Joy!  Our Flower Guild at the Flower Mart
(L. to R.) Frankie, Merle, Millie, Linda, Patti, Peg, and Jody
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
March 31, 2016
 The Sacrament of Holy Communion
     When Jesus broke bread with his disciples at the Last Supper, he asked them to continue breaking bread together, and to remember him when they did. In the earliest expression of what became Christianity, followers of Jesus met in house churches to gather around the table for fellowship in his name. 

     Holy Communion at the Lord's table is one of only two sacraments attested in the Bible, and it is a central practice of the world-wide Christian church.  But differences arose and still exist today as to how Jesus is present in the sacrament, who is permitted to participate, and what participation means.  This Sunday, April 3, 2016, we will break bread in Jesus' name and celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. What can we expect to experience when we do?  We'll explore how to enhance this experience of the presence of Jesus, and this welcoming into the body of Christ.  Our texts are John 21 and 1 Corinthians 11:17-12:13.
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

Our Easter celebration was glorious!  Over 150 of us filled the pews and the air was filled with joy.
What a happy and lively group!  

Huge thanks go to Stephen Iverson, our dedicated soloist and choir director extraordinaire.  Stephen composes and arranges fresh inspiring music for our SHPC singers, brings out their best, and inspires us all.  We are blessed!

Many, many thanks to the Flower Guild:  Patti, Jody, Linda, Merle, Millie , Frankie, and Peg (see today's top photo).  What beauty you brought us!

Always working behind the scenes to enhance our experience of worship is our Worship Elder, Jody, who was keeping us all on track throughout Holy Week.  Thank you, Jody.

Special thanks to Lori Lopin and her family for a delicious and delightful Fellowship after the service.

And I haven't even gotten to the Garden Day folks yet -- See photos below.

What a wonderful church!  What a joy to be part of this community!

With Eastertide blessings to you all,

April Calendar
Friday, April 1

Bible Study
Sunday, April 3
9:30 a.m. 
10:30 a.m. 
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
4-6:00 p.m.

Worship and Holy Communion
Coffee & Fellowship-All are Welcome
Mexico Mission Meeting
Youth REST Cook Day
Monday, April 4
5:45 p.m.

Men's REST at St. Rita's
Wednesday, April 6
7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers - New Singers Welcome!
Friday, April 8

Bible Study
Sunday, April 10
9:30 a.m. 

10:30 a.m. 

Interfaith Points of Connection III
Dr. Tom Pinkson in conversation with Pastor Bev: Christianity and Indigenous Spirituality
Coffee & Fellowship-All are Welcome
Wednesday, April 13
7:30 p.m.
SHPC Choir -New Singers Welcome!
Thursday, April 14
7:00-9:30 p.m.

Screening of The Mask You Live In;
Post-film discussion with Dr. Tom Pinkson 
Friday, April 15

Bible Study
Sunday, April 17
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Rev. Bentley Stewart Preaching
Coffee & Fellowship -All are Welcome 
Wednesday, April 20
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 24                 
9:30 a.m.

Session Meeting
SHPC Choir

SHPC Green Team brings us:

A Weekend Whirlwind: Relive The Moments!

Easter Sunday Service
Pastor Bev & The Flower Guild with the Sacred Journey
Children's Time
Easter Worship
Jordan as Jesus Breaking the Bread
Solo by Stephen Iverson

Watch this video of the Easter highlights! Credit goes to Janel Stewart -- Thanks for capturing such precious memories!

Janel & VanIke
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
And They're Off!

Kate & her basket
Zolin explores

Garden Work Day
Patti & Merle
Winston, Jack, Max, & The Lattas
Jessie & Natasha
Ethan, Dennis, & Michael
The Gaunas & Natasha
Tim & The Grubbs

Bible Study - Friday, April 1st
Noon - with Pastor Bev

John 21 and 1 Cors. 11:17-12:13

All are welcome, especially Bible beginners!
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Praying Hands
The Christian church in the USA, that it be the body of Christ in the world, a place of love and inclusion in the Spirit of Jesus;
Dorothy Slattery, Kit Argilla's friend, for healing and God's constant comfort and companionship;
For Carolyn O'Hara, mother of Laurie, for God's constant comfort, companionship, and strength, and for healing;
Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease;
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy for continued strength in companioning her;
Betty and Wil Swalberg, for God's presence and community support and for health and vitality for Wil;
Patty Kuehn and her family, mourning cousin Shannon and aunt Bonnie;
Lucas Russell, for continued recovery from a concussion;
The family and loved ones of Susan Pey, comfort and companionship in their grief, and healing;
Fred Morfit, complete and speedy recovery;
Ron Saunders, father of Sue Burr, for healing; 
Paul Lambert's Mom, blessed assurance of God's constant presence; 
Our elected leaders, may they serve for the greatest good of the greatest number of people, and for the good of the planet;
The PC(USA), to continue its prophetic voice and fidelity to Jesus;
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.
Adult Yoga is Off This Week, Stay Tuned for April Schedule
Teen/Tween Yoga is Off for April

contact the church office for more information
It's not too late to join the Mission!
Mexico Mission 2016
Youth 9th grade + are invited to join the Mission!
Contact Mark or Allie for more info!


Meeting Dates

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 and Mission
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

LAST Men's REST date: April 4th (5:45-8:45 pm)
LAST Women's REST date: April 12th (5:15-8:00 pm)
Next Youth REST date: April 3rd (4:00-6:00 pm) - Cookies

Please contact Shannon Mong (

Take a Stand - Sign a Card for REST this Sunday, April 3
Please sign a card voicing your support for a permanent year-round home for Marin's REST program. You don't have to be a registered voter to sign! The Marin Organizing Committee (MOC) is leading this initiative to create a permanent, year-round home for Marin's REST program. 

MOC Proposal: 
  • Single brick-and-mortar site
  • Year-round operation, 365 nights per year
  • Replicate existing guest capacity of 40 men and 20 women
  • Commercial kitchen and bathrooms
  • Low barrier, behavioral standards ("safe for self and others")
  • Ability of community groups to prepare and share meals with guests

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: 
APRIL: Marie's Parish

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
What You Think and You Feel ... Matters!
I want to be straight forward and say something really bold. What you think and feel ... matters. Especially as it relates to your dream and listening to that quiet voice inside of you.
Too often we bridle our thinking because we feel it might be politically incorrect, or too extreme, or we're unsure how others might react to it. I say be bold, gather the reins of your mind and be true to your instincts. Our brains are like little committees of thoughts and ideas that scurry back and forth waiting to explode onto the main stage. Allow these intellectual committee meetings to take place, and solidify your dream -- then believe it, accept it, and live it.
Obviously, fear of rejection plays a role in some of our unwillingness to be forthright. However, I believe each of us has a passionate ambition inside of us. And that passion needs to be fed, to breath and grow. It is uniquely yours and is meant to surface. To get ahead as a society or in your workplace, with a team of professionals, we need to celebrate our differences and speak openly from our hearts.
As the former head of a NY ad agency, and now a lead producer of entertainment projects, I prefer to surround myself with individuals who are independent thinkers, who fight to be heard, and are secure in their thinking. There's a difference between being foolishly stubborn and having purposeful opinions. But in general, I am trying to encourage everyone around me to state their points of view and be part of the solutions instead of sitting quietly and not sharing what they think or feel..
I must throw out a word of caution though, in this era of Facebook and twitter (what I like to call the "notice me" era), people babble and pontificate to the extreme about anything and everything. When I say what you think and feel matters, I am talking more about that special calling or dream that God has placed inside of you. 
We all know the phrase "go with your gut", well, that's the part of what surrounds the core passion I am referring to. The one deep inside of you that can't be denied. I once remember hearing a dynamic entrepreneur share with a group of objectionable investors, "Look folks, I know we don't agree on this but, I know what I know, and what I know matters". In other words, his intuition, his gut, knew his point of view was right. And, in this instance he was absolutely correct.
Venus Williams says, "You have to believe in yourself when no one else does"; Joel Osteen says "When you believe in yourself you become a person of influence and a person of purpose, and can rise out of almost any situation".
So move forward this week, knowing what you think and feel ... matters. Be encouraged to confidently share your passion with others, and always remember as you do, you're not alone. God put it there, and God will support you and help you move it forward. Philippians 1:6 in the Bible states "Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it out to completion." Onward!
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.


Information and RSVP at $10 donation appreciated, no one turned away for lack of funds. Sponsored by Time to Lead on Climate, a coalition of leading environmental and social action groups, AND THE SHPC GREEN TEAM!

Grant Temporary Protected Status to Central American Asylum-Seekers

Fleeing extreme violence in Guatemala, Hilda Ramirez and her son Ivan arrived at the U.S./Mexico border in 2014, along with thousands of other Central Americans seeking asylum at our border. Immediately, they were placed in Karnes Residential Facility, a family detention center. These family detention centers were dramatically expanded to respond to the flow of asylum-seekers from Central America in the summer of 2014. Their stated purpose was to deter further migration into the United States, contrary to international humanitarian law that guarantees the right to seek asylum. After 11 months of inhumane treatment and confinement, Hilda and Ivan were released on bond from Karnes, with an ankle bracelet. She was not granted asylum.
Fearful of the ongoing immigration raids targeting Central Americans like her, on February 9, 2016, Hilda publicly took Sanctuary at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX. There, she could fight her and Ivan's deportation order. She explained, "I feel safe here. I don't think immigration agents will break down the door and take me away. That is why I came here."
In May of 2014, the Sanctuary Movement was reinvigorated when Southside Presbyterian offered sanctuary to Daniel Ruiz, a man who wanted to fight his final deportation order to stay with his wife and son. Since then, 11 people, including Hilda, have publicly taken Sanctuary as a stop-gap measure to delay their deportation order while they negotiate their case with immigration authorities. Four of the churches that have stepped into Christ's call to welcome the stranger are members of the PC(USA). The General Assembly of the PC(USA) has affirmed many times its support for actions to stand with and protect immigrants such as Sanctuary, for instance in its 1999 resolution to "seek justice for refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants."
While Sanctuary has helped 9 people achieve deportation relief, a larger solution is needed. As comprehensive immigration reform legislation stalls in Congress, the Obama administration must grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for families like Hilda's who have fled violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Twenty-five years ago, TPS was established by Congress in order to provide temporary immigration protection to women, men, and children fleeing catastrophic situations. Of the 18,600 Central Americans who received a deportation order,
85% of them did not have legal counsel. It's time for the President to act to protect these families.
Click HERE to Contact President Obama today!
To stay updated on the Sanctuary Movement, follow us on Twitter @sanctuarymvmt.

Empowering Teen Girls: Be a SHE-RO

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FREE Safe Driving Workshops

For youth 14+ plus parents/guardians - VERY worthwhile!

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
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