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Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
May 12th, 2016
Embodying the Spirit = Joy
     Are you spending enough time each day away from electronics and paperwork?  Are you fully immersed in the joyful pursuit of inhabiting your body? The apostle Paul teaches us that our bodies are temples for God's Spirit, and this Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., we'll celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit with an inspiring service of movement, song, and prayer.  Karen Baigrie, Sharon Hamilton, Lisa O'Callaghan, and the SHPC Singers are bringing their creative gifts to this service!
In This Issue
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Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

Some of you know that I love to dance, and there are Sundays when I can barely keep from dancing up front during the final song. This Sunday, for our celebration of Pentecost, we are all invited to loosen up and move a little! Fifty days have passed since Easter, and the disciples have been paralyzed with fear and inertia.  Then God's Spirit arrives, like wind, like fire, to dwell in Jesus' followers and energize them for ministry.  Everything changes!  They get the courage and communication skills to build the church in Jesus' name.  Two thousand years later, the Spirit is still equipping and energizing us to bring more goodness, justice, and peace to the world. Thanks be to God for the gift of the Holy Spirit, and for the new life it brings to each one of us, to our vibrant church, and to the world.

                             In the Spirit,                      

May Calendar
Friday, May 13

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

10:45 a.m.
  11:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Embodied Spirit = Joy
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.
10:45 a.m.

Racism, Class, and Power with Pastor Bev
Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!
Let's Talk: Racism & Anti-Racism
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.
11:30 a.m.

What's Coming Up at PC(USA) General Assembly - the National Church Meets
Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!

Sunday, May 29 - 
Right after church!
11:30 a.m. 
Lunch, Games, Hiking
Samuel P. Taylor Park 

All are welcome!  

Wear your hiking shoes or your bocce shoes, bring sunscreen and jackets, and let's play games, hike, sing, BBQ and have fun together!  Bring what you want to BBQ and bring a potluck dish to share. Water, iced tea, and decaf coffee will be provided. Other drink selections welcomed; there will be an ice chest available.
Other suggestions:
camp chairs, games, bikes, guitars, books
See you there!
Elder Linda Peltzman, 
Membership Nurture 

SHPC Youth 

Shannon Mong (and her independence-minded dog Neo) accompanied 7 SHPC youth on a high-spirited hike on Sunday afternoon, May 1. Warren, Andrew, Juliet, Ava, Jordan, Lucas R, and Lucas O began in the Sleepy Hollow Open Space and ambled into Terra Linda, where we pondered over and selected Three Twins ice cream to devour.  After being distracted by a mechanical helicopter (which almost everyone individually rode), the youth completed the uphill portion of the 2.5 mile hike -- including an adventurous scramble up a rocky slope.  This hike was a "thank you" to the youth, for their cooking contributions to the winter's REST program, which wrapped up in April.  Stay tuned to this newsletter for info about youth volunteer opportunities this summer!
                                            THANK YOU, SHANNON!

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.


Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Friday, May 13th 
Acts 2

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

Michael McCarty, for complete recovery;
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.

Small Steps film to be screened at Presbytery of the Redwoods May 17 Meeting!
First Presbyterian of Petaluma, 1 p.m.

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! 

Our next small step towards GREENING our church will be putting solar panels on the church roof. No donation too small; Click here to donate

Healing Yoga this Friday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m.

with Karen Baigrie

Yoga Dates:
May 13th & 20th 
June 3rd & 10th 

Support the Mission!
Mexico Mission 2016


Funding amount update: $7,985 as of May 11th, 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
The Zig and Zag of Circumstances

I experience a lot of surprises and changes that are beyond my control. Don't you?
The zig and zag of circumstances require us to adjust, cope, and in some instances accept that they must be a part of a bigger plan that is shaping our destiny. Coping, however, with change caused by uncontrollable circumstances is challenging. When it occurs, my advice is to take a step back before reacting. What might be our first reaction (and maybe an appropriate one) could create a clash or trigger something that would cause friction moving forward. 
When a zig occurs, its our ability to zag that keeps things on track. Try to maintain a positive attitude, even when its difficult to appreciate or see any benefits from the unexpected disruption. Be steady ... shift gears and re-calibrate. 
I once had a powerful player in the the industry throw me out of his office in about 3 minutes and claim that he - and only he - would be the one to produce THE FIRST WIVES CLUB Musical should a stage adaptation be in the cards for its future. And why shouldn't he think that, he was the celebrated producer of the Paramount movie.
Thank goodness my partner, Jonas Neilson, steadied and calmed me all the way from LA (I was in NY). He shared a very important phrase with me ... "Paul, no never means no". 
He assured me that in show business a "no" often is the catalyst that triggers a different solution or outcome. 
How many times have you heard a "no", but continued with your passion, got creative and found a way to eventually turn that no into a "yes" - in other words changed the zig into a zag. That's what we did, and today Jonas and I are the official Paramount designated lead producers of THE FIRST WIVES CLUB Musical. We worked through the obstacles and troubled circumstances - in other words, when he zigged, we found a way to zag.
God has given us some comforting scripture when we are zigging and zagging through unexpected circumstances:
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be there with you." Joshua 1:9
"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall." Ps 55:22
"All things work together for good for those who love God, and are called according to his purpose." Rom 8:28
From the Warner Bros lot in LA ... where I am zigging and zagging,
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.
Come to Family Camp July 3-8 at Zephyr Point, Lake Tahoe!
Pastor Bev is on the Faculty!

If you haven't planned something special for July 4th week yet, consider a week of Presbyterlan camp at Zephyr Point! Bring the family or come by yourself to join a community of progressive Christians, spend mornings with scholars and church leaders, afternoons with loads of recreational opportunties, and evenings in community. Enjoy Lake Tahoe at your footsteps. 

To register, click this link and you will see "Online Registration" on the right tab bar. 

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

Tell Congress: Support Palestinian Children's Rights
Urge your representative to sign the McCollum letter asking President Obama to appoint a Special Envoy for Palestinian children.  Click here to send a message today!
An April 2016 report from Defense for Children International - Palestine states:
Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP) collected affidavits from 429 West Bank children detained between 2012 and 2015 that show three-quarters of them endured some form of physical violence following arrest. In 97 percent of the cases, children had no parent present during the interrogation or access to legal counsel. Israeli police also did not properly inform them of their rights in 84 percent of the cases.
DCIP statistics show that at the end of February, there were 440 Palestinian children in Israeli military detention. Seven of these children were being held under administrative detention, meaning they could be held without charges or trial indefinitely.
We need to act on behalf of these most vulnerable members of society, and we have an opportunity to do just that. Minnesota Representative Betty McCollum has initiated a letter to President Obama, asking him to appoint a Special Envoy for Palestinian children.
Palestinian children living under occupation face crippling daily realities as well as dim prospects for their future - a situation that has fueled an escalation in violence in recent months. As the letter states, "The recent attacks against Israelis, including those perpetrated by Palestinian youth, are profoundly disturbing and must be condemned...At the same time, the root causes of such violent acts must be examined and understood within the context in which they are taking place. Does a life of utter hopelessness and the collective psychological trauma associated with the Palestinian people living for decades under Israeli military occupation directly contribute to the violence?"
Act now to provide for a more hopeful future.  Contact your representative today!

$22 -  General Admission 
$18 - Seniors 60+ and Students 13 to 18  
$8 - 12 and under.  
Friday and Saturday
 May 13 and 14 at 8 PM  
Marin Center Showcase Theater
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
Advance tickets: Marin Center Box Office

May 15 at 2:30 PM
St. Vincent's Church/ Theatre
1 St. Vincent's Drive, San Rafael
Advance tickets: Jeans To A T, 
1314 2nd Street, San Rafael

Online at
or by calling 415-491-9110 
All tickets can be purchased at the door.

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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