Our Youth Chefs Harvest from the Justice Garden to Cook for the Homeless
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
October 13, 2016
October Series - Forgiveness and Letting Go ...
Accepting Life on Life's Terms
     Living in the real world forces us to face the reality that life is not always fair.  Hardship and suffering fall upon good people, even dear small children.  If God is just, loving, and powerful, why is life like this?  How can we accept an imperfect world and still love and trust God? This Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we'll continue our Forgiveness and Letting Go series with an exploration of how we can live in the real world with joy, peace, and hope.  The SHPC Singers have something special for us!   
In This Issue
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A Note From 
Pastor Bev 

Last Sunday afternoon was such a high point in the life of the church! Eleven inspired youth chefs gathered to harvest from the Justice Garden, learn about eating in a way that is healthy for the body and the planet, and cook wholesome food for the homeless community.  Many, many thanks to Judy Ford and Jen Gauna for leading this wonderful "Food 4 Good" group! 

God has blessed our church with children of all ages, and we are reaching out to our middle and high schoolers to give them more opportunities to find joy and meaning in bringing kindness and hope to the most vulnerable.  Our Mexico Mission (homebuilding for high school and up) program is a great example of this, and now with Food 4 Good, we are inviting more young people to find joy in service. 

The great energy Sunday afternoon filled my cup! See the photos below for a joy burst, and please contact Judy or Jen if your youngsters are interested in joining in.

With joy,

October Calendar
Friday, October 14th

Bible Study with Pastor Bev

Sunday, October 16th
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Forgiveness & Letting Go continues
Life on Life's Terms: Forgiving God?!
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Wednesday, October 19th
7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - come join us!

Friday, October 21st

Bible Study with Pastor Bev

Sunday, October 23rd
9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Forgiveness & Letting Go concludes
Letting Go of Improving Others, Including Family
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Wednesday, October 26th
7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - come join us!

Friday, October 28th

Bible Study with Pastor Bev

Sunday, October 30th
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Monday, October 31

Season of Stewardship 
The Fruits of the Spirit
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!

Save The Date 
Celebration of Stewardship 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016
9:30 a.m.

Eldridge String Quartet

Offering of Pledge Cards to Support                                              the Church in 2017

and ANNUAL HARVEST FEAST hosted by the Deacons 
immediately following the service

Bible Study - Friday, October 14th -  Noon with Pastor Bev
Psalm 73, Jeremiah 12, Phillippians 4:4-9

Please Remember in Your Prayers

All those who have lost their lives and loved ones, and all those impacted by Hurricane Matthew;
The refugees and displaced, almost 1 out of 100 people in the world today, for safety, homes, and the basics of life;
Our vulnerable seniors, and their loved ones and caretakers;
Our country, for a national discourse of respect and dignity for all;
Ryan Burk s, son of  Warren and Jackie Burks, for healing, and for strength and hope for his family;
Praying Hands
Carolyn O'Hara, mother of Laurie, for God's comfort, companionship, and strength, and healing;
Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease;
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy for continued strength in companioning her;
Betty Swalberg, for God's presence and peace, and  Wil Swalberg, for God's comfort and community support;
Paul Lambert's Mom, blessed assurance of God's constant presence; 
The PC(USA), as it discerns and follows God's call to be a Matthew 25 church, and its new Co-Moderators, Revs. Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, and Stated Clerk, Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson;
Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;
Rev. Kate Taber, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in East Jerusalem;
The world's poor, all who suffer from disruptive climate change, and our planet;
Our church community, keep us faithful to the love and justice of Jesus, strong in our commitment to the church, and make us hope-bringers to the world.

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.
Food 4 Good
Youth REST Chefs Harvest from the Justice Garden and Cook for the Homeless, Taking "Thyme" To Give Back


REST Youth Cooking Program at SHPC Seeking Kitchen Items
Too many extra items in your kitchen? Looking to reduce what you have? The SHPC Youth Cooking Program is currently seeking kitchen item donations for use in preparing soup and breads for REST. Donations can be made to the Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church the next three Sundays or by contacting Jennifer Gauna at 415.748.1831 or jen.gauna@gmail.com.
  • ●   Blenders  ●   Food processors  ●   Ladles  ●   Kitchen cook knives
  • ●   Paring knives  ●   Cutting boards  ●   Stock pots  ●   Slow cookers, 2
  • ●   Small glass mason jars  Mesh strainers  Spatulas  12-inch kitchen wooden spoons  Graters, peelers or slicers  Saute pans 18qt Storage containers with lids, 2   Hot pads  Kitchen scissors 
  • Muffin tins

Time to Volunteer For The REST Program

About REST
REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter) provides dinner, dignity, and a safe place to sleep for our unhoused neighbors from November to April.  SHPC is one of 17 participating faith communities, and donations to our Justice Garden contribute to our REST food and supplies. 
- Our Men's evening takes place at St. Rita's Church in Fairfax on THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH.  We typically serve 30 people (23 guests & staff, plus our volunteers). 
- Our Women's evening takes place at the county's Health & Wellness Campus in San Rafael on THE SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH.  We prepare to serve up to 26 people (20 guests & staff, plus our volunteers).  


Sign-Up and More Info
To read more information about REST and to sign-up online, please click on this link:  http://bit.ly/RESTprogram 
Volunteers' Contributions
In addition to preparing and bringing a dish in advance, volunteers arrive early to set up the room.  Together we welcome and say a blessing with our un-housed neighbors, serve the meal, eat dinner with our un-housed neighbors, and then clean up the meal.  Guests are usually tired from a long day outdoors, our goal is to help them feel safe, well nourished, and rest as much as possible (this is why we don't organize activities in addition to the meal).
Thanks for the survey feedback so many of you provided!  Here are a few updates about this year's REST:
- If you prefer to cook and not be on-site (or the reverse), then you are welcome to find a "partner".  When you sign-up online  be sure to identify who will cook/bring food and who will volunteer on-site.  If there's only one name on the sign-up, we are counting on you to cook (in advance) and volunteer on-site
- 2 crock pots (with well sealed lids) will be available at SHPC to "check out" the Sunday before a REST event.  Please return these before the next Sunday, so they're available for the next event.
- "Site Coordinators" will rotate to share the on-site responsibilities (Scott Hamilton & Shannon Mong for Men, Millie Milar & Jeanette Molineaux for women). 
SHPC  will continue to organize Middle and High School students to contribute to REST -- this year youth will prepare soup and bread for our REST guests.  For more info, contact Jennifer Gauna at jen.gauna@gmail.com

If you have questions, please contact Shannon Mong at  shannon@In-SightAssociates.com (phone is 415-279-2402).  
In advance - thanks for your support of this year's REST evenings!

Calling Short School Volunteers!  It takes a village!

     Join Jody Brockett, Merle Ongaro, and Ann Pope in enriching the afternoons of students at the Short School and you will be building a kinder, more just and peaceful world.  

Contact  Patti or Bev 

Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative
Spirit of the Harvest on Oct. 20th
Contact Bev if you're interested in joining

Meet friends old and new and be inspired by local and national faith leaders work for food justice and sustainability. Highlights of this fun and informal event will include: national advocacy leader Andrew Kang Bartlett of the Presbyterian Hunger Program joining us directly from his visit to Washington State, "Ground Zero" for the recent Driscoll's Berries boycott and a historic legislative victory for farmworkers; he will update and prepare us for next steps.

What: Spirit of the Harvest
When: Thursday, October 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm
Where: Barlow Event Center, Sebastopol
Cost: $45 until October 13, $50 afterwards

Let's Talk about Visiting Immigrants in Detention

At  Let's Talk  on September 11th, we viewed an educational, revealing, moving 20 minute film from the PC(USA) about the warehousing of immigrants for profit in the USA called Locked In A Box and the life-saving difference visitation makes. We are assembling a team and ask for your patience as we deal with bureaucracy.  Thank you so much to all who have volunteered! 

A girl walks on a street damaged in Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, in western Haiti, on October 7. The full scale of the devastation in the hurricane-hit country became clear as the death toll surged over 400 three days after Hurricane Matthew leveled huge swaths of the country's south.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance provides help for those impacted by the storm.

Hurricane Matthew has caused death and destruction across the Caribbean and southeastern United States, including more than 800 dead, thousands injured, and the destruction of communities and crops, especially in Haiti. Many impacted areas were still recovering from previous flooding and other disasters. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is supporting the delivery of emergency aid to those impacted, working with our partners in the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together) and local staff who had been monitoring the completion of prior earthquake and hurricane projects.  

In Haiti, PDA is leveraging long-standing church partnerships to assess damage and to develop long-term disaster recovery and rebuilding strategies. Ecumenical partner ACT Alliance has already issued an appeal for over $1 million to assist relief efforts in Cuba, and is working with partners throughout the Caribbean to evaluate needs in Jamaica, the Bahamas, and beyond. After immediate needs are addressed, PDA will remain, drawing upon its strong relationships and effective prior development efforts in the region.  

Throughout the southeastern United States, PDA has reached out to pastors and presbytery leaders in areas impacted by the storm. Extensive flooding and storm surges throughout the region have damaged many homes and churches. National Response Team members are mobilizing to visit affected presbyteries and to support local development of disaster response and recovery plans. In the coming weeks, PDA will begin deploying teams into as many as seven presbyteries and providing assistance to congregations mucking out as the waters recede.  

The needs for the response are great. God's people are once again called on to stand in the "GAP"-Give. Act. Pray.
Cook's Cozy Corner - Aioli - 
Coming Soon:  Red Pepper Jelly!

As our garden winds down, we look back with gratitude for a very productive season of delicious produce (Bev's blessings have helped).  We also look ahead to a slower season of tomatoes for the next month or so, and a winter garden that we're starting to plant.  Thanks to all of you who've helped with the garden tasks, and all of you who've taken home produce on Sundays.  
Today's recipe is for a condiment that improves everything it touches, especially tomato sandwiches!

Blend together with immersion blender or food processor:
1 egg
4 cloves peeled garlic
dash hot sauce (or more, depending on heat)
1 T. fish sauce
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1 T. champagne vinegar
1 T. FRESH rosemary leaves, or use larger quantities of basil or tarragon
Stream in while running (start with a very small amount):
1/2 C canola oil
1/2 C olive oil or more as needed 
Consistency should be heavy and fairly set, though not as stiff as commercial mayonnaise
Happy spreading!
--Michael Durphy
Wil LOVES an invite for lunch or dinner!

Thank you and bless you to all who have reached out to invite him over for a meal.  You are lighting up his life!

And thank him for his faithful and continuing FOOD BARREL MINISTRY.

Fellowship time is organized by your Deacons. We need everyone to sign-up about 3-4 times a year. 
Click below to sign up: 

OCTOBER: Nancy & Frankie's Parish

Sign up now and keep the hospitality
Don't be shy, Greeting is a Treat!
We are in need of greeters to sign up through the signup genius website. 

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
Facing Hurts and Forgiving What's Necessary

One of the most important lessons I have embraced is not to look very long in the rear view mirror. The past is the past. 
We've all made mistakes, we all have regrets. and on some level we have all probably experienced a love lost. Disappointments can be devastating to our futures. They can cause us to get stuck and be paralyzed.
I have had the privilege of working with and learning from a lot of very talented people in show business. One such person is Francesca Zambello  - one of the world's leading Opera and Musical Directors. 
I've watched her rehearse and direct "Show Boat" in London (where the orchestra was the London Philharmonic), Disney's "Little Mermaid" on Broadway, I've seen many of her Operas at the MET in NYC, and watched her direct productions at Carnegie Hall.
Francesca never gets rattled. On occasion she has been terribly disappointed, frustrated, and even has had to face unexpected catastrophes - however, she never looses her cool. She stays focused, surrounds herself with her team, and finds solutions. She has seen it all, experienced it all, and knows that things need to keep moving forward no matter what in the middle of a show in rehearsal.
That is a lot like life - the show must go on and we need to stay focused and not lose our cool. Many of the things that happen to you are supposed to happen. Sometimes it's critical that we face what's hurting us and explore forgiving what needs to be forgiven. 
Forgiving isn't dismissing things outright, but it is realizing that the wrongs that have occurred (by us or others) must be let go - like a breath of air being blown out of our bodies. Breathe out ... release it ... let it go. Release it into God's universe for God to manage and handle. When we've done this we can begin to recover. And, through recovery comes discovery. 
Some of us are spending too long "nursing, cursing and rehearsing" those incidents or mistakes we've made. They're over. 
Facing them and forgiving what's connected to them is the beginning of our Second Act. 
Realize you can do "All things through Christ who strengthens you" and for many of us it's time to move on from things that have been holding us back.
So breathe out ... ahhh ...  breathe out, again ... and let go of the mistakes and regrets. Whatever pain you have experienced may be the very thing that will lead you to wholeness. I can assure you, all of us have a comeback in us. Onward!
Wishing you a good week from Los Angeles ... your friend, Paul

Paul Lambert is a member of SHPC who travels extensively for his career as a producer of Broadway-bound musicals.  He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute who studies the Bible daily and attends our Bible Study whenever he's in town. He posts this blog each week no matter where he is, to the delight and comfort of many.  SHPC thanks you, Paul.
Fall 2016 Speaker Series 

To learn more about the Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative, talk to Pastor Bev, who is serving on the Steering Committee as Faith Community Representative.  

Cannabis Brochure for Marin

Visionary Marin 2016
Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 6-8:30pm
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto

The Marin Interfaith Council's 11th annual Visionary Marin will honor Abbess Schroeder and Bishop Johnathan Logan, for their decades of community service. Read More Here
Reception * Culinary Delights * Drawing * Silent Auction * Music 

One reservation = $90, Two reservations = $160, Ten reservations = $750  

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
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E-mail us at shpchurch@comcast.net or call us at 415-453-8221