World Communion/Peacemaking Sunday 
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
October 1, 2015
World Communion/Peacemaking Sunday
Just Peace

Does Alanis Morisette's "Peace of mind for five minutes, that's what I crave" resonate with you?  What gets in the way of peace of mind, and how can we experience peace?  How can we bring peace to our most difficult relationships?  And how do we make a meaningful contribution to world peace?  We'll begin to explore these questions this Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., to honor World Communion/Peacemaking Sunday. This is the day when we come to the Lord's table in solidarity with Christians from all over the world, and together, we lift up prayers for peace.  Our scripture passages are Matthew 5:6-10, 21-26, 6:25, 27 and Phil. 4:4-7. The SHPC Singers will bring us original music composed by Hallie Foster and Stephen Iverson just for us!
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Bev piano
A Note From Pastor Bev

Last week I put out an e-blast inviting all "creatives," rappers, limerick-writers, etc. to come up with some fun to share in church.  A huge thank you to Natasha and Jack Grubb for answering the call with their outstanding original rap (see Paul's blog and the item which follows his below).  And many thanks, too, to Michael Durphy for his original limerick:
     There once was a little church that could
     Tucked away in a cute neighborhood.
     To join Sleepy Hollow
     You only need follow
     Your wish to create peace and good.
We will be compiling the notes taken by our recorders in the All Church Conversation about where God is calling SHPC to grow and serve, and sending an e-blast out to all to give everyone a voice in our visioning, and in co-creating our next steps as a church.
What a blessing to be part of this creative and Spirit-filled community!
 With joy,

October Calendar

Thursday, October 1
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, October 2

Bible Study

Sunday, October 4

9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

World Communion/Peacemaking Sunday
Just Peace

Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Thursday, October 8
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, October 9

Bible Study

Sunday, October 11
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

What Gets in the Way of Peace continued
What to do with Anger
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Thursday, October 15
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, October 16

Bible Study

Sunday, October 18
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 22         
Friday, October 23              

Sunday, October 25            
             9:30 am.             
          10:45 a.m.        

Save the date - Halloween Open House at the church  

Cathy Sarkisian preaching
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Bible Study

Peace series concludes
Let's Talk with Merle Ongaro

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, October 2 - 
NOON with Pastor Bev

Matthew 5:6-10, 21-26, 6:25, 27, and Phil 4:4-7

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 who do not know peace, in our congregation, community, and world, the blessing of peace;
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 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.


Sunday, October 4 - 

Peace Sunday




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


Cook's Cozy Corner - 
Summer Gazpacho

I've been "cooking" a lot of gazpacho lately.  The tomatoes are beautiful, and cucumbers, peppers and other veggies are plentiful.  And it doesn't take much cooking, actually.  More like making a smoothie, if you have a good blender.  You can use any summer veggies you like, and add spiciness as you like, just be sure to use mostly tomatoes.  Here's a starter recipe:
Coarsely chop and put in a blender:
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes (any color)
a 6" piece cucumber
1 red pepper (and any other hot peppers you want)
1 clove garlic
3/4 cup fresh fennel, or other flavorful veggies
1/4 cup white onion
fresh basil to taste
1 to 2 T sherry vinegar
salt to taste (start with 1 t.)
Blend this thoroughly, working up to high speed, then with the blender running stream in about 1/4 cup good olive oil.  It may be a bit thick, so blend in some water or ice cubes to get it to the right consistency.  Taste again for salt, heat and acid balance (you may need to add more vinegar or lemon juice).
There you go! Easy and delicious.

--Michael Durphy

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!  
Tuesday, October 20
Let Patti Vance know if you would like to attend:

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

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.


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!


Reaching Out, Whoever We Are, Wherever We Are
It seemed like much of America's fast-paced lifestyle and competitive activities took a break and were put on hold while Pope Francis reached out to so many while here in America. 
He's sure doing his part in using his talents and position to further the gospel and give perspective on what it means to be a believer in today's modern day culture. We live in an evolving world, one changing and one that requires modifications in our outreach methods and how we package God's love.
Pope Francis was a master at this. His message is that strong families are the building blocks to developing individuals who transform society; that we are to develop a joyful familiarity with God; that we must respect and take care of the environment, and give a helping hand to those who need assistance in rejoining society.
We each have been given the God-given task of reaching out, whoever we are and wherever we are in today's world. Pope Francis was mesmerizing as we watched him teach, encourage and inspire.
In Church on Sunday, Natasha and Jack Grubb did a terrific rap number about our Church's outreach here in our community. They had all of us on our seat's edge. In their own unique way, they reached out, right here, where they were ... and I dare say, were mesmerizing too. 
Here is a portion of their creativity:
"This church is so great ... this church is so fine ... 
I'm so glad it's mine!
I love this church 'cause the people do sharing. 
They really get that sharing is caring!
Listen up people around the world
It doesn't matter if you're Christian, Muslim or Buddhist
You're all the same in the eyes of God
And that's so cool i'm gonna nod."
We are reminded in two beautiful passages of scripture that "faith, by itself, if it does not have works is dead" (James 2:17). And in Philemon 1:6 we read "I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ."
We can't get complacent. We are called to be active on behalf of the Gospel, and reach out  whoever we are, wherever we are. Pope Francis, Natasha and Jack showed me how last week. Let's follow their example and make a difference this week. Do something tangible, quiet, and meaningful - whoever you are, wherever you are!
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.
The Whole Rap from Natasha and Jack Grubb
This church is so great ... this church is so fine ... 
I'm so glad it's mine!  
Jesus come join us! Jesus come join us!

[Jesus] Listen up people round the world.  It don't matter if you're Christian or Muslim or Buddhist.  You're all the same in the eyes of God ... 
and that's so cool I'm gonna nod.

I love this church 'cause the people do sharing. 
 They really get that sharing is caring!  
Like when they make the houses in Mexico. 
 They'd probably even go to Puerto Rico.

[Jesus] When I opened up the sea for that big crowd they cheered so loud.  It made me feel so good inside ...
 I nearly cried.

This church is so special to me ... 
'cause it's full of great people like Ryan and Sydney.  
They work so hard to keep the kids in order.  
They don't even have to use quick drying mortar.

[Jesus]. When I helped that blind man who couldn't see ... 
I put mud on his eyes and that was the key!
  All the people started to question me 
I said come and join my group there's no fee.

I beg your pardon 
I forgot to talk about the garden!  
Cherry tomatoes and beets galore. 
They're not like the ones you buy at the store!  
Oh, and we also donate them to the poor.

When I made that big flood 
it was full of mud. 
 I may have had a little temper there 
and I got put in my time-out chair.

The whole point of our rap is that this church does great things for the community 'cause it's full of great people like you and me 
together we're like a big family.

    By Natasha and Jack Grubb


SUCCESS!  REPORT FROM OUR OWN PATTY SANDERS (pictured above with our own John Sanders, both on the right)         
Dear Friends and Supporters,
If you want a week to fly  by  just get on your bicycle and ride the beautiful North Coast of California with a wonderful group of Presbyterians and friends! A huge thank you to all our overnight churches, lunch stops, rest stops, our finish in Tiburon, at Westminster PC and those who cheered us along the way.You really know how to spoil us with the wonderful meals, fellowship and accommodations! All riders safely arrived to the finish. We do pray for the drivers who scared us a few times. Best of all, we made our goal of raising $30,000 with Fortuna Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer putting us over the top with a $500 donation approved by their session last Sunday. Please remember every dollar donated will provide protein for food pantries from our regional food banks.
Donations can be made through October 31st by sending a check to the Presbytery of the Redwoods 1226-A Salvador Ave, Napa, CA 94558 made out to Presbytery of the Redwoods - in memo line write P4P and rider you are supporting, if there is one.
Thank you for your prayers and support last week as we rode up to 429 miles and climbed 34,000 ft. elevation for better nutrition for hungry people. We are making a difference, using our power for good!
PS: Photo of our riders at the finish at Westminster Pres. Tiburon

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

Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative
Fall 2015 Parent Speaker Series
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

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