Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
May 25 , 2017

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

     After the crucifixion, the followers of Jesus were bereft.  After the first Easter, they rejoiced, but they weren't sure how to live without their Teacher in their midst.  Then Jesus breathed Spirit into them, and their lives were transformed.  This Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., we'll explore the breath of God which surrounds and enfolds us, and welcome that life-giving, life-renewing Spirit into our lives.
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Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

If you aren't feeling the benefit of the Holy Spirit each day of your life, this Sunday is for you. The Spirit is our gift from Jesus to teach and remind us of everything Jesus revealed.  The Spirit is our light, our guide, our companion, our wisdom, and our energy source.  When Spirit fills us up, we bubble over with enthusiasm for God's work and God's world.  We can relax a little, because we know we don't have to bear the weight of the world on our shoulders.  We live into our connection to God and each other.  The Spirit provides insight and ideas to point us to solutions to all kinds of problems.  The Spirit brings us peace of mind and heart in situations that are far from peaceful.  What a gift!  

With blessings,

May/June Calendar
Friday, May 26th

Bible Study

Sunday, May 28th  
                   9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m
7th Sunday of Easter
Spirit-Powered!  Cents-ability Offering
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are welcome!
Equal Exchange Sale with Jillian!
Wednesday, May 31st
                   7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers - All Welcome

Thursday, June 1st
                   7:30 p.m.
All Welcome for Let's Talk about Church Finance 
Friday, June 2

Bible Study
Sunday, June 4  
                   9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are welcome!

Bible Study Friday, May 26 at NOON 
John 20:19-29, 1 Corinthians 2:10-12
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Our graduates, congratulations and blessings!
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;
The Saunders - Burr Family, for God's love and comfort to be with them as they mourn the loss of Sue's beloved father, Ron Saunders;
Shannon Mong, for complete healing for her left hand, and for God's presence, support, and assistance in not over-working while healing;
Kelsey Lopin, for continued flourishing, creativity, and energy as she pursues her education and excels in art;
Katie Brendler, traveling blessings as she travels home to NJ, and God's loving presence abiding with her always;
The family and loved ones of Rev. Don Emmel,  who passed away last weekend, with special prayers for his wife Esther;
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy to continue to feel God's abiding presence in companioning her;
Our students, as they prepare for exams and next steps;
The Manchester victims and their loved ones;
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.

Marin IJ Boys Prep of the Week: Owen Hamilton
Drake High baseball standout Owen Hamilton, class of 2017. Committed to play for College of Marin. 
What he did: The College of Marin-bound senior ended a two-day,  19-inning MCAL championship game with a walk-off home run that powered Drake to a 2-1 victory against Marin Catholic. Hamilton - who had a hit, a walk and a run in the semifinals - pitched seven scoreless relief innings against MC on Friday night.
What he said: "It was crazy because it felt so easy. The whole 19-inning game had been so difficult and long, a great fight by both sides - Marin Catholic was a very, very determined team - so when the game ended abruptly with that home run, it was hard to believe. It was very exciting. It's been a happy few days."
What's next: No. 3 Drake (21-5) hosts No. 14 Bishop O'Dowd (8-16) in the first round of the North Coast Section Division III playoffs.
- Danny Schmidt
"Owen's worked really hard. He loves baseball and he's dedicated himself. For him to do that against MC, who he's had trouble against, was spectacular."
Will Mosley: Drake coach on Hamilton, a second-team all-league selection.
Congratulations to all the Graduates!
We'd love to share your photos - just send to the office!
It was great to have the Rev. Alonzo Johnson from PC(USA)'s Self Development of People with us in worship last sunday!
"A ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Self-Development of People is a partnership of love, justice and empowerment reflecting the image of God who stands with all people."  To learn more, click here.
Thank you to Membership Elder Merle Ongaro 
for the lovely Ladies' Tea!

BOOKS!  What a lovely gift to the Short School!

This just in from KC Vlah, mom of Piper and Paige Kelly:

Mission accomplished! Today we dropped off 6+ bags/boxes of book donations to the Short School. (Piper and her friend asked for book donations in lieu of a gift for their 10th birthday.)

Vanessa (principal) seemed really pleased with the quality of books and shared that many of the students don't have books at home and this will allow them to take more home.  She toured us around. What a sweet school! 



Based on the Doodle poll, the first Let's Talk is now scheduled for Thursday, June 1 in the sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.  Watch this space for a confirmation of the second new date for the financial resiliency Let's Talks.  
Dennis Latta
Clerk of Session 

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.

 Report from Your Clerk of Session 

On Wed., May 10th, the Session meeting focussed on review of the May 6 retreat and a subsequent consultation with Louise Kothe, E.A., clergy tax expert.   Based on all the work of the Manse Study Team, the May 6 retreat, and a consultation with Ms. Kothe, which included a detailed explanation of the calculation of the clergy housing allowance and how it impacts take-home salary for pastors living in a manse, the Session reached a preliminary finding that it is unlikely that 110 Tarry could be affordable housing for pastor and church.  This is, as stated, simply a preliminary finding, not a final decision, and there is no timeline here.  The Session is the body tasked with setting the housing allowance for pastors living in a manse, and officer training was provided accordingly. This information is on the agenda for Let's Talk Church Financial Resiliency, the first of which is now set for Thursday, 6/1 at 7:30 p.m.

Finance/Doug - Review of 5/6 retreat, report on consultation with Louise Kothe, E.A., Financial report review, Solar panel next steps, approval of Equal Exchange Sale at Fellowship on 5/28;
Building and Grounds/Ahmed - terrific TLC day, LMP lease renewal is on track and all is in order;
Family Ministries/Janel - Sandra is departing for the summer and we have a new candidate who could take on more hours and program development;
Membership/Merle - picnic was a success, tea is upcoming 5/20;
Mission/Patti - YCCS was a transformative experience for youth leaders and all; Justice Garden and Mexico Mission doing great;
Worship/Jody - attendance is excellent, Easter was beautiful, appreciation for our musicians and Flower Guild;
Moderator/Bev - Officer Training on Healthy Church, Healthy Boundaries, clergy compensation, and membership commitments.
Adjourned with prayer at 10 p.m.

Dennis Latta
Clerk of Session 
Mexico Mission Next Gathering: Commissioning service at SHPC June 4, 9:30
Join us Sunday June 4th in worship for the commissioning of our team for their mission trip to Mexico to build houses.
Want to help support the team?
Please consider becoming a mission co-worker through donations of your thought/prayers and or monetarily. 

You can donate online or if you prefer, by checks. 
If you are donating to a specific person, please note their name in the comment section of the donation page or memo line of the check.

checks (MM on the memo line): Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 100 Tarry Rd, San Anselmo CA 94960
What a great day at church May 7 with TLC Day, Deacons' Feast, and MM work site preparation day!  
Thanks to all who made the day a success!

PC(USA) United Nations Office staff 
Help the PC(USA) Keep Corporations Accountable - Take Action!
Tell Your Reps to Support Shareholder Rights!
Congress is considering a bill to roll back Dodd-Frank known as the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0, introduced by House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). A provision in this draft Bill would virtually eliminate shareholder proposal, which is a document that a shareholder formally submits to a publicly traded company advocating the company take a specific course of action.. The proposed changes to shareholder proposal rule will make it more difficult for the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. (through its Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment) to advance the church's social witness advocacy through the filing shareholder resolutions with publicly-traded corporations. 

These changes include:
1. Requiring a 1% ownership (of total market capitalization) of a company over a three-year period in order to be eligible to submit a proposal.
2. Increase the threshold to refile a shareholder proposal in subsequent years to 6% of the vote in year 1 (from 3%); 15% in year 2 (from 6%); and 30% in year 3 (from 10%).
3. Prohibit the submission of proposals on behalf of a shareholder (what the bill refers to as "filing by proxy").

The current shareholder proposal process effectively facilitates communication between shareholders and companies. It allows the PC(USA) and other entities, large and small, an opportunity to communicate directly with corporations and raise issues of concern and draw corporate management's attention to what are often unmanaged risks. The process has successfully led to reforms in the interest of shareholders and provides a means to hold corporation management accountable to shareholders - the company's owners. Changing the rules would make it impossible for PCUSA and the Committee on Mission Responsibility through Investment to engage with large companies and file shareholder resolutions, which do things like ask companies to report on their climate change planning efforts and provide staff training on how to recognize victims of human trafficking.
In 1971, the 183rd General Assembly affirmed that church investment is an instrument of mission and includes theological, social and ethical considerations. Church investors work in pursuit of peace, racial justice, economic and social justice, and in the establishment of environmental responsibility. MRTI is instructed to work toward these goals by seeking aligned investment opportunities; exercising stockholder obligations and raising questions in appropriate forums; and evaluating company policies with respect to these mission areas. This work becomes almost impossible without access to shareholder meetings and company leadership.

Reach out to members of Congress on the House Financial Services Committee  and Senators on the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and encourage them to oppose the suggested changes to the shareholder proposal process currently included in Section 844 of the Financial CHOICE Act 2.0. Ask your elected officials to oppose any attacks on the shareholder proposal rule and to support shareholder rights.

     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.

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

Join us for a screening and introduction to Not in Our Town, a nation-wide movement to stop hate and build safe, inclusive communities for all that thrive on supportive and loving networks of connection.

Building Compassionate Community: a Not in Our Town Marin event

Thursday, May 25, 7:00 pm, JCC Hoytt Theater 

Register for the event here


Join us at ZE!

A spectacular setting and the friendliest folks 

Discount registration one more week!

Hope to see you there!

To learn more or to register for the event
check out 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)

Please welcome our new interim office administrator and communications associate, Kara New, who is our newsletter editor while Katie Brendler is away.  You can reach her at the office email,
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Katie Brendler,  Editor
E-mail us at [email protected] or call us at 415-453-8221