Mexico Mission 2014 Team Hard at Work
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPCJune 19, 2014

Mexico Mission Return Service


This Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., we welcome back our Mexico Mission team and their families with a service led by the MM participants. With story, reflection, and song, they will share their experiences building homes in Mexico, and the insights they've gained. Our scripture is Matthew 7:7-12. The SHPC Singers will premiere an original composition by our own Hallie Foster and Stephen Iverson.


All are welcome to stay for a potluck brunch after the service. Please bring a yummy dish to share!

In This Issue
Bible Study
Paul's Blog
MOLOTH Change of Plans
Mexico Mission 2014
Mission and Social Justice Committee
Garden to Guild
Justice Garden News
Alec Kenilvort
Take Wil and Betty Dinner
Greeters Needed
221st General Assembly
Celebrating the Interfaith Vision
Pedal for Protein
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from 
Pastor Bev       

My heart and my prayers are always right here at church, with each one of you. This week my heart and prayers are also with our Mexico Mission team. By the time you read this note, I'll be with them at the work site.  We'll be working to complete our 3 houses Thursday, presenting the houses to our families, and then crossing the border and planning Sunday's service on Friday afternoon. You are invited to scroll down for some wonderful photos, and for a link to the MM blog so that you can keep in touch!  And

don't miss this Sunday's moving service and potluck brunch!


We are blessed to have Bentley Stewart attending to pastoral care duty while I'm away, and you can reach him at 407-489-1258.


My heart and prayers are also in Detroit this week, with many of my friends and clergy colleagues, who are attending our biennial P.C.U.S.A. denominational convention. Friend of this congregation Rev. Scott Clark is representing our own Presbytery of the Redwoods, as our overture advocate for the marriage equality constitutional amendment which was endorsed by the SHPC Session. And the breaking news as I'm writing this is that the marriage equality amendment has been approved by the Marriage Committee and will go to the floor of the General Assembly for a vote of the body today, Thursday, June 19. Please pray for the commissioners to heed the Holy Spirit and keep their love of justice and of the church in the forefront.


It is my joy to serve as your pastor,


June/July Calendar


For Summer Choir Schedule, contact Stephen at 454-4412



 * Please hold the Mexico Mission in prayer June 14-21 *



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!   


Friday, June 27

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


Sunday, June 29

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

                    The Story of Cain and Abel - Sibling Rivalry

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

11:00 a.m.    Mission and Social Justice Committee meets - 

                    All interested welcome!


Sunday, July 6

9:30 a.m.     The Story of Joshua and the Battle of Jericho - 

Birth of a Nation?

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

Sunday, July 13
9:30 a.m.     The Story of Samson and Delilah - Betrayal
10:30 a.m.    Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
Sunday, July 20
9:30 a.m.     The Story of Elijah and Elisha - Miracle Workers
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.  

Steering Clear of Areas That Distract Us


Many of us have re-energized ourselves under Pastor Bev's ministry and are now growing and becoming spiritually active. Active in supporting each other, active in participating in meaningful ministries, and active in paying attention to what makes us healthy and more productive.


One pitfall to this new momentum can be distractions and undisciplined lifestyles.


Distractions come in many forms: cell phones, text messages, Twitter, 500 cable channels, social media, apps, etc. And, some distractions that are more destructive: abusive drinking, temptations or bad habits that lead us astray. We are definitely living in a culture of multi-tasking and one populated with many distractions.


I'd like to suggest that each of us create a daily private spiritual zone; one "without" distractions. Create a focused time when we block out the clutter and quietly meet God.


The Bible says, "Teach me your way, oh Lord" ... "Set your mind on things above" ... "God will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but will provide the way of escape" ..."Do not be anxious about tomorrow" ... "Be sober, be vigilant" ..."Be still and know that I am God" ... "Be attentive to my Wisdom."


I have tried to simplify my life and avoid unnecessary distractions. I am working on spending a quiet time with God and it has really helped. In John 15:7 the Bible says, "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." 


Let's collectively ask God to help us avoid the areas that distract us and to empower us to become who we were meant to be and accomplish what we were meant to accomplish.


Have a great week.


Paul Lambert

Please Remember In Your Prayers
Praying Hands
Sharon Adams, for comfort on the loss of her father and her sister, Ceilia;
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;

Our Mexico Mission team, and the families they are serving;

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

All those impacted by the plague of gun violence;

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

Our P.C.U.S.A. General Assembly, 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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MOLOTH (ages 11 and up)


We will be rescheduling the meeting previously set for Saturday, June 21 from 
3-5 p.m. at the home of the Hamiltons. Details to come.

Mexico Mission 2014 
Morning of Departure
Andrew and Graham 
boarding the bus
MM Purple Team
MM team proud of their work
MM Orange Team and finished home

Would you like to follow the Mexico Mission team? Please click on the link below for the MM blog: 

  • Saturday, June 21st, time TBD - MM Team arrives back at SHPC feeling exhausted and uplifted
  • Sunday, June 22nd, 9:30 a.m. - MM Team Return Service - led by the participants - all welcome!

Potluck brunch to follow-- All are welcome and please bring a dish to share!

Mission and Social Justice Committee 

Are you interested in getting involved in some of the Mission and Social Justice activities the church does, like Mexico Mission, REST, the food barrel, and marriage equality? Do you have a hankering to help start another program (like tutoring)? All topics are game at the quarterly-ish meeting of the Mission and Social Justice Committee on June 29th following coffee hour in Bev's office. Hope to see you there! 


Matt Ehlen

Mission Elder




From Garden to Guild
Our SHPC Flower Guild envisioned a bed of beautiful and colorful flowers in the backyard for bouquets. With Patti Vance's artistry, that dream is coming true. Behold the beautiful blooms!



Justice Garden: Garden Helpers Needed
Sleepy Hollow Justice Garden is looking for middle and/or high school students who would be interested in helping with the church garden project this summer and then taking on a managerial role when our college student manager returns to school in the fall. Responsibilities would 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.  This is a great way to spend time outdoors and help feed those in need.


If interested please contact Patti Vance at


Congratulations to Alec Kenilvort!
Our very own Alec Kenilvort has been drafted to the Colorado Rockies! Alec is a Mexico Mission and Challenge Class alumni who is also part of the Green Team work force and a member of the SHPC Singers. 

Alec is now pitching for the Grand Junction Rockies, and his season started this week. You can follow Alec's season by clicking on this link.

Please sign up for more Wednesday night dinner deliveries!
From the Food Barrel ministry to the 2 cents ministry, no one does more for the hungry than Wil and Betty.  PLEASE sign up for a few Wednesday night dinner deliveries to Wil and Betty; a few folks are doing more than their share right now.

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 

221st General Assembly
P.C.U.S.A.'s Biennial Convention June 2014
The eagerly awaited every-other-year meeting of our denomination is happening NOW in Detroit.  SHPC's Session endorsed a constitutional amendment and an authoritative interpretation, both in favor of marriage equality.  They are set to be voted on by the entire assembly TODAY, Thursday, June 19.  You can watch a live feed of the proceedings by clicking here.



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