A Shared Belief in One God
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July 23, 2015

Interfaith Conversation:  Christians and Muslims

Beliefs and Values - Concerns and Questions 

A Conversation with Hina Khan-Mukhtar


     Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship one God, the God of Abraham, who is considered by our Holy texts to be the father of the faithful.  The three Abrahamic faiths share many core values and spiritual practices.  But in the U.S. media today, Islam is often associated with extremism, intolerance, suppression of women, and violence.  As Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said at last week's interfaith prayer service for four Marines allegedly shot by a Muslim man, "What are we supposed to do now?"  


     This Sunday, July 26, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., we welcome practicing Muslim and mother of three boys, Hina Khan-Mukhtar, to a conversation about her faith journey and our shared beliefs and values.  We will respectfully address concerns and questions about hot topics.  Hina Khan-Mukhtar is one of the founders of the homeschooling co-operative known as ILM Tree in Lafayette, California, which now serves over 35 homeschooling families in the East Bay. In addition to teaching Language Arts to elementary, middle school, and high school students, she has written articles on parenting and spiritual traditions for children and is committed to interfaith dialogue.  Please bring family, friends, neighbors, questions, and concerns to this morning of peacemaking. 


In This Issue
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Bev piano
A Note From Pastor Bev


     If you read the headlines and watch the news with distress and dismay, wondering what we are supposed to do about the level of violence in our society and worldwide, the answer from Jesus, from the Bible, is: sow peace. But where do we start?


     According to the Pew Center for Research, last summer only 38% of Americans said they personally knew a Muslim.  Americans polled about their feelings about Christians, Evangelicals, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, atheists, Mormons, and Muslims expressed the coldest feelings about Muslims.  We can look at the news and guess why that might be the case.  But as peacemakers, we need to resist cultural messages which pull us towards condemning our neighbors, and add more humanity to our worldview.  


     Please help welcome our guest Hina Khan-Mukhtar to church this Sunday for a morning of interfaith conversation and peacemaking.  Sowing understanding is a step forward on the path of peace.  

In peace,


July/August Calendar

Thursday, July 23
7:00 p.m.

Singers on vacation until July 30

Friday, July 24

Bible Study

Sunday, July 26
9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Cents-ability Offering - Bring Your Change!
Interfaith Conversation with a Muslim Woman of Faith - Shared Values - From Fear to Understanding
Bring your Q&A - all welcome!
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk about Islam Today

Thursday, July 30
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, July 31

Bible Study

Sunday, August 2
9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Women of the Hebrew Testament - Lora East preaching
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Thursday, August 6
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, August 7

Bible Study

Sunday, August 9
9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Sacrament of Holy Communion
Summer Series Continues: Hard Choices and Seriously Bad Ideas - Fractured Families - Jacob and Esau
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk about Fractured Families

Thursday, August 13
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, August 14

Bible Study

Sunday, August 16
9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

August Birthday Blessings
Summer Series Continues: Hard Choices and Seriously Bad Ideas - Wrestling with God - Jacob Part II
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!



Bible Study - Friday, July 24 -
Abraham - Genesis 21-22


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

All those suffering from racial and religious intolerance; 

The poor, those without basic human necessities;

Those who do not know peace;

For the peacemakers;

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

Wil Swalberg, for healing for his back and full mobility;

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 the Marines and Sailor killed by gun violence in Tennessee and their loved ones;

For all those impacted by gun violence and for an end to the proliferation of weapons in our society;

For those struggling financially, for relief from anxiety and an answer to prayers;

For those suffering from every kind of disability; 

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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Interfaith Conversation with a Muslim Woman of Faith

Shared Values; From Fear to Understanding

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

Bring Family, Friends, Neighbors, Questions



Let's Talk! about Islam Today

Sunday, July 26 at 10:45 a.m.



Christmas in July!

Our Flower Guild Hard at Work Planning Advent Art

(Left to Right) Jody Schmetz, Merle Ongaro, Frankie Eakes, Linda Peltzman, Patti Vance, Peg Maclise, and not pictured, Millie Millar

One More Volunteer Needed for "REST Plus" on July 27 
An Update from Shannon Mong

"REST Plus" is wrapping up for the summer, but we are in need of one more volunteer for the Women's program on Monday, July 27 at the Wellness Center in San Rafael. This is the last event we are hosting for the summer pilot season.  Thank you and bless you to everyone who has helped to make REST Plus a success!

You can view the sign up at: http://bit.ly/RESTprogram  

With thanks,

REST Volunteers

The Cook's Cozy Corner
Chard and Kale


Our garden's chard and kale are very prolific right now and we're bringing in piles of it for our Sunday morning fellowship hall "farm stand."  Several folks have expressed some curiosity about what to do with it, and Sharon Hamilton has sent us a recipe for a southern Italian version of braised greens:  


Winter Greens with Currants & Pine Nuts*


2-3 T organic unsalted butter

1 T diced currants

1/4 C hot water

6 C kale leaves

6 C red or green chard leaves (plus a few stems)

6 C spinach leaves

1 T light olive oil

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1/4 C water

salt & pepper

1 T pine nuts, toasted

*Serves 4 


1. Cover currants in hot water to plump them.

2. Tear kale and chard leaves away from stems. Discard stems and cut leaves into ribbons 2-3 inches wide, saving a few chard stems. Sort through spinach, discarding the stems. Keeping the greens separate, wash and dry them in a salad spinner. Thinly slice the chard stems on a slight diagonal until you've sliced 3/4 C. Wash stems.

3. Heat oil in a large saute pan. Add chard stems, garlic, water and a pinch of salt & pepper. Saute over medium heat for 1 minute. Add kale and saute for 1 more minute. Add chard, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a little pepper, and cook for 2-3 minutes until the greens are just tender.

4. Lower heat, add butter, spinach, currants & pine nuts. Cook until spinach is wilted. Season with salt & pepper. Serve immediately.



A southern U.S. version would omit the butter, currants, olive oil, garlic, and pine nuts.  Instead, crisp 3-4 strips of bacon, crumble them, and then cook the coarsely chopped greens and a large chopped onion in the bacon fat at low heat.  (Remember, the greens will reduce to less than 20% of their original volume.)  Add a little water or chicken stock and let it stew for an hour or so.  Salt and pepper to taste.


You can also make this a little more substantial by turning it into "Beans and Greens." Omit the currants, saute the coarsely chopped greens and a leek plus 3-4 chopped garlic cloves and some pepper flakes in olive oil.  Add a little chicken stock and 2 cans of cannellini beans.  Adjust the salt and let it stew for half and hour.  You might want to add just a bit of lemon juice to balance it to your taste.


Cozy Cook Demonstration:  There's a technique for stripping the chard stems from the leaves that I'd be happy to demonstrate Sunday AM; just ask.  Also, if you want to use the stems, you can make a quick greens soup from them by chopping them coarsely and cooking them along with an onion (or whatever you want) for 15 minutes in some water, then put it through the blender.  I use a VitaMix, and it makes a very smooth puree.


Happy Cooking!

Michael Durphy, with thanks to Sharon Hamilton!


In the Wake of Charleston
Recommended Reading about Race in America
from Bryan Stevenson of
Equal Justice Initiative



So many names now - add Sandra Bland to Michael Brown and Eric Garner and Rev. Clementa Pinckney and so many others.  For an overarching commentary on race in America by scholar and activist Bryan Stevenson:



Please Help End Youth Solitary Confinement

Senate Bill 124, a bill introduced by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would limit the solitary confinement of youth in California's prisons. 


SB 124 is coming up for a vote soon and we need you to let Assembly members know that we will no longer stand for this abuse of our youth.


This legislation (co-sponsored by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Youth Justice Coalition, Children's Defense Fund-CA, and the California Public Defenders Association) would also provide a uniform definition of solitary confinement and require statewide reporting of its use.


Right now, California's youth prisons routinely lock up young people for 23 hours a day or more, for weeks at a time.


Nationally, over half of the youth who committed suicide while in a correctional facility were in solitary confinement at the time.


Please e-mail your Assembly member today and help bring an end to this inhumane practice.


With appreciation,

Jennifer Kim
Director of Programs
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights


July Session Report from your Clerk

Session held its regular monthly meeting on July 15th in the Pastor's Office. 

Finance/Peg Maclise:  6 month statements will be mailed to all with a report on the church's financial status halfway through 2015.

House and Grounds/Fred Morfit: we have received an estimate to complete the lighting needs for the front pathway. More specifics from the contractor have been requested.  A presentation was made regarding the possible addition of solar to our Church.  A more in-depth discussion will be held later, when Doug Eisinger, Green Team chair, returns. Fred presented a letter from LMP with a proposal for LMP office space, which will be vetted for county and RVFD compliance. 

Deacons/Carolyn Goodman: reported on a request for SHPC to join a softball league.  

Coming up: The session will be meeting with the congregation in September to bring all up to speed on our facilities and finances, and to do congregational visioning for the church's future.


Sharon Adams, Clerk of Session


Greeters Needed!

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


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!


Wil and Betty are pillars of our church family, and we are so grateful for their food barrel ministry and their Cents-ability ministry. 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 urgently needs more volunteers!


How Does it Feel to be a Miracle in Motion?


I believe you and I are miracles in motion.


Without a doubt each of us has unique peculiarities packaged in a unique personality. Our natural tendencies, however, are not divine, and our selfish natures often get us into discord and scrapes that are unattractive. But, we have the chance to change, to grow and move beyond where we presently are. 


I love the phrase "I'm not what I want to be, but thank God, I'm not what I used to be." (Tim Storey). I repeat that every morning to myself. Why? Because I'm focused on changing (and growing) every day. Nothing is off the table. Some of the changes I need to make are beyond my grasp. They need a miracle. 


Is that true with you? Be honest. Some parts of us are deeply rooted in our past and may seem impossible to change.


While on earth Jesus performed many miracles. He addressed the impossible. His specialty was demonstrating "there is a way where there was no way."


Jesus restored health to people who had suffered for decades. He changed the mindsets of people who had thought a certain way for decades. In His "sermon on the mount" (Matt 5, 6, and 7) Jesus taught how to live a life absent of hypocrisy - an about face from what was natural and conventional. The ability for one to interface with these teachings of Christ and become a changed person, is what I am identifying as a miracle in motion.


This is where "super-natural" living comes into play. God is "super" and we are "natural" and we become the combined product of both as we become a miracle in motion.


Can you think of someone who is outwardly cruel, disrespectful, and mean? I can. And while we're at it I'll add to the list another person I know who is thought of by his peers as arrogant and ignorant and he doesn't seem to care. It may seem to us that there is no way to change that person, but again let's remember God makes a way where there is no way. And God is a God of change.


How does it feel to be a miracle in motion? Upbeat ... walking with a new stride ... ready for action! So, let's look for ways to be used by God as agents for change ... or as we are saying here today ... as miracles in motion!


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.

Action Alert: Congress Needs to Reauthorize Child Nutrition Programs!


Even after the economic recovery, food insecurity in the United States remains at staggering rates: 49 million people live in food insecure households.[1] One in five children live at risk of hunger every day.[2] Katie Klabusich, a policy writer, who has experienced hunger, defined food insecurity in the U.S. as eating "just enough so that you aren't really hungry, just enough so you can put one foot in front of the other, just enough so you can push your body through another workday. "[3]


Although thousands of nonprofits and faith communities (like many of your churches) offer food assistance, they only provide one of every twenty grocery bags that those who are food insecure receive.[4] Federal nutrition programs stand in this gap. We need both.


Child nutrition programs, encompassed in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, include the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, Summer Food Service Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (food assistance to child and adult care institutions). This legislation also includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. The act expires on September 30, 2015 and must be reauthorized before then.


Congress is taking up this legislation now. Make sure your Senators and Representative know where you stand.


WIC, school breakfast and lunch, after-school snack, and summer meals work together to fight childhood hunger. 21.5 million children eat a free or reduced school lunch everyday. However, gaps still exist: only four of every seven children who eat school lunch also eat school breakfast. Only one in seven participate in summer meals, often because many families cannot reach or are too far away from summer meal sites.[5]


The WIC program serves more than 8 million low-income women and children annually. Pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women and their children up to age 5 are eligible for these benefits. There are four components of the highly successful program: nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, healthcare and social service referrals, and a nutritious food package. Participation in WIC contributes to healthier births, lower rates of anemia, and more nutritious diets for both the mother and her children.[6]


2015 Legislative Concerns


In the past, these programs have received broad bipartisan support. School lunch was first legislated in 1946 and expanded during the War on Poverty; WIC was enacted in 1974. Now, they are under increased scrutiny due to partisan politics.


This year, faith advocates are concerned that improvements in the 2010 legislation, such as heightened nutrition standards and funding for farm-to-school programs, will be scaled back. In addition, we are concerned that funding for child nutrition programs and other social safety net programs like food stamps will be cut. Lastly, we are worried that legislation will include legal-status documentation requirements for school meal eligibility. The school meals program is the only federal nutrition program that does not require documentation of legal status.[7] This is one way that Congressional members could insert their position on the rights undocumented immigrants should have in our society.


Improvements to Child Nutrition Programs


A promising initiative within school meals is the Community Eligibility Program (CEP), a program that opens school meals to all students within high-poverty districts. It eliminates application fees, reduces administrative work, and more importantly reduces stigma for children. It has been rolled out over the past three years. Now, 14,000 schools in 11 states participate, serving more than 6 million children.[8]


More progress is on the horizon. Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) introduced the Wise Investment in Our Children Act (H.R. 2660) in June. It would extend a child's eligibility for WIC benefits to age 6, closing the hunger gap for children who don't enter kindergarten until they are 6 years old.[9]


What does the PC(USA) Say about Child Hunger?


The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) affirmed the importance of maternal and child nutrition in the first 1,000 days, from the beginning of a woman's pregnancy to her child's 2nd birthday. Without proper nutrition during this time, children suffer permanent physical and cognitive delays. The General Assembly reiterated the Confession of 1967 that says "enslaving poverty in a world of abundance is an intolerable violation of God's good creation." [10] The overture highlighted programs like WIC that provide good nutrition for women and infants in this 1,000 day window. In addition, the PC(USA) participates in the 1,000 Days Movement that focuses on adequate nutrition for women and children in countries around the world.[11]


Time is running out! Urge your Senators and Representatives to reauthorize these critical nutrition programs before September 30.


[1] http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1565415/err173.pdf

[2] http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=food-insecurity 

[3] http://mic.com/articles/120610/49-million-americans-live-with-this-so-why-are-we-so-uncomfortable-talking-about-it utm_source=Mic+Check&utm_campaign=7b33b2ae5b June_16_20156_16_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_51f2320b33-7b33b2ae5b-285492657

[4] http://www.bread.org/ol/2015/downloads/ol15-issues.pdf 

[5] http://www.bread.org/ol/2015/downloads/ol15-issues.pdf 

[6] http://www.cbpp.org/research/index.cfm?fa=topic&id=31

[7] http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/files/upload-docs/11-Benefits_for_Immigrants-1.pdf

[8] http://www.cbpp.org/research/take-up-of-community-eligibility-this-school-year?fa=view&id=5273 

[9] https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2660/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22%5C%22hr2660%5C%22%22%5D%7D

[10] Book of Confessions, Confession of 1967, 9.46. https://www.pcusa.org/media/uploads/oga/pdf/boc.pdf


[11] http://www.thousanddays.org/

ISFC: Lammas Day Harvest Party

July 25

Come join us and learn how to hand harvest heirloom wheat! Young and old alike are welcome!


Saturday, July 25

10:00am-4:00pm (or come for a few hours)


The Bishop's Ranch

5297 Westside Road

Healdsburg, CA 


Please RSVP to elizabethderuff@gmail.com by July 22nd so we can order enough lunch


Visit the What's Up With Wheat website for more information: whatsupwithwheat.com

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 issues of addiction and dependency, including gambling addiction - from shame to healing!

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



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