The Compassion of Jesus

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
February 9 , 2017
Compassionate Connection 

      Do you think of yourself as a compassionate person?  If so, where does that wellspring of compassion come from?  Is it something you work on, or something that is part of who you are?  Does it come and go?  This Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., we'll explore the transformation that happens when we connect to the Source of Compassion. We'll also celebrate our SHPC community!  What a joy and comfort to be part of a compassionate community.  

     SPECIAL MUSIC - Our Youth Ukelele Choir plays for us this Sunday,
and our SHPC Singers have something special for us, too.

     ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION - immediately following the service, to review the budget, thank our outgoing officers, elect new officers, and approve the Pastor's Terms of Call.
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

When I first encountered Jesus as a young teenager, he rocked my world by seeing me.  His are the eyes of Compassion. 
I was at a point in life where I didn't know what mattered, but I certainly didn't think that I did.  Jesus looked at me and saw me, and his eyes said, you matter.  

This is the start of our practice of compassion, to truly see another person as a human being who matters. Each time that we convey that message through the kindness in our eyes, our voice, our actions, we bring more of God into the world. What a blessing to be "found" by Jesus and to be able to share that blessing with others!

Your church officers have served beautifully over the past year, and this Sunday we have an opportunity to thank them.  We especially want to thank outgoing Elder Linda Peltzman (Membership Nurture) and outgoing Deacons
Frankie Eakes and Nancy Elberg.  The officers have put together a great 2016 Annual Report, which you should've received in your inbox Wednesday evening.  You're encouraged to bring any questions to the meeting immediately after our service this Sunday.  Church works best when we're all on the same page and energized to work together to build up the community!

Stay dry and safe with these big storms!

With blessings of peace, 

February Calendar
Friday, Feb. 10th
                    5:00 p.m.

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Yoga with Karen
Sunday, Feb. 12th
                    9:30 a.m.
                   10:30 a.m.

Celebrating Community - Compassion
Annual Meeting of the Congregation following the service to elect officers, review the budget, and approve the Pastor's Terms of Call.

Wednesday, Feb. 15th
                   6:30 p.m.
                    7:30 p.m.

Session meets at the church
SHPC Singers rehearse

Friday, Feb. 17th
                    5:00 p.m.

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Yoga with Karen
Sunday, Feb. 19th
                    9:30 a.m.
                   10:30 a.m.

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

Hand Chimes rehearse
SHPC Singers rehearse

Friday, Feb. 24th

Bible Study with Pastor Bev

Sunday, Feb. 26th 
                  9:30 a.m.
FAT SUNDAY - New Orleans Sound!
with Gregg Elberg and Al Flood
Bible Study -  Friday, Feb.10th  - Noon
Acts 2:43-47 & Matthew 20:29-34

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;
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;
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;
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. 

On Saturday, Feb 4th, the Presbytery of the Redwoods approved the following resolution:

     Whereas, the President of the United States, by Executive Order on January 27th, 2017, has suspended persons from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen (in essence banning the majority of Muslim refugees) from entry into the United States, which serves to further harm those who are the very victims of terrorism, genocide, religious and gender-based persecution, and civil war, and 

     Whereas, this suspension contradicts the very foundations of our biblical faith to welcome the stranger and give safe haven to the refugee, and

     Whereas, Jesus himself, with his family, began life as a refugee,

     Be it resolved, the Presbytery of the Redwoods, of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), meeting on this 4th day of February 2017 decries any policy that discriminates against refugees by nationality, color or religion, as deeply flawed, contrary to the United States' tradition, and immoral,
     And further, urges the President to rescind this Executive Order and restore the integrity and values of compassion and hospitality essential to our identity as a nation.  

To find out more about what's going on in the presbytery, click here.

On Saturday, Feb 4th, the Presbytery of the Redwoods also voted in favor of a more Open Table for the Sacrament of Holy Communion

     The old Directory for Worship told us that the Lord's Supper was for baptized believers only, but more recently, folks have come to see that Jesus was more welcoming than that, and it's his table.  Last Saturday, our Presbytery approved changes at the national church level which open up the table to those of all ages who wish to participate, with the recommendation that children should be instructed in the meaning and mystery of the Sacrament.

     We did just that last Sunday in our service, and it was meaningful for all!
YOGA  FRIDAYS FEBRUARY 10 and 17 :  5 - 6PM 
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
The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held immediately following the service on Feb 12th, 2017.  The Annual Budget will be reviewed, outgoing officers will be thanked, the Nominating Committee's slate of officers will be voted upon, and the congregation will vote on the Pastor's Terms of Call (compensation).
                                                    --Dennis Latta, Clerk of Session
Attention Parents of Children Singing or Playing
the Ukelele this Sunday

If your child will be singing or playing 
a ukulele this Sunday, 
please arrive at 9:15
to practice before the service. 
And please bring friends and family to enjoy the music!
Thank you so much!
Youth Group this Sunday, Feb. 12!

Sandra will be here to sit with the youth during church, and then to take them downstairs to get snacks and meet in Pastor Bev's office until 11:15. Thank you for supporting the Youth Group!

Questions? Click

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:

Your Church at Work in the Wider World

Sisters and Brothers in Faith,
In the past few weeks, our nation has been divided over the President's executive order that places a moratorium on refugee resettlement. Now more than ever, we as Presbyterians and people of other faiths should not give into fear, but follow Christ's call of welcome. The Rev. Laurie Kraus, coordinator of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, wrote a  Prayer After Restriction of Refugees, and you can  tell the White House and Congress that you oppose a plan to halt refugee resettlement.

The Office of Public Witness (OPW) believes the formation of servant leaders and advocates is vital to both the public policy ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Compassion Peace and Justice program. The Fellowship for Public Witness program provides substantive, formative work and guidance for persons seeking experiential learning and vocational discernment in the church and in the public square. Fellows receive a broad experience in the OPW ministry and explore how their faith journey, the church's social justice teachings and our country's current political and social realities intersect. If you, or someone you know, is interested in a unique faith and learning opportunity, working full-time hours this summer in our OPW in Washington, see below to learn more or complete an application.

World Day of Prayer (WDP) is March 3, 2017. If you can't celebrate World Day of Prayer on the first Friday in March, choose another date that works for your community and celebrate in solidarity with women around the world! As the WDP's 2017 host country, the women of the Philippines call us to explore concepts of economic justice and our response in light of God's generosity. (Matthew 20: 1-16).
Faithfully in Christ,
Sara Pottschmidt Lisherness
Director, Compassion, Peace, and Justice Ministry
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).  


Linda Peltzman

Do you have any blank and/or occasion cards you would like to donate to the card ministry?

Linda has blessed so many throughout our church family with her card ministry. A big thank you to Linda for all the time spent and love shared. If you have any cards you would like to donate to her ministry, please leave them in the church office for her.
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

The church deeply thanks Paul for his devoted blogging, which has brought insight and encouragement to many readers.

"Well done, thou good and faithful servant!"
 Matthew 25:21



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