Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
September 24, 2015
September Series Concludes
What It Means to be Christian Today
Being the Church

This Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., we're having an All Church Conversation about who God is calling us to be and where God is calling us to serve and grow.  Our scripture passage is Acts 4:32-35 and the SHPC Singers will sing for us!

In This Issue
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A Note From Pastor Bev

This month in church we've been exploring the gap between the teachings of Jesus and some of today's "Christian values" which get a lot of attention in our culture, but got no attention from Jesus at all.  His Holiness Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic church, has been re-focussing the RC church on Jesus' teachings by eschewing a fancy life, eating with the poor, and advocating for care of the poor and the planet. The Pope addressed our U.S. Congress today, reminding our lawmakers that pursuing the common good is the chief end of all politics. What a welcome message!  The Reformed church separated from the Roman Catholic church 500 years ago over our conviction that church doctrine, sacraments, and government should be based solely on the Bible. As Presbyterians, we have no Bishops, Cardinals, or Pope.  And in the PCUSA, of course, we have been preaching and teaching gender equity and inclusion of women in leadership for 60 years. But I for one am so grateful to this Pope for reminding the world who Jesus is:  the Radically Inclusive One who revealed the God of All People, and who energizes us to work for the poor and for the common good.    
       With joy,

September/October Calendar

Thursday, September 24
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, September 25

Bible Study with Pastor Bev

Sunday, September 27
9:30 a.m.

What it Means to be Christian Today
Being the Church
Cents-ability Offering
All Church Conversation about SHPC - Our Facilities, Finance, and Future with Fun and Food

Thursday, October 1
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, October 2

Bible Study

Sunday, October 4

World Communion/Peacemaking Sunday


Sunday, September 27, 9:30 a.m.

How many buildings does SHPC own?  
Answers:  zero or two, depending on how you look at it.  
Steve Derr will explain at this informative and fun All Church Conversation!  It will be a great opportunity to get to know your Elders, Deacons, and church teams, and each other.

We'll have small group time to focus on what church means to you and to the wider community, and to talk about where God is calling SHPC to serve and grow.  Be part of the conversation!  

And bring a limerick, poem, dance, song, or other FUN to share if you wish!

Cook it yourself or bring take-out and a hug

Wil and Betty have done so much for SHPC, and it's our time to help them now while Betty is recovering and they both need TLC.



Bible Study - Friday, September 25

Acts chapters 1-4!

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

For all those impacted by the California wildfires, those who have lost their homes, those who have been evacuated, the loved ones of those who lost their lives, and for the firefighters, and their families;
For the refugees, may the world remember your humanity, and bring generosity to this humanitarian crisis;
Diane Latta and her family, mourning the loss of Diane's father, Ollie Weber, for God's comfort in grief;
Leona George Davidson and Jeff Davidson, mourning the loss of Jeff's mother, Dorothy Davidson, for God's comfort in grief;
Betty and Wil Swalberg, for God's presence and community support in this transition, and for healing for Wil's back;
Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease, and for her family as they care for her;
Carolyn O'Hara, mother of Laurie, for continued 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;
For those who lost their lives and those injured and their families in the tragic incident in Mecca;
For the people of the Holy Land, especially the children, for just peace, and for a sense of opportunity and hope for the future;
For our church community, for creativity and faithfulness in discerning the way forward, and for the energy and compassion to answer God's call.

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.
ISFC: Honoring Food and Faith Advocates

Spirit of Sustainability Award
awarded to
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church!

"Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church members of all ages worked together in 2014 to create their flourishing 'Justice Garden.' After initially donating the produce to the Marin Food Bank, the team expanded the project by offering a farm stand with affordable, organic produce for the greater community. After launching the garden with a mini-grant from the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative the Sleepy Hollow 'Green Team' secured a Marin County grant to model water conservation by adding a rainwater catchment system to irrigate the garden."  Click here for more information about SHPC's garden project.

Join the Celebration!  Let Patti Vance know if you would like to attend at

Join the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative in celebrating work to support family farms, increase access to local, healthy food, and advocate for sustainable food policy.

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Falkirk Cultural Center: 1408 Mission Avenue, San Rafael
$45 in advance, $50 at the door

Gather with Friends Old and New!
- Taste sweet & savory delectables made by local chefs with seasonal ingredients!
- Music - Friends with Benefits
- Silent Auction
- Enjoy Wine and Beer!

Recognize Food Day and U.N. Year of Soils
- Janet Brown, Allstar Organics
Chair, Marin Food Policy Council
- Renata Brillinger, Executive Director,
California Climate and Agriculture Network

Awards Presentation
- Spirit of Sustainability Award
- Food and Faith Leadership Award



Possibly with a new name (:




Katie Brendler, our new Youth Director, will be in touch about Game Night and Halloween plans for October!  You can contact Katie at





Thank you, Hallie, for the perfect loveseat!




Charity Ride for Food Pantries along the Northern California Coast

Thanks to all at SHPC for their sponsorship of our own Patty Sanders in the ride!  And thanks to Jillian Robinson for galvanizing us!  Please keep praying for the riders through 9/26!

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

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.


SEPTEMBER: Nancy Elberg/Frankie Eakes Parish

OCTOBER: Patti Eisinger Parish

NOVEMBER: Marie Ongaro Parish

DECEMBER: The Deacons

JANUARY: Robin Abu-Aly Parish

FEBRUARY: Nancy/Frankie Parish

MARCH: Patti Eisinger Parish


Sign up now and keep the hospitality going!


I love surprises. I think everyone does.
Surprises come in all shapes and sizes: you might find out your Mom's decided to come for a visit, you find out you got the job you've been hoping for, or the apartment you wanted. Maybe the surprise is as as simple as being relieved because you passed the dreaded driving test, or a loan was approved, how about the surprise of a tooth cracking while you're eating (oops!), a relative announces they're pregnant, or someone calls and has an emergency and needs your help right away.
I am convinced that 50% of our day is filled with predictable events and the other 50% is full of surprises.
If one were to take inventory at 7:00 am of what you "think" is going to happen and compare it with 7:00 pm and what "actually" happened, you'd probably be astounded by how many "surprises" change the course of a day, nearly every day!
How we react to surprises is a big subject. Let's agree they are definitely going to happen. Some are good and some are unfortunate. But, how we handle them is a real mark of who we are and a chance to exercise our spiritual growth.
Great news can make us cocky and bad news can make us dejected. But news is news and truthfully, it's only information. I choose to package all the good and the bad under a new label: "the SURPRISE factor."
I love the passage in Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways, declares the Lord." I believe God delights in doing the unexpected. God has a way of surprising us, reassuring us, and keeping us moving forward.
Many of you are about to be surprised. Look for it. Be ready for it because sudden surprises can dramatically change the course of one's life.
When you get up in the morning, no matter what, say to yourself, "today has a surprise in store for me (maybe more than one). So, here we go God, I'm ready. I know how you like to lead, I know how you like to surprise me. But from now on, I'm expecting them, I'm getting use to them, and I'm ready to capitalize on them."
From 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.

Purge Your Medicine Cabinet September 26
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Prevent misuse and abuse on Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

It's an eye-opening statistic: One of four Marin County adults needs help for substance abuse, alcohol abuse or mental health problems.

To address the widespread availability of prescription drugs, agencies across Marin County will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Take-Back Day on September 26, encouraging residents to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative
Fall 2015 Parent Speaker Series
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:

Announcing #EAD2016 National Gathering & Lobby Day

Lift Every Voice! - Racism, Class and Power
April 15-18, 2016
WASHINGTON -- September 22, 2015 -- Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice (EAD) is pleased to announce the 2016 theme for its national gathering in Washington, DC on April 15-18, 2016.  The gathering is titled, "Lift Every Voice! -- Racism, Class and Power."  The 2016 gathering will be the 14th annul federal public policy and legislative conference that EAD has hosted. 
The gathering will again be held at the DoubleTree Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA -- just across The Potomac River from the U.S. Capital Building.  The event concludes with EAD's Lobby Day where a prepared legislative "Ask" is taken to members of Congress by gathering participants,   "We expect again nearly 1,000 Christian advocates from across the country to attend the gathering," said Douglas Grace, director of EAD.  "Registration is now open at, along with the young adult scholarship application process, so plan now to be in Washington next April!"   
EAD's 2016 theme reads:
In a major U.S. election year when lives, votes and the global economy are at stake, followers of Christ ask, "Who has a voice?" The response is, "Everyone!"
But in our neighborhoods, cities, and around the world, the voices of too many people are silenced. For generations in this country, social, economic, corporate and political powers have colluded to reduce and eliminate access to voting. Historically, systemic injustice has been carried out through poll taxes, unreasonable and egregious voter requirements and violent opposition to calls for justice and change. Today, we are experiencing injustice through not only an attempt for voter suppression, but police brutality, detention and mass incarceration. In the U.S. and around the world, communities whose health, water, air and land are threatened by corporate greed, voices for justice are often curbed through extreme violence, intimidation and murder.
In this country, communities of color are under siege: named and unnamed black lives are killed each year by police; immigrants are detained and scapegoated; and public displays of discontent and calls for solidarity have too often been met with disregard, suppression or violence. Around the world, decisions that affect the wellbeing of lives and the entire global economy - one based on continued growth despite the limits to earth's natural resources and capacity to absorb such growth - are often made in closed boardrooms and in great secrecy.
But as Christians, we believe that leaders and policy makers are called to act and to govern in fairness and with justice for all! Like the persistent widow who demands that the judge hear her plea (Luke 18:1-8), at EAD 2016, we will bring our petitions for justice to Capitol Hill. Like the persistent widow, we will not be silenced.
Come to "Lift Every Voice" on April 15-18, 2016 where people of faith will speak truth to power concerning the suppression of political and economic rights, and the corporate undermining of the local voice of ordinary people in the U.S. and around the world. Through prayer, worship, advocacy training, networking and mobilization with other Christians, we will face the reality of racism, class and power impacting politics and policies and advocate for the liberty of "Every Voice!" - all culminating with EAD's Congressional Lobby Day on Capitol Hill.   

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

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.
September: Laboring and Working
Are you dealing with a career shifts or change? Do you need help gaining perspectives on job searches, your career trajectory, or maintaining personal confidence while job seeking? Is this shift precipitated by factors beyond your control? Talking it through with a professional equipped to provide you with support as you seek the insights that will provide you with direction and conviction may help you make the best choice possible for this particular time in your career and life.
Natalie Harvey, MFT 53575
Cheryl Bradshaw, MA, MFT 39675
Richard Flout, MA, MFT #23923, 415-453-0532
Mary Spilsbury, MA, MFT #50574
Richard Engebrecht, MFT #44793
15 Austin Avenue
San Anselmo
(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 
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