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Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPCMay 22, 2014


Spiritual But Not Religious


     Here in Marin County, we hear that only 3% of our population attend religious services on a regular basis. A much higher percentage of folks self-identify as spiritual but not religious. What does that mean? If we think it's great to be a part of Sleepy Hollow church's community, how can we share this? Can we talk about our own religious identity authentically without making everyone uncomfortable? Seminarian Bentley Stewart will lead us in this timely exploration. The scripture passage will be Acts 17:22-31.

In This Issue
Bible Study
Paul's Blog
AFTER: Justice Garden
Children and Youth Sunday
Church Picnic
Take Wil and Betty Dinner
Greeters Needed
Our Graduates
Marin Interfaith Council
Pedal for Protein
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 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). Whatever your experience with the Bible might be, you are welcome to come and learn and make meaningful friendships.

Our Faith is Best Revealed Through Our Efforts to Help Others


God made you and I unique with special "know how" and "gifts." Yes, you are talented. You are gifted by God to play a special role in your surroundings. So, let's use this as a wake up call for..."am I just coasting or am I ready to launch into some new activities this summer geared to help others?"


If you're like me, you marvel at our musicians and choirs who move us with their music. I am also blown away by the originality and fresh thinking that the women of our flower committee exhibit. Recently, a "green" committee was formed to actively start addressing environmental initiatives here at the Church. Nearly 60 people are getting ready to go to Mexico to build houses this summer. During the winter many participated in the homeless REST program. And, last Sunday we heard that funding for the SHPC Justice Garden for the needy and homeless had been approved. These are all terrific acts of kindness and initiatives that will affect others. We mustn't coast as believers. 


Take a moment this week and think about your talents and things you enjoy doing; areas that you know in your heart are ways you can contribute to help others. Never underestimate the difference you can make when you carve out time to do things that help others.


The Bible says "Let your light shine before men, that they might see your good deeds" (Matthew 5:16). "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10). "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).


Just remember, "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another" - Charles Dickens.


Have a great 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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SHPC Justice Garden
On Sunday, May 18th the Mexico Mission team put their building skills to excellent use as they worked together to build the flower beds for the SHPC Justice Garden. The Justice Garden is a lovely addition to SHPC and will be a way to bring all the gardeners in the church, our neighbors, and our youth into food sharing and food justice. Check out the Mexico Mission team's handy work!

Flowers in the newly built flower bed
Beginnings of a vegetable garden

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

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 programs@marinifc.org or 415-456-6957 if you have any questions or need assistance with your registration. For more information about MIC, go to www.marinifc.org.

Pedal for Protein
Supporting Food Bank Pantries
September 20-25, 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

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road, San Anselmo, CA  94960
E-mail us at shpchurch@comcast.net or call us at 415-453-8221