Liberation Theology in Cuba
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
June 23, 2016
June is World Mission Month ...
On the Ground in Today's Cuba

     So far this month we've traveled to Mexico with our home building teens, and to Africa with our South African Liaison, Doug Tilton. This Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 9:30 a.m., we'll hear from our own Cathy Sarkisian, who's just back from a worldview expanding trip to Cuba! Cathy traveled to Cuba with the Mayflower Chorus, and this spirited group sang their way around the island.  Hearing from Cubans about what life in Cuba under Castro has really been like, compared to what we have heard here in the USA, was illuminating and great food for thought. Cathy will bring her insights about these experiences and the Bible to us for a fascinating morning.
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

Pastor Bev sends her greetings from the PC(USA) General Assembly in Portland, OR this week.  She returns Sunday, June 26 after church.
While she is away, Rev. Bentley Stewart is covering your pastoral care emergencies.  He can be reached at 407-489-1258.

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/July Calendar
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.
Friday, June 24

NO 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!
Friday, July 1


Bible Study
Sunday, July 3

9:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

Radical Christianity

Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!
Wednesday, July 6

6:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes

SHPC Choir - New Singers Welcome!
Friday, July 8


Bible Study
Sunday, July 10

9:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.
Celebrating Five Years of Shared Ministry w/ Pastor Bev!

Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!

Another Great Year for Mexico Mission!



Follow the link above to view all the photos from the mission trip
Follow the link above to view the slideshow, made by Katie Davidson 

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.            


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).

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.

Sign Up Here:
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
Lost and Found

"Finding Dory" is a smash hit. It crushed box office records and achieved the biggest opening weekend in animated film history (doing over $180 million worldwide). I had the privilege of seeing it prior to its release in a private screening at Pixar headquarters and was amazed by its spectacular ambiance and heart-felt impact.
The well developed characters are beautifully animated by the Pixar geniuses and the spot on voice overs done by Ellen Degeneres, Diane Keaton, Albert Brooks and so many others were delicious.
As I listened to the music and giggled at the unexpected special effects, I started to go to a curious place emotionally. The plot and sentiments conveyed caused me to explore my own thoughts about what its like to be lost. Dory, a bright eyed blue tang fish, has been separated from her parents and spends most of the movie navigating her predicament, reaching out to others for help, and making many discoveries as she solved her dilemma.
Dory was lost (and had a handicap). Have you ever felt lost?  Are you feeling it now?
Well, if so, you're not alone. The sense of loneliness and abandonment can be treacherous. It has led many people to isolating themselves, feeling powerless, and needing a life raft. Everyone experiences a certain kind of emotional sequestration at one time or another.
I'm humored that even during the Bible's account of creation, God saw beauty and was pleased, but seems to have experienced loneliness. So He decided to do something about it and created the human race. God enjoys people, He likes fellowshipping with us, and will never let loneliness or our feeling of being lost separate us from divine hugs and protection. 
If you're feeling lost, one starting point is to turn outside yourself - turn away from the darkness - and toward the light. Jesus said, "I am the light of the world". Take a walk. Be alone with God. Say honestly and openly how you feel. 
God is never blind to your situation, never deaf to your prayers, and will never stop loving you. Don't mistake God's patience for God's absence. The Lord's timing is perfect and God's presence is constant. I have felt lonely. So I can speak with a comfort level on this subject. I have been disappointed and depressed at times, too.
But, I learned through my own experiences, to trust that my situation was temporary and that there really was a way out. God will never leave us nor forsake us. But while I was in the middle of feeling lost I learned to adopt what Dory says in the movie ... "Stay steady and KEEP SWIMMING!".
I hope this has been helpful ... go see the movie, it's terrific! And, remember ... whatever you're experiencing, there is a reason why; it's temporary; and you will get through it ...  someday, you may even choose to blog about it.
From LA ... 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.

Volunteers on the Marin side of the GGB await the SF side to meet and march in solidarity for victims of gun violence

On June 2nd, cities, public officials, political icons, celebrities, and the public proved that it is possible to hold discussion and stand in solidarity for the victims that have suffered due to gun violence nationwide. Sophie, the office admin at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, joined a large group in walking across the Golden Gate Bridge for the 2nd Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Here are some photos from that event!
Unfortunately, we have all been shocked to learn of the horrific tragedies that have taken place since June 2nd. The purpose of this walk was to create public, but most importantly, political attention for the need to amend legislation that supports gun safety in EVERY town. Legislation, that if intact, would have substantially prevented the access to guns that these killers are able to purchase and unleash horror onto another human life. My heart truly goes out to the victims of the Orlando massacre at the Pulse Nightclub, murder-suicide at the UCLA Campus of a professor as well as a murder-suicide at Plaza Live in Orlando of singer Christina Grimmie, and a drive-by killing of 17-year-old Reggina Jeffries in Oakland, CA. All of these have occurred within the last month, and it is only a handful of events...
Another thing to mention is that on Wednesday, June 15th, one of the longest filibusters in modern U.S. history was held, lasting 14 hours and 50 minutes. Congressional offices were flooded with tens of thousands of calls and over 95,000 signatures were signed on a petition calling for action from Congress in the wake of this mass shooting. While prayers are always welcomed and a healthy part of our humanity, taking a moment to act and speak up will really make all the difference. Text "DISARM HATE" to 644-33 to thank those senators that took the nearly 15 hour long stand to create an opportunity to introduce bills that will prevent suspected terrorists from getting guns and require background checks for all gun sales. This is the closest our nation has ever been for enacting gun sense laws, and you can be a part of that historic change. Go to to sign the petition and/or call your senator TODAY and: 1) Tell them your name, and that you're a constituent 2) Tell them that you want the senator to close the loopholes that let dangerous people get their hands on guns AND 3) Tell them you want the senator to vote to prohibit suspected terrorists and those convicted of violent hate crimes from legally buying guns, and to require background checks for all gun sales.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about and act on these issues,

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


Kid's Corner
This July, expect..
Kids' Let's Talks w/ Pastor Bev
Ice Cream Social
Game Night
Garden 101 - learn to harvest & share food

Look out for more announcements of dates and times in the coming week 

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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