Sacred Journey
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
February 11, 2016
First Sunday of Lent...
Sacred Journey
     Do you think of your life as a sacred journey?  Are you intentional about your direction, your pace, what you carry, your rest stops, and the company of fellow travelers?  This Sunday, February 14, at 9:30 a.m., we begin our Sacred Journey towards Holy Week.  There is no better time to contemplate where we are on our own journey, to explore our choices, and to examine what gives our life meaning.  
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

As many of you know, SHPC has received a FAITHS grant from the San Francisco Foundation (scroll down for more info). FAITHS stands for Foundation Alliance with Interfaith to Heal Society.  This morning 36 grantees gathered at TSFF's offices in 1 Embarcadero to share our stories about our programs and to build community. And what stories!  The Bay Area's boom is pushing more and more people to the margins.  We heard from faith leaders who are working with homeless addicts to raise their reading level from 4th grade to 8th grade.  We heard from church folks who are helping sex workers find a better life. Other programs offer affordable senior housing, affordable summer day camp for kids, tiny houses for homeless, immigrant empowerment through ESL.  These are all bright stars in a dark sky of poverty and need.  

We know that here in Marin 1 out of 5 people suffers from food insecurity.  With our Food for Good grant, we can grow our Justice Garden ministries to benefit more hungry and homeless people, plus bring more purpose and meaning to the lives of all those of us who volunteer.  Let Patti Vance (Mission/Justice Elder) or me how you'd like to participate!
With blessings,


February Calendar
Friday, February 12

Bible Study
Sunday, February 14
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Sacred Journey
First Sunday of Lent
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome!
Wednesday, February 17
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes 
SHPC Singers - New Singers Welcome!
Friday, February 19

Bible Study
Sunday, February 21
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
4:00 p.m.

Sacred Journey
Second Sunday of Lent
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome!
AFRICAN ODYSSEY: with the Baigrie Family
Wednesday, February 24 
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers - New Singers Welcome!
Friday, February 26
4 and 5:30

Bible Study
Sunday, February 28
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Sacred Journey
Third Sunday of Lent
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome!


Bible Study - Friday, February 12th- Noon with Pastor Bev
Jesus Begins His Sacred Journey
Luke 4:1-30

We Are So Thankful For Our Outgoing Elders and Deacons
(Pictured left to right: Clerk of Session Sharon Adams, Finance Elder Peg Maclise, Moderator of Deacons Carolyn Goodman, and Deacon Patti Eisinger)


Great News!  We've Received a $4,500 GRANT from the San Francisco Foundation for "FOOD FOR GOOD"!

Exciting news for Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church and our surrounding community! Our Mission Elder and Garden Leader, Patti Vance, and Nance Rosencranz applied for a grant on behalf of the church's food justice ministries, together "Food for Good."

We have received a $4,500 grant from The San Francisco Foundation to grow and develop "Food for Good" to engage more youth and adults in growing and harvesting produce, distributing produce to low-income residents, and incorporating our organic produce into meals for the homeless. With this grant, we'll be:

1. Expanding the Justice Garden to increase production of healthy vegetables to feed low-income adults;
2. Engaging more youth and adults to sell produce at the weekly Farm Stand and to congregants to sustain the program and increase awareness of food insecurity;
3. Recruiting and engaging more youth to prepare and serve meals for the homeless using produce from the Justice Garden;
4. Hosting a Harvest Celebration-Tomato Tasting event to celebrate the Justice Garden's achievements, increase awareness, and engage attendees in ongoing food insecurity initiatives.

We are so grateful to have this support in expanding and developing our food justice and sustainability education and ministries.
Stay up to date with The San Francisco Foundation by following them on Twitter (@TSFF) and Facebook at
Please Remember in Your Prayers
Praying Hands

All those struggling with health issues, financial issues, and relationship issues, may God's comfort and peace surround them and uplift them;
Ron Saunders, father of Sue Burr, for healing; and for Ron, Sue, and the family, for God's comforting and sustaining presence, made real through the love and support of those around them;
Sharon Adams, complete recovery from surgery;
Betsy Fox, and all the loved ones of Betsy's nephew Evan, especially Evan's mother, father, and brother, for God's comfort in their bereavement;
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 the PC(USA), to continue its prophetic voice;
For our church community, keep us faithful to the love and justice of Jesus, strong in our commitment to the church, and make us hope-bringers to the world.

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.
Botswana and South Africa 
with the Baigrie Family 
Sunday, February 21st 
4:00-6:00 p.m.

We are delighted to invite you to this journey with the Baigrie Family,who will be presenting photos and stories from their 6 month adventure.   

Mexico Mission 2016
Youth 9th grade + are invited to join the Mission!
Contact Mark or Allie for more info!
Meeting Dates
March 6

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Kick-Off BBQ at SHPC

All participation forms made available
March 13
Intention to participate and
application forms due
April 3

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mandatory Meeting at SHPC

Students and parents all
participation forms due

April 17
2:30 p.m.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Scholarship Opportunity

Mandatory Meeting at SHPC
Tool Organization Party
May 1
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Mandatory Meeting at SHPC
Team Building
May 15
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mandatory Meeting at SHPC
Work Site Preparation Day
June 5
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Mandatory Attendance
Church Mission Commissioning Service

Mission Trip
June 11-18
Departure Dates
June 19
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mandatory Attendance
Mission Return Service
Return Brunch Following Service
New Baby and Parent Support Group
with Marsha Podd, R.N., C.L.E.
Marsha Podd, R.N., C.L.E.         
Infant and Toddler Consultant
Lactation Specialist
Spread the word; we will resume meeting Wednesdays at 11 a.m. when we have a few babies and parents signed up!

   We are looking forward to hosting this      New Baby & Parent Group,  meant to        create a gathering space for parents to      discuss topics like: child development, s    safety & child proofing, feeding issues,      helping your fussy and colicky baby, and    how to get your baby to sleep! 
   We're looking for a one month              commitment so that the group gets      connected and feels supportive.

by emailing 


Photos from Youth Cooking REST on Jan 31st

A special thanks to Sebastian, Toren, Dalia, Lucas, Andrew, Warren, and Jessie for all of your hard work on Sunday, and the church thanks Jen Gauna, Judy Ford, Shannon Mong, and Katie Brendler for making this event possible!


Please contact Shannon Mong (

ABOUT SIGNING UP for Fellowship, Greeter, and Wil's Dinners
"Volunteer Spot" Explained

We are having some difficulties with our sign ups, and we apologize.
We are working on it!  And in the meantime, please reach me at with any concerns or questions in regards to this issue! 
Sophie De Quattro, Office Administrator, Communications Associate
Or bring HIM home and cook together!

Pictured at right, Wil baking cookies in 
Nance's kitchen

Wil is spending most afternoons with Betty at Harmony House, so please call him to arrange a time.  And bless you!



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.


FEBRUARY: Nancy/Frankie Parish


Sign up now and keep the hospitality going!


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, 
Worship Elder
Go Where You're Needed ... My Valentine's Night with Mary Travers 

It was freezing out as I zipped into Chez Josephine's, my favorite NY restaurant, on 42nd St between Eighth and Ninth. I was met at the door by John Claude Baker (the Proprietor) who was always grand and exaggerated  in his welcomes and embraces. Chez Josephine's was one of those places where stars and writers used to congregate.
The tourists didn't know about it (yet) so we had a lot of fun kidding and hob-nobbing with each other. On any night you might be rubbing elbows with Diana Ross, Sean Connery, Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall or Tommy Tune. I was head of an ad agency at the time and fit right in with all the hustle bustle.
One night John Claude sat me about midway back in the room and brought me my usual pre-dinner glass of wine, but before I had a chance to take a sip and glance through the menu (which was merely ceremonial; I had it memorized) he came gushing over and took me by the elbow and said "you're needed over here." He grabbed my wine swooshed me along and sat me down next to ... yes ... Mary Travers, of "Peter, Paul, and Mary."
"Here" he said ... "you two can be each other's Valentine tonight. You both came in alone and I won't have it on Valentine's Day." We both laughed, as did others around us, and we began to take his lead and be each other's Valentine.
Mary was enthusiastic, easy to talk to, showed me pictures of all of her nieces and nephews, and grandchild ... then proceeded to tell me the significance of "Blowin' in the Wind", "Lemon Tree",  and "If I Had a Hammer." She was convinced that Peter, Paul, and Mary were single-handedly changing the world.
I was a good listener, and before the night ended ... somewhere around midnight, (after several champagnes) she rose and led all us crazies in "Puff the Magic Dragon."
Even though I didn't have a choice, I was asked to participate in an environment where I was needed. Mary needed someone that night, even though I was unexpectedly and serendipitously thrust into the situation. She took over the minute I sat down. I said very little for the next 3 hours except things like "what drives you?" ... "where are you guys going next?" ... but then I hit the jackpot. I started asking about the deeper meaning of Peter, Paul, and Mary's songs. For instance, she went on for an hour about the meaning of "Where have all the flowers gone, the young girls, the husbands, the soldiers, the graveyards, and, when will they ever learn?" When she extolled the meaning of their songs she was on automatic pilot. 
Go where you're needed is a terrific thought for this next week ahead. A Pastor friend of mine once said when picking a Church, go where you're needed. At the time, I thought that was good advice. I hope you're where you're needed. This Valentine's Day, maybe you could think of someone or somewhere you're needed and go that extra mile to be there for them. Being where we're needed takes focus, awareness, and a big heart. May I encourage you this Valentine's Week to think, think hard, and go where you're needed. I guarantee you it's a great feeling.
And who knows? Maybe you'll be thrust into an unexpected situation, one you never dreamed of, one that might even lead to singing "Puff the Magic Dragon" at midnight.
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.
Tween/Teen Girl Yoga with Lizzy and
 Living Gracefully Yoga with our own Karen Baigrie start up Friday, February 26 
contact the church office for more information
Tween/Teens at 4 p.m, Adults at 5:30 p.m.

Support Residents of Flint -- 
Congress Can Fund Clean-up & Repair

In Flint, Michigan, the water crisis is far from over - and Congress needs to help. The Senate is about to vote on a measure that would provide emergency funding to protect and rebuild Flint, but this vote will be close. Even as we work for long-term solutions to global problems like climate change, we cannot ignore the immediate, local problems from pollution and a toxic environment. Please call your senators today at 877-429-0678. Urge them to support emergency funding to replace Flint's toxic water pipes and support families affected by lead exposure. Here are some talking points to help you make your call:
  • Please support amendment 3129 to the energy bill S.2012.
  • The Peters-Stabenow amendment provides $600 million to replace Flint's toxic water pipes and support families affected by lead exposure. After 18 months of toxic water, Flint's water pipes are contaminated. Many residents now find are they unable to find safe water for any of their basic needs.
  • There is no acceptable exposure level to lead. Children under the age of six are especially vulnerable to the irreversible damage of lead poisoning. There are as many as 9,000 children under the age of six in Flint.
  • This is a public health emergency. We hope you will support emergency funding to protect the people of Flint.
For the past 18 months, the people of Flint, Michigan have been exposed
to highly contaminated drinking water after public officials and state managers chose to switch the city's main water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The contaminated pipes are leaching toxins into the fresh water flowing in from Lake Huron, continuing to expose residents to lead and other toxic chemicals. Though officials have since acknowledged their initial mistakes, Flint's water still isn't safe, and much work needs to be done. For this emergency to be resolved, the city must repair its failing water infrastructure. This amendment will bring much needed funding to make this happen. Please call your senators today.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Team Visits Flint

This past week three volunteers of the PDA team ventured to Flint, Michigan to observe the efforts of the First Presbyterian Church as they address both the water contamination crisis and the citizens affected. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

San Francisco Theological Seminary- Montgomery Chapel - 5 Richmond Road. (Corner of Bolinas Ave and Richmond Road). San Anselmo, CA 94960

In Case You Missed It: Additional Viewing of Screenagers

Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m.
Drake's Little Theater
Suggested donation of $5.00 per person

Followed by discussion with Executive Producer Lisa Tabb

RSVP via EventBrite link below:

Join us at our 4th Annual Conference:
"Faith, Family Farms & Food Access"

Wednesday, February 24th
3:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Register now & save $10!
$45 Early bird pricing ends February 10th 

Scholarships are available so no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. 3 or more people from the same congregation will get $15 off each ticket!

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Sophia De Quattro, Editor
E-mail us at or call us at 415-453-8221

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