Co-Moderator of the PC(USA), Rev. Denise Anderson, at the pulpit
with Rev. William Barber II 
"No Peace without Justice"
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
December 7th, 2017
Second Sunday of Advent 

      This Sunday, December 10, at 9:30 a.m., we continue our celebration of the holy season of Advent, centering ourselves in Peace. God calls us into the One Love and Light of the World, but how do we answer that call when the world seems to be pulling people apart, rather than together?  Our Youth Group will point us in the right direction this Sunday with their short video, Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas? Come and fill your hearts with peace!
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from Pastor Bev
We had such an amazing fall here at church, centering ourselves in peace; it's a great joy and relief to be able to focus on peace again this Sunday!  

Peace is very different from numbness, and the latter is a hazard of the holidays with so much busy, shopping, traffic, stimulation, food, and beverages!  Also for many of us, so much sadness and loneliness for those we've lost or miss, or because of depression, financial problems, medical problems.  All of which seem to intensify at this time of year!

The true peace that quiets the mind and nourishes our spirits leaves us awake to the beauty of life and the goodness of people, so that we're almost radiant from the smallest everyday encounter.  God invites us into that peace.  Say yes!  

Church is so lovely this season, and it is better when you are here! 
With blessings of peace,

December Calendar
Friday, December 8
                5:00 p.m.

Bible Study - All are welcome!
Advent/Christmas YOUTH Art Workshop
Sunday, December 10
                9:30 a.m.
              1 0:30 a.m.    
                4:00 p.m.
Second Sunday of Advent - One Love
Peace for All People and Youth Video
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome
Christmas Jubilee!
Tuesday, December 12
                5:30 p.m.

Women's REST @ Marin Health and Wellness Center, San Rafael
Wednesday, December 13
                 6:30 p.m.
                 7:30 p.m. 

Session meets at the church
SHPC Singers- Christmas! All Welcome
Friday, December 15

Bible Study - LAST ONE FOR 2017!

Sunday, December 17
                   9 :30 a.m.
                  10:30 a.m.
Third Sunday of Advent - One Love
One Love - Youth Christmas Pageant
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome
Shop at Ethan's Gallery to benefit the church.

Bible Study this Friday, December 8, Noon
Isaiah 2:1-4, Matthew 15:21-28
All are welcome.
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Those impacted by the Southern California fires,  safety for the thousands of firefighters battling against the raging fires, comfort and strength for those who have been evacuated, those whose homes and businesses have been destroyed, and those still awaiting news of their loved ones and houses;
Dennis Latta and Diane, Juliet, and the extended family as they mourn the loss of Dennis' father Leroy, for God's accompaniment, comfort, and peace as they grieve;
Nance Rosencranz, recovering from a stroke, for full and complete recovery, for God's loving presence to be felt;
Carolyn Goodman's sister Wendy, who lost her home to a house fire, for God's loving and constant presence, and for the loving support of all around her to be with her as she rebuilds;
Kalli Bane,  for relief from abdominal pain, and for restful sleep surrounded by God's love for her and her family;
Peg Maclise's sister Kim, for God's healing presence, and for PegGod's strength, love, and peace; 
Kelsey Lopin,  for total healing, renewed strength, continued flourishing, creativity, and energy to share her God-given gifts;
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy to continue to feel God's abiding presence in companioning her;
Our Muslim neighbors, subject to Islamophobia and hate crimes;
Those living in the shadows and fearing deportation, for safety, security for their families and children, a path to citizenship, and sanctuary;
The incarcerated, and their loved ones, for a justice system and prison system that uphold our highest values;
Our country, for a way forward where we live our values of justice and equality for all people; 
The refugees and displaced , almost 1 out of 100 people in the world today, for safety, homes, the basics of life, and dignity;
Our planet, the world's poor, all who suffer from disruptive climate change, may God energize us to continue our work to keep the planet livable for all people;
Praying Hands
The PC(USA), for courage and energy to continue our world-wide mission of love and justice for all people;
Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;
Our church, for the Spirit to continue to guide us and fill us with energy for mission and love for all our neighbors!

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.
Additional Help Needed for Women's REST program next TUESDAY night, December 12
As you know, REST is a wonderful way to help feed and create community with our unhoused neighbors, and at this giving time of year, it's a great way to give back. Thank you in advance for  signing up here  
Please let me know if you have any questions -- and THANK YOU for your service!
REST Sign-ups!  Our Life-Giving Ministry to the Unhoused Community

As we've done for so many years, SHPC volunteers to be part of the REST program to feed our unhoused neighbors in Marin County.
This year again, we'll feed the men on the first Monday of the month at St. Rita's in Fairfax, and feed women on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Wellness Center in San Rafael -- but we need YOUR help!
Please volunteer to make food, set up, serve, share the meal, and clean up -- either with the Men's and/or the Women's program. 

To volunteer to be a part of the women's program, sign up here
To volunteer to be a part of the men's program, sign up here
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our REST coordinator, Carolyn Goodman, or 415.250.6264.
FRIDAY, December 8 from 5 - 7 pm
This was so fun last year!
We supply the pizza and art supplies, just let us know how many are attending by clicking Bev.

Questions? Contact Jody or Charles
To Middle and High School YOUTH and their PARENTS from Charles
The kids and I had a fun time making "Savory Green Pies" for the REST program, turning these beautiful leafy greens from the Justice Garden into deliciously warm and hearty pies.
The kids even took on the difficult task of making pie crust from scratch! As a baker, I know how tricky that can be, but they rose to the challenge!
For the parents of those who agreed to take part in this year's Christmas pageant, I will have the scripts and readings ready for the kids this coming Sunday, December 10, so they can practice. Remember that we need everyone there the day of the pageant, Sunday, December 17 at 9:00 am so we can get everyone into costume.
Lastly, this coming Friday, December 8, 5:00 pm, we have our youth Christmas art project. The kids will be making wreaths that will be going up in the sanctuary as part of our Advent liturgical art. Please let me know if your child will be there, so we can make sure to have enough pizza for everyone!
It's going to be a great next few weeks! See you all soon!

Grace and peace,
Youth Director

Save the Dates:
Friday, December 8, 5:00 pm: Advent/Christmas Art Workshop Fun for all Ages 
Sunday, December 10, 9:30 am: YOUTH VIDEO screening in service!  And Christmas Pageant practice
Sunday, December 17, 9:30 am: Youth Christmas Pageant
Don't miss - fun for all ages
Christmas  Jubilee!
Sunday, December 10th - 4pm
Featuring Stephen Iverson & the SHPC Singers, the Millar Family Singers, and emcee Hallie Foster

One Love
This year's Christmas pageant will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 9:30 a.m. (costuming at 9 a.m.)
We'll practice for the pageant during the service on 
Dec. 10th
Last minute walk-ons always welcome!

Support the Church - Shop at Ethan's Gallery
Sunday, Dec. 17 noon - 5 p.m.

Our fellow church member Ethan Russell is inviting all members to his new gallery in downtown San Anselmo on Sunday, December 17th (12 noon to 5 pm). 100% of any purchase of his 8x10 signed, open edition prints, or any of his notecards will be donated to our church. He will assist with framing if desired.

Support the Foster Children's Gift Program!
Our fabulous Flower Guild!
The tree outside the door of the sanctuary has mittens with the Christmas wishes and names of children in the either the Alternative Family Service program, Salvation Army group home or Court Appointed Special Advocates programs. Please consider making a child's wish come true this Christmas. Don't forget to sign the list when you take a mitten. 

Please return your gift with the mitten attached by December 15-17th.

Christmas Cookie Exchange!
Coffee, tea and cookies!!

Tuesday December 19. 4:00-6:30 we will gather at the Pelzman's home, 1 Valley Road San Anselmo.

Bring 2 dozen cookies and leave with a beautiful assortment from your friends for the holidays.

If you have questions, please contact Linda Peltzman

This past Sunday we cooked Savory Greens Pies for the REST Program that the greens were harvest from SHPC's justice garden.

Come join us:  Food 4 Good,   SHPC's Youth R.E.S.T. Cooking Program 
We meet the first Sunday of every month from 4-6pm to cook. 

Hope your kids can join us! Please sign up online here.

Questions? Contact   Judy or Jen  
Stewardship Update 
from James and Karen Baigrie,
Stewardship Chairs

As of today, $148,950 has been pledged and we have exceeded our goal of $147,000!  Thank you very much to our 53 pledgers (9 first-time pledgers).  We are dreaming big and still hoping to raise more funds for our part-time youth director and a pastoral intern to support Bev; it's not too late to pledge! If you have any questions about church finance, you can email Doug Eisinger, Finance Elder, by clicking here, and if you need a pledge card, click here. Together, we are building up this caring community of peacemakers for the good of the world!
          With gratitude, 
          James and Karen 

Report from Your Finance Elder

As of today, $148,950  has been pledged. We have had wonderful participation so far, and have already met our goal to fund our base case 2018 budget, including hiring a part-time pastoral intern to help Pastor Bev. Thank you so much to the 53 pledgers  who have donated so far, including our 9 first-time supporters
As further pledges arrive, Session will improve on the base case budget to make progress to address our structural deficit. Additional needs include administrative support, youth leader funding, maintenance, and modest Pastor salary adjustments to help approach regional norms. The table below highlights differences between our base case and a "step towards sustainability" 2018 budget that more fully supports the church's programs, staff, and mission.
Session will formally adopt the 2018 budget at its January meeting. Pledges received by then will guide our 2018 planning process. We have already had a successful fund drive this year, and deeply appreciate all contributions received. Please know that any additional pledges received will be put to good use to address our important structural gaps. Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic support and dedication to our vibrant church community!
Anticipated Budget Decisions Based on Pledge Drive Outcomes
Base Case (Status Quo) 
Step Towards
Sustainability Budget
 Pledge Drive Scenario: 
Differences in Budgeted Support: 
  • Admin support (clerical salary funding)

  • Youth leader support


  • Maintenance (church and manse)


  • Pastor partial salary supplement

  • Pastor pension, med., SECA supplements


Church Financial Resiliency Update
FAQs from Session 
If you are just tuning in to the church finance discussion, Session has prepared FAQs for you.  Click here.  The Session continues to lead the whole church in a discernment of God's way forward for a financially sustainable church, with the Presbyterian process of study, discernment, all-church meetings, more study, and more discernment.  At t he most recent all-church financial meeting,  Let's Talk #4 , Sunday 11/12, 40 people engaged in a lively discussion with many excellent questions.  In response to the Session's downsizing (from 110 Tarry to condo) option and Mark and Chris's junior suite (subdividing 110 Tarry into two units) option, several of you have raised the question of whether God is calling the church to be in the real estate business.  Several also suggested some financial due diligence w/r/t the options.  

Over the last year and a half, Session has gathered and carefully considered feedback from many voices, and is still in the process of receiving feedback and discerning the way forward. If you still need information, or would like to express your feedback to Session, please contact one of us directly or through the church office.  Session is working with the Presbytery's CPA to review the spreadsheets presented 11/12, since the Presbytery must approve any re-financing and all loans, leases and sales of church property.  Session is also working with a general contractor in response to feedback from the Presbytery and our own congregants' questions. We are planning to wrap up the financial resiliency discussions for this year in the next couple of weeks, and focus on 2018 budget. In January, at budget approval time, and before the 110 Tarry lease runs out, the current Session will discern whether a strong consensus exists in favor of selling the church property at 110 Tarry, and if so, will call a congregational meeting for a vote on the sale of 110 Tarry.   

Here are The Sustainability Criteria:

(1) pastor housing option which is affordable to the church and a future pastor;

(2) reduce our interest-bearing debt;

(3) establish a capital improvement/maintenance fund to meet the significant needs of the church facility, so that we invest in our church;

(4) i ncrease the operating budget without putting additional stress on our pledgers, so that unmet staffing, facilities, and program needs can be met (unmet needs, aka "the structural deficit") and the church can continue to grow and flourish;

(5) direct precious volunteer energy and hours into God's work. 
In peace,
Dennis Latta, Clerk, Doug Eisinger, Finance Elder, Jody Brockett, Worship Elder, Patti Vance, Mission Elder, Janel Stewart, Family Ministries Elder, Ahmed Abu-Aly, Building and Grounds Elder, Merle Ongaro, Membership Elder, Kit Argilla, Board of Deacons, Moderator, Rev. Bev Brewster, Pastor


5:30-6:30 PM
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Stephen's new album for preschoolers is available now on iTunes. You can find it by searching for Stephen Iverson or the album title, What Duck!?, to check it out. 
Big thanks to Wil and to all who keep contributing to Sleepy Hollow's Food Barrel, which goes to feed the hungry through the Marin Food Bank. 

Our last donation was 76 lbs and a generous donor filled the barrel again this week! Thanks so much to all who donated. Please continue to keep the food bank in mind as the holiday season can be a particularly high demand time. Your donations are greatly appreciated. 

NEW FOLKS - We will match you with a veteran so that you can be trained on our highly complex coffeemaker and have FUN!

Fellowship time is organized by your Deacons. We need everyone to sign-up about 3-4 times a year. 
Click below to sign up: 
December: Nance's Parish
Sign up now and keep the hospitality

Don't be shy, Greeting is a Treat!
We've updated the signups for the new year!  

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
Urgent: Tell Your Members of Congress to Oppose Final Tax Bill 

Take Action! Call Today!

This weekend, America suffered a setback when the Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,  51-49. The bill contains tax cuts for the rich and big corporations, temporary tax cuts for the middle class, little to no benefits for low-income working families, and repeal of the ACA's mandate. In fact, a  new report from the Tax Policy Center (and this accompanying  interview) explains bad the tax bill for low-income children and families. Worst of all, if a final bill passes, leaders will soon push for deep cuts to anti-poverty services to pay for the new tax cuts for the wealthiest (in fact,  they are already doing it).

If you or you and your spouse make less than $10,000 a year, under the Senate tax bill, you will need to pay $80 more in taxes in 2019.

If you make more than $1,000,000 a year, you will pay $59,615 less in taxes that year.

Eight years later, everyone making $75,000 or less will be paying for this massive redistribution of wealth from poor and working class people to the wealthy 1% of the population.   (Statistics from Congressional Budget Numbers - article)

Now the House and Senate must work out a compromise bill (see a comparison of both the House and Senate bills vs. current law  here). It is likely the House and Senate will vote on a conference agreement in the next week, but the outcome is not set. Members of Congress need to hear from you once again telling them to reject whatever bill they come up with.

TAKE ACTION: Take two minutes to call your senators and representative telling them to oppose any final tax bill that gives tax cuts to the wealthy that hurts families and puts anti-poverty programs at risk. Once you call, please urge everyone you know via e-mail and social media to call as well. Let's melt those phone lines telling members of Congress no tax cuts for the wealthy. Call House members at  (877) 795-7862 and both Senators at  (888) 516-5820 and leave this message:

My name is ______________ and I am a constituent from ___________________ and a faithful Presbyterian. I am exasperated that the House and Senate are poised to pass a final tax bill that massive tax cuts to the rich and big corporations, while putting anti-poverty programs such as Medicaid and SNAP, at risk. Jesus called us to care for the poor, and this tax bill lines the pockets of the rich. This is wrong. Low-income Americans should not be required to finance tax cuts for the rich. Please tell Rep./Sen. __________________ to put working families first by voting NO on the final tax bill. Will you give him/her that message today?

Anderson pledges PC(USA)  support for 
Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

T. Denise Anderson speaks with campaign co-chairs Liz Theoharis, left, and William Barber II, right. Photo by Nora Leccese
The Rev. T. Denise Anderson, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), added her voice today to the many faith leaders present for the launch of  The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival in Washington, D.C. Owing its name to the Poor People's Campaign instituted 50 years ago today by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the call seeks to unite "tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation's distorted morality."
Speaking at the United Methodist Building, home to many denominational justice and advocacy offices, Anderson and leaders from other Christian denominations, the Unitarian-Universalist Association and the Union for Reform Judaism, pledged their denominations' support for the campaign, calling recent legislation - including the Republican tax reform bill - an affront to poor and working-class Americans.

"At our 222nd General Assembly (2016) the PC(USA) made a number of social justice commitments to include measures to dismantle racism, to address climate change and to engage with a new civil rights movement," she said, noting the overture from the Presbytery of the Cascades that "called on choosing to be a church committed to the gospel of Matthew 25."

Anderson said the overture "called our denomination to recommit ourselves at all levels of our church to locate ourselves with the poor, to advocate with all of our voice for the poor and to seek opportunities to take risks for and with the poor." Therefore, she affirmed, "we will stand on the right side of faith, on the right side of morality, on the right side of history and affirm our participation in the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival."

Campaign organizers are urging poor and disenfranchised people, clergy and moral leaders to engage in direct action at statehouses and the U.S. Capitol next spring as part of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Organizers said they will draw on the unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign, reigniting the effort led by civil rights organizations, labor, tenant unions, farm workers, Native American elders and grassroots organizers to foster a moral revolution of values.

Expected to be a multi-year effort, The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival will intensify starting Mother's Day 2018, with six weeks of direct action and civil disobedience across at least 25 states and the District of Columbia, leading up to a mass mobilization at the U.S. Capitol June 21. Each week will focus on a different injustice, beginning with child poverty, and will include specific policy goals and a voter education program to advance a moral agenda at the state and federal levels.
The Rev. Dr. William Barber II, campaign co-chair, added, "We must transform the moral narrative in this country. We went through the most expensive presidential campaign in U.S. history in 2016 without a single serious discussion of poverty and systemic racism. Now we are witnessing an emboldened attack on the poor and an exacerbation of systemic racism, ecological devastation and the war economy that demands a response. Black, white, brown red, yellow, young, old, male, female, gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, Jewish and those not of religion but with deep moral convictions must build a long-term, agenda-based movement rooted in non-violent direct action and voter mobilization. This is not about saving any party, but about saving the soul of America."
The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is co-organized by Repairers of the Breach, a social justice organization founded by the Rev. Barber; the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary; and scores of local and national grassroots groups across the country.

To read the article in its entirety and to read their complete statement, click here.
World AIDS Day

As we mark World AIDS Day, we contemplate the 2017 United Nations AIDS campaign "My Health, My Right," which affirms that health care is a human right. However, stigma and discrimination might be the most significant hurdles to the effective treatment of HIV/AIDS.
We live in an era in which a diagnosis of HIV is no longer a death sentence. According to the Prevention Access Campaign, "Undetectable HIV is Untransmittable HIV (U=U)."  The campaign states that "the risk of HIV transmission from a person living with HIV who is on antiretroviral therapy and has achieved an undetectable viral load in their blood for at least six months is negligible to nonexistent." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention support the science behind U=U.

But we cannot rely on medication alone. For an effective approach to the HIV epidemic, we need for supportive communities to address fear and stigma so people can have the confidence to seek the medical care needed to live a full life and to stop the spread of the disease.
Today, on World AIDS Day, join other Presbyterians in creating communities that value all lives as sacred and deserving of human rights, as we stand together to combat stigma and fear.
Visit to learn more about the Presbyterian AIDS Network and to download "Becoming an HIV and AIDS Competent Church: Prophetic Witness and Compassionate Action," a report approved by the 219th General Assembly (2010).

 For more  information, click here.
If you are interested or have questions, please contact Sue Burr
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Katie Brendler,  Editor
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