Mexico Mission Team Learns to Build a House
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
June 1, 2017
Time to Build up the World!
Mexico Mission Send Off

     This Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., all are welcome for a high energy Mexico Mission Send Off!  What do Alexander Hamilton, Jesus, and our Mexico Mission home builders have in common?  You'll find out!
In This Issue
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A Note From 
Pastor Bev

If you are feeling anything akin to despair about the news that the president is pulling the US from the historic Paris climate agreement, you are not alone.  If you are disheartened at the prospect of health care and tax bills in the works which have a reverse-Robin Hood effect of taking from the poor to give to the rich, you are not alone.  This is not partisan and it's not about personalities. It's about a deep sense of connection to the planet and to all God's children, especially the most vulnerable.   

This year the PC(USA) added to the joys and commitments of our members:  caring for our planet!  And as we all know, our Teacher Jesus came bringing good news to the poor. What are we called to do now?  It's time to speak truth to power.  

We are welcoming a wonderfully large group of Mexico Mission youth and their families to church this Sunday, and I know you will show our visitors gracious hospitality.  The MM team is going to be bringing good news to the poor of our neighbor Mexico, in the form of housing for those who have been going without.  This is building up the world.  Let's all rejoice and celebrate this worthy mission!

With hope,

June Calendar
Thursday, June 1
                   7:30 p.m. 
All Welcome for Let's Talk about Church Finance 
Friday, June 2  

Bible Study
Sunday, June 4
                   9:30 a.m.
                  10:30 a.m.
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are welcome!

Wednesday, June 7
                  7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers- All Welcome
 Friday, June 9

Bible Study
Saturday, June 10
                    6 a.m. 

Sunday, June 11
                    9:30 a.m.
                  10:30 a.m.

Holy Communion 
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are welcome!

Bible Study Friday, June 2 at NOON 
LUKE 4:14-30 and 1 Kings 17 (Elijah) and 2 Kings 5 (Elisha) 
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Our graduates, congratulations and blessings!
Our Mexico Mission home builders, blessings for travel, mission, growth, connection, and community;
Jeri Rayford and her family, grieving the loss of Prentis,  for God's loving presence, strength, and support in their bereavement;
Jody Brockett and her family, grieving the loss of Jody's mother Jeanne, prayers for the family to feel God's comfort and peace;
The Saunders - Burr Family, for God's love and comfort to be with them as they mourn the loss of Sue's beloved father, Ron Saunders;
Shannon Mong, for complete healing for her left hand, and for God's presence, support, and assistance in not over-working while healing;
Kelsey Lopin, for continued flourishing, creativity, and energy as she pursues her education and excels in art;
Katie Brendler, God's loving presence abiding with her and her dear family always;
The family and loved ones of Rev. Don Emmel,  who passed away last weekend, with special prayers for his wife Esther;
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy to continue to feel God's abiding presence in companioning her;
The hungry, especially all those depending on the US government for food aid here and abroad;
Those fearing loss of medical insurance, for accurate information and honest, humane decision making by our leaders in Congress;
Those living in the shadows and fearing deportation, for safety, security for their families and children, a path to citizenship, and sanctuary;
Our country, for a way forward where we live our values of justice and equality for all people; for a well-informed citizenry; for government of, by, and for the people, with leaders of integrity, and for an end to hate crimes;
The refugees and displaced , almost 1 out of 100 people in the world today, for safety, homes, the basics of life, and freedom from being scapegoated;
Our Muslim neighbors, subject to Islamophobia and hate crimes;
Our planet, the world's poor, all who suffer from disruptive climate change, may we continue our work to keep the planet livable;
Praying Hands
The PC(USA), for the way forward to be illuminated, and for our mission and ministries to be salt and light for the world;
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!

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.

Marin IJ Boys Prep of the Week: Owen Hamilton
Drake High baseball standout Owen Hamilton, class of 2017. Committed to play for College of Marin. 
What he did: The College of Marin-bound senior ended a two-day,  19-inning MCAL championship game with a walk-off home run that powered Drake to a 2-1 victory against Marin Catholic. Hamilton - who had a hit, a walk and a run in the semifinals - pitched seven scoreless relief innings against MC on Friday night.
What he said: "It was crazy because it felt so easy. The whole 19-inning game had been so difficult and long, a great fight by both sides - Marin Catholic was a very, very determined team - so when the game ended abruptly with that home run, it was hard to believe. It was very exciting. It's been a happy few days."
What's next: No. 3 Drake (21-5) hosts No. 14 Bishop O'Dowd (8-16) in the first round of the North Coast Section Division III playoffs.
- Danny Schmidt
"Owen's worked really hard. He loves baseball and he's dedicated himself. For him to do that against MC, who he's had trouble against, was spectacular."
Will Mosley: Drake coach on Hamilton, a second-team all-league selection.
Congratulations to all the Graduates!
We'd love to share your photos - just send to the office!


Based on the Doodle poll, the first Let's Talk is now scheduled for Thursday, June 1 in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.  Watch this space for a confirmation of the second new date for the financial resiliency Let's Talk.
 Please take a look at the agenda, the Discussion Paper, and notes of the previous May 6 Financial Resiliency Retreat: the agenda, Discussion Paper, and notes

Dennis Latta
Clerk of Session 

 Report from Your Clerk of Session 

On Wed., May 10th, the Session meeting focussed on review of the May 6 retreat and a subsequent consultation with Louise Kothe, E.A., clergy tax expert.   Based on all the work of the Manse Study Team, the May 6 retreat, and a consultation with Ms. Kothe, which included a detailed explanation of the calculation of the clergy housing allowance and how it impacts take-home salary for pastors living in a manse, the Session reached a preliminary finding that it is unlikely that 110 Tarry could be affordable housing for pastor and church.  This is, as stated, simply a preliminary finding, not a final decision, and there is no timeline here.  The Session is the body tasked with setting the housing allowance for pastors living in a manse, and officer training was provided accordingly. This information is on the agenda for Let's Talk Church Financial Resiliency, the first of which is now set for Thursday, 6/1 at 7:30 p.m.

Finance/Doug - Review of 5/6 retreat, report on consultation with Louise Kothe, E.A., Financial report review, Solar panel next steps, approval of Equal Exchange Sale at Fellowship on 5/28;
Building and Grounds/Ahmed - terrific TLC day, LMP lease renewal is on track and all is in order;
Family Ministries/Janel - Sandra is departing for the summer and we have a new candidate who could take on more hours and program development;
Membership/Merle - picnic was a success, tea is upcoming 5/20;
Mission/Patti - YCCS was a transformative experience for youth leaders and all; Justice Garden and Mexico Mission doing great;
Worship/Jody - attendance is excellent, Easter was beautiful, appreciation for our musicians and Flower Guild;
Moderator/Bev - Officer Training on Healthy Church, Healthy Boundaries, clergy compensation, and membership commitments.
Adjourned with prayer at 10 p.m.

Dennis Latta
Clerk of Session 

Make Calls to Remain in the Paris Climate Agreement!
President Trump is signaling that he will pull the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement, which would be disastrous for God's people and creation.
Representatives from 196 nations made a historic pact on Dec. 12, 2015, in Paris to adopt green energy sources, cut down on climate change emissions and limit the rise of global temperatures - while also cooperating to cope with the impact of unavoidable climate change.
The agreement acknowledges that the threat of climate change is "urgent and potentially irreversible," and can only be addressed through "the widest possible cooperation by all countries" and "deep reductions in global emissions."

It is in keeping with our deeply held religious values that we ask Congress to put pressure on President Trump to remain a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement and to fulfill our commitments under that agreement.
There are broad international consequences to exiting the Paris Agreement or failing to meet domestic reduction goals. If the United States withdraws from the agreement or halts all efforts to reduce carbon emissions, we will face diplomatic ramifications that could undercut cooperation on other global efforts that are in the interests of the U.S. Exiting the agreement would send the message that the United States cannot be trusted as a leader and partner in global affairs.

The need for global leadership could not be more urgent. We believe that the United States can and must play a leadership role in addressing the environmental challenges which threaten our planet, our security, the health of our families, and the fate of communities throughout the world.

Call (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your legislators and urge them to put pressure on President Trump to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement! 

Mexico Mission Next Gathering: Commissioning service at SHPC June 4, 9:30
Join us Sunday June 4th in worship for the commissioning of our team for their mission trip to Mexico to build houses.
Want to help support the team?
Please consider becoming a mission co-worker through donations of your thought/prayers and or monetarily. 

You can donate online or if you prefer, by checks. 
If you are donating to a specific person, please note their name in the comment section of the donation page or memo line of the check.

checks (MM on the memo line): Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 100 Tarry Rd, San Anselmo CA 94960
It was great to have the Rev. Alonzo Johnson from PC(USA)'s Self Development of People with us!
"A ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Self-Development of People is a partnership of love, justice and empowerment reflecting the image of God who stands with all people."  To learn more, click here.
Thank you to Membership Elder Merle Ongaro 
for the lovely Ladies' Tea!

BOOKS!  What a lovely gift to the Short School!

This just in from KC Vlah, mom of Piper and Paige Kelly:

Mission accomplished! Today we dropped off 6+ bags/boxes of book donations to the Short School. (Piper and her friend asked for book donations in lieu of a gift for their 10th birthday.)

Vanessa (principal) seemed really pleased with the quality of books and shared that many of the students don't have books at home and this will allow them to take more home.  She toured us around. What a sweet school! 

Sunday Offering Counters Needed

Members needed to count the offering and deposit the funds in the bank each week.  You'll be teamed up with a veteran!  Contact Doug or the office if you are interested in this important way of serving the church.

     Wil has moved!
Wil would like you to know that he has moved to Alma Via in Terra Linda.  YES, he still plans to come to church! At Alma Via, he'll have 3 meals a day, and so now he'll be inviting US to eat with him!  Please call the church office to get his new cell phone number.

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: 
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

Drew and Janel invite us to a special 
Improv night! 
Summer Blockbusters:
Meanwhile in Marin

Improv Marin brings people together through spontaneity. They produce improv workshops, performances, and events to educate, entertain, and inspire the people of Marin (and beyond) to work and play better together.

Thursday, June 16, 8:00pm- 9:45pm, West End Studio Theater

1554 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
For tickets & info
Check out the website here


Join us at ZE!

A spectacular setting and the friendliest folks 

Pastor Bev is teaching a class on Transformation in favorite stories from sacred text and sacred art, and we'll be sharing our own "turning point" stories.  

Hope to see you there!
To learn more or to register for the event
check out their website:

Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who help each other to maintain sobriety through sharing their recovery experience with others. 

Looking for more information? Check out the San Francisco/Marin AA website for more information including meeting times and places, including meetings at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church every Tuesday at 8:30pm

24-hour hotline is also available for immediate listening and guidance if wished -
·        6pm-10am in Marin 415-499-0400
·       10am-6pm - SF Central Office (415) 674-1821 (they will refer Marin callers to Marin resources)

Please welcome our new interim office administrator and communications associate, Kara New, who is our newsletter editor while Katie Brendler is away.  You can reach her at the office email,
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Katie Brendler,  Editor
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