to church Sunday, July 3rd and place them in
CCSM’s Minister of Music and Art Search Team
the marked container in the Narthex.
has been busy reviewing resumes from more than
Any non-perishable foods are welcome. But if you are looking for
18 individuals who have applied for the position.
ideas, items currently in particular demand includes: Rice-A-Roni,
We have been impressed by the depth and breadth
potato buds (instant potatoes), peanut butter & jelly, cereal, hearty
of experience and talent of these folks and we find
soups and stews.
the elimination process challenging. Our next
Thank you for your continued generous support. Did you know
steps include conducting telephone interviews
that Call Primrose gives out 30,000 bags of food per year to those in
with those we feel meet the job posting’s criteria,
need? Together we make a difference. Contact Tracy Fallon 650 245-
scheduling in-person interviews with finalists, and
structuring auditions for the two or three top picks
with our choir, staff, and other program directors.
Our timeline for interviews and auditions Family Shelter Volunteers Needed July 10-17
extends through mid-August, and we are excited There are still many slots to fill for the upcoming host period for the
about the possibilities that lie ahead for our music rotating family homeless shelter. We need volunteers on some days
program! for food (preparation and serving, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.), hosting (6-8:30
p.m., eat and interact with guests), children’s homework/activities
(6:30-8:30 p.m.), and overnight (8:30 p.m. to 7:15 a.m.; sleep in the
Keeping it in the Family— Buckham Room on aerobeds). There are also opportunities to help
Announcing CCSM‘s 2011-12 with setup on July 10 (3:15 to 5:15 p.m.), takedown on July 17 (after
Intern, Rajeev Rambob the service), meet and load the van on July 17 (2:30 to 3 p.m.) and
Look for his introduction laundering sheets and pillowcases (take away on July 17).
article in the next issue of Volunteer Shopper Needed: We also need a person to check and
The Pine Tree. replenish supplies like napkins, cups, breakfast and lunch makings,
and beverages at the beginning of the rotation and midweek. You are
fully reimbursed. This could be an ongoing commitment each time
SAVE THE DATE: we host (usually 4 weeks a year). Please consider this commitment
your commitment to CCSM.
Leadership Retreat Take this opportunity to be the hands and face and feet of God to
All Welcome our temporarily homeless guests. Sign up after the service in Kloss
Hall, or contact Linda Kilby (299-1531, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Saturday, August 27th,
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Collection Drive for Annie’s Blankets
Speaking Christian—What does Christian Please bring your used and clean blankets and towels to church in
language mean to progressive Christians? How July and August for donation to Annie’s Blankets. Annie’s Blankets
do we use Christian language and maintain our is a non-profit organization that provides comfort to lost and injured
extravagant welcome? How do we talk about our companion animals, and to promote public awareness regarding
beliefs in a pluralistic world? How do we get the the needs of homeless and ailing pets in the Bay Area and Central
progressive message out into public discourse Coast. Lucy and Madeline Lee will have a barrel for donations in the
instead of letting the religious right do all the Narthex, and be collecting on behalf of the Crystal Springs Chapter
talking? of National Charity League, Inc., for Annie’s Blankets. Any questions
Come for lively discussions and interesting can be addressed to Lucy Lee at (650) 349-9976 or llee@fbcl-visa.
teaching and dialogue. Concurrent children’s com.
program offered also.
Our local CCSM PIA (Peninsula Interfaith Action) group is meeting
Office Staff Schedule: Monday, June 27 at 7:15 p.m. in the Buckham Room. We will be
Penny: June 30 to July 9, Synod/vacation discussing how CCSM can contribute to current PIA initiatives,
Betsy: June 28 to July 15, vacation collaboration with the CCSM neighborhood outreach group and
Jerri: July 1 to 15, vacation possible CCSM community organizing activity. Anyone is welcome
Steve: June 29 to July 5, Synod to attend. For more information contact Linda Kilby (299-1531,
Pearly: July 18 to 22, vacation email@example.com) or Harry Dehlinger (589-5287, hhob@juno.
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Global Missions Highlight Hospitality Corner:
By Jerri Handy Sign Up To Be A Host For
It is curious to me that the people of Thailand are struggling
with issues of citizenship; their struggles are a bit different than Coffee Hour—Yummy!
the struggles we face in the United States. Understanding what Become part of a wonderful group of church folks
citizenship means in their context may give us food for thought who provide the refreshments in Kloss Hall after
as we continue to talk and change our understanding of what church on Sundays. This is a great way to get to
citizenship means here in California. know fellow church members and share your
The Church of Christ in Thailand special delights with us! As our church grows, we
(CCT) was started by missionaries need your help!
in the early 1800s. Now it has more Hosting: Participate by bringing cookies/fruit/
than 900 churches nationwide, and cheese/veggies to church and serving during coffee
150,000 members. Global Ministries hour approximately three or four times a year with
partners with CCT to minister to the two other individuals/families. (You don’t have to
1.2 million people in Thailand who make the coffee.) Your team sets-up, serves, and
belong to ethnic minority groups, cleans-up (usually done by 12:30 p.m.) It’s a great
such as the Karen, Hmong (Meo), Yao way to get to meet people.
(Mein), Akha (Egaw), Lahu (Musoe), Baking: If you just love baking and want to help
and Lisu. by providing baked goods for the coffee hours
Many hill-tribe people, although they were born in Thailand, team on occasion, we can use your help, too!
do not have birth certificates, meaning they have no citizenship, Sign-up with Deanna Riding at deannariding@
no identification documents, and no legal identity. The lack of sbcglobal.net or 650 574-0557.
citizenship means that these ethnic minorities are considered illegal
aliens in their own land and have little access to basic services like
education and health care, employment, and the right to own land.
Searching for identity and citizenship for ethnic minorities in
Thailand is a new project by CCT. Nine volunteers help villagers
apply to become Thai citizens. The project expected 100-200
individuals to receive citizenship documents in the first year of
the project. As of August 2010, almost 1,000 people had filed for
citizenship. Of those, 210 had been granted citizenship and an
additional 776 were registered and waiting.
Among the 210, Mayuree and her three younger sisters recently
became Thai citizens. Their father and mother had obtained
citizenship years ago but, due to the lack of education Mayuree’s
parents did not know how to register their children. Mayuree said
“I am very happy to receive the citizenship. I am a Thai now. I am
happy because I can go to school and obtain public services that
other Thai people receive.”
Please pray for this new project, and the impact it has on
improving the lives of so many.
Global Ministries works with the Church of Christ in Thailand to
fund the Citizenship project. A newsletter for the families & friends of the
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