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Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPCMay 15, 2014


In Trouble but Not Troubled


     Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled."  But don't most of us have trouble of some kind in our lives?  And how many of us are troubled by those troubles?  What did Jesus mean?  How can we not be troubled by our troubles?  This Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., we welcome back Rev. Jeff Cheifetz to lead us as we explore these questions.  Our scripture texts are Acts 7:55-60 and John 14:1-14.

In This Issue
Bible Study
Paul's Blog
Game Night
BEFORE: Justice Garden
Children and Youth Sunday
Church Picnic
Take Wil and Betty Dinner
Greeters Needed
Our Graduates
Art in Sanctuary
New Mailbox
Moon Walk
Marin Interfaith Council
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from 
Pastor Bev       
Pastor Bev is on vacation from May 12-27.  For pastoral care while she's away, please contact Bentley Stewart at 407-489-1258.  


May and June Calendar


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!


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

2:00 p.m.        Bible Study with Pastor Bev


Sunday, June 1      SAVE THE DATE


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 (NO Bible Study on May 23rd), and we thank Alex Gauna for his leadership while Pastor Bev is away! Our texts for May 16th are Acts 7:55-60 and John 14:1-14. Whatever your experience with the Bible might be, you are welcome to come and learn and make meaningful friendships.

Focus on what you "can" do...and let God handle what you "can't"


It's been a long time coming, but one lesson I have learned is to remain calm and steady when things become chaotic and emotionally charged.


Sooner or later we are all going to be surprised by a perceived catastrophe, waltzed into a temptation, or forced

to interact with a personality that is bigger than our ability to handle.


It's important to remember we live in a war zone, and the Bible in Ephesians 6:10-18 states "Our struggle is not against flesh and blood ... but against the spiritual forces ... of evil."


These forces are very clever. They know how to derail us, side track us, and introduce us to doubt and weakness. 


I have learned when a tidal wave hits, take two steps back, a deep breath, and know that God has made me to handle as much of this as is intended. The magic in all of these situations is that God intends to handle the impossible part ... and always will. Trust that God can handle what you can't.


We need to treasure the fact that God is the God of the possible ... in I john 4:4 it states "Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world."


So ... "when in trouble, be not troubled." God is with us. And our God is an active God. This will be the theme of this Sunday's sermon by our guest speaker, Rev Jeff Cheifetz. Bible study on Friday at 12 noon will explore this too. I'm looking forward to it.


Wishing you all a good week. 

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;

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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Photos from Family Ministries and MOLOTH Game Night!
Having fun with Apples to Apples


Making time for a board game


Concentrating on Chess





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 Justice Garden
On Sunday, May 18th the Mexico Mission team will be working on creating the SHPC Justice Garden. Please check out the BEFORE photos and stay tuned for the AFTER photos in next week's newsletter!

Space for future Justice Garden

Lumber for flower beds
Save the Date:
Sunday, June 1st 
9:30 a.m. 
Join us for Children and Youth Sunday, a service of drama and music led by our youth!

Save the Date:
Family Fun Church Picnic
Sunday, June 1st 
12:00 p.m.
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!

Linda Peltzman, Elder of Membership and Nurture

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 

Congratulations and blessings to graduates Leona George Davidson and Hannah Dreitcer! Leona is graduating from Dominican University and Hannah is graduating from Yale Divinity School.

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail." 
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.


New SHPC Mailbox 
Thank you to Frankie Eakes for our new SHPC mailbox!
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 
Faith in the Millennial Generation: 
An Interfaith Youth Panel
May 22, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Please join the Marin Interfaith Council and its youth leaders as we explore the coming of age in a time of global awareness.


Panelists from the Millennial Generation, who represent a variety of faith communities (Judaism, Christianity, Baha'i, Buddhism, Islam, and Atheism/Skepticism), will discuss the importance of their own spiritual journeys and share insights about how faith has impacted them while growing up in Marin County.


Join us before the event from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the panelists! The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. 


Please click the link to register: Register Here!


Please contact us at or 415-456-6957 if you have any questions or need assistance with your registration. For more information about MIC, go to

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