Called to Courage - Esther and Mordecai
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
June 29, 2017
    Summer Storytelling Continues    
Tests and Turning Point Stories

    Looking back with the benefit of hindsight, what decisions have you made that pointed your life in a new and unexpected direction?  Did you feel God's presence guiding you towards the best decision?  Does life ever feel like a test?  What helps you get through?  This Sunday, July 2, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., we'll continue our summer storytelling series with an exploration of tests and turning point stories in the Bible and in our own lives.   
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

What a beautiful week we are having on the shores of Lake Tahoe at the Presbyterian retreat center!  The lake is full, the mountains are snow-capped, the waterfalls are glorious, and the "Zephyr Experience" is extraordinary.  I am delighted to be on the faculty here, teaching Spiritual Awakening in stories from sacred text and our lives, with sacred art and song.  

Last night I was one of 4 liturgical dancers in our worship service, and what a meaningful experience!  I would love to bring liturgical dance to our services, so please let me know if you'd be interested, and we'll make it happen. I'm bringing back stories to share with you too!
In the Spirit,

June/July Calendar
Friday, June 30
Bible Study Cancelled Today - Bev Away
Sunday, July 2
                   9:30 a.m.
                   10:30 a.m.


Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome
Wednesday, July 5
                  7:30 p.m.


SHPC Singers- All Welcome
Friday, July 7

Bible Study
Sunday, July 9
                   9:30 a.m.
                   10:30 a.m.

Storytelling continues
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome
Wednesday, July 11
                 7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers- All Welcome
Friday, July 14

Bible Study

No Bible Study this Friday, June 30th
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Our graduates, congratulations and blessings!
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;
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;
Kelsey Lopin, for continued flourishing, creativity, and energy as she pursues her education and excels in art;
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy to continue to feel God's abiding presence in companioning her;
Victims of gun violence, and their loved ones, and those who lose all hope and resort to violence, may God heal them;
The hungry, especially all those depending on the US government for food aid here and abroad;
Those fearing loss of medical insurance, for accurate information and honest, humane decision making by our leaders in Congress;
Those living in the shadows and fearing deportation, for safety, security for their families and children, a path to citizenship, and sanctuary;
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, and for an end to hate crimes;
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!

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.
Congratulations to all the Graduates!

We'd love to share more photos - just 
Sydney & Ryan 
DHS- 2017

send to the office!

Owen Hamilton
DHS- 2017

(L) Carter Stewart - DHS 2017

Lucas Mong
MPMS- 2017
Vicky Sarkisian - Northeastern University 2017
Mexico Mission Return Service

Our team built four homes in four days! If you have not seen their journey, go on their blog SHPC Mexico Mission Trip and check out the pictures!

The team returned Saturday, June 17th and on Sunday, June 18th we had a wonderful Return Service and Potluck Brunch for the group led by the Mexico Mission Students.

Thank you again to those who set up and cleaned up, and to all who brought something yummy to share.

Thank you to all those that donated to help support the group.
From the church and the Mexico Mission team--

 Thank you to Frankie Eakes and Nancy Elberg for the 6 a.m. Send Off Breakfast!  

Report from Session - June 14, 2017 Meeting  

The final Let's Talk Church Finance discussion will be scheduled soon; we are looking at end of August so that most folks will be back from summer vacation.  The Session has now studied church finance in depth, and is preparing a report for the congregation with findings. A helpful resource was presented at the June 1 meeting and is available here:

Dennis Latta
Clerk of Session 

-Note From The Office-
If you would like to be reimbursed for an authorized expense, please come upstairs to the church office and fill out a blue Reimbursement Request form and put it in Jen Boynton's (our bookkeeper's) folder on the corner of the upstairs office desk nearest the door. You can find the forms hanging on the left side of the wall immediately after you have entered the office in a black reimbursement folder. Thank you for your cooperation!
World Refugee Day, June 20th

World Refugee Day was June 20th, and the Stated Clerk, J. Herbert Nelson shared his opinion writing a public letter to the U.S. Congress regarding the country's immigration policy.

For the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s observance of World Refugee Day on June 20, Stated Clerk Rev. J. Herbert Nelson, II sent a public letter to members of the U.S. Congress urging them to "choose welcome over isolation and fear" as they debate the country's immigration policy.
Specifically, Rev. Nelson asked legislators to "do everything in their power to rescind the actions of the three refugee-related presidential executive orders to prevent them from taking effect." In his letter, Rev. Nelson outlined the PC(USA)'s long history of support for expansive immigration policies and its congregations' ministries of welcome and outreach to immigrants to this country.

"This is a moment in our history when we can choose to be on the side of righteousness and justice," Rev. Nelson wrote. "This is a moment when we as a nation can choose welcome."

This letter is part of the "Letter-a-Day" campaign organized by the  Interfaith Immigration Coalition. Amanda Craft, manager of advocacy with the Office of the General Assembly (OGA)'s Office of Immigration Issues, stated that the campaign is "aimed to send a sustained message to members of Congress and their staff, that a wide variety of stakeholders support refugee resettlement."

To read more go here to read the full text of Rev. Nelson's letter to Congress.

Call Today to Help Save Medicaid!
Health Care: All Hands on Deck to Save Medicaid!

Call your Senators Today
This is the time to act on health care. The Senate is preparing to vote this week on a bill that would radically cut back health care - in every state - for people who are poor, elderly, or children. Your action now is critically important.

After secretly negotiating for weeks, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today unveiled the Senate bill (now called the Better Care Reconciliation Act), and confirmed what we feared: This bill is essentially the same as the House-passed American Health Care Act and would cut Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars; throw millions of people off the program; and threaten to leave some of the most vulnerable people in our country with no access to affordable care.

Specifically, the bill:

  *   Ends the Medicaid expansion, which has enabled 11 million people in this country to access quality, affordable health care.
  *   Caps Medicaid, dramatically cutting federal support for the program over time. States will be forced to ration care and choose between what services to cut and who to cut from Medicaid. The Medicaid program, as we know it, wouldn't recover from these changes.
  *    Gives billions of dollars in tax cuts to wealthy individuals and insurance corporations.
In this moment, we need you to act now more than ever. The future of Medicaid and the millions of people who rely on it hang in the balance.

Call your senators and tell them it's unacceptable to cut and cap Medicaid.

Even if you have already written, called, or visited your senators, please act again. Ask others to join you in making calls. Write a letter to the editor, including your senator's name, and submit it to your local paper. We need every senator's phone ringing off the hook to oppose decimating health care access for the 69 million people who rely on the Medicaid program.
Your phone calls make a difference - and they're truly needed now. This is an "all hands on deck" moment. Millions of people would lose their access to health care because of this bill - mostly those who can least afford that loss. As we seek a society with equity and justice for all, this legislation sends us in the wrong direction. This is unacceptable. Let's make sure your senators know it.

Call the Capitol Switchboard twice to be connected
to both your Senators! (202) 224-3121

As Presbyterians we have always cared for others. The 218th General Assembly re-affirmed:

"Jesus Christ, who has reconciled us to God, healed all kinds of sickness (Mt. 4:23, par) as a sign of God's rule. Isaiah speaks God's word to say "No more shall there be ... an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime" (Isa. 65:20a).  We, as Reformed Christians, bear witness to Jesus Christ in word, but also in deed. As followers of our Great Physician Jesus, we have a moral imperative to work to assure that everyone has full access to health care."
Please welcome our new interim office administrator and communications associate, Kara New, who is our newsletter editor while Katie Brendler is away.  Kara is a rising senior at Dominican University, majoring in communications and media, and she is currently interning for the Warriors AND the SF Giants!  You can reach her at the office email,
Sunday Offering Counters Needed

Members needed to count the offering and deposit the funds in the bank each week.  You'll be teamed up with a veteran!  Contact Doug or the office if you are interested in this important way of serving the church.

     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

Drew and Janel invite us to a special 
Improv night! 
Summer Blockbuster Series:
Meanwhile in Marin

Improv Marin brings people together through spontaneity. They produce improv workshops, performances, and events to educate, entertain, and inspire the people of Marin (and beyond) to work and play better together.

Friday, June 30th, 8:00pm- 9:45pm, West End Studio Theater

1554 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
For tickets & info
Check out the website here


Free Parent Support Group
The Muir Woods Adolescent and Family Services provides two free services for parents. 

"Navigating Parenting of a Teen Suffering from Substance Use Issues"

2nd Saturday of every month from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm 

Giving parents the opportunity to share experiences and give insight from pears. 

"The Sky Is The Limit, Boundaries are the Base"
4th Saturday of every month from 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
A multi-parent process group focused on psycho-education, family support and healthy relationships with their child.

For more information go to their website 
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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