The Peaceful Kingdom 
SHPC Children Create Advent Windows
with Liturgical Artist Jody Brockett
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
December 8, 2016
Third Sunday of Advent - Love
Children's Love Pageant 
A Little Child Will Lead Us - Isa. 11:6
     This Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., our children lead us with a fresh new Christmas Pageant featuring a lively lion, lambs, a child leader, an adorable baby Jesus, carol singing, and original music by Hallie Foster.  All are welcome!
In This Issue
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A Note From 
Pastor Bev

Last Sunday we welcomed the Islamic Center of North Marin to an interfaith service of peace and peace fellowship, and what a remarkable day we had! Over 100 of our folks were here to welcome 20 visitors from the Novato Muslim community.  Our warm welcome and hospitality meant the world to our guests. (Scroll down to their thank you letter.) Their leader, Mubarack Muthalif, spoke movingly to us about what it's like to be Muslim in America now, and even Muslim in Marin County now.  The indignities and cruelties he recounted left many of us in tears.   

I was overjoyed to see our congregation embrace this vulnerable community and make such a great effort to welcome them and get to know them. We are planning a joint event in January, and I'll keep you posted about that.  We especially want to support their children, who are feeling socially isolated and even ostracized.  God has given us a great opportunity to live our love for our neighbors, and to be peacemakers and hope-bringers here.

I am so grateful for this wonderful church.

With Advent blessings of love,

December Calendar
Friday, December 9th
 5:00 p.m.

Bible Study

Sunday, December 11th
9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.
               2:00-4:00 p.m.
                   4:00 p.m.
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Youth Gardening Event
Holiday Music Fest
Wednesday, December 14th
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

Holiday Hand Chimes; Session meets

SHPC Singers rehearse - All are welcome!
Friday, December 16th
 5:00 p.m.

Bible Study

Sunday, December 18th
9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
Celestial Music - Guest Orchestral Harp and our own Hand Chimes
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Wednesday, December 21st
7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - All are welcome!
Friday, December 23rd
 5:00 p.m.

Bible Study
Yoga - "Om for the holidays"
Saturday, December 24th
7:00 p.m.

Candlelit Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, December 25th
9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.

Christmas Morning Service of Joy
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Advent/Christmas Season of Peace  
Advent Wreath designed by
Merle Ongaro

Make Music!  Holiday Hand Chimes Weds. at 6:30 p.m. and Singers at 7:30 p.m.

Youth Christmas Pageant - Sunday, December 11 at 9:30 a.m. - The Lion, the Lamb, and the Christmas Story 

Holiday Music Fest - Sunday, December 11 at 4:00pm

Celestial Music with Guest Orchestral Harp - Sunday, December 18 at 9:30 a.m.

Candlelit Christmas Eve - Saturday, December 24 at 7 p.m.

Christmas Morning Service of Joy - Sunday, December 25 at 9:30 a.m.

Bible Study -  Friday, Dec. 9 at NOON - 
The Birth Narratives in the 4 Gospels
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Ara Jo, who perished in the Oakland warehouse fire, and all those mourning the loss of Ara Jo, including Nancy Elberg, Nancy's nephew Grant Gleason, and Ara Jo's extended family and loved ones, may God's peace and comfort wash over and accompany them in their grief.
Our Muslim neighbors, subject to Islamophobia and hate crimes;
Our country,  for deep healing, and for a way forward where we live our values of justice and equality for all people;
The world's poor, all who suffer from disruptive climate change, and our planet;
The refugees and displaced, almost 1 out of 100 people in the world today, for safety, homes, and the basics of life;
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;
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;
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.
Pledge News

Great news! The Giving Tuesday Challenge produced another $2,200 in pledges!   We have now received 45 pledges in the amount of $116,665. towards our goal of $148,000.

Thank you to all of you who have already pledged to support the church in 2017. The church is self-supporting and depends on all of you to maintain our many life-giving ministries, our youth and music programs, our facilities, and our staff.  

Just click on  Doug  to pledge by email. Pledges in any amount are very much appreciated.

With gratitude,
Doug, Finance Elder and Stewardship Chair
SHPC welcomes Islamic Center of North Marin with Interfaith Peace Service and Fellowship
Sunday, Dec. 4 - Peace Sunday

A Letter to Pastor Bev and SHPC:

We are so thankful for spending time with your amazing folks. We have never felt this comfortable. What a display of hospitality!! I look forward to doing a joint program of any kind in January. 

We are quite new in providing service to others. We have a lot to learn from your ongoing efforts and look forward to partnering with your congregation in future events.

Peace be on all of you.  On behalf of Islamic Center of North Marin kindly convey our sincere thanks.


Mubarack Muthalif, pictured with Pastor Bev

Poem by Rumi offered by Karen Baigrie at Sunday's interfaith peace service:   
  • Sun. Dec 11th - 9:00 a.m. for costuming - Youth Lead Our Christmas Pageant! 
  • Sun Dec 11th 2-4pm Youth planting day 
Coming soon:  another Basketball game with Sandra!

Questions:  contact 
Janel Stewart
 Family Ministries Elder
Thanks to all our Youth Rest Chefs Cooking from the Garden!
More Food 4 Good
SHPC Holiday Fair Trade Faire
Sunday , December 11 after worship
In collaboration with the Presbytery of the Redwoods Hunger Task Force

Give Gifts  that  Give More!
   The holidays are a special time to share fellowship with family and friends and to consider how we affect the lives of our neighbors down the street and around the world. When you purchase gifts of fair traded coffee, tea and chocolate from Equal Exchange, you are giving not just once but twice - to loved ones and to small farmers around the world. Give fairly traded gifts this holiday season from Equal Exchange and Global Crafts. All products are sourced from small-scale artisan co-ops and coffee, tea and cocoa farmer co-operatives in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Supporting Fair Trade is one way to enact the true spirit of the holidays, every day.

Through Fair Trade, farmers and artisans are better able to:
* Support their families.
* Build their own business.
 * Improve their communities.
* Protect and care for the environment.
Last Minute Holiday Gifts and Stocking Stuffers
Shop and Taste Free Samples  
Your Deacons Say THANKS!
Have you contributed to our Fellowship Hour this year?
Brought cookies, made sandwiches, cleaned up?
Responded to your Deacon's plea?
Then your name is among the entries in the
First Annual Deacon Thank You Christmas Basket!
Drawing will be during the Sunday service on December 18th!
Good Luck! (and Thank You!)  
From Compassion Peace and Justice Ministries

Compassion, Peace, and Justice ministries of the PC(USA)'s Presbyterian Mission Agency has 4 priorities, and this week we are focusing on Eliminating Hunger and Poverty
Two cents

It only takes 2¢ A-Meal to help alleviate hunger and poverty.  The last opportunity to donate this year is Sunday, December 18th.
Support the Standing Rock Sioux
Support the Standing Rock Sioux
Make Calls to Oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline!
The PC(USA) applauds and recognizes the Army Corps of Engineers action to deny the easement to drill under Lake Oahe and their commitment to explore alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline. We know, however that this action does not guarantee that the rights and sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe will be respected, and are committed to remain engaged and vigilant in the movement to protect their sacred sites and water source.  Many people have asked what can be done to support the water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota.

Make 3 phone calls
Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200 to demand the demilitarization of the response by law enforcement to the water protectors.
 Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to take  permanent action to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.
 Call the Army Corps of Engineers, express support for their decision to deny the easement for the DAPL and assert the need for a permanent solution: (202) 761-5903.

PC(USA) Policy
General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its predecessors have affirmed the sovereignty and treaty rights of Native American tribes on numerous occasions. For example, the 193rd General Assembly (1981) of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America called the President of the United States to develop "a national Indian policy that is consistent with the concerns of Indian people for self-determination, tribal sovereignty, economic self-sufficiency, and preservation of treaty rights." 
Building on a long history of General Assembly policy related to the environment, the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) approved an action empowering the Presbyterian Mission Agency to witness against environmental degradation and to affirm public policy that supports good stewardship of natural resources." Among the environmental concerns identified were threats from "all modes of fossil fuel extraction, processing, transport, and storage."
The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson III, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), in conjunction with the Rev. Irvin Porter, associate in the Office of Native American Intercultural Congregational Support, issued  a statement in support of the Standing Rock Sioux on August 29, 2016.
Solar Grant

Thank you to the County of Marin and our own Supervisor Katie Rice for a $3,000 grant towards the SHPC Solar Panel Project - a key step forward in greening the church and environmental leadership!
REST Program Needs You

Thanks to the many volunteers who make it possible for 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!

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: 

December: Marie'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
I Watched ... I Listened ... I Learned.

This past weekend I attended the Barbra Streisand concert in Florida. I was curious to see what she would say after all the recent political uproar. She has a reputation for being opinionated, outspoken, and unafraid when promoting her points of view. 
I wondered ... would she come out storming ... or would she simply perform a parade of her hits, wave, blow kisses, and leave to thundering applause?
I was in for a big shock. 
I knew she was currently writing her autobiography and, at age 74, she is on record saying these big live arena shows are physically too much for her. But what I was about to see was one of the greatest nights of entertainment, staging, and special effects I had ever witnessed.
Through wide screen video, animation,and close ups, she took the audience through a six decade tour of her work as a singer, actress, director, and producer -  but left out the pesky "political activist". She didn't ignore her political points of view, though, but remained an artist in how she dealt with it.
To address her concerns about global warming she opened the second act with visuals of the effects of climate change and responded to the following voice over ... "Does the world ever frighten you?" -  "Sometimes" - "What do you do about it?  - to which she started singing " Come with me, and you'll be in a world of pure imagination" from the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory. As the lyrics unfolded and the visuals flowed a convincing statement was delivered about we'd better all take this seriously and do something now. It was thought provoking and packaged with class.
How we communicate our differences matters. At the conclusion of the show, Barbra said," there are red states and blue states but let's always remember we are ONE United States". The crowd roared their approval.
In other interviews, Barbra has said,  " Just imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same. My idea of a perfect world is one in which we really appreciated each other's differences: Short, tall, Democrat, Republican; black, white; gay, straight - a world in which all of us are equal, but definitely not the same" 
Last Saturday I watched ... I listened ... and most of all, witnessed how one person had so skillfully woven her opinions and ideas throughout an extravagant event without being condescending or disrespectful. She actually united 20,000 people (who exited the arena almost arm in arm) with such uncanny cleverness while successfully challenged their thinking.
We are all works in progress (thank goodness). Let's always give God the chance to KEEP WORKING on each of us. I watched and listened this weekend and will be forever grateful for what I learned. 
Your friend, from Atlanta today ... 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.
Friday, Dec 9, 8:00 pm
Saturday, Dec 10,
3:00 pm  & 8:00 pm
New!  This year there will be a Matinee on Saturday.
There is no show on Sunday.
Marin Center Showcase Theatre
10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael

  Artistic Director - Mark Penn
Asst. Dir/ Accompanist - David Manley
Stage Director - Sandy V. Weldon

Ticket prices: $20 General
$15 Senior and Student (13-18)
$5 Children 12 and under
Tickets available at the door for all performances  
Advance Tickets: Marin Center Box Office 415-473-6800

The 60-voice chorus, with soloists and ensembles, presents traditional and contemporary songs of stirring beauty, intriguing lyrics and soaring harmonies, all backed by an instrumental combo.  Narration, staging and a few playful musical selections enliven the program.
Women's Weekend ~ January 20th-22nd, 2017
Click here for more information and registration

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