Sacred Journey 
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
March 3, 2016
Fourth Sunday of Lent - Sacred Journey
Uncomfortable, but not Impossible
     On the sacred journey of life, sometimes we find ourselves on a path which we'd rather not travel.  Life brings many challenges, and parts of the journey can feel too frightening or difficult.  Rising to God's call to live by God's values may challenge us, too.  Didn't Jesus tell many would-be disciples to give away all their worldly goods?  This Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we'll explore how God helps us through the hard parts.  Our texts will be Luke 6:31-36 and Luke 19:1-10.  We'll celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

We're halfway into the holy season of Lent, so this is a good time to check in and ask you, what is your Lenten spiritual practice this year?  

In past years I have taken a daily God walk through the forest, spent extra time in prayer, chosen one Gospel to read and study each day, and/or given up sweets!  This year I am spending extra time in breath meditation and making space in my life to listen for God's voice.
We are all spiritual beings; we need some spaciousness in our daily lives to remember that and to flourish!  

You are always welcome to join the Bible Study Fridays at noon, and especially in these precious weeks prior to Easter.  Come and bring all your questions about the events of Holy Week and the meaning of the cross.  If that's not a good time slot for you, let's sit down together another time.  I am always happy to hear from you with your viewpoints and questions, especially about Bible and theology!

With blessings,

March Calendar
Friday, March 4

 4:15 p.m.
 5:30 p.m.

Bible Study with Paul Lambert
(Pastor Bev in Pasadena)
Yoga for tween/teens with Lizzy 
Yoga for adults w/ Karen Baigrie 

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
   4:15 p.m. 
  5:30 p.m.

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Yoga for tween/teens with Lizzy 
Yoga for adults w/ Karen Baigrie 

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 on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela  
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
4:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.

Bible Study
Tween/Teens Yoga with Lizzy
Yoga for Adults with Karen Baigrie
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
4:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Bible Study
Yoga for Tween/Teens
Yoga for Adults
Good Friday Service
Sunday, March 27th
9:30 a.m. 
10:30 a.m. 

Easter Sunday!!!


Bible Study - Friday, March 4 
Noon - with Paul Lambert

Luke 6:31-36
Luke 19:1-10

All are welcome!

Tween/Teen Girl Yoga with Lizzy at 4:15 p.m. and
 Adult Yoga with our own Karen Baigrie at 5:30 p.m. 
continue Friday, March 4, 2016
contact the church office for more information

Tween/Teens at 4:15 p.m, Adults at 5:30 p.m.
Fill Your Fish for One Great Hour of Sharing!!!
One Great Hour of Sharing is our Annual Offering to the National Church to Support Presbyterian Hunger, Disaster Assistance, and Self Empowerment of People -
It's a GREAT cause!

For the season of Lent please fill your fish and bring them to Church on Palm Sunday, March 20!

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

We Raised $285 for the Bulungula Incubator!!!

Thank you to the Baigrie Family for your AWESOME Photo & Story Journey, which benefitted the Bulungula Incubator

This wonderful event raised $285 in donations. This will go a long way to provide meals to preschoolers, books to school kids, microfinance and healthcare.

Want to know more about the Bulungula Incubator? Click here for a full article explaining this worthy cause in depth. Many thanks to all that attended the Baigrie's African Odyssey Presentation for your support!
Please Remember in Your Prayers
Praying Hands

For Patty Kuehn's cousin Shannon Barrow, who passed away Sunday, peace, and for comfort in mourning for all of Shannon's loved ones, especially for her mother, Bonnie Conner, in the hospital;
For Fred Morfit, complete and speedy recovery;
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 jobs and financial security to those seeking them;
For freedom from addiction and alcoholism for those suffering;
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 (

Wish Katie Brendler a Warm Farewell
Our Youth Leader, Katie, is moving on and this Sunday will be her last Sunday with us.  Help us show our appreciation!

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: 


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
Having a Faith as Good as its Promise

We can read the scriptures, go to church, and be governed by our "born and bred" beliefs - but the question I'd like to pose is how big of an impact do all these activities have on our reaction to current events and everyday behavior? To what extent have they affected our moral fiber, our decision making, and our lifestyles? 
Developing one's faith is a journey for sure, and we, as individuals, should never be stationary while our faith advances. The great Congresswoman Barbara Jordan once said, "The world is not a playground, but a schoolroom. Life is not a holiday but an education." So we need to realize that our faith is evolving and we need to consciously integrate its refinements into "common sense" and recognizable applications.
Our spiritual maturity demands that we stand up for things, and not allow wrongs to go unchallenged. If we do, we will give the impression that these wrongs are approved and acceptable in today's culture and society. A society that we are a part of and are called upon to influence.
God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us integrate our spiritual awareness into appropriate thinking and honorable actions. I'd like to thank Pastor Bev and all of you at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church who have influenced my thinking and responses to what's happening around me. Here at Church we have welcomed San Quentin Chaplains, Muslims to speak to us, taken on controversial topics in our Bible studies ... all of which are needed and useful in shaping who we are and how we act. 
I have learned in this Church how to be at harmony with many different people, who represent a convergence of backgrounds and beliefs. The key to this harmony lies in our ability to be tolerant with one another and being good listeners. It also centers around all of us agreeing to make God the object of our faith and to have a strong desire to deepen our study and understanding of the Bible.
Having a faith that is as good as its promise ... takes hard knocks, life experiences, and a God who encourages us to keep going and keep soaring. As I've related to you before, "I'm not what I want to be yet, but thank God I'm not what I used to be"... and neither are you! 
Have a great week.
On my way to Atlanta and then Florida ... 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.

Upcoming YES Theater Performances

Bye-Bye Birdie is THIS WEEKEND!!! 
with Piper Kelly performing in all the shows this weekend. Yay, Piper!

Later this month: GREASE, with our very own VanIke!

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

FREE Safe Driving Workshops

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. 

March 5, 11:00-12:30pm, San Anselmo Library *Free * 
for parents and teens ages 14+
An engaging and empowering workshop for up and coming teen drivers parent role models
Presented by Impact Teen Drivers, a nationally acclaimed non-profit.
April 7, 6:30pm - Drake High School * Free *  Please RSVP 
A conversation for parents and teens with New York Times reporter Matt Richtel, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on distracted driving
May 25, 7:30pm - Osher Marin JCC * Free * 
pre-registration strongly encouraged:
Join Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Matt Richtel, Kol Shofar Rabbi Chai Levy and Brandeis Marin Head of School Peg Sandel for a conversation about why focus matters in our distracted age 

For more resources on distracted driving, read Allyson Geller's blog post. Geller is a health writer and director of Heads Up distracted driving awareness and education. Contact her at
Check Out What's Happening 
at the San Francisco Theological Seminary!

More in The Arts ... 
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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