World Peace
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
October 22, 2015
Season of Peace Series Concludes with
The Stories We Tell Ourselves, Part One*
Pulitzer Prize winning war correspondent and Presbyterian minister Chris Hedges reported in the New York Times in 2003 that in the preceding 3,400 years of recorded history (including the Biblical period), humans had been entirely at peace for just 268 years, just 8 percent of recorded history. The United States has been at war continuously since his report. For over 90% of our national history since 1776, our country has been engaged in war.  Why?  

This Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 9:30 a.m., we'll explore the stories we tell ourselves, and the stories we have been told from earliest childhood, which persuade us that violence is the solution to our problems and to world problems.  Now is the time to re-write these stories, with the God of Peace as our Author.  Find peace in your heart and bring peace to the world.  Be a part of this world-saving morning!

All are invited to stay for Let's Talk about Shamans, Witches, and Jesus at 10:45 a.m., a special pre-Halloween treat from our own cultural anthropologist and historian Merle Ongaro.

*Part Two will kick off our November Series:  From Cup Half Empty to Cup Overflowing - November 1
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From Pastor Bev

Thank you so much to all of you who have reached out and are praying for my Mom. 
She has been moved from the hospital to a rehab facility (which she likes) and is recovering from pneumonia and her broken bones.  She sounded pretty good on the phone last night and was asking about Michael's weekend menus, so that's a really hopeful sign. Let's keep praying.

So many wonderful signs of the Spirit are gracing us here at church!  We are looking forward to welcoming the neighborhood for our Halloween Open House.  We can invite all the neighbors to join us here at church on Sunday mornings, tweens and teens to join our Youth Group, who will be cooking for REST starting Nov. 1, and new Moms and babies to join a group I'm starting up as part of our Cup Overflowing (Spiritual Nurture) November

YOGA is coming to the church!  The amazing yoga master and sacred dancer Nubia Teixeira is feeling called to offer Intro to Yoga for Aging Gracefully!  And she has a wonderful young colleague who is interested in offering Yoga for Fun and Stress Relief to Tweens and Teens. This is part of our church's commitment to reducing youth drug and alcohol dependence and creating safe and sober fun for tweens and teens. We'll be bringing those dates and times to you soon.

And please do invite all your family and friends to the return of the Eldridge String Quartet on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 9:30 a.m.  This is magic for all ages!  

                            With joy,

October/November Calendar

Thursday, October 22
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, October 23


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

Season of Peace Series Concludes
The Stories We Tell Ourselves, Part One
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
              5:30-8:30 p.m.

Halloween Open House at the church!

Sunday, November 1

9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

November Nurture Your Spirit Series
From Cup Half Empty to Cup Overflowing
The Stories We Tell Ourselves, Part Two
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Thursday, November 5
7:00 p.m.

Choir Practice - New singers welcome!

Friday, November 6

Bible Study

Sunday, November 8
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

From Cup Half Empty to Cup Overflowing
When Community Makes Enough
Coffee and Refreshments - All welcome!

Sunday, November 15
                  9:30 a.m.

String Quartet, Harvest Feast and Pledge Sunday!

Cook it yourself or bring take-out and a hug

Wil is spending afternoons and early evenings with Betty at Harmony House, so please call him Tuesday to arrange a delivery time for your delicious meal.  And bless you!


Friday, October 23 - Noon - 
corner of Richmond Road (where St. Anselm's School is) and Bolinas Ave. (where St. Anselm's Church is) in SAN ANSELMO.
Service includes the Sacrament and ends at about 12:45.  All Welcome!

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 in this, DV awareness month, we pray for the blessing of peace;
Rev. Kate Taber, PCUSA Mission Worker in East Jerusalem, for God's presence, comfort, and strength;
Pastor Bev's Mom, Anne Brown, for healing from a fall and broken bones, and for God's comforting presence;
Candice Taylor and Torey Burris, for a delightful honeymoon;
Patty Sanders, for continuing speedy recovery from a successful hip replacement surgery;  
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;
For our elected leaders, and for all world leaders, for decisions for the common good and for the future of the planet;
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.
Let's Talk! About Shamans, Witches and Jesus
with Merle Ongaro
Sunday, October 25 @ 10:45 a.m. 



Saturday, October 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.


Please let Pastor Bev know if you can help out!



Sunday, November 1


after church and 



QUESTIONS? Contact Katie, our Youth Director at


REST is Gearing Up for November and Beyond!
We are hoping you will be able to support the REST program once again this year!  We have just opened up the sign-up, have LOTS of openings for November 2 (men), November 10 (women), and beyond.  
About the Timing:
This year the REST season encompasses 7 months (Nov-May).  During this time the Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church organizes volunteers to prepare and provide dinners twice a month -- once for the men's program and once for the women's program.  The Men's program takes place on the 1st Monday of the month (5:30-8:45pm), with meals serving 32 guests & volunteers.  The Women's Program is the 2nd Tuesday (5:15-8pm) at the county's Health and Wellness Center in San Rafael and serves 26 guests & volunteers.
A Reminder about What Volunteering Involves:
In addition to preparing and bringing a dish, we welcome and say a blessing with our un-housed neighbors, serve the meal, eat dinner with our un-housed neighbors, and then clean up the meal.  The men's program also involves setting up cots & tables before dinner, serving a snack, and washing pans & dishes after the meal.  We count on everyone who has volunteered to fully participate on-site.  To sign-up online, please go to:
With thanks,

Shannon Mong
REST Volunteer Coordinator
New Developments for REST: Calling All Middle and High School Students!

We're happy to announce we're now providing local Middle and High School students with an opportunity to collaboratively prepare part of a REST meal. Once a month we'll provide a place, supplies, and on-site support for the students to gather and prepare either a large salad or cookies for our un-housed neighbors.  This cooking session will take place once a month from 4-6pm, on the Sunday before the Men's REST meal.  The first session is on November 1, just a few weeks away.  Info and sign-ups are at:


With thanks,

Shannon Mong
REST Volunteer Coordinator



Sunday November 15, 2015

9:30 a.m.


Eldridge String Quartet

Harvest Feast

Pledge Sunday 


One of our highlights of the year! 


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.

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!


Report from Your Clerk of Session 
Regular Monthly Session Meeting 
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the church

Finance/Peg and Worship/Jody and Deacons:  
SAVE THE DATE for Pledge Sunday on November 15th! We celebrate with a String Quartet and our Annual Harvest
Feast. Pledge packets will be mailed by the end of the month.
Building and Grounds/Fred: 
Several House and Grounds projects need to be addressed: lighting on the pathways and for the sign as well as new doors. Fundraising ideas were explored - more to follow.
Mission/Patti and Family Ministries/Dennis: 
REST has started up again with First Sunday of the Month cooking for REST at the church with the junior-senior highs starting Nov. 1. Thank you, Shannon! The garden continues to produce - new plants in already for the winter.
Green Team/Doug Eisinger, Green Team Chair:
Proposal for Green Team on-line fundraising from the greater community to underwrite solar panels to be installed on the Church roof. The team has researched this extensively. The fundraising goal would be $18,000. The proposal was approved by session.
Allie, our office administrator, has accepted a great opportunity 
in the film industry. We will begin advertising for an office administrator for 10 hours per week at $20 per hour. Allie has graciously offered to stay on to train her replacement.
Respectfully submitted,
Sharon Adams

Can We Be Proud of Who We Are?
I think one of the toughest things in life is to take a moment and evaluate, "where am I headed right now? and is it a direction that takes me to a place that will make me proud?" 
Maybe I should backtrack for a second and say, "is where I am headed taking me to a place that will make me proud of 'who I am becoming?'" 
I've found certain individuals are overly optimistic and others dauntingly pessimistic about how grand or how flawed they are. This kind of self evaluation requires each of us to be honest with ourselves because God is most effective in helping us when we are addressing our real needs, the ones that are glaring and needing attention. 
Most of us are not trained psychologists, but we can claim that we are "growing" Christians. And, as "growing" Christians it is important that we adjust our thinking to becoming more and more Christ-like. The Lord knows what He made, God made us human. God made people who are saddled with faults, flaws and failures, yet God uses "shaky people to do sturdy projects" (Tim Storey). 
I believe one of the biggest purposes of scripture is to reveal how to move forward. How to make adjustments. And most of all (dare I say), how to imitate Christ.
Have there been times you have felt shaky? Maybe you're dealing with a personal issue that only you know about? I have been amazed how few issues there are that someone near us in our Christian circles hasn't gone through or faced just as we are. We are a family, a connected community, all seeking to grow and stay connected. We need to be sensitive to each other and to reach out to help each other. Especially if we sense someone needs us (and could benefit from our hard earned wisdom from our past experiences).
When Jesus was preparing to leave His followers and ascend to heaven, the Bible says that He knew they would feel lonely, need help, and want continual guidance. Before Jesus ascended He indicated "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate, who will never leave you" (John 14:16) and this "helper, the Holy Spirit, will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you" (John 14:26).
No matter what you've been through, God wants to help you bounce back. God, through the help of the Holy Spirit, will personally strengthen you, encourage you, and protect you along the way.  God is perfect; we are human, but God is with us, in us, guiding and directing and supporting us and loving us always as we become more aligned with God's purpose for us.  Once we understand this, we can all claim the phrase, "I'm PTM - Proud to be Me."
One Oprah quote I like is "I don't believe in a failed past, I view it as information for a proud future."
Remember, we aren't where we want to be yet, but thank God we aren't where we used to be. Onward.
Your friend,
Paul Lambert

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.

Action Alert: 
Protect Sanctuary Cities

This Tuesday, October 20, the Senate took up an anti-immigrant bill called the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act that would withhold federal funding from so-called "sanctuary cities," where  local law enforcement exercise discretion when inquiring about a person's immigration status.  The bill would also introduce up to ten year mandatory minimum sentences for certain undocumented immigrants.   The bill is opposed by the faith community because it would harm communities by creating a fearful relationship between immigrants and local police. It would also force local law enforcement to spend valuable resources targeting law-abiding members of their communities instead of protecting citizens from harm.  Finally, the faith community opposes mandatory minimum sentencing requirements because they are unjust.   
Click HERE to write a letter to your Senator! 

Please write to your Senators to ask them to oppose S. 2146, the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act introduced by Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).  We must stand in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers seeking a better life for themselves and their families.  

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has affirmed its support for immigrants many times. The 221st General Assembly (2014) affirmed the formation of the Presbyterian Immigrant Defense Initiative, a campaign to "empower Presbyterians to work to change policies and practices that infringe on the human and civil rights of immigrants in our communities including immigrant detention, streamlined deportation, and the executing of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by local law enforcement."
In the book of Matthew, Jesus is asked what is the greatest commandment of all. He answers, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Join us in loving and protecting our neighbors and raise your voice against anti-immigrant policies.
Click HERE to raise your voice in support of immigrants

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:

Marin Interfaith Council: 
SAVE THE DATE FOR VISIONARY MARIN, THURSDAY, NOV. 12 AT 6 p.m. at Mill Valley Community Center, Honoring the amazing friend of SHPC Rev. Dr. Jane Spahr!  
And you are invited:
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   
Learning and serving together,
The Reverend Carol
Executive Director
Marin Interfaith Council 
* Meet * Munch * Mingle *
Growing Hope, Healing and Wholeness to Live Joyfully, Courageously and Meaningfully

ICC Open House
November 8, 2015
Open House 2:00-5:00 PM

RSVP to the ICC Office 415-256-9701

Please join us for:
* delicious healthy snacks & beverages
* informative conversations
* tours of our offices

Short presentations will be offered on a variety of topics.

The therapists, spiritual directors, coaches, body workers, and other professionals of the Interfaith Counseling Center warmly welcome you.

Interfaith Counseling Center
15 Austin Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960
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