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Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC
November 13, 2014

Our Children and Youth Musical

Empowering Each One of Our Children


     This Sunday, November 16, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., our children and youth will be bringing us Youth Musical Director Hallie Foster's all original score in a musical adaptation of the book One by Kathryn Otoshi.  This is the wonderful story of the color Blue, who is bullied by angry Red.  The other colors eventually rally to Blue's defense, but that's not the end of the story.  Come and see what happens, and bring your family, neighbors, and friends of all ages! Our focus scripture is Ephesians 4:25-32, with its 2,000 year old wisdom on best behavior for building up ourselves, others, and the Christian community. 


     Let's Talk presents at 10:45 a.m.:  End of Life-- Caring for Our Loved Ones and Ourselves-- The spiritual and practical preparation for end of life.  Our special guest is SFTS professor, chaplaincy supervisor, and Presbyterian pastor Rev. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina.  Bring your questions, concerns, and feelings.  


In This Issue
Youth Musical Nov. 16
Photoshoots with the Baigries
It Takes a Village: Fellowship Sign-Ups
REST Volunteers Needed!
Let's Talk
Fiddler on the Roof
The Cook's Cozy Corner
Prayer Shawls
Take Wil and Betty Dinner
Greeters Needed
Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service
PCUSA Action Alert: NO to Fast Track
Travel to Israel-Palestine
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from 
Pastor Bev       

If SHPC is your home church, and you haven't spent many Stewardship Sundays elsewhere, you might not know that Pledge Sunday is often a somewhat dour day, with the old-timers stoically putting their pledge cards in the plate, while the younger families stay home.  Not so at Sleepy Hollow!  We had a full church, full of members and friends of all ages, full of energy, joy, and life!  What a blessed day!


The String Quartet was wonderfully uplifting, but my favorite part of the day came after the service, when the Deacons were presiding over a delicious feast, and the fellowship hall and the patio were full of folks enjoying the food and each other.  Meanwhile, the kids were running up and down the stairs to practice music and go grab more goodies and play with their friends. It was like a huge family reunion, with everyone so happy to be here.  Thank you, God, what a blessing to be at this church! 



November/December Calendar

Thursday, November 13
7:00 p.m.

SHPC Singers Rehearse at Church

Friday, November 14
12:00 p.m.

Bible Study

Sunday, November 16

9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Children and Youth Musical
Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
Let's Talk about End of Life - Are You Prepared? with Rev. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina, Chaplain, Professor, Pastor

Thursday, November 20
7:00 p.m.

SHPC Singers Rehearse at Church

Friday, November 21
12:00 p.m.

Bible Study

Sunday, November 23
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Gratitude Sunday
Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!

Sunday, November 30

9:30 a.m.

1st Sunday in Advent: The New Has Come!  
How Well Do We Wait?

Thursday, December 4
7:00 p.m.

SHPC Singers Rehearse at Church

Friday, December 5
12:00 p.m.

Bible Study

Sunday, December 7

9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

2nd Sunday in Advent - The New Has Come!
New Reality Means Change-  Yikes!
Guest soloist Jen Boynton sings 
O Holy Night

Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!

Thursday, December 11
7:00 p.m.

SHPC Singers Rehearse at Church

Friday, December 12
12:00 p.m.

Bible Study

Sunday, December 14

9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

3rd Sunday in Advent - The New Has Come!
Christmas Pageant - How Do We Show Our Love?

Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!

Thursday, December 18
7:00 p.m.

SHPC Singers Rehearse at Church

Friday, December 19
12:00 p.m.

Bible Study

Sunday, December 21

9:30 a.m.
5:00 p.m.

4th Sunday of Advent - The New Has Come!
Our New Purpose and Re-Purpose
Holiday Music Fest

Wednesday, December 24
7:00 p.m.

Candlelit Christmas Eve - Our Surprising God


Bible Study - Friday, Nov. 14- 
Psalm 34 and Ephesians 4:25-32
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.  
Paul is Off This Week 


Look for more of Paul's loving wisdom and wonderful Bible commentary in this spot next week.  



Please Remember in Your Prayers
Praying Hands

For our youth, performing in plays and taking college placement tests and balancing priorities;

Ethan Russell, for full recovery from surgery;

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 those dealing with financial stress as the holidays approach;

For the sick, for health and hospital workers, and for the family and loved ones of all those impacted by Ebola virus;

For the unhoused community as we approach winter without a permanent shelter in Marin County, and for our local government, for the wherewithal to create and fund a permanent shelter;

For the caretakers, that they may have more rest and joy;

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


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


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Children and Youth Musical
Sunday, November 16


Bring the kids at 9 a.m. to get ready!  

They should wear bright colors!

Please bring the family and friends on Sunday, November 16 to see the many young people in the church who love to sing!

Thank you so much to 
Karen and James Baigrie

We had two great photoshoots going at church last Sunday, and many of you will now be added to the Members & Friends Photo Board!  

Thank you to Karen and James for volunteering their time and their beautiful artistic gifts!

It Takes a Village 


If the the noise around the coffee urn each Sunday is any indication, it sounds like most of the congregation enjoys Fellowship time following Sunday service.


Fellowship time is organized by your Deacons, but we rely on everyone pitching in to help. While each Parish is assigned a month for Fellowship, that time may not be convenient for your schedule. So now you can sign up online! Just click here and pick a Sunday that's most convenient for you.


You can choose to set up and make coffee, bring a savory snack, a sweet snack, supply juice for the kids and creamer for the coffee, or help with clean up. Please take a moment to sign up now... or wait until your Deacon calls on you for help in these months:


November - Parishes: Cat Caldwell and Laura Taylor

December - Parishes: Patti Eisinger and Carolyn Goodman

January 2015 - Parishes: Cat Caldwell and Nancy Elberg/Frankie Eakes

February 2015 - Parishes: Laura Taylor and Patti Eisinger

March 2015 - Parishes: Nancy Elberg/Frankie Eakes and Patti Eisinger


Sign up now before the good slots are all taken!


Volunteers Needed for REST!


SHPC is providing meals and a warm welcome to our unhoused neighbors on the first Monday (men at St. Rita's in Fairfax) and second Tuesday (women at the Wellness Center in San Rafael) of each month from December 2014 - April 2015.  


Volunteers are needed!!  Information and sign-ups available online:


If you'd like more information about the program, you can contact Shannon Mong at 



With thanks,

The REST Team


Let's Talk! Fall Discussion Series

November 16: Caring for Elderly Loved Ones and End of Life - The spiritual and practical preparation for end of life - with Rev. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina, SFTS Faculty and expert on Hospital Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

Coming up:
- November 23 - The Birth Lottery - with Richard Peltzman
- November 30-  End of Life Medical Ethics - with Fred Morfit
- December: Religion and Science - can they talk?

Watch the calendar for more dates and topics.

Richard Peltzman
Matt Ehlen
Cathy Sarkisian
Fred Morfit

Fiddler on the Roof at San Anselmo Playhouse 

Our very own Sasha de Frondeville will be playing the lead role of Tevye in the performances of Fiddler on the Roof at the San Anselmo Playhouse on the following dates:

Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 16 at 1:00 pm

Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, November 23 at 1:00 pm


In the other performances, Sasha will have a smaller role as Lazar Wolf.


Tickets are on sale at this link:  


Hope to see you there!


The Cook's Cozy Corner

The green tomatoes in our Justice Garden are striving nobly to ripen as our days get shorter and cooler.  When the cold weather and rains come (as they will!) most of them will still be hanging there in their unripe state, but nonetheless begging to be put to good use.  Most people don't realize that green tomatoes are delicious in their own way.  They can be battered and fried, of course, and what isn't good battered and fried?  And they make wonderful pickles.  But they also have lots of other uses where bright flavors in a sauce are called for.  Here are two links to New York Times recipes and one of my own adapted recipes that let green tomatoes show their stuff.  So stop into the garden corner this Sunday and bring home some of our beautiful green tomatoes.

Green Tomatoes Get A Go Signal From Lamb

Green Tomato Salsa Verde 

Green Tomato Gazpacho

- 1 1/2 pounds green tomatoes

- Broil or grill until lightly charred all over, then cut them up into chunks and put into a food processor along with:

- 2 avocados

- 2 slices dried day-old bread

- 2-3 T olive oil (extra virgin)

- 1/4 C orange juice

- dash or two hot sauce

- 1 1/2 C water


Puree until it's the consistency you like, then add salt to taste (it will probably take a teaspoon or more, but start with 1/2 t.) and mix again.

Serve at room temp, with chopped cilantro and more olive oil as a garnish.


--Michael Durphy


Prayer Shawl Learning Circle 

Dear SHPC Knitters and Crocheters, 


My good friend, Kathryn Lee, has started a Prayer Shawl Ministry at her church, Christ Episcopal Church in Sausalito.  On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, we meet in their Fellowship Hall and bring our hooks, needles, yarn and prayers.  As we gather in the Spirit, we work and pray and reflect.  It is a wonderful time and open to any and all who wish to join. Yarn kits are available for anyone who wishes to make a shawl or compassion stole!  (Perfection is not required nor desired! All skill levels wanted!)


Once the shawls are done they are blessed and given as requested.


Interested in learning more? 


Prayer Shawl Learning Circle

Saturday, Nov 22 from 10:30 am - 12 pm


Ellen Graves, owner of K2TOG in Albany, will be joining us. She is an excellent teacher if you would like to learn either crochet or knitting or take your work to the next level. Prayer shawl kits will be available for either knit or crochet projects.


If you would like to carpool or request a prayer shawl for someone in need, please contact Janel Stewart

With thanks,
Janel Stewart


Now's your chance to share your cooking and your love! 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: November 16, 23, 30 and December 14, 21, 28

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
17th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service

You are invited to join the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy's 17th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
7:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church
1510 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael

A brief reception will follow. Please bring offerings of clean or new
sleeping bags, blankets, raingear and socks for our friends on the street (no other clothing please).

A free-will offering will also be received to support the work of The Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy

For more information: Chaplain Paul 415.302.0248

PCUSA: Tell Congress to Vote "NO" on Fast Track


TAKE ACTION NOW: Please urge your Members of Congress to protect the economy, environment and public health by opposing Fast Track legislation.


President Obama and other heads of state are meeting in Asia this month to move forward the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) negotiations.  Millions of people throughout the world are concerned about the extreme secrecy surrounding the ongoing TPP negotiations.  The public deserves the right to know what is being proposed for a twelve-nation pact that will set the rules governing an estimated 40% of the global economy - rules that not only dictate tariff levels, but also energy and environmental policy, medicine patents, financial regulations, "Buy Local" preferences, food safety, Internet protocols, consumer labeling and more.


While the public has had no access to the TPP negotiating process, hundreds of corporate lobbyists have had access to the texts.  This double-standard has assured that the TPP has been written in corporations' interests, with little regard for working families, public health or the environment.


Now many of these same corporations want Congress to give up its constitutional authority to assure that trade agreement provisions are written in the best interests of the constituents they serve.  Many are even calling for "Fast Track" to be passed during the post-election "Lame Duck" session of Congress, when political accountability to constituents is often at its lowest.  "Fast Track" or fast track negotiating authority is a temporary and controversial power granted to the President by Congress that allows the administration to negotiate international trade agreements that Congress can approve or disapprove but cannot amend or filibuster.


For additional background on the TPP and "Fast Track" watch the PCUSA Hunger Program's webinar - The Case for Transparency: How Fast Track Shuts Down Public Debate on Trade -


A coordinated #StopFastTrack Week of Action is taking place right now, with a broad range of groups across the issue spectrum mobilizing their supporters to speak out.  Contacting Congress is the critical first step.  You can also participate by attending a rally or community forumwriting a Letter to the Editor or sending sample Tweets with the #StopFastTrack hashtag.


Thanks to similar efforts earlier this year, over a million Americans spoke out to stop an attempt to pass a "Fast Track" bill.   By taking action together, we can beat back "Fast Track" now and into the future.

Click here to tell Congress NO to Fast Track during Lame Duck and NO to Fast Track forever.


General Assembly Policy


Since the passage of NAFTA and CAFTA - PCUSA policy is circumspect about further deregulation of trade. No existing policy affirms a market empty of moral considerations or rules. Neither does the church condone acquiring individual, corporate or national gains to the detriment of basic human needs. Repeated General Assemblies have stated that corporations should not have the right to override the sovereignty of governments to regulate public health, labor rights, and environmental protections or to cause harm to indigenous communities or other vulnerable populations.


The best hope is that trade functions as a means of grace[1] to create dignified work that support people's lives, puts food on the table and undergirds the creation of a just society. The moral test is whether our increasingly globalizing economies support the human enterprise and the larger creation, according to the PCUSA Resolution on Just Globalization, released in 2006. If trade further impoverishes segments of the world's population, its purpose is distorted and such injustice calls for reshaping global structures that cause economic oppression and creates wealth for only a few at the expense of the many. Such a world is a parody of the biblical vision for just community.


PCUSA World Mission Invites You to Israel-Palestine

Why travel to the Holy Land with World Mission?
Too many people come only to see the holy sites, seeking the historical Jesus instead of the Christ who lives in the communities that worship, live, celebrate, and suffer in the Holy Land today.

With World Mission you will:
- See the land of the Bible, enriching your understanding of scripture
- Join in the ongoing mission of partnerships of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
- Be inspired by the commitment of Israelis and Palestinians working for peace
- Offer hope and solidarity to the local Christian community
- Witness and learn about the Israeli military occupation firsthand
- Reflect as a group on how you and your community can engage in just peacemaking in Israel-Palestine
- Travel responsibly, investing in the Palestinian economy

April 13-24, 2015
Cost: $2500 plus airfare (all other expenses included)
Application deadline: Nov. 15, 2014

Please contact Kate Taber for the application form or questions:

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 
100 Tarry Road, San Anselmo, CA  94960
Allie Duro, Editor/Office Administrator
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