Thirsty woman:  Could today be the day that the ordinary becomes extraordinary?
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
July 27, 2017
Summer Storytelling Continues with...
 Awakening to the Extraordinary
in Ordinary Life
 
     The Bible tells us to wake up, to stay awake, and to be alert and watchful.  Some of these admonitions seem concerned with making sure that Jesus' followers don't miss the second coming and their presumed rapture up to heaven.  But a closer look at the life of Jesus shows him waking people up to experience his extraordinary blessing now, not later. This Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., we'll enjoy stories about waking up to everyday blessings and miracles, and explore how we can experience the extraordinary in our daily lives.

In This Issue
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Bev piano
A Note from Pastor Bev
 
Each one of us is walking a sacred path through life, with many blessings and many challenges.  When we wake up to the sacred in the ordinary, we start to see our choices as informed by Spirit, and we see our challenges as opportunities for spiritual practice and gaining wisdom.  With that worldview, each dew drop of joy is savored along the way.  We are no longer waiting for everything to be perfect so that we can be happy.  We aren't expecting life to be different from the way it is, i.e., challenging.  With all life's challenges, we can still rejoice in the soaring cornstalks and tiny goldfinches lighting on flowers in the Justice Garden!  

There is no better time than now to wake up to the spiritual richness of daily life. What are we thirsty for?  Where in our lives is our cup running dry, and where does it overflow?  These are great spiritual questions, and ours to explore with stories and song.  See you in church!

With joy,
Bev


July/August Calendar
Friday, July 28
                  NOON
 
No Bible Study-Bev in SF
Sunday, July 30
                 9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.

Holy Moments
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome
Wednesday, August 2      
                  7:30 p.m.
 
No Choir- Stephen is away
Friday, August 4
                 NOON

Bible Study
Sunday, August 6
                 9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.

Silver Linings in Extraordinary Times
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome
Wednesday, August 9
                  7:30 p.m. 

SHPC Singers- All Welcome
Friday, August 11
                 NOON

Bible Study

No Bible Study this Friday, July 28th
Sunday's Texts are Luke 21:34-36 and John 4:7-29
 
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Wil Swalberg, for a full and speedy 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; 
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, and healing and strength to Jody as she moves her Father into a new residence;
Kelsey Lopin, for total healing, renewed strength, 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;
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;
Transgender US military service personnel and their loved ones, for an end to discrimination based on dishonesty, and for the right to continue to serve their country honorably;
Sen. John McCain, diagnosed with brain cancer, and his loved ones, for God's healing presence, comfort, and strength;
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;
The incarcerated, and their loved ones, for a justice system and prison system that uphold our highest values of human dignity and fairness;
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 and love for all our neighbors!

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

Our Doodle poll revealed (no surprise!) that most of you are very busy for next few weeks, and with out of town plans, we couldn't find even a few days where we could gather a critical mass of our young people.

But something new is cooking!  Family Ministries is working with youth ministry partners to bring back Charles Wei and our regular youth ministry program.  We will keep you posted!
If you have any questions, please contact Janel Stewart at janelstewart@gmail.com 

We Love Sydney and Ryan!
Thanks for celebrating them and wishing them well -
They're off to college!
 
 Our dedicated Children's Program teachers Sydney G. and Ryan F. are going to college! Sydney will be attending Tulane University and Ryan will be attending University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

 We are thankful for their faithful service. They will be missed, but we'll make sure that they know they will be in our prayers as they start this new chapter.  And we are delighted to welcome aboard Sydney G's sister Justine, and Sydney West to join Andy Eisinger.  What a great new team!

 

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 

Session Report - July 19, 2017 Meeting

The Session met for its regular monthly meeting at the church on Wed. July 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. and opened the meeting with prayer.  Pastor Bev shared a devotional from John Dunne's The Mystic Road of Love.  Much of the meeting was devoted to final review of the Session's Financial Resiliency Report, which will be mailed and e-mailed to the congregation when finalized and discussed at the Sunday, August 27 Let's Talk following the worship service that day.  
Committee reports were as follows:
Finance - Doug - financial reports in order; discussion of solar panel installation scheduling; great kudos to Mexico Mission team for a terrific year!
Building and Grounds - Ahmed - LMP lease extension on track; Zilbers have signed a 6 month extension of the 110 Tarry lease through end of February 2018 at $5,200/month, with thanks to Steve Derr for all his faithful service to the church as 110 Tarry property manager; significant outdoor clean-up work was done on 110 Tarry in response to the Fire Department's extensive defensible space report, again with thanks to Steve; brief discussion of offer to place ceiling fans in sanctuary.
Family Ministries - Janel - discussion of possibility of partnering with other youth programs and mission partners to bring Charles Wei back as youth director as early as August 1, and of financial realities.
Mission - Patti - Garden status and updates, again kudos to MM team.
Membership - Merle - New members class coming this fall; Church bocce event coming in October.
Worship - Jody - Attendance was very high in June w/ MM, and has been good for July with summer vacations; Advent planning starts in August.
Deacons - Kit - Still working on getting all our supplies green, but our waste sorting is going well w/ the new color-coded and labeled cans.  Fellowship has been lively and delightful and enjoyed by all, especially 7/16 celebration for Ryan and Sydney and their families.
Moderator - Bev - Memorial service for Kristi Carey (daughter in law of Ralph Carey) on 7/15 was attended by over 170 and was a comfort to the family; Bev plans to take vacation 9/3-12 to be with family.
The meeting was closed with prayer.

Dennis Latta
Clerk of Session 

Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Office of Public Witness of the PC(USA)

African-American clergy speak out against proposed federal budget and health care plan

  An estimated 40 to 50 African American clergy gathered on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to speak out against what they call "the immoral" budget proposed by President Donald Trump as well as the "unjust" health bill that currently hangs in limbo. The group of ministers, including the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness, spoke at a news conference before heading to various Senate and congressional offices. Click the link to read more. 

Support DACA and the DREAM ACT
 
Right now, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under an immediate, existential threat. President Trump could terminate DACA by September 5th, turning our nation's back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. The consequences of repealing DACA would be severe and profound, as it would put the nearly 800,000 dreamers at immediate risk of deportation. Arizona is a key state with the power to help keep the DACA program and the 800,000 young people it protects.

What can you do?
Please call 3 times to connect with your Representative and both of your Senators

Sample Script: "I'm your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I  urge you to do everything in your power to urge the administration to keep the DACA program intact. My community welcomes refugees and immigrants, and I urge you to reflect the best of our American values of compassion and welcome."
2) Write an Op Ed in your local paper! Use the DACA Faith Toolkit from Church World Service that will take you to a google drive file that includes: DACA Faith Leader Op-Ed Template and Sample Letter to Meet Your Governor or State Attorney General.

3)DACA is at risk because 10 State Attorneys General threatening to sue President Trump if he does not rescind DACA, which was created by memo under the Obama Administration.  You can send a form letter to President Trump here

Dream Act of 2017
In more hopeful news, the Dream Act of 2017 was introduced by Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Graham (R-SC).  This legislation would open a pathway for citizenship for DREAMers, many of whom are DACA recipients.  You can find a letter with faith leaders quotes in support of the Dream Act of 2017 here. Rev Jimmie Hawkins is quoted saying: 
 
"The Presbyterian Church (USA) reiterates its support for a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, who have fought so tirelessly for their rights and lives to be respected and their voices to be heard. These young people are the future of our church and our nation - when they suffer, we suffer. They have been caught in this limbo for far too long, not knowing if they will be ripped apart from their families and communities. This is not a question of politics, but rather the morality of the American people. We ask for Congress to act on values that are foundational to our faith - to welcome the stranger and love our neighbors - and co-sponsor the reintroduction of the DREAM Act. Presbyterians will continue to stand beside them in solidarity, seeking justice for our neighbors who simply want to stay in a country that we all call home." - Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Office of Public Witness, Presbyterian Church (USA)

What is ecumenism, and what do Presbyterians believe about it? 
From the Presbyterian News Service
Martha Moore-Keish writes an article about the movie Places in the Heart, a story about Edna Spalding, a widowed white mother in the Depression.  Throughout, characters engage in murder, adultery, theft, assault and plain mean-spiritedness. The final scene shows a congregation in a local church gathered for Communion.

This vision of sharing bread with unlikely people across lines of difference captures the heart of the modern ecumenical movement. In the 20th century, many Christians in the U.S. and Europe were inspired by a vision of church unity, rooted in God's reconciling love in Christ for the "whole inhabited world". 

Click to read the full version of the article.

Come Join!
The Restorative Justice Advocates 
Summer Retreat ~ Aug 16th

Do you consider yourself a leader in your community? 
Do you care about the justice system?

If this is you, we would love your participation in the Restorative Justice Advocates Summer Retreat

When: Wednesday, August 16th at Noon

Where: Restorative Services & Marin County Youth Court
734 A St. San Rafael, CA 94901

What: participants will learn about restorative justice, youth court, school to prison pipeline, American mass incarceration, implicit bias, educational inequity, and the corporate marijuana agenda. 
Lunch will be provided!

RSVP/ More information 
Don Carney 
Marin County YMCA Director 
415-459-9622
dcarney@ymcasf.org
Cook's Cozy Corner -
Pasta with Pesto and Mozzarella  
   
The Cozy Cook in the Justice Garden
When faced with lots more basil than one can possibly use on pizzas and caprese salads, the desperate cook makes pesto.  Lately I've been making it with almonds, and liking it a lot, though walnuts are good and even pecans will work, or of course the standard pine nuts.  I like to use some lemon juice or zest, and maybe also some other greens, such as parsley or mint.  A little parsley will even help pesto to hold its green color a bit longer.

So, for the pesto:
Put 1/2 c. almonds, 1 or 2 garlic cloves, 4 c. loosely packed basil (flower parts are OK for this) and any other greens , 1 or 2 tsp. lemon juice and a little salt in a blender or small food processor.  Blend this until you have a fairly smooth paste, then blend in 1/2 c. good olive oil.  You want it to be fairly loose and creamy.  Blend in about 1/2 c. grated parmesan, or other hard cheese.  Adjust the salt.  That's your pesto.

For the pasta:
Boil an adequate amount of salted water for the amount of shape pasta (like penne or fusilli) that you are using and add the pasta.  Meanwhile, cut up 8 oz. mozzarella into half-inch chunks, and cut up some zucchini or green beans into similar-sized pieces.  Add the veggies to the pasta water in the last 5 min. of cooking (or earlier or later depending on how done you want them).  When the pasta is done, drain part of the hot water into a mixing bowl to heat it up, then drain the rest of the pasta/veggies.  Dump the water out of the bowl, put the pasta into it, and toss it with the mozzarella pieces and some of the pesto.  A little reserved hot pasta water will help make the pesto creamier.  The residual heat will make the mozzarella gooey.  Throw some extra basil leaves around on the top to make it look pretty.

--Michael Durphy


     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! 
WE ALL LOVE FELLOWSHIP-- PLEASE SIGN UP TO HELP OUT

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
 going!

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
Please thank our interim office administrator and communications associate, Kara New, who has been our newsletter editor while Katie Brendler has been 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,
     
                        Lost and Found


Time to come see if you have anything in our lost and found . Please check out our table downstairs this Sunday, July 30th.

Please take home
anything that belongs to you. 
We'll be donating the unclaimed items soon.

Thank you!
 
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
E-mail us at shpchurch@comcast.net or call us at 415-453-8221