The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
August 27, 2015
Report from the Holy Land

     Pastor Bev is back from a fascinating and jam-packed week in the Holy Land with a PCUSA study team tasked with reviewing our national church's endorsement of the "two state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The team met with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious leaders, government and military representatives, Israeli and Palestinian human rights workers, the United Nations, experts on water and agriculture, and more. This Sunday, August 30, 2015, at 9:30 a.m., we'll revisit the Book of Joshua and Jesus' mission statement in Luke 4, and then wrestle with how a path to just peace can be found in the land where Jesus taught, lived, died, and conquered death.  Bring your questions!

In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From Pastor Bev
Thank you all so much for praying for me and the PCUSA study team while we were in the Holy Land for 8 days.  It was a 29 hour journey back home from an intense trip, so I'm not all the way "back" yet!  

I hope you can come to church this Sunday to hear about the trip, and stay for Let's Talk.  And thank you so much for all the faithful service to the church while I was away! Special thanks to Rev. Bentley Stewart, to Paul Lambert, to our SHPC Singers, to Hallie Foster, and to Cathy Sarkisian, to Allie Duro, and to Patti Vance and the Farmstand team (see below).  It is such a joy to be part of this church!

With blessings,

August/September Calendar

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.
10:45 a.m.

Holy Land Update - Pastor Bev preaching
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk about the Holy Land 

What it Means to be Christian Today

Thursday, September 3
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, September 4

Bible Study

Sunday, September 6
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Christians in the Workplace
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Sunday, September 27

Being the Church - Facilities, Finance, Future



Bible Study - Friday, August 28 -
Joshua 6 and Luke 4


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

Diane Latta and her family, mourning the loss of Diane's father, Ollie Weber, for God's comfort in their grief;
Leona George Davidson and Jeff Davidson, mourning the loss of Jeff's mother, Dorothy Davidson, for God's comfort in their grief;
Betty and Wil Swalberg, for recovery for Betty from a small stroke, and for them to be back home together again soon, and for healing for Wil's back and full mobility;
Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease, and for her family as they care for her;
All the students preparing to go off to college and their parents, especially those who will be experiencing the "empty nest";
Skye Bailey and her daughters as they mourn the loss of Michael;
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;
Wanda Latta, Dennis's sister, for continued healing and full recovery from surgery;
The loved ones of the two journalists gunned down in Virginia, and all those who are impacted by gun violence;
Migrants who are desperate and dying in transit;
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, especially the children, 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.

Let's Talk! this Sunday, August 30 at 10:45 a.m. 

THE HOLY LAND - Questions and Answers


The Separation Wall, ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004



Come Ride with Us, September 20 to 26, 2015
Pedal for Protein Sept 20-26, 2015         
Charity Ride for Food Pantries along the Northern California Coast

THIS JUST IN:  We have a special for cyclists to join the Pedal for Protein tour on the last day, Saturday 9/26. For only $100 (save $65) you can ride the fantastic Sonoma/Marin coast on Hwy 1 to Pt Reyes Station with 2 options - easier route or Mt Tam to Tiburon finish.
You will be helping grassroots food pantries as $50 of your registration will be a donation to the food bank pantries. We will have rest stops along the way with snacks and lunch at the end of the ride. Sag support is also provided. Transportation from the finish at Tiburon PC out to Tomales is available for only $15 on Sat. am for you and your bike (limited space available). Sign up by August 31 for this special. Price will go up on Sept.1. Free t-shirt while supplies last, so register now at:

Please contact Patty Sanders, Hunger Action Enabler, for more information:
Cell: 415-515-6127

Jesus said, "you give them something to eat." Mark 6:37


Justice Garden Farm Stand a Success!

Dear Garden Friends -
Our final tally for Saturday's farm stand was $390 - the highest to date!

Lots of nice community folks and donations to support our hunger program efforts. A special thanks to Ethan for pictures and preparing the poster of our garden journey map; also our sales girls extraordinaire - Elsie and Allie McKee!
Also, we'll need the same support next Saturday - let me know if you can help!
Friday, Aug. 28 - 8:00 - 9:00 am (harvest at church)
Saturday, Aug. 29 - 8:00 - 10:00 am shift
Saturday, Aug. 29 - 10:00 - 12:00 pm shift
With gratitude,


The Tomatoes Are Calling!

Come harvest our beautiful heirloom tomatoes this Friday morning, 
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. for Saturday's Farmstand on Butterfield.  We still have openings for shifts to help at the stand (8-10:00am or 10-12:00pm).
Please contact Patti Vance at if you can help!


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!



The online sign up sheet urgently needs more volunteers!


How do you get unstuck?

There are times when we catch ourselves coasting for weeks instead of charging ahead with gusto. We're stuck, frustrated and say quietly under our breath ... I'm not sure what's going on here?

This past Sunday Bentley Stewart spoke in Church about the Israelites in Exodus and what happened as they ventured into the unknown.They became hungry, impatient and felt stuck in the desert. 

Bentley encouraged us to understand that at times God's activities may "feed us questions". These questions, however, don't necessarily generate anxiety, they actually teach us to trust the present and build hope in the future. 

Good questions clarify and shed light on the paths of possibility. Jesus posed many questions, "Do you love me?", "Do you doubt me?", "Do you want to be healed?", "Will you feed my sheep?". He was comfortable asking questions and making specific requests - remember "Why have you forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46); and, "if it is possible take this cup from me" (Luke 22:42).

I believe asking questions and making requests of our Lord is a healthy exercise when your feeling stuck. I personally have asked myself, "Is this what I really want to be doing?" Or is "this person a healthy connection or friend for me?", and then turned to the Lord and ask the same question.

God doesn't expect us to have all the answers, but, believe me, the Lord is ready for a prayer that asks frank unvarnished questions.

Whenever you feel stuck, keep asking honest questions - God understands - and more times than not, I believe the Lord will guide our thinking and actions if we do.

Being stuck is being human. Asking questions is being smart. The Bible says, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find." (Matthew 7:7) .

So ... whenever you are feeling stuck, paralyzed, or your life feels like treading water, ask tough questions of our Lord. Be honest and forthright. Afterwards, take a deep breath and be ready for the Lord to prod you in the right direction. Remember 1Peter 5:7, "Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you." God surrounds us with His favor and love. 

It is yours ... for the asking!

In LA, 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 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.

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.

Update on Ending 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 to 4 hours a day and provide record keeping and oversight.  Pastor Bev is working with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture to advocate for SB 124, and many of you have helped by contacting first your CA State Senator, and now your Assemblyperson.


SB 124 has passed the Senate but has been bogged down in the Appropriations commitee of the Assembly. While our lawmakers delay, our youth are being subjected to cruelty that destroys their minds and spirits and increases suicide risk.  Remember that about 2/3 of those in jails are AWAITING TRIAL, and have not been convicted of anything.


PLEASE PRAY FOR THE PASSAGE OF SB 124, if you support an end to this cruel practice, which has a devastating impact on the poor.


SFTS: Coming Up Soon!

September 12 - Crafting Worship and Liturgy Workshop with Rev. Scott Clark
September 19 - Horizons Bible Study

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.
August: Issues and Outlooks About Authentic Sexuality
Living Joyously and Unapologetically:  Are you unclear about your sexual orientation and want to explore your thoughts and feelings? Have past experiences of hurtful rejection due to your sexual orientation made you afraid to come out to your family and friends? It is possible to find support and helpful perspectives about these issues. 
Denison, Thomson, Wright, Harvey, Nelson, Bradshaw, Hixon, Cortright, Schweitzer-Mordecai
Kathleen Denison, MA, CHT, Spiritual Director,
Joyce Thomson, RScP, MFT 37969, Rosen Bodywork Practitioner,
joycethomson@sbc (415) 384-0953
Becky Wright, MS, MFT30710, (510) 225-5595
Natalie Harvey, MFT 53575
Cheryl Bradshaw, MA, MFT 39675
15 Austin Avenue, San Anselmo, 415-256-9701,
(Near downtown, off Kensington between Ross and Bolinas)
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,, 415-233-0384 
Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative
Fall 2015 Parent Speaker Series

September 16: Weed 101: Smart Approaches to Marijuana. Kevin A. Sabet and Jody Belsher. Kevin has served as a drug policy advisor to three Presidential Administrations; is the author of "Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana"; and co-founded Smart Approaches to Marijuana with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy.  Jody is the creator of the documentary, The Other Side of Cannabis.  This event is co-sponsored by the Marin County Office of Education, Redwood, Tamalpais and Drake High Schools. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Redwood High School small gym.
September 28: SafetyNet: Smart Cyber Choices. This is an award-winning Internet safety program created by the San Diego Police Foundation and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Parents will learn how kids today are using technology and how we can keep them safe online.  6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at White Hill Middle School.
September 30: Parenting Now for Healthy Teens Later. Tasmin Pesso and Linda Henn.  8:45 -10:15 a.m. at Brookside Elementary School.
October 7: The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.  Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure will present from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Redwood High School large gym.  This event is co-sponsored by Redwood, Tamalpais and Drake High Schools in conjunction with White Hill Middle School.
October 28: Having difficult conversations with your teen/child around cannabis use; parent Q&A session (Jennifer Golick, LMFT and Clinical Director of Muir Wood Treatment Center together with Drake Peer Resource students). Drake High School at 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
November 18: The Mask You Live In Screening.  Jennifer Siebel Newsom's film that explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men and society at large and unveils what we can do about it. Drake High School Student Center at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Please refer to our Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative website for further information on upcoming events:

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: or call 415-456-6957 by Wednesday, September 16th

Training Class for Suicide Prevention & Community Counseling


Fall Class:

September 15 - November 17

Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 10:00pm

October 10

Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm


$25.00 fee for the training


To volunteer on the Hotline, individuals must successfully complete the Hotline Training Class. The class is supervised by the Program Director, a licensed MFT, and includes information on the following topics: identifying individuals in suicidal or other types of crisis; communication; counseling; active listening skills; and suicide/crisis intervention techniques and other subjects.


To register for this class, please call Linda Allen at 415-499-1193 x3001

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