Food Week of Action Begins Sunday, October 9
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
October 6, 2016
October Series - Forgiveness and Letting Go ...
First, We Forgive Ourselves
     Do you move on easily when you feel you've made a mistake or missed an opportunity, or do you have a hard time forgiving yourself for not being perfect?  This Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we'll begin our Forgiveness and Letting Go series with an exploration of how we can let go of the ideal of perfection so that we can accept and forgive ourselves.  Our scriptures are Genesis 3 (the Fall of Humankind) and John 8:1-12 (who can cast stones).   
In This Issue
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A Note From 
Pastor Bev 

Many thanks to our SHPC singers and to Stephen Iverson, Michael McCarty, and Bill O'Callaghan, our musicians, for a wonderful celebration of World Peacemaking last Sunday. Thanks also to our Worship Elder and Liturgical Artist, Jody Brockett, for the artistic array of international breads! And v ery special thanks to Karen Baigrie for so movingly sharing her experience of protesting the system of apartheid in South Africa.  Karen courageously crossed the color line and regularly joined in worship and song with a black congregation in a very poor township.  Thank you, Karen, for inspiring us all and leading us in a song which would've been sung Sunday across the world in South Africa.  

With the children, we agreed that words matter, and established a "Mean Words" jar, which lives on my desk.  If someone says something mean to you, feel free to write it down, crumple up the paper, and place it in the sealed jelly jar.  (We will get a larger jar if necessary.) And let's all adopt a "Peace Diet" of peaceful words, with plenty of expressions of gratitude, love, appreciation, personal responsibility, and acknowledgments of our shared humanity.  We are more similar than different, but we may need to keep reminding ourselves of that.  The path of peace is not the easiest path.  Blessed are the peacemakers!

In peace,

October Calendar
Friday, October 7th

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, October 9th
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
4 - 6:00 p.m.
Forgiveness & Letting Go begins
First, We Forgive Ourselves
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Youth REST Cooking Kick-Off Meeting
Please let Judy or Jen know if you can join us or

Wednesday, October 12th
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Session Meets at the Church
SHPC Singers rehearse - come join us!

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 
Being a Meaningful Part of Something Greater
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!

Bible Study - Friday, October 7th -  Noon with Pastor Bev
Genesis 3, John 8:1-12

Please Remember in Your Prayers

Those who have lost their lives and loved ones, and all those impacted by Hurricane Matthew;
All those who long for peace, but live in conflict, fear, and violence, may the peace of God make itself known, and strength for the peacemakers;
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, and all who suffer from disruptive climate change;
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.
From the Garden Team:

We will continue to Harvest on Fridays @8 a.m., but there will be no more Butterfield Road farm stands, just our regular Sunday Fellowship farm stands. Come harvest with us, it's great fun!

Thanks to ALL for your support of the Justice Garden!
                   --Patti Vance

L. to R.: Koren, Jen, Peg, and friend
Youth Chefs for REST Begins with 
Student Meeting on Oct. 9th @ 4 pm

Dear SHPC Community,
As many of you know, Sleepy Hollow Church supports the Rotating Emergency Shelter Team (REST) here in Marin, which provides food and shelter for up to 20 women (at the Health and Wellness Center in San Rafael) and 40 men (who are bussed to 17 rotating locations throughout the month) every night from November through May. As a congregation, we provide one evening meal for both locations each month. 
Middle and high school students in the Student REST Cooking Program meet one Sunday afternoon a month (4-6pm) to prepare one course of these monthly meals. They make everything from scratch, learn valuable cooking and baking skills, and sample what they prepare. This work also qualifies as service hours if students need them. Jen Guana and Judy Ford will oversee the Student REST Cooking Program this winter and provide all the supplies and equipment. 
Once we know which Sunday each month we will meet, we will put out a SignUp Genius. In the meantime, though, we invite you to join us for a kick-off planning (and maybe harvest/planting) meeting on Sunday, October 9th from 4-6pm. Please one of us know if you can join us by clicking or Feel free to contact us as well with any questions.

Best regards,

Jen Guana and Judy Ford
Youth REST Cooking Program Coordinators 

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
  • ●   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

From the Presbyterian Hunger Program:
Let's All Participate in the Food Week of Action 
starting  this Sunday, October 9

The Food Week of Action includes World Food Day (October 16), International Day for Rural Women (October 15), and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).

The priority actions for this year's Food Week advocate for fair wages and trade and land justice. You can take action now and during Food Week.

Fair Wages & Worker Justice

  • Boycott Wendy's, tweet about it, and deliver managers letters.
  • Support an increase in the minimum wage at the national level and work locally for worker justice.

Trade and Food Sovereignty

Cook's Cozy Corner - Aioli

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

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 

Pastor Bev spoke about Ryan Speedo Green's amazing journey from a violent childhood to the Metropolitan Opera House -- more from Saturday's New York Times:

A Singer's Journey: From Solitary Confinement to Met Opera
It was roughly 15 years ago that a high school student from Virginia named Ryan Speedo Green first visited the Metropolitan Opera on a school trip. At the time, he was working to put his life back on track after a rough childhood that included a harrowing two months in juvenile detention. But he set himself an unlikely goal. "I am going to sing at the Met," he told one of his teachers. And he did. READ FULL STORY
It's not too late to support Presbyterian Peacemaking!
Offering envelopes are available at church
Support World Mission!
A Message from Hunter Farrell, World Mission Director

T he year 2016 marks 179 years of international mission by the Presbyterian Church. Over the years, Presbyterian missionaries have planted churches, built hospitals, and started schools on every continent. The seeds sown by those missionaries have, in many places, developed into self-sustaining churches and institutions now led by local Christians. In fact, more than 94 million Christians around the world now belong to churches that were founded or co-founded by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) mission workers.
Today, nearly 200 mission co-workers in approximately 50 countries are engaged in equally vital ministries of sharing faith and working against poverty and violence.
Presbyterian World Mission helps Presbyterians offer a witness to Jesus Christ in today's world by sending mission personnel to face the challenges of evangelizing and continuing the historic emphases of the Church.
In collaboration with U.S. Presbyterians and global partners, World Mission inspires, equips and connects communities of mission practice to engage in God's mission: to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, help the most vulnerable-women and children-and promote reconciliation amidst cultures of violence.
We invite you to step into the circle of global discipleship with World Mission.
Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative
Spirit of the Harvest on Oct. 20th
Contact Bev if you're interested in joining

Join us for our third annual Spirit of the Harvest event on Thursday, October 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm for a night at Sebastopol's Barlow Event Center as we celebrate food and faith work, enjoy local food, listen to local music, and recognize leaders in the local food and faith movement!
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.
We will also celebrate local faith leaders and groups making a positive impact on our local food system with the Spirit of Sustainability Award and the Food and Faith Leadership Award. Awardees will be involved in food projects that: are committed to equitable food access and/or sustainable food systems work; have multiple individuals or committees involved; demonstrate longevity and community impact; and exemplify long-term commitment to various food system projects.

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

September was a big month for us. Within the past 2 weeks, 3 bills the Ella Baker Center sponsored and co-sponsored were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, protecting some of the most vulnerable people who have been harmed by the criminal justice system. 
Ending Long-Term Youth Isolation
SB 1143, authored by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), ends the long-term isolation of youth in California's juvenile facilities. 
Ensuring Access to Legal Defense
SB 614, authored by Senator Bob Herztberg (D-Van Nuys), ensures that people serving a year or more in jail receive the same access to legal representation as those in state prison.
Protecting Against Asset Forfeiture Abuse
And SB 443, championed by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblymember David Hadley (R-Torrance), requires a conviction in most cases before state and local law enforcement agencies can permanently keep people's propertly.

All three of these powerful victories begin to dismantle a system that targets Black and Brown communities and low-income families-by protecting people from harmful practices behind bars, and guaranteeing that they and their loved ones don't face additional unfair financial burdens because of the costs of incarceration. READ MORE

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! 

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
Nudge and Nurture

Yesterday I traveled to Berkeley and attended a beautiful Rosh Hashanah service. While I am not Jewish by heritage I do feel a kindred spirit with a Synagogue filled with people who are participating in such a meaningful observance. 
The Rabbi asked 3 individuals to each give a short narrative of what their Jewish faith had meant to them in their journey so far. One distinguished woman described her faith in this way ... "It has nudged and nourished me ...". 
That caught my attention. Nudge and nourish.
What an amazing phrase. Isn't that what the scriptures do for us? Isn't that what sermons do for us? In fact, isn't that what our faith is steeped in? "Nudges and nourishment".
When a student enters college he or she assumes they are going to graduate. When a farmer plants a crop he or she assumes there is going to be a harvest. Yet there is a process that occurs between their expectations and what actually happens.
That's where nudges and nourishment make a difference.
The student must be nudged to stay disciplined in their studies and education. Likewise, the farmer must faithfully nurture their crops to ensure a successful harvest. Paying attention to nudges and nourishment are two critical ingredients in finishing the voyage that leads to the shores of what we hope for.
Hopelessness never sits well with anyone. 
So, for those of us who strongly believe in hope, I'd like to suggest we watch for the "nudges and nourishment" that God provides. They will come in many forms. Sometimes subtle, and other times, obvious.
But, in these divinely designed "nudges and nourishment" we will discover the navigation required to stay on the right course that leads to the dreams implanted in us.
Wishing you a wonderful week.
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 

Please see below and attached for information on the Fall Speaker Series events brought to you by our Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative.  

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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