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Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
July 7, 2016
Celebrating Five Years of Shared Ministry

This Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we'll celebrate five years of shared ministry with Pastor Bev and Michael, whose first Sunday at SHPC was July 10, 2011.  We have a lot to celebrate!  Let's look back at how God has blessed SHPC and rejoice in the many signs of God's lively presence and abundant love in the life of our congregation.  The SHPC Singers has something special for us! 
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev 

Our Clerk of Session, Dennis Latta, Michael, and I are all enjoying the Zephyr Point Presbyerian Camp on the shores of Lake Tahoe immensely this week.  But we're wishing more of our SHPC family were here with us!  Calendar the week of July 2, 2017 right now and let's do this!  This idyllic spot has been a PC(USA) property and ministry since 1924.  We're staying in the lodge, right next to the water, the beach, with gorgeous views of the sunset.  And yes, I am on the faculty and teaching 7 hours of class on mass incarceration as well as preaching.  It's a great experience, and we are going to remind you over the year to make this a priority for next year.
We'll be back Friday afternoon, and I'm looking forward to celebrating five years at SHPC with all of you this Sunday.  What a blessed journey this has been!  
With love,

July Calendar
Friday, July 8


Bible Study with Paul Lambert
Sunday, July 10

9:30 a.m.

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

Coffee & Cake- All are Welcome!
Wednesday, July 13

6:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes

SHPC Choir - New Singers Welcome!
Friday, July 15


Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, July 17

9:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.

Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!

Sunday, July 24

9:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m.


Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!

PC(USA) 222nd General Assembly Highlights
Pastor Bev is just back from the June 2016 national church convention. Here are some highlights.  Please contact Pastor Bev with any questions or feedback!

PC(USA) leaders issue post-General Assembly letter

to the church

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter

under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3 

     Brothers and sisters in Christ, there is a new season in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), as witnessed by the actions of the 222nd General Assembly (2016). The body of 594 commissioners who gathered June 18-25 in Portland, Oregon, elected Co-Moderators Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, and J. Herbert Nelson as the Stated Clerk. Both were historic, and both signal a new way forward for our church.

     The business decisions made by the body also were transformative for the 1,572,660 members and 9,642 churches of the PC(USA). The work wasn't easy, and involved careful deliberations. Collectively, the body acted on nearly 100 overtures by discerning the will of Christ.

Third generation Presbyterian pastor elected Stated

Clerk of PC(USA)
J. Herbert Nelson becomes first African American to lead

nation's largest Reformed body

GA turns back move to divest from fossil-fuel firms
Opponents say maintaining investments gives PC(USA) more clout

GA approves report re-evaluating two-state solution in Israel/Palestine

Belhar added to PC(USA)'s Book of Confessions

Action Alert: 
Urging Congress To Do Their Job, 
Pass Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

After the historic and unprecedented Democratic sit-in on the House floor
Wednesday June 22 to urge the House to take up what it has long ignored 
- preventing gun violence - it is now up to us, people of faith, 
to take this message to our Representatives.
This is a perfect time for you to let your Representative know that 
ignoring the epidemic of gun violence will not protect public safety. 
Every day 91 people in the United States are killed by a gun. 
Yet, the House and Senate continue to act as if this is not happening
because of the stifling grip of the gun lobby.
Take Action Against Gun Violence Today by clicking here


July 8
July 22
August 19

Join us for summer-time YOGA IN THE HOLLOW we will practice from 5:30-6:30pm at Sleepy Hollow presbyterian Church.
 Summer heat is wonderful, it opens our bodies and muscles is a seasons for moving and getting outdoors. 
Yoga is the perfect union of movement and energy and the cooling and centering we need at the end of a hot day.
Join us for a flowing, centering and heart opening flow.
The main class will get going at 5:30pm, but I will be available from 5:15pm if you are new to yoga or would like to arrive early to discuss poses or adaptations.
We are a community class for all levels and all ages.
Class is donation based, $5-$10 suggested, anything 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 

Bible Study - July 8th w/ Paul Lambert

Please Remember in Your Prayers

The PC(USA), as it discerns and follows God's call to be a Matthew 25 church, and its new Co-Moderators, Revs. Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, and Stated Clerk, Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson;
The people of Istanbul, and all those whose lives have been broken by violence;
Michael McCarty, our music minister, for full recovery from surgery;
Our Mexico Mission team as they re-integrate into Marin life after their mission trip;
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;
Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;

Rev. Kate Taber, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in East Jerusalem;
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.
June 2016 Garden Report -
New Irrigation System is IN and ON

After our magnificent spring Work Day, our veggies, herbs, and flowers are thriving in our glorious garden! We have been working over the last several weeks to get an irrigation system installed in the new planting beds, and with the help of Michael and Patti, our crops will be happy on this new automated system! HUGE thanks to Patti and team for watering by hand up till this point!  Now we can leave the dials be, as they turn on/off automatically.  Please contact Michael or Patti with any questions about the new system. 

ALL are welcome to take part in our garden ministry - see information below. Reward yourself with meditative and centering time in the Justice Garden. 
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:
Become part of the Volunteer Team at Short Elementary, one of the most under-served schools in Marin 

SHPC's own Merle Ongaro teaching at the Short School

We are joining our mission partner, First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael (FPC/SR), in inviting you to participate in an after-school enrichment program with art, science, cooking, and computer technology classes at Short School Elementary in downtown San Rafael. Working with small student groups in grades K-4, volunteers assist the program teachers with creative instruction and help each child succeed in school.

Short School is a kindergarten through fourth grade school with one of the most under-served student populations in Marin County. 97% are Hispanic children from the San Rafael Canal neighborhood.

We are seeking volunteers to assist the program teachers by accompanying and helping the children as they do their projects. We are hoping volunteers may be able to assist Wednesday afternoons from 2:00-4:30 once a week or 1-2 times per month for a semester, September - December 2016.

Youth on the Move After-School Program

Contact FPC/SR to become a volunteer or

find out more about the program.

Ann Pope | | 415-456-6760 xt.15

Cooking & Nutrition

Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:15 pm

Two 40 minute class sessions

Students learn about nutrition and prepare simple,

delicious food to eat each week. Volunteers support the

cooking teacher by helping to set up and clean the kitchen

and demonstrate safe food practices. Chef Hollie Green

from JoyFoodly provides weekly menus for class lessons,

visit to see what we're cooking!


Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:15 pm

Two 40 minute class sessions

Students learn how to care for a community garden by

preparing soil, learning about seeds, tending to the planting

and watering, and the harvesting of herbs, fruits and

vegetables. Our volunteers support the gardening class

by participating in group discussions, interacting with student

and demonstrating organic gardening practices.

Art & Science

Wednesday from 2:00 - 4:15 pm

Two 40 minute class sessions

Students learn the basic elements of art and science with

hands-on activities. Volunteers support the teachers by

helping prepare class lessons, demonstrate concepts and

encouraging students to explore new materials. Our aim

is to create rich learning opportunities that foster growth,

learning and fun!


Kid's Corner
Upcoming Summer Fun 
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 

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: 

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

There's a beautiful song by this title that was written by Burt Bacharach and recorded by Dionne Warwick and later by Luther Vandross. I heard it this weekend and stopped dead in my tracks. It was very emotional and led me to thinking, what really is "home" in this day and age.
Is it walls? Furniture? A bed spread? Mom's cooking? A backyard with familiar flowers?
I think home (in any era) is a place where you feel comfortable, feel accepted and where tears dry at their own pace. Robert Frost said, "home is the place that whenever you go there, you're always welcomed." Harriet Beecher Stowe describes it as "life's dressing room". 
I like that analogy. As you know, I have the privilege of being backstage around dressing rooms a lot. They posses a secluded privacy and unique ambience. Spontaneity and fun abound in the craziness of a cast's backstage surroundings. I've know certain stars who come to their dressing rooms hours before the curtain goes up just to relax and mentally prepare. Why? Because its their "home" away from home.
For me ... the concept of home is like a nest. It's a place where I unplug, let go, reboot, and can frolic unshaven and be in sweats. I think "home" in this day and age transcends walls and zip codes. We can actually take our "home" (or nest) with us wherever we go. Having my iPhone and being able to plug into a local wifi connection means much of my world and most of my close relationships stay with me no matter where I'm at or what I'm doing.
When referring to home, Proverbs says "By wisdom a home is built, and by understanding it is established." There is a gripping lyric in the song I referred to above that says, " A house is not a home ... if there's no one there.  If one of us has a broken heart ... don't let one mistake keep us apart". Relationships are definitely a key to inner satisfaction and a stable "home". 
As you think about what makes your "home" what you want it to be and would like it to be ... remember, its your nest. Build it with the twigs of your choice. And always remember, it takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. Make your home yours, take initiative, and deal with anything that needs mending or forgiving in order for it to be at peace and a healthy environment.
Have a great week ... 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.

Calling All Bikers!  Register for the Presbytery's Hunger Ride, the Pedal 4 Protein

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

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

 Directed by our own Jen Boyton, with an OUTSTANDING CAST!  Jen is featured July 22nd and 24th! 

Summer Playwriting Workshop 2016
with Andrea Hart 
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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E-mail us at or call us at 415-453-8221

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