Mosaic of the Miracle of the Feeding of the Multitude
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPCApril 24, 2014


Making Miracles


     This Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. we welcome back to the pulpit our former pastoral intern, seminarian Rachel Pence. Rachel is graduating from San Francisco Theological Seminary next month and will be heading back East for chaplaincy training, and this will be her farewell sermon.  Together we'll be exploring the miracle of the feeding of the multitude and discovering how we can be the miracles that the world needs.  Our text is Matthew 14:13-21.


In This Issue
Bible Study
Paul's Blog
Easter Photo Album
The Stranger is on You Tube
Pedal for Protein
Food Justice
MIC - Prayer Breakfast
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From
Pastor Bev       

What a blessed Easter we celebrated here at church! Thank you so much to the Flower Guild, Patti, Jody, Frankie, Linda, Merle, Millie, Peg, and Kelsey, and to honorary member Karl Schmetz! Thank you to our music ministers and composers in residence, Stephen, Michael, and Hallie! Thank you to Peter Chase, guest violinist! Thank you to the SHPC Singers, led by Stephen, Cathy, and Hallie!  Thank you to the Children's Choir led by Hallie!  Thank you to the Deacons, and to all who helped with Fellowship by bringing delicious goodies and by serving and cleaning up!  Thank you to John and Patty for greeting!  Thank you to Jody for making sure the sanctuary was ready! Thank you to the co-captains of the Egg Hunt Mike McCollum and Alex Gauna!  Thank you to Tom McAfee and to Ethan Russell for photography!  Thank you to Lora, Chad, Carter, and Andy for our children's program with 32 children!  And thank you to all of you who brought family and friends!  Thank you to each and every one who brought their friendly smiles, singing voices, and high spirits to make this a joyous and memorable occasion!  

            With blessings of the Easter season,



April  and May Calendar


Thursday, April 24

   7:30  p.m.         Choir practice at church - new singers welcome!


Friday, April 25
                              Bible Study Recess - Pastor Bev away   

Sunday, April 27 

    9:30 a.m.         Be A Miracle, with Rachel Pence                              10:30 a.m.         Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!

   10:40 a.m.         Green Team Meets

   10:40 a.m.         MOLOTH - 11 and up - plans Youth Sunday

     4:00 p.m.         Mexico Mission Mandatory Meeting:

                           Team Building


Thursday, May 1     

       7:30 p.m.         Choir practice at church - new singers welcome!


Friday, May 2 

     12:00 p.m.       Bible Study with Pastor Bev


Sunday, May 4

      9:30 a.m.       All Church Work Day and Cinco de Mayo Feast

                           Children and Youth plant Wee Garden

     10:30 a.m.      Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!


Thursday, May 8

      7:30 p.m.        Choir practice at church - new singers welcome!


Friday, May 9

       12:00 p.m.      Bible Study with guest leader


Sunday, May 11      

      9:30 a.m.       Celebrating the Gifts of Women, with Pastor Bev

     10:30 a.m.      Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome! 


Tuesday, May 13 - Tuesday, May 27 - Pastor Bev on vacation;

Seminarian Bentley Stewart on call for pastoral emergencies 


Thursday, May 15

       7:30 p.m.        Choir practice at church - new singers welcome!


Sunday, May 18

       9:30 a.m.       We welcome back guest preacher Rev. Jeff Cheifetz

     10:30 a.m.      Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome! 


Thursday, May 22

      7:30 p.m.        Choir practice at church - new singers welcome!


Sunday, May 25 

       9:30 a.m.       We welcome guest preacher Bentley Stewart

     10:30 a.m.      Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome! 

Bible Study
Bible Study generally meets at noon on Fridays, but we are taking a recess this week, Friday April 25th and will resume May 2nd.  We are looking for a volunteer to lead the group while Pastor Bev is away May 9, 16, and 23, so please contact Pastor Bev if you feel called to lead!

Common Sense Living ... 

from Ontario


I'm writing to you from Toronto, Canada. It's cold here - and even snowed last week.  We are in rehearsal - facing long hours  - as we piece together and make decisions that determine how we take "The First Wives Club" Musical  from the "page" to the "stage". There are 22 members of a spectacular cast, dancing, singing, practicing their lines, working on their timing and following a Director and choreographer's instructions from early morning til sunset.


Being on the road as often as I am ... I have learned that I need to pay attention to certain things that affect how I think, how I act and how I handle tension. I'd like to think of this exercise as a recipe for Common Sense Living.


So what is common sense?  I believe in simplest terms it is what experience has taught us that works. Or as Wilfred Peterson has said  "it is applying the best wisdom we know today ... based on all our yesterdays."


For me, common sense  ... on the road ... includes a routine - reading the Bible every day, getting enough rest to be healthy, maintaining a personal life (staying in touch with friends), and getting a modest amount of exercise (which is the hardest for me). Believe me, producing a big Musical is full of stress. But there is a common sense blueprint to managing it.


Each day, I start my mornings by focusing on Paul the person. Not what is on today's agenda or what time I have to be at rehearsal. I start my day focusing on ... the private side of me. I'd recommend you consider doing the same. Focus on yourself. Your health. Spend some private time with God - before facing today's pressing priorities.

If you do, I assure you the crisis, tension, and pressure on you will be a lot more manageable. Practicing these common sense principles has made me much healthier ... and I hope they can do the same for you.


Here are some wonderful passages of scripture that might be helpful to you as well. They certainly have been to me.  (Proverbs 3: 5-18; Romans 12:1,2; Matt 6:25-34)


I'm off to rehearsal now ... and am calm, focused, and excited. 

Thanks to a little "common sense" and a quiet time with God.


Paul Lambert 

Please Remember In Your Prayers
Praying Hands
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for healing from a bone marrow transplant, and Nancy, for strength in companioning her; 

Jan Ardell's daughter, Jeannie, for healing of her broken wrist and complete restoration of the use of her arm; 

The Schmetz family, mourning the loss of Karl's father, Frank, who died on March 24th;  

Jerry Lambert, mother of Paul, for healing;   

Gregg Elberg, recovering from surgery, and mourning the loss of his mother;

Clyde Ongaro, for healing;

Those who lost their lives in the So. Korean ferry tragedy and their loved ones;

All those who are living with violence in their homes or homelands.


Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.


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Easter 2014 
Thank you to Tom McAfee for our Easter Photo Album - CLICK HERE

The Stranger is on You Tube

If you missed the debut production of The Stranger on April 6th, you can now watch it on You Tube by clicking here. With an original score and lyrics by Hallie Foster, and an original script by Cathy Sarkisian, this musical charted new territory for the SHPC Singers. The story centers around the interactions of three members of a family, played by Scott, Sharon, and Nate Hamilton, with a stranger, played by Wil Swalberg. The musical alternated between spoken scenes by the lead actors, and songs, presented by the SHPC singers in the model of a Greek chorus. Thanks again to everyone who made this musical possible. 


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Pedal for Protein 
September 20 to 25, 2014


Come ride with the Hunger Task Force on September 20 to 25, 2014. Tour the beautiful Northern California Coastline, from

Orick to Sausalito, 360 miles over 6 days, or chose a 1 or 2 day ride.

Your participation will help food pantries along the northern coast of California stock up on protein rich foods like peanut butter, canned tuna, chicken and milk and provide them to families, seniors and children. The tour cost

for the full week tour is $200 for registration plus a $500 minimum in fundraising. A one day tour is $50 for registration plus a $100 minimum in fund raising. All funds raised will be donated through local food banks. For more information or to register, click here.  If you have additional questions, please contact me at 515-6127.  

Patty Sanders
Pedal for Protein Ride Director
Hunger Task Force
Presbytery of the Redwoods
Food Justice

Fellowship with a Farmer

through CSA

Dear Friend in the Faith Community,

The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative invites you to attend a roundtable discussion next week to help your congregation advance a Community Supported Agriculture project.


Through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a congregation can establish a relationship with a local farmer and interested members can pick up a fresh box of produce weekly at their place of worship.  


Wednesday, April 30th in Tiburon

Time:      12 - 1:15 p.m. 

Location: Congregation Kol Shofar

               215 Blackfield Drive

               Tiburon, CA 94920 

Funded By: California Department of Food and Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant Program



RSVP and receive an heirloom seed packet from 

the Petaluma Seed Bank for your garden!


Please call (707) 634-4672 or email us for more information about this event or our organization.


We look forward to seeing you there!


The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative Team



The 15th Annual Prayer Breakfast: A Fundraiser for Marin Interfaith Council  


Thursday, May 1, 8am-10am 

Congregation Kol Shofar

215 Blackfield Drive

Tiburon, California

The 15th Annual Prayer Breakfast: A Fundraiser for Marin Interfaith Council  



Please join us for an interfaith celebration of the National Day of Prayer with leaders from three religious traditions

Bahá'í ~ Tibetan Buddhism ~ Unity


More Information and Reservations Here!


Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road, San Anselmo, CA  94960
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