What to Do with Anger? 
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
October 8, 2015
Season of Peace Series Continues
Transforming Anger

What makes you angry?  How angry are your family and friends, your boss and co-workers, your neighbors?  What are folks angry about?  From the local feud between bikers and truck drivers, to the debate over turning Memorial Park into a flood basin, to our national conversations about immigrants, race, and guns, fear and anger are playing a large part in defining our daily life.  This Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., we'll explore how to channel anger, our own and others', into constructive action to solve our shared problems.  Go see The Martian before Sunday morning if you can!

All are welcome:  Let's Talk about Transforming Anger with Pastor Bev and Michael Durphy, M.D., psychiatrist, at 10:45 a.m.  Bring your real life examples and let's talk about how to transform anger into peace.
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From Pastor Bev

We've declared October to be our Season of Peace, starting off with last Sunday - World Communion and Peacemaking Sunday - and continuing this Sunday with an exploration of how to transform anger. 

To grow in spirit we are well advised to take a long, loving look at the really real.  Yes, long AND loving.  Our real inner world may be churning with anger.  With God's help, we can transform that anger.  Our national discourse and airwaves seem to be dominated by bullying voices. What can we do?  We are called to be God's blessed peacemakers!  We are called to turn down the volume on the bullying voices so that the voices of peace and justice, of creative solutions for the common good, can be heard. Scroll down to see some good examples of wonderful peacemaking work from our national office and in the community.  These are exciting times, and there is much good work to be done!

      In peace,

October Calendar

Thursday, October 8
               6:30 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Little Mountain Preschool Parent Ed Night at the Church - All Welcome!
Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, October 9

Bible Study

Sunday, October 11
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Season of Peace Series continued
Transforming Anger
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk! about Transforming Anger
Wednesday, Oct. 14
               6:30 p.m. 

Thursday, October 15
7:00 p.m.

Session meets at the church

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, October 16

Pastor Bev away until Monday
Bible Study

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

Season of Peace Series Continues
Cathy Sarkisian preaching
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Thursday, October 22
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, October 23

Bible Study

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

Season of Peace Series Concludes
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!
Let's Talk! about Shamans, Witches and Jesus w/Merle Ongaro

Thursday, October 29
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, October 30

Bible Study

Saturday, October 31

Halloween Open House at the church!

Sunday, November 15

String Quartet, Harvest Feast and Pledge Sunday!

Cook it yourself or bring take-out and a hug



Bible Study - Friday, October 9 - 
Noon - Matthew 5:38-42


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 who do not know peace, in our congregation, community, and in the world, we pray for the blessing of peace;
All those who suffer due to domestic violence, we pray for the blessing of peace;
Patty Sanders, for successful hip replacment surgery Oct. 12, and for full and speedy recovery;  
Diane Latta and her family, mourning the loss of Diane's father, Ollie Weber, for God's comfort in grief;
Betty and Wil Swalberg, for God's presence and community support in Betty's transition to Harmony House, and for pain relief 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 the people of South Carolina, and for flood victims everywhere, for the generosity of others and the presence of God to comfort them;
For the fire victims of Northern California, for God's presence and comfort and for the kindness and generosity of others to bring them hope;
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.
Little Mountain Preschool Presents:
Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky on "Preparing for Life: Conditions for Success"

Please invite your friends and fellow educators!

WHEN:  Thursday, October 8
TIME:  6:30 PM
WHERE:  Little Mountain Preschool, 100 Tarry Road, San Anselmo

Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky are co-authors of the book "Loose Parts - Inspiring Play in Young Children."   They spoke to a packed house at the CAEYC conference in Sacramento this past year.                  

Lisa Daly, MA, is a professor of early childhood education at Folsom Lake College in Folsom, California. Lisa has thirty years of experience in the early childhood field and is passionate about creative arts. She has directed art programs for thousands of children and has presented on a variety of topics at numerous conferences and workshops.

Miriam Beloglovsky, MA, is a professor of early childhood education at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, CA, and has enjoyed advising and guiding students for over twenty five years. She consults and supports a variety of family, children, and youth programs and is active with a number of early childhood organizations.

We hope to see you here!



Sunday, October 18 and Sunday, November 1




Will Friday, October 30 work for Game Night and costume preview? 

You can contact Katie, our Youth Director at


Let's Talk! about Transforming Anger 
Sunday, October 11 @ 10:45 a.m.
Follow up from the sermon with real life examples - bring your own - with Pastor Bev and Michael Durphy, M.D., psychiatrist 

Join us on Sunday, October 25 for
Let's Talk! about Shamans, Witches and Jesus w/Merle Ongaro


Report from the REST Annual Meeting at LVCC


At today's annual organizational meeting at the Lucas Valley Congregational Church, we learned that 396 homeless guests were served in last year's REST season by 60 hosting congregations and 40 helping congregations.  Transportation continues to be a challenge, with staggered arrivals for the men since the replacement of the aging school bus with two vans.
This year all hosting congregations are advised to have a disaster preparedness plan in case of heavy rains and floods.

REST has funding for three years, this being year 1 of the 3, and our hopes and prayers are for a permanent REST shelter by year 4.  MOC (Marin Organizing Committee) and REST leaders stressed the NIMBY (Not in my backyard) challenge in Marin means this will require "Prayers Plus Push" -- i.e., widespread political advocacy.  All friends of REST were asked to pay prayerful attention to the upcoming Marin County Board of Supervisors elections, and to what each candidate's position is on a permanent REST shelter.

SHPC will be helping at St. Rita's with the men on FIRST MONDAYS starting November 2 and with the women at the Wellness Center on SECOND TUESDAYS starting November 17.  

--Report from Pastor Bev, standing in for our faithful SHPC REST Leader Team (Shannon Mong, Scott Hamilton, Millie Millar, Kit and Luke Argilla)





Sunday November 15, 2015

9:30 a.m.

Eldridge String Quartet

Harvest Feast

Pledge Sunday
One of our highlights of the year! 


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 on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m.
We have a table for all, all welcome!
Let Patti Vance know if you would like to attend: PV3@comcast.net

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
Cost for SHPC Garden Supporters is Covered!

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!


Presbyterian Church (USA) National Office Stated Clerk, 
Rev. Gradye Parsons, issues 
letter to candidate Trump on refugees, immigrants 
The Reverend Gradye Parsons

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
725 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10022

Mr. Trump,

I am the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the denomination of the congregation in Queens, New York, where you were baptized. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) develops its policies through councils of teaching elders and ruling elders. At the national level it does that through the General Assembly. I would like to share with you the Presbyterian policies on refugees and immigrants.

Presbyterians profess a faith in Christ, whose parents were forced to flee with him to Egypt when he was an infant to save him from King Herod. Knowing our Lord was once a refugee, faithful Presbyterians have been writing church policy urging the welcome of refugees and demanding higher annual admissions into the United States since the refugee crisis of World War II. Presbyterians have a mission presence in many refugee-sending countries, including Syria and Lebanon, where we have been present since 1823. Our relationship with people of faith and communities in these countries gives us knowledge of the root causes of the flight of refugees and further cements a commitment to welcome.

Presbyterians through decades of policy have demanded humane treatment of people of all nationalities and faiths who find themselves within our borders. We have challenged our government when it neglects to acknowledge the refugee status of those fleeing persecution. We have pushed for due process at the border and we continue to petition for immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented persons.

As a Presbyterian I acknowledge my immigrant ancestors and my new immigrant sisters and brothers. I also respect that we came uninvited to a land already occupied by people. This creates a sense of humility about my citizenship that shapes my views on those who seek a place here. I hope you will find this helpful. I especially hope it will inform you on your policies going forward.

In Christ,
The Reverend Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Knock, Knock, Who's There?
What's There?
I am fascinated by doors. Doors have many different functions. Doors are transitional, protective, and a threshold to discovery. We see so many doors in a day - elevator doors, office doors, bedroom doors, car doors, etc. This week, as I am in New York, I am going to take note of how many doors I am about to enter and stop to think what might be behind them.

Beyond certain doors sits opportunity. Behind others awaits tragedy. 

So, this week while I visualize and see a door I'm about to navigate, I'm going to say a quick prayer: "God get me ready for what's behind that door. Keep me steady, help me not to overreact, and remind me that I am your representative as I go through this door to the other side."

So let's think for a minute about doors - they are transitional, they are a promenade to what's next, they are secure, protective, and clearly a threshold to our destiny. All of this leads me to a fantastic scripture in John 10:9 where Jesus actually says "I am the door." The Lord also referred to Himself as the way, the truth and life.

God is the key to transitions, God unlocks change. Accepting God's forgiveness and following Jesus's teachings is the answer to shutting the door on the past. We are free to become something new, different, and will not have to "grieve as do the rest who have no hope" (I Thessalonians 4:13).

So, knock knock, who's there? and what's there? Philippians 4:13 states "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." So as we face the next door, whatever it may represent, know you are protected, you have a special measure of strength to handle what is behind it, because God has said, "Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you" (Isaiah 41:10).

From Times Square in New York, 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.
Cook's Cozy Corner - 
Fresh Figs with Gingered Mascarpone 

This recipe is courtesy of Sharon Hamilton:

1 cup mascarpone cheese (Sharon uses ricotta)
1 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar (Sharon reduced to 1 T)
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
26 small California fresh figs, ripe yet firm (about 1 1/2 pounds)
Mint sprigs for garnish
Sweet round crackers or vanilla wafers

Stir mascarpone, crystallized ginger, sugar, and vanilla together in a small bowl. Cover and chill.

For a fig platter, scoop mascarpone mixture onto cold plate. Surround with figs. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve with sweet crackers or vanilla wafers.

Alternately, for individual appetizers, spread mascarpone mixture onto crackers. Slice figs and arrange on top. Dust with powdered sugar and garnish with mint sprigs.

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
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Center for Domestic Peace leads a comprehensive community effort to end the #1 violent crime in Marin County: domestic violence. We provide transformational services and programs that protect and enhance victim safety, and ultimately engage our community in permanent change.

24-Hour Hotlines:
English - 415.924.6616
Spanish - 415.924.3456
Men's - 415.924.1070
Marin Youth Services - 415.526.2557 (M-F, 9 AM-5 PM)

Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative
Fall 2015 Parent Speaker Series
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: rvhcc.com

Marin Interfaith Council:
Advanced Care Trainings for Clergy & Congregational Leaders
Marin Interfaith Council (MIC) was approached this past summer by Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST), a coalition of health care providers who are prepared to train clergy, chaplains, lay ministers, Stephen's ministers and religious leaders on the topic of terminal illness, aging and dying.  In particular, they want to assist all of us to explore our own plans regarding advance care planning so that we as clergy and religious leaders are equipped to serve and accompany our congregants about advance care planning and end-of-life choices and decisions.  Click here to view flyer 
Two program dates offered:

, November 5*
First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
1510 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael

*Pastor Bev will be attending the November 5 training

, November 17
Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church
410 Sycamore Avenue, Mill Valley

9:00 am - Registration and Breakfast
9:30 am to 12:30 pm - Program

Cost: FREE

Since the Death with Dignity Law was just signed by Governor Brown, all of us may have new questions and concerns.  These 2 identical trainings will be a good opportunity to learn more.  They are free and include breakfast and program handouts.  9:00am Registration/breakfast; 9:30am-12:30pm program.  
Please RSVP directly with Teresa Tooker, Marin County POLST Coalition Chair/Hospice by the Bay, whose email is:  Teresa Tooker TTooker@hospicebythebay.org.   
Learning and serving together,
The Reverend Carol
Executive Director
Marin Interfaith Council 

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 shpchurch@comcast.net or call us at 415-453-8221