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August 6, 2015

Fractured Families - 

Jacob and Esau, Fighting Twins


     Family can be a source of purpose, strength, and joy, and families also have a lot of conflict, some of which seems so unnecessary.  Of all the Bible stories about family conflict, the story of Jacob and Esau, the Bible's first twins, might bring up the most feelings for us today.  The short version:  Mom helps her favorite, the younger twin, trick Dad's favorite, the elder twin, out of his inheritance.  Favorites, inheritances, sibling rivalry that started in the womb, scheming, deathbed trickery, ouch!  This Sunday, August 9, 2015, a 9:30 a.m., we'll explore it all!  And please stay for Let's Talk about Family Conflict with Jan Ardell, M.F.T.

In This Issue
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Bev piano
A Note From Pastor Bev


Great news!  My son Andy has just announced the arrival of Grace McGoldrick Brewster, born late this morning.  She's 8 pounds, 7 oz. and 22 inches.  Grace is my favorite name!  Grace and her Mom, Erin, are both doing well, and we are overjoyed and so grateful.  Thank you to each one of you for praying for the baby!  


As I reported last week, the Advisory Committee for Social Witness Policy of the PCUSA has asked me to travel to Israel/Palestine August 17-26 as a legal consultant to a PCUSA study team which will be reviewing our denominational policy there.  I am honored to serve the national church and I am overjoyed to return to Jerusalem, to walk where Jesus walked, and to pray at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  I know you will pray for me and the team and that I will have a lot to share with you on my return.

If you are interested in finding out more about our denomination's ACSWP, scroll down to the item below.


Blessings to each and every one of you!


August Calendar

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 - Pastor Bev preaching
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk! about Fractured Families and Family Conflict with Jan Ardell, MFT

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 - Pastor Bev preaching
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Thursday, August 20
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, August 21

Bible Study with Paul Lambert

Sunday, August 23
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Cents-ability Offering for the Hungry
Rev. Bentley Stewart preaching
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Thursday, August 27
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, August 28

Bible Study

Sunday, August 30
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Holy Land Update - Pastor Bev preaching
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!



Bible Study - Friday, August 7 - 
Genesis 27 and John 13:34-35


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

Betty and Wil Swalberg, for recovery for Betty from a small stroke, and for them to be back home again soon;

The bereaved loved ones of Rev. Gene Burris, former SHPC pastor;

Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease;

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;

The people of Ferguson and all those impacted by racial injustice in our country;

The prisoners, and those in solitary confinement, for humane treatment;

Those in need of the basics of life for their children;

The people of the Holy Land, for peace;

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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In Memoriam - Rev. Gene Burris


The Rev. Gene W. Burris died Tuesday morning, July 28, 2015, at home, surrounded by his wife, Lynda Hyland Burris, his daughter, Susan Burris and his beloved pups, Gilligan and Guido.  Gene attended Multnomah School of the Bible, and Seattle Pacific University.  His first call was at age 19, before he even went to seminary, as pastor of Hope Chapel in Seattle, Washington.  Gene graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with a Bachelor of Divinity, in 1959.  He was called as associate pastor at Mountain View Presbyterian Church where he spent two years, before moving back to Marin to serve as pastor of Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church.  Gene served his entire ministry in the Presbytery of the Redwoods, except for three years in Southern California in the Presbytery of the Pacific.  He was active in Presbytery, serving on Committee for Preparation for Ministry, which he chaired for two years, and Committee on Ministry.  He officially retired in 2001, but continued to serve part-time and interim positions until 2007.  When Lynda retired in 2010, the Burris's moved to Napa, Lynda's home town.  In addition to Lynda and Susan, Gene is survived by his son, Richard; his sister, Helen, and his nieces Jo Anne Anglin, Loydene Beer and Lori Svir and their families.  A celebration of Gene's life will be held on Sunday, August 9, 3:00 p.m., at the St. Helena First Presbyterian Church, 1428 Spring Street, St. Helena. 


If you would like to send a message to Lynda and family, please mail to:

Lynda Hyland Burris

26 Glenwood Drive

Napa, CA  94559


Or send an email to Lynda at: furrieburries2@yahoo.com



Let's Talk! about Fractured Families and Family Conflict

with Jan Ardell, M.F.T.

Sunday, August 9 at 10:45 a.m. 


The Cook's Cozy Corner


While we're waiting for our tomatoes to go into full swing, we're seeing lots of basil coming out of our Justice Garden right now.  Some of you might never have had the simple pleasure of making pesto from scratch, and so I offer you encouragement, and a method.  This will sauce one pound of pasta.  

Put 2 c. basil leaves, 3 T. pine nuts, 1 clove garlic, a few parsley leaves, and a pinch of salt into a small food processor.  Blend, then add 1/4 c. or a little more good olive oil, starting slowly with the processor running.  When the pesto has the consistency you want, stop adding oil and pulse in 3 T. freshly grated pecorino or parmesan.  Taste for salt.  When you sauce your pasta, thin the pesto with a little pasta cooking water.  Serve with extra grated cheese.

This recipe is flexible depending on your mood and what you have on hand.  For example, I like to substitute 2 T. walnuts for the pine nuts, but you could also use pecans or almonds (I haven't ever tried it with peanut butter!)

Of course before there were food processors, your Nonna would have made this with a mortar and pestle, and if you have one and are feeling adventurous you can try it.  Pound the garlic and some coarse salt to a paste, then incorporate the basil a few leaves at a time.  Add the pine nuts 1 T. at a time and pound them into the paste.  Add the cheese and pound it in.  Then stir in the olive oil, again starting with a little bit at a time.  This is supposed to produce the freshest tasting pesto, but I've never directly compared it with the food processor version.  However, it doesn't take too long and it is a good upper body workout.

Happy summer!


Happy Cooking!

Michael Durphy


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.


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!


From Now On


I was thinking over the weekend how would it be if each morning when we wake up we finish the phrase "From now on ______________ !"


It could be "From now, on I am going to listen before I speak," or "From now on, I'm going to quit being so casual and be more pro-active" or "From now on, I'm going to take a walk and exercise a bit every day." There are a number of ways to personalize the phrase "From now on,"

but what a good habit this could become if every day we we started our day with "From now on."


In Christ, we are not only changed people and are "changing" people. Every day we grow and modify our behavior due to Bible Study, an active prayer life, and reflection. Therefore, in my view, starting each day with "From now on" makes good sense.


In Isaiah the Bible says, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past" (Is 43:18-19) and in Philippians 3:14 we hear the Apostle Paul admonishing us to, "Forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead."


So let's not dwell on the past. Let's think forward and move forward. God is a God of action. 


I love the story in John 5 about the pool at Bethesda. It was surrounded by disabled people - blind people, lame people, and paralyzed people. One person had been there 35 years. Jesus asked him face to face, "Do you want to get well?"


The individual sadly shared, "I have no one to help me get over to the pool." Jesus quickly retorted, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." Just like that a 35 year ailment was history. No hassle. No fuss.


This is powerful stuff. A 35 year lingering problem was solved in an instant by Christ. I believe many of us have things we've been nursing for years and years. Christ wants to help us get to the point where we can say "From now on this is over, this is healed, this is history!"


I believe in God's power and miracles today. I believe that God is ready to say "Get up and walk away" from that addiction, that bad habit, or that resentment toward someone. This is something we all need to connect with. 


We need to claim the power of the phrase, "From now on I can and I will."


This is great stuff and it excites me. I hope you will claim this phrase and and join with me in being determined to make important changes in your life, starting now.



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 Institute 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.
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


The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) of the PCUSA

Keeping the church informed so that we can live God's values

Mission Statement

The Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) serves the prophetic calling of the whole Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by providing the General Assembly with careful studies of pressing moral challenges, media for discussion and discernment of Christian responsibilities, and policy recommendations for faithful action.


Visit the PCUSA website for more information about ACSWP.

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 

5th Annual Youth Gleaning & Work Projects for Green Gulch Farm - 

Sunday, September 20


1:00 pm picnic in the garden (bring your own!)

1:30 pm Introduction to meditation in the Zendo

2:00 - 4:30 pm Gleaning and work projects


Green Gulch Zen Center: 

1601 Shoreline Hwy

Muir Beach 94965


Calling youth of faiths: See what a broccoli plant looks like. Learn about our food system. Hear about how the fields are connected to Buddhism and other faith traditions, and get your hands dirty in the sun. This is a youth event (primarily grades 6-12). We will be gleaning and doing other work on the farm. Long pants, socks and close toed shoes are encouraged. Please remember sunscreen & water. Click here to view flyer.


RSVP: programs@marinifc.org or call 415-456-6957 by Wednesday, September 16th

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