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Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
May 28, 2015

For God So Loved the World...

Trinity Sunday


     Have you ever sat in a football stadium and seen someone waving a John 3:16 poster?  Or seen a Jesus Saves - John 3:16 bumper sticker? This well-known Bible passage proclaims that out of God's love for the whole world, God gave the world Jesus, the radically inclusive one. But sadly, this declaration of inclusive love has been misused to separate and divide followers of Jesus from those of other faiths.  


     This Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., we'll hear from our pastoral intern Lora East, who has divided her time this year between SHPC and the Marin Interfaith Council. Lora will share her story about what sparked her passion for interfaith dialogue and relationship building, and help us to see how we are called to engage with those of other faiths to promote understanding and peace.


Don't miss Let's Talk -  Nepal - with Carolyn Goodman, Patty Kuehn, and Diane Fiddyment this Sunday at 10:45 a.m.  


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


As you all know, my study leave this year sparked my passion for reform of our criminal justice system, especially for putting an end to cruel 23 hours/day solitary confinement of juveniles here in California.  We have an opportunity now to work together for this much needed reform by supporting State Senator Mark Leno's SB124, which would limit the hours a juvenile could be separated (put into solitary) and provide much needed data collection and oversight.


I spent only 2 minutes in the solitary confinement cell replica at the conference and it awakened my deep empathy for the 80,000 inmates in solitary confinement in the US today. We also heard compelling testimony about the mental deterioration that solitary confinement causes.  Please scroll down to the next item, and if you are so moved, please support SB124. 


Together we can bring about a kinder and 

more just world!


End Youth Solitary Confinement


Earlier this year, Senator Mark Leno introduced SB 124 to prevent and limit the use of solitary confinement in state and county juvenile lock-ups across California.


The bill is slowly making its way through the Senate and will be voted on any day. Please take a few minutes to email your Senator and let them know that you support SB 124 and an end to youth solitary confinement.


Tell Your Senator to End Solitary Confinement of Youth

Stand with the thousands of youth inside county juvenile halls, camps, ranches, and California state youth prisons (DJJ). 


Ella Baker Center is working to end the solitary confinement of youth with the Youth Justice Coalition,Children's Defense Fund California, and California Public Defenders Association.

May/June Calendar

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! about Nepal w/Carolyn G, Patty K, and Diane Fiddyment

Thursday, June 4
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, June 5

Bible Study

Sunday, June 7
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Mexico Mission Commissioning Service
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Thursday, June 11
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Saturday, June 13
6:00 - 7:00 a.m.

Mexico Mission departure

Sunday, June 14
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m.

Aging Gracefully
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Annual Church Picnic - 
Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Thursday, June 18
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, June 19

Bible Study

Sunday, June 21
9:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

Mexico Mission Return Service
Return Brunch - All welcome!

Thursday, June 25
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, June 26

Bible Study

Sunday, June 28
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Interfaith Conversation - Judaism
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk! about Liberty w/Howard Schwartz



Bible Study - Friday, May 29 @ Noon

Isaiah 6:1-8 and John 3:1-17

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;

For the family and friends of Carolyn Goodman's Auntie Wilma, for comfort in their bereavement;

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;

Ahmed Abu-Aly, for healing, and Ahmed and Robin, for safe travel;

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 victims of Texas flooding and their loved ones;

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

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 Nepal with Carolyn G., Patty K., and Diane Fiddyment
Sunday, May 31 @ 10:45 am

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 31 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 31 @ 10:45 am

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church


Mission Commissioning Service

Sunday, June 7 @ 9:30 am

Mandatory Attendance - Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church 


Mission Trip

Saturday, June 13 to Saturday, June 20

departure and arrival at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church


Mission Return Service and Brunch

Sunday, June 21 @ 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:


Congratulations Mark Sarkisian!  

On June 2, 2015, SOM Structural and Seismic Engineering Partner Mark Sarkisian will receive the 2015 H.J. Brunnier Lifetime Achievement Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC). 


The honor recognizes Sarkisian's outstanding achievement in structural engineering over 33 years. His career has focused on innovative structural engineering solutions, highlights of which include eight U.S. patents for high-performance seismic structural mechanisms, as well as the design of more than 100 recognized buildings such as the U.S. Embassy complex in Beijing, Chicago's NBC Tower, Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, and the Al Hamra Tower in Kuwait City.


Sarkisian will be bestowed these honors at SEAONC's annual business meeting, which will be held at The City Club in San Francisco. Organization fellows and members will be in attendance.  


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:  Patti 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!




A spark plug is exciting to me because it ignites exertion and is the first activity that causes an engine to engage and roar. I was thinking some people are like "spark plugs." They give the first spark of life to a project. They are self starters, have a great attitude, and their presence motivates others. Their drive and enthusiasm lifts us, they are action oriented, and their presence causes us to roll up our sleeves and jump aboard.


Mechanically, a piston discharges the energy of that initial spark and spreads it functionally throughout the engine. It initiates many other vital tasks. I so respect people who are "pistons" in our lives. They are steady, hard working, and diligent. They execute and manage so many meaningful details.


Both human "spark plugs" and human "pistons" are needed in the life of a Church as it grows, evolves and advances. I am a spark plug and realize how important personalized pistons are to making things work and move forward.


I am committed to growing spiritually and recommend each of us focus on this individually, because as we individually grow in the Lord, we are better able to recognize the talents and importance of each other. A friend of mine has said, "Some people make it happen; some people watch it happen; and some people don't even know its happening."


Together, we must commit ourselves to being a part of the first group, those who MAKE IT HAPPEN and be believers who "walk worthy of the calling for which we have been called, with all humility and gentleness (Eph 4:1,2)  counting others more significant than ourselves (Phil 2:3), and above all clothing ourselves with love which unifies us together in perfect harmony (Col 3:14)."


The days ahead are going to be exciting with all of the Church activities and opportunities before us. And this newsletter is full of specific opportunities we can each consider. So let's choose several that interest us and join together as spark plugs and pistons to move this divine engine at Sleepy Hollow forward.


Your friend "Sparky" ... aka 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.
Join us for the 3rd Annual 
"Church in the Redwoods"


Sunday, June 14

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


Know Your Rights Rally: Hear the Voices of Children with Incarcerated Parents


Friday May 29


4th Street San Rafael Plaza 

1014 Court Street (next to Arizmendi Bakery)

San Rafael


Together we can end generational incarceration. Come out on May 29th to show your support for the Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights.The Bill of Rights has been used around the country to educate the public and inspire thoughtful discussion about the needs of children of prisoners. San Francisco and Alameda Board of Supervisors have passed resolutions encouraging communities to use the Rights to guide criminal justice policy and practice. 


Youth leaders will share their stories to raise awareness about the need for a Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights in Marin.

Let us know if you'll be joining in:


Project Avary's mission is to promote brighter futures for children with a parent in prison or jail. For more info about Project Avary and the Bill of Rights go to:

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: 

Raise the Wage!



"Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbors work for nothing, and does not give them their wages ..." (Jer. 22:13)


While the value of the minimum wage in 1968 is equivalent to $10.79 in 2015 dollars[1], the current federal minimum wage remains at $7.25, last increased by Congress in 2007 with the final increase taking effect in 2009. Contrary to popular rhetoric that this wage primarily impacts teenagers, eighty-eight percent of minimum-wage workers are over twenty years old; fifty-six percent of them are women.[2]


Two weeks ago, Senator Patty Murray (WA) and Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA) introduced the Raise the Wage Act (S.1150/H.R. 2150) to address this issue.


This legislation, if enacted, would

* Raise the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020, starting with an increase to $8.00 an hour in 2016

* Gradually eliminate the tipped-industry loophole, which has allowed employers of tipped workers to pay a subminimum wage of only $2.13 per hour to tipped staff since 1991; and

* Index the minimum wage to median income, so as to maintain its value to low-wage workers and provide stability and predictability for employers.



Why the Minimum Wage is Important


One of the most notable parts of this legislation is its elimination of the tipped wage, which has created a sub-class of minimum wage workers. Tipped workers are more than two times as likely as other workers to experience poverty.[3] In no other industry are wages determined by customer satisfaction or mood.[4] Furthermore, there is no enforcement mechanism to ensure employers close the gap for employees whose tips do not reach the $7.25/hour threshold (the Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to make up the difference between their workers' after-tip income and $7.25 per hour).[5] Seven states have already leveled the playing field for tipped workers. [6]


This Raise the Wage Act would impact 38 million workers, particularly benefiting women and people of color who disproportionately live in poverty. Thirty-two percent of women in the workforce would see their paychecks increase; thirty-seven percent of African American workers and forty percent of Hispanic workers would see a rise in their paychecks.Twenty-four percent of all U.S. children (18.7 million) have a parent who would get a raise.[7]


Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have already raised their minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage, recognizing the inadequacy of the federal minimum wage.Moreover, twenty cities have also risen to the challenge to raise the wage.[8]


The time is now. Call on your Congressional members to act to  #RaisetheWage.


Higher Minimum wage is Key to Ending Poverty


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) supports social safety net programs and tax credits that help to lift people out of poverty, but it has spoken out about the necessity of a living wage as a foundation for a healthy economy and society.


The 183rd General Assembly (1977) "....Reaffirm[ed] the actions of previous General Assemblies supporting the right of every employable person to a job, decent and safe working conditions, and a salary adequate to meet at least his or her basic needs."


In 2006, the 217th General Assembly called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, saying that our society should have the "the goal of a wage level sufficient to lift full-time workers out of poverty." [9]


Even though $12 per hour is not a living wage for many workers, this legislation is a step in the right direction. Congress will no longer have to act to raise the wage. Instead, the minimum wage will increase yearly according to the "annual percentage increase in the median hourly wage of all employees as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics." [10]


Supporting Striking Federal Contract Workers


Currently, federal contract workers in Washington, D.C., earn the federal minimum wage, despite the city's recent wage increase to $10 per hour, rising to $11.50 per hour in 2016.[11] The Office of Public Witness Director J. Herbert Nelson, has joined with local workers to call on the federal government to set an example for businesses in its respect for workers' rights and a fair day's wage for a fair day's work.


In recent years, Nelson has participated in several strikes with federal contract workers who have been organizing for a living wage of $15 an hour, protections against wage theft, reliable work schedules, and the protection of collective bargaining. President Obama has responded with Executive orders raising the wage on new contracts to $10.10 per hour and protecting workers against wage theft. The President still has the opportunity to issue executive orders giving contract preferences to employers to create good jobs and collectively bargain with their workforce.


Nelson spoke at a 'Good Jobs Nation' event on April 22, declaring, "But now I say - I want my tax dollars to create good jobs - with livable wages, benefits, paid sick days, safe workplaces, reliable schedules, and the right to bargain collectively for the good of the whole."


Read his full remarks here 


Let your Senators and Representatives know you support raising the wage today.


Connecting Farm to Fork: A Forum on Building a More Just and Sustainable Food System


Monday, June 22


First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael

1510 Fifth Avenue

Suggested Donation: $5.00 - $20.00


There will be a film screening of Ripe for Change, followed by a panel discussion featuring: 

  • Armando Nieto, Community Food and Justice Coalition
  • Janet Brown, Marin Food Policy Council Chair and Allstar Organics farm owner


The film, Ripe for Change, raises important questions about the sustainability of our current food system, addressing topics such as chemical farm inputs, the loss of the family farm, changing food paradigms, atrazine in the environment, and GMOs. Moreover, the film features diverse perspectives of family farmers, scientists, and policy experts who advocate for alternative models of local food production and marketing. It also highlights farmers who have connected with congregations in Marin City and San Anselmo to deliver affordable, culturally appropriate food, including Dru Rivers of Full Belly Farm and Will Scott, of Scott Family Farm and President of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association.


Please call (707) 634-4672 or email us for more information about this event or our organization.


We look forward to seeing you there!

The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative Team


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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