Presbyterian Mission Work in Africa is Partnership
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
June 9, 2016
World Mission Month Continues with...
What is our Church Doing in Africa?

     What does world mission look like in the Presbyterian church today?  
A great example:  SHPC is sending our Mexico Mission youth off on a bus Saturday morning to build homes in Northern Mexico.  Our MM team works in partnership with Amor Ministries, and Amor works in partnership with local pastors.  We work side by side in relationships of respect and shared humanity with our brothers and sisters in Mexico.  

     This Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we turn our focus to the other side of the world!  Please join Pastor Bev in welcoming special guest Doug Tilton, who serves as our Presbyterian Regional Liaison and Mission Co-Worker for Southern Africa.  Doug will fill us in on what the Presbyterian church's role has been in ending apartheid, combatting AIDS, and working in partnership on today's problems.  He is a delightful person and speaker, so please stay for Let's Talk and bring your questions about Africa and world mission today!

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

I am so excited to welcome Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) Mission Co-worker based in Capetown, South Africa, to SHPC this week!  

I first met Doug last summer when we both traveled to East Jerusalem as part of the national office's review of Presbyterian support for the two state solution in Israel/Palestine. Doug arrived on crutches -- under doctor's orders to put no weight on his broken foot -- from South Africa via Istanbul. He proceeded to get up and down the stairs of our team's mini-bus about a million times and to clamber up and down the stairs of countless non-elevator buildings in the West Bank, through cobbled alleyways in refugee camps, you get the picture.  He is game!  And he has so many stories for us about our church in Africa!
Don't miss this Sunday!

With joy,


June Calendar
Friday, June 10

Bible Study
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.

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

PC(USA) 222nd General Assembly meets in Portland, OR -- Pastor Bev will be there from June 19 in the evening through 6/26.
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 - Cuba!
Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!
Wednesday, June 29
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Hand chimes
SHPC Choir - New Singers Welcome!

Join Pastor Bev in Welcoming Doug Tilton this Sunday 6/12

Doug Tilton has been a PC(USA) mission co-worker in South Africa since 1992.  He has served in a variety of capacities, most recently (since 2005) as regional liaison for Southern Africa, helping to strengthen the mutual ministries of the PC(USA) and its partner churches in Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Doug's background is in public policy advocacy, and he acts as an advocacy resource person to a number of PC(USA) mission networks around Africa.  He was also a member of the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy study team that produced the report, "Israel-Palestine: For Human Values in the Absence of a Just Peace" that will be considered by the 222nd General Assembly.
SHPC's on the National Presbyterian Church Website
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)

The SHPC Green and Garden Teams 
would love your support - 
With your donations of dollars (any amount) 
and your precious time,
we are building up the world.
Share these opportunities with friends!
Donate now: - Search for "Small Steps"
or write a check to "Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church" and note "Solar Project"
Log into Volunteer Spotall you need to input is your email, and sign up for the various activities occurring this summer/harvest season. The following sign-up includes opportunities to help grow food, sell food, deliver food and teach younger people about great food! Please contact with any questions.
Bible Study with Pastor BevFriday, June 10th @ Noon 

All are welcome, especially Bible beginners!

An amazing story:  Numbers 27:1-11 - the story of Zelophehad's assertive daughters - and 1 Cor 12:4-13

Please Remember in Your Prayers

Students as they finish exams and graduate, for strength, hope, and optimism;
Job seekers of every age, for energy to put their best feet forward, good self-esteem, support from community, and abiding hope;
Our Mexico Mission team as they travel to Northern Mexico and build homes there, for safety and traveling blessings, for solidarity, strength, and hope;
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, and for all our mission co-workers around the world, for safety, strength, support, and continued vitality;
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.
 LAST (scheduled) YOGA SESSION
This Friday, June 10th

 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 5:30 pm, but I will be available from 5:15 pm 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, it's never too late to start a good thing!  

Karen Baigrie
Support the Mission!
Mexico Mission 2016
Join The MM 2016 Team in a Send Off this Saturday, June 11th at 6:00 a.m. to Show Your Support
Mexico Mission 2009

Funding amount update: 
$9,675 as of June 1st, 2016

Mission Trip
June 11-18
Departure and Mission
June 19
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mandatory Attendance
Mission Return Service
Return Brunch Following Service

We're changing things up a bit!
You are encouraged to ask Wil over to your home for dinner!  Any night by pre-arrangement.

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

Wil is spending most afternoons with Betty at Harmony House, so please call him in the morning or evening at 415-454-8303.  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
When You Feel You've Been Painted into a Corner

There are times when past or present circumstances make you feel like you've been painted in a corner. 
I've watched people who, due to bad decisions, struggling finances, or because they are feeling lonely and detached, think they have been painted into a corner. Feeling like they're treading water so to speak, or navigating their lives in quick sand.
The worst part is if you feel there's no way out. 
I am convinced, however, that God is right there with us at times like this. In fact, the Bible says God is not only next to us through such circumstances but in Psalms it says He "pursues us" at times like these.
I love to turn to Isaiah 43:18,19 whenever I feel cornered. In this marvelous passage God says, " Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past, for I am doing a NEW thing ... I am making a way in the wilderness and will provide streams in the wasteland."
In other words. God is saying, "I've got this ... I've been there before". Hear the reflections of Australian Pastor Brian Houston, "God is ready and able to pursue what is necessary to jump start your situation. God is a God of action, one able to make a road in your wilderness, and forge a river in your desert." One of the ways we make meaning in our lives is to believe that things happen for a reason. We are to learn from them, grow from them and change because of them. But getting out of a stagnant set of circumstances may take divine intervention. 
It may be the time God chooses to provide a river through the wasteland. Rivers flow through stagnant depressed places. Rivers provide life to plants, fish, and so much more. If you've been painted into a corner look to God, your true friend, the One who knows you best and is most qualified to navigate the way out of your situation.
"One of the most powerful forces in human nature is one's belief that change is possible" (Shawn Achor). That's the starting point. Believe that if you're battling something huge, that change is possible. And that you have access to the greatest architect of change ... God. 
Embrace change, ask God to make a way out of your wilderness and provide a stream through your personal wasteland. I love what Maya Angelou has said, "I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it." Again I say, embrace change, that's a starting point, and look around yourself and make sure you're reaching out to help, instead of obstruct, those wanting to change along with you. We're all in this together. 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.
              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. 

Calling All Bikers!  Register TODAY!!!

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

Registration is NOW Open!!!  You can register for the 5 day tour, 48-37 mile ride, 20-10 mile ride, and two day rider slots. 

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
Our Mission Partners, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, invite you to consider this:

Dear Friends,

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
Summer Playwriting Workshop 2016
with Andrea Hart
JUNE 27-JULY 1st and 
AUGUST 15th-19th

TIMES:M-F, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 

PLACE:White Hill Middle School RM 601

COST: $150 Full Week    
$ 35 Daily drop in

You do not have to sign up for the entire time!
Different options Available

All current Middle School students are eligible to participate! Bring a friend!
Students will use a variety of writing, devising and improvisational exercises to create a play. Participants will discuss topics and themes, use a variety of exercises to explore those themes, devise short scenes around those themes and create a larger work incorporating the ideas of the entire group. Methods used might include physical improvisation, found and source material writing, Silent Sustained Writing, site-specific writing and other methods of devised theater.
Participants will learn about character development and arc, plot, universal themes, dramatic writing, employing stage directions, and using design elements to create a story.
Come for both weeks, one week or one day
or contact Yes Theater Managing Director 
China Tamblyn 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
E-mail us at or call us at 415-453-8221

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