SHPC Children's Choir
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPCMay 29, 2014

A Pre-Pentecost Celebration 

of the Birthday of the Church...

Children and Youth Sunday


This Sunday, June 1st, at 9:30 a.m., our children and youth will lead us in a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. Come enjoy the blessing of a dramatic enactment of Acts 2:1-15, with script and original music by our collaborative team of Hallie Foster and Lora East. The SHPC Children's Choir will be singing! 


Parents of children and youth: please remember that the run-through is at 9 a.m. before the service.


Don't miss the All Church Picnic this Sunday, June 1st at noon at Samuel P. Taylor Park! All are welcome!

In This Issue
Bible Study
Paul's Blog
Children and Youth Sunday
Church Picnic
Garden Assistants Needed
Mexico Mission Workday and Justice Garden
Take Wil and Betty Dinner
Greeters Needed
Our Graduates
The California Drought
Pedal for Protein
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from 
Pastor Bev       

Vacation was wonderful, and I am looking forward to sharing stories and sacred art from Sicily with you in Bible Study and on Sunday mornings.  Thank you to all of you who carried so many things forward while I was away, with special thanks to Jody Schmetz, Worship Elder, and Patti Vance, our garden visionary and grant writer, and to Hallie Foster and Lora East, for preparing the children for this coming Sunday.


      I was so delighted to return to church and see the Justice Garden!  Thank you so much to all of you who have put your vision and hearts and hard work into making this happen. Thank you to the Mexico Mission leader team, to Mark for his excellent design, to all the participants from MM and the Green Team, thank you, thank you.


     As we approach Pentecost, I can only say that the Spirit is with us, and new life is springing up all around us here!  What a blessing to be part of this church!


May and June Calendar


Friday, May 30

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


Sunday, June 1    


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

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


Wednesday, June 4

7:30 p.m.        Choir Practice


Friday, June 6

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


Sunday, June 8     PENTECOST

9:30 a.m.        Celebration of Pentecost and 

                      Mexico Mission Commissioning

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


Friday, June 13

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


Saturday, June 14

6:00 a.m.        Mexico Mission send-off breakfast


Sunday, June 15

9:30 a.m.        Celebration of Fathers and Green Team meeting


Sunday, June 22

9:30 a.m.        Mexico Mission Return Service and Potluck Brunch 


Friday, June 27

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


Sunday, June 29

9:30 a.m.        Summer Series begins with Pastor Bev

Bible Study
Bible Study meets at noon on Fridays in the Pastor's office throughout the month of June (NO Bible Study on June 20th). Whatever your experience with the Bible might be, you are welcome to come and learn and make meaningful friendships.  For Friday, May 30, our text is Acts 2:1-15, and Bev will be sharing sacred art from her trip.

Remember to Forget


This phrase was used by Maureen Dowd of the New York Times last week as she discussed how Google and the Internet launch things into the public consciousness - whether "true or not" - or whether, over time, the facts "change or not."


I started to think about this headline, Remember to Forget, and realized what an important principle this is to moving on and living in the present.


It's important to keep past experiences in perspective. Some of us have been through many challenges, experienced emotional scars, faced disappointment, and dealt with failure; others have  recovered from addictions, changed a bad habit, or severed an unhealthy relationship. Sometimes it's so hard to put the memory of these circumstances in the past, but it's important to if we are to be unimpaired and able to move forward.


Letting go means we've come to the realization that some things definitely need to be categorized as part of our history and not a part of our destiny.


Tupac Shakur an American rapper known for his understanding of hardship in the inner cities, violence, racism and social problems commented, "You can spend days, weeks or even months overanalyzing a situation, trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could've or would've happened ... or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move the '______' on."


God is amazing when it comes to "remembering to forget." Isaiah 43:25 states, "I alone will blot out your sins and transgressions and remember them no more"; Psalm 103:12 "As far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed our transgressions from us"; Heb 8:12 "I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." 


To enjoy the future accept God's forgiveness of the past and remember to forget. We are forgiven and are now charged to be the "light of the world." So let's amp it up and let our light shine.


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;

All those impacted by the Isla Vista shooting last week, and all those impacted by gun violence;

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


Family Fun Church Picnic
Sunday, June 1st 
12:00 p.m.
At noon we gather at Samuel P. Taylor Park which is 15 miles west of San Rafael and on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Our picnic site is the Redwood Group day use picnic site.

Our site is reserved from noon to 8:00 p.m. Fee is $8.00 per vehicle.

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



Garden Assistants Needed!

The Sleepy Hollow Justice Garden is now accepting names of middle, high school and college students who are interested in helping with the church garden project this summer. Jobs include day to day garden maintenance, help with the summer farm stand and delivering produce to the Food Pantry Program for families in San Rafael.  


If interested please contact Patti Vance at

SHPC Justice Garden and Mexico Mission Workday Photos
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!

Getting started

Mexico Mission Team hard at work

Chris Lopin and the
Mexico Mission Team

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 Ellen Sarkisian and Alexandra Sarkisian! Ellen graduated with distinction and a BA in Communications from the University of Colorado and Alexandra will graduate in June from the Glasgow School of art with an MFA.

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

The California Drought: The "New Normal" and How to Build Resilient Communities
Saturday, June 7, 2014
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Permaculturist and watershed expert  Brock Dolman explains how the 'lifeboat' we need is shaped exactly like our local watershed. With dazzling eloquence he will tell us how we can engage with Planet Water, create water-literate human settlement patterns, and regenerate ecological integrity and social resilience to better prepare for the climate changes ahead.  


Brock Dolman is a Sowing Circle Community member and the Director of Occidental Arts & Ecology Center WATER Institute ( and Permaculture Design Program, and he co-directs its Wildlands Biodiversity Program. He co-instructs Basins of Relations and permaculture-related courses. Brock also co-manages the Center's biodiversity collection, orchards and 70 acres of wildlands. Living up to his specialized generalist nature, and rekindling the dwindling art of the peripatetic natural historian, his experience ranges from the study of wildlife biology, native California botany and watershed ecology, to the practice of habitat restoration, education about regenerative human settlement design, ethno-ecology, and ecological literacy activism towards societal transformation.


Please click here for more information.


First Presbyterian Church

72 Kensington Road

San Anselmo, CA 94960



A suggested donation of $10 is payable at the door  


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 or call us at 415-453-8221