Marin Youth Climate Change Summit Eco Awards Art Entry:
Progress, by Charles Wei and the SHPC Youth Group
Can you see the continents? 
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
March 1, 2018
Third Sunday in Lent
Sacred Circle - The Miracle of Now

      This Sunday, March 4, at 9:30 a.m., we're keeping things simple and beautiful.  We'll be pondering what weighs us down, and then setting our burdens down so that we can feel free.  Stephen Iverson has special music just for us.  We are invited into the mystery of the sacrament of Holy Communion.   This is the season to live intentionally in the present, where miracles happen. 
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from Pastor Bev

This weekend will be lively at church, and I hope to see many of you multiple times!
Tomorrow night from 6-8 p.m. is our fun monthly Game Night for all ages.  I always have my deck of cards ready to play bridge, hearts, or any other card game you might teach me.  And Charles brings beautiful intriguing board games which he has designed!  Middle and high schoolers are welcome to bring friends and come without parents.  And parents are welcome too!

Sunday morning we'll have a beautiful service of peace for you, and then after the service, our Marin County Supervisor Katie Rice will be answering questions and addressing concerns about the REST program coming to an end.

Food 4 Good (youth REST) chefs will be cooking
Sunday from 3-5, and the big Mexico Mission Info BBQ will start at 5.  There's a tremendous amount of interest in this year's trip!

In a magazine interview this week, I was asked what's making our church so lively.  My best guess is:  God's Spirit, God's mission, and God's people.  We are triply blessed!

With Lenten blessings of peace,

March Calendar
Friday, March 2

         6:00-8:00 p.m. 

Bible Study 

Game Night! -Fun For All Ages!
Sunday, March 4
                 9:30 a.m.    
              10:30 a.m.
                 3 - 5 p.m.
                 5 - 7 p.m. 
Third Sunday in Lent
Sacred Circle - The Miracle of Now
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome!
Food 4 Good - Youth REST cooking
Mexico Mission Info Barbecue
Monday, March 5
                 5:30 p.m.

Men's REST at St. Rita's
Tuesday, March 6
               5:30 p.m.
               8:00 p.m. 
Newsletter Items Due
AA- Men's meeting
Wednesday, March 7
               7:30 p.m. 

SHPC Singers 
Friday, March 9

Bible Study
Saturday, March 10

          6:30- 9:00 p.m. 
Marin Art and Garden Center- Eco Awards
Sunday, March 11
               9:30 a.m.

             10:30 a.m.
Mexico Mission Paperwork Due
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sacred Circle - Andrew P. Quick preaching
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome!

Mexico Mission Paperwork - Intent to participate Forms due
Don't Miss Game Night!
Friday, March 2nd from 6-8 p.m.
Fun for all ages!

Calling Gracious Organized Friendly People 
to Lead Our Hospitality Team 2018!
We are off to a terrific start!  Thank you!
Sue Burr- March
Robin and Ahmed - April
Karen Baigrie- May
Linda Peltzman- June
??- July
Sharon Adams - August
Charles and the Youth - where needed

We're trying something new, and inviting all members and friends to sign up 2-3 times for set-up or clean-up plus snacks.  Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board!  The hospitality team leader of the month will teach new folks how to make coffee etc.  This will be fun! If you're thinking of leading a month,  Yes, you can co-host with a friend!  
             To volunteer to lead a month, click HOSPITALITY

March 4, 11, 18, 25 (Palm Sunday)

Sue Burr
Fellowship time is now organized by your Hospitality Team, and we're excited to get everybody on board! 
We need everyone to sign-up to help out at least 2  times from March through August. 
Sign up for set up/snack, snacks, clean up/snack.
Sign up on the bulletin board at church (for the next 6 months,) or  click Sue to sign up for   
March:  Sue Burr
Sign up now and keep the hospitality

Bible Study this Friday- March 2, Noon
The Gospel of John, chapter 9
Please Remember in Your Prayers 

Ahmed AbuAly's dear mother, Sherifa, who has had a serious stroke and is in ICU in Egypt, and Ahmed and his family, for God's loving presence and for God's peace.
Those who lost their lives and loved ones in the Florida school shooting, and all those whose lives have been disrupted by gun violence, may the bereaved feel God's comfort, and may God continue to energize the youth of Parkland and all of us who stand in solidarity with them to advocate for a solution to this epidemic;
Marie Ongaro, for full and speedy recovery for her injured right knee, and for God's peace to continue to comfort and uplift her; 
Ellarie and Andy Bane, for successful recovery from surgeries;
All asylum seekers and those living in the shadows and fearing deportation, for security, a path to citizenship, and sanctuary; for a humane solution to the DACA crisis;
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, and for God's healing presence;
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;
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 people of Puerto Rico, still suffering from Hurricane Maria, and 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 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.
REST Sign-ups!  Our Life-Giving Ministry to the Unhoused Community

 Our faithful REST team in the kitchen at St. Rita's 2/5

Please sign up to help bring friendship, food, and dignity to the unhoused community through the REST program -- the men on the first Monday of the month at St. Rita's in Fairfax, and the women on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Wellness Center in San Rafael. We need YOUR help!
Please volunteer to make food, set up, serve, share the meal, clean up:
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.
To Middle and High School YOUTH and their PARENTS from Charles

Hi everyone!
We put the trash that everyone brought to good use on Sunday, creating a collage for art competition that is going to be part of the Marin Youth Climate Change Summit on Saturday, March 10 from 6:30-9pm. The title of the piece is "Progress", and it depicts the world using natural materials on the right side, and trash on the left side. Much of the trash was litter collected in Marin, so we were helping to clean up our world and gather art materials at the same time! Below is a picture of the finished piece:

We are all invited to attend the second annual Marin Youth Climate Change Summit, founded by our own Patti Vance and a group of visionary teens, on Saturday, March 10 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Marin Art and Garden Center - For more information or to register, scroll down to the next item.

Also, our monthly game night is this Friday, from 6-8pm! Bring your favorite games to share or learn how to play a new one. Everyone is welcome!  We'll provide pizza.

See you Friday and Sunday!
Charles Wei
Youth Director
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church

Always feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback by clicking here.
Marin Youth Climate Change Summit 
Eco Awards Night
Art - Music - Speakers - Poetry Slam- Video - Dance
Support our Youth Eco Leaders!
 T his year's Marin Youth Climate Change Summit is on 
Saturday, March 10 
at the Marin Art and Garden Center from 6:30-9 p.m. 

For more information, check out  their website
Join the Green Team - Now Planning for 
Earth Sunday
Last Year's was GREAT!

Bold Green Team members install our rainwater catchment tank

Want to help out with planning for our Earth Day celebrations at church? 

The Green Team will be meeting at Judy Ford's house Wed. March 7th at 6:30 p.m. (Food provided!) 

Some of the planning will include: the agenda, activities, children's lesson, fellowship, and post-service "fair."

If you are interested, please contact Judy Ford.

Youth REST Cooking - Food 4 Good
Sunday, March 4, 3-5 p.m.
(Note earlier time)
Click Jen or Judy for questions or to sign up

Mexico Mission Kick Off BBQ - Info Night!
Sunday, March 4 at 5 p.m. at the Church
9th graders and up invited with parents
This year's trip departs Sat. June 16
Returns Sat. June 23

Spread the word!
Click here for Katie in the church office
One Great Hour of Sharing gifts transform lives far and near
We will be collecting for One Great Hour of Sharing on Palm Sunday (3/25) through the envelopes that will be in the bulletin that Sunday as well as through the fish banks that will be given to the children. Below you will find some information about the program.

Around the world, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing -Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People - all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.

Received during the season of Lent (February 14 - April 1), each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) helps to improve the lives of people in these challenging situations. The Offering provides us a way to share God's love with our neighbors in need. In fact, OGHS is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world.

Works alongside communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation
of natural or human-caused disasters, and support for refugees
Receives 32% of funds raised

Takes action to alleviate hunger, care for creation, and the systemic causes of
poverty so all may be fed
Receives 36% of funds raised

Invests in communities responding to their experiences of oppression, poverty
and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these issues
Receives 32% of funds raised

Learn more about the One Great Hour of Sharing offering by clicking here.
Report from Building and Grounds
from Ahmed, your B and G Elder

The Session would like to thank Bob and Bobby Steiner for their generous gift to the church building and grounds!  We are delighted to put your gift to work!

If you feel called to work on repairing and updating our building and grounds, please contact Ahmed by clicking here.

We are still in the process of getting our plumbing and irrigation lines repaired and upgraded.  And getting our MMWD bill reduced!

The Fellowship Hall closet doors continue to be a problem despite great efforts by the B and G team.  The Fellowship Hall needs a fresh coat of paint, at least on the high impact spots!  

Upcoming Projects:

We are in the process of planning and design for wheelchair access from upstairs to downstairs.  Last Sunday we had two visitors on crutches and faced the dilemma of no access between sanctuary and restrooms for the disabled.

Our outdoor lighting needs to keep the building illuminated enough for safety and be earth-friendly.  

We are evaluating what to do about the sanctuary windows, which may not be repairable.

Most exterior doors need repair or replacement.  Wheelchair access needs work!

Our sidewalk around the church is uneven and needs leveling so it's not a tripping hazard.

The kitchen is not adequate for our youth REST cooking program and needs immediate attention for stove/oven safety.

Previous surveys have shown a great interest in updating the kitchen and bringing beauty to the grounds next to the patio.
Yoga with Karen

Hello & Namaste!

Community Yoga at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian
Upstairs at 100 Tarry Rd, San Anselmo
Every Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
$10 donation, with 10% donated to hunger programs
We have mats if you don't.
Wear clothes you can move in.
This is community class where we are moving through the basics of yoga whilst building strength and flexibility.
x Karen 
Don't be shy, Greeting is a Treat! 
From Koren Grubb, Worship Elder

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. 

To sign up, email Koren Grubb 

Call For Garden Volunteers 
at the San Pedro School Garden
Saturday, March 10
Garden Clean Up For
Healthy Lunches for Kids

Do you enjoying gardening? Sanzuma needs your help!

Sanzuma is dedicated to increasing access to healthy food sources through programs that focus on reconnecting communities with their environment . Contact Lori Davis for more information on how you can help her clean San Pedro School Garden. 

Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative's 6th Annual Food & Faith Conference
Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Registration begins at 1:00 pm
Conference program is from 1:30 - 7:30 pm
Cost: $45 through February 20th, $55 afterwards

Scholarships available -- no one will be turned away due to lack of funds!
If three or more people register from the same congregation, each receives a $15
discount on registration!

Contact us today to learn more about scholarships and group discounts.
Location: Manzanita Recreation Center
630 Drake Avenue
Marin City, CA 94965

To register, click here.

From 2/18/18 Marin Voice: Let's not make it easier for kids to get pot

Join Pastor Bev, Bridget Clark, Matt Podboy and other concerned adults in speaking out against normalizing recreational pot!  Support the Coalition Connection and speak out at Town Council meetings!  Up next: Fairfax Town Council, Wed. March 7 - see agenda on website.
Here's a great info piece from Linda Henn, of the CC:

Adult use of recreational marijuana was legalized in the state of California, effective Jan. 1. While it's true that a majority voted for it, what remains unclear is what that means.
Did residents vote to decriminalize marijuana possession? Destigmatize personal adult use? Support a legal and regulated market? Have retail locations in their town?
Under state law, municipalities have the flexibility to make policies regarding commercial and personal use. While the various towns sort through the regulations, here are a few things to consider:
* What are the implications of having a retail location in your town?
* How much tax revenue will it generate?
* What is the cost of regulation, law enforcement, health care and education?
* What are some of the unintended consequences as it relates to youth?
Some of this is difficult to anticipate, yet w e have reports from other communities, data on our local conditions and credible research that makes one thing clear - legalized marijuana is not good for youth. This is what we know:
* Youth use increases as the perception of harm goes down, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. What "normalizing" message could we be sending our youth if storefronts open in town where they gather?
* As perception of harm goes down, so does age of onset. Between 2007 and 2011 the rate of marijuana use among sixth-graders increased by 247 percent, according to a University of Michigan report.
As we consider what legalization means for our communities, we want to be mindful of the impact on residents of all ages. We recognize that this can be a difficult subject with potential to divide communities. It's imperative, however, that we inform ourselves and take part in the public process.

Adults have several ways to access marijuana aside from recreational retail outlets. Delivery for recreational pot is available in most Marin towns, as well as access to medical marijuana and home cultivation. The town of Fairfax has a medical dispensary and, under current regulations, allows up to three. The policies created now will shape the culture of our towns and the futures of our kids. Getting marijuana in Marin is not difficult for adults. Let's not make it easier for youth. To read the article in its entirety, click here.
Ross Valley School District Presents... 
ANGST: Raising Awareness About Anxiety

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
White Hill Middle School Multipurpose Room
101 Glen Drive, Fairfax, CA 94930

Documentary film screening followed by filmmaker Q & A and panel discussion

Angst is a 56-minute film that explores anxiety its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers' goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources, and tools. Parents with children of all ages are encouraged to attend.

The film answers many questions including:
What is the difference between being anxious and having an anxiety disorder?
What causes anxiety?
What can we do to feel better?
It starts with conversations at home and in the community.
You will leave feeling inspired!
Teri Louer, Director Student Services
(415) 451-4066
Zephyr Experience June 24-29, 2018
Bridges to Hope: Exploring Diversity in Religion and Politics

Join a community of progressive Christians 
Learn from scholars and church leaders-
including Pastor Bev
Look more deeply together into pressing issues
Celebrate in worship and song
Enjoy Lake Tahoe at your footsteps

Zephyr Experience 2018 offers five days of morning classes for adults and children. Afternoons are free to explore a choice of activities, and evenings offer a time to worship together, watch the sunsets, and play games. 

Register by phone or mail (we have brochures in the narthex), and find more information online at 

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Katie Brendler,  Editor
E-mail us at or call us at 415-453-8221