"Resurrection" by Ivan Filichev
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
April 16, 2015

Embodied Resurrection


"Resurrection" by Russian artist Ivan Filichev shows the resurrected Jesus appearing to his followers. They were terrified and dumbfounded, but also full of joy to see their teacher again! This Sunday, April 19, at 9:30 a.m., Lora East, our pastoral intern, will talk about what the resurrected Jesus meant for his disciples long ago, and what it means for us, followers of Jesus today. Spoiler alert: God is alive and with us! Hallelujah!

Stay after worship for a Let's Talk! conversation with Richard Peltzman about Jesus the Radical. MOLOTH, our middle school youth group, is planting Milkweed for endangered Monarch butterflies in our garden, and then going on a tour of the Marin Recycling Center for Earth Day. It's going to be another beautiful Sunday at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church. Thanks be to God!


In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From Pastor Bev


Here in Presbytery of the Redwoods, pastors are given two weeks of study leave each year, so that we can keep on learning and bringing fresh insights and understandings back to our home churches.  Today I'm on my way to Washington, D.C. for the Ecumenical Advocacy Days conference on Breaking the Chains: Mass Incarceration and Systems of Exploitation.  You can check out the program's website to learn more at AdvocacyDays.org.  


We'll be studying and skill building for 3 days, and then on Monday, we'll go to Capitol Hill to meet with our lawmakers to advocate for more just laws for prisoners and those in detention.  We must never forget that when Jesus announced his earthly ministry, he said he was here to proclaim release to the captives and to let the oppressed go free (Luke 4:18).  


I am so grateful for this time to study and to meet with ministry partners from our own PCUSA national headquarters, and our Washington, D.C. and United Nations offices.  With Christians from all over the world, we will be worshipping and praying and working for freedom in the Spirit of Jesus.


Keep church lively while I'm gone, and know that I am praying for you and so grateful to be your pastor.



April/May Calendar

Thursday, April 16
7:00 p.m.

Pastor Bev away through 4/23- please contact Lora East for pastoral emergencies at 832-654-0902
Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, April 17

Bible Study w/Lora East

Sunday, April 19
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m.

Lora East preaching - Embodied Resurrection
Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
Let's Talk! How Radical was Jesus? w/Richard Peltzman
MOLOTH leaves for Marin Recycling Center
Mexico Mission meeting

Thursday, April 23
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, April 24

Bible Study w/Pastor Bev

Sunday, April 26
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Freedom! A Report on Pastor Bev's Study Leave
Coffee and Refreshments - All Welcome!
Let's Talk!

Thursday, April 30
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, May 1

Bible Study

Sunday, May 3
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

ALL CHURCH WORK DAY and Cinco de Mayo Feast
Church is a Co-op
Work and Feast



Bible Study w/Lora East - Friday, April 17 @ Noon
Luke 24:36-48 and Psalm 4  


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


Every Life is a Platform


I was thinking that multiple times in the Bible we are instructed to "Love our neighbors as ourselves." This concept is referenced as the second most important commandment.


Understanding and experiencing the depths of God's love for me personally is the beginning of my being able to genuinely love others. How can I do anything less once I grip the fact that God accepts me as I am, embraces my personality, and forgives my imperfections?


Sometimes it's hard to love ourselves with our many shortcomings and inadequacies. Yet, it is God's love that wipes our past clean and empowers us to move ahead. We mustn't hold onto our history so much that we jeopardize our destiny. 


The Bible teaches that part of our divine destiny is to be a stream of God's love toward others in need. Bill Bright has said "God uses all that you experience to work Christ's will in people's lives. He is the one who will make your love grow. It is a continual, ever-increasing process." This becomes the difference between survival and significance.


We might visualize our life as a platform. One that is a centerpiece to our self-acceptance and a staging area for "loving our neighbors as ourselves." Let's energize where we're going not where we've been.


Two great verses to keep in mind as we move forward, "We can love because Christ first loved us." (I John 4:19) and "Let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." (I John 4:7).


Your friend ... Paul


P.S. Bible Study is this Friday at noon - see you there.



Please Remember in Your Prayers
Praying Hands

Marie Ongaro for healing and recovery from a broken ankle;

Chris Lopin, and his father and family as they mourn the loss of Chris's mother;

Cat Caldwell and her father and 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 healing for all those who are in grief for every kind of loss;

For the caretakers;

For the imprisoned and those in detention;

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

For the church of Jesus Christ, to be open and inclusive to all in the spirit of Our Lord;

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

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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Justice Garden Planting Day - 

Saturday, April 18 @ 9:00 am


Dear Garden Friends,


This Saturday, April 18th, our garden shifts over from winter to spring! We will gather at 9:00am for an hour to plant, set up the tomato supports and harvest chard and beets to sell at church the following morning. If you can come for an hour, that would be great!


A special thanks to Michael who has kept the garden alive the past few months.  The kale, lettuce and tomatoes look wonderful!


With thanks,




MOLOTH April Schedule - 

EARTH DAY will be featured!


Join us for the 3rd and 4th Sundays in April:


Sunday, April 19th - see below for details

Sunday, April 26th


Charles Wei,

Youth Leader




In anticipation of Earth Day, MOLOTH will be joining Marin Sanitary Service for their Customer Appreciation Day at 535 Jacoby Street in San Rafael (the Transfer Station) for a tour of the Marin Recycling Center, the Transfer Station and the Marin Resource Recovery Center to see some of the leading recycling technology in the industry. The kids will also tour the Flying Can Ranch complete with pigs, chickens, and peacocks. Don't be surprised if you child starts informing you that you need to alter your trash sorting habits. The tour starts at noon and lasts an hour so we should be back by 1:30pm.



Before we depart to the Transfer Station we will plant some Milkweed at SHPC. Milkweeds are the only plants on which Monarch Butterflies can lay their eggs. According to scientists, the continent's Monarch population has declined by more than 80 percent from its average during the past two decades-and by more than 90 percent from its peak of nearly one billion butterflies in the mid-1990s. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing a petition to list the butterfly as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Meanwhile, dozens of nongovernmental groups are mobilizing members and partners nationwide to restore Milkweed and native nectar-plant habitat for Monarchs.



With thanks,

Dennis Latta


All Hands on Deck on Sunday, May 3!


It's our annual All Church Work Day!  We've been worshipping and serving in our building since 1960, and it needs some maintenance and TLC.


We have jobs for every skill level and time commitment. Wear your work clothes to church and B and G Elder Fred Morfit will find a job for you!




Pitch in to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo


Following our church work day, the Deacons will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo brunch/feast, but you're invited to contribute your favorite dish!


The Deacons will provide the "main" course: beef, chicken and black bean burritos, plus sides of chips and guacamole, drinks and dessert, but our meals are always more festive when you bring your own dish to share. No need to sign up in advance; just show up with your dish and we'll take care of the rest.


See you on Tres de Mayo!


Your Deacons


One More Look at Easter:  Thank You to the Flower Guild!



Left to Right: Peg Maclise, Frankie Eakes, Millie Millar, Jody Schmetz, Merle Ongaro, Lora East, Patti Vance, and Linda Peltzman

Take a look at these wonderful floral artists hard at work creating the beautiful Sacred Circle:









Easter Photos









Easter Egg Hunt in the Rain!




Let's Talk! How Radical was Jesus? 
April 19 at 10:45 a.m. w/Richard Peltzman

SHPC Hosts ISFC Garden Roundtable Discussion

SHPC was happy to host the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative Roundtable Lunch on Community Gardens at our church Wednesday, April 15.  We started by gathering at the Justice Garden to tell our story and thank ISFC for their seed grant which got us started.  Over lunch on our patio, we shared our learnings about gardening, outreach, sustainability, water conservation, and other topics of shared interest.  ISFC gave us high praise for our Justice Garden and our service and education to the community. It was an excellent day!


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:


Sunday, April 19th @ 5:00 pm

Mandatory Meeting for Students at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church

Any outstanding participation forms and $200 due (second non-refundable installment)


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: alliemduro@gmail.com


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 - EXTRA SUPPORT needed while Marie is laid up with a broken ankle!


Sign up now and keep the hospitality going!


Thank you and bless you to all who have signed up to take a hot meal and your love to Wil and Betty on Wednesday nights. The online sign up sheet has been updated and is ready for more volunteers!


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 


The 16th Annual Interfaith Breakfast:

A Fundraiser for Marin Interfaith Council


Wednesday, May 6, 8:00-10:00am

Congregation Kol Shofar

215 Blackfield Drive

Tiburon, CA


Please join us Wednesday, May 6th from 8-10 am at Congregation Kol Shofar for an interfaith celebration during the week of the National Day of Prayer with leaders from the three Abrahamic traditions.


Reservation Information:

Individuals: sliding scale of $50-$35.

Sponsor a table of 8: $350

Partial scholarships are available upon request - email: programs@marinifc.org or call 415-456-6957.


Guest Panel of Speakers:

Ms. Zahra Billoo, J.D.  - Executive Director, SF Bay Area, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA)

Rabbi Susan Leider - Congregation Kol Shofar

Dr. Johnathan D. Logan Sr.  - Pastor, Cornerstone Community Church of God in Christ.


Mangia/Nosh will cater a delicious breakfast with vegetarian and gluten free options. Breakfast items include: bagels, muffins, scones, danishes, banana bread, veggie frittata, fresh fruit, coffee and tea.


Please register online by Tues, April 28th for catering purposes. 


Interfaith Counseling Center

Growth, Hope and Healing


The Interfaith Counseling Center offers a variety of services to promote the healing, growth, and wholeness of individuals, couples, families, and congregations.


15 Austin Avenue

San Anselmo

(Near downtown, off Kensington between Ross and Bolinas)




All services are non-denominational, inter-religious, confidential, and available to persons without regard to race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. A sliding scale of fees for service is available.

Seussical the Musical - May 8-17

As part of Holy Humor Sunday on April 12th, Jen Boynton sang "How Lucky You Are" from the family favorite Seussical the Musical


Jen will also be performing as the Cat in the Hat in Stapleton Theater Company's production of Seussical the Musical May 8-17 at The Playhouse in San Anselmo. Go to stapletonschool.org for more info.


Raising Resilient Girls - Drake High School


Wednesday, April 29 - 6:30-8:00pm

Drake High School

1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Cost: FREE

Please join us for an evening with Simone Marean, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the internationally recognized Girls Leadership Institute (GLI). Simone will share with parents and teachers how to help girls practice assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence, and healthy relationships, preparing them for a life of personal and societal leadership. Her engaging presentation will cover the development of girl dynamics beginning in pre-school through high school. 


If you would like to attend this event, please visit the Eventbrite website to RSVP


Simone will discuss:

  • How and why girls of all ages are aggressive with one another
  • The Good Girl phenomenon; how the pressures of femininity, and the socialization of girls away from conflict, influences their aggressive behavior and approach to conflict
  • What girls need to avoid victimization
  • The importance of emotional intelligence for healthy conflict
  • The importance of a plan for healthy communication and conflict at school and at home

The presentation is for adults only.


Click here for more information about Girls Leadership Institute (GLI).


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