Mexico Mission Team Hard at Work This Week
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
June 18, 2015

Mexico Mission Return Service

and Potluck Brunch


     This Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., we welcome back our Mexico Mission Homebuilding Team and their families.  We cherish this opportunity to hear the team share stories about their life-changing week.  Let's all be here to support them.  They will be incorporating a huge new experience into their worldviews, plus their hearts will be connected to the families they will have left behind in Mexico.


     After the service, all are welcome to join in a Potluck Brunch with a slide show of the trip.  Please bring something delicious to share.


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


As I shared last Sunday, we have a very serious problem with underage binge drinking here in the Ross Valley.  The California Healthy Kids Survey for Drake H.S. and White Hill M.S. 2013-2014 found that 35% of 11th graders had been binge drinking (more than 5 drinks) in the last 30 days.  Our rates of teen alcohol use, marijuana use, and binge drinking are all above the county rates, and our county has a serious problem.  Why are our kids using at these rates?What can we do about it?


Last year, White Hill M. S. principal David Finnane and Drake H.S. principal Liz Seabury brought together a group of parents, teachers, students, counselors, community leaders, and law enforcement to form the Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative.  I am honored to serve on the RVHCC steering committee and to be part of the Root Causes sub-committee.  Our mission is to mobilize across all sectors of the community to work collaboratively to create healthy community norms and activities to reduce the underage use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.  


Wednesday several of us attended the Fairfax Town Council meeting on the Fairfax Theatre's application for an ABC license.  If granted, that would be the 34th ABC license in the Town of Fairfax.  Not surprisingly, Fairfax has well over the national average of liquor licenses for its population!  The Town Council decided to take no action on the ABC application, but it is planning to take a look at the saturation of liquor licenses in the town in the fall and discuss public policy possibilities.  We need everyone on board to create a healthier community for all of our kids. What might our church be called to do to be part of the solution?


In hope,


June/July Calendar

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
POTLUCK 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.

Where Judaism and Christianity Meet
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk! about Liberty w/Howard Schwartz

Thursday, July 2
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, July 3

Bible Study

Sunday, July 5
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

PULPIT SWAP - Pastor Bev to CCC-Tiburon
No Reruns with Rev. Dr. Curran Reichert
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Thursday, July 9
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, July 10

Bible Study

Sunday, July 12
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Summer Storytelling Series Begins
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!



Bible Study - Friday, June 19 @ Noon - Matthew 28, the Great Commission


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

Our Mexico Mission Homebuilding Team, for safe travel and for a blessed trip from June 13-20; 

Larry Mong, for freedom from suffering from his illnesses, and for grace and strength for Shannon and the family as they support him;

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;

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 the Charleston, South Carolina Emanuel A.M.E. church shooting and their loved ones, and for all victims of racial hatred and violence everywhere;

For the Irish students who died from a balcony collapsing in Berkeley and for 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.


Back to the top 

Photos from the 3rd Annual "Church in the Redwoods" Picnic
Huge Thanks to Linda and Richard Peltzman!









A good time was had by all!

Let's Talk! is taking a break this Sunday, June 21
for the Mexico Mission Return Service Potluck -
We will be back next week!


Let's Talk! about Liberty with religious scholar and change agent Howard Schwartz, 
author of Beyond Liberty Alone, a Progressive Vision of Freedom and Capitalism in America (copies in church library)
Sunday, June 28 @ 10:45 a.m.
Click here for more information about Howard Schwartz


From Justice Garden to Food Bank


Tuesday morning SHPC harvested and delivered beautiful organic produce to the Marin Food Bank. Special thanks to everyone who helped grow this food!

Please Sign up now for "REST Plus" in June and July!


SHPC is stepping up to host the temporary shelter for men on 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 Team Departs!


The Mexico Mission 2015 team arrived at SHPC bright and early Saturday morning to begin their journey down to Southern California and then to Mexico for the week. Everyone was in good spirits, if a bit tired, and looking forward to beginning this amazing adventure!


A BIG thank you to Frankie and Jody for organizing a wonderful send-off breakfast for the Mexico Mission 2015 team and their family and friends!

Pictured above:
Shannon Mong, Jody Brockett Schmetz, Frankie Eakes, 
Robin Abu-Aly, Millie Millar (not pictured, Sharon Adams)

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.

Mission Trip

Saturday, June 13 to Saturday, June 20


Check out the Mexico Mission Blog to see how the team is doing!

Upcoming Important Dates:



Saturday, June 20 @ TBD

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church

Please check the Blog to see where the MM team is when determining arrival time at SHPC


Mission Return Service and Brunch

Sunday, June 21 @ 9:30 am

Mandatory Attendance - Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church



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:


Session Report
June 10, 2015 Meeting


Personnel (Sharon):  Bev's Pastor Performance Plan was reviewed and accepted by the Personnel Committee and the Session as a whole.  Click here for the pdf.  Bev will celebrate 4 years with SHPC in July.

Worship (Jody):  Attendance is strong, with over 140 at the Mexico Mission Commissioning Service June 7. Thanks again to Millie for the funds to buy the special "Millie Mic" microphone for the musicians and singers.

Family Ministries (Dennis): Lora received a lead on a possible Youth Director for fall 2015, and Bev and Dennis will be following up on that. Family Ministries is planning summer fun for MOLOTH.


Mission (Patti): REST is continuing through the summer, as is work on the Justice Garden.  Our Rainwater Tank has 1,500+ gallons of rainwater and is watering the new beds!  Session approved the 2015 Mexico Mission trip as a mission of the church after a review of insurance coverage.  


Facilities (Fred): Elders Sharon Adams, Fred Morfit, Peg Maclise, Jody Schmetz and Linda Peltzman,  Deacon Moderator Carolyn Goodman and Pastor Bev attended the June 3, 2015 Board meeting of LMP at LMP's invitation along with Mark Sarkisian and Chris and Lori Lopin.  Thoughts were exchanged on the continuing space issues and the respective needs of the preschool and the church.  Session plans to follow up with Mark and Chris.


Finance (Peg):  Monthly reports were reviewed.


Membership Nurture (Linda):  Picnic set for 6/14 at Samuel P. Taylor with a Stephen Iverson Singalong.



Respectfully submitted,

Sharon Adams, Clerk of Session

Farewell to the Baigrie Family until 2016!

The Baigries will be traveling to South Africa and Botswana for the remainder of 2015! They will visit family and friends and embark on an adventure as they visit more rural and traditional areas in South Africa.

Wishing the Baigrie family a wonderful time and we look forward to welcoming them back in the new year!

Greeters Needed for June 21, 28, and month of July - Extra support needed for MM Return Sunday this weekend!

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
Let's keep our church 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.


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!


When Your Tank Feels Empty


When the Apostle Paul was experiencing a traffic jam of difficulties he wrote in 2 Cor 12: 9, 10 that "God's power is made perfect in (my) weakness," and, "I am content with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong."


There are times when life is tough and isn't fair. If you're like me, that's when you feel the weakest.


And when our emotional tank starts to feel empty, that is precisely when our Lord's strength and potency is ready to appear and take action. 


In Isaiah 41:10 we are told "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my hand."


We each need to try to refuse to let tough times and disappointments take us off course. These are the situations that require our faith to be bigger than our fears. This is when we need to be spiritually courageous. 


I love John Wayne's great quote "Courage is being scared to death ... and saddling up anyway."


When tough times hit, we need more than the fuel we get at Church on Sundays. During tough times we need to go to God and be honest. Privately admit our circumstances to the Lord, read the Bible, and watch God's presence, protection, and actions do battle with whatever is troubling us.


The Bible says, "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart" (Psalm 27:14) ... "Do not be wise in your own eyes" (Psalm 3:7) ... "Be courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9). God's instructions couldn't be clearer.


Let's end this week with a quote from Henry Ford, "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."


Wherever you are, and whatever your need this week, remember we have access to patience and divine solutions to whatever we're facing. We're not alone. We are embraced and surrounded by God's presence no matter how tough or how disappointing our circumstances may appear.




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.

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:

Sometimes "the Good Old Summertime" Provides an Excuse to Party and Overindulge


The Specter of Addiction: Are you or someone that you care about in the throes of an addiction to food, internet, gambling, shopping, work, alcohol or sex? The bad news is that such behavior tends to be progressive; the good news is that issues of dependency and co-dependency can be treated.


The counselors below may be able to help:

Natalie Harvey, MSD, MFT;  415-747-5182


Barbara Nelson, MA, MFT;  415-332-4194


Ruth Schweitzer-Mordecai, MA, MDiv, MFT; 415-258-9382

Jim Burns, MA, MFT Intern #55688; 415-494-8599

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 
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