Mexico Mission 
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
June 2, 2016
Time to Show Our Love
Mexico Mission Send-Off Sunday

     This Sunday, June 5, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we welcome our Mexico Mission team of teens with their families plus our terrific MM leaders to church to commission them for their trip.  Let's make sure they FEEL our support and appreciation.  The MM team built much of our Justice Garden, so we'll show them how much good the garden is doing. Together, we are building up the world.  Contributions from our SHPC Singers and the SHPC Green Team will make this a very special Sunday!

In This Issue
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Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

I'm back home from Dallas, where my Mom's memorial was a great comfort. Again, thank you so much for your prayers; they are healing.

Just a few minutes ago I was blessed with a wonder-filled reminder that Life goes on with all its beauty and newness.  I looked up from my laptop out my back door and saw 8-10 baby foxes scampering around the base of the large oak tree!  They were dancing around among themselves so swiftly that I couldn't get a good head count. Mama Fox was sitting in the hydrangeas, watching them.  I opened the screen a tiny bit to take a photo and they disappeared.  My picture was just tree and garden. I guess we'd better all remember to look up often to catch the surprising beauty of life!

I'm really looking forward to seeing you all this Sunday. 

                             With love,                    

June Calendar
Friday, June 3

Bible Study
Sunday, June 5
9:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!

Wednesday, June 8
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes
SHPC Choir - New Singers Welcome!
Saturday, June 11 - 18
6:00 a.m.
2016 Mexico Mission Trip
Send Off Breakfast
Sunday, June 12
9:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
The Church in Africa
Doug Tilton, Our PCUSA Mission Worker from South Africa
Communion Sunday
Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!
Let's Talk - About the Church in Africa
Saturday, June 18 - 25

PCUSA General Assembly
Sunday, June 19
9:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
MM Participants Share Their Stories
Potluck Brunch w/ the MM Families
Wednesday, June 22
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes
SHPC Choir - New Singers Welcome!
Friday, June 24

Bible Study
Sunday, June 26
9:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Cathy Sarkisian Preaching
Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!


PHOTO ALBUM                                     


SHPC is featured on the National Presbyterian Church Website
Last week SHPC was
featured on the PC(USA)
national e-blast:
Youth from the Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church prepare gardens for planting. -Ethan Russell
"The rolling hills and beautiful valleys of Marin County, California provide the perfect backdrop for Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church. One look at this majestic landscape and it doesn't take much to inspire people to protect and nurture it.
With growing concern about the environment, drought and children living in poverty, the Sleepy Hollow congregation was motivated to form an environmental "Green Team" in 2014 and they didn't have to go very far to determine where to start."... (READ FULL ARTICLE)

Bible Study with Pastor BevFriday, June 3rd @ Noon 

All are welcome, especially Bible beginners!
Psalm 23, 1 John 4:7-8, and the stories of Moses and Jesus asking God to choose someone else

Please Remember in Your Prayers

Students as they finish exams and graduate, for strength, hope, and optimism;
Victims of gun violence and their loved ones, for God's comfort, and for the USA, responsible governance to end the epidemic of gun violence;
The San Rafael City Council, to remember the most vulnerable when they meet on Monday, June 6th;
The homeless community during the long months when they are not sheltered by the REST program;
For the loved ones of Anne Brown, Pastor Bev's Mom, comfort in their bereavement;
Adam Abu-Aly, for successful foot surgery and speedy recovery;
Ryan Burks, son of Warren and Jackie Burks, for healing, and for strength and hope for his family;
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.


How to get to our meeting points:

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Other ways to participate:
* Wear Orange and share your photo on Facebook or Twitter with #WearOrange
* Share why you wear orange. Go to and create a photo with "I #WearOrange for"

BEAT THE HEAT with yoga at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church this Friday evening, June 3 from 5:30-6:30pm.

 Warm weather means warm muscles and greater opening in our bodies, but we can also overheat! We will practice a cooling flow with lots of time for easing our end-of-a-hot-week bodies. 

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 or adaptations.

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

Class is donation based, $5-$10 suggested, anything welcome. 

See you on Friday, its never too late to start a good thing!  

Karen Baigrie

Looking ahead yoga dates are as follows: June 10  & then possibly in the summer depending on everyones travel plans, we will discuss this week and next.

Support the Mission!
Mexico Mission 2016

Let's All Come to Church Sunday, June 5th @ 9:30 a.m. to support & send off our 2016 MM Team
Service is for EVERYONE! :) 

Mexico Mission 2009

Funding amount update: 
$9,255 as of June 1st, 2016

Meeting Dates
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: 
JUNE: Nancy & Frankie'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
You Were Meant For More

The scriptures say, "The Lord your God is living among you. He takes great delight in you and rejoices over you" (Zephaniah 3:17).
Its a great discovery to realize God rejoices and celebrates us. Let it sink in. The smartest, most powerful person in the universe actually celebrates you.
Why? Because He knows your potential and delights in having specific tasks and opportunities earmarked for you.
We weren't intended to simply coast through life or be on automatic pilot. Our instincts and desires reveals what God wants us to pursue. But to do so we have to be the person God meant us to be.
Alicia Keyes has just written a wonderful essay entitled "Time to Uncover". In her case, a successful career forced her to wear masks and hide behind them. It actually scared her how she was censoring herself. Her new album addresses these feelings as she relates ..."I don't want to cover up any more. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my struggles, not my dreams".
As we begin the summer months, I would encourage each of us to "uncover" too. To connect with who we are, what we feel, and what we are meant to pursue. It's the start of summer, a new season. So let's get moving. If you fall down, get back up. But, don't give up.
I am in a business that has doors slam in your face every day; one that has people soiled with mischievous motives; yet, I have developed a resilience and confidence to not give up -and to pursue what I believe God wants me to accomplish in spite of the obstacles. The reason I am inspired to do so, is because I was meant for "more" by being where God wants me to be being the person He intended me to be.
One of the keys to accomplishing this -- "more" -  in our lives, is to be focused. A lack of focus causes a lack of finish. The Bible reminds us to, "Run the race with endurance that is set before us", and that we are " His workmanship, created for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should accomplish them." 
As you move forward this summer, it is my hope that you will realize and recognize that you were "meant for more". As a group of believers, we can sit and do little, or we can get focused and do a lot in the weeks ahead.
Here's to a great summer ... and listening to that quiet voice prompting us to get busy and turn the volume up on our dreams.
You're 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.
              An Update from our own Alec Kenilvort

It has been far too long. All is well with me. I was assigned to Extended Spring in Arizona out of spring training, but got called up to our Low A affiliate in Asheville, NC after a few weeks in the desert. This was my goal coming into the year so I am ecstatic to be a part of this club. 
Our team is the Asheville Tourists in the South Atlantic League. We're currently in second place in our division and playing really well. I've been pitching fairly well, learning something new with every outing and doing my best to improve every day. 
Asheville is a great town. It reminds me a lot of Berkeley, so it feels a bit like being home in the Bay Area. 
The travel in this league has been pretty easy so far, no 14 hour bus rides like in previous years. We are currently on a road trip to Kannapolis, NC and are heading to Hagerstown, Maryland tomorrow. We have spent some time in a few cities in Georgia and West Virginia so far, as well. Everything is so green everywhere we go, this part of the country is beautiful! 
Hope all is well with you. I'm sending my love to the SHPC family, I miss you all!
I'll keep you posted as the season goes on. Talk soon!

For a Great Summer Vacation, Come to Presbyterian 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 Presbyterian 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 opportunities, 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. 

*Also Father's Day
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

  June is Torture Awareness Month
from the NRCAT:

Dear Friends,

Today, The Guardian launched 
6x9, a powerful new virtual reality experience of solitary confinement which places viewers inside a U.S. solitary confinement prison cell. 

As you prepare for Torture Awareness Month this June, join NRCAT in sharing this experience with members of your faith community, as a part of a call to action to end the torture of solitary confinement. Here's how: 

1. Download a free mobile app for 6x9, available via the App Store and Google Play. This app allows users to fully experience a 9 minute virtual reality solitary cell on their own, with or without a Cardboard viewer. Note: You will need headphones for this experience. Click here for more information on Cardboard viewers and to purchase one.

2. To watch 6x9 without a smartphone, watch the 360 video on your computer.

Also, NRCAT has prepared a set of 6 posters to accompany the set-up of a virtual reality solitary experience in your community - click here to download the posters.

NRCAT has scheduled virtual reality solitary confinement experiences of 
6x9 utilizing this new technology at two major national religious conferences this summer: the Islamic Circle of North America's National Convention in Baltimore, MD and the National Youth Event, hosted by the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Orlando, FL. NRCAT will be staffing these events and providing resources, action steps, and a solitary confinement set. I invite you to contact me at ldownton@nrcat.orgto schedule an event at your upcoming conference or advocacy event. The NRCAT team would be glad to support you in setting up this experience locally and answer any questions as you prepare.

Together, we will end the torture of solitary confinement. Thank you for taking action to share this powerful new resource in your community.

Rev. Laura Markle Downton
Director, U.S. Prisons Policy & Program
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
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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