The Bible Teaches Us to Care for Creation
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
April 20 , 2017
April 23 is Earth Sunday
Celebrate Creation Care

     All are welcome t his Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. for our annual Earth Day celebration! This special service is dedicated to the beautiful natural world we call home. Our own Green Team will lead us, with  guest preacher Rev. Will Scott from  California Interfaith Power & Light.  We'll have special music and a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  

     During our fellowship time following the service, we will have loads of fun activities and community experts on hand.  Red Twig Farm  in Lagunitas will be there with organic seedlings and  dye kits  available for purchase. Directly following our time together, free compost is available from Marin Sanitary until 1:00 as part of their  Customer Appreciation Day . Bring friends and neighbors!

In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

What a glorious celebration of Easter we had here last Sunday! A huge thank you to Peg Maclise for taking the lead for our Flower Guild, with Frankie Eakes, Millie Millar, Merle Ongaro, and Alison Brennan Smith devoting their Saturday to creating a gorgeous garden for us in the sanctuary and narthex. (Photos below.)
Thank you to our musicians, Stephen, Michael and Bill, and to our fantastic choir.  That anthem was so energizing and uplifting!  And thank you to Kit, Nance, Frankie, Nancy, and ALL who helped with the Easter fellowship.  We had a full house and many stayed for fellowship and enjoyed the food and friendship.  That nurturing fills people up and brings them back!

A very special thank you to Koren Grubb, who took on the Easter Egg Hunt, including the photography of this delightful drizzly event. The photos below will make you feel like you were in the yard with the youth, and what joy!  We are blessed!

I am flying to DC today for the annual Church World Service Ecumenical Advocacy Days, a terrific social justice event.  I'll be at New York Ave. Presbyterian Church all day tomorrow, where President Lincoln worshipped, with terrific preachers and teachers educating and energizing us to work against racism, materialism, and militarism.  We continue the work through the weekend with over a thousand Christian social justice activists, and then go to Congress on Monday to lobby for a peace budget, not a war budget.  As faith leaders, we want our tax dollars spent on social uplift, as Dr. King preached, not on weapons of death and destruction.  Pray for us!

I will be with you in spirit on Earth Sunday and it will be a great day for the church.  Many thanks to Judy Ford and the Green Team for their faithful leadership! 

Rev. Bentley Stewart is covering pastoral care for me while I'm away (today through Tuesday noon), and you can call him at 407-489-1258.

With blessings, 

April/May Calendar
April 20-25 Pastor Bev will be in DC for Church World Service Ecumenical Advocacy Days
Rev Bentley Stewart is on call for pastoral emergencies 407-489-1258
Friday, Apr. 21st
                    5:00 p.m.

NO Bible Study - Bev's in DC
Yoga with Karen
Saturday, Apr. 22
                    9:00 a.m.
Garden Work Day
Sunday, Apr. 23rd                  
                    9:30 a.m.
                  10:30 a.m.               
Guest preacher, Rev Will Scott from California Interfaith Power & Light
Coffee, Fellowship, and Earth Day activities for ALL -- All Welcome!
Wednesday, Apr. 26th
                    7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - all are welcome
Friday, Apr. 27th
                    5:00 p.m.

Bible Study
Sunday, April 30th  
                   9:30 a.m.
                  10:30 a.m

Where Religion and Politics Meet - DC
Church Picnic at Samuel P. Taylor Park-
immediately following the service

NO Bible Study April 21 - Bev's in Washington DC
Please Remember in Your Prayers

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;
The Saunders - Burr Family, for God's love and comfort to be with them as they mourn the loss of Sue's beloved father, Ron Saunders.
The Ongaro Family, mourning the loss of Phyllis Ongaro, for God's presence and comfort in their bereavement;
The people of Syria, suffering greatly, for intervention which will bring relief to the greatest number; and all those impacted by the US deploying a mega bomb in Afghanistan;
Those living in the shadows and fearing deportation, for safety, security for their families and children, a path to citizenship, and sanctuary;
The victims of hate crimes, in Kansas and nationwide, and their loved ones, comfort in their sorrow, and safety and healing for the survivors;
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;
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), 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 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.
Thanks to Sandra and the youth group who hid the eggs  for the younger kids' egg hunt!  
Egg-cellent time was had by all at the egg hunt!
Thank you to Koren Grubb!
Thank you to Peg Maclise and the Flower Guild for the beautiful Easter Liturgical Art and Flower Arrangements 


Celebrate Earth Day in the Justice Garden

Saturday, April 22 is Justice Garden Work Day
    9 a.m.
Fun for the whole family!  

Questions - contact Michael by clicking here
earth helping
Sunday, April 23 is Earth Sunday

Our Green Team will lead us and we'll welcome the Rev. Will Scott,
Program Director of California Interfaith Power & Light, to the pulpit in celebration of Earth Sunday.

For 17 years, California Interfaith Power & Light (CIPL) has been living into its founding mission-to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming as a moral issue. Today, CIPL is a network of 680 congregations of all faiths committed to addressing climate change from Chico to San Diego, Mono Lake to Monterey Bay. If you'd like to learn more about this work, please check out the  website.

 Report from Your Clerk of Session 

On Wed. April 19th, the Session meeting consisted of  OFFICER TRAINING on BOOK OF ORDER, and committee business which will be reported in next week's newsletter.  We opened with the newly adopted Belhar Confession, and then Pastor Bev reviewed and refreshed us on our constitution and polity, to augment the on-the-job training we do at each meeting. Each week's newsletter will highlight 2 key points of Presbyterian polity.  See item elow for the second two. 

Saturday May 6, 9 a.m. - noon, Church Financial Resiliency Retreat.

Dennis Latta
Clerk of Session 
Presbyterian Polity Highlights 

 Presbyters are commissioners, not delegates. Whether we are serving on our congregation's session or as a commissioner to presbytery, synod, or General Assembly, we seek to "find and represent the will of Christ," (F-3.0204) not those who elected us. While their opinions and positions inform us, they do not bind us. When we gather together we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, listen to discussion and debate and vote as we are led by the Spirit.

When presbyters are gathered as deliberative bodies, decisions are made by voting. After opportunity for discussion and discernment, "a majority shall govern" (F-3.0205). We use the most recent edition of "Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised" (RRONR) as our parliamentary authority (G-3.0105). RRONR is a tool that helps us determine the will of the body. It should never be used as a means of exercising power at the exclusion of fairness. We can understand this by keeping in mind three parliamentary principles which are identified in Marianne Wolfe's booklet, "Parliamentary Procedures in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)":
     The rights and the unity of the body shall be preserved;
     The will of the majority shall prevail;
     The rights of the minority shall be protected.
We bear in mind that Christ is the head of the church (F-1.02) and all of the business we conduct should be done in a way that builds up the body of Christ.

Mexico Mission Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder that we will have our next mandatory meeting this Sunday, 23 April at church at 11:30am.  For those that can make it, we can really use help starting at 12:30pm to sort out and organize our tools.  Parents, you are all welcome of course but this meeting is optional for you.

Please come with the following:
  1. Your $200 - second deposit (please have your name on the memo line of the check).
  2. Printed and signed Amor Form that can be found here(the second 1/2 disappeared from the original forms that were sent out)
  3. Any additional fundraising $$$ that you have collected so far.
  4. Any outstanding forms (you know who you are!)
  5. A copy of your passport.
Our Mexico Mission Team has 63 youth and adults ready to head down to Mexico in June to help build houses! 

Please consider becoming a mission co-worker through donations of your thought/prayers and or monetarily. 

You can donate online or if you prefer, by checks. 

If you are donating to a specific person, please note their name in the comment section of the donation page or memo line of the check.

checks (MM on the memo line): Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 100 Tarry Rd, San Anslemo CA 94960
See you on April 21st

Join us for our Friday flow, FRIDAY APRIL 21, 5-6pm upstairs at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian.

We will move our bodies mindfully,  
winding down our week while lighting up our spirits.

Come as you are, yoga has a place for everyone.
Our class is mixed-level and donation based $10 suggested.

We have extras if you don't have a mat, arrive in comfortable clothes you can move in.

Karen x

Share the Word - Invite Teens - Youth Climate Change Summit Sat. April 29  
Our own Patti Vance and Ethan Russell are bringing their many gifts to facilitating Marin young environmental leaders in planning and leading the first annual Marin Youth Summit on Climate Change! This event will bring together students, their videos, speeches and projects with global leaders in Climate Change. It will serve as a place where students can learn the tools and science to help spur action in their communities. We hope to inspire and give weight to the idea that youth can create real change, not just in the future, but now.

For more information, visit the website here
or  click here to monetarily support the event.
or contact Patti Vance

All are welcome for the 
All Church Picnic
April 30 
Right after church
Stay until 2 or all day
Fun for ALL ages and fitness levels
Redwood Grove at 
Samuel P. Taylor State Park 

Thanks to all our youth who helped cook last weekend for the last REST of the season!

To celebrate and fellowship together, we'll be hiking and getting ice-cream next month, Sunday May 7th, 4-5:30 at Fawn Dr Trailhead/Three Twins Ice Cream  Click here to sign up!

Thanks to all who have joined us this year!

Food 4 Good - Sleepy Hollow's Youth Cooking Program will return to cooking in the fall when the REST program starts up again.

If you have questions, contact 
    Judy Ford or  Jen Gauna
Looking good!

Thank you so much to the Rock Garden Team for prettying up for Easter:  Koren, Sharon, Scott, and Owen Hamilton, and Katie Rice!

Thank you to Alison and Michael for prettying up the front yard!

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!

Sunday our dear Wil, took a small fall during the Marin Hunger/CROP Walk. Determined to finish the 3 mile walk, even after the fall (refusing our request to drive him the rest of the way), Will ended up at the hospital with a lot of pain in his right hand. Except for a bad right hand sprain and a scraped left hand, he is fine.
However, he can't really cook and shouldn't drive probably for at least a week. Therefore, if anyone can make and bring him some meals this week, it would be of great help to Wil. Click here to sign up to bring him a meal.

And we thank him for his faithful and continuing 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: 
April:   Nance'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
APRIL 22, 2017

The March for Science - San Francisco celebrates public discovery, understanding, and distribution of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet. We are a nonpartisan group, marching in support of the following goals: Communication, Funding, Policy, Literacy, and Diversity.

Start: Justin Herman Plaza, 11:00AM
End: Civic Center Plaza

Get more information about the march by clicking here.
To register, click here


It's not too late to sign up for a great lakeside summer treat!

Join us at ZE!

"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:

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
Katie Brendler,  Editor
E-mail us at shpchurch@comcast.net or call us at 415-453-8221