The Risen Jesus - La Ida a Emmaus - Ramon Sagredo - 1857
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
March 29, 2018
Good Friday and Easter Sunday

      This Friday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m., we gather to remember Jesus' darkest hours, from Gethsemane to Golgotha, with chant, prayer, and candle lighting.  Come and lay your sorrows at the foot of the cross, and deepen your experience of Easter.

      Then Sunday, April 1st, we awaken with joy!  Bring family, friends, and neighbors to our 9:30 a.m. celebration of Easter, the most joyful day of the year!  Our musicians and our floral artists have something very special planned for us.  The Youth Group will excuse themselves after the sermon to hide eggs in the back yard for our 10-and-unders'
Egg Hunt in the back yard during fellowship.  Alleluia! 
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from Pastor Bev

This is Holy or Maundy Thursday, the day we remember Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples.   The word "Maundy" is derived from the Latin word "mandatum," meaning "command" or "commandment."  The Gospel of John tells us that during the Last Supper, Jesus said to his disciples: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."  John 13:34-35.

Jesus taught and modeled a compassionate love that started with seeing people in a way no one had seen them before. He looked deeply into people, past their pretenses and defenses, and saw their sorrows, their fears, their hopes, and their dreams. He was present with people in a way that healed and restored. He built a caring community with his disciples, and he exhorted them to love each other and to be known by their love. We are to be that community, even today, a welcoming, caring community known by our love.  Let's show that beautiful love to all who celebrate Easter here this Sunday!

With love,  Bev

March/April Calendar
Friday, March 30
              7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Bible Study 
Good Friday Service

Saturday, March 31
            2:00-4:00 p.m.

Youth Cook for REST
Sunday, April 1
                 9:30 a.m.    
               10:30 a.m.
               10:45 a.m.
Celebration of Easter- 
Moved by Mystery - God is Alive!
Coffee & Fellowship - All Welcome!
Easter Egg Hunt

Monday, April 2
               5:30 p.m.

Final Men's REST @ St. Rita's in Fairfax
Tuesday, April 3
               8:00 p.m. 
Newsletter Items Due
AA- Men's meeting
Wednesday, April 4
                7:30 p.m. 

SHPC Singers 
Friday, April 6
                6:00 p.m.

Bible Study
Game Night! All Are Welcome!

Sunday, April 8
               9:30 a.m.

             10:30 a.m.
Holy Humor Sunday
Andrew Quick with guest Mr. Moustache
Coffee & fellowship - All Welcome!

Robin & Ahmed
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 Robin and Ahmed to sign up for   
April:  Robin and Ahmed
Sign up now and keep the hospitality

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

Please Welcome Our New Members!
Greg O'Hara and Family
Erin Corbiere
John Grubb w/ wife Koren
Bridget Clark (left), Vanike Stewart (right) w/ mom Janel

Bible Study this Friday, March 30, Noon
Luke 24
Please Remember in Your Prayers 

Ahmed AbuAly on the loss of his dear mother, Sherifa, for God's loving presence and for God's peace for Ahmed and Robin and their family in their mourning;
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;
Our mission partners in immigrant detention visitation, CIVIC, for restoration of visiting privileges:
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 REST Ministry to the Unhoused Community Concludes in April
Thank you to all who have served!

Bringing dignity to our unhoused friends @ St. Rita's on Monday, March 5: Scott, Nancy, Sharon, Ana, Steve, and Katie

Thank you to all who have signed up for the last REST meal. There is only one slot left for the women's Main Course (Protein). 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 is fully signed up, 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
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our REST coordinator, Carolyn Goodman, or 415.250.6264.
After REST, how will SHPC continue to answer God's call to serve the unhoused community?  

We are in the process of  discerning the Spirit's call and identifying how we are being led to continue our commitment to serve the unhoused.   Sign up now to be part of SHPC's NEW Homelessness Ministry Task Force by clicking 
Thank you to Howard Schwartz, Ph.D., of the HOT (homeless outreach team) program for these thoughtful suggestions about our next steps:
"I would call on each congregation to have their own homelessness task force and dedicate themselves to helping in one or more of the following areas from least effort to most effort.  
Take that energy put into REST and help us move the goal forward. If you get on board, those of us working at this full time will work with you to help you.
  • The old REST dinners can be dinners that get delivered to newly housed individuals who don't get a home cooked meal often
  • We need visitors of our newly housed people as they can feel isolated when they leave the streets
  • Some of our newly housed individuals need mentors or coaches or just rides
  • Churches could sponsor events for our newly housed people (bowling, barbecue, picnic, outing to the beach. We can staff it if you can help us organize it.
  • Churches can get their members to sponsor junior second units in their homes and have a campaign to bring x number online a year. This will help affordable housing
  • Churches could take a tiny home on their property
  • Churches could sponsor a homeless person in housing (This is a new idea from our MCHAT subgroup- that a church or a group of people could contribute to cover rent for a person that is put into housing)
  • Churches could help raise money for some of our housing projects"
A warm thank you also to Supervisor Katie Rice for her time Sunday 3/4 addressing our questions and concerns about the end of the REST program.  Supervisor Rice affirmed the meaningful contribution SHPC volunteers have made over the years in bringing dignity to the unhoused community through our ministries to the men, the women, and with our youth's cooking from the Justice Garden.  
To Middle and High School YOUTH and their PARENTS from Charles

Hello everyone,

We need an additional adult to chaperone Game Night on April 6, from 6:00-8:00pm. Please let me know if you can help.
Agents: This week's code word is RESURRECTION. Write your agent alias and the codeword on a piece of paper and give it to me on Sunday to earn 5 points!
Great news! The Marin Interfaith Council is giving our youth group $100.00 to purchase equipment for our videos! This will help us make better quality videos to spread the word about the issues that are most important to us.
Lastly, an update on the immigrant incarceration letter: It has been reviewed by the session and they gave their approval for the youth group to collect signatures so that we can send copies of it to our elected officials. If you haven't yet seen the group's video about immigrant incarceration, you can click here:

Some important dates are coming up:
April 1 - Easter Sunday - The Youth Group will be hiding the eggs for the little ones' Easter Egg hunt. We need your help!
April 6 - Family Game Night - Everyone is welcome for pizza and games! Join us for fun and fellowship!

Grace and peace,

Director W
Collective Voices Initiative
Youth Director
Always feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback by clicking here.
Thursday, April 12 @ 4:30 p.m.
   Sunday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m.
SHPC Fellowship Hall

"Hi Grandma, it's me, I'm in trouble, can you help?" "This is Agent  Doreen Smith from the IRS, calling to follow up on your outstanding bill." "This is Microsoft Tech support. Your Windows system  needs updating...." "This is Mr. Jones from Guaranteed Lottery  Systems, calling to arrange delivery of your lottery prize... " "I'm a  contractor, working in your neighborhood, I saw you needed help  with your..."

We all receive these calls and letters, but how do we sort through  which is truth, and which is a scam? Scammers are smooth and  sophisticated; even the smartest among us are being taken in. What  are the warning signs of elder abuse and fraud? What can we do if  we (or someone we know) might be a victim of a scam?  Working together, Sleepy Hollow native Louise Berto (daughter of  Frank and Connie), the Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, the
Sleepy Hollow Homes Association (SHHA) and the Marin County Financial Abuse Specialist Team are offering two presentations concerning frauds and schemes perpetrated against older adults  and others (the same presentation is offered twice to reach as many  neighbors as possible). Handouts concerning these issues will be  provided; there will be a question and answer period immediately  following the presentations. These presentations are open to all;  please invite anyone you think could benefit.

R SVPs helpful but not required: call Louise at 415-810- 4704 or email
Cook's Cozy Corner

Michael's  Preserved Lemons
Available this Sunday!
Awesome Easter Gifts!

This year we had a flood of winter Meyer lemons (thanks to Koren and Frankie!)  A lot of them got turned into preserved lemons through salt curing, and now they're making their way to our produce table, where your donations benefit the Justice Garden.  Since many of you probably haven't cooked with preserved lemons before, here's a recipe to start you off.  This has been adapted from a Florence Fabricant recipe in the New York Times.

Moroccan Chicken Tagine with Olives and Preserved Lemon

  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika (fresh!)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 chicken, cut in 8 to 10 pieces (or 8 bone-in chicken thighs)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, sliced thin
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • kalamata olives, pitted and halved
  • 8 cracked green olives, preferably castelvetrano, pitted and halved
  • 1 large preserved lemon 
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (about 1 T.)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  1. Rub chicken with 1 tsp salt and 2 T olive oil, cover, refrigerate and marinate 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Heat 1 T. oil in heavy skillet or dutch oven. Add chicken, and brown on all sides. Remove to platter. Add onions to skillet, and cook over medium-low heat about 10 minutes, then add garlic, ginger, paprika, cumin, turmeric and the ground pepper (or chili flakes) to taste. Saute gently another 5-10 min.  Transfer to a tagine, if you are using one, or leave in the skillet. Add cinnamon stick.
  3. Put chicken on onions. Scatter with olives (use more if you like olives). Quarter the preserved lemon, remove pulp, rinse the rind and cut it in strips. Scatter over chicken. Mix stock and lemon juice. Pour over chicken.  Taste, and if you need salt, use some of the lemon pulp.
  4. Cover tagine or skillet. Cook over low heat about 45 minutes, until chicken is done. Scatter parsley on top.
  5. Serve with plain couscous, or rice.
From Marin Moms Demand Action: We've had enough. Thoughts and prayers are not enough to honor the victims of gun violence.  What we need now is ACTION. Lawmakers have had enough time to come around to common sense, and we're done waiting. We must now elect leaders who will finally act to save lives from gun violence.  It's time to throw them out.  You 

SHPC is working with Marin Moms Demand action to bring a sensible gun law event to our church. Stay tuned for more information as it arises.

Juliet, Jody, Koren, and Diane (photographer) at March for our lives.

From Jan Ardell
Report on Congressmember Jared Huffman's Student Summit for Gun Violence Prevention - Sunday, March 18

From Jan Ardell:

It was excellent! The teens representing local public and private high schools were amazing and inspiring. They were intelligent, articulate, knowledgeable, passionate and raised razor-sharp questions. Jared Huffman lent his well-honed skills, depth of experience and competency in facilitating the discussion.  Representatives were present, also, from Moms Demand Action, the Brady Campaign, Students Demand Action and Beyond Differences.
This senseless suffering brought about by guns is being effectively confronted by this youth led movement. I have faith it will continue to appeal to citizens' common sense and outrage at what has been allowed to happen in this country. The Republicans will be motivated, if for no other reason than self-interest, as they experience the chill awaiting them at the ballot box. Cherishing guns at the expense of our children's lives is being called what it is ....disgraceful and intolerable. The absurdity inherent in the notion that we are "protecting our freedom" by making assault rifles and guns massively available is being unmasked for what it is....a cynical ploy to fill the pockets of the NRA and fellow travelers. Truth to power, by these young activists and others, is loud and getting louder. Thank God!

Our next meeting will be
Sunday, April 15th at 11:30am at Sleepy Hollow Church.
Andrew and Charles are presenting and leading activities to prepare for the trip.

You can find forms as well as other information on our website

The completed information can be mailed to Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church (c/o Mexico Mission, 100 Tarry Rd San Anselmo), e-mailed to Katie  or dropped off in the black lock box at the church on the outside wall of the building to the left of the ground level fellowship hall window/door.

Spread the word!
Click here for Katie in the church office
SHPC Session Gives $500 to CROP - 
Church World Service
We weren't able to organize the walk this year, but we are donating $500 to this worthy cause to help end hunger.  

A message from Wil!

Wil dropped off 39 pounds to the SF- Mar in food Bank! 

Let's all thank him, and let's all re-fill the Food Barrel!

Report from Building and Grounds
from Ahmed, your B and G Elder
Richard Peltzman repairing the roof over our historic church bell

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!

Upcoming Projects:

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!  

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.
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 


A panel discussion presented by Students of the African Diaspora at SFTS  
Wednesday, April 18  |  6:30 PM  |  Free to attend  |  Families encouraged to attend together
In predominantly white Marin County, the issue and topic of race and equality can often miss the mark. Stewart Perrilliat, San Francisco Theological Seminary, and the Students of the African Diaspora (StAD) are convening a panel to educate and enlighten Marin's community on the issue of racism and equality. Moderator and panelists will speak frankly about their own experiences as people of color, and will explore ways to learn how we can embrace each other regardless of color, economic status.
Audience members will gather for a one-hour panel discussion, and then will break into smaller conversation groups moderated by members of StAD. Attendees are encouraged to take talking points home to their own communities to help spread awareness of equality and stand up and be a part of the change.
Stewart is the founder of Man 2 Man-Urban Youth Advocate, SFTS MDiv alumnus, and current DMin student. Man2Man holds classes and group mentoring sessions for young men recruited through word of mouth and various organizations, or sometimes mandated through the courts to study anger management. It also produces a talk show to address issues of concern to them, which airs on a local cable channel, called Can we have a conversation? In addition to running Man2Man's successful programs, Stewart also visits San Quentin State Prison, doing prison ministry and is working on a documentary called on fatherhood. His goal is to help young men become positive, involved fathers, thus solving the greater rates of incarceration, domestic violence, low self-esteem, drug addiction, alcoholism, teenage parenthood and other issues that stem from absentee fathers.
Panelists include:

Stated Clerk files amicus brief supporting DACA

800,000 young people would suffer 'irreparable harm' if program ends
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II has signed  an amicus curiae brief  in a suit filed in the Northern District of  California to enjoin the federal government from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

To read the full article click here

One body in Christ

  Zimbabwe and Denver Presbyteries build each other up through partnership - A message from Dr Doug Tilton, friend of SHPC and mission worker in southern Africa

Is mission a one-way street? Not to people in Denver Presbytery or the Presbytery of Zimbabwe of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA). These two presbyteries have been faithful witnesses to the unity of the body of Christ for more than a decade, despite the nearly 10,000 miles between them.

This partnership grew out of the commitment of a Denver couple's desire to assist a school in Zimbabwe. Gradually, local churches began to support those efforts. Denver Presbytery helped to facilitate a discussion to determine how this relationship could honor the gifts of people in both places.

To read the full article click here.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Drake High School

Panel Q&A - Community Discussion
  You will hear about recent research on local teen substance use and practical strategies for beginning the conversation with your child. Parents/caregivers will receive information on the top substances kids are being exposed to and will leave with conversation starters to begin and continue conversations with your children. RSVP appreciated, but not necessary.
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