Solidarity with Our Youth Activists!
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
April 12, 2018
Solidarity with Our Youth 
Speaking Out for a Better World

      This Sunday, April 15th, at 9:30 a.m., we're called to show our solidarity with our youth, and with students across the USA.  First, our SHPC Youth Group will bring us their newest Collective Voices Initiative original film: Kids Speak Out against Immigrant Incarceration. They'll tell us how they woke up to the issue of inhumane imprisonment of asylum seekers, and how they countered their sense of hopelessness by creating a 4-minute film to educate and advocate for human rights.  Let's support them!

       Next, special guests Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will invite us to join the movement to make America safe again.  Almost 190,000 students have been exposed to school shootings in 36 states and DC; school shootings have occurred on average 10 times per year since 2002.  One fifth of kids surveyed do not feel safe in school.  This is our chance to let our kids know that we care, and that we are joining with them to work on this problem.  Together, with God's help, we can build a more peaceful world. 
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from Pastor Bev

It's Spring Break for many, but Church is humming this week!  Tomorrow night is Family Game Night from 6-8! Charles and I will be there with pizza and a variety of games, ready for fun!  Our Youth Director Charles is a game designer and artist, so if we end up playing Pictionary, you will want to be on HIS team.  If by any chance there is a foursome for bridge or hearts, you might want to be on MY team.  It's all in fun!  All ages welcome!

Sunday we'll be starting off Youth Solidarity Day with a screening of our Youth Group's newest CVI short film, and then seeing another very short film from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.   MDA will stay after the service for Let's Talk More about Preventing Gun Violence.   

And at 1 p.m. -- How to Protect Seniors from the Epidemic of Financial Frauds and Scams.  We all need to know more about this timely topic!  Our Youth will be on hand to greet senior visitors and to connect with neighbors who might like a meal cooked from our garden delivered to their home this summer.  

God is calling us to expand our circle of concern and live in compassionate connection.  Thanks be to God!

In peace,  Bev

April Calendar
Friday, April 13
                 6-8 p.m.

Bible Study 
Sunday, April 15
9:30 a.m.

             10:30 a.m.

             11:30 a.m.
             12:30 p.m.

               1:00 p.m.
Solidarity w/our Youth Activists
SHPC YG Film Screening 
& Gun Violence Prevention Guests
Coffee & fellowship - All Welcome!
Mexico Mission Meeting
Mexico Mission Tool Sorting

Elder Fraud Prevention Workshop
Tuesday, April 17
                8:00 p.m. 
Newsletter Items Due
AA- Men's meeting
Wednesday, April 18
                6:30 p.m.
                7:30 p.m. 

Session meets at the church
SHPC Singers 
Friday, April 20

Bible Study
Sunday, April 22
               9:30 a.m.
             10:30 a.m.

Celebrate God's Creation
Coffee & fellowship - All Welcome!

PLEASE SIGN UP for April 22 Earth Day Green Fellowship
and April 29

Robin & Ahmed
Fellowship time is now organized by your Hospitality Team, and we're excited to get everybody on board! 
We need everyone to sign-up to help out at least 2  times from March through August. 
Sign up for set up/snack, snacks, clean up/snack.
Sign up on the bulletin board at church (for the next 6 months,) or  click Robin and Ahmed to sign up for   
April:  Robin and Ahmed
Sign up now and keep the hospitality
We still need a Host Team for JULY!  Click here to sign up.

Bible Study this Friday, April 13, Noon
Matthew 22:15-22, Luke 4:18, Hebrews 13:3
Please Remember in Your Prayers 

Michael McCarty, for health, healing, full recovery, God's comfort, and peace;
Kira Swaim,  for healing, and for God's companionship, strength, and hope;
Ahmed AbuAly on the loss of his dear mother, Sherifa, for God's loving presence and for God's peace for Ahmed and Robin and their family in their mourning;
The people of Syria, in war, suffering, and deprivation for 7 years, for the world to insist on an end to inhumane treatment of civilians, and for peace;
Those who lost their lives and loved ones in the Florida school shooting, and all those whose lives have been disrupted by gun violence, may the bereaved feel God's comfort, and may God continue to energize the youth of Parkland and all of us who stand in solidarity with them to advocate for a solution to this epidemic;
All asylum seekers and those living in the shadows and fearing deportation, for security, a path to citizenship, and sanctuary; for a humane solution to the DACA crisis;
Our mission partners in immigrant detention visitation, CIVIC, for restoration of visiting privileges:
Nance Rosencranz, recovering from a stroke, for full and complete recovery, and for God's healing presence;
Peg Maclise's sister Kim, for God's healing presence, and for PegGod's strength, love, and peace; 
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy to continue to feel God's abiding presence in companioning her;
Our Muslim neighbors, subject to Islamophobia and hate crimes;
The incarcerated, and their loved ones, for a justice system and prison system that uphold our highest values;
Our country, for a way forward where we live our values of justice and equality for all people; 
The people of Puerto Rico, still suffering from Hurricane Maria, and the refugees and displaced , almost 1 out of 100 people in the world today, for safety, homes, the basics of life, and dignity;
Our planet, the world's poor, all who suffer from disruptive climate change, may God energize us to continue our work to keep the planet livable for all people;
Praying Hands
The PC(USA), for courage and energy to continue our world-wide mission of love and justice for all people;
Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;
Our church, for Spirit to continue to guide us and fill us with energy for mission and love for all our neighbors!

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.
Thank you to Andrew and Tyler for Holy Humor Sunday!
To Middle and High School YOUTH and their PARENTS from Charles

Hi everyone!
Family Game Night is this Friday, from 6:00-8:00pm! As usual, we'll have pizza and lots of games to choose from. Come join us for this fun night of fellowship!
We'll be showing our Kids Speak Out Against Immigrant Incarceration video to the congregation this Sunday and collecting signatures for our letter to our elected officials about this issue. Please make a special effort to be here to represent the youth group and help collect signatures.
Agents, this week's codeword is ACTION. Write your alias and this week's codeword on a piece of paper and give it to me on Sunday for 5 points!
Grace and peace,

Charles Wei
Youth Director
Always feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback by clicking here.

Sunday, April 15: SHPC welcomes Moms Demand Action to worship and for Let's Talk w/ Q and A afterwards.  JOIN THE MOVEMENT!  Stand with our youth advocating for sensible gun laws and let's save lives.

Filmmaker and MDA Dana Spaeth-Williams will share her video "Dear Mom and Dad." It features the faces of 78 young people, each holding cards unfolding a powerful message, and inspiring parents to take action! 

Juliet, Jody, Koren, and Diane (photographer) at March for our lives.

From Jan Ardell
   Sunday, April 15 @ 1:00 p.m.
SHPC Fellowship Hall

"Hi Grandma, it's me, I'm in trouble, can you help?" "This is Agent  Doreen Smith from the IRS, calling to follow up on your outstanding bill." "This is Microsoft Tech support. Your Windows system  needs updating...." "This is Mr. Jones from Guaranteed Lottery  Systems, calling to arrange delivery of your lottery prize... " "I'm a  contractor, working in your neighborhood, I saw you needed help  with your..."

We all receive these calls and letters, but how do we sort through  which is truth, and which is a scam? Scammers are smooth and  sophisticated; even the smartest among us are being taken in. What  are the warning signs of elder abuse and fraud? What can we do if  we (or someone we know) might be a victim of a scam?  Working together, Sleepy Hollow native Louise Berto (daughter of  Frank and Connie), the Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, the
Sleepy Hollow Homes Association (SHHA) and the Marin County Financial Abuse Specialist Team are offering two presentations concerning frauds and schemes perpetrated against older adults  and others (the same presentation is offered twice to reach as many  neighbors as possible). Handouts concerning these issues will be  provided; there will be a question and answer period immediately  following the presentations. These presentations are open to all;  please invite anyone you think could benefit.

R SVPs helpful but not required: call Louise at 415-810- 4704 or email
Mexico Mission Update

Our next meeting will be
Sunday, April 15th at 11:30am at Sleepy Hollow Church.
Andrew and Charles are presenting and leading activities to prepare for the trip. There will be a voluntary tool sorting afterward if you can stay.

You can find forms as well as other information on our website

The completed information can be mailed to Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church (c/o Mexico Mission, 100 Tarry Rd San Anselmo), e-mailed to Katie  or dropped off in the black lock box at the church on the outside wall of the building to the left of the ground level fellowship hall window/door.

Spread the word!
Click here for Katie in the church office
GREEN TEAM presents: Earth Sunday!
April 22 
9:30 a.m. worship followed by Sustainability Fair

Featuring: Terrific speakers, blessing of solar panels, special music, and Sustainability Fair

We welcome Hilary Staples, the Science Department Chair for the San Domenico Upper School. Hilary has been working in education for more than 20 years, and her previous careers as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, veterinarian technician, outdoor guide, and naturalist all inform her. She has taken a leadership role in the Sustainability program on campus, from working in the Garden of Hope on student projects, to facilitating Earth Day and Green Your School Conferences. Hilary also can be seen speaking at conferences, locally and around the world, on Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. She has a California teacher credential in science (w/ CTEL), a BS in Anthro-Zoology and Bio-Psychology, with honors, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and an MS in Education and Technology from Dominican University.  

Dana Armaninowill also join us. She  is a Senior Planner on the Marin County Community Development Agency's Sustainability Team. She received her undergraduate degree in Environment, Economics and Politics and a Masters degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her emphasis during her degree program was in water resource management and pollution prevention.  She joined the County of Marin staff in May 2003 and currently coordinates the County's energy efficiency, solar, climate protection and Green Business programs.

Tamra Peters, Executive Director of Resilient Neighborhoods, will join us too. The Resilient Neighborhoods program is based on creating less carbon and more community. Tamra will tell us more about the program and how we can form a Sleepy Hollow group.

Sustainability Fair featuringchickens, bees, seedlings, solar, water catchment, prayer flags, postcard writing, and more!

A Delightful Easter Egg Hunt!

Thank you to our artistic Flower Guild for the beautiful Easter with the Sacred Circle Big Bloom!

REST Recognition Coming Soon
To honor all who have served!
Special thanks to our Coordinator, Carolyn Goodman, and Site Coordinators, Scott Hamilton and Millie Millar

After REST, how will SHPC continue to answer God's call to serve the unhoused community?  

We are in the process of  discerning the Spirit's call and identifying how we are being led to continue our commitment to serve the unhoused.   Sign up now to be part of SHPC's NEW Homelessness Ministry Task Force by clicking 
Thank you to Howard Schwartz, Ph.D., of the HOT (homeless outreach team) program for these thoughtful suggestions about our next steps:
"I would call on each congregation to have their own homelessness task force and dedicate themselves to helping in one or more of the following areas from least effort to most effort.  
Take that energy put into REST and help us move the goal forward. If you get on board, those of us working at this full time will work with you to help you.
  • The old REST dinners can be dinners that get delivered to newly housed individuals who don't get a home cooked meal often;
  • We need visitors of our newly housed people as they can feel isolated when they leave the streets;
  • Some of our newly housed individuals need mentors or coaches or just rides;
  • Churches could sponsor events for our newly housed people (bowling, barbecue, picnic, outing to the beach. We can staff it if you can help us organize it."
Report from Building and Grounds
from Ahmed, your B and G Elder

SAVE THE DATE!  Sunday, May 6!  All Church TLC Day (formerly known as Work Day) with Cinco de Mayo Feast!

If you feel called to work on repairing and updating our building and grounds, please contact Ahmed by clicking here.

We are still in the process of getting our plumbing and irrigation lines repaired and upgraded.  And getting our MMWD bill reduced!

Upcoming Projects:
  • The Fellowship Hall closet doors continue to be a problem despite great efforts by the B and G team.  The Fellowship Hall needs a fresh coat of paint, at least on the high impact spots! 
  • We are in the process of planning and design for wheelchair access from upstairs to downstairs.  Last Sunday we had two visitors on crutches and faced the dilemma of no access between sanctuary and restrooms for the disabled.
  • Our outdoor lighting needs to keep the building illuminated enough for safety and be earth-friendly.  
  • We are evaluating what to do about the sanctuary windows, which may not be repairable.
  • Most exterior doors need repair or replacement.  Wheelchair access needs work!\
  • Our sidewalk around the church is uneven and needs leveling so it's not a tripping hazard.
  • The kitchen is not adequate for our youth REST cooking program and needs immediate attention for stove/oven safety.
  • Previous surveys have shown a great interest in updating the kitchen and bringing beauty to the grounds next to the patio.
Don't be shy, Greeting is a Treat! 
From Koren Grubb, Worship Elder

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. 

To sign up, email Koren Grubb 

Yoga with Karen


TUESDAYS 5:30-6:30PM

APRIL 17, 24
MAY 1, 8, 15, 22, 19


Yoga is defined as a combination of three things: breath, movement and a single point of concentration.  If you can breath and move (nothing fancy, just breathing while moving...) then you are two thirds of the way there! Join us as we breath and move meditatively, opening up new places in our bodies and hearts. 

Karen x
Join Pastor Bev and Mai Strauss at the Center for Domestic Peace's 
'In Celebration of Mothers' May Luncheon
15th Annual Fundraiser with Keynote Speaker:  Jackson Katz

P eacock Gap Clubhouse, San Rafael
Fri, May 11, 2018
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Get tickets online: Here
Tickets for this event are just $7.00. Tickets may be purchased HERE.
Zephyr Experience June 24-29, 2018
Bridges to Hope: Exploring Diversity in Religion and Politics

Join a community of progressive Christians 
Learn from scholars and church leaders-
including Pastor Bev
Look more deeply together into pressing issues
Celebrate in worship and song
Enjoy Lake Tahoe at your footsteps

Zephyr Experience 2018 offers five days of morning classes for adults and children. Afternoons are free to explore a choice of activities, and evenings offer a time to worship together, watch the sunsets, and play games. 

Register by phone or mail (we have brochures in the narthex), and find more information online at 

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