SHPC FREE Summer Fun Mini-Camp Continues TODAY!

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
July 14, 2016
Our Summer Storytelling Series Begins with...
Heroes and Sheroes of the Old Testament

What have the familiar stories from the Hebrew Bible taught us about what it takes to be a hero or sheroe?  Moses parts the Red Sea, Esther is beautiful and outsmarts the enemy of her people, Daniel survives the Lion's Den - How do these stories shape our ideas about leadership and character today?  This Sunday, July 17, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we'll re-visit some favorite stories and explore our ideas about what makes a hero or sheroe.  Then we'll examine how those values work for good - if they do - in the world.  Our wonderful SHPC Singers have special music for us!  
In This Issue
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Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev 

Thank you, dear friends, for the amazing celebration of five years of shared ministry last Sunday! You all co-created a lifetime memory of love and joy, and my cup is overflowing!

Special thanks to Jody and Patti for the astonishing Love Note Tree, and to each and every one of you for your notes, which I treaure. It will have a special place in my home always! And many thanks to Kit and the Deacons for the delicious and artistic cake! Michael and I have both continued to enjoy it this week.  More thanks to Linda and the Flower Guild for the beautiful bowl of succulents, a lovely addition to my desktop.  And the music! Thank you, Cathy for the new lyrics to one of my favorite songs, and to Stephen, Sharon, and Hallie, too, for the great singing.  Thanks to all of you for being here and for your support over these five years as we've brought our best to the church.  What a blessing to be here with you!
With love,



Corrected Dates for Zephyr Experience 2017:

June 25-30, 2017

July Calendar
Thursday, July 14

2-5 p.m.
5-7 p.m.

Friday, July 15

                  10 - 2  


Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, July 17

9:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Heroes and Sheroes of the Hebrew Bible

Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!
Wednesday, July 20

6:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes

SHPC Choir - New Singers Welcome!
Friday, July 22


Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, July 24

9:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.


Summer Storytelling Continues
Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!
Wednesday, July 27

6:30 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes
SHPC Choir - New Singers Welcome!

Friday, July 29


Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, July 31

9:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.

Summer Storytelling Continues

Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!


Come Join the Fun!  FREE Summer Fun Mini-Camp with Pastor Bev and Charles Wei Continues Today from 2-5 p.m. with Game Night to Follow (see below)

Mosaic Art, Garden to Table Cooking, Games
What a joy to welcome back our former Youth Director, Charles Wei, who is an imaginative game designer, mosaic artist, UCC minister candidate, and mentor to kids.
Yesterday we harvested pizza toppings from the Justice Garden and made mosaics on our pizzas-- and learned about sustainable gardening and eating! 



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

Bible Study - July 15th w/ Pastor Bev - NOON

Please Remember in Your Prayers

Those killed and wounded in Dallas last week, and their loved ones, and all victims of gun violence and their loved ones;
Elected officials, may they work on stopping the epidemic of gun violence;
All people impacted by racial injustice, especially as it impacts our criminal justice and corrections systems, our education system, and our immigration detention system, may they know justice;  
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;
Joan Marks, dear friend of the Argillas, for healing and full recovery;
Michael McCarty, our music minister, for full 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; 
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!

Join Us Next Time for Yoga...

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. 

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
Don't Take the Bait!

I enjoyed a terrific lunch this week with business exec and savvy marketing pro Carolyn Goodman. We engaged in an energetic discussion about the modern digital age, social media, and how they have changed the landscape of marketing for most companies.
People get their information in different ways today. It's mostly on mobile devices, electronic tablets, or lap tops. Millions now communicate on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, , Pinterest, Snapchat, and Tumblr.
What was funny between us, was the common experience we each have had with people who don't relate well to this new era.
When a frustrated executive or entrepreneur just doesn't "get it", they usually start to waffle and resist one's marketing recommendations with a rolling of their eyes, a comment about "results oriented" methodology, or baiting us with some ludicrous statement that defies logic.
Baiting people is a big topic. In our everyday lives all of us are baited by individuals either fishing for a fight or anxious to trigger an emotional response. Believe me, I know it's tough to argue with someone who seems to be delusional, or believes their own lies.
In discussions like these, individuals love to egg you on, escalate friction, and then back off saying why are you becoming so polemic (controversial)? Beware of these individuals, who are experts at riling us up. They usually are hungry for attention and will happily misquote things to stir us up. 
I have to admit, I am trying to work on being better in these situations ... and, am going to try to employ two techniques ... 1) At the point of attack, ask God to intervene, and 2) Instead of reacting with a tidal wave of emotion start asking questions to clarify the person's point of view (or agenda). 
Asking questions can be powerful. It allows us to uncover the real issues at hand and relieve some of the other person's contentiousness and contrived behavior.
Situations like this are tough and often are laced with emotional pitfalls. It's not easy to avoid taking the bait - especially from someone we're familiar with. Someone who knows us, and knows how to push our buttons. A good scripture to remember when dealing with these situations is James 1:12 " Happy is the person who remains faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised."
So when a person aspires to get negative attention, befriends inaccurate information, and goads you ... "Don't take the bait". Remember, they know what they're doing and they are the one with the problem. You, on the other hand, have the wisdom of God, divine patience, and a Lord who has promised to help you resist temptation whenever it occurs.. 
That's powerful. That's needed. That's a promise of God.
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

Patty will be present on July 24th to answer any questions

Foster Parent Outreach

Become a Resource Family

1. Attend Orientation

Learn about the process of becoming a resource parent at one of our monthly

orientations with a social worker and an experienced resource parent.

Orientation Calendar 2016

July 26 | August 31 | September 22 | October 18

7-8:30pm at 3240 Kerner Blvd, Room 110, San Rafael

November 17 | December 8

7-8:30pm at 3250 Kerner Blvd, Room 107, San Rafael

2. Apply

Complete an application and background check.

3. Complete Training

Complete a training course and become CPR/First Aid certified.

4. Get Approved

Work closely with a social worker during a 60-90 day approval process. There will be interviews with family members and a home safety inspection. The interviews help make matches between a family's strengths and children's needs. Become a Resource Family

Resource Family Orientation

Learn about fostering opportunities!

July 26 | August 31

7-8:30 pm

3240 Kerner Blvd. Rm 110

San Rafael 94901
Questions? (415) 473-2200

 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
Sophia De Quattro, Editor
E-mail us at or call us at 415-453-8221

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