What a Difference TLC Sunday Makes!
Richard Peltzman and Doug Eisinger bring new life to our old church sign - TLC 2015

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
April 28, 2016
TLC Sunday and All Church Fiesta!
 
     Celebrate May Day this Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., by bringing family and friends to an all church TLC Day and Fiesta!  Dress very casual, bring your garden gloves and sun hats if you'd like to be outside in the garden, and you are guaranteed a lovely morning of feel-good fun caring for God's house and garden.  Bring your appetites, too!  Our Deacons are preparing a fiesta of home-made Mexican food for a large crowd. This is always one of most delightful Sundays of the year!  Visitors and newcomers are most welcome.

In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

I got an advance peek at the to-do lists for this Sunday, and there are so many teams that I'd like to work with, I can't decide!  TLC Sunday (formerly known as All Church Work Day) is one of the most spirited days of our year.  There is something about spiffing up God's house and garden together that re-centers us and grounds us.  Our priorities are re-set, and our relationships with God and faith community come back to our center.  It's a lovely experience.

Many, many thanks to the Green Team, and to our new Chair Judy Ford, PhD, our speaker, for such an inspiring Earth Sunday last week.  You can join the Green Team and keep up the effort to green our church and bring environmental leadership to our community.  Just let Judy or me know if you are interested.

I feel so blessed to be part of this vibrant church!

                             With joy,     
                  
                                 Bev


May Calendar
Friday, April 29 
Noon

Bible Study
Sunday, May 1
                    9:30 a.m.
                   11:30 a.m.
ALL CHURCH TLC (WORK) DAY 
FUN JOBS FOR EVERYONE IN AND OUT
CINCO DE MAYO FEAST BY THE DEACONS
Wednesday, May 4
 6:30 p.m.
 7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes
SHPC Choir- New Singers Welcome!
Friday, May 6
 Noon

Bible Study
Sunday, May 8
 9:30 a.m.
 10:45 a.m.

MOTHERS' DAY
Celebrate Gifts of Women
Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!
Wednesday, May 11
 6:30 p.m.
 7:30 p.m.


Hand Chimes
SHPC Choir- New Singers Welcome!
Friday, May 13
 Noon

Bible Study
Sunday, May 15
 9:30 a.m.
 10:45 a.m.


Gift of Holy Spirit & Pentecost
Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!
Thursday, May 19
 7-9:30 p.m.

WAKAN screening of
Miss Representation
Post-film discussion with 
Tom Pinkson
SAVE THE DATE!  CHURCH PICNIC COMING UP SUNDAY, MAY 29!
 

THANK YOU, SHPC GREEN TEAM 
for a Great Earth Sunday!

Left to Right: Fred Morfit, Carolyn Goodman, Doug Eisinger, Dennis Latta, Ethan Russell, Michael Durphy, Judy Ford, and Robin Holway Abu-Aly

If you missed the movie, click here to watch it! 
Our next small step to GREEN our church is solar panels on the roof. No donation too small; Click here to donate

Sunday, May 1st is ALL CHURCH TLC DAY
and Delicous Fiesta

 
Inside/Outside "Jobs" for all ages and time commitments

Please Bring Weed Whackers if you have one to lend to the WW team!

Wear sunscreen, bring hats and garden gloves if you want to be outside
Don't Miss it!

Your Deacons are preparing a build- it-yourself taco lunch at 12n this Sunday
to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and our church TLC day. Busy hands make for hungry tummies!
Join us!  Bring friends and family - All Welcome!
--Kit Argilla, Deacon Moderator

Family Ministries Update

Coming Up:  Pastor Bev and Youth start a monthly Let's Talk,
Sunday, May 1st Hike from the church to Three Twins and back,
the return of Game Night, and who's interested in a Cooking Camp with Charles?  Garden and Farmstand opportunities, too.  

Sunday, May 1 hike is 4-6 p.m.  Sign-up online! 
  Open to any youth who have volunteered for REST cooking this season!

Janel Stewart, Family Ministries Elder, and Pastor Bev want to hear from youth and their parents on how the church can best serve youth.  Contact Janel here.


 

Children's Program Teachers Sydney and Ryan on DHS Prom Night

 

Bible Study - Friday, April 29th - Noon - with Pastor Bev
Matthew 5:13-15 and James 2:14-26

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

Students as they face finals and graduation, for healthy relief from stress, for guidance, self-care, strength, and support as they find their best path;
Those who are severely ill and spiritually depleted; for a strong sense of God's love and presence in their suffering;
Joan Shannon, mother of Nancy Derr, for God's comfort, companionship, strength, and healing;
Praying Hands
Carolyn O'Hara, mother of Laurie, for God's comfort, companionship, and strength, and 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;
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.
   
 

April/May/June Adult Yoga Dates

There will be yoga at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church this Friday evening, April 29th from 5:30-6:30pm.

The main class will get going at 5:30pm, but I will be available from 5:15pm if you would like to arrive early to discuss poses that you 
struggle with, or modifications you can make to poses in order to work around injury or pain.

We are a community class for all levels, with an emphasis on poses for those new to yoga.

Class is donation based, $10 suggested. 

See you on Friday!


Karen

"The hardness of a diamond is a part of it's usefulness, but it's true value is in the light that shines through it" B.K.S. Iyengar

There will also be yoga May 13th & 20th 
as well as June 3rd, 10th, and 17th 

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

FUNDRAISING PAGE: 

Funding amount update: $4,555 as of April 27th, 2016

Meeting Dates

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
A GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP 
PLEASE SIGN UP TO TAKE A WEDNESDAY DINNER TO WIL -
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!

WE ALL LOVE FELLOWSHIP -
PLEASE SIGN UP TO HELP OUT

Fellowship time is organized by your Deacons. We need everyone to sign-up about 3-4 times a year. 
Click below to sign up: 
 
MAY: Robin's Parish

Sign up now and keep the hospitality going!
Don't be shy, Greeting is a Treat!

We are in need of greeters to sign up through the signup genius website. 

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!


Thank you all for your continued support,

Jody Brockett, 
Worship Elder
 
Urge Your Representatives to Strengthen Child Nutrition Reauthorization
Call and Email Now! 
As Presbyterians, we are called by our faith tradition to feed the hungry and the most vulnerable in our society. As people of faith, we are concerned about the proposed Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation being considered by the House Education and Workforce Committee (H.R. 5003). The efforts that we make in our own local communities serve as a vital resource for those who are struggling, but we cannot match the role of the government in assisting and supporting the nearly 16 million children who live at risk of hunger.
 
 Even in times of abundance, food insecurity in the United States remains at staggering rates: 49 million people live in food insecure households.
1 One in five children live at risk of hunger every day.
2 Although thousands of nonprofits and faith communities offer food assistance, they only provide one of every twenty grocery bags that those who are food insecure receive. Federal nutrition programs stand in this gap and are greatly needed.
 
The programs funded by the Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill (WIC, school breakfast and lunch, after-school snack, and summer meals) work together to fight childhood hunger. 21.5 million children eat a free or reduced school lunch every day. These programs are essential to feeding our most vulnerable children. The WIC program serves more than 8 million low-income women and children annually. Participation in WIC contributes to healthier births, lower rates of anemia, and more nutritious diets for both the mother and her children.



I never feel lonely when we're together

Whenever I think about moving forward in my life, I start to think about my connections.
Who am I spending time with, what is my central focus, and who do I enjoy the most 
(as well as the least) at my work.
 
This might be a good time for you to think a bit about your connections, too. For I believe
that connecting to the right things and to the right people is a critical part of success as well
as happiness.
 
Without a doubt, connecting to your passion (or dream) is step number one; connecting to the 
right players that make that possible is step number two; and connecting to God, who
is the author (and finisher) of that dream is step number three.
 
Sounds simple ... one, two, three ... but it takes discipline, focus and dedication.
 
A dream is very personal - being the best Mother, being a dynamic and caring Minister, being a terrific Architect, a terrific Teacher, or Producing great shows - we all have a nagging inside of us that leads to our passion.
 
Affirm it every day. You are the driver of your vision. 
 
Just because someone else can't see your vision doesn't mean it's not a powerful vision for you. Learn to trust yourself. And keep growing in your trust in God? Why? Because the Bible says that if you ... "Trust the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; ...  God will direct (or make straight) your paths" (Prov 3:5,6). That's quite a promise!
 
Enjoying what we do at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church and who we get to do it with, has made me very happy. We are a unique group of people. A congregation of passion, of conviction, and one with a love for each other and our Creator.
 
I am so glad to be connected to you ... and hope you're glad to be connected to me. Because I believe having the right connections ... is a big part of realizing true happiness.
 
In LA for a few days ... your friend Paul.

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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.
Human Kind. Be Both.

Since the middle of December I've held the office admin/newsletter editor position at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church. Hello, for those that don't know me yet, my name is Sophia De Quattro and 2016 is a year of metamorphosis for me - a change in substance within my scope of learning, passion, and daily endeavors. This is the first time in my life since I was three that I have not been bound by the scheduling of school. In December of 2015, I became a graduate of Dominican University of California with Summa Cum Laude honors and was swiftly prompted to make decisions on my next step in life for applying my degree in Communication and Media Studies. 

First on the list, like many others, was to make travel arrangements. Throughout my college experience, I have gravitated towards immersing myself in service opportunities. As I envisioned my short-term goals following the completion of my undergraduate studies, I longed for a trip with purposeful meaning and one that would thoroughly impact me. For years I heard of an Immersion Trip to El Salvador that my campus ministry attends annually. This delegation trip is hosted by CRISPAZ, or Christians for Peace in El Salvador. Its premise calls for a reverse mission--you spend 10 days listening to stories of local citizens, governmental officials, nonprofit leaders, policy makers, and then spend the next 355 days of your year applying and telling the information at full capacity.

As I write to you, exactly three months after my return to the United States of America, I am graciously thankful and forever indebted to the people I connected with in beautiful San Salvador, El Papaturro, and Suchitoto. Once back in Marin, the emotional toll overwhelmed me; however, the sacrifices and injustices the citizens of El Salvador faced daily-such as a husband who works in the U.S. to provide for his family in a rural community and has only met his daughter a handful of times-helped me in transforming my feelings of lost hope, uncertainty, and helplessness into a catalyst for hosting events to educate others and becoming more politically involved.

For years I have stood on the sidelines, or the epicenter of inaction. Now, more than ever, I feel personally connected in being politically active and understanding immigration law, human rights, social justice movements, and how my privilege can play a role in benefiting the oppressed. If you would like to learn more, I have created a blog to recount my experience as well as use it as a platform for discussion. You can read it here, or at the URL: quattrofiles.weebly.com

Interested in hearing about Pastor Bev's Study Leave? 


Pastor Bev with Conrado Olivera of Joining Hands Peru
There will be a perfect opportunity Saturday, April 30th from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at the Spring Gathering of the Presbyterian Women of Redwoods Presbytery.  (The entire event runs from 9:30 until 2 including lunch.)

Hear her reflective talk on the EAD conference theme: Lift Every Voice: Racism, Class and Power

Novato Presbyterian Church  
710 Wilson Avenue, Novato, CA 94947 

All are welcome to join!

Luncheon Reservations $10.00 (Due by 4/23). Please send reservations to Carol Dacquisto (415) 892-2070; 76 Santa Maria Dr. Novato, CA 94947
WAKAN Screening of Miss Representation 5/19


Wakan is a non-profit organization committed to helping people remember that heart-centered wisdom and purpose are essential for healing alienation and separation. Wakan offers programs and services that help people awaken to their true love-based nature.
MEET WAKAN'S FOUNDER, DR. TOM PINKSON:
For over 45 years I have traveled the globe studying indigenous wisdom ways, including completion of an 11 year apprenticeship with Huichol shamans of Mexico, while keeping up with the latest findings of western psychology, wellness practices, brain science and quantum physics, which I use to help people wake up, remember and live from the truth of who and what we are, and why we are here.

I have worked with thousands of people around the world helping them find and live this truth in their daily lives. Towards this end I have authored four books, including Fruitful Aging: Finding the Gold in the Golden Years and Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol: Medicine Teachings for Modern Times. I founded the non-profit organization, WAKAN, and recently developed a Recognition Rite of Passage Program Honoring Elders Program. I know that the truth of our deepest being is the luminosity of unconditional love, wisdom, creativity and joy.

Film series on gender stereotypes in the media 
Post-film discussions with Dr. Tom Pinkson

May 19th - Miss Representation 
7-9:30 p.m.

AGE ADVISORY:The film has been rated appropriate for ages 13 and up by Common Sense Media, and the Oprah Winfrey Network gave it a TV-14 rating for its broadcast. 

ABOUT:

Miss Representation is a film of The Representation Project, using film as a catalyst for cultural transformation. Founded by Jennifer Newsom, The Representation Project inspires individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes to that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance, can fulfill their human potential.
 
$5-10 suggested donation (per evening); no one turned away.
 
For more information, visit www.therepresentationproject.org


 

Stepping Stones Speaker Series with DR. TOM PINKSON : Contemporary Rites of Passage and Journeys of Initiation


April 28th
7 - 9 PM



Join us for an evening with Dr. Tom Pinkson, as we explore the dynamics of initiatory rites of passage.

This event is a benefit for the Stepping Stones Project, serving youth and their families around the Bay Area. ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the Stepping Stones Project, allowing us to reach more youth and offer diverse programming. All ticket purchases and additional donations are 100% tax deductible. Thank you for your generosity!

You can contact Tom through his website: http://drtompinkson.com/


The American Dream or An Immigrant's Nightmare?
La Jaula De Oro (The Golden Dream)


Canal Alliance has arranged an outstanding opportunity to inform and immerse us more deeply into the real-life journey many of the immigrants living in Marin County have taken.

The immigrant community living right here in Marin County has surpassed unimaginable obstacles to reacha place of safety and promise. This film invites you to experience the journey of three Guatemalan
teenagers making their way northward to the U.S.

We urge you to make the time to attend. Bring a friend, and experience a journeythat could not otherwise be imagined.

ONE NIGHT ONLY:
Co-presented by Canal Alliance and CFI Education
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 at 7PM
Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fouth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901



FREE Safe Driving Workshops

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

May 25, 7:30pm - Osher Marin JCC * Free * 
pre-registration strongly encouraged: mglaser@marinjcc.org
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 alysong1@comcast.net
First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael 
Study Tour to Costa Rica 
Oct. 19-26, 2016

FPC/San Rafael has invited us to join a group going to San Jose, Costa Rica to study theology and learn about this
Central American Country
Leadership: 
 Faculty and Staff at the Latin American Biblical University.
Rev. Dr. Karla Ann Koll, Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Mission Co-worker
Rev. Elizabeth Cook, Presbyterian Church U.S.A. Mission Co-worker and both Professor and Dean at the University
Topics and Features:  
*Eco Justice and Theological Alternatives
*Immigration issues
*Liberation Theology in the Americas
*Reading the Bible through the eyes of Latin Americans
*Visit local Presbyterian congregations and organizations doing mission work in the country
*At least one field trip into the countryside
Options to add days for additional explorations of the Country

Estimated Cost:  $700 Room and Board at the University, plus air fare
CONTACT PASTOR BEV IF YOU ARE INTERESTED by clicking here
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Sophia De Quattro, Editor
E-mail us at shpchurch@comcast.net or call us at 415-453-8221

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