TLC Sunday with Nancy and Carolyn
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
May 5th, 2016
Celebrate the Gifts of Women
Biblical Beachcombing
     Whether your relationship with your own mother has been easy or difficult, celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., with a lively celebration of the gifts of women.  We'll start by beachcombing through the Bible to get a glimpse of powerful women in the life of Jesus and in the early church.  The SHPC Singers have something special for us!  

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

Many, many thanks to Fred Morfit, our Building and Grounds elder and TLC Day chair, for a terrific Sunday of caring for the church last weekend.  And thank you to every one of you for the beautiful day of community.  We cleaned out closets, washed pews, walls and windows, dusted the liturgical art, weedwhacked and gardened, and Richard and Pim worked wonders organizing the B and G shed. 

Thank you to our gracious Deacons for a delicious and fun Fiesta!  And to Susan Fessel for the birthday cake!  Check out the photo gallery below for a taste of the fun.

As Lucas Russell says, we are the little church that does - and we indeed have been doing amazing work caring for the church, the community, and the earth. And now Ethan Russell's video, which we saw on Earth Sunday, is going to Presbytery on May 17!  And it has also attracted the attention of our denomination's national office. Our work for justice, for creation care, and to end hunger are inspiring others.  What a joy it is to be answering God's call!
                             With joy,                      

May Calendar
Friday, May 6

Bible Study with Paul Lambert
Sunday, May 8
 9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

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

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

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

10:45 a.m.
  11:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Embodied Spirit 
Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!
Mexico Mission - Mandatory Meeting
Work Site Preparation Day

Wednesday, May 18
                     6:30 p.m.
                     6:30 p.m.
                    7:30 p.m.

Session meets at the church
Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers - New Singers Welcome!
Thursday, May 19
7-9:30 p.m.

WAKAN screening of
Miss Representation
Post-film discussion with 
Tom Pinkson
Friday, May 20

Bible Study
Sunday, May 22
9:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Racism, Class, and Power with Pastor Bev
Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!
Wednesday, May 25
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes
SHPC Choir - New Singers Welcome!
Friday, May 27

Bible Study
Sunday, May 29
9:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

What's Up at PC(USA) General Assembly 
Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!

Thank you to all for a GREAT ALL CHURCH TLC DAY
and to the Deacons for a Delicious Fiesta

Great day last Sunday on the TLC effort! Pat yourselves on the back for many jobs well done. For about three hours this place looked like an anthill with people scurrying about in all corners of the property; up, down, in, out. We got loads of good work done. 

My nomination for Most Improved Award goes to Richard Peltzman, Pim Brouwer, and Wil Swalberg who overcame mountains of old paint cans, piles of rusted hardware and drifts of rat droppings to absolutely transform the storage shed from catch-all squalor to a clean, well organized, functional work space. 

The Garden team will be the first to notice and the biggest beneficiaries since, for the first time, all their tools are hanging neatly from wall mounted racks, custom built on site. No parishioners were harmed in the making of the heroic effort; our perfect job site safety record remains intact. 

Special thanks, too, to La Taqueria De Las Deacones for the great spread that fueled the effort. (Without you I know I would have had a labor walk-out problem.) So much fun, let's do it again next year!

MuchÝsimas Gracias,

Fred Morfit, Building & Grounds elder

Game Night. Pastor Chat. Cooking with Charles.
SHPC Youth Summer Fun

Janel Stewart, Family Ministries Elder, and Pastor Bev want to hear from youth and their parents so we can schedule Charles' Cooking Camp and other summer fun.  Contact Bev by clicking here.


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


Bible Study - Friday, May 6th - Noon - with Paul Lambert 

Mark 7:24-30, Acts 16:11-15, Romans 16:1-7.

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

Mothers everywhere, for peace, security, enough of the basics of life, appreciation, and love;
Those who have had difficult mothers, or who wished they could've been a mother, on Mother's Day, for God's peace and comfort;
Mothers who worry about their children, or who are grieving for their children, for God's peace, comfort, and companionship;
Adam Abu-Aly, for successful foot surgery and speedy recovery;
Ryan Burks, son of Warren and Jackie Burks, for healing;
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;
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.

Back in the News

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 Ethan Russell's Small Steps movie, click here to watch it! It will be shown at the May 17 Presbytery of the Redwoods quarterly meeting!
Our next small step to GREEN our church is solar panels on the roof. No donation too small; Click here to donate

May/June Adult Yoga Dates with Karen Baigrie

No Yoga This Friday

Yoga Dates:
May 13th & 20th 
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!


Funding amount update: $7,365 as of May 4th, 2016

Meeting Dates

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
Or bring Wil to your home for dinner!

Pictured at right, Wil and Nance sharing a birthday cake at our TLC Fiesta!

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: 
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
Talking About What People Talk About

While in LA last week I met with TV execs, Warner Bros motion picture execs, and a company that represents the most influential bloggers on the internet. It is amazing what different priorities people have as they express themselves in today's world.
In spite of all the pop culture noise from last week, I was struck by an interview I saw on Sunday with a 92 year old legend. One who I think is funny, soul searching, and has always been ahead of his time in gauging what people are talking about and feeling. The man is Norman Lear; he created "All in the Family"," Maude", the "Jeffersons", "Good Times", "Sanford and Son", "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman", "Different Strokes" and many more fantastically successful shows.
After years and years of connecting with American audiences, Mr. Lear indicated it is his hope that his legacy would ultimately represent that "he mattered and understood". Those are two powerful words. To matter and understand seem to be terrific springboards into our individual spiritual journeys.
God has gifted each one of us to do things in our universe because in God's eyes we matter. Also, I believe that the habit of seeking divine truth, studying the Bible, attending Church and consciously being active in socially relevant activities helps us "understand". And by that I mean understand, as God understands.
One of the things that rocked me in my chair while watching Oprah's interview, was when she asked Mr. Lear how did they figure out the Edith Bunker character? And, what was the basis of this woman's love for Archie? 
His reply was astounding. He said whenever they wrote Edith's reactions to Archie we asked ourselves what would Jesus have said or done? She loved Archie unconditionally, she knew he wasn't perfect, but she always supported and stood by him in every instance she possibly could. I found that fascinating and pondered its true spiritual parallel.
Jesus cares and pays attention to us because He loves us no matter what. The Lord stands by us in fortunate times and unfortunate times; when we've been smart and when we've been foolish. Let's remember two passages of scripture, one from Psalm 139 "Lord you have searched me and know me, You are familiar with all my ways" and Psalm 143:8  "I put my trust in you, show me the way to go". 
Remember, that whatever you're going through, God's presence is there with you. Tough times only amplify our awareness of that presence. So when alone, take time to turn from the maddening crowd and all that they're talking about ... and realize that God has designed us to be in relationship with God moment by moment. And that as our relationship deepens, so will our awareness of God's sufficiency.
Remember how Edith used to say "Oh ...Archie?" I'll bet Jesus often says "Oh ... Paul?" I'm glad He does.
Have a good week.

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.
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:

Register TODAY!!!

Pedal for Protein is coming up in September, beginning the 18th and continuing until the 22nd. 

Early Registration is NOW Open!!! From 4/1/2016 - 5/31/2016, you can register for the 5 day tour, 48-37 mile ride, 20-10 mile ride, and two day rider slots at a reduced cost

Regular Registration dates are 6/1/2016-8/31/2016 and Late Registration is between 9/1/2016-9/20/2016

Carol McDonald on the selection of J. Herbert Nelson as nominee for Stated Clerk of the PC(USA)

Carol McDonald on the selection of J. Herbert Nelson as nominee for Stated Clerk of the PC(USA)


The Rev. Carol McDonald, moderator of the Stated Clerk Nomination Committee, tells why the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson was selected as the nominee for Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
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.
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. 


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

FREE Safe Driving Workshops

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

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
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
 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
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Sophia De Quattro, Editor
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