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Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPCMay 8, 2014


Celebrating the Gifts of Women


Where are the women of the Bible?  In the deeply patriarchal times of the Hebrew scripture and New Testament writers, women were rarely named, acknowledged, or quoted.  How astonishing that Mary Magdalene is the first witness to the resurrection of Jesus!  On Easter we celebrate her testimony:  "I have seen the Lord!"  Only two of the 66 books of the Bible are named for women - Ruth and Esther - but when we search carefully, we find many more remarkable women.  


This Sunday, Mother's Day, May 11, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., we celebrate the gifts of women.  We'll get to know Shiphrah and Puah, Jochebed and Miriam, remarkable women of the Exodus story, and we'll give thanks for the women in our lives!  Our texts are Exodus 1:1-2:10 and Acts 16:11-15.  The SHPC Singers will sing music composed by women!    

In This Issue
Bible Study
Paul's Blog
Game Night
Work Day and Feast
Church Picnic
Open Studios
Take Wil and Betty Dinner
Greeters Needed
Art in Sanctuary
SFTS Event
Moon Walk
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from 
Pastor Bev       
What a wonderful day in the life of the church we had last Sunday, our annual All Church Work Day and Cinco de Mayo Feast! A huge thank you to everyone who participated, with special thanks for a delicious feast to the Deacons led by Carolyn Goodman: Patti Eisinger, Frankie Eakes, Laura Taylor, Cat Caldwell, and Nancy Elberg. Scroll down for some fun photos to see how all ages pitched in and enjoyed the day. The windows are washed, the piano is polished, the Children and Youth Mosaic has found its home in the sanctuary, the bike rack is assembled, and the garden is looking fantastic! Thank you and bless you all for blessing this place with your loving care.
I'm here this Sunday for Mother's Day, but off the next day for two weeks of vacation, returning May 27. We have wonderful preachers lined up, and Bentley Stewart, who has a wealth of experience in chaplaincy, is covering pastoral care while I'm gone (407-489-1258). You are in good hands! We have welcomed Allie Duro as Interim Office Administrator, and she'll be in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays. In a pinch, call on any elder or deacon.
May all God's blessings shine upon each one of you,



May and June Calendar


Thursday, May 8     

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


Friday, May 9 

     12:00 p.m.       Bible Study 


Saturday, May 10    

     5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Family Ministries GAME NIGHT -- All welcome!


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;

Bentley Stewart on call for pastoral emergencies 407-489-1258


Thursday, May 15

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


Friday, May 16

       12:00 p.m.      Bible Study 


Sunday, May 18

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

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

     11:00 a.m.      Mexico Mission Workday  


Thursday, May 22

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


Friday, May 23

       12:00 p.m.      Bible Study  


Sunday, May 25 

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

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


Thursday, May 29 

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


Friday, May 30

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


Sunday, June 1        SAVE THE DATE

         9:30 a.m.       CHILDREN AND YOUTH SUNDAY

          10:30 a.m.      Special Fellowship - Honoring Rachel and Lora

        12:00 p.m.     ALL CHURCH PICNIC at Samuel P. Taylor Park


Sunday, June 8        PENTECOST

       9:30 a.m.         Celebration of Pentecost and 

                             Mexico Mission Commissioning

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

Bible Study
Bible Study meets at noon on Fridays in the Pastor's office throughout the month of May, and we thank Alex Gauna for his leadership while Pastor Bev is away!  Our texts for May 9th are Exodus 1:1-2:10 and Acts 16:11-15. Whatever your experience with the Bible might be, you are welcome to come and learn and make meaningful friendships.

"It Takes a Woman ..."

In the wonderful Musical "Hello Dolly", Horace Vandergelder struts across the stage singing to Cornelius and Barnaby a spirited tune ... "It Takes a Woman". Loving Musicals as I do, I couldn't resist the opportunity to use this song title as the theme of this week's Mother's Day blog.
So often it really does take a woman's spirit, instincts and resilience to accomplish certain extraordinary tasks. All throughout scripture women play active roles in God's sovereign plans. And this Sunday Pastor Bev is going to point us to the lives of of Shiphrah, Puah, Jochebed, and Miriam - four women who made choices and took action consistent with God's blueprint for that time. (Ex 1:1-2:10)
As Mother's Day approaches I, for one, am so grateful for a Mom who cared, loved and sacrificed for me all of her life. Whether it was piano lessons, a little league game, a bee sting, a school play, or an Easter egg hunt ... Mom was always there. This past year a good portion of my life has also been producing concerts with another terrific woman who has fought hard, been tenacious, and spread love around the world ... Mary Wilson of The SUPREMES. What a privilege it has been to work with her.
So to all of our Mothers and wonderful women in the congregation, this week - we salute you. And know ... that "we know" ... it "takes all of you dynamic women" to keep us on track and moving forward in this crazy world of ours.
After 3 weeks of being away it will sure be good to get back home in time for Friday's noon Bible Study. Join us if you can, 12 noon in Pastor Bev's office.

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;  

Nance Rosencranz and Trina Campbell, for safe travel; 

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

Clyde Ongaro, for healing;

For the safety and freedom of the abducted Nigerian students, and for safety for all girls seeking education worldwide;

For mothers, with special prayers for mothers who suffer heartache for their children who are sick or hurting;

Students of all ages as they complete their course work, and those preparing to graduate, for clarity, strength of purpose, and guidance on their next steps.


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


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Family Ministries and MOLOTH (11 and up) Present Game Night this Saturday, May 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at church! 


All are welcome!

Bring your favorite games, your friends and neighbors, or just yourself.  Candyland, hearts, twister, bridge, monopoly, scrabble, chess -- the more games the better!  MOLOTH parents feel free to drop off your 11 and up and go to dinner!



All Church Work Day and Cinco de Mayo Feast Pictures



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Save the Date:
Family Fun Church Picnic
Sunday, June 1st 
We start the day at church at 9:30 a.m. with Children's and Youth Sunday, a service of drama and music led by our youth.  And then at noon, we gather at Samuel P. Taylor Park - the Redwood Group camp site. 

Bring: pot luck to share, beverages, chair, games. We will have a BBQ set up if you would like to cook.

Paper plates and utensils will be supplied. Hiking and biking trails for all to enjoy. This is a great time to visit and play games.

Fun for all who can join!

Marin Open Studios 
Our own wonderful artist Karen Baigrie's studio will be open as part of Marin Open Studios:
May 10 & 11
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

981 Butterfield Road
San Anselmo

There are new works, new themes, and a continuation of old favorites.

Wil's Birthday was May 3 - 
Please sign up for more Wednesday night dinner deliveries!
Wil and Betty have really enjoyed our 90th birthday gift of Wednesday night dinners.  
Let's sign up for another year of dinner deliveries to make sure they have a hot home-cooked meal each week, and to thank them for all they do for our church!  From the Food Barrel ministry to the 2 cents ministry, no one does more for the hungry than Wil and Betty.

Greeters Needed for Sunday Mornings 

Help with our ministry of hospitality by signing up to be a greeter!  All you have to do is get to church by 9:15, light the candles, and hand out bulletins with a smile.

sign up here 

Children and Youth Mosaic Now
Graces Our Sanctuary 
Thank you to Richard Peltzman and Jody Schmetz for placing the beautiful mosaic created by the children and youth of SHPC under the direction of our Youth Leader, Charles Wei, in the sanctuary.  We are blessed.

Womanist Reflections:
Remembering Fannie Lou Hamer
May 10, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Join San Francisco Theological Seminary on May 10 for a day-long celebration of Fanie Lou Hamer's activism for racial and gender equality. 


Hamer was a courageous civil rights leader and community organizer who demonstrated a commitment to faith and community at the grassroots level.


Enjoy morning and afternoon worship, engaging lectures by scholars including two esteemed SFTS faculty members - Rev. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina and Rev. Vanessa Hawkins - and afternoon workshops, on the SFTS campus


This event is free!


For more information, contact Ruth T. West at 415.451.2838. 

Labyrinth Moon Walk
May 14, 2014
8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


The San Francisco Theological Seminary community would like to invite you to our next quarterly Labyrinth Moon Walk on Geneva Terrace, a chance for contemplation under the light of the full moon.


Local Harpist Sally Fletcher will be providing enchanting music during the hours of the labyrinth walk, from 8:30pm - 10:30pm.


To learn more about the practice of walking labyrinths, please click here 
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
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