Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
February 25, 2016
Third Sunday of Lent - Sacred Journey
Transforming Anger and Hurt Through Forgiveness
     Are you carrying any resentments or grudges with you on your life journey?  Are there people in your life who have betrayed your trust, hurt you, and hardened your heart?  Can God heal our hearts without putting us at risk for more hurt?  This Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., we'll take a look at God's call to us to forgive, and explore what might happen if we are willing to be transformed.  Our text is Luke 15:11-32, the Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother. The SHPC Singers and Duane Light will bring us special music.
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

How many times must I forgive, Peter asked Jesus.  As many as seven times?  Not seven times, Jesus answered, but seventy-seven.  Or maybe seventy times seven, the footnote at Matthew 18:22 tells us!  Seventy times seven?  490 times? Who among us has the patience to forgive that many times?  Must we be doormats, with no boundaries or standards, wearing "kick me" signs?  

The short answer is yes and no.  Yes, we can forgive seemingly endlessly.  And no, we aren't asked to be doormats for Jesus.  Bring a real life relationship problem to church this Sunday and let's work on it!
In hope,


February/March Calendar
Friday, February 26
4 and 5:30

Bible Study
YOGA RESUMES!  For tween/teens with Lizzy at 4; for adults w/ Karen at 5:30
Sunday, February 28
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Sacred Journey- Third Sunday of Lent
Forgiveness - Flutist Duane Light 
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome!
Wednesday, March 2 
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers - New Singers Welcome!

Friday, March 4
4 and 5:30

Bible Study
Yoga for tween/teens with Lizzy at 4; for adults w/ Karen Baigrie at 5:30

Sunday, March 6
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
3:00 p.m.
5 - 7:00 p.m.

Sacred Journey
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome!
Youth Cook for REST
Mexico Mission -- Kick-Off BBQ and informational meeting 

Wednesday, March 9 
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers - New Singers Welcome!

Friday, March 11
4 and 5:30

Bible Study
Yoga for tween/teens with Lizzy at 4;
for adults w/ Karen Baigrie at 5:30

Sunday, March 13
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Sacred Journey- Fifth Sunday of Lent
Celtic Harp with Natalie Cox 
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome!
Jeff Davidson's 500 Mile Journey  
Mexico Mission -- Intention to Participate and Application Forms Due
Wednesday, March 16
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers - New Singers Welcome!

Friday, March 18
4 and 5:30 p.m.

Bible Study
Yoga; Tween/Teens & Adults
Sunday, March 20
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Palm Sunday
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome! 
Wednesday, March 23
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers - New Singers Welcome!

Friday, March 25th
4 and 5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Bible Study
Yoga; Tween/Teens & Adults
Good Friday Service
Sunday, March 27th
9:30 a.m. 
10:30 a.m. 

Easter Sunday!!!


Bible Study - Friday, February 26th- Noon with Pastor Bev
Sacred Journey - 
Parables of Lost and Found and 
How Forgiveness Happens
Luke 15

Tween/Teen Girl Yoga with Lizzy at 4 p.m. and
 Adult Yoga with our own Karen Baigrie at 5:30 p.m. start up Friday, February 26 
contact the church office for more information

Tween/Teens at 4 p.m, Adults at 5:30 p.m.
Fill Your Fish!!!

For the season of Lent please fill your fish and bring them to Church on Palm Sunday!

This takes the place of the two cents offering in February and March.

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;
For those seeking new and secure employment, may they feel the Spirit guiding and accompanying them in the process;
For Fred Morfit, speedy recovery from his bike accident; For Shannon Barrow, cousin of Patty Kuehn, healing, peace, and God's comfort;
For Pastor Bev's and Paul Lambert's Moms, blessed assurance of God's constant presence;
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;
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 and companionship for Wil at dinner time;
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;
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.
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 


  • To sign-up online, please go to: 
  • 7th-12th grade students can sign up online to prepare food at:
Please contact Shannon Mong (

Or bring Wil to your home for dinner!

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

Sign up here to take Wil a Wednesday Night Meal or to note that you have invited him over.  

Wil is spending most afternoons with Betty at Harmony House, so please call him at 415-454-8303 to arrange a time.  And bless you!



Fellowship time is organized by your Deacons. We need everyone to sign-up about 3-4 times a year. 


Click below to sign up: 


FEBRUARY: Frankie & Nancy Parish


MARCH: Nance 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
To Understand and Be Understood

One of the comforting qualities of a good friend is that they seem to have an understanding of what we're going through without any prompting or "red alerts". 
As I watch the different Presidential candidates get bombarded with "gotcha" questions and daily insults ... I began reflecting ... I hope each one of them has a trusted friend they can relax with occasionally and maybe have some late night chats on the phone. Someone who helps them maintain perspective and provide a little levity through the grueling process.
I'll bet we are a far cry from understanding what these candidates are going through, or what it's really like to manage their aggressive staffs, stay energized and be prepared to react to something unexpected every day.
We were fortunate this past year to work with Linda Bloodworth -Thomason (of "Designing Women" fame) as our writer for "The First Wives Club" Musical. It is a known fact that she is a close friend of Hilary Clinton's. That must be a fascinating friendship right now. Linda is truly a bundle of joy. She has a big heart, a great sense of humor, and I am sure she is someone who understands Hilary well, and can commiserate with her in a special way.
To understand and be understood requires that we open up and reveal ourselves to others. That can be scary. But I think if we can find a person we trust, it is a really good thing. Those of us that get together each Friday for our small group Bible Study have learned this principle and we have grown close. We care about each other, listen patiently to each other. And, over a period of time, we have come to develop a healthy understanding of each other.
One of the things we have discovered together is how much God understands us. In Isaiah 40:28 we read "The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth, He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom." Spending time quietly with God and the scriptures is teaching me about understanding myself as well as the importance of being forthright and understood by others. 
I'm looking forward to continuing down this path because I believe it brings people together, it teaches respect for each other, and allows us to celebrate our differences in a healthy way. 
With loads of understanding, 
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.

Upcoming YES Theater Performances

Fiddler on the Roof is THIS WEEKEND!!!
Come see our own Rhys Figari-Foster!

All shows will be at The San Anselmo Playhouse - tickets are $12 !
Enjoy the shows, support our kids and encourage our community theater

Safe Driving Workshop

March 5th at 11:00 am
San Anselmo Library

For youth 14+ plus parents/guardians. It is VERY worthwhile. If you have a teen, this is a very important workshop to go to if you want a safe driver and passengers. 
Check Out What's Happening 
at the San Francisco Theological Seminary!

Save the Date --- Zephyr Experience July 3 - 8, 2016

Our very own Pastor Bev will be teaching! 
Morning Session 2: Called by the God of Justice: Dismantling Systems of Mass Incarceration and Racial Injustice"

We Have a Great Line Up for This Year!

Lake Tahoe is beckoning --- the colorful sun rising and setting, the rejuvenating fresh mountain air, and the fellowship we will enjoy once again. Zephyr Experience offers us a truly unique opportunity to spend a week together with stellar scholars and church leaders, surrounded by the beauty of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Your Zephyr Experience 2016 Planning Committee is very excited about this year's cast of class leaders! Half are new to Zephyr Experience and the other half are seasoned veterans, all with compelling topics that will make it hard to decide which class to attend.

For more details on each session:
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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