Seeking Peace in Uncertain Times
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
August 10, 2017
While World Leaders Rattle Sabers...
 Seeking Peace in Uncertain Times

     Over the dinner table this week, folks who are ordinarily grounded and relatively calm are asking each other if they're afraid.  Why?  The war of words between North Korea's weapon-loving dictator Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump seems to be escalating, and folks fear it could result in unprecedented destruction. The pastor of First Baptist Dallas, citing Paul's Letter to the Romans, chapter 13, has unhelpfully chimed in that Trump is anointed by God to "take out" Kim Jong Un, using whatever means necessary.  This Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., we'll explore what Jesus calls us to do in times like these, and practice connecting to the Source of Peace, which fills us with Peace in times of uncertainty and struggle.  

And don't miss:
Let's Talk Peace Church after the service this Sunday- Dennis Latta, Clerk of Session, will lead us in a discussion of the criteria for a just war and how SHPC can become a peace church.
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from Pastor Bev
Normal daily life provides plenty of challenges, and this month we've had a number of folks who've had extra challenges. (Scroll down to our extra long prayer list and please pray for them.)  And on top of that, just when folks are trying to squeeze in a last little taste of summer before the kids go back to school and life and traffic intensify, the news is almost too stressful to watch.  What can we do to reduce our fear and anxiety in times like these?

Let's practice peace, so that our inner world will be calm.  We can be those blessed peacemakers that Jesus calls us to be.  We'll do this on Sunday, but if you can't wait, here's a start:

Take off your shoes and plant your feet on grass, dirt, sand, a wood floor, rocks, something of God's good creation.  Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply until you feel your shoulders relax a bit and even sag slightly.  Now breathe in Peace and exhale Fear.  Remind yourself that all of life is uncertain, and that God has made you for uncertain times.  Breathe in Love and exhale Fear.  Remind yourself that you are God's beloved, and that all are One in God. Breathe in Peace and exhale Fear. Amen!

In peace,

August Calendar
Friday, August 11
                 8 a.m.

Justice Garden Harvest!
Bible Study
Saturday, August 12 
Butterfield Farm Stand 8-noon
Sunday, August 13
                 9:30 a.m.
                10:30 a.m.
                10:40 a.m.

Peace in Anxious Times
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome
Let's Talk Peace Church with Dennis Latta, Clerk of session 
Wednesday, August 16
                  7:30 p.m. 
Session Meets at 6:30 p.m.
SHPC Singers- All Welcome

Friday, August 18

Bible Study

Sunday, August 20
                 9:30 a.m.

                10:30 a.m.

Summer Storytelling concludes-Book of Ruth 
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome

Bible Study this Friday, August 11th at NOON
Matthew 26:47-56
Romans 13 & Phil. 4:4-7
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Sue Burr, for a full and speedy recovery from a perforated appendix;
Alex Caldwell, for a full and speedy recovery from  a sh oulder injury sustained in Costa Ric a;
Wil Swalberg, for a full and speedy recovery from his Double Carpal Tunnel surgery;
Kim Alling, sister of Peg Maclise, for God's healing presence, and for Peg, for God's strength, love, and peace; 
Kelsey Lopin,  for total healing, renewed strength, continued flourishing, creativity, and energy as she pursues her education and excels in art;
Jeri Rayford and her family, grieving the loss of Prentis,  for God's loving presence, strength, and support in their bereavement;
Jody Brockett and her family, grieving the loss of Jody's mother Jeanne, prayers for the family to feel God's comfort and peace, and healing and strength to Jody as she moves her Father into a new residence;
Katie Brendler, may God's loving presence and comfort abide with her and her family as they mourn the loss of Katie's dear Father, and for full recovery for her mother as she gets treatment for cervical cancer;
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy to continue to feel God's abiding presence in companioning her;
The hungry, especially all those depending on the US government for food aid here and abroad;
Those living in the shadows and fearing deportation, for safety, security for their families and children, a path to citizenship, and sanctuary;
The incarcerated, and their loved ones, for a justice system and prison system that uphold our highest values of human dignity and fairness;
Our country, for a way forward where we live our values of justice and equality for all people; 
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;
Our planet, the world's poor, all who suffer from disruptive climate change, may we continue our work to keep the planet livable;
Praying Hands
The PC(USA), for the way forward to be illuminated, and for our mission and ministries to be salt and light for the world;
Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;
Our church, for the 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.
Dear Garden Friends -

It's all hands on deck for the Farmstand season!
This Saturday will be our first Farmstand of the year on the corner of Butterfield Rd and Green Valley Court!
If you can help pick on Friday morning at 8:00am, assist at the stand on Saturday or help on a later date, please let me know.
If you are on the 8:00am shift, we will meet at church to load up.
Thanks so much everyone for your continued support of this outreach mission.
 See you in the garden!
Gifts from our Justice Garden

The Deacons are looking for suggestions of people who might enjoy a small basket o f produce from our  Justice Gar den during this bountiful time.

  Do you have a nearby elderly, sick, or lonely ne ighbor we should know about? 

Please email: Kit Argilla at
Let's Talk Peace Church with Dennis Latta, Clerk of Session  

This Sunday, August 13th at 10:40 a.m. following Coffee and Fellowship.
All Welcome!
Family Ministries Update  

Something new is cooking!  Family Ministries is working with youth ministry partners to bring back Charles Wei and our regular youth ministry program.  We will keep you posted!
We're always seeking feedback and also volunteers, so feel free to contact Janel Stewart, Family Ministries Elder, at 
Save the Date for Let's Talk Church Finance- Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

The final Let's Talk Church Finance discussion is scheduled for Sunday, August 27th after the worship service. The Session has now studied our church's finances in depth, and will be sending a report of the study to the congregation with findings to share. Meanwhile, a helpful resource was presented at the June 1 educational discussion meeting and is available here:

Dennis Latta
Clerk of Session 

Tell the U.S. Senate: Support the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017

Studies have shown that allowing incarcerated people to have regular in-person visits with loved ones reduces their likelihood of re-incarceration. But many correctional facilities have moved towards only allowing people to communicate with incarcerated loved ones through video and calling technology. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, 74% of jails banned in-person visits when they implemented video visitation, preventing incarcerated people from maintaining important ties with their loved ones. 

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) recently introduced the Video Visitation and Inmate Calling in Prisons Act of 2017 (S.1614). The bill would preserve in-person visitation and regulate video visitation and calling services used in correctional facilities. 

Too often, criminal justice policies fail to recognize and support the positive role families play in rehabilitation. What's more, limiting in-person visitation also harms families trying to stay together. More than 2.7 million children in this country have at least one incarcerated parent. Losing contact with a parent can have devastating effects. We cannot leave them behind.

Calling and video visitation are only effective when they complement, not replace, regular in-person visits. Taking away to option of seeing family in-person is cruel, exploitative and bad public policy. 

Stated Clerk Writes the President and Congress to continue DACA and pass the Dream Act

Office of the General Assembly
Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)

The PC(USA) has constantly and consistently focused on family unification, family reunification, and the need for comprehensive immigration reform that would offer a more permanent solution to the millions of undocumented who call the U.S. home. However, as comprehensive reform seems a distant dream, we continue to be in solidarity supporting movements that have led to DACA and the reintroduction of bills like the Dream Act of 2017. The two letters from the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly- one to the President of the United States (PDF) urging that DACA continue and  one to the members of Congress (PDF) to pass the Dream Act-are visible signs of solidarity.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) stands with the approximately 800,000 young people who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) relief since 2012, and the more than estimated 1 million who would benefit from the Dream Act. The DACA program was established by a coordinated effort by young, undocumented immigrants, the Obama Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security to provide relief from deportation to those young people who entered the United States as children. The Dream Act would give this same population the opportunity for a legal path to resolve their precarious circumstance.

The Dreamers are a group of young people who were born in another country, but grew up in the United States. They call the United States home. They know this place more than their country of origin. They have friends here. They have studied here. They have built their lives here. They have also organized to lift their voices to bring national attention to their situation. Many, as they finished high school, were left lingering without the legal stability and proper documentation to fulfill the next steps of their development. They have dreams, and they want to achieve their dreams.

The 220th General Assembly (2012) clearly stated that all governing bodies of the church should "actively [advocate] for legislation such as the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) that offers hope for young immigrants by providing a pathway to citizenship" (Minutes, 2012, Part I, p. 1140, electronic version). Several times the Dream Act has been introduced in the House and/or the Senate, but never in the same year. Without that legislation in place, the Dreamers organized seeking another avenue. DACA was introduced to assist, giving these individuals relief from deportation and providing access to state IDs, drivers' licenses, work authorization, and higher education. In fact, we have seen approximately 800,000 Dreamers provided the opportunity to continue their education, enter the military, obtain better paying jobs with better working conditions, and raise families. They have fought tirelessly for their rights and, as engaged members of our communities, they exemplify our country at its best. They have also had significant impact on local communities with 48 percent finding jobs with better working conditions, 63 percent finding better paying jobs, 90 percent having received drivers' licenses or state IDs, and 12 percent purchasing their first home. These individual improvements compute to local improvements, too. This is a decision that not only supports one population, but causes the positive rippling effects throughout our nation.

The PC(USA) understands the urgency. We understand that we are talking about our very own members, leaders, pastors, and friends. Let us help carry this beacon of light.

Click here to read the letters sent to the president.

EJI is excited to share with us some highlights of their latest efforts to promote justice and to fight for society's most vulnerable, including the release of their new 
short documentary film, Abbeville.

Please watch and share their new short film,  Abbeville. It is 
 a documentary that illuminates the lasting impact of racial terror lynchings.
 The film follows community members committed to spreading the truth about the lynching of Anthony Crawford, an African American 
businessman who was lynched 100 years ago in the town square of Abbeville, South Carolina, after asking for a fair price for cottonseed. We learn from Doria Dee Johnson, his direct descendant, that his family still feels the effects of this act of terror.

Come Join!
The Restorative Justice Advocates 
Summer Retreat ~ Aug 16th

Do you consider yourself a leader in your community? 
Do you care about the justice system?

If this is you, we would love your participation in the Restorative Justice Advocates Summer Retreat

When: Wednesday, August 16th at Noon

Where: Restorative Services & Marin County Youth Court
734 A St. San Rafael, CA 94901

What: participants will learn about restorative justice, youth court, school to prison pipeline, American mass incarceration, implicit bias, educational inequity, and the corporate marijuana agenda. 
Lunch will be provided!

RSVP/ More information 
Don Carney 
Marin County YMCA Director 
     Wil has moved!
Wil would like you to know that he has moved to Alma Via in Terra Linda.  YES, he still plans to come to church! At Alma Via, he'll have 3 meals a day, and so now he'll be inviting US to eat with him!  Please call the church office to get his new cell phone number.

And thank him for his Food Barrel ministry! 

NEW FOLKS - We will match you with a veteran so that you can be trained on our highly complex coffeemaker and have FUN!

Fellowship time is organized by your Deacons. We need everyone to sign-up about 3-4 times a year. 
Click below to sign up: 
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
Many thanks and fond farewell for now to our interim office administrator and communications associate, Kara New, who has been our newsletter editor while Katie Brendler has been away.  This coming week will be Kara's last week since Katie is back. We welcome back Katie!
Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who help each other to maintain sobriety through sharing their recovery experience with others. 

Looking for more information? Check out the San Francisco/Marin AA website for more information including meeting times and places, including meetings at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church every Tuesday at 8:30pm

24-hour hotline is also available for immediate listening and guidance if wished -
·        6pm-10am in Marin 415-499-0400
·       10am-6pm - SF Central Office (415) 674-1821 (they will refer Marin callers to Marin resources)

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