Margot, Sydney, and Millie Giving the Wee Garden TLC
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
April 30, 2015

All Church TLC Day and Fiesta

"Church is a Co-op"

Wear Your Painting/Gardening Clothes and Bring Gloves


Jesus started a grass roots movement where all were valued, all chipped in, and all had a place at the table.  This is a model for a purposeful, peaceful, and joyful world!  This Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., we'll gather for a short service of worship and then, while our Deacons prepare a Cinco de Mayo Feast, we'll give our church TLC!  We have four "job" lists of short to medium length jobs for all ages in the sanctuary, fellowship hall, front yard, and Justice Garden.   Dress in your painting or gardening clothes and bring your work gloves, and be a part of this fun and loving team effort.


Thanks to our gracious Deacons, we'll all enjoy feasting together when our work is done!   


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


We all have long to-do lists at home (well, maybe some of you are all caught up, but a lot of us have long to-do lists) -- so when we come to All Church TLC Day, also known as All Church Work Day, coming up this Sunday, May 3, we might be tempted to stay at home and work on our own lists.  Tempted.  


But think of what you'd miss!  The chance to hear a really short sermon! Yes!  Really short!  And then the fun-- it actually is A LOT of fun - of giving God's house TLC with your church friends, who are like a wonderful extended family. There are inside jobs, outside jobs, easy easy jobs, more skilled jobs, something for everyone.  With the great reward of our Deacons' Cinco de Mayo (a few days early) Feast!  So let's have a big crowd and let's make this dear church sparkle!


                   With my thanks,



Follow up on Bev's Study Leave - Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2015 - Calling for an End to Mass Incarceration 


With 5% of the world's population, the USA incarcerates more people per capita than any other nation, 25% of the world's prisoners.  If anyone you know is asking, "why Baltimore?" - here are four excellent resources:

PCUSA Office of Public Witness Action Alert (scroll down - below) - how we can make a difference NOW by supporting the Smarter Sentencing and Judicial Safety Valve Acts now in Congress with bipartisan support; 

Go to and see that almost half of federal prisoners are drug offenders and that almost a half million people are incarcerated AWAITING trial;

Read and share Michelle Alexander's groundbreaking book:  The New Jim Crow - Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness  (hint:  incarceration is not color blind);

Eugene Jarecki's film exposes the destruction of black communities caused by the "War on Drugs":  The House I Live In

All Hands on Deck for Church TLC Day on Sunday, May 3!

We need your Websters, Weed Whackers, and whatever you use for Window Washing (buckets, mops, squeejies)!  


Wear your gloves!  



It's our annual All Church Work Day a/k/a TLC Day!  We've been worshipping and serving in our building since 1960, and once a year we all show our respect and affection by giving our spiritual home some TLC.


We have jobs for every age and skill level and time commitment. Wear your work clothes to church and B and G Elder Fred Morfit will find a job for you! Sign-up sheets will be available at the Church on Sunday. 


Inside jobs include using "websters" to get those cobwebs in the sanctuary ceiling and polishing the pews up, as well as cleaning out the refrig downstairs.  Outside jobs include garden work and weed whacking.  We have PAINTING  to do, too, and MOLOTH has a painting project (a handicap sign on the upper drive) so please dress for painting.


Thank you to all!




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


April/May Calendar

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.
5:00 p.m.

ALL CHURCH TLC DAY and Cinco de Mayo Feast
Church is Our Co-op
Work and Feast!  All welcome!
Mexico Mission meeting

Thursday, May 7
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, May 8

Bible Study

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

God - Our Loving Mother - Bring Your Mom to Church
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Thursday, May 14
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, May 15

Bible Study

Sunday, May 17
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

Ascension of the Lord - Risen, Ascended, Here
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Mexico Mission Work Site Preparation Day

Thursday, May 21
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, May 22

Bible Study

Sunday, May 24
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

PENTECOST! The Gift of the Spirit
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Thursday, May 28
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, May 29

Bible Study

Sunday, May 31
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Trinity Sunday - One God or Three?
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!



Bible Study - Friday, May 1 @ Noon - Acts 2 and find a 
proverb for Work Day!


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


Unexpected Sunshine


I was thinking this week, in light of the news stories from Nepal and Baltimore, what should we be thinking about as these examples of injustice, cruelty, and suffering surround us?  It is clear that the Bible teaches that good results can come from bad circumstances but that is so tough to swallow and accept when going through challenging times.


Three examples of God's involvement in out of control circumstances would include the last week of our Lord's life on earth, the Apostle Paul's imprisonment, and the state of affairs that surrounded Job.


It is obvious that God at times may place us in a whirlwind of circumstances not to our liking. But one lesson I have learned is things are not always as they appear to be. 


I believe we are to build our faith, and grow in our dependence on the Lord as we interact with unpleasant circumstances. These circumstances can change in an instance or remain the same for years. Have you ever thought that maybe God needed to put us in a certain situation to reach or encourage someone else?


We can serve and be "unexpected sunshine,"  when things seem the darkest around our circle of influence. Remaining focused and serving during tough times is very important, and I believe can be a learned trait. In fact, Warren Wiersbe, the longtime Pastor of Chicago's Moody Church once said, "Service is not punishment, it is nourishment."


Let's each figure out how to become "unexpected sunshine" when things seem to be spinning out of control in our lives or in the lives of others. Let's look to the Lord for help and be straight forward as the Psalmist was when he said "I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4 ... and in Philippians 4:7 the author instructs us to "tell the Lord what's troubling us" ... and when we do ... "the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds."


Circumstances that seem out of control must not make us bitter ... they must make us better. 


Your friend ... Paul



Please Remember in Your Prayers
Praying Hands

Marie Ongaro for healing and recovery from a broken ankle;

Skye Bailey and her daughters as they mourn the loss of Michael;

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 the people of Nepal, comfort in grief, and relief of every kind;

For the people of Baltimore, for a lasting peace based on justice;

For healing for all those who are in grief for every kind of loss;

For the caretakers;

For the imprisoned and those in detention and their loved ones;

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 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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MOLOTH This Sunday, May 3, Painting Project and 

Save the Date for Game Night!  (All ages welcome!)


Join us this Sunday for a special painting project for the Church TLC Day, and for Game Night on Friday, May 8 - 5:00-7:00pm



Charles Wei,

Youth Leader


SHPC Justice Garden a Certified Wildlife Habitat Site!




The National Wildlife Federation® (NWF) is pleased to recognize that Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo has successfully created an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™site. NWF celebrates the efforts of  Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church to create a garden space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife - natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.



"Providing a home for wildlife in our communities - whether it's at home, or in schools businesses or parks - is the demonstration of a healthy and active eco-system. There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door," said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation.


Click here to take a look at SHPC's official Wildlife Habitat Site certificate.


Thank you to Dennis Latta and to all who made this happen!



On Sunday, April 19th before MOLOTH departed for their field trip to the Marin Recycling Center they planted the following native, drought tolerant, plants in the wildlife area:


Butterfly Bush, Sticky Monkey Flower, Milkweed, and Flowering Current Berry.

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.




Let's Talk! is taking a break for All Church TLC Day - Back Soon!

REST Program Wraps Up -- Sign up now for "REST Plus" in June and July!



Pictured from left to right:

Jan Ardell, Patricia and son, Lora East, Millie Millar, Koren Grubb, and Robin Abu-Aly. 

Thanks to the many volunteers who contributed our church's hosting of eleven hearty and heart-full dinners for more than 240 of our un-housed neighbors during the "regular" REST season (Nov-Apr).  This effort to feed and staff emergency shelters would not have been possible without the generous efforts of more than 35 volunteers, as well as the unwavering commitment and compassion of our two site hosts (Scott Hamilton and Millie Millar).  Many youth also contributed, learning early about the joys of service.  A frequent refrain heard from volunteers was -- "I got a lot more tonight than I gave."


Having just served the final meal last week for the women (see photo below), we are getting ready to contribute to an 8-week pilot expansion of the REST program.   

This pilot is designed to address questions that arose during the Marin Organizing Committee's (MOC) work to expand REST to a year-round program - in particular:

-        what sort of demand is there for shelter in the summer

-        what is the best way to recruit additional volunteers needed for a year-round program?

-        what is the best way to fund a shelter?

-        what additional services do REST guests need?  

-        and, are Marin County's congregations and organizations willing to volunteer to help staff the expanded program?


Our church's answer to the last item is YES!  SHPC is stepping up to host the temporary shelter for men on 6/8 and 7/6 at St. Anselm's School Gym, serving 40 guests at these events.  On 6/29 and 7/27 we'll be hosting the women's program, which will remain at the county's Health & Wellness Campus in San Rafael. As during the regular season we anticipate serving 20 guests each evening.  In addition to preparing and bringing a dish to the site, the volunteers are on-site from 5-8pm to welcome and say a blessing with our un-housed neighbors, serve and share the home-cooked meal, and then clean up.


You can sign up now to volunteer one or more of these dates at our online sign-up site: 

 REST Plus sign-up


If you'd like more information about what's involved with volunteering, or anything else related to the REST program), please contact Shannon Mong at 


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, May 3rd @ 5:00 pm

Mandatory Meeting for Students at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church

Any outstanding participation forms, Passport copy and $200 due (third 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:


Greeters Needed for the month of May

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.


MAY:  Patty Eisinger

JUNE: Nancy Elberg/Frankie Eakes

JULY:  Marie Ongaro

AUGUST: Robin Abu-Aly


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 


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to earthquake disaster in Nepal


The death toll from the massive earthquake in Nepal continues to rise. Nearly 4,000 are known dead and more than 6,000 were injured when the 7.8 quake struck just west of the capital of Kathmandu on April 25. The quake, the worst in more than 80 years, along with many serious aftershocks has also caused damage in parts of India and Bangladesh.


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is providing emergency relief and short-term recovery in the impacted areas with our partner, ACT Alliance and its members who are already on the ground. Immediate response will help provide needed food, water, supplies and medicine to the impacted towns and villages. As long term recovery plans are developed, PDA will accompany and further financially support our partners in the area to insure that a comprehensive recovery is sustained.

The needs for the response will be great. God's people are once again called on to stand in the "GAP" - Give. Act. Pray.


Give: Financial support for relief efforts can be designated to DR999999 with reference to Nepal. Gifts can be made  online, by phone (800) 872-3283 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (EST), or checks can be mailed to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburg, PA 15264-3700.


Act: Learn how your congregation can help families who have lost everything in the devastation. Stay informed and  like us on Facebook, download resources and share updates with your congregation.


Pray: Pray for those who suffered loss of family or those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, and spiritual and psychological support.

For more information, visit


"And after the earthquake....the sound of sheer silence, and a Voice said: 'what are you doing here?'" 
(1 Kings 19:12-13)


Be the presence of God with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 
for the people of Nepal.


Help Needed for Nepal Earthquake Relief


Providing safe drinking water is the #1 challenge in disaster zones. While Sarah Kuehn was at Cal Poly she contributed to the research and development behind a portable water treatment device that the Red Cross is distributing in Nepal. You can support this project by sponsoring one of the "water bags" from Day One Response:

You are invited to visit these other organizations that can help with relief and assistance in Nepal:


 From Patty Kuehn

Action Alert: 

Support Smarter Sentencing in 2015


Today, one in one hundred Americans are caught up in the nation's criminal justice system. While the U.S. only makes up five percent of the world's population, we incarcerate twenty-five percent of the world's prisoners. Since 1980, the size of the federal prison population has increased nearly 800 percent, due to the failed 'War on Drugs' and 'tough on crime' policies. Our federal criminal justice system should ensure proportional and equitable accountability for our brothers and sisters entangled in the criminal justice system, particularly in relation to racially biased sentencing.


Support for addressing mass incarceration has grown in recent years from both sides of the aisle. Sentencing reform is one of the proposed changes. Two pieces of legislation introduced this year, the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 (H.R. 920/S. 502) and the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2015 (H.R. 706/S. 353), would help to reduce the number of people our country incarcerates, ameliorating the overcrowding crisis within the federal prison system. They would also address the racially disproportionate outcomes in mandatory minimum sentencing.


Call on Congress to pass sentencing reform today.


The Smarter Sentencing Act, sponsored by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives Raśl Labrador (R-ID) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), would limit the long mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, expand judicial discretion in cases involving the lowest level drug offenses, and reduce the federal prison population by retroactively implementing the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (a significant reduction in the sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine). This would impact around 8,800 people currently incarcerated.


The Judicial Safety Valve Act, sponsored by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), would restore judicial discretion in all federal criminal cases by allowing the broadest departure from mandatory minimum sentences.


As Christians, we should prioritize forgiveness, mercy, and reconciliation in our judicial system policies. In 1988, the 200th General Assembly weighed in, saying, "individual Presbyterians and the entities of the General Assembly should . . . advocate a social order where compassion and justice characterize efforts toward those in the criminal justice system."


Then, in 2003, the 215th General Assembly stated in a 'Resolution Calling for the Abolition of For-Profit Private Prisons,' "the ultimate goal of the criminal justice system should be restorative justice, addressing the hurts and the needs of the victim, the offender, and community in such a way that all might be healed." 


These two pieces of legislation are important ways we can build more compassion and proportional justice into our federal criminal justice system.


Let your Senators and Representatives know you support smarter sentencing.


Marin Organizing Committee: Human Trafficking


Saturday, May 2 - 7:00-8:30pm

First United Methodist Church

9 Ross Valley Drive

San Rafael, CA

Admission is FREE


You are invited  to a special Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) evening at the First United Methodist Church on Miracle Mile, May 2, 7:00-8:30 pm.


The Research Team for MOC on Anti-trafficking is presenting a program entitled Out of the Shadows, Human Trafficking in Marin.


It's time to shine light on human trafficking.  If we turn our backs, human beings will continue to be bought and sold even in Marin County. Will you join us for this program and learn how you can be part of the solution to the slavery we know exists in our midst? The event will include a very engaging short film produced by the Soroptomists.


Thank you for your interest and continued dedication to the social justice issues that we face today. 


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 for more info.


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