Mexico Mission 2016
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
June 16, 2016
World Mission Month Continues with...
Mexico Mission Return Sunday

     This Sunday, June 19, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., let's all welcome back our Mexico Mission Team with a service of storytelling, song, and celebration of shared humanity. All are welcome for this youth-led service, and for potluck brunch afterwards.  Bring something delicious to share, and please stay for the wonderful slide show.  This morning is the next best thing to going on the trip!

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

We often say that the Presbyterian church is a connectional church, and last Sunday we learned so much about how we are connected with the Church across Africa and the MidEast, thanks to our guest Dr. Doug Tilton, PC(USA) Regional Liaison for South Africa. Doug shared stories about how Malawi women are being rescued from human trafficking by the cooperative effort of his colleague in Madagascar and their colleagues in Lebanon.  We learned about Presbyterian world mission workers teaching seminary graduates in Southern Africa to graft fruit trees, so that as new pastors they can teach their congregations how to grow nutritious food.  This is today's world mission.

Doug reminded us that if you want to feed a hungry person for a day, you give them a fish. If you want them to eat for longer, you teach them to fish.  And today's mission means you work with them to advocate for clean rivers with access for all.  This is today's world mission, and it is today's Presbyterian church.  Can you tell I am proud of our Presbyterian church?

I'll be away from this Sunday afternoon 6/19 through the following Sunday 6/26 at our denominational convention in Portland.  We will be connecting as a worldwide church and worshipping together, plus doing a lot of church business.  (Scroll down for details and a link so that you can follow us.)  Please pray for the PC(USA)!
With hope,                                   Bev

While Pastor Bev is away at our PC(USA) General Assembly in Portland, OR, 6/19-6/26, Rev. Bentley Stewart will be covering pastoral care emergencies 

You can contact him at 407-489-1258

June Calendar
Saturday, June 18

2016 Mexico Mission Bus Arrives SHPC

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 - TBD
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!

PC(USA) 222nd General Assembly: Follow the Events Virtually

The PC(USA) meets as a denomination every other year for a week of worship, fellowship, and church business.  Presbyteries (our regional governing bodies) across the country "overture" the General Assembly, seeking changes in church polity and policy. A
t the last GA, perhaps the most controversial overture seeked to change the longstanding definition of marriage in the Directory for Worship from "between a man and a woman" to "between two persons." This was approved by committee and passed on the floor of the Assembly.  Once ratified by a majority of the presbyteries, the barrier to same gender marriage in the church was removed.  

This year, a controversial overture, brought by Presbytery of San Francisco with over two dozen concurrences (including our own Presbytery of the Redwoods), would require the denomination to divest from fossil fuel companies.  Argument for and against this overture will be heard by the Immigration and Environmental Committee (9), and if approved, should pass to the floor of the Assembly mid-week. 

Pastor Bev has been asked by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy to serve as a resource person to both the Middle East Issues Committee (8) and the Social Justice Issues Committee (11) (voting rights reform and integrity of campaign finance).

Please pray for our General Assembly commissioners and for the whole Church.  You can follow all the business of the General Assembly by logging in to pcbiz at this link.            

Bible Study with Pastor BevFriday, June 17th @ Noon 

All are welcome, especially Bible beginners!
Genesis 9:12-17 - The Rainbow Covenant
Also:  Homosexuality in Leviticus and Romans 1.

Please Remember in Your Prayers

All those who lost their lives in Orlando and their loved ones;
All victims of gun violence and their loved ones;
Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;
Michael McCarty, our music minister, for full recovery from surgery;
Our Mexico Mission team as they travel home from Northern Mexico, for safety and traveling blessings, for meaning, strength, and hope;
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.

The Rainbow Flag

     The rainbow flag is displayed in many Presbyterian churches as a sign of solidarity with the LGBTQ community.  Jews and Christians share an understanding of the rainbow as a sign of God's promise of never-ending and all-inclusive love for all people (Genesis 9:12-17).

Last Week, MM 2016 Departed to Go Build,
This Week, MM 2016 Returns to Share Their Stories

Join Us This Sunday, June 19th for the MM 2016 Return Service
Follow the link above to view all the photos from the mission trip

Final funding amount: 

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


For the Saturday Morning Send-Off Breakfast

And All are Welcome for the 
Sunday, June 19th: Mexico Mission Return Service & Potluck Brunch-- Please bring a dish to share

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.

June is World Mission Month at SHPC 
Our African Mission Co-Worker is Dr. Doug Tilton

Left to Right: Kate Kraft, James Baigrie, Wil Swalberg, Dr. Doug Tilton, Karen Baigrie, Robyn Sweetman

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 to Let Go

I was thinking the other day about all the things I'm clinging to and clutching to that weigh me down. Summer is a good time to examine not only "when" to let go but also "what" to let go.
Letting go is hard work. Some things are emotional, some are professional, and some are material -- (isn't it funny how our closets and garages become museums to our past)?
I wonder if sometimes we hang on to certain undertakings because they give us a sense of identity. Perhaps this explains why we stubbornly cling to questionable relationships or painful predicaments. These quandaries actually influence who we are, and arbitrate what we care about. They also can cause us to get stuck in life - and many people I know are stuck -  and need to get "unstuck" big time. 
So what is the key?  "Getting unstuck" can start with small tangible acts. Reduce how many clothes we have in the closet - I'm sure there are things you can donate to the Goodwill or another terrific organization. Look around your rooms in the house or apartment, the closets, and the garage. Take 20% of it and junk it or donate it somewhere. I'm sure you can get by with the remaining 80%.
And, if you're like me, there are people in your life who are manipulative of your time, who complain, gossip, become extremely dependent and constantly share how bad things continue to happen to them. It's time this summer to evaluate these  relationships, we all harbor them. Their influence over you can be damaging and exhausting. Dealing with them, though, admittedly takes courage and some bold steps. I suggest you really pray about this - for wisdom and bravery in dealing with letting some of them go..
Un-complicating our minds by "letting go" is like weeding a garden. Doing so gets rid of the clutter. I believe this is necessary - whether it is eliminating material clutter or emotional clutter - it give us space for our creativity to flow that results in a healthier less stressful existence. Practice "letting go". Start by letting go of 4 or 5 things. Identify them and release them.
Making changes takes time, but it starts with a mental commitment followed by tangible actions. I like Ephesians 4:22-24 "Put off your old self which belongs to your former manner of life ... be renewed ... and put on a new self, created after the likeness of God."
I'm going to commit to the principle of "letting go" this summer starting now,  How about you? The Bible says "Cast your cares (and anxiety) on the Lord and He will sustain you" Psalm 55:22. 
I'm counting on God's help as I do this and so can you. 
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

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

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
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