Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
May 21, 2015



They thought that Jesus had left them.  They had no life energy.  And then the Day of Pentecost arrived, with wind and fire, and the disciples were transformed!  They could speak in many languages and share the good news with people from all over their world!  


How can we experience this life-giving gift of the embodied Holy Spirit?Through song, sacred dance, breath prayer, we will live the day of Pentecost this Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. We are excited to welcome yoga master and sacred dancer Nubia Teixeira and her sacred temple dance in celebration of Pentecost. Our singers and our children and youth have something very special for us! 


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


I'm in NYC this week for my son Andy's graduation from NYU Law School, and Lora East is here for pastoral emergencies - her number is 832-654-0902.


Don't miss our celebration of the day of Pentecost, the birthday of the church, this coming Sunday, May 24!  We'll be dancing the Spirit in!


In the joy of the Spirit, 



May Calendar

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 w/Lora East - Friday, May 22 @ Noon - Acts 2, excerpts


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


Lesli, Brandon, and their daughter Lindsey Dumler as they mourn the loss of their son and brother, Preston;

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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Let's Talk about Politics and Religion! with Merle Ongaro
Sunday, May 24 @ 10:45 am

Coming up: May 31- Let's Talk! about 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 

Nail Sale at SHPC!
Sunday, May 31 @ 10:45 am


Mexico Mission participants will be at SHPC on Sunday, May 31st during the coffee hour to sell nails for their upcoming Mexico Mission trip. When you purchase a nail your name will be added to a tag on each nail and used during the construction of homes in Mexico for the families in need!

What a great way to support this worthy cause and be a part of a mission that helps in so many ways!

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:


Nail Sale

Sunday, May 31st @ 10:45 am

Sign up with Gary Newman to sell nails at SHPC!


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 June

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!


Hold On


I have been thinking about how patient we have to be to get to the finish line on a project or dream that we believe God is guiding.


So many things happen that distract us or derail us from what it is we are trying to accomplish or that God has desired we accomplish. The real key to moving forward on a subject is to stay in touch with God. Listen in prayer to that quiet voice.


Also we are to be obedient to the scriptures and to what we have been taught while we move forward on God's mission for us.


Here are some thoughts that I want to share:


"Keep this book of law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." Joshua 1:8


"He holds success for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless." Proverbs 2:7


"Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans." Proverbs 16:3


"Therefore I tell you , whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:24


Hold on to what you believe God has destined you to do. Stay in the scriptures and pray like you never have before. God wants to be involved with us, to be next to us, and to influence the outcome of our future. Great results lie ahead for all of us. 


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.
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 


Report from Clerk of Session on May 13, 2015 Meeting of the Session


Session met on the second Wednesday of the month for its regularly scheduled meeting.


Thanks to Fred for a great job for our annual Cinco do Mayo work day.  Good attendance and a lot of jobs completed. Thanks to the Deacons for a great lunch. 


Other events and projects that the Church is involved in:  REST completed for the winter season but the trial run of the summer session will open.  The Jr. High students participated in a fun game night - thanks Dennis.  They also attended the recycling center and hopefully will help us sort out where things should go.  On a sad note, the Jr. High students will miss Charles Wei who will be leaving this month.  The garden has been planted and is growing well.  Mexico Mission has launched.  Plans are in process for a new front door.  The session will invite the Little Mountain Preschool Board to our June session meeting to discuss space sharing issues. Worship services are well attended and we look forward to our service at Samuel P. Taylor Park in June. Bev, Sharon and Lora attended the Presbytery meeting in Tiburon.  


Your Clerk of Session,

Sharon Adams


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: 

A Faithful Way Forward for the 2016 Budget



Last month, The PC(USA) Office of Public Witness worked with other faith partners to offer a briefing for Congress on the "Faithful Budget," a document written by the faith community about our nation's financial priorities. The Reverend J. Herbert Nelson joined with Sister Simone Campbell, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, and Maggie Siddiqi in calling for a budget that prioritizes people and livelihood, not corporate profit or greed. This included calling for-


  • Preservation of the social safety net, essential programs serving the most vulnerable people
  • Investment in health care, access to which is essential to the shalom and wellbeing of all people
  • A serious look at our spending priorities when comparing over-investment in the mechanisms of war and underinvestment in human capital
  • A progressive tax code that not only brings in enough revenue to pay for what is most important, but also reduces inequality by making sure that all people have enough - not too much and not too little


Download the complete briefing packet here.


In April, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate have passed budgets that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, turn Medicaid into a block grant, and cut billions of dollars from nutrition and education programs, all while increasing spending on overseas wars and cutting taxes for the wealthiest.


Please  email your members of Congress this week. Ask them to create a budget that is aligned with the Faithful Budget and cares for the needs of all of all people, not just the wealthy few.


In preparation for the briefing, J. Herbert Nelson wrote:


"As a follower of Christianity, I believed that 'to whom much is given, much will be required.' God's justice insists that those who have much must contribute to the good of all. Indeed, God's vision of shalom wants a society in which each of us has enough -- not too much and not too little. We are living in a new Gilded Age where the gap between rich and poor grows ever deeper. Today's worship of money and things is nothing less than idolatry and justice requires us to change if we are gong to live up to God's radical vision for us. Responsible taxation in a linchpin of a democratic society and from a Christian perspective, greater tax justice is necessary and a key response to rising inequality."


Read all of J. Herbert Nelson's remarks on tax justice and the Faithful Budget.


View J. Herbert's remarks on YouTube.


The Faithful Budget principles are available here.


A Powerful Documentary Film on the TRUTH about the Juvenile Justice System


Sunday, May 24th @ 6:30 pm

Throckmorton Theatre

Mill Valley

Tickets: $8 - $12


Click here to purchase tickets

Juveniles are imprisoned in the United States six times more often than in any other country in the world... the results are catastrophic, both for society and for our children's future. Join us for this powerful, new documentary by Avani Bahl, plus a Q&A with those who are intimately involved in this serious societal issue.


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


Looking for a Summer Job?


Steve & Kate's Camp in Kentfield is hiring full time students (40 hour a week) for 10 weeks - paid jobs include Summer Staff Dance, Operations managers, Assistant Directors, etc., and regular staff. If interested please call or email Bear Whitfield directly or apply online at Must be a high school graduate.  



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