Don't Miss Our Sydney and Ryan Send-Off
This Sunday, July 16th!
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
July 13, 2017
    Summer Storytelling Series 
  Did Jesus Have a Favorite?
The Mystery of "the One Whom Jesus Loved" 

     Do you love a good mystery?  One of the enduring mysteries of the Bible is the identity of "the Beloved Disciple," called "the One whom Jesus loved" several times in the Gospel of John.  First, did Jesus really have a favorite?  And if so, who was it, and why the mysterious references to the One without a name?  T his Sunday, July 16, at 9:30 a.m., we'll explore the mystery of the Beloved Disciple and the truth of God's Infinite Love.
In This Issue
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Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev
One of the greatest joys of coming to church week after week, year after year, is seeing our children grow up, blossom, and flourish in this caring community. Parents have told me that their children get them out of bed on Sunday morning to come to church!  

Our wonderful Children's Program teachers, Ryan Finnane and Sydney Greenlee, have made the church feel like a welcoming home for all children.  They have lived the message of inclusive love, while building skills through art and play.  They have grown up and blossomed in the process, and it's time to send them off to college with a celebration this Sunday.  We will miss them!  We'll have a cake, special music, and cards to pass around, and if your children would like to bring a card, picture, or photo for them, that would be lovely.

What a blessing to be the church together! 

With love,

July Calendar
Friday, July 14
Bible Study
Sunday, July 16
                 9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.

Infinite Love and Cents-ability Offering 
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome
Wednesday, July 19
                   6:30 p.m.      
                    7:30 p.m.
Session meets at the church
SHPC Singers- All Welcome
Friday, July 21 

Bible Study
Sunday, July 23
                 9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.

Villains in the Bible
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome
Wednesday, July 26
                  7:30 p.m. 

SHPC Singers- All Welcome
Friday, July 28 

Bible Study

Bible Study Friday, July 14th at NOON
Gospel of John chapters 13, 19, and 21
The Beloved Disciple
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Wil Swalberg, for a speedy and full recovery from his Double Carpal Tunnel surgery;
Kim Alling, sister of Peg Maclise, for God's healing presence, and for Peg, for God's strength, love, and peace; 
Katie Brendler, may God's loving presence and comfort abide with her and her family as they mourn the loss of Katie's dear Father, and for full recovery for her mother;
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;
Kelsey Lopin, for continued flourishing, creativity, and energy as she pursues her education and excels in art;
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy to continue to feel God's abiding presence in companioning her;
Victims of gun violence, and their loved ones, and those who lose all hope and resort to violence, may God heal them;
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.
Youth of All Ages
 Summer Mini Camp 
Art, Mosaic-making, games, and cooking from the Justice Garden

 Join Charles Wei for more summer mini-camp fun! If you are interested please check all dates your child would be available. Make sure you put your child's name and age in the  doodle poll . If you have multiple children please enter for each child. This is open to all ages. 

If you have any questions, please contact Janel Stewart at 

We Love Sydney and Ryan!
Come celebrate them and wish them well this Sunday
They're going to college!

Our dedicated Children's Program teachers are going to college! Sydney will be attending Tulane University and Ryan will be attending University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Let's all wish them the best this Sunday, thank them for their faithful service, and make sure to tell them to come back and visit often.  They will be missed, but we'll make sure that they know they will be in our prayers as they start this new chapter.

Save the Date for Let's Talk Church Finance- Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

The final Let's Talk Church Finance discussion is scheduled for Sunday, August 27th after the worship service. The Session has now studied our church's finances in depth, and will be sending a report of the study to the congregation with findings to share. Meanwhile, a helpful resource was presented at the June 1 educational discussion meeting and is available here:

Dennis Latta
Clerk of Session 

Ted Talk Worth Watching-
How to engage in conversation with those who HATE and make progress towards understanding
Remember the Ted Talk Bev mentioned in her sermon last Sunday?

For those of you who did not hear about it, provided below is the link to the Ted Talk by Megan Phelps-Roper, who grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church, more a hate group than a church.  She was on the "picket line" from the age of 5 holding signs she couldn't read that said God hates gay people. Listen and learn as Megan shares her story about how conversations on Twitter helped her come to a new understanding and leave this hate group, which was her family and her life. Maybe it's time to sign up for Twitter and take part in these conversations?

From the PC(USA): New interactive resource explores root causes of immigration  
Genesis of Exodus focuses on Central America travails

 W hy would a family leave home in Central America and embark on a harrowing 2,500-mile journey with the uncertain outcome of finding asylum in the United States?   The Genesis of Exodus , a new interactive online resource, seeks answers to this question. It offers a wealth of background and tools to help Presbyterians and others understand and respond to immigration issues.  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is doing great work on immigration issues!
Presbyterians Gathered for a  Successful  Big Tent 
Our denomination meets for our world-wide convention, called General Assembly, in even years, and in odd years, we have a smaller but powerful meeting called the Big Tent.  This year's Big Tent, held in St. Louis, MO. last week, featured worship, workshops, and speakers from around the country, and was an introduction for the Hands and Feet initiative. The focus theme was "Race, Reconciliation, and the Reformation." Click on this link to read more about Big Tent

Big Tent workshops addressed many current and pressing issues, from the Israel/Palestine conflict to Climate Change. Those attending had the opportunity to hear the pros and cons of divesting from fossil fuel companies. Read more to see the discussion

Speakers and workshops also addressed oppression and racism and how to keep up momentum to end them. Panelists discussed the shooting of a young teenager and what communities and churches are doing to address racism and oppression. Read more to see the full story.
Please welcome our new interim office administrator and communications associate, Kara New, who is our newsletter editor while Katie Brendler is away.  Kara is a rising senior at Dominican University, majoring in communications and media, and she is currently interning for the Warriors AND the SF Giants!  You can reach her at the office email,
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.

-Note From The Office-
If you would like to be reimbursed for an authorized expense, please come upstairs to the church office and fill out a blue Reimbursement Request form and put it in Jen Boynton's (our bookkeeper's) folder on the corner of the upstairs office desk nearest the door. You can find the forms hanging on the left side of the wall immediately after you have entered the office in a black reimbursement folder. Thank you for your cooperation!
                        Lost and Found

Time to come see if you have anything in our lost and found . Please check out the upstairs office and our table on Sunday, July 23rd.
Please take home
anything that belongs to you. 

Thank you!

     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.

And thank him for his Food Barrel ministry! 

Last Wednesday, Wil turned in 58 pounds to the Marin Food Bank!

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
Free Parent Support Group
The Muir Woods Adolescent and Family Services provides two free services for parents. 

"Navigating Parenting of a Teen Suffering from Substance Use Issues"

2nd Saturday of every month from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm 

Giving parents the opportunity to share experiences and give insight from pears. 

"The Sky Is The Limit, Boundaries are the Base"
4th Saturday of every month from 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
A multi-parent process group focused on psycho-education, family support and healthy relationships with their child.

For more information go to 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)

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Kara New,  Editor
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