Mexico Mission Team - Mission Accomplished!
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPCJune 5, 2014

Pentecost and Mexico Mission Send Off


This Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., we welcome the Mexico Mission participants and their families to a service of commissioning and celebration of the MM team's commitment and courage. They are choosing to leave their comfort zones and journey across the border to build homes for the unhoused, bringing dignity and hope to people who need both badly. We continue our Pentecost celebration of the Spirit moving within us and in the world with scripture passages from the Gospel of John, chapters 20-21.  


The SHPC Singers will be singing original music for us!

In This Issue
Bible Study
Paul's Blog
Children and Youth Sunday
Picnic Photos
Justice Garden News
Take Wil and Betty Dinner
Greeters Needed
Our Graduates
Ice Cream and Firefighters
The California Drought
Celebrating the Interfaith Vision
Pedal for Protein
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from 
Pastor Bev       


How do you decide where to go on vacation?  I'm still not sure how Michael and I decided to go to Sicily last month!  The food and the sacred art were a great attraction, but neither of us expected to be pulled out of our comfort zones, to stretch and learn so much, and to feel such a connection to the Sicilian people we met. 


This Sunday, we celebrate the Mexico Mission team, who are about to leave their comfort zones and depart to cross the border and spend a week of "unvacation" building homes for three unhoused families. This is truly a life transforming experience for the newly housed families, and for our MM team. What a gift to discover that we can make a positive difference in the world!  What a blessing to be a blessing to others!


We are here to serve, and serving together is a great joy.


June Calendar



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! 


Summer Choir Meets Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. 


Friday, June 13

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


Saturday, June 14

  6:00 a.m.       Mexico Mission departs with continental breakfast


Please hold the Mexico Mission in prayer June 14-21


Sunday, June 15

  9:30 a.m.       Celebration of Fatherhood

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

10:45 a.m.       Green Team meets


No Bible Study Friday, June 20 - Bev with Mexico Mission


Sunday, June 22

  9:30 a.m.        Mexico Mission Return Service 

 10:30 a.m.       Potluck Brunch - All Welcome!

   3:00 p.m.        MOLOTH MEETS at the church


Friday, June 27

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


Sunday, June 29

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

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 June (except 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.  This Friday, June 6, we'll be studying the gift of the Holy Spirit in John 20 and Jesus' charge to Peter in John 21.

God Sees Everything


I am writing to you from L.A. today, and as I watch the hustle and bustle of the casually dressed swagger to and fro, I thought to myself, I wonder if they know God sees everything ... absolutely everything.


The Bible says in Heb 4:13 "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight." In Jeremiah 16:17 we read "My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me." And, in Proverbs 5:21 it states, "Your ways are in full view of the Lord, and He examines all your paths."


The thought that God sees everything struck me as I watched the kids last week in Church act out the events of Acts 2, when, at a point in time, the very Spirit of God (with great fanfare I might add) entered the lives and activities of a specific group of disciples. It must have been like a scene from the Moulin Rouge. God planned it, initiated "special effects," and I'm sure enjoyed every minute of it. 


God saw all the hard work and dedication it took to plan last Sunday's children's event.  God was with us in that sanctuary. God saw the dancing, heard the singing, and enjoyed the rattles and tambourine when the Holy Spirit entered in the plot. I have so much respect for Bev, Hallie, Lora, Stephen, Michael and all the parents and performers. I sat there musing, "God is seeing this."


There are two aspects to God's omniscience that are meaningful: first, God sees the good, and secondly, God sees the bad. Nothing escapes God. 


We don't need to be jealous or resentful when someone seems to be getting the better of us in an unfair way. God sees it. Let's not let our emotions trigger negative thoughts when someone takes advantage of us or bullies us. God sees it. Likewise, do that extra act of kindness. Help that person in need when no one is around, cheer up someone that you know is hurting. And remember, when you do, God sees it. 


God sees our touching, our toiling, our testings, our temptations, our tears and our triumphs. Yes, God sees everything and assures us "Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; and I will strengthen you" (Isa. 41:10).


Bring it on ... God is watching. 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;   

Jerry Lambert, mother of Paul, for healing;   

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

Clyde Ongaro, for healing;

Graduates, for guidance on their next steps and for a sense of optimism and hope for their futures;

Veterans, stymied by long waits and inadequate resources, and their families;

Children and young people who have no possibilities in their homelands, who take grave risks to come to the U.S.;

Commissioners, advocates, and other Presbyterians preparing to head to Detroit for our P.C.U.S.A. General Assembly, for safe travel, for wise decisions, for attentiveness to the Holy Spirit in their midst, for forbearance, and for love of the church.


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


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Thank you to everyone who made our annual Children and Youth Sunday a huge success!  Special thanks to Hallie Foster for the original music and inspired youth choir direction, and to Lora East for the script and inspired direction.  Kudos to all the children and youth who participated as worship leaders, actors, singers, dancers, and to our pianist, Margot West.  What a great group! 

Please send your favorite photos or videos to the office so we can share them next week!

SHPC Family Fun Picnic Photos
What a wonderful time was had by all at our church picnic at Samuel P. Taylor Park's Redwood Grove last Sunday! Many thanks to our wonderful hosts Linda and Richard Peltzman for this event!


Justice Garden Work Party -
  Saturday, June 7 - 8 a.m.
Friends of the Garden are invited to come on over to church this Saturday at 8 a.m. and help with a variety of tasks to safeguard the plants from critters, distribute our remaining compost and soil, etc.
And 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


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 Sophie Ehlen and Kaitlin Lopin! Sophie will graduate from Marin School of the Arts and Kaitlin graduated from CSU, Chico.

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

Ice Cream, Firefighters, and more TODAY at 4 p.m.

The entire San Anselmo community is invited to learn more about the Ross Valley Fire Department (RVFD) training activities and the seminary's construction plans in an event on Thursday, June 5th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the San Francisco Theological Seminary campus. Come watch video footage shot from inside the buildings during the RVFD exercises, meet an RVFD Battalion Chief, explore fire trucks, and view the seminary's construction plans on the Geneva Terrace patio. Complimentary ice cream will be served from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., followed by a reception from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Click here for more information about RVFD news.


Click here to read more about this teachable moment for firefighters in the Marin IJ.


sign up here 

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. 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  


Honoring the Divine Spark in All of Us: Celebrating the Interfaith Vision - an Invitation from the Marin Interfaith Council
Thursday, June 26, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


You are invited to our Annual Forum to celebrate the relationships and collaborations we share in our Interfaith Vision. Come to celebrate and to hear reflections from Annie Reynolds and Stephanie Listug, Young Adult Leaders!  


Come and Fund-a-Need!  You may have noticed that MIC has been blessed by 2 interns (Lizzie Chadbourne and Nicole Trotter) and 1 Interfaith Fellow (Colleen McDermott) just this semster!  And now, we are working with another student from the San Francisco Theological Seminary who would like to intern with MIC for the entire academic year!  MIC needs to raise an additional $10,000 to support these new positions. We hope to fund this need at this event in honor of the 10 years of Carol's vision and work which have brought these interns to MIC!


Bring your favorite appetizer to share with 8 of your interfaith friends! We will provide the lemonade and iced tea! 



First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael

Canoles Hall

1510 Fifth Avenue

San Rafael, CA 94901


Please click on the link below to register:


Register Here  

Please contact us at or call 415-456-6957 for more information.


Thank you for your continued support of the Marin Interfaith Council. We hope to see you on June 26th!




Sr. Colleen McDermott

Marin Interfaith Council



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