Being the Church means Being Connected

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
February 16 , 2017
Connecting in Community . . .
Building and Being the Church 

      How is church different from just about any other group or gathering? The Apostle Paul teaches us that the church is Christ's body in the world, and that each one of us, with our uniqueness, is vital to the body's healthy functioning in the world.  The church is meant to be a safe place for all people, non-competitive, non-judgmental, centered on God's values, and living in holy harmony.  Our connection is so meaningful that, as Paul writes, "if one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together" [1 Corinthians 12:26].  This Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., we'll explore how our calling to connection expands our hearts and circles of concern, and energizes us for a bigger and more meaningful life!  
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

Several of you have asked me how to become members of the church, and others have asked what the significance of membership in the church might be.  For a while it looked like the Presbyterian church might dispense with membership all together, because the whole idea of members sounds too much like a golf club, and we're not an exclusive group where some belong and some don't!  But so far the Book of Order still maintains that membership is required to vote at congregational meetings and to serve as an officer of the church (elder or deacon).  Since the church just elected new officers by vote of the congregation last Sunday, this is fresh in our minds.  And membership is a beautiful sign of commitment to the community, sealed in a church service of welcoming which is very meaningful.

Let's talk if you are interested in exploring becoming a member of the church.  The holy season of Lent is coming up, and there is no better time to join the church. 

With blessings of peace, 

February/March Calendar
Friday, Feb. 17th
                    5:00 p.m.

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Yoga with Karen
Saturday, Feb. 18
                    2:00 p.m.
Service of Witness to the Resurrection and Celebration of the Life of Betty Swalberg
Sunday, Feb. 19th
                    9:30 a.m.
                   10:30 a.m.

Connectional Church
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Tuesday, Feb. 21st
                   6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22nd
                   7:30 p.m.

Hand Chimes rehearse

SHPC Singers rehearse

Friday, Feb. 24th

Bible Study OFF TODAY
Sunday, Feb. 26th 
                  9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.
FAT SUNDAY - New Orleans Sound!
with Gregg Elberg and Al Flood
Coffee and Fellowship -- All Welcome!
Wednesday, Mar. 1st
                   7:00 p.m.
Service of Contemplation and Music
Friday, Mar. 3rd

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, Mar. 5th
                    9:30 a.m.
                   10:30 a.m.
                     5:00 p.m.

Coffee and Fellowship -- All Welcome!
Mexico Mission Informational BBQ

Bible Study -  Friday, Feb.17th  - Noon
Matthew 28:16-20 and 1 Corinthians 12:12-31
(No Bible Study on Friday, Feb. 24th while Bev is in Arizona)

Please Remember in Your Prayers

The family and loved ones of Betty Swalberg, who passed away Dec. 30, may God comfort our dear Wil and all Betty's family in their bereavement;
Paul Lambert, for God's comfort as he grieves the loss of his beloved Mother;
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;
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;
Those living in the shadows and fearing deportation, and their families, may they find sanctuary;
Our planet, the world's poor, all who suffer from disruptive climate change, may we continue our work to keep the planet livable;
Laurie O'Hara and her family, for God's loving presence and comfort in mourning the loss of her mother, Carolyn;
Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease, and for God's abiding presence, comfort, and love;
Praying Hands
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy for continued strength in companioning her;
The PC(USA), as it strives to speak up effectively for justice for all people, especially the vulnerable and marginalized;
Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;
Our church community, renew us and grant us fortitude to continue to bring light to a dark world.

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.
                    In Memoriam  
                   Betty Swalberg  
                  6/10/1928 - 12/30/2016
Please Join the Family at a  Celebration of her Life 
and Service of Witness to the Resurrection 
               SHPC - Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. 
         YOGA  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17,  5 - 6 p.m. 
Join us for yoga this February; ours is a community class, a place of welcome for all skill levels and experience. Bring an open heart and come as you are, everyone is welcome.

We are practicing upstairs in the sanctuary during these chillier months; walk up the stairs to your left after you enter the building. 

Come early if it is your first time or you are new to yoga or would like to discuss an injury you need to work around.

This is a donation based class. Suggested donation $5-$10.We have extra mats if you don't have one.

See you on Fridays, Karen x
Thank You to all Who Pledged!

Thank you to 56 pledgers for pledging $138,713 to the life of church in 2017! 

With gratitude,
Doug, Finance Elder and Stewardship Chair
Annual Congregational Meeting

Thanks to all who attended the Annual Meeting last Sunday. Big thank yous to all who prepared and gave reports, to Dennis Latta, Doug Eisinger, and to outgoing elder Linda Peltzman and deacons Frankie Eakes and Nancy Elberg!  And to Carolyn Goodman for the quiz!

Welcome to Ahmed (Building and Grounds) and Merle (Membership Nurture), our new elders coming onto Session, and to Peg, returning to the Board of Deacons.
Garden Kick-Off 
SUNDAY 2/26 after church
New Gardeners are welcome!

Join us Sunday Feb. 26th  after worship for a kick-off for this year's Justice Garden! Gardeners of all ages and experience levels are welcome. 
Questions? Contact
Calling all potential Mexico Mission participants and their parents,
We are pleased to let you know that we will again be going to Mexico this summer to build homes for families much less fortunate than ours. This year's trip is scheduled for Saturday, June 10 through Saturday, June 17. 
We will host an informal barbecue for this year's interested team (students please bring your parents) to learn about the 2017 trip, as well as get to know us and other adult leaders.  The barbecue will be at the Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 5th, from 5pm to 7pm.  
Please RSVP to Katie  Brendler at by  Thursday,  March 2nd (include "Mexico Mission" in the subject line of the e-mail) for the barbecue to confirm attendance so that we can plan for enough food and beverages.  We will supply the barbecue and drinks; please bring a side dish. Please bring a side dish (by last name):
Last Name Starting with A - K                Salad, chips, vegetables
Last Name Starting with L - Z                 Dessert, fruit
Participants will be required to have a current passport for the trip.  If a new passport is needed, the process could take a long time, so please get started now.
Please contact us if you have any questions.  We are looking forward to a GREAT mission trip!
Mark Sarkisian                                                Katie  Brendler
Cell   Ph : 415-812-3395                                      Office   Ph :   415-453-8221
Email:                   Email:
What is God calling us to do about deportations?

Let's start with study and prayer.  Pastor Bev is traveling to Tucson, AZ 2/22-25 to meet with clergy colleagues at Southside Presbyterian, a sanctuary church which has housed people in imminent danger of deportation.  She's connecting with interfaith colleagues throughout CA so that we can all share info, pool resources, and work together effectively.  Here's a link from that group which is a good starting place:

More than 80,000 people join Moral March in North Carolina, 
including PC(USA) D.C. Office Director Rev. Jimmie Hawkins

Director of PC(USA) Office of Public Witness among those marching

LOUISVILLE - An estimated 80,000 people crowded the streets of Raleigh, North Carolina over the weekend to take part in the 11th annual  Forward Together Moral March, led by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. Organizers say it was the largest crowd in the march's history.
Among those participating was the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, who recently became director for the  Office of Public Witness (OPW) in Washington, D.C.

"It was exhilarating to say the least to be in the midst of those committed to rallying around the call to justice," said Hawkins. "We gathered to lift our voices in opposition to policies which were damaging to the well-being of the most vulnerable in our world."

The crowd consisted of individuals, churches, non-profit organizations, young and older adults and people of different cultures. Posters denounced policies connected to the refugee issue, living wages, LGBTQ rights and women's reproductive health among other issues.
"It was of great importance for the OPW to be part of this march because Presbyterians have had a long, rich and varied history of participating in actions supporting civil rights," said Hawkins. "I reconnected with PC(USA) clergy from across the state of North Carolina including Durham, Greensboro, Charlotte, Dudley and Chapel Hill."

Hawkins said it was important the OPW attend and participate in these marches but also continue to advocate before Congress and partner with ecumenical and interfaith coalitions to develop local strategies for activism. "This march sends a message that people are paying attention to what is happening on both the local and national political stage and what many see as disturbing," he said. "Especially people of faith who want their Christian values to play a redeeming role in the wider society."

Hawkins said Americans want a country where everyone is treated equally and given opportunity to advance.

To read the rest of the article click here.

REST Program Needs You

We will continue to host meals through April. To  read more information about REST and to sign-up online, please click on this link:   

If your youth want to get involved, join us once a month for Food 4 Good - Sleepy Hollow's Youth Cooking Program.
If you have questions, contact -- Judy Ford or  Jen Gauna

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!

Interested in being our REST Coordinator?

Our wonderful REST Coordinator Shannon is looking to pass the baton onto the next person. If you are interested in taking up coordination of this important ministry,  please contact Shannon Mong at (phone is 415-279-2402).  

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 we 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: 

February:   Frankie and Nancy's Parish
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

Pastor Bev's office is looking a bit empty. 

Do you have any arm chairs, a loveseat, or a couch that you would like to donate? 

Firm seating would especially be appreciated. 

Click  here  to let the office know.
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Katie Brendler,  Editor
E-mail us at or call us at 415-453-8221