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May 14, 2015

After the Resurrection - Where is Jesus?


     The Bible tells us that for 40 days following Easter, Jesus appeared to his disciples in various places.  Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit onto his disciples, quieted the doubts of Thomas, and then ascended into heaven. But isn't he still with us?  How are we to understand what the breath of Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit mean for us today?  Can we harness these gifts to bring more purpose, energy, and meaning to our lives? This Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., we'll explore these questions and more as we prepare for the celebration of Pentecost.  


In This Issue
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A Note From Pastor Bev

Each one of us makes a unique contribution to the life of the church, and every single person is a much appreciated part of the community! 

Bringing your energy and friendly smile to worship is priceless. And each singer adds so much! And our children add so much with their insights and exuberance!

Our own Paul Lambert, who with Janel Stewart spoke so movingly about Mother Love last Sunday, travels extensively in his career as a producer of Broadway-bound musicals.  Because he can't worship with us every Sunday, Paul found a way to contribute from afar. His blog is a favorite feature of this newsletter for many.  I want to make sure that everyone scrolls down to find it in its new location, a bit further down in this e-letter.  It turns out that our sign-ups for summer REST, greeters, fellowship, and meals for Wil and Betty all need a bit more attention, and so they are getting moved up closer to the top for your convenience. So please sign up! 


I'll be in New York May 18-22 for my son Andy's law school graduation, and our Pastoral Intern Lora East will be available for pastoral care emergencies.  Her number is 832-654-0902.


Thank you and bless you all for being the beloved community!   


May Calendar

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.
10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

Jesus is Here
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk about the Ethics of Drones
Mexico Mission Work Site Preparation Day

Thursday, May 21
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, May 22

Bible Study with Lora East

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 - Politics and Religion w/ Merle O.

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. 

Lora East preaching
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk - Nepal w/Carolyn G, Patty K, and Diane Fiddyment



Bible Study - Friday, May 15 @ Noon
John 14:15-27, John 20:19-22


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

Please Remember in Your Prayers
Praying Hands

Kit Argilla for healing and full recovery;

Wil Swalberg, for healing for his back and full mobility;

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, and Ahmed and Robin, for safe travel;

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 those killed and injured in the AMTRAK derailment, and their loved ones;

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

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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A Loving Farewell to Charles Wei Sunday, 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:




Let's Talk! about the Ethics of Drones on Sunday May 17
The PCUSA has done an excellent study - let's find out what our church has to say, and add our own thoughts.

Coming up May 24- Politics and Religion-- Let's Talk about them anyways!  with Merle Ongaro
May 31- Nepal with Carolyn G., Patty K., and Diane Fiddyment
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:


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!


Do It Because You Love It


I had a thought and it centers around two questions. 


What does God love doing? ... and ... what do I love doing?

Once we understand divine priorities, and we realize and connect with the fact that God made each of us with certain desires, unique gifts, and talent to accomplish them, then these two questions can be answered in a way that is very interesting.


I believe God has given us yearnings and dreams that belong solely to us. There's a reason you hear that quiet voice inside of you wishing to do something that might seem far-fetched to others. So much is expected of us by others. But for a minute, block out the "others" and listen to you (and that quiet voice). You may have a personal ambition or aspiration. Sometimes we take detours from pursuing them because we're scared, fear failure or are just plain insecure.


God loves it when you truly connect with a secret passion that the Lord has initiated.


I believe we need to each become active and pursue these divine initiatives. My wonderful friend Tim Storey says, "there are good ideas and then there are God ideas. Good ideas may come to pass but God ideas must come to pass." I believe God ideas bring incredible satisfaction to each of us through self expression.


When we let go and set our sites on pursuing what that inner voice is nudging us to scrutinize and pursue, you will love it. These God ideas cannot be denied. And God has equipped us and will stand with us to accomplish each necessary step in their journey. to the finish line These are the initiatives that you truly will love ... and I assure you, helping us move forward in these initiatives is what God loves.


Pursue your passion. Remember you are unique. And always embrace the Apostle Paul's advice "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" (Col 3:23). 


Your friend ... Paul

Paul Lambert is a member of SHPC who travels extensively for his career as a producer of Broadway-bound musicals.  He is a graduate of Moody Bible College who studies the Bible daily and attends our Bible Study whenever he's in town. He posts this blog each week no matter where he is, to the delight and comfort of many.  SHPC thanks you, Paul.
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



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: 

Invest in Climate Mitigation for Poorest People

Carbon pollution, no matter where it occurs, causes climate change everywhere. As part of one world, we believe we must act for the good of all here and now, and for future generations to come.


A key aspect of addressing global climate change is building the capacity of developing countries to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change/disruption. People in developing countries suffer disproportionately from climate disasters that threaten their health and livelihoods. Our faith compels us to stand with the most vulnerable and to act with justice for all throughout God's creation. We believe we are called to take a strong, active stand on the Green Climate Fund and work for its success.



The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was conceived in 2009 to help poor and vulnerable countries to address these challenges. More than 30 countries have already pledged $10.2 billion to get the fund up and running. In his current budget proposal, President Obama has requested $500 million for the GCF. To maintain U.S. leadership in addressing the global climate challenge, Congress must approve this request.


Tell your members of Congress to invest $500 million in the Green Climate Fund; it is essential to combating global climate change.


Leading emitters of greenhouse gases have a moral obligation to act. The U.S. is the largest historic emitter of greenhouse gases. Developing countries must have the funds needed to move forward with sustainable clean energy, avoiding the dirty fossil fuels that created the current crisis. Countries who have profited the most and contributed the most to the current crisis, meanwhile, must have the courage and accountability to finance the solution.


In a time of increased natural disasters, another important aspect of the GCF is that it will enable countries to build resilience to changing weather patterns, sea level rise, and extreme weather events. An investment of $500 million in Fiscal Year 2016 (the budget currently under debate in Congress) is a small but critical contribution to ensure vulnerable communities are prepared to avoid the hard-hitting impacts of climate change.


 Contact your members of Congress today to ensure the U.S. does its part to fund climate solutions around the globe.

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:


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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