Happy 4th of July!
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
July 2, 2015

No Reruns - Every Moment is Genuinely New

with Rev. Dr. Curran Reichert of CCC-Tiburon


     This Sunday, July 5, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., please welcome the Rev. Dr. Curran Reichert to our pulpit (but don't expect her to stay there!)  She is the lively Pastor of the Community Congregational Church, a United Church of Christ in Tiburon, and a performing artist who engages audiences coast to coast with her unique style of raucous fun and inspirational fortitude.  Her message will serve as a great spiritual wake up!


       Pastor Bev is swapping pulpits this Sunday with Dr. Reichert, and will be back July 12 to begin our Summer Storytelling Series:  Hard Choices and Seriously Bad Ideas. First up:  The Serpent and the Fall - from Apple to Original Sin?

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


This Sunday, July 5 marks my 4 year anniversary with SHPC, and I am going to be at another church!  We can celebrate our 4 years together on July 12, and meanwhile, you'll be in great hands here with Rev. Dr. Curran Reichert, a dynamic, engaging justice seeker and speaker/singer/performer/teacher with a meaningful message.


And speaking of celebrating, in the spirit of the Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative, this year it would be wonderful to be intentional about showing our youth a fun 4th of July where alcohol is not the fun or the focus. There's the parade up Butterfield, of course, and then there's the Fair, family, food, fireworks, trivia games about the founding fathers, catching a ferry to the city for museums or strolling, music, fantastic beaches... We are so fortunate to live here!  Let's remember sometime during this Independence Day weekend to give thanks for this country, and for the freedom and opportunity we have here.  And let's thank God for calling us to work together to make life better for more people, and anointing us to bring more kindness, justice, and peace to our nation and to the world.

With blessings,


July Calendar

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
The Serpent and the Fall - From Apple to Original Sin?
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk! about Micro-Lending

Sunday, July 19
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Summer Storytelling Series Continues
The Flood - Noah - No Gentler Way?
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Sunday, July 26
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Summer Storytelling Series Continues
Really God? Father-Son Sacrifice?
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!



Bible Study - Friday, July 3 -
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:1


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 safe travel and festivities for Fourth of July;

For Christians and Jews to find a way forward towards just peace for Israel-Palestine;

For the 80,000 prisoners in solitary confinement in the USA, deprived of human touch and interaction for as much as 23 hours each day;

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 


Let's Talk! is off July 5 for the holiday weekend, but returns July 12 with guest Tanya Cothran, Millie Millar's granddaughter, of Spirit in Action, a micro lender which has worked wonders in Kenya.


Thank you to Let's Talk! guest Howard Schwartz, Ph.D., author of Beyond Liberty Alone, A Progressive Vision of Freedom and Capitalism in America



Thank You! SB 124 to end cruel Juvenile Solitary Confinement has now passed the California State Senate and the Assembly Public Safety Committee - Stay tuned for the vote on the floor of the Assembly next month!

Volunteers Needed for "REST Plus" on July 6 
(last sign-ups for summer) -
An Update from Shannon Mong

The "REST Plus" program is marching along nicely.  We had a little 'hiccup' last week, as we learned that we were double booked for the women's program.  Thanks to the volunteers for being so gracious when they found out they wouldn't be preparing food for that evening. And a big shout-out to Millie Millar and Scott Hamilton for continuing to host the women and men's programs (respectively) into the summer.


The men's program, despite prior concerns expressed by San Anselmo neighbors, has proceeded peacefully.  In fact, Lora East was telling me yesterday that some hearts and minds in the community have been shifted as a result of having REST in their neighborhood -- some people who were previously opposed to the summer pilot now want to volunteer for REST!  God is most definitely at work here.


ictured from left to right: Scott Hamilton, Carolyn Goodman, Shannon Mong, Lucas Russell, Merle Hunter & Koren Grubb


In June SHPC hosted the first evening of the summer's REST+ pilot.   We were joined by a large group of unhoused neighbors, serving and hearing their stories of challenge and hope.  As always the evening was a reminder of the deep joy that comes from being in a community that serves our community.  


 Pictured above: Carolyn Goodman & Patti Vance

(not pictured: Sharon Hamilton, Robin Abu-Aly, and Clayton Noack)



We have two evenings left this summer, after which we'll have a hiatus until the program starts again (likely in November, as in prior years). If you've been wanting to volunteer -- we could really use your help on July 6th.  Several more volunteers to cook and host are needed!  You can sign up at: http://bit.ly/RESTprogram  or send me an email (info below).


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 shannon@In-SightAssociates.com 


Farewell (but not for long, we hope) to 
Pastoral Intern Lora East


Lora will be leaving us for summer break and going back to school full time at SFTS, but she plans to worship and sing with us often in the fall.



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!

Update from our own Alec Kenilvort, drafted by the Colorado Rockies as a pitcher in 2014

Everything is going well for me.  I left Arizona earlier in the month after working out in Extended Spring Training and am now playing in Boise, Idaho in the Northwest League.  I'm staying with a host family with three lively kids ages eight, eleven, and thirteen so we have a lot of fun.  It's been really nice to be in a homey environment again.  The schedule is busy but I've learned to love the grind.  We are currently on the tail end of an eight game road trip to Eugene, Oregon and Everett, Washington, both places I have never been to before so it has been very cool to see some new cities. 


I heard that Mexico Mission was another success this year!  Both my brother and dad went down this year and they had great things to say about the experience, as always.  I still receive and read the choir emails each week and it seems that all is well on the singing side of things as well.


I will be back in mid to late September when our season ends (playoffs pending) and I look forward to reconnecting with the congregation then!




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.


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!


Looking Forward...


This week I decided to focus on "looking forward" as I ponder "moving forward" on a number of fronts in the near future. Sound attractive or relevant to your situation? 


Care to explore this together?


One thing important about looking forward is to have an unimpaired view of the past. Some of us need to take inventory of various things as we look to the future. In some instances we need to be able to let go and accept ... what's done is done ... and what's gone is gone.


President Kennedy once said, "Those who dwell on the past are certain to miss the future," and Tyler Perry (through his character Medea) reminds us that we all may need to do some house cleaning before we're ready to move forward. 


Medea says "If someone wants to walk out of your life, let 'em go. Some people come into your life for a lifetime and some for a season." We definitely need to be able to distinguish between the two.


So, as I ponder about the future I realize much of the "moxie" needed to move forward is clearly in our own hands and control. We need to psychologically and emotionally prepare ourselves for moving forward. And, in some instances, we need to turn the page on certain past relationships and affiliations. 


Moving forward can be exhilarating. It can be cleansing. And when done right, it is like a breath of fresh air.


It is gratifying to know, as we move forward, that each of us are destined to play a part in seeing that God's "will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt 6:10); and, when we commit our future to the Lord, and leave its outcome and success to God, we have reason to be confident and excited as never before.


One last thought ..."Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance you must keep moving forward." - Albert Einstein


Have a great 4th of July weekend, onward ...


Your friend,





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.

Prophetic Spirituality: Transforming Self, Transforming Community

July 20-23


There is still time to register for the July 20-23 Program in Christian Spirituality Retreat taking place Monday through Thursday, July 20-23. Please contact Ruth T. West at rwest@sfts.edu, or 415.451.2838. Scholarship opportunities are available. Please help us get the word out about this amazing event! Forward this email to anyone who think may be interested.


Register Here


As part of God's creative community, how do you...

  • Faithfully engage realities of hatred, oppression, and indifference;
  • Help your faith community make a difference in issues of injustice and peace;
  • Overcome obstacles to "love your neighbor"?
Poverty, violence, race relations and mass incarceration are crucibles for understanding how faith sustains and transforms us to live fearless and abundant lives. 

Explore empowering spiritual practices for the transformation of self and community through presentations, worship, readings, and exercises.

Click here for complete retreat information.

Interfaith Counseling Center:

Growth, Hope and Healing


The Interfaith Counseling Center offers a variety of services to promote the healing, growth, and wholeness of individuals, couples, families, and congregations. All services are non-denominational, inter-religious, confidential, and available to persons without regard to race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. A sliding scale of fees for service is available.

Birthdays and Aging


The Journey into Age: Perspectives on aging change. New categories are being explored, like being a "novice senior," that is, someone over 65 but below 80.


The lifestyles that we adopt, the habits that we create can have a direct effect on the aging process. Navigating the choices, options, alternatives and elections that help smooth the aging process is complex and often bewildering. For example, transitioning into retirement, managing the stress of becoming a caregiver to a beloved partner or parent, avoiding isolation, and appointing the proper executor for estate matters and health care are all difficult rites of passage.


There are helpful guidelines, strategies and perspectives that can help you sort out these challenges and support you as you determine the best course of action for you and your family.


- Nancy Rhine, MS, CPG LMFT #51127, nancyrhine@aol.com,

(415) 378-6577


- Joyce E. Thomson, RScP, MFT #37969, Rosen Method Bodywork,

joycethomson@sbcglobal.net, (415) 384-0953


- Ruth Schweitzer-Mordecai, MA, MDiv, MFT #21841, livingfromwithin.com (415) 258-9382


- Barbara E. Nelson, MA, MFT #33773, tendingrowth@earthlink.com

(415) 332-4194

Note from Pastor Bev - Our own Jan Ardell is a great resource for those seeking help with gambling addiction - from shame to healing!

Contact Jan Ardell, MFT #M16147, janardell@yahoo.com, 415-233-0384


West Marin Players with The Dance Palace Presents: "The Most Happy Fella"


MOST HAPPY FELLA IS A MOST HAPPY MUSICAL! -- West Marin Players is producing Frank Loesser's beloved gem of a Broadway musical.  Set in the Napa Valley around 1927, it is the endearing story of a May/December romance. All-in-all this a heartfelt love story with drama, comedy and sublime music.  Don't miss it!



Friday & Saturday, July 10 & 11, 8 PM 

Sunday, July 12, 2 PM 

Cost: $30 general, $28 seniors & kids


PURCHASE TICKETS NOW! OPENING NIGHT DINNER & SHOW: The Gala admission gives you wine and appetizers, dinner, dessert and admission tickets with preferred seating--$85 opening night.


For more information go to - www.dancepalace.org or 415-663-1075

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 
100 Tarry Road, San Anselmo, CA  94960
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E-mail us at shpchurch@comcast.net or call us at 415-453-8221