Thank you, Deacons, for a Joyful Harvest Feast!
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
November 10, 2016
Wisdom for Hard Times
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. . .   Romans 12:2

     In the aftermath of this divisive election, chaplain and ordained Disciples of Christ minister the Rev. Bentley Stewart will lead us this Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 9:30 a.m.  Our subject is the Apostle Paul's "last will and testament," the Book of Romans, a source of wisdom and guidance in the most difficult of times. 
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev 

Many of us are having a very hard week in the aftermath of this divisive election.  It feels like a failure of democracy when the candidate with the most votes doesn't win, especially in this election, when so many Americans believe that the winner is unfit for leadership. Stress and sorrow are running very high.

I regret deeply that I am away from the church this week, called back to our PC(USA) national headquarters  in Louisville, Kentucky, for a meeting with the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP, fondly referred to as A-C-Swap.) 

Let's remember that our church is a beacon of light bringing more goodness to the world, and also a great support system and a fountain of positive energy in hard times.  Together we will find a way forward.  Inclusive faith communities like ours have a key role to play in speaking up against hatred and standing up for the vulnerable and marginalized. We have a lot of work to do!

On a happier note, last Sunday, our Celebration of Stewardship and Harvest Feast were AWESOME!  The church was full and the energy was so uplifting!  Thanks so much to Pam Selvig for bringing us the Youth Ukelele Group and their families!  Thank you to Doug Eisinger for his leadership on Finance! Thank you to the Deacons! Thank you to all who contributed so much time, energy, and love to make it an extravagantly joyful and loving day.

The Rev. Bentley Stewart will lead worship for us this Sunday, and he will be covering pastoral care emergencies until I return at midnight on Monday.  You can reach him at 407-489-1258. 

Always remember these words of our Lord:  Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. . . Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid. John 14:27

In peace,

November Calendar
November 9th - 14th 
Pastoral Care covered by 
Rev. Bentley Stewart - 407-489-1258
Friday, November 11th

BIBLE STUDY - with Paul Lambert
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; SESSION MEETS
SHPC Singers rehearse
Friday, November 18th

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

Gratitude is a Healing Practice 
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Wednesday, November 23rd
 6:30 p.m.
                   7:30 p.m.

Holiday Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers rehearse
Thursday, Nov. 24th
Friday, November 25th
NO BIBLE STUDY - Holiday Break
Sunday, November 27th
9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.

The Peaceful Kingdom - Starting Over
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Upcoming Youth Group Dates- For 10 years old and up
  • Sun. Nov 13th  Service and Fellowship Time w/ Youth in Bev's office
  • Sat. Nov 19th Support Sandra at Dominican - Go to her 5:30 p.m. Girls' Basketball Game (Janel will coordinate this)
  • Fri. Dec 2nd - Friday night pizza and Xmas art project
  • Sun. Dec 11th - Youth Lead Our Christmas Pageant! 
Questions:  contact  Janel Stewart
Family Ministries Elder

Thank you, Deacons, for a Joyful Harvest Feast!
Pledge Drive News - from your Finance Elder
We had a fabulous Stewardship Sunday full of music and Harvest Feast this past Sunday, and successfully kicked off this year's pledge drive. So far, we have received 36 pledges for a total of $104,022. That's a wonderful head start towards this year's goal of raising $148,000 to support the life of the church. If you have already pledged,  thank you so much for your support. If you have not yet had a chance to pledge, please support all the great work SHPC is doing by pledging whatever is appropriate for you and your household -
all pledges are greatly appreciated! If you have any questions, feel free to email Doug Eisinger, SHPC Finance Elder, at Thanks again for making SHPC such a wonderful asset to our community.

With gratitude,
 Doug Eisinger


Warren Brouwer, Life Scoutwith Troop 59

Anything ordered via this link will be on Warren's account, so the wreaths will come to us and be delivered by him (unless you choose the Direct Delivery items)
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Our country,  in the aftermath of a divisive election, for deep healing, and for a way forward where we live our values of justice and equality for all people;
Laurie O'Hara and her family, for God's loving presence and comfort in mourning the loss of her mother, Carolyn;
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;
The refugees and displaced, almost 1 out of 100 people in the world today, for safety, homes, and the basics of life;
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
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 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;
The world's poor, all who suffer from disruptive climate change, and our planet;
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.
Bible Study - Friday, November 11th -  Noon with Paul Lambert
Romans 12

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

Family Ministries is delighted to announce that Sandra Ikeora, a student-athlete at Dominican University of California, joined SHPC as Youth Director November 6th. 

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

REST Program Kicks Off with 3 in a Row
Youth Cooks, Men's at St. Rita's and Women's at the Wellness Center Back to Back this Week

Report from the Men's at St. Rita's:  It was a great evening, wonderful start to our REST program.  Super collection of volunteers.  We had terrific interaction with the men.  They felt welcome and were certainly well fed.
-Luke Argilla
Pictured left to right Scott Hamilton, Daniela, Wil, Nancy, KC, Scott Maclise, Kit, Luke, and Peggy.
Not pictured are the volunteers from the women's evening - Millie, Jeanette, Kira Swaim, and wonderful volunteers from Children for Change.  The delicious soup and cornbread cooked up by the SHPC youth (photos below) were also deeply appreciated.

From our coordinator, Shannon:
This week we launched the REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter Team) program for men and women in our community. 
On Monday evening 18 guests were served at the men's program, followed on Tuesday with a dinner for women.  As always, volunteers received as much as they gave, in the touching conversations and 
shared humanity of the evening.
Thanks to the many volunteers who made it possible for some of our unhoused neighbors to sleep in a safe location with delicious food in their bellies!

We will continue to host meals through April.  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!

Youth Rest Chefs Cook from the Garden 
More Food 4 Good


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
After the Election -- WHAT'S NEXT? -- Guidance from the Apostle Paul in Romans 12

Paul's writings are thought of as a combination of pithy, targeted, zealous and warm instructions. He thinks of Jesus's followers as the stewards of the mysteries of God. They (and we) are to be transforming influences teaching and behaving as citizens of the divine.   There is no better time than this week to reflect on these meaningful themes.   Romans is thought to be one of Paul's final writings and was penned after his life experiences and maturity as a follower of Jesus. This Friday in Bible Study we will explore Romans 12 and, together, establish some priorities and guidelines that should influence our thinking after this week's political activity. Come join us if you can at noon in Pastor Bev's office (downstairs). Here are some direct quotes from Romans 12 that demonstrate the significance and value of this Chapter's instructions -- especially this week.  

1) "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will."

2) "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought "

3) "Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves."

4) "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another."

5) "Do not repay anyone evil for evil."

6) "If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, but leave room for God's wrath,"

7) "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

It is so important that each of us apply these scriptures this week and be unifiers, and influencers, as we move on from the hurtful rhetoric, maligning, and divisiveness of this election. Bentley Stewart will be preaching this Sunday from Romans 12. He has selected one of the verses above as his theme. Can you guess which one? We'll all find out Sunday morning - see you there.
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.
Cook's Cozy Corner - Ketchup 
Pastor's Note - This delicious "ketchup" is available in limited quantities at Fellowship time for donation to the Justice Garden while supplies last! Great holiday host/ess gifts!
With many thanks to our generous author of the CCC.

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
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
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