New Orleans Sound with
Gregg Elberg and the Church Boys
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
February 23 , 2017
The Last Sunday before Lent is . . .

      This Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., we celebrate with musical
exuberance!  Here at church we don't do Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) with excessive alcohol consumption, of course; instead we do Fat Sunday with an extravaganza of music! The Bible tells us to make a joyful noise and to celebrate with gladness and singing, and we will!   
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

As much as I love home and church, I'll admit I'm looking forward to flying to Arizona this week for a break from our wet, wet winter. The ACSWP (PCUSA's Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy) is meeting in Tucson and overlapping with a Borderlinks trip, studying border militarization and criminalization, deportation, and the sanctuary movement.   It's Rodeo Week in Tucson, and we were advised to wear jeans, cowboy boots, and cowboy hats.  My plan is to wear my normal clothes and my button that says - in English and Spanish - There are no illegal people.  

Jesus lights the world to show us that all people are made in the image of God, deserve human dignity, and are part of God's beloved community. Each of us is called to make a difference in the world, giving of ourselves to co-create a kind, just, peaceful world.  When we see cruelty and dehumanization, we are called to stand up and speak up.  

I'll be bringing back a report for you on what's happening in Arizona, and how our sister churches there - Southside Presbyterian and St. Mark's of Tucson - are answering God's call.

With great gratitude, and with blessings of peace, 

February/March Calendar
Wed. - Sat. 2/22 - 25

Friday, Feb. 24th
Pastor Bev in AZ; for pastoral emergencies, please call Rev. Bentley Stewart at 407-489-1258

Bible Study OFF TODAY

Sunday, Feb. 26th 
                  9:30 a.m.
                10:30 a.m.
FAT SUNDAY - New Orleans Sound!
Musical Extravaganza with Gregg Elberg and Al Flood
Ordination & Installation of Elders Merle and Ahmed and of Deacon Peg!
Youth Group!
Coffee and Fellowship -- All Welcome!
Wednesday, Mar. 1st
                   7:00 p.m.
Service of Contemplation and Music
Friday, Mar. 3rd
                    5:00 p.m. 

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, Mar. 5th
                    9:30 a.m.
                   10:30 a.m.
                     5:00 p.m.
Coffee and Fellowship -- All Welcome!
Youth REST Chefs Cook 4 Good
Mexico Mission Informational BBQ
Wednesday, Mar. 8th
                     7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers
Friday, Mar. 10th

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, Mar. 12th
                    9:30 a.m.
                   10:30 a.m.

Coffee and Fellowship -- All Welcome!

No Bible Study on Friday, Feb. 24th while Bev is in Arizona

Please Remember in Your Prayers

Wil Swalberg, who is home from the hospital, for complete recovery and for God's comfort in his bereavement;
Paul Lambert, for God's comfort as he grieves the loss of his beloved Mother;
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;
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;
Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease, and for God's abiding presence, comfort, and love;
Praying Hands
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy for continued strength in companioning her;
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 the darkness in this world.

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.
Fearless Love - Lenten Series Begins March 5
Floral art by Flower Guild for Betty Swalberg's Celebration of Life

This Season of Lent we will focus on the theme of FEARLESS LOVE
with quiet time,
space for pondering,
meditative music,
love songs.

What are you afraid of?
How much power does fear have over you?
Is fear sapping your energy?
Would you love more if you feared less?
How can we grow into fearless love?
Thank you to all who came together this past Saturday at church to celebrate the life of Betty Swalberg, with special thanks to the Deacons led by Nance Rosencranz and to the Flower Guild led by Patti Vance 

            Love Note to the Flower Guild                 
Left to right: Jody Brockett, Frankie Eakes, Millie Millar, Patti Vance, Merle Ongaro, Peg Maclise, Linda Peltzman

Thank you for all the beauty that you bring to church life! 
With love, your SHPC Family

Do you love arranging flowers? 
Contact Patti Vance
Garden Kick-Off 
SUNDAY 2/26 after church
New Gardeners are welcome!

Join us Sunday Feb. 26th  after worship for a kick-off for this year's Justice Garden! Gardeners of all ages and experience levels are welcome. 
Questions? Contact
From Millie Millar: We had a great time at the Women's REST!

Koren Grubb and Natasha, her daughter, brought these home created artistic valentine's cookies!

Calling all potential Mexico Mission participants and their parents,
We are pleased to let you know that we will again be going to Mexico this summer to build homes for families much less fortunate than ours. This year's trip is scheduled for Saturday, June 10 through Saturday, June 17. 
We will host an informal barbecue for this year's interested team (students please bring your parents) to learn about the 2017 trip, as well as get to know us and other adult leaders.  The barbecue will be at the Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 5th, from 5pm to 7pm.  
Please RSVP to Katie  Brendler at  shpchurch@comcast.net by  Thursday,  March 2nd (include "Mexico Mission" in the subject line of the e-mail) for the barbecue to confirm attendance so that we can plan for enough food and beverages.  We will supply the barbecue and drinks; please bring a side dish. Please bring a side dish (by last name):
Last Name Starting with A - K                Salad, chips, vegetables
Last Name Starting with L - Z                 Dessert, fruit
Participants will be required to have a current passport for the trip.  If a new passport is needed, the process could take a long time, so please get started now.
Please contact us if you have any questions.  We are looking forward to a GREAT mission trip!
Mark Sarkisian                                                Katie  Brendler
Cell   Ph : 415-812-3395                                      Office   Ph :   415-453-8221
Email:  mark.sarkisian@som.com                   Email:  shpchurch@comcast.net
Youth Group Sunday 2/26

Runs until 11:15!

Sandra will be here to sit with the youth during church, and then to take them downstairs to get snacks and meet. Thank you for supporting the Youth Group!

Questions? Contact

See you on March 3, 17, 24!

Thank You to all Who Pledged!

Thank you to 56 pledgers for pledging $138,713 to the life of church in 2017! 

With gratitude,
Doug, Finance Elder and Stewardship Chair
REST Program Needs You

We will continue to host meals through April. To  read more information about REST and to sign-up online, please click on this link:   

If your youth want to get involved, join us once a month for Food 4 Good - Sleepy Hollow's Youth Cooking Program.
If you have questions, contact -- Judy Ford or  Jen Gauna

If you have questions, please contact Shannon Mong at  shannon@In-SightAssociates.com (phone is 415-279-2402).  

In advance - thanks for your support of this year's REST evenings!

Interested in being our REST Coordinator?

Our wonderful REST Coordinator Shannon is looking to pass the baton onto the next person. If you are interested in taking up coordination of this important ministry,  please contact Shannon Mong at  shannon@In-SightAssociates.com (phone is 415-279-2402).  

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 we 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: 

February:   Frankie and Nancy's Parish
March:   Peg Maclise's Parish
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
What is God calling us to do about deportations?

Let's start with study and prayer.  Pastor Bev is traveling to Tucson, AZ 2/22-25 to meet with clergy colleagues at Southside Presbyterian, a sanctuary church which has housed people in imminent danger of deportation.  She's connecting with interfaith colleagues throughout CA so that we can all share info, pool resources, and work together effectively.  Here's a link from that group which is a good starting place:


"The best lakefront experience ever"

"Great classes"

"Awesome bike rides"

"Food was not bad and plentiful"

Guess who said which -

Dennis Latta,

Michael Durphy,

Pastor Bev 

Hope to see you there!

To learn more or to register for the event
check out their website:


Urge Congress: Speak Out against Settlements - Speak Up for Peace

Recent developments in Israel and the West Bank make it even more urgent for the U.S. Congress to speak out against Israeli settlements, and for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Since the beginning of this year, the Israeli government has approved over 6,000 new housing units in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. And on February 6 the Israeli Knesset passed a bill retroactively legalizing some settlement outposts built in the West Bank on privately owned Palestinian land. While the bill, which is being challenged in Israeli court, makes these outposts legal under Israeli law, in fact all settlements are illegal under international law.
The rapid expansion of settlements and this latest effort in the Knesset to legitimize some outposts undermine the prospects for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The problems with expanding settlements, however, are not just in diminished prospects for peace.  Settlement expansion also means ongoing suffering for Palestinians.  As settlements expand, Palestinians are pushed out of their homes and off their lands, homes are demolished, trees are uprooted, and the West Bank is carved up by settler by-pass roads, making travel for Palestinians arduous if not impossible.
Former President Obama urged the Israeli government to stop building settlements in the Occupied Territories seeing them as an obstacle to peace.  President Trump has asked the Israeli government to "hold off" on settlement building.
Contact your senators and representative today and ask them to speak out against Israeli settlements and forpeace. Let them know you believe an end to settlements will serve the interests of both Israelis and Palestinians by helping lead to a just peace.
Click here to send a message today!

Pastor Bev's office is looking a bit empty. 

Do you have any arm chairs, a loveseat, or a couch that you would like to donate? 

Firm seating would especially be appreciated. 

Click  here  to let the office know.
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Katie Brendler,  Editor
E-mail us at shpchurch@comcast.net or call us at 415-453-8221