The Eldridge String Quartet Returns for Pledge Sunday
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
November 3, 2016

 Celebration of Stewardship - Pledge Sunday 
String Quartet, Youth on Ukeleles, and the Harvest Feast

Turn Back Your Clocks and Arrive Early for Our Chorale Prelude

     This Sunday, November 6, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we gather to celebrate our beloved community and to pledge our support to the church for the year to come.  The Eldridge String Quartet of symphony musicians, our own SHPC Singers, and our new Youth Ukelele Choir will serenade us and uplift us with gorgeous music.  Our Deacons are lovingly preparing the Harvest Feast.  Bring friends and neighbors! 
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev 

What a party we had 
at the church on Halloween!  The rain poured down and over 100 costumed kids and many parents poured into the church for popcorn (50 bags! thank you Ahmed, Michael, and Lora ), hot cider (thank you Robin), candy (thank you Janel, Merry-Beth, and Sharon), and a place to rest and survey their loot.  The costumes were great this year (see photo gallery below).  

At one point we had about 30 middle schoolers sitting on the patio just hanging out, while the rain came down in sheets.  Our church has a great opportunity to serve the youth right in our own backyard. We offer meaningful mission, music, kindness, non-judgmental acceptance, and joy.  Please join us in welcoming our new Youth Director, Sandra Ikeora, to the church this Sunday.  Bring your youngsters to meet her, and let's build our youth ministries.

Please note that I will be in Louisville, Kentucky, meeting with the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy at PC(USA) denominational headquarters next week from Nov. 9-12.  Then I'm returning home via NYC to have a day with granddaughter Grace! Rev. Bentley Stewart will preach Nov. 13 and he will be covering pastoral care emergencies while I'm away.  You can reach him at 407-489-1258. 

In peace,

November Calendar
Friday, November 4th

BIBLE STUDY with Pastor Bev
Sunday, November 6th
                   9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.

Eldridge String Quartet
Harvest Feast
Wednesday, November 9th*
                   6:30 p.m.
                   7:30 p.m.


Holiday Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers rehearse
Friday, November 11th

BIBLE STUDY - to be confirmed
Sunday, November 13th
                   9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Rev. Bentley Stewart
Neuroplasticity: the Renewing of Our Minds 
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Wednesday, November 16th
                   6:30 p.m.
                   7:30 p.m.

Holiday Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers rehearse
Friday, November 18th

BIBLE STUDY with Pastor Bev
Sunday, November 20th
                   9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.

Gratitude Sunday
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
*November 9th - 14th 
Pastor Bev away at PC(USA) National Headquarters in Louisville and NYC

Pastoral Care covered by 
Rev. Bentley Stewart - 407-489-1258


Don't Forget to "Fall Back" for this Sunday, Nov. 6th!  

This Sunday, November 6

Ukelele Choir

Players, please arrive at 9:10 for rehearsal

Bring friends!

Celebration of Stewardship 2016

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

Eldridge String Quartet

Offering of Pledge Cards 

and ANNUAL HARVEST FEAST hosted by the Deacons 
immediately following the service
Harvest Feast Hosted by Our Deacons

Join our church family and friends
For a traditional Thanksgiving Supper
Immediately after church!
A wonderful time to celebrate our
Community and get to know new folks!
Come one and all! Invite your friends and family!
Please Remember in Your Prayers

The family and friends of Chancellor and Lancelot Argall and Chance Maurer, killed in a car accident on Sir Francis Drake, for support, love, and comfort in their grief;
Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease, and for God's abiding presence, comfort, and love;
Caretakers, caring for parents, seniors, sick loved ones, may they feel God's love and hope, and be filled with the energy of the Spirit;
The refugees and displaced, almost 1 out of 100 people in the world today, for safety, homes, and the basics of life;
Our country, for an election which honors democracy and all people;
Steve Derr's Father, for recovery from stroke, and God's presence, and for the family, God's comfort;
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, and Laurie, for traveling blessings and for God's peace;
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.
Celebration of Life 
Chancellor Grier Argall and Lancelot Matteaus Argall
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 1 p.m., 
Creek Park, San Anselmo, CA 94960
Bible Study - Friday, November 4th -  Noon with Pastor Bev
Psalm 100, John 2, 1 John 4
Do You Love to Sing?
Do you Love to Ring?
Join SHPC Singers for the Season 
The Choir is preparing three wonderful Christmas songs and all they're missing is YOU! Join SHPC Singers for good cheer and great company
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. 
Holiday Hand Chimes 6:30 p.m.
You can do both!
Another Terrific Open House at the Church

Sandra says, "I'm super excited to be 
a part of this church!"

Family Ministries is delighed to announce that Sandra Ikeora, a student-athlete at Dominican University of California, will be joining SHPC as Youth Director starting on November 6th. Janel will organize the families together to meet with Sandra and middle schoolers are invited to sit together at her table during the Harvest Feast.

 We will settle into a schedule of 2nd and 4th Sundays after that, with a fun outing or service project once a month.  Including a field trip to Dominican to see her play!

Join us Nov. 6th in welcoming her! 

Basketball season is starting and we encourage you to support our new youth director at her upcoming game 

Saturday, November 19th at 5:30 p.m.

FREE for Youth 8th grade & younger
$5 for general admission

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

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: 

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

If you have questions, please contact Shannon Mong at (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 
Jody, Merle, and Guillermo
The joy of watercolor

SHPC's Team is Getting Ready to Visit Immigrants in Detention

It's not too late to join the team to end the isolation and bring hope to the West County Detention Center in Richmond on Friday afternoons! Let Pastor Bev know if you are interested.  Spanish and French a plus.
Those who have signed up should have heard from Rebecca Merton with the required forms and info - please let Bev know if you have not.
And thank you for your courage and compassion!

Water protectors congregate next to a construction site for the Dakota Access Pipeline on Monday morning, as a crew arrives with machinery and materials to begin cutting a work road into the hillside. The flag in the foreground belongs to the American Indian Movement.
Standing in Solidarity with Standing Rock
From the PC(USA)

     From across the United States and the world, indigenous peoples and their allies have gathered at the Camp of the Sacred Stones, north of Cannon Ball, North Dakota, near the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation's northern border. Members of the tribe took the initiative in this witness to protect their sacred sites and waters from environmental harm and to affirm tribal sovereignty and Treaty rights.

     The people, known as water protectors, have come together in an effort to stop the Dallas-based company Energy Transfer from piping Bakken oilfield crude oil underneath the Missouri River, the main source of drinking water for the tribe. This project is known as the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline (DAPL).
     The witness of the water protectors has touched the conscience of people and nations around the world to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock. Out of our faith, Presbyterians join them.
     Recognizing the call of Jesus to stand with those who seek justice, Presbyterians have supported the water protectors in prayer. We have traveled to Standing Rock and have made financial contributions and provided supplies. We have signed petitions, made phone calls, and written letters to public officials and corporate leaders.
     And we have grieved as the response by law enforcement has escalated. Dave Archambault II, Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, has  written a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in which he notes, "state and local law enforcement have increasingly taken steps to militarize their presence, intimidate participants who are lawfully expressing their views, and to escalate tensions and promote fear."
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: 

NOVEMBER: Nance'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
"Be Nice ... Or Else"

I have to admit, I'm fascinated by Winn Claybaugh's book Be Nice (or Else) because it's an amazing take on the value of being nice.

Winn's "Be Nice" revolution is not about being a doormat, but forming a habit ... the "be nice" habit ... a habit that diffuses anger, inspires listening , and brings real communication and interaction to delicate situations.

Winn teaches ... add "nice" to whatever you're good at, and watch your relationships flourish, your career gain momentum, and your personal influence with others improve.

Being nice makes you more likable, looked up to, and sought after. The best news is you can focus on it today, right now. You can watch yourself say "no" to someone ... and be nice. In this new "conscious orbit" you can disagree with someone, challenge someone ... and still be nice.

Being nice makes us healthier, more positive and reduces stress levels.

When we read that the life of the spirit-led is characterized by "Love, joy, goodness, patience, gentleness, etc." in Galatians we can see that "being nice"  is an appropriate bow that can wrap around almost everything we do.

I'm going to start now. I'm going to consciously focus on being nice. I'm going to relax more. Look people in the eye, smile, and watch how we connect.

Isn't it cool that something so powerful... can start so quickly...  without fanfare and seminars? Wherever you are, with whomever you're with, consciously think of a way to be nice. Chuckle and kid a bit, then move things forward. There's a magical feeling that surrounds us when we feel liked, and wanted. While it's nice to be important, it's a lot more important to be nice.

Have a great week ... it sure is "nice" to be home ... 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.
Cook's Cozy Corner - Ketchup   

There's been a flood of slightly overripe, "blemished" tomatoes left over from our farmstand table recently, as our tomato season winds down.  So, I made a double batch of ketchup.  This is in the Indonesian style, with a detour through Spain.  Some of the ingredients you won't find in the Heinz version.  I thought you might like to see the recipe for it.  It's a little bit of a project, as is most canning, but if you do it yourself you can juggle the ingredients to suit your own taste, and it can be fun to do as a family project.
Next week we will start talking green tomatoes.

2 qts. tomato pulp
2-3 big red bell peppers
hot chilis (like fresno, serrano, arbol) to taste
1/2 c. fish sauce
1 c. cider vinegar
1/2 c. almonds
6" ginger
8 garlic cloves
2 oz. tamarind paste
1 t. salt

The basic technique is to blend all of this into a very smooth puree using a powerful blender (I use a VitaMix).  Then add 1 1/2 c. sugar and cook it down on the stove top until it thickens to the degree you want.  Puree the solids first (almonds, garlic, ginger, tamarind) with enough liquid to make a smooth paste, then blend in the tomatoes and peppers.  It may take two or more batches.
It's difficult to specify the amount of hot chilis to add, since they vary a lot in heat.  Taste the result as you go along and stop when you get to about the heat you want.  In the recent batch, I used fresno chilis and a liberal amount of habenero hot sauce.
This will make about two quarts of ketchup.
--Michael Durphy

The elections are in less than a week, and we need your help! 
If you've been feeling frustrated, excited, challenged, or stressed out about what's going to happen on November 8th, but you haven't figured out what to actually DO about it, 


Saturday, November 5th, 9:45 am - 3 pm
Sunday, November 6th, 12 pm - 5 pm
Tuesday, November 8th, orientation at 10 am, 2 pm, and 4 pm

Oakland Rising
570 14th St., Suite 6
Oakland, CA 94612
Breakfast and lunch provided. RSVP to me at 
     Come and volunteer with Ella Baker Center as a part of Oakland Rising's effort to turn out the YES vote for props 55, 56, 57 and local Measure JJ. (Read Ella Baker Center's voter guide and Oakland Rising's voter guide if you want to first learn more about those measures and propositions). 
     You will get comprehensive training on how to canvas and do voter outreach, and ample support from myself as well as other team leaders working with Oakland Rising. 
     This weekend and on Election Day we'll be reaching people in our neighborhoods to empower and encourage folks to make their voices heard, and help us pass these policies that will disrupt the systems that harm our families and communities. 

If you are interested in coming out to do voter outreach, send me an email and let me which day(s) you'll be joining us, or give me a call for more information:, 
In solidarity, 
Indigo Mateo 
Communications and Operations Associate 
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights 

P.S. Have you seen our voter guide yet? Share it with your friends on Twitter.

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