Let's Get to Work!
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPCAugust 28, 2014

Labor Day Weekend means Vocation Sunday...

Work That Makes Your Heart Sing


When you were very young, what did you think you would "be" when you grew up?  In a rapidly changing employment landscape, how much does our work define us?  And how do we earn a living while living our values?  Is it possible to find work that makes our hearts sing?


This Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 9:30 a.m., on Labor Day weekend, we'll explore the role that work plays in our lives, and ask ourselves what work God is calling us to do in the world.  Our texts will be Psalm 105:1-6, Exodus 3:1-15, and Matthew 16:21-28.  The SHPC Singers will have a beautiful anthem for us composed by Hallie Foster.


  Special Fellowship this Sunday for John and Patty Sanders!


In This Issue
Bible Study
Paul's Blog
Photos MOLOTH Pool Party!
Confirmation Classes
Bon Voyage!
Pedaling for Protein
Let's Talk
Take Wil and Betty Dinner
Greeters Needed
Mission & Social Justice
SFTS Horizons Bible Study
PCUSA Washington, D.C.
Suicide Prevention Hotline Training Class
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from 
Pastor Bev       

Last Sunday my sister Barb was with us in worship, and when we drove off to get her to SFO to catch her flight back to Dallas, she turned to me and said,

"I love Sleepy Hollow church!" She went on to say that we are so friendly here, and that our service feels so warm and welcoming and full of love, that she would be here every Sunday if she lived anywhere nearby.  Plus she loves having the children and youth participate in the service.  (At her home church, the kids are dropped off in Sunday school and don't take part in the service.)  Now I know that she is my sister, and perhaps not totally objective, but she's not the only one who feels that way! I have heard wonderful feedback like that from other visitors, too. So thank you!  Thank you, each and every one who is making this church feel so warm and welcoming.  Bless you!  


It is my joy to serve as your pastor,


 Fall Calendar


Thursday, August 28
       7:30 p.m.          SHPC Singers Rehearse at church

Friday, August 29
        12:00 p.m.      Bible Study with Bev - NO JURY DUTY 

Sunday, August 31
         9:30 a.m.      Work That Makes Your Heart Sing
        10:30 a.m.     Bon Voyage for John and Patty Sanders

Thursday, September 4
       7:30 p.m.        SHPC Singers Rehearse at church 

Friday, September 5
        12:00 p.m.      Bible Study

Sunday, September 7
          9:30 a.m.      Evolving Church Begins: Evolving God?
        Confirmation Class begins in church and concludes at 11:30
        10:30 a.m.     Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
        10:45 a.m.     Let's Talk Discussion Series Begins

Thursday, September 11
       7:30 p.m.         SHPC Singers Rehearse at church 

Friday, September 12
        12:00 p.m.      Bible Study

Sunday, September 14
          9:30 a.m.     Evolving Church Continues: The Lordship of Jesus
                             Confirmation Class #2
        10:30 a.m.     Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
        10:45 a.m.     Let's Talk

Thursday, September 18
       7:30 p.m.        SHPC Singers Rehearse at church 

Friday, September 19
        12:00 p.m.      Bible Study

Sunday, September 21
          9:30 a.m.    Theological Education Sunday - 
                             Lora East preaching
                            Confirmation Class #3
        10:30 a.m.     Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
        10:45 a.m.     Let's Talk - Doug Eisinger - Saving the Planet

Thursday, September 25
       7:30 p.m.        SHPC Singers Rehearse at church

Friday, September 26
        12:00 p.m.      Bible Study
          7:00 p.m.      Ordination to Ministry of Hannah Dreitcer

Sunday, September 28
          9:30 a.m.    Evolving Church Continues: 
                            Big Tent -- Who are God's People?
                            Confirmation Class #4
        10:30 a.m.    Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
        10:45 a.m.     Let's Talk

Thursday, October 2
       7:30 p.m.        SHPC Singers Rehearse at church 

Friday, October 3
        11:45 a.m.      Bible Study to SFTS for Bentley's Senior Sermon

Sunday, October 5
        10:30 a.m.     Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
        10:45 a.m.     Let's Talk 

Thursday, October 9
       7:30 p.m.        SHPC Singers Rehearse at church

Friday, October 10
        12:00 p.m.      Bible Study

Sunday, October 12
          9:30 a.m.     Evolving Church Concludes: 
                            Sacred Texts: Alive or Stone Tablets?
        10:30 a.m.     Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
        10:45 a.m.     Let's Talk 

Bible Study - Yes, Friday 8/29 with Bev - Our texts are:  Ps. 105:1-6, Ex. 3:1-15, and Mt. 16:21-28
Bible Study meets at noon on Fridays in the Pastor's office.  Whatever your experience with the Bible might be, you are welcome to come and learn and make meaningful friendships.  

What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do?

It can be frustrating to be perplexed about making an important decision. Big decisions are tough; they affect situations, they affect people, they take risks. Sometimes, the "lack" of making a decision weighs on us in a way that creates stress.


I am faced with making "critical" decisions every day. My partners and I have to make sure a project stays on course, that each aspect is completed on time and budget and, most of all, that the decisions being made are ones that are "best for the project" and not ones that necessarily fit with the opinions and personal agendas of individual artists.


Sometimes, however, I am stumped and "don't know what to do." Have you ever felt that way? 


I feel the weakest when I have all the facts and don't know the right decision. The Bible says, "My strength is made perfect in weakness" 2 Cor 12:9,10. So, the lesson for us at a time like this is to relax and not to be anxious. Stay steady, be at peace and turn the big decisions over to God. We can have confidence in God's promise to nudge us and wisely lead the way. In Matt 11:28 Jesus says "Come unto me."


Ask God for insight and wisdom. Read scripture, "From your precepts I get understanding ... your word is a lamp to my feet and a light on my path" (Psalm 119:105).


When I truly look to God for guidance, I have found that an intuitive feeling, a sense of direction emerges. Don't be afraid at a time like this. Rely on God's wisdom, power and promise. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding" (Prov. 3:5,6).


It is amazing when you have sensed divine intervention or divine direction. Proverbs 2:6,7 states "For the Lord gives wisdom; from God's mouth comes knowledge and understanding. God stores up sound wisdom for the upright; God is a shield to those who walk with integrity."


These are some important tips regarding "what to do when you don't know what to do!" The amazing thing about these thoughts is there is usually a quiet serene peace about making decisions with these kinds of spiritual dimensions. Once you feel good about your decision, move forward and keep your eye on what's ahead. It works for me, and oddly enough the turbulent emotions usually subside. Hope this helps.


Glad to be home this week ... Paul


Please Remember in Your Prayers
Praying Hands

Carolyn O'Hara, for healing, and for strength and support during her recovery;

Evan Peltzman, for healing and complete recovery from a broken heel, and for strength and support during his recovery;

Andrea Proster, for healing, and her sister Nancy Elberg, for strength in companioning her;

Clyde Ongaro, for healing;

Jerry Lambert, for healing, and for blessed assurance of God's constant presence;

For whoever disrespected the church's Justice Garden and wasted ripe tomatoes which would've fed the hungry, may they learn respect and compassion;

For all those impacted by the Napa earthquake, including the congregation of First Presbyterian of Napa;

For the greater community of Ferguson, Missouri for healing and peace;

For all those impacted by gun violence;

For all those impacted by the resurgence of the Ebola virus, with special prayers for medical workers;

For all those living in places of darkness and violence, for peace, shared humanity, and hope.


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


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MOLOTH Back-to-School Pool Party! 

Thank you to the Hamilton family for hosting a great Back-to-School Pool Party at their home! A fun time was had by all!







SHPC Confirmation Class
with Charles Wei, M. Div., Pastor Bev, and Lora East

Confirmation class will be starting September 7th during worship and run for the 4 Sundays of September. Confirmation class is open to those 11 and up who are interested in learning more about church and religion, asking questions/talking about life and whatever is going on, and having fun! 

We'll start upstairs at 9:30 and continue downstairs after the service with art, discussion, Q and A, and fun.  We'll try to wrap up by 11:15, but the fun may last longer!


Bon Voyage to John and Patty Sanders!

Sunday, August 31 at Fellowship

Our own John and Patty Sanders have sold their home in San Rafael and are embarking on a year or two of travels, and we want to wish them bon voyage!

The Deacons are preparing a special fellowship time, so please plan to stay for the party on Sunday, August 31.

Pedaling for Protein
September 20th - 25th

Patty Sanders, the Hunger Action Enabler for Presbytery of the Redwoods, would like to bring to your attention the following information about Pedaling for Protein:


We are just a few weeks away from our Pedal for Protein bike tour benefiting grassroots food pantries in our Redwoods Presbytery. We have 13 riders for the 6 day tour and more coming to join us on the last day, Thursday September 25. Last day riders can join us anywhere along the way from our start at Tomales PC (47 miles) to Sausalito. Or, join us at the following churches: Pt. Reyes Station (31) miles), San Geronimo (19 miles), First Presbyterian San Anselmo (12 miles), or Redwoods Larkspur (8 miles). Sign up before August 31 on the website www.imathlete.com/events/PedalforProtein and save $$.


The goal is to raise $20,000 for two local food banks, which supply food to smaller, grassroots food pantries. Click on these links for more information: 


Presbyterian Hunger Program AND Presbytery of the Redwoods 


While most of the riders will be from the Presbytery of the Redwoods, one staffer from the Presbyterian Hunger Program will also participate. Bryce Wiebe, associate for Enough for Everyone, will attempt to raise $10,000 for the hunger program's national and international grant projects.


The group will stay with various churches along the way and at these churches Wiebe will speak about the hunger program and the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, which helps fund the program. 


With thanks,

Patty Sanders


Let's Talk! Fall Discussion Series
Kicks Off September 7th 
10:45 am

In our increasingly polarized culture,
is it possible to dive into charged topics and emerge friends?  Can we learn from people who don't see eye to eye with us on key issues? We're going to show the world it can be done!  

Don't miss our kick off Sunday, September 7 at 10:45 a.m.
Shannon Mong will lead us as we build skills for engaging in authentic conversations about topics that matter. 

Coming up soon:
- What to do about bullying? with Betsy Fox
- Gender and Religion
- Saving the Planet with Doug Eisinger
- Israel/Palestine with Rev. Kate Tabor, PCUSA missionary
- End of life, heaven, and afterlife
- Religion and Science - can they talk?

Watch the calendar for dates and topics.

Richard Peltzman
Matt Ehlen
Cathy Sarkisian
Fred Morfit

Right now we need cooks for a couple of Wednesdays in October, and the months of November and December are wide open for sign ups. Thank you and bless you for taking a hot meal and your love to Wil and Betty on Wednesday nights.

Greeters Needed for Sunday Mornings: September 14, 21, 28 and all of October

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. Thank you to all who have signed up so far!

Jody Brockett Schmetz, 
Worship Elder

sign up here 

Mission & Social Justice Issues

First, as your Mission/Social Justice elder, I will be bringing a motion to Session September 10 to adopt the  Interfaith Covenant with Migrant Children at the Border. It's a small step, but at least it is a way we can voice our concern about how our country is handling the inflow of dislocated children across our southern border. As always, I welcome any suggestions on how we as a community can help.


Second, Bev had me read an article about a woman's experience of living through Syria's civil war, which appeared in the July/August issue of Horizons. If nothing else, it serves as a lesson about how a seemingly solid and safe existence can be so unexpectedly upended by religious and political conflict. In recognition of the huge need for aid for Syrians, the Mission team is going to donate $1,000 from our Mission budget to go toward Presbyterian Disaster relief.


Matt Ehlen,

Mission/Social Justice Elder


San Francisco Theological Seminary:
Horizons Bible Study
Saturday, September 13th
1:00-4:30 pm

San Francisco Theological Seminary will once again be hosting the annual Horizons Bible Study, and all Presbyterian women are invited to attend. 


Horizons Bible Study

Saturday, September 13, 2014

12:30 - 1:00 pm check in

1:00 - 4:30 pm Bible Study Day Program

San Francisco Theological Seminary

105 Seminary Road

San Anselmo, CA 94960


Registration Cost: $20.00


The 2014-2015 Horizons Bible Study Topic is Reconciling Paul: A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians, by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty. The bible study will be led by Rev. Irene Pak, author of Suggestions for Leaders, the companion piece to Hinson-Hasty's book. 


Please go to tinyurl.com/RegisterHorizons to register.


Thank you and we hope to see you there!


Charles Wei

Communications Associate

San Francisco Theological Seminary

(415) 451-2805 charlesw@SFTS.edu


Support a Durable Ceasefire and a Lasting Peace in Israel-Palestine


Call on Congress to stop U.S. complicity in suffering and to support U.S. policy for a just peace in Israel and Palestine.


Support a durable ceasefire and a lasting peace.


The latest conflict between the Israeli military and Palestinian groups in Gaza has claimed the lives of 2,076 Palestinians, 67 Israelis, and has resulted in the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. The destruction of Gaza has been catastrophic.


A durable ceasefire is necessary for the welfare of all. In addition, it is abundantly clear that the underlying causes of this human tragedy must be addressed. All aspects of Israel's illegal military occupation will need to end, in order for a just and secure future to result.


Contact your members of Congress today! Encourage them to take action for a durable ceasefire and lasting peace! 



There is good news about recent steps taken by the Administration. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. officials have put on hold the transfer of Hellfire missiles to Israel, and the White House has issued instructions that additional requests for transfers must be cleared through the Administration.


Your support is needed to keep these policy changes in place. Call the White House to thank them for these steps.


The 221st General Assembly  (2014) of the PC (USA) called on the U.S. government to ensure that all "foreign aid... including aid to Israel and the Palestinian authority -be comprehensively and transparently accounted to the American people and held to the same standards of compliance with all applicable laws." Presbyterians have long advocated for the end of the occupation and for a free and autonomous Palestine alongside a safe and secure Israel. 


Contact your members of Congress today!


Call on Congress to support the Adminstration's efforts and to take action to end the violence--for today, and for the future. Now is the time to say: Enough. Call on Congress to stop U.S. complicity in suffering and to support U.S. policy for a just peace. 



Earthquake Update: First Presbyterian Napa and Presbytery Office 

The historic sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Napa sustained a good bit of damage in the recent earthquake, losing about half of its stained glass windows, and a lot of plaster.  The building is yellow tagged, and worship will be conducted in the gymnasium for now.  The Presbytery offices and Covenant Presbyterian came through without structural damage, and have already cleaned up.  Please pray for all those suffering from the earthquake.


Training Class for Marin Suicide Prevention

Hotline volunteers needed! Learn the art of communication. Learn to listen and make a difference.

Fall Classes:

September 16th through November 18th

Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 pm

one Saturday: October 11th 10:00 am-5:00 pm


For information call: 415-499-1193 ext.3003

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