Mother Love
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
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May 7, 2015

 God's Love is Like Mother Love


     The Bible tells us that before we are born, God knows us, loves us, and calls us to life, just like our mothers. This Sunday, May 10, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., on Mother's Day, we'll celebrate Mother Love. We'll also explore how our understanding of the role of mothers, mother love, and God's love have changed with the times.  Every one of us has a unique relationship with our mothers, and with motherhood.  We will make time in prayer for prayers of healing, remembrance, and gratitude.

The SHPC Singers will have special music for us, and our Children's Choir will sing a tribute to mothers!


     Please bring your children to church by 9:20 for Children's Choir Rehearsal.   


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

     All Church TLC Sunday was a HUGE success, and I want to thank everyone, especially our Building and Grounds Elder Fred Morfit, for an amazing day. 

We had more than ten terrific teams washing windows, spreading chips, working in the Justice Garden, weeding and weed whacking, freshening up the sanctuary, washing down walls, repairing and repainting the church sign, repairing plumbing and doors, polishing brass, painting, and making a great Cinco de Mayo lunch.  (Check out the photos below.) What a beautiful spirit of love and cooperation!  What a joy to be a part of this lively church!



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 FIVE excellent resources:

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

PCUSA Office of Public Witness Action Alert (scroll down - below) - calling for an end to Immigrant Detention bed quotas;

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

May Calendar

Thursday, May 7
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, May 8
5:00 p.m.

Bible Study
MOLOTH Game Night!

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

God's Love is Like Mother Love 
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.

Jesus is Risen, Ascended, Still 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.
10:45 a.m.

PENTECOST! The Gift of the Spirit
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk

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.
10:45 a.m. 

Trinity Sunday - One God or Three?
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk



Bible Study - Friday, May 8 @ Noon-
Mother Love in the  Bible
Jer. 1:4-5, Ps. 139:15-16, Isa. 49:1-5, Luke 1:15, Gals. 1:15, 1 Cor. 8:3 and more!


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


"For Good Times and Bad Times, I'll be on Your Side Forever More"


This is a tremendous lyric from a Burt Bacharach song and I thought a great way to corral our thinking and celebration of Mothers this week.


Mothers have a way of being supportive when we need it the most. Mothers have a way of stepping into our lives bigger than ever when the world has walked out. Mothers aren't about judging you where you are, they're about loving you where you are.


I am so thankful for my Mom. She accepted at an early age that I was a dreamer. She encouraged my dreams. Yet loved both my brother and I equally. 


Erma Bombach, the great humorist, was asked once if she had a favorite child? Her answer was swift and without hesitation, "of course I do." The interviewer looked stunned and asked which one? Quick as a cat she answered "whichever one needs me the most right now."


Some families are comprised of individuals who might be defined as strangers. People who know each other intimately, but have nothing in common (and want to keep it that way). Even in these instances, Mothers have a way of navigating things and continuing to love and encourage everyone steadily.


There is a great truth in a Mother's love ... and that is consistency. I think we should try always to apply this aspect of love to our Christian brothers and sisters. We need to be there for each other in good times and bad times. We never know all the surrounding facts of a person's situation, but we know that God does, and God is loving that person through the situation and has vowed to be by their side forever more.


The Bible has many verses about Mothers - it describes them as being clothed with strength and dignity; as speaking with wisdom; and as the one who trains a child. I love Proverbs 6:20 "My son ... do not forsake your Mother's teachings ... they will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck."


My experience has been in "good times and bad times, Mom was forever on my side." I am so happy one of America's greatest composers has written this lyric. It's inspiring to me, and I hope to you.


Happy Mothers Day in advance to all of you wonderful Mothers - and thank you for all the encouragement, tears, and inspiration you've given us.


A grateful son ... Paul


Please Remember in Your Prayers
Praying Hands

Kit Argilla for healing and full recovery;

Wanda Latta for successful surgery, healing, and full recovery;

Marie Ongaro for healing and full recovery;

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 Game Night This Friday!  (All ages welcome)




Hope to see you there!


Charles Wei,

Youth Leader

A Loving Farewell to Charles Wei - May 17
Family Ministries is sad to announce that our Youth Director Charles Wei is re-locating to Southern California at the end of this month.  His last day with us will be Sunday, May 17, and we will have an opportunity to wish him well that day. 

We want to thank Charles for his caring and commitment to the SHPC youth and his loving contributions to our church.

Charles, we all wish you well!  Don't be a stranger!

--Family Ministries 


Photos from Church TLC Day


Thank you to all who participated and made the day so much fun!  Thank you to Fred Morfit, our amazing Building and Grounds Elder!











Cinco de Mayo Fiesta


Thank you to our wonderful Deacons for providing delicious food for the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta following the Church TLC/Workday on Sunday, May 3rd. Check out the photos below:





SHPC Justice Garden Welcomes Visitors!



On Wednesday, April 29th our Justice Garden hosted members from the UCCE Bay Area Urban Ag Advisory who were interested in touring urban gardens/farms in Marin County.


The UC Extension has identified our garden as a model for supporting projects for underserved populations in the county.



With thanks,


Patti Vance

Mission Elder

Let's Talk! is off for Mother's Day, but will be back May 17, 24, and 31!

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. 

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:


Work Site Preparation Day

Sunday, May 17th @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mandatory Meeting for Students at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church

Any outstanding participation forms and/or Passports and $375 due (final non-refundable installment).


Mission Commissioning Service

Sunday, June 7th @ 9:30 am

Mandatory Attendance - Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church 


Mission Trip

Saturday, June 13th to Saturday, June 20th

departure and arrival at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church


Mission Return Service and Brunch

Sunday, June 21st @ 9:30 am

Mandatory Attendance - Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church




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:


Food Bank Donation Update
Thank you to Wil and Betty for their tireless efforts in organizing and donating food to the SF-Marin Food Bank. They delivered a combined total of 133 pounds of food for the months of March and April!


Elliott Peltzman, son of Richard and Linda, featured in the Marin IJ!


Read the article here and check out the live show:


The Stone Foxes

Saturday, June 6th @ 8:00 pm

Great American Music Hall

San Francisco



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:


With thanks,

Patty Kuehn

Action Alert: 

Tell the Obama Administration to End Family Detention


Last week on May 2, a contingent of Presbyterians joined dozens of other people of faith outside the Dilley detention center to call for the end to the inhumane incarceration of refugee mothers and children. Across the country, solidarity marches and protests are planned leading up to Mother's Day, including one outside the White House in Lafayette Park.


Join us in telling the Obama administration to #EndFamilyDetention.


The number of immigrants detained in our nation increased significantly in 2010 because of the immigrant detention bed quota, a federal budgetary mandate that 33,400 beds be made available at any given time. By 2013, the quota rose to 34,000. In 2014, 32,163 immigrants were detained every day.


Family detention was a problem from the start. In 2009, President Obama closed the T. Don. Hutto Residential Center, located in Taylor, TX, which had housed families since 2006, because of concerns related to abuse by guards, improper nutrition and medical care. He announced that this signaled the end to family detention, other than 90 beds in Berks County, Pennsylvania.


This was not the case.


By June of 2015, the United States will have the capacity to detain 4,000 women and children, a rise from 90 total beds in June of 2014. Since then, more than 2,500 families have been detained in four facilities: a retrofitted Federal Law Enforcement Training Campus in Artesia, NM; Dilley Residential Center in Dilley, TX; Karnes Residential Center in Karnes City, TX, and Berks County Residential Center in Leesburg, PA. The Artesia facility closed in November of last year, with remaining detainees moved to one of the two Texas facilities.


This is in response to the arrival of 68, 684 family units at the U.S./Mexico border in 2014. These families are fleeing extreme violence from the Northern Triangle of Central America: El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. The government cites public safety and concerns that families would abscond from their immigration hearings as reasons to incarcerate them. At the opening of the Dilley facility in December of 2014, Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, stated that family detention served as a deterrent to future migration. Advocates point out that this detention is in clear violation of the 1997 settlement in Flores v. Meese case, that stated minors must be put in a family or legal guardian's custody, or be detained in the least restrictive setting possible. Moreover, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child declared that the detention of children was fundamentally contrary to the dignity of children. The U.S. and Somalia are the only countries yet to ratify it.


The conditions in these facilities are substandard. Advocates have reported that children there are malnourished, dehydrated, and receive subpar medical care. Recently, mothers in the Karnes facility have gone on hunger strike protesting the conditions and the detention of their children.


The women and children detained in these facilities report partner abuse, gang rape and beatings, death threats, and religious persecution as reasons they fled to our shores. According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the majority of these families would qualify for asylum with proper legal representation. Notably, you cannot claim asylum unless you are on U.S. soil. Many of these families are looking for Border Patrol agents to apprehend them at the border.


Detention is not only inhumane; it is costly. Alternatives to detention, like ankle bracelets, cost around $22 per day, whereas the cost of detention beds is around $166 per day.


Private Prisons


Corporate profit is driving this surge of family detention. The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) operates the Dilley Center and GEO Group the Karnes Center. Both corporations spent $16 million dollars between 2008 and 2014 on federal lobbying, in addition to more than $132,000 in contributions to Congressional members who serve on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security (which controls the bed quota). The result of this lobbying is clear.


Presbyterian Policy


As people of faith, we must recognize that family detention impacts some of the most vulnerable peoples: mothers and children fleeing horrific violence and abuse. It is an affront to the Biblical mandates to care for the least of these and welcome the stranger.


The 211th General Assembly (1999) reaffirmed principles behind Presbyterian policy on immigration and refugee issues, saying, "Love of neighbor requires Christians to seek justice for refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants."


Furthermore, in 2003, the 215th General Assembly published a "Resolution Calling for the Abolition of For-Profit Private Prisons," stating, "since the goal of for-profit prisons is earning a profit for their shareholders, there is a basic and fundamental conflict with the concept of rehabilitation as the ultimate goal of the prison system."


Family detention is the opposite of justice for these families. It is the exploitation of the most vulnerable for profit.


Take Action Now:


Pray for the mothers and children in detention.


Call on the Obama administration to #EndFamilyDetention.


Join protests in your local area: 



** A lawsuit challenging family detention will be resolved within the next 30 days. A temporary ruling suggests that the judge will rule against the use of family detention, but the implications are unclear. 



Mayflower Chorus: "Singing Our Hearts Out!"


Our very own Cathy Sarkisian will be singing along with the Mayflower Chorus this month! 

Check out the show:


Friday and Saturday, May 8 & 9 @ 8:00 pm

Marin Center Showcase Theatre

San Rafael

Advance tickets:


Sunday, May 17 @ 3:30 pm

Aldersgate Methodist Church

San Rafael

Advance tickets:



Click the link below for more information about the Mayflower Chorus:




Interfaith Counseling Center:

The Merry, Merry Month of May


When Merry is a Bit More than Balanced: Are you energetic and creative -- an out-of-the-box thinker but have difficulty consistently following through on tasks and goals? Is ADHD one reason why these particular themes are familiar to you? There are challenges to ADHD that can be worked with creatively and constructively, and the strategies that help remove obstacles that stand in the way of your goals are able to be mastered. Would you like to embrace new perspectives and celebrate the joy and fulfillment that can be yours?

The counselors below may be able to help:

- Cris Pollock, MS, CPCC, ACC;;;  415-506-4948


- Richard Engebrecht, MFT #44793;;  415-289-6800


- Jim Burns, MA, RAS (Registered Addiction Specialist); MFT Intern #55688 with Holos Institute; 415-494-8599

- Ananya Hixon, MA, MFT Intern #66935 with Holos Institute;;; 415-785-7252


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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