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June 25, 2015

Where Judaism and Christianity Meet

Religious Scholar and Author Howard Schwartz and Pastor Bev in Conversation 


     We all know that Jesus was Jewish and was called Rabbi by his followers.  We know that Jesus taught in synagogues; according to Luke, Jesus began his ministry in the synagogue in Nazareth by reading from the Hebrew scriptures and adopting Isaiah 61 as his "mission statement." But do we know how much Judaism and Christianity share today, and why that matters?


     This Sunday, June 28, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., bring your Jewish family and friends to church for a fascinating conversation with religious scholar Howard Schwartz, Ph.D., about the deep connection between the fundamental teachings and values of Judaism and Christianity, and how these shared values focus our vision of what a good life looks like. Howard Schwartz is the author of Beyond Liberty Alone, a Progressive Vision of Freedom and Capitalism in America.  He'll stay with us after the service for a Let's Talk hour to discuss his book and answer your questions.  


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


We have a lot of people to thank this week!  Our Mexico Mission was a huge success, and we want to thank all of the participants, and their families, with special thanks to our adult leader team:  Mark, Chris, Gary, Jim, Scott, Laurie, Tanya, Dan, Walter, and on the home front, Allie.  We cannot thank you enough.  Thank you also to Carolyn and our Deacons, Tanya, our folks and the MM families for the delicious and welcoming Potluck Brunch. Everybody was really happy to be here on Sunday! 


This coming Sunday we also want to thank our Pastoral Intern Lora East for her nine months of enthusiastic service with us. She has promised she won't be a stranger, since she has two more years of seminary/grad school right here in San Anselmo.  We will look forward to seeing her here and hearing her lovely voice in our choir, often! 

Tuesday night I was at the San Anselmo Town Council meeting on behalf of the Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative, addressing the need for more alcohol-free places for our young people to "hang out."  Town Council members went on record thanking SHPC for our Mexico Mission program and our commitment to youth in this community!  Our church has a well deserved reputation for being a healthy place for children and youth to "hang out."  Are we being called to meet a great community need by creating more opportunities for fun, learning, and service here at the church for youth?  Thank you to all of you who have spoken with me about what you could do to help.  Together we can make a positive difference!  

In hope,


June/July Calendar

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 - 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.
10:45 a.m.

Summer Storytelling Series Begins
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk about Micro-Lending



Bible Study - Friday, June 19 @ Noon - Isa. 61, Luke 4, Ps. 24


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

Those who lost their lives in the Charleston church shooting and all their loved ones, and all who yearn for racial justice and an end to racial violence and hatred;

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, full recovery, and safe travel with her family;

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;

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 those seeking to keep their families intact;

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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Photos from the 3rd Annual "Church in the Redwoods" Picnic









Thank you to the Peltzmans!



Let's Talk! about liberty and what makes society work with Howard Schwartz, PhD
Sunday, June 28 @ 10:45 a.m.
Click here for more information about Howard Schwartz

Please help end juvenile solitary confinement in California by supporting SB 124 - now in the State Assembly with a vote expected soon


Contact Assemblyman Marc Levine and voice your support for SB 124 - Click here 

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 

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.



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 the month of July

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!


Sometimes Listening Is More Important Than Talking


People who are good listeners are some of my favorite friends ... and since I like to yakkety-yak, promote and persuade I'm sure that doesn't come as a surprise to you.  Being a better listener, a more sensitive listener, a more enlightened listener is something I want to improve in.


The Bible has some meaningful things to say about listening ... "Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise" (Prov 3:5);  James says ...  "Let every person be quick to hear and slow to speak" (James 1:19), and in the Old Testament the Lord states, "whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease without dread or disaster" (Prov 1:33).


Many of us perpetuate "one way" conversations in our personal blogs, Facebook comments and twitter communiques. In studying these exploits one easily can conclude that most of us prefer to be heard far more than we want to listen.  Sadly, problems can occur when we don't listen astutely and sympathetically. 


You say something - I get mad. I lash out, and within seconds there's a crisis brewing. Oddly enough, the content or topic is irrelevant because something has been said in a disrespectful way that has triggered a miscommunication and caused an emotional backlash.


Good listening is a highly "active" process. It requires one to focus, pay attention, and concentrate. Jimmy Fallon of the Tonight Show says he has learned that developing "good listening habits has been the key to prompting his best come backs and humorous quips with his guests".


I wonder today - Who in your and my universe needs us to be "better" listeners?


So much of what we are becoming involves our being attentive to those around us. I believe improving our listening habits will make us a more desirable, more knowledgeable, more caring, and ultimately more attractive.


This week I am going to try to interrupt less, not finish other people's sentences, and avoid using the comebacks "no", "but", and "however". Also, I am going to aim to make the individuals I'm speaking with feel freer than ever to unfold their thinking in a safe and encouraging atmosphere.


How about you? This could be the start of something big. A change that could have whopping benefits for years to come. Most people don't listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. Let's commit to hearing, understanding, and becoming more enlightened listeners ... and then let's make this new habit an important fabric of our personalities.


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.

Low cost and sliding scale help for addiction from the ICC and from our own Jan Ardell


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:


- Jan Ardell, MFT #M16147,, 415-233-0384

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

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