Celebrate World Peace Sunday 
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
September 29, 2016
We Celebrate with Songs and Stories ...
World Communion/Peacemaking Sunday
     Do you long for a peaceful spirit?  A peaceful world?  This Sunday, October 2, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we'll be singing peace songs, telling stories, sharing our peace practices,  celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion with Christians from all over the world, and praying for peace as one world family.  Wear bright colors and/or international garb if you have it and think that's fun.  Together we'll get on board the Peace Train!    
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A Note From 
Pastor Bev 
Thank you to all for your prayers and blessings on our newest addition: Michael's son and daughter-in-law welcomed to the world a lovely healthy baby girl Sunday after church. What a blessing!  Her name is Laurel, and she and Mom are home from the hospital and thriving. Big sister Faye is proud of "my baby."  Auditions are now open for the part of the baby Jesus in this year's Christmas pageant (: 

I'm excited about our annual celebration of World Communion/Peacemaking, coming up this Sunday. Our children have been working on their peace practices this past week, and we'll check in with them to see how that went. (Example:  "I promise not to hit my brother this week.") Then we'll have a chance to commit to our own. We'll be drumming, dancing, singing, praying, telling our stories, and sharing our hopes for a more peaceful world.  We'll have a chance to contribute to the annual PC(USA) Peacemaking Offering for Global Witness (scroll down to learn more). Blessed are the peacemakers! Let's lift up our prayers for peace!

In peace,

September/October Calendar
Friday, September 30th 

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, October 2nd
9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 

featuring African Beats 
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome! 
Wednesday, October 5th
7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - come join us!
Friday, October 7th

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, October 9th
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
4 - 6:00 p.m.
Forgiveness & Letting Go Begins
First, We Work On Forgiving Ourselves
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Youth REST Cooking Kick-Off Meeting
Please let Judy or Jen know if you can join us jford156@gmail.com or  jen.gauna@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 12th
7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - come join us!
Friday, October 14th

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, October 16th
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Life on Life's Terms: Forgiving God
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Wednesday, October 19th
7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - come join us!
Friday, October 21st

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, October 23rd
9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Accepting Others As Is and Letting Go of Improving Them, Including Our Parents
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Wednesday, October 26th
7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - come join us!
Friday, October 28th

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, October 30th
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Joyful Giving
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!


A Chance to Promote Peace
Annual Peace & Global Witness Offering supports Presbyterian reconciliation efforts far and near
by Pat Cole | Presbyterians Today
Neema Androsi and other women confronted militia leaders to advocate for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Tired of their country's civil war and related atrocities, some church women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo bravely walked to the hiding place of a notorious warlord in March 2013, seeking peace.
The delegation was made up of members of the Federation of Protestant Women in Congo, which includes women in the Church of Christ in Congo, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) partner. Echoing the weariness of communities in Ituri province, the women told militia leader Cobra Matata they were "fed up with the war," says delegation leader Neema Androsi.
Matata was surprised by the bold gesture, and he listened to their appeal. While he did not agree to lay down his arms, the women vowed to persist in their work for peace. They paid three more visits to Matata and his officers, and in November 2014 Matata turned himself over the Congolese army. The women, having heard when Matata planned to surrender, gathered that day for prayer and worship not far from his hiding place. READ MORE...
Come harvest at church THIS Friday at 8 a.m. and help with the Farmstand (at the corner of Butterfield and Green Valley Court) Saturday from 8 a.m until noon.
Rain is forecast, so this is PROBABLY our last weekend! 

Bible Study - Friday, September 30th -
Matthew 5:9, 10:34-36; John 14:27; Phil. 4:7 

Please Remember in Your Prayers

All those who long for peace, but live in conflict, fear, and violence, may the peace of God make itself known, and for the peacemakers;
Our vulnerable seniors, and their loved ones and caretakers;
Our country, for a national discourse of respect and dignity for all;
Ryan Burk s, son of  Warren and Jackie Burks, for healing, and for strength and hope for his family;
Praying Hands
Carolyn O'Hara, mother of Laurie, for God's comfort, companionship, and strength, and healing;
Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease;
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 discerns and follows God's call to be a Matthew 25 church, and its new Co-Moderators, Revs. Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, and Stated Clerk, Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson;
Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;
Rev. Kate Taber, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in East Jerusalem;
The world's poor, and all who suffer from disruptive climate change;
Our church community, keep us faithful to the love and justice of Jesus, strong in our commitment to the church, and make us hope-bringers to the world.

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.
Family Ministries Thanks All Youth and Their Parents

We had a great HUDDLE!

  • FAMILY MINISTRIES ELDER Janel will be sending out a report of our terrific meeting with 2 dozen youth and parents;
  • Coming Soon:  Youth Music and Hand Chimes
  • This is is a shout out to send us updates about what your kids (all ages) are doing/have done in school, sports, drama, life.  Share with the SHPC Community so we can cheer them on in the stands or even just a high five from the pews! 
    Submit here: http://tinyurl.com/SHPC-KidsInAction 

    SHPC Kids In Action
    Child's Name
    Juliet  Latta
    Off the Grid - food trucks
    Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    Start Time
    6:30 p.m.
    San Anselmo Red Hill Shopping Center
    Additional Info
    The White Hill Middle School Orchestra is providing the entertainment for the event. Juliet will be playing the violin.

    Child's Name
    VanIke  Stewart
    A Midsummer's Nights Dream
    Friday, December 9, 2016
    Start Time
    7:00 p.m.
    27 Kensington Road The Playhouse
    San Anselmo, CA 94960
    United States
    Additional Info
    Performances DECEMBER 9, 10 & 11

  • Calling Short School Volunteers!  It takes a village!

    Find your bliss in our gorgeous Justice Garden, harvesting, at the Farm stand, or volunteering in the classroom at the Short School to build a more just, kinder, and more peaceful world.  

    Contact  Patti or Bev 

    There's Still time to Apply for PC(USA)'s Delegation Trip to Nicaragua!
    application deadline is Oct. 1st

    When you purchase that cup of coffee on the way to work each morning, have you ever thought about where it comes from or who grows and picks the coffee beans? Who benefits financially? The  Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) is once again offering people an opportunity to get a firsthand look at the coffee farming business in Nicaragua.
    "The Presbyterian Hunger Program has sponsored a delegation to Nicaragua for many years in partnership with Equal Exchange, the first Presbyterian Coffee Project partner," said Jessica Maudlin, associate for PHP's Enough for Everyone program. "The idea is to provide an opportunity for Presbyterians who are involved or interested in fair trade or the coffee project to see how it works and meet face to face with those who grow the coffee." READ MORE...
    T he trip is scheduled for January 21-28, 2017. PHP is accepting applications until October 1. The estimated cost of the trip (excluding travel to Nicaragua) is $875. Contact Jessica Maudlin at Jessica.maudlin@pcusa.org for more details.
    Let's Talk about Visiting Immigrants in Detention

    At  Let's Talk  on September 11th, we viewed an educational, revealing, moving 20 minute film from the PC(USA) about the warehousing of immigrants for profit in the USA called Locked In A Box and the life-saving difference visitation makes.

    We encourage you to click here to view the trailer as well as the PC(USA) article describing more in depth. 

    Trailer for
    Trailer for "Locked in a Box"

    The Cost of Isolation 
    With no legally protected right to visitation, no court-appointed attorney, and no free phone call, people in immigration detention are vulnerable to abuse in a network of over 250 county jails and for profit-prisons.

    Many immigrants sit in cells without visitors for years.

    If you or a reliable, trusted family member, friend, colleague, can be available Fridays between 1 - 3 p.m. twice a month, consider joining the visitation team now being organized and trained by Nick Castro, CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement) coordinator.

    Nick will be contacting those who've indicated an interest for a phone interview/training soon.
    The West County Detention Facility is located at 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA 94806.  Refer to the map below for the route to take, it should take between 35-50 min. to get there when leaving San Anselmo on a Friday at noon. 

    Fall 2016 Speaker Series 

    Please see below and attached for information on the Fall Speaker Series events brought to you by our Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative.  

    Dear Friends,

    On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1143 into law, legislation to protect youth from placement in long-term isolation in California's juvenile facilities! This victory is years in the making, and we celebrate with gratitude all who have raised their voices to support this historic step forward for human rights. We honor the courageous youth whose stories of experiences of isolation have called our communities of faith to action.

    The National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT) cosponsored SB 1143 with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, youth advocates, faith communities, and The Chief Probation Officers of California (CPOC). This summer, California faith leaders and representatives of NRCAT delivered " A Religious Call In Support of SB 1143: Toward A Future of Possibility for California's Youth" to Governor Brown, emphasizing the moral significance of SB 1143 and the statewide support of faith leaders representing a diverse array of religious traditions for the legislation.

    By signing SB 1143 into law, California establishes a landmark precedent for jurisdictions nationwide to follow. We invite you to share NRCAT's press release with your networks and members of your faith community.

    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: 

    OCTOBER: Nancy & Frankie'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
    The Value of -- "SO WHAT."

    I use to have Bell Labs as a client when I worked for a NY Advertising Agency. Bell Labs was a research and scientific company for many discoveries that have been integrated into our lifestyles such as the transistor, lasers, and the solar cell. In fact, eight Nobel Peace prizes have been awarded for work completed there.
    The executive that I reported to taught me many lessons, but the one thing I remember the most was never to present him with mere information. If you did, he would pounce on it and ask, "but Paul, what is the so what of all of this?"
    Whenever I heard those words I would cringe. I hadn't thought through something, I hadn't understood its significance, or I was spewing information that basically was irrelevant or unnecessary. No matter what, if I didn't have a handle on the "SO WHAT" of something I was in big trouble.
    I've never forgotten that phrase and I say it to myself a lot. For instance ...
    What is the SO WHAT of this week's Presidential debate?
    What is the SO WHAT of repeatedly complaining that someone near you isn't listening to you?
    What is the SO WHAT of Matthew 25 that we've been studying in Church this month?
    Practicing SO WHAT helps make everything you say, share, or see have meaning. Once in awhile, listen to yourself and ask ... so what? Listen carefully to what someone else is saying and ask ... so what?
    I know this phrase is somewhat brittle and confrontational - but I wish it wouldn't be viewed that way. I feel we need to get to the "crux" of many matters quicker and without dissension. It's similar to the phrase "why are you telling me this?" If I may, I'd like to suggest that you apply this to many of Jesus' s comments. Lord, really ... why are you telling us this? And what is the SO WHAT that I am suppose to connect with or act upon?
    Jesus embraced outcasts, He confronted hypocrisy. And in His parables and teaching there are many SO WHAT moments that He leaves for us to embrace. We are a distinct people, and I believe one of the reasons why is because we know the God-given answers to so many SO WHAT questions.
    As we navigate the week ahead you might ask yourself SO WHAT throughout the week. There are good answers to SO WHAT. But the right answers don't come unless the camouflage around someone's chatter is removed. Be brave and be unafraid as you look someone in the eye and say - what is the SO WHAT os all of this? 
    It made me a much better communicator and ad man some 30 years ago.
    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.

    If you were unable to attend the event on Monday for Time to Lead on Climate Change, you can go to www.leadonclimate.org
    and/or talk to Judy, Doug, Dennis, Robin, Wil, Sophie,
    Michael and Bev (Go Green Team!)

    Also thank you to Sophie for compiling these resources about how we can combat climate change in the most efficient ways possible:
      Report from your Clerk of Session

    pcusaYour Session met for its regular monthly meeting on Wed. Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the church.  Here's our report:

    Clerk, Dennis Latta:  The Interim Report of the Manse and Capital Improvement Study Team was distributed for review and will be discussed with that team at the October meeting.

    Finance, Doug Eisinger: Church finance overview presented and Stewardship/Budget discussed; Stewardship Celebration Sunday will be November 6 with String Quartet and Harvest Feast.

    Building and Grounds, Fred Morfit: Fred is still in Colorado.

    Family Ministries, Janel Stewart:  Janel's report highlighted the upcoming Family Ministries Huddle and a job posting to replace Charles and Katie.

    Mission, Patti Vance:  Justice Garden and Farm stand are huge successes and great outreach.

    Membership Nurture, Linda Peltzman:  Linda was ill.

    Worship, Jody Brockett: September attendance has been significantly up from summer.  Advent theme is Isa. 11:1-9, focus on v. 6, the peaceful kingdom, a little child leading us to ecological harmony.

    Foster Parent Outreach

    Become a Resource Family
    1. Attend Orientation
    Learn about the process of becoming a resource parent at one of our monthly
    orientations with a social worker and an experienced resource parent.

    Orientation Calendar 2016
    October 18

    7-8:30pm at 3240 Kerner Blvd, Room 110, San Rafael
    November 17 | December 8
    7-8:30pm at 3250 Kerner Blvd, Room 107, San Rafael

    2. Apply
    Complete an application and background check.

    3. Complete Training
    Complete a training course and become CPR/First Aid certified.

    4. Get Approved
    Work closely with a social worker during a 60-90 day approval process. There  will be interviews with family members and a home safety inspection. The  interviews help make matches between a family's strengths and children's  needs.  Become a Resource Family

    Resource Family Orientation
    Learn about fostering opportunities!

    July 26 | August 31

    7-8:30 pm
    3240 Kerner Blvd. Rm 110
    San Rafael 94901
    Questions? (415) 473-2200

    Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
    100 Tarry Road
    San Anselmo, CA  94960
    Sophia De Quattro,  Editor
    E-mail us at shpchurch@comcast.net or call us at 415-453-8221