The "Triumphal Entry" into Jerusalem
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
March 26, 2015

Final Sunday of Lent - Holy Week Begins

Palm/Passion Sunday

Mark 11:1-11, 15-19


     On the Sunday before his death, Jesus rides into the holy city of Jerusalem astride a small young donkey.  A crowd of journeying pilgrims lines the streets, waving palms and shouting, "Hosanna! Save us!"  Next Jesus goes to the magnificent Temple, where money is exchanged to enable participation in worship.  He overturns the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those selling doves for sacrifice.  Why does he do this?  He teaches in the Temple, and the crowd is spellbound. What is he saying?  The temple elite are afraid of him, and they are determined to kill him.  Is it astonishing to think that Jesus, in revealing God, is far too radical for the religious establishment of his day? Is today's religious establishment more receptive to the heart of the message? This Sunday, March 29, 2015, Palm/Passion Sunday, we enter the world of the first century to experience Holy Week with Jesus. What truth does this most holy week of the Christian year bring to our lives today?  


     Our children and youth are bringing us very special music this Sunday, with two hand chime choirs performing.  Parents, please bring your young musicians.  And MOLOTH, Let's Talk, and Mexico Mission are all meeting this Sunday.  We are blessed!


In This Issue
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Bev piano
A Note From Pastor Bev

     We are entering Holy Week, a time of profound sadness, profound joy, and deep mystery in the Christian church. Those of us who were raised in the church have a variety of experiences and remembrances of this week.  Many of us recall that most years we jumped from Palm Sunday's "triumph" to Easter, avoiding a walk through the valley of Good Friday. It takes a lot of courage to pause at Good Friday.  But at the foot of the cross, we can best ponder the mystery of the meaning of the cross. 


     My most profound encounter with Jesus (so far!) happened while I was sitting in church listening to my childhood pastor describe Jesus walking on the dusty road to Calvary, to the cross. It changed my life in ways that I couldn't then imagine!  From my own experience, I can tell you that Holy Week can bring the truth and love of God into your heart in ways you can't yet imagine.  May the blessings of this week be yours.


In the peace of Christ,




March & April Calendar

Thursday, March 26
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, March 27

Bible Study with Lora East 

Sunday, March 29
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Jesus the Radical?
Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
Let's Talk! about radical Christianity - w/ Richard Peltzman

Wednesday, April 1
7:00 p.m.

Lenten Bible Study

Thursday, April 2
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!


Friday, April 3

7:00 p.m.

Service of Scripture, Music, and Contemplation


Sunday, April 5

9:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

"I Have Seen the Lord!"
Egg Hunt for the youngsters!

Thursday, April 9
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, April 10

Bible Study

Sunday, April 12
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

All Fun w/ Guest Jen Boynton singing
Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!



Bible Study - Friday, March 27 - Mark 11 - 
with Lora East

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.


Your Voice Matters to God


The best part of my last several months has been to hear such incredibly talented voices sing and speak over and over again. As I sit in my back row producer's seat I get excited every night as our cast performs. Hearing their "voices" never gets boring or repetitious.


Similarly, I love hearing our choir at Sleepy Hollow and our children's choir perform whenever I can. I believe the more we know the performers the more we enjoy and anticipate hearing their voices. I am convinced that is why our voice matters so much to God. The Lord can't wait to hear from us (whether spoken or sung) because Jesus knows us so well.


To God we are not a source of stress, we are a source of joy. Therefore, we should be anxious to have a regular dialogue with God voicing our opinions, concerns and thoughts every day.  I am confident that Jesus allows our imperfection to be lost in His perfection.


Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us "Let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God will surpass all understanding, and will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."


God's highest dream is not to make us rich, popular or famous. God's dream is for us to be in touch every day. Have a fellowship and regular camaraderie together. Let's take advantage of this privilege. Don't you just love going where you're accepted, appreciated, and you matter? I do.


Your friend returns to Sleepy Hollow this week ... Paul



Please Remember in Your Prayers
Praying Hands 
Megan Jones, on 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; 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 blessed assurance of God's constant presence;

For dear parents of our parishioners who are facing death or loss of their life partner;

For those onboard Germanwings flight #9525, and for all of their loved ones;

For Israel/Palestine, for just peace, in the wake of the elections;

For an interfaith response to the education gap facing students of color in Marin County;

For the PCUSA, thanksgiving for marriage equality and acceptance for those remaining in the church who oppose it;

For all facing financial stress, and for those with tax problems as we approach April 15;

For those with relationship stress and with loneliness;

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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Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front - by Wendell Berry

                                  The first poem in the shoe!


Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more

of everything ready-made. Be afraid to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head. Not even your future will be a mystery

any more. Your mind will be punched in a card and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something they will call you. When they want you

to die for profit they will let you know. So, friends, every day do something

that won't compute. Love the Lord. Love the world. Work for nothing.

Take all that you have and be poor. Love someone who does not deserve it.

Denounce the government and embrace the flag. Hope to live in that free

republic for which it stands. Give your approval to all you cannot

understand. Praise ignorance, for what man has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers. Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.

Say that your main crop is the forest that you did not plant,

that you will not live to harvest. Say that the leaves are harvested

when they have rotted into the mold. Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

Put your faith in the two inches of humus that will build under the trees

every thousand years. Listen to carrion - put your ear

close, and hear the faint chattering of the songs that are to come.

Expect the end of the world. Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful

though you have considered all the facts. So long as women do not go cheap

for power, please women more than men. Ask yourself: Will this satisfy

a woman satisfied to bear a child? Will this disturb the sleep

of a woman near to giving birth? Go with your love to the fields.

Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head in her lap. Swear allegiance

to what is nighest your thoughts. As soon as the generals and the politicos

can predict the motions of your mind, lose it. Leave it as a sign

to mark the false trail, the way you didn't go. Be like the fox

who makes more tracks than necessary, some in the wrong direction.

Practice resurrection.



Calling All Children and Youth - Musical Sunday March 29!


We've got two groups playing hand chimes this Sunday, March 29, as well as a procession of palms for Palm Sunday.  We'll also be practicing our song for Easter!

     -----Hallie Foster, Director of Children and Youth Music


MOLOTH - Middle Schoolers - Confirmation Class II in progress!

Don't miss MARCH 29! 

      -----Charles Wei, Youth leader.

MOLOTH Rock Sculpture Building Field Trip a Success!
Thank you to our intern Lora East for the great photos!








Let's Talk! about how radical Jesus and Christianity really are - with discussion leader Richard Peltzman

Sunday, March 29th
10:45 a.m.
All welcome!

Marriage Equality Ratified in PCUSA -

to Become Effective 6/21/15


Tuesday, March 17th, the 86th presbytery voted in favor of amendment 14-F to the PCUSA Constitution, thereby insuring ratification of the amendment.  The vote now stands at 97-42-1. Amendment 14-F to the Directory for Worship of the Book of Order changes the definition of marriage from "a man and a woman" to "two people, traditionally a man and a woman" and thus opens the door to same gender marriages in the church with the full blessing of the church.  Eighty six out of 171 presbyteries needed to vote to ratify the amendment, which passed at our 2014 General Assembly.   

The vote on Marriage Equality aligns the church's constitution with a reality that has long been true: both same-gender and opposite-gender couples have been living in relationships that demonstrate covenant faithfulness, shared discipleship, and mutual love. We rejoice that all couples can now see those relationships solemnized before God and the Christian community in marriage, at the discretion of ministers and sessions.  Presbyteries will continue to vote on the amendment over the next few months, and the change will become effective June 21, 2015.




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, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.


Feeding the hungry, helping people build up their own livelihoods, responding to disasters-these are all ways that your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing are changing lives, changing communities, and changing the world.


When we give this year, we give in faith-knowing that staff in the three One Great Hour of Sharing programs will be responding in Christ's name to the cries of our sisters and brothers throughout the next year. We trust that they will respond as they did in West Africa in the wake of the devastating Ebola crisis: immediately, directly, and through our partners wherever the emergency occurs. But equally important, we know that they will remain in areas of devastation long after the news cameras have moved elsewhere as they continue rebuilding both lives and communities.


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


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



Upcoming Important Dates:


March 29th (note time change)

Mandatory Meeting for Students and Parents

at SHPC, 11:30am to 1:00pm

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:


PCUSA - Action Alert: Oppose Budget Balances on Backs of Poor People



This week the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives started debating their 2016 budget resolutions. Votes on these budgets will determine anti-hunger policy for the rest of this year and beyond.


If passed, the proposed budget cuts could lead to devastating increases in hunger and poverty in the U.S. and abroad. For example:


  • The House budget proposal drastically cuts SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program) by at least 34 percent, the equivalent of up to 220 missed meals annually for each SNAP participant.
  • Both budget plans would repeal the Affordable Care Act and block grant Medicaid, making deep cuts to health coverage for low-income people.
  • Lifesaving international programs would be cut by 16 percent in the House budget. Funding for our international humanitarian aid budget has already been cut by 22 percent - we can't afford any further cuts.
  • Sixty-nine percent of the budget cuts in both the House and Senate come directly from programs impacting low-income people - placing the burden on those who are already suffering.
  • Both House and Senate budgets allow to expire critical tax relief for the poorest workers, through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), plunging 16 million people, including 8 million children, into deeper poverty.
  • Both budgets keep the automatics budget cuts of 2011 (called sequestration) in place - and cut even further. This puts programs like WIC, food aid, and poverty focused development assistance in grave danger.  


Raise your voice with thousands of faithful advocates. Call your Senators and Representative at (800) 826-3688 in the next 24 hours! Urge them to oppose cuts to programs that are working to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world.


For more information on proposed budget cuts to programs that serve the most vulnerable people, visit our blog.


* Many thanks to Bread for the World for use of their 800-number and permission to reprint an excerpt of their action alert.


Greeters Needed for 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.


April 2015:  Marie Ongaro's Parish


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.
We will be extending the sign up list and taking more sign ups starting next week.
Save the Date...

3rd annual "Church in the Redwoods"

Sunday, June 14th @ 1:00 pm

Samuel P. Taylor State Park - Redwood Group Picnic Site


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, 

Membership Nurture 


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.


Saturday, March 28, 8:00pm

First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo

Sunday, March 29, 8:00pm

La Pena Cultural Center, Berkeley

Tickets: $5-$25


FPCSA Tel. 415-497-6634




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