Living Water
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
March 12, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Lent - Sacred Circle


Sung and Spoken Word - Living Water


     Do you have parched places in your life? Is your spirit in need of refreshment? This Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., we welcome 5 poets to join us for a celebration of Sung and Spoken Word. Our theme is Living Water, and our scripture passage is from John 4, where Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well and tells her that those who drink of his water will never be thirsty again. We will celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism, and the SHPC Singers will sing for us!


In This Issue
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

     Last Sunday we celebrated International Women's Day. With the children and youth, we took a look at how people were counted in the 1st century, when the New Testament was written. All of the children were surprised to learn that only men were counted, not women and children. Yes, there were women disciples, many of them, but they didn't make it into the count of 12 (a highly symbolic number).  

     A natural response to that might be, why should I care about the Bible if it comes from a time when I wouldn't even be counted or named or acknowledged? And so I want to answer that question. The answer is: Jesus. The Bible, the Gospels, are all we have for the life and teachings of Jesus. We first find our Living Water in the stories of the Bible.  

     Don't miss this Sunday's Sung and Spoken Word - Living Water!

      It is my joy to serve as your pastor,




March & April Calendar

Friday, March 13

Bible Study

Sunday, March 15
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Sung and Spoken Word w/Guest Poets
Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
Let's Talk! about the creative process with Cathy Sarkisian

Wednesday, March 18
7:00 p.m.

Lenten Bible Study

Thursday, March 19
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, March 20

Bible Study

Sunday, March 22
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

From Grief to New Life
Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
Let's Talk! 

Wednesday, March 25
7:00 p.m.

Lenten Bible Study

Thursday, March 26
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, March 27

Bible Study

Sunday, March 29
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

Jesus the Radical?
Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
Mexico Mission


Friday, April 3 - 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday


Sunday, April 5 - 9:30 a.m.

EASTER!  Egg Hunt for the youngsters!



Bible Study - Friday, March 13 - John 4

For the Season of Lent we are adding 

a second weekly Bible Study.

Lenten Wednesday Evening Bible Study 

7:00 pm - All are Welcome!


Whatever your experience with the Bible might be, you are welcome to come and learn and make meaningful friendships.


How to Deal with Difficult People


Helen Keller once said, "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."


The key to "together we can do so much," is being in harmony and getting along with others so we can truly accomplish things. Having successful, working relationships is tough because we are all so different. Our priorities are different, our personalities are different, and our backgrounds are different.


Let's be honest, some people just rub us the wrong way. They dish out sly insults, love putting people down, and some are flat out dishonest in the way they promote things or embellish the truth.


God knows all of this and what I have concluded is that I need to pray that somehow the difficult people in my life will have an encounter with God. I truly believe that God is the only person who can genuinely change a difficult person.


An important verse for us to re-discover during a discussion like this is, "...if anyone is a believer in Christ, they are a new creation; old things are passed away, and behold, all things are made new" (2 Corinthians 5:17). We also should remember the words of Jesus, "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you" (Luke 6:27).


We may not like the way a person looks, talks, acts, thinks, or smells but that person is loved by God. No matter how rambunctious, insensitive, and disrespectful they may be we have to remember Christ is their best hope for change. 


The good news is its never too late to change and we are in the world as Christ's agents for change. The more difficult a person may be the more I look forward to praying for that person. I know God answers prayers. I also know that the words of Matt 19:26 are true, "With God all things are possible" - especially as it relates to changing people.


So join me this week, look at that difficult person and say in your heart, I am about to launch and intense prayer campaign that God will change you. I'm kicking your difficult personality right into God's lap. For God knows how to love you even if I can't, and God knows how to change you in a way I never could. 


Once I've done that ... I feel so much better. And so will you.


From Chicago ... your friend, Paul


Please Remember in Your Prayers
Praying Hands 

Megan Jones, for the loss of her brother, David;
Chris Lopin's mother and father, for healing;

Cat Caldwell and her family as they mourn the loss of Cat's mother;

The family of Clyde Ongaro, who died December 30; may Clyde's spirit be blessed and may Merle and the family be surrounded by God's comfort;

Ahmed Abu-Aly, for healing;

Patty Sanders, for healing for her hip;

Jean Brockett, mother of Jody, for full recovery, and for Jody and her father;
Carolyn O'Hara, mother of Laurie, for healing, and for strength and support during her recovery;

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

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

For victims of violence everywhere, may they know healing and peace;

For the unhoused community;

For the caretakers;

For all facing financial insecurity or stress;

For those who are lonely;

For our church community, for creativity, compassion, unity in the Spirit, and energy for mission.

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


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Garden Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help move the remaining wood chips. 

Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

Friday, March 13th 

from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m..


Celebration of Sung and Spoken Word 

Encounters with the Sacred - Living Water

with special guests Terry Phelan, Sarah Dunning Park, 

AJ Torres, Yani Davis, and Cathy Sarkisian


Sunday, March 15 

9:30 a.m.


For the fourth Sunday of Lent, we'll weave together chants, hymns, poetry readings, scripture, and songs to co-create a beautiful tapestry.


We are delighted to welcome back poet Terry Phelan. Terry is a writer and editor who earned her MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College. She has published numerous feature articles and essays, and her first book of poetry, Husk, was published in November 2007 by, Box Turtle Press (New York), which also published her second collection, Fires in Sonoma, in 2013. Terry is former Chair of the Marin Poetry Center and serves on the Steering Committee for the Marin Poet Laureate.


Sarah Dunning Park hails from Pennsylvania, married and had three girls in Virginia, and moved with her family to California in 2013. She's a map illustrator and the author of the book, "What It Is Is Beautiful: Honest Poems for Mothers of Small Children."

Yani Davis is a first year student at San Francisco Theological Seminary from New York and Atlanta.  She's a "PK" (preacher's kid) and thus has a lifetime of experience in the Presbyterian church.  She has performed her poetry in many venues, including churches.


Cathy Sarkisian is a long time member of our church, a wonderful English teacher at Drake High School, and a life-time lover of literature, poetry, the Bible, with a gift for writing poetry, song lyrics, limericks, musicals, and more.

The Sacrament of Baptism will be celebrated with the assistance of our children and youth. All are welcome!



Let's Talk! about the creative process
with our guest poets 
and Cathy Sarkisian, discussion leader
Sunday, March 15th
10:45 a.m.
All welcome!

Mexico Mission 2015!



The Mexico Mission home-building trip is a life changing opportunity to go outside of our comfort zones and make a meaningful change in the lives of families living in poverty. This year's trip is scheduled for Saturday, June 13 through Saturday, June 20, 2015. 


Important Dates:


March 29th 

Mandatory Meeting for Students and Parents

at SHPC, 11:00am to 12:30pm

All participation forms and a $150 non-refundable deposit due


The completed forms can also be dropped off / mailed to Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 100 Tarry Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960, e-mailed to Mark Sarkisian, or sent to Mark at 667 Butterfield Road.


Forms can be found here.


Please contact us if you have any questions.  


Mark SarkisianAllie Duro
Cell Ph: 415.812.3395Cell Ph: 415.497.5006
Email: mark.sarkisian@som.comEmail:



Children and Youth



Parents, please bring your young people to church for hand chimes and singing practice - they are performing Palm Sunday and Easter and it will be beautiful!


MOLOTH - Middle Schoolers

Don't miss MARCH 15, with the celebration of baptism, and MARCH 29 with hand chimes, procession of palms, and an extra session led by our youth leader, Charles.

MOLOTH - Field Trip


Come celebrate Lucas's baptism with a picnic lunch at the creek and a time to build balanced rock sculptures.


Where: The Elliot Preserve at the end of Cascade Dr., Fairfax.

When: We will leave from church this Sunday, March 15 at about 11:45 a.m. and wrap up around 1:30.

What: Please bring a brown bag lunch and sturdy shoes for walking in a creek bed.


Please email Pastor Bev with your rsvp!

Greeters Needed for Sunday Mornings: March 15, 22, 29 (The Season of Lent) and the month of April

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
It Takes a Village --
Thank you so much to all the volunteers who are making our church so warm and welcoming with coffee hour hospitality!


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.


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


Sign up now before the good slots are all taken!


Thank you and bless you for taking a hot meal and your love to Wil and Betty on Wednesday nights.
A Big and Overdue Thank You from the Church 

To our own Alex Caldwell, who is a CPA and Partner with Friedlander Cherwon Capper, and a long-time member of SHPC, for providing so much behind the scenes volunteer tax, financial, and payroll expertise over the years to the church. Alex, we really appreciate your generosity and your faithful service! Thank you!
Save the Date...


3rd annual "Church in the Redwoods"

Sunday June 14th 1:00pm

Redwood group picnic site at Samuel P Taylor State Park


BBQ available and kept going by the Peltzmans'. You provide what you want to BBQ and bring a dish to share. Water, iced tea, and decaf coffee will be provided. Other drink selections welcomed; there will be an ice chest available. We will plan to have an early dinner together and a camp fire after.


Other suggestions: camp chairs, jackets, games, bikes, guitars, books.


See you there!

Elder Linda Peltzman



One Great Hour of Sharing Offering will 

be taken on Palm Sunday





A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower 

the poor and oppressed.


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance "Out of chaos, hope"

Presbyterian Hunger Program "Alleviating hunger and eliminating its causes"

Self Development of People "People investing in people"


For more information visit:  Special Offerings


Fellowship with a Farmer 
through Community/Congregation 
Supported Agriculture


The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative invites you to attend a Roundtable discussion next week to help your congregation advance a Community Supported Agriculture project.


The Roundtable discussion this month will feature 1-2 farmers, and will provide faith-based groups with resources needed to launch a Congregation Supported Agriculture program. 


We'll discuss innovative Congregation Supported Agriculture programming ideas promoting:

  • Community BuildingVisit a CSA farm to celebrate holidays or a social gathering;
  • Social Justice: Share CSA boxes to increase food access for families in need; and
  • Neighborhood Outreach: Serve as a host site for neighbors not directly connected to your congregation. 

Sebastopol United Methodist Church

500 North Main Street, Sebastopol

Tuesday, March 17


RSVP for March 17


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin


Wednesday, March 18


RSVP for March 18 



***These informal discussions are free programs from 12-1:15pm and include lunch. 

A donation basket will be passed to help cover lunch and expenses.



Marin Baroque Chamber Choir



Marin Baroque Chamber Choir and period instrument Orchestra, with renowned early brass ensemble The Whole Noyse and Music Director, Daniel Canosa, present Birds of Paradise: Exotic Music of the Old & New Worlds, Janequin, Flecha & Fernandez, and music of the Latin American missions.  Sixteen voices, percussion, vihuela, Baroque guitar, shawm, cornett, and early brass instruments are all featured.


Sunday, March 28, 8:00pm. 

Tickets are $5-$25.


FPCSA Tel. 415-497-6634. Email:



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