Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
August 18, 2016
Free to Be Me
Sunday, August 21 at 9:30 a.m. 
All Welcome!

The Psalmist tells us to make a joyful noise!  Sing and dance!  And this Sunday, August 21, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we'll do just that.  Our own Paul Lambert's passion for musical theatre sparked this joyful and exuberant celebration of authentic, caring, creative community. We'll hear from our SHPC Singers, Children's Program, Music Ministers, special guest Jen Boynton, and more!  Pastor Bev has a surprising role! Bring friends!

In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev 
We're busy at church this week getting ready to welcome the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce to our church TONIGHT from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., and you are all welcome to come on over!  The Garden Team has been harvesting and preparing delicacies fresh from the Justice Garden, and I have personally taste-tested delicious gazpacho, salsa, and more.  Thank you, Garden Team and wonderful chefs!

This is a great opportunity to show our town's business leaders and our neighbors how our Justice Garden, watered by our rainwater catchment system, produces thousands of pounds of quality produce for people who would otherwise go without. AND to tell the story of our church's remarkable Small Steps journey, which has brought us local and national recognition for Environmental Leadership!  The Garden and Green Teams would love to connect with more folks who'd like to be part of this beautiful nurturing world-building work.   

Hope to see you tonight and this Sunday, for Free to Be Me!  

In the Spirit,

August Calendar
Thursday, August 18

5:30 p.m.

Friday, August 19th
5:00 p.m.

Bible Study with Pastor Bev

SHPC Farmstand @ The Clubhouse
Sunday, August 21st
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.


Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!

Wednesday, August 24th

7:30 p.m.

SHPC Choir

Pastor Bev to Baltimore with the ACSWP

please call Rev. Bentley Stewart for pastoral care emergencies at 407-489-1258 through Wed. Aug. 31
Friday, August 26th


Bible Study with Paul Lambert
Sunday, August 28th

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

Empathic Imagination - Rev. Bentley Stewart 

Coffee & Fellowship - All are Welcome!

Bible Study - Friday, August 19th w/ Pastor Bev - NOON
Psalms 15, 95, 98, 100 and Romans 8

Please Remember in Your Prayers

All those who have lost their homes and/or suffered on account of the California fires, and for our firefighters;
All Olympic athletes, Team USA, and the people of Rio, for safe, healthy, and ethical Olympics to inspire us all;
Our country, for a national discourse of respect and dignity for all;
The family and loved ones of Deb Birrell, who passed away Monday, July 25, for God's comfort in bereavement;
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; 
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;

Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;

Rev. Kate Taber, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in East Jerusalem;
The world's poor, and all who suffer from disruptive climate change;

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.
Calling Garden, Farm Stand, and Short School Volunteers!

Find your bliss in our gorgeous Justice Garden, harvesting, or at the weekly Farm Stand starting up soon- contact

or Sign-up through

Let Patti or Bev know if you would like to join the team to volunteer at Short School in San Rafael this fall after school once a week for a month.

Find your bliss 
harvesting in the 
Justice Garden!

Val and Frankie joined Patti, Judy, Andrew, and Michael yesterday to harvest for the Chamber event.  You, too, can commune with God's good creation in the Justice Garden and it will be GREAT for your spirit!  

Just click to be placed on Patti's Garden team e-list for e-mails on upcoming harvest days and times, and for the up to date news on when our Saturday Farm Stand opens on Butterfield Road!  Or sign up on the links in the previous item! 

And thank you so much!
The Cook's Cozy Corner -
Pasta with Salsa Fresca

OK.  How about something very quick for a summer evening?  In the time you boil water for rigatoni, this will be ready.  In fact, it's a "no recipe" recipe.  Put your pasta water on to boil.  Take a pound or so of our beautiful cherry tomatoes and cut them in halves.  Chop up a garlic clove or two and a red pepper and toss them into a saute pan with some olive oil, and heat it gently for a few minutes (don't brown the garlic).  Turn the heat off.  When your pasta is cooked, drain it and put it, along with the cherry tomatoes, in the pan with the oil.  Toss it, adjust the salt, then add some basil leaves and toss it again.  You're done!

--Michael Durphy

Monday, September 19
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Angelico Hall, Dominican University, San Rafael
Congressman Jared Huffman 
'Risky Business' author Kate Gordon 
Carbon Pricing expert Michael Wara
Moderated by NextGen Climate COO & Novato Councilman
Josh Fryday
Tickets at
  SHPC Commits to Bringing Back Cynthia Scharf, Climate Change Expert from the United Nations, for More!

On Sunday, July 17, Cynthia Scharf visited our church. Cynthia Scharf has served since 2009 as the senior officer and speechwriter to the United Nations Secretary-General on climate change and sustainable energy, supporting the UN's top leader in framing the discourse on these critical global challenges. Ms. Scharf leads strategic communications, partnerships with civil society and the global scientific communities, and is responsible for writing the Secretary-General's speeches, media remarks, op-eds and thought leadership material on all aspects of climate change. 
Fairfax Mayor Renee Goddard and Cynthia Scharf love our garden
From 2011-2013, Ms. Scharf served as the head of communications for the Secretary General's Sustainable Energy for All initiative, a global public-private partnership seeking to expand energy access, efficiency and renewable energy in more than 80 countries. 

We're Gathering Interfaith Partners, Youth, and Youth Leaders to Address Climate Change Realities, Spiritual Impact, and Solutions

We are seeking to partner with the Marin Interfaith Council, local congregations, community leaders, schools, non-profits, youth activists, and counselors to host one or more events with Cynthia Scharf in the Sept. 29- October 2 time window.  Let Bev or  Patti Vance know if you feel called to be part of this world-saving effort! 

After Sunday's Sermon, Pam Selvig Bought Several Copies of 
The Kindness of Strangers...

And ran into the stranger (turned friend!) who edited the book, Don George, at the Travel Writers' Conference at Corte Madera
Book Passage! 

Don was delighted to hear that Pastor Bev had told stories from his book that morning!

Calling Youth of All Ages AND THEIR PARENTS  
SUNDAY, SEPT. 11 - 10:45 a.m.

LET'S HUDDLE Sunday, September 11 at 10:45 a.m. to talk about how the church can meet the needs of our young people for a safe, affirming, and fun "second home."  Pastor Bev serves on the Steering Committee of the Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative, (see upcoming events immediately below), along with our White Hill MS and Drake HS principals and others who are very concerned about the extraordinarily high rate of binge drinking, early onset of drug/alcohol use, and persistent feelings of sadness among young people in our wider community.
There's nothing more important that making the church a second home for our young people, a place where they feel accepted exactly the way they are, without having to compete or win approval. We have an important spiritual job to do so that our kids have the tools and support they need to make healthy choices and feel hopeful, not stressed, about their futures and the world.  This is Pastor Bev's passion.  Together we can find a way to make a very positive difference!
Fall 2016 Speaker Series 

Please see below and attached for information on the Fall Speaker Series events brought to you by our Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative.  We have put together four events featuring highly regarded speakers in each respective area and I strongly encourage you to attend these presentations/discussions.   They are open to all members of our community and we encourage parents with younger children to attend as well - it won't be long before you are facing the challenges associated with the topics referenced below and now is a good time for all of us to get educated and prepared.

6th Annual Youth Gleaning
and work projects for Green Gulch Farm

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Green Gulch Farm 
1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach, CA 94965
This is a youth event (primary grades 6-12) 
See what a broccoli plant looks like. Learn about our food system. Hear about how the fields are connected to Buddhism and other faith traditions and get your hands dirty in the soil.  We will be gleaning and doing other work projects on the farm. Long pants, socks and close toed shoes are recommended.
 Remember sunscreen & water.
or 415-456-6957
 by Wed, Sept. 21st
Recenter your Synergy With Yoga


August 19 - 5:30 p.m.

Join us for summer-time YOGA IN THE HOLLOW we will practice from 5:30-6:30pm at Sleepy Hollow presbyterian Church.
We are a community class for all levels and all ages.
Class is donation based, $5-$10 suggested, anything welcome. 


Wil LOVES being asked to dinner!

Thank you and bless you to all who have reached out to invite him over for a meal.  

He's been having a few problems with his telephone, so try 415-454-5575 if you don't get through on 415-454-8303.

Or grab him at church!  And thank him for his faithful and continuing FOOD BARREL MINISTRY (see below).

Click Above to See the impressive amount of canned and dry food donated by the Church!
Thank you all for your contribution! 

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
How to achieve "Being Free" and ultimately "Being You"
I am a firm believer that God is active today, present in our lives and knows exactly what's going on. Through the amazing concept of "grace", the one Pastor Bev assures us of each week, we are entitled to an extraordinary freedom that is desired by God, provided by God and utilized by God.
God desires that we be free from interference, tension and anxiety that threatens our steadiness and productivity. I have met many, who through their routines, challenges, or disbelief, never experience  - or plug into - this amazing kind of freedom.
How does one get it? We let go. That means we trust God with our biggest fears, our biggest problems, and those unexpected unknowns that couldn't be anticipated. Many of you know that my life dream and vocation is producing Musical theater. However, this business has an 80% failure rate. A lot of money is at stake with each show I am involved with - usually over $10 million dollars. 
In order to successfully get a project from the page to the stage, the creative team, the production professionals, the cast, the General Manager, the marketing team, the ad agency, the orchestra, ushers, the theater owners and all the investors need to collaborate and be rowing in the same direction.
I learned a long time ago, whether in pre-production or during a production, I must to do everything I can and address every conflict and misunderstanding as best as I can, and then
LET GO! -  leaving the next steps to God. This is precisely when I experience freedom. I feel liberated and actually get excited, because God is much better at resolving the big things than me.
Its important to emphasize, however, that both of us (God and each of us) play a role. We're an amazing team when facing and solving things together. 
It's really exciting to watch another individual discover and put into practice this kind of freedom. I urge you to claim it and utilize it. It will help free you from so much, make you more productive, and I'll bet even help you sleep better at night.
This Sunday we will musically illustrate much about this topic in our "FREE TO BE ME" celebration. I look forward to participating and enjoying the efforts of so many others. Right now I'm up high about 30,000 feet in the air on my way to NY. 
But, I promise to be back by the weekend ... I wouldn't miss "FREE TO BE ME" ... 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.

Donate Furniture to SFTS Students!

Donations will be accepted: Sunday, August 21, 1:00-4:00 pm Monday, August 22, 2:00-6:00 pm.
Drop off at Lower Alexander Hall, 40 Kensington Rd, San Anselmo, CA 94960 

Items especially needed: tables, chairs, sofas, love seats, desks, bookcases, linens, kitchen & laundry items, and kids' gear. Please no tube TVs, fold-out sofa beds, or oversize furniture. 
For more information, contact: Nancy Gutgsell, 415.451.2816, 
You are so appreciated!

Our mailing address is:

San Francisco Theological Seminary
105 Seminary Road
San AnselmoCA 94960


Saturday, September 10, 2016 | 10:00am - 3:30pm | $40 in advance | $50 at the door

Spend the day learning and preparing to lead this magnificent study which invites you to join  "a journey to expand our understanding of who Jesus was and is-a journey of our hearts and our minds, a journey that we will take together." Rev. Dr. Judy Yates Siker, author of the 2016 Horizons Bible Study, invites you to be good conversation partners along the way, sharing with one another how you see and experience the various lenses and how these different perspectives impact your understanding of who Jesus is. READ MORE

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

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
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Sophia De Quattro, Editor
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