The Flower Guild Brings the Beauty for Easter!              
(L. to R.) Peg, Alison, Linda, Patti, Millie, Jody, and Frankie
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
April 5, 2018
Holy Humor Sunday

      This Sunday, April 8th, is Holy Humor Sunday!  Bring family, friends, and neighbors to our 9:30 a.m. service of FUN and laughter!  Pastoral intern Andrew Quick and his clown/juggling partner Mr. Moustache will delight folks of all ages.  Let's lighten up and laugh! 
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note from Pastor Bev

Easter Gratitude List:

God blessed us with an absolutely gorgeous Easter morning, 

The Flower Guild and Worship and Hospitality teams made the church so pretty and welcoming,

All our folks were so warm and friendly to our many visitors,

Our music was especially beautiful and inspiring,

We had 173+ bright spirits in worship,

We had 25 teens hiding the Easter eggs,

Fellowship was like a big house party with happy people coming and going, up and down, in and out, chatting and eating and enjoying the day,

God's Spirit was with us and blessed us with JOY!

THANK YOU ALL for the beautiful blessing of Easter.  God is alive!  Christ is risen!  Alleluia!

With joy,  Bev

April Calendar
Friday, April 6

Bible Study 

Sunday, April 8
                 9:30 a.m.    
              10:30 a.m.

Holy Humor Sunday
Andrew Quick with guest Mr. Moustache
Coffee & fellowship - All Welcome!

Tuesday, April 10
                5:30 p.m.
                8:00 p.m. 
Newsletter Items Due
Women's Rest @ Marin Health & Wellness Campus
AA- Men's meeting
Wednesday, April 11
                7:30 p.m. 

SHPC Singers 
Thursday, April 12
               4:30 p.m.
Elder Fraud Prevention Workshop

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


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 6, Noon
Matthew 5:1-9, the Beatitudes
and the Sermon on the Mount
Please Remember in Your Prayers 

Michael McCarty, in Marin General Hospital awaiting heart surgery next week, 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;
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.
A Delightful Easter Egg Hunt!

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

To Middle and High School YOUTH and their PARENTS from Charles

We had such a great time on Easter, with friends and family and lots of visitors celebrating with us. A big thank you to our youth group for hiding the eggs for our little ones.
Since so many families are going to be out of town or otherwise busy this week, we are pushing Family Game Night to next week, Friday, April 13th at 6:00pm. As always, we will have pizza and lots of games to play. Bring your family for this wonderful time of fellowship, and don't forget to invite your friends!
Agents, this week's codeword is JUGGLING. Write your alias and the codeword on a piece of paper and give it to me on Sunday to earn 5 points!
This coming Sunday is Holy Humor Sunday, so the youth group will be staying upstairs for the service. It's going to be a fun special service, with a couple of surprises, so don't miss it!
April 13 - Family Game Night - Everyone is welcome for pizza and games! Join us for fun and fellowship!

April 15 - Youth film screening in our service of worship!

Grace and peace,

Charles Wei
Youth Director
Always feel free to contact me with any questions or feedback by clicking here.
110 Tarry Open House for the Church - Sunday, April 8 at 4 p.m.

110 Tarry will be open for the Church this Sunday, April 8 from 4-5 p.m.

Since the church is the seller/client, it's best if we refrain from visiting during the Open House hours set aside for brokers and prospective buyers.

View our realtor Steve Derr's beautiful photos by clicking here.  Thank you, Steve!
Our Life-Giving REST Ministry to the Unhoused Community Concludes April 10.
Thank you to 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."
Please welcome Nick Morris as 
Executive Director of 
Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy

Nick has a B.A. from Duke University and a Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is the multi-cultural Minister at Good News Presbyterian Church, a Korean American Congregation based in San Francisco. He is an avid explorer of world religions with a strong commitment to the interfaith movement and his own faith tradition. 
Nick has been a part of MISC's Wellness Gatherings since the summer of 2015. He says," The gatherings bring together people from all walks of life and are so filled with the power of the Spirit, it has become a place of worship for me. I value the relationships, insights, candor and community that we all share through our prayer circle and table fellowship."
Nick sees his primary role as Executive Director to be a community builder. He has  successfully implemented three Holiday fundraisers for the Street Chaplaincy, the latest of which funded a year's worth of meals!
Thursday, April 12 @ 4:30 p.m.
   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
From Marin Moms Demand Action: We've had enough. Thoughts and prayers are not enough to honor the victims of gun violence.  What we need now is ACTION. Lawmakers have had enough time to come around to common sense, and we're done waiting. We must now elect leaders who will finally act to save lives from gun violence.   

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

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

From Jan Ardell
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
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)

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 10, 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

A panel discussion presented by Students of the African Diaspora at SFTS  
Wednesday, April 18  |  6:30 PM  |  Free to attend  |  Families encouraged to attend together
In predominantly white Marin County, the issue and topic of race and equality can often miss the mark. Stewart Perrilliat, San Francisco Theological Seminary, and the Students of the African Diaspora (StAD) are convening a panel to educate and enlighten Marin's community on the issue of racism and equality. Moderator and panelists will speak frankly about their own experiences as people of color, and will explore ways to learn how we can embrace each other regardless of color, economic status.
Audience members will gather for a one-hour panel discussion, and then will break into smaller conversation groups moderated by members of StAD. Attendees are encouraged to take talking points home to their own communities to help spread awareness of equality and stand up and be a part of the change.
Stewart is the founder of Man 2 Man-Urban Youth Advocate, SFTS MDiv alumnus, and current DMin student. Man2Man holds classes and group mentoring sessions for young men recruited through word of mouth and various organizations, or sometimes mandated through the courts to study anger management. It also produces a talk show to address issues of concern to them, which airs on a local cable channel, called Can we have a conversation? In addition to running Man2Man's successful programs, Stewart also visits San Quentin State Prison, doing prison ministry and is working on a documentary called on fatherhood. His goal is to help young men become positive, involved fathers, thus solving the greater rates of incarceration, domestic violence, low self-esteem, drug addiction, alcoholism, teenage parenthood and other issues that stem from absentee fathers.
Panelists include:

One body in Christ

  Zimbabwe and Denver Presbyteries build each other up through partnership - A message from Dr Doug Tilton, friend of SHPC and mission worker in southern Africa

Is mission a one-way street? Not to people in Denver Presbytery or the Presbytery of Zimbabwe of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA). These two presbyteries have been faithful witnesses to the unity of the body of Christ for more than a decade, despite the nearly 10,000 miles between them.

This partnership grew out of the commitment of a Denver couple's desire to assist a school in Zimbabwe. Gradually, local churches began to support those efforts. Denver Presbytery helped to facilitate a discussion to determine how this relationship could honor the gifts of people in both places.

To read the full article click 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