Fearless Love Lends a Helping Hand
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
March 9 , 2017
Second Sunday in Lent
Fearless Love

      This Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 9:30 a.m., we continue our Lenten journey towards Holy Week.  We are exploring how fear constricts our lives and blocks our love, and renewing our connection to the Sacred Source of Love.  Each week we're meeting Jesus in stories of courageous compassion and boundless love.  Our story this week is from Mark 2:1-12. Letting go of fear and leading with love takes attention, intention, and practice. See you Sunday! 

YOUTH GROUP starts upstairs and then adjourns downstairs after the sermon to make fun and special music w/ Hallie this Sunday until 11 a.m.  (Sandra is away).  

We are hoping for Parking Lot Re-striping THIS SATURDAY 3/11 a.m., so please park on the street.
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev
Last Sunday we embarked on our Lenten journey with a beautiful experience of connection through love.  With the children, we are enacting the Gospel stories so that all of us can experience Jesus in action, and feel his power in our lives today. Our adult reflection gives us an opportunity to take a deeper look at how fear and anxiety shape our lives.  God invites us to bring more attention and intention to our bodies, our values, our daily decisions.  We have the freedom to choose how much we walk on God's path, with Love leading us. Spending time in community helps us to make the boldest and best choices!

It is a great and deep joy to be walking God's path together in community!

With Lenten blessings, 


Daylight Savings time ends this Saturday night! 
Don't forget to change your clocks by moving them an hour ahead, or you'll miss church!  And you will be missed!

March Calendar
Friday, Mar. 10th
Outdoor Bible Study "with the eyes of a child" - Fish and Bread Lunch at the Gaunas at 900 Butterfield

Saturday, March 11th 

                    9-11 a.m.


GARDEN WORK DAY - All welcome!
Sunday, Mar. 12th
                    9:30 a.m.
                   10:30 a.m.

                     1:30 p.m.
FEARLESS LOVE - Helping Hands
Coffee and Fellowship -- All Welcome!
YOUTH GROUP MUSIC w/ Hallie Foster
Crop Walk for Hunger starts @ First San Rafael - 5th & E Streets
Wednesday, Mar. 15th
                    6:30 p.m.
                    7:30 p.m.

Session meets at the church
SHPC Singers

Friday, Mar. 17th
                      5:00 p.m.

Bible Study at the church - About SAINTS
Healing Yoga with Karen
Sunday, Mar. 19th
                    9:30 a.m.
                   10:30 a.m.

FEARLESS LOVE - Fearless Church
Coffee and Fellowship -- All Welcome!

Special Bible Study Friday, March 10 at Noon
Mark 2:1-12
"With the eyes of a child"
Fish and Bread Lunch at the Gaunas 
900 Butterfield

Please Remember in Your Prayers

The Ongaro Family, mourning the loss of Phyllis Ongaro, for God's presence and comfort in their bereavement;
Wil Swalberg, 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;
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), 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.
Are you missing something?
Possibly a pair of glasses? The bottom right pair of glasses was found this past week in the compost bin, but we have a collection of other glasses as well. If you're missing any of these items, they will now reside on the Lost and Found shelf in the upstairs admin office.

Your stuff misses you; bring it home soon!
See you on March 17, 24 at 5 p.m.!

Fearless Love - Lenten Series 
Floral art by Flower Guild for Betty Swalberg's Celebration of Life

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?
Imagine a life without fear. . .
Youth Group with a difference this Sunday 3/12! 

Join us in worship, then head downstairs with Hallie to Bev's office to make music after the sermon. 

Sandra is off this Sunday and so we'll adjourn early at 11.

Youth and families are encouraged to attend the CROP walk Sunday                                                             afternoon - see next item.
Walk. Give. Change the world.      

20th Annual Marin Crop Walk to End Hunger

Sunday, March 12 2pm (1:30pm registration) First Presbyterian San Rafael 1510 5th Ave, San Rafael
It's easy, walk just 3 miles with the SHPC team or at whatever pace you like. Bring your kids, your neighbors, your friends, your dog.
Please sponsor our SHPC team or sign up to walk and get people to sponsor you or our team.
To donate to the SHPC team or to one of its team members, you can;
- Donate online by Googling Marin Crop Walk 2017 or go to www.crophungerwalk.org/sanrafaelca
  Once in the website, select "Donate", select "Donate to a team", select Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian team, and follow prompts.
- Donate by giving cash or writing a check to CWS/CROP after Sunday service.  I will gladly take your money off your hands.
The money we raise goes to two local organizations (St Vincent de Paul free dining room and Interfaith Street Chaplaincy) and to Church World Service.  Since the 1940s, Church World Service, through 37 Christian denominations that support it, has been educating, training, and providing food to people around the world to improve their lives. We walk to respond to resource shortages, to protect and provide for our vulnerable, to build sustainable community, and to show solidarity in a time of divisiveness.
To walk with us or for more information, please contact:
 Robin Holway Abu-Aly
Phone: 271-5169 
email: robinhh@yahoo.com 
Food 4 Good - Youth REST Cooking

We had a great time cooking again for the REST Program this past Sunday! Join us next month 04/02/2017  (Sun. 4:00pm - 6:00pm) Please let us know (RSVP by signing up here) if your kids/teens can join us.

Questions? Contact
  Jen or  Judy 

Mexico Mission Informational BBQ was a great success!  Thank you to all!

Thanks to all who helped make the Mexico Mission BBQ a success! Whether it was setting up, cleaning up, bringing food, or being a part of the over 80 teens and adults who showed up, thanks for being a part of this great mission. 

All participants must send the first two forms (intention to participate and application) to Katie  Brendler  at 
shpchurch@comcast.net  by  Sunday, 
March 12th  (include "MM" in the subject line of the e-mail)

Need a copy of the forms or other information? 

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
Garden Work Day
Saturday 3/11 from 9-11 a.m.
New Gardeners are welcome!
Please park on the street - lot is being re-striped- unless you are bringing trucks through

 Gardeners of all ages and experience levels are welcome. 
Questions? Contact
An Invitation to the Congregation from Sasha de Frondeville:

My Senior Recital is Sunday, March 19th at 3 p.m. in the Little Theater at Drake High School.

I would love it if you guys came out. 
This is kind of the culmination of my high school music career, and I would love it if you could come see it.
Updated Report from Clerk of Session - 
Wed. Feb. 15 Meeting and Upcoming Let's Talks about Church Financial Resiliency

New elders Merle and Ahmed were welcomed and Linda was thanked with love and appreciation. All elders were thanked for Annual Report and Annual Meeting. Finance (Doug) reported that the past Finance Elders of the church will be meeting in preparation for at least 2 Let's Talk education sessions about the church's finances, assets, and financial resiliency.  Regular financial reports were reviewed. Steve Derr, manse liaison, presented information pertinent to lease renewal. The Session approved a 3 month extension of the manse lease through August 31, 2017.  (While the Session is the decision making body on leases, including rental amounts, the congregation as a whole meets at a duly noticed congregational meeting for all decisions concerning loans, indebtedness, or sale of property, which would also need to be approved by the Presbytery.)  LMP has requested a sit-down to discuss renewal of the lease, and conveyed their happiness with the church. Dennis, Janel, and Ahmed will represent the Session in initial conversation with LMP about renewal, with consultation from the church Real Estate team (Haden and Merle Ongaro and Steve Derr). Bev and Ahmed (B and G) will be taking inventory of many Building and Grounds needs and making lists for May 7, All Church TLC (formerly known as Work) Day.  Youth program/Family Ministries (Janel) is building now that we have Sandra and a regular schedule.  Youth REST cooking (Jen and Judy) has brought safety problems and inadequacies in the kitchen to our attention and is hoping for a kitchen remodel.  Worship (Jody) reported that attendance has been excellent and the Flower Guild is preparing for Lent and Easter.  Linda and Merle have set the All Church Picnic for April 30 in honor of Arbor Day. Mission (Patti) is seeking a new REST coodinator to replace Shannon, who has served honorably.  Mexico Mission BBQ is 3/5, and Justice Garden kick off 2/26 after church.  Patti has been the catalyst for the first ever Youth Climate Change Summit of Marin, with 8-12 high schools participating.  The event is set for Sat. April 29, and Ethan is working with the youth on a film festival.  Cynthia Scharf will be a key note speaker by Skype from Brussels, Belgium!  Deacons (Kit) will host the Cinco de Mayo feast on 5/7.  Bev will be in AZ 2/22-25 and in Puerto Rico with the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board 3/22-25.  The meeting was opened and closed with prayer.

Finance Team consisting of Doug, Alan, Chris, Peg, and Steve, have met twice and are meeting again this Sunday, 3/12, to gather the best information to bring to the congregation for two upcoming Let's Talk about Church Financial Resiliency sessions, dates TBD, more news coming soon. These will be education and discussion sessions, not decision-making sessions. Please come to Bev or Doug if you have any questions or concerns.
Tiburon church group fosters compassion for migrants 
Marin Independent Journal

Amid immigration concerns in the county and nationwide, a Tiburon church group is keen on inspiring social change to foster compassion for the immigrant community in Marin.  Eighteen adults and teens from the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tiburon last month took a weeklong tour of the U.S.-Mexico border from Tucson, Arizona to Nogales, Mexico. They visited the immigration court and a detention center and hiked through the desert where thousands attempt to cross the border annually.

Rev. Barbara Rowe - a retired pastor at the church who organized the trip with BorderLinks, a tour group - will lead two slideshow presentations on the tour in an effort to raise awareness on immigration issues in the state.

The church has a long history of doing volunteer medical trips to Guatemala and its members have been concerned about immigration issues, she said.
Considering today's political climate, she said, "We are all concerned about the fear and hate that has generated" and that the church group "hopes to open people's hearts and minds."

For Rowe, one of the most compelling moments came during a hike through the desert south of Tucson. There was a Department of Homeland Security helicopter overhead and horse patrols circling the area. A pair of children's shoes, baby bottles and many family photos were abandoned in the sand.
These and other items are emblematic of "the true human tragedy" endured by those attempting to cross the border, she said. "It just makes you think that nobody really wants to leave their homes, and how bad things must be that they do."

To read the rest of the article: Click here
Fresh back from their border trip to the Douglas, AZ/Agua Prieta, Mexico border crossing, League members Barbara Rowe, Linda Jackson and Veda Florez will share their experience at the April membership meeting.  Immigration has been a hot topic for the League's Justice Committee for a year now, and will continue to be so as we learn more about national immigration issues going forward.  You won't want to miss this one.

Marin League of Women Voters on Monday April 3, 11:30-1:30
4340 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael

What is God calling us to do about deportations and immigrant detention?

Let's start with study and prayer.
Watch for upcoming Let's Talks!
Our own Dennis Latta has become part of a team visiting immigrants in detention in Richmond.  Contact Bev if you are interested in joining this team.  
Communities of faith throughout CA are connecting to share info, pool resources, and work together effectively.  Here's a link from that group which is a good starting place:


Carolyn Goodman shares this with the congregation - from our State Senator on an issue dear to SHPC:

Dear Neighbor,
I hope this finds you well!
We're reaching out to you today to talk about a new initiative to fight homelessness in Northern California.
Homelessness, especially the lack of resources for housing and services, is at a crisis point across California - and our North Bay communities have been struggling to meet the need with limited resources and support.

While there is still an incredible amount of work to be done, we have made great strides by securing $2 billion statewide that will be invested in permanent homeless housing, and tens of millions of dollars will flow into Marin County and all throughout Northern California in the years to come.

That's why we're reaching out to you today. Please join us for a Town Hall on Homeless Housing and Services on March 23. You'll hear from leading experts from state and federal agencies along with nonprofit and community leaders about how our communities can rally to address this growing challenge and how communities can secure funding - from the $2 billion - that will become available starting this year.

Date: Thursday, March 23

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: City of San Rafael Council Chambers
1400 5th Avenue in San Rafael

RSVP: Karlene Rebich or (707) 576-2771
Save Room!   Snacks and refreshments will be available

Warm regards,
State Senator Mike McGuire

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.

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: 
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

5th Annual Conference: 
Faith, Farms & Food Access
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2016
Registration begins at 1:00 pm
Conference program is from 1:30 - 7:30 pm
Cost: $45 through March 10th, $55 afterwards

Scholarships available -- no one will be turned away due to lack of funds!
3 or more people from the same congregation will get $15 off each ticket!
Contact us today to learn more about scholarships and group discounts.

Location: First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Register Online By Clicking Here
Presbyterians stand with Jewish community after cemetery vandalism, threats

Incidents in St. Louis and Philadelphia bear similarities to historic violenceby Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE - Vandalism in two Jewish cemeteries in recent weeks has not only caused concern in the Jewish community, but also among interfaith partners working to confront religious-based violence. Members of the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy in St. Louis and the Presbytery of Philadelphia have come alongside Jewish partners to offer support.

Over Presidents' Day weekend 170 headstones were toppled in Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery near St. Louis. The following weekend Philadelphia police discovered 100 headstones toppled in Mount Carmel cemetery. Additionally, over 100 bomb threats have been reported against Jewish Community Centers (JCC) nationwide since the beginning of 2017. The threats have come in bursts concentrated on January 9, January 18, January 31, and February 20. The most recent cluster of threats was called in Monday, February 27, when 31 JCCs and schools were evacuated.

"The presbytery will continue to stand with our Jewish colleagues, offering compassion, peacemaking [and] reconciliation in such a fraught atmosphere," said the Rev. Kevin Porter, Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Philadelphia.
A meeting of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia was already scheduled Monday and the group took the opportunity to hold a press conference decrying the acts of violence. Porter and several Presbyterian pastors were in attendance.

"The message was that when this happens to any faith community, it happens to us all," he said. "It's such an affront to the dignity and the image of God in every human being to desecrate a gravesite. There wasn't much of a need to nuance that message. This is something where we have to be strong, and be unified, against this happening to any of us."

To read the rest of the article, click here.

ACSWP and Foothills Presbytery hold conversations on church's public witness

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. - Teams from the  Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy  (ACSWP) and  Foothills Presbytery  in upstate South Carolina met Saturday, February 18 through Tuesday, February 21. The two groups gathered to discuss differences of opinion on how the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) should make known its Christian social witness.

Planning for the meeting began at General Assembly 222 (2016) in Portland, Oregon, when one of Foothills Presbytery's nine overtures proposed that ACSWP impose a moratorium on providing reports and guidance to the General Assembly. Rather, Foothills Presbytery wanted ACSWP to focus its efforts on educating Presbyterians about policies and theological convictions already affirmed, and on encouraging conversations among members, including those who disagree with General Assembly policies.

While the General Assembly didn't adopt any Foothills Presbytery's overtures, it did call on PC(USA) congregations to recommit to a biblical witness focused on values of unity, community, diversity and transformation upon which the presbytery based its series of overtures. The General Assembly reaffirmed the denomination's foundational commitment to social justice and social witness. The Assembly also appointed one member of Foothills' "General Assembly Reform" team, Debbie Foster, to the  Vision 2020 Committee.

Following a discussion of the timeliness of complex overtures and the limited time allocated to discussion and discernment by Assembly committees, ACSWP representatives agreed with the Foothills group that greater engagement with "the people in the pew" is required to educate members on the church's social teachings. The ACSWP representatives differed with Foothills' team on matters of polity and practicality, while Foothills made a several part case for a more focused General Assembly and other changes in social witness (and other matters) in the presbyteries.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

What a blast to have a surprise visit from ZE faculty member Rev. Dr. Janie Spahr on Fat Sunday!

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:

From Friend of the Church
Children's Author Jeanne Walker Harvey

I'll be reading my book,
Sunday March 12 at
11 a.m. 

I'll be sitting in a rocking chair at the back of the store in front of the windows looking out at the boats and Richardson Bay.  It will be a short presentation, just a reading of the book by me - no powerpoint :).  
I think it'd be wonderful to introduce people to the new Book Passage store which is really quite special and which I hope will succeed in our community!

I plan to have coconut cupcakes, Hawaiian-type punch, decorations, and no purchase necessary give-aways (via a drawing) of monk seal stuffies and autographed/personalized HONEY GIRL books for a teacher or school librarian of the child's choice. 
Thanks so much for your support, as always!

Jeanne Walker Harvey
Children's Picture Book Author

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