The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Kindness, and Caring Community
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
October 27, 2016
The Fruit of the Spirit:
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control
     This Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we gather to celebrate the fruit of the Spirit in the community we are building.  We rejoice in the love of God that we experience here at church!  Jesus promised us that we would never be alone, and the gift of the Holy Spirit is our constant companion, guide, and energy source.  We flourish in community when we experience the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  What could be better?  
In This Issue
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Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev 

Only 12 more days until this momentous presidential election, and like a lot of you, I am praying for our country to weather this peacefully and make the best choice for our children's future.  

We have a lot of work to do as a nation.  Here at church we spend time with our children every Sunday talking about following Jesus' teaching of respect and dignity for all people.  We practice kindness, compassion, speaking the truth in love, hospitality, peacemaking, care for the planet, and service to others. We may seem far from the national norm, but o ur nation needs these values to get back on track. The world needs these values.  

If you're feeling discouraged or distressed, come see me.  We'll have a cup of tea and talk about the life-affirming work we are doing here at church.  We'll brainstorm and put our God-given creative energy to work figuring out more ways to build up the community and the world.  God will be with us!  Together, we are hope-bringers to the world! 

In peace,

October/November Calendar
Friday, October 28th

Bible Study with Pastor Bev

Sunday, October 30th
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Monday, October 31
              5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Season of Stewardship 
The Fruit of the Spirit
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!

Hot cider, popcorn, and rest(rooms) 
Wednesday, November 2nd
                   6:30 p.m.
                   7:30 p.m.


Holiday Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers rehearse
Friday, November 4th

BIBLE STUDY with Pastor Bev
Sunday, November 6th
                   9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.

Eldridge String Quartet
Harvest Feast
Wednesday, November 9th
                   6:30 p.m.
                   7:30 p.m.


Holiday Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers rehearse
Friday, November 11th

BIBLE STUDY with Pastor Bev
Sunday, November 13th
                   9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Rev. Bentley Stewart
Neuroplasticity: the Renewing of Our Minds 
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Wednesday, November 16th
                   6:30 p.m.
                   7:30 p.m.

Holiday Hand Chimes
SHPC Singers rehearse
Friday, November 18th

BIBLE STUDY with Pastor Bev
Sunday, November 20th
                   9:30 a.m.
                 10:30 a.m.

Gratitude Sunday
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Celebration of Stewardship 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016
9:30 a.m.

Eldridge String Quartet

Offering of Pledge Cards 

and ANNUAL HARVEST FEAST hosted by the Deacons 
immediately following the service

Harvest Feast Hosted by Our Deacons

Join our church family and friends
For a traditional Thanksgiving Supper
Immediately after church on November 6th
The Deacons will supply
the main course, and will be contacting you
regarding help with the sides.
Come one and all! Invite your friends and family!
Bible Study - Friday, October 28th -  Noon with Pastor Bev
John 14:15-27 and Galatians 5:22-26

Please Remember in Your Prayers

The family and friends of Chancellor and Lancelot Argall and Chance Maurer, killed in a car accident on Sir Francis Drake last week, for constant support, love, and comfort in their grief;
Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease, and for God's abiding presence, comfort, and love;
Caretakers, caring for parents, seniors, sick loved ones, may they feel God's love and hope, and be filled with the energy of the Spirit;
The refugees and displaced, almost 1 out of 100 people in the world today, for safety, homes, and the basics of life;
Our country, for a national discourse of respect and dignity for all;
Steve Derr's Father, for recovery from stroke, and God's presence, and for the family, God's comfort;
Ryan Burk s, son of  Warren and Jackie Burks, for healing, and for strength and hope for his family;
Praying Hands
Carolyn O'Hara, mother of Laurie, for God's comfort, companionship, and strength, and healing;
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy for continued strength in companioning her;
Betty Swalberg, for God's presence and peace, and  Wil Swalberg, for God's comfort and community support;
Paul Lambert's Mom, blessed assurance of God's constant presence; 
The PC(USA), as it discerns and follows God's call to be a Matthew 25 church, and its new Co-Moderators, Revs. Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston, and Stated Clerk, Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson;
Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;
Rev. Kate Taber, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in East Jerusalem;
The world's poor, all who suffer from disruptive climate change, and our planet;
Our church community, keep us faithful to the love and justice of Jesus, strong in our commitment to the church, and make us hope-bringers to the world.

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.
Our Sunday Morning Children's Program in the Garden

Sandra Ikeora to Join SHPC
as Youth Director Nov. 6th!

Family Ministries is delighed to announce that Sandra, a student-athlete at Dominican University of California, will be joining SHPC as Youth Director starting on November 6th. We will settle into a schedule of 2nd and 4th Sundays after that, with a fun outing or service project once a month.  Including a field trip to Dominican to see her play!

Join us Nov. 6th in welcoming her! 

A day full of action you won't want to miss!

REST Youth Cooking Program at SHPC Seeking Kitchen Items
Too many extra items in your kitchen? Looking to reduce what you have? The SHPC Youth Cooking Program is currently seeking kitchen item donations for use in preparing soup and breads for REST. Donations can be made to the Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church the next three Sundays or by contacting Jennifer Gauna at 415.748.1831 or
  • ●   Blenders  ●   Food processors  ●   Ladles  ●   Kitchen cook knives
  • ●   Paring knives  ●   Cutting boards  ●   Stock pots  ●   Slow cookers, 2
  • ●   Small glass mason jars  Mesh strainers  Spatulas  12-inch kitchen wooden spoons  Graters, peelers or slicers  Saute pans 18qt Storage containers with lids, 2   Hot pads  Kitchen scissors 
  • Muffin tins

Time to Volunteer For The REST Program

About REST
REST (Rotating Emergency Shelter) provides dinner, dignity, and a safe place to sleep for our unhoused neighbors from November to April.  SHPC is one of 17 participating faith communities, and donations to our Justice Garden contribute to our REST food and supplies. 
- Our Men's evening takes place at St. Rita's Church in Fairfax on THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH.  We typically serve 30 people (23 guests & staff, plus our volunteers). 
- Our Women's evening takes place at the county's Health & Wellness Campus in San Rafael on THE SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH.  We prepare to serve up to 26 people (20 guests & staff, plus our volunteers).  

Sign-Up and More Info
To read more information about REST and to sign-up online, please click on this link: 

SHPC  will continue to organize Middle and High School students to contribute to REST -- this year youth will prepare soup and bread for our REST guests.  For more info, contact Jennifer Gauna at

If you have questions, please contact Shannon Mong at (phone is 415-279-2402).  
In advance - thanks for your support of this year's REST evenings!

Calling Short School Volunteers!  It takes a village!

     Join Jody Brockett, Merle Ongaro, and Ann Pope in enriching the afternoons of students at the Short School and you will be building a kinder, more just and peaceful world.  

Contact  Patti  or  Bev 
Jody, Merle, and Guillermo
The joy of watercolor
Cook's Cozy Corner   

     Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic response to the pepper jam last Sunday. It is a traditional (very) late summer activity for me, when the peppers in the market are big and beautiful. The recipe goes way back (I have a typewritten recipe in my file from the '50's).  It has evolved some over the 25 or so years that I've been making it to eliminate food coloring, include the apples (for set) and habaneros (it is a pepper that has just the right kind of heat for this jam, and I strongly recommend it), and adjust the sugar/vinegar balance. It's been tweaked quite a lot to get it to this point, which means that if you make it a few times you get to do your own tweaking to get it to your taste. 

    • 3 1/2# ripe red peppers, stemmed and seeded
    • 3 Habanero peppers, stemmed, not seeded (you can also use other hot peppers or even hot chili flakes, but heat may vary!)
    • 3 c. apple or quince puree; that's about 1 3/4# apples
    • 1 T salt
    • 3/4 c. lemon juice
    • 2 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  1. In a food processor, puree apples in lemon juice, then puree peppers in combination with other ingredients.  Mix thoroughly.
  2. Make according to method on pectin insert, using:
    • 1 pkg. + 3 T Sure-Gel "low sugar" pectin
    • 12 c. pepper/apple mixture (if this recipe produces more or less volume than this, adjust the amount of pectin and sugar proportionally)
    • 6 1/2 c. cane sugar
    • I suggest cooking the apple/pepper mix for a few minutes before adding the sugar, in order to release pectin from the apples.
Yields about 3 1/2 qts.

This will produce a medium firm set.  For a firmer set, use 2 whole pkg. Sure-Gel.

You can scale up the amounts to make bigger batches, but don't cook the jam in batches larger than about 12 cups, or it may not set properly.
Jars & lids should be processed in boiling water before using, but do not need to be processed after filling if they are filled and capped quickly. 

--Michael Durphy

 Session Report
From Dennis Latta, Clerk of Session
October 12, 2016 Monthly Meeting

Finance - Doug Eisinger - Review of monthly financial reports, year-end projections,
introduction re 2017 budgeting process,
pledge drive overview, solar fund update

House and Grounds - Doug for Fred Morfit- Door project on hold pending further financial review

Family Ministries - Janel Stewart - report on Sept. 18 meeting with families and youth, youth leader interview scheduled for Sunday, Halloween Open House 5-8 p.m.

Mission - Patti Vance - Justice Garden update

Membership Nurture - Linda Peltzman - card ministry and pastoral care

Worship - Jody Brockett - Attendance report, Advent planning, Flower Guild update

Deacon Moderator report - Kit Argilla - Harvest Feast set for Nov. 6 

Clerk and Moderator Reports - Adoption of parking lot use policy.

Take Action To End Family Detention
Take Action to End Family Detention
Tell the Obama Administration to Act Now!
Faith leaders, including the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and human rights activists are celebrating a  report released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) that could end the detention of families seeking asylum in the United States.

The committee was established in June 2015 to review DHS family detention centers and give advice and recommendations to the department about the operation of these facilities.

"Jesus said, 'Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.' In saying this, he acknowledged the deep connection between children's health and the context in which they live," said the Reverend Dr. J. Hebert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA). "This report affirms what we have known for a long time, that families and children seeking safety in the U.S. should not be imprisoned. Prisons are not healthy communities for children." 

In 2014 families began arriving at the U.S southern border in numbers never seen before. These families from Central America, overwhelmingly meeting the initial legal standard for seeking asylum, believed they would receive protection in the U.S. The U.S. government, while acknowledging that this was a humanitarian crisis, reacted by creating three new prisons, two of which are privately run, to house families seeking asylum and other forms of immigration protection.

The PC(USA) has been in the center of this crisis from the beginning. Congregations in Texas organized and serve as Christ's hands and feet by visiting families in detention and, when released, meeting them at the bus station to provide for their basic needs as they journey to their next destination. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been walking alongside emerging outreach ministries, like the one in Texas, providing resources and guidance. The denomination's Office of the General Assembly visited two facilities in May of 2015 and created a  film and resources to inform Presbyterians about this practice and how to advocate for an end to family detention.

The ACFRC  report and it's recommendation to end family detention inspires hope for asylum-seeking families and the faith and community leaders who have advocated for their human rights, but it is up to the Obama Administration to act upon the recommendations. 


SHPC's Team is Getting Ready to Visit Immigrants in Detention

It's not too late to join the team to end the isolation and bring hope to the West County Detention Center in Richmond on Friday afternoons! Let Pastor Bev know if you are interested.  Spanish and French a plus.
Those who have signed up should have heard from Rebecca Merton with the required forms and info - please let Bev know if you have not.
And thank you for your courage and compassion!

Presbyterian Church apologizes at AFN for boarding school abuses

FAIRBANKS - For the first time, a church organization has apologized to the Alaska Federation of Natives for its treatment of Native people and especially for abuses in boarding schools. 
T he Presbyterian Church's national General Assembly agreed in June, at the prompting of Alaskans, to issue an apology to all Native Americans abused, mistreated or diminished through church schools and boarding schools or otherwise.

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 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: 

OCTOBER: Nancy & Frankie's Parish
NOVEMBER: Nance's Parish
Sign up now and keep the hospitality
Don't be shy, Greeting is a Treat!
We are in need of greeters to sign up through the signup genius website. 

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
Some People Wear a Mask and a Costume All Year Long

Isn't "pretend" fun?
Next Monday night, we'll probably see a little Batman, Anna from "Frozen", Spiderman, Wonder Woman, possibly a pirate, a witch and maybe even a bumble bee? It's always such fun this time of year to watch grown ups and children pretend to be someone they're not.
However, some people masquerade as someone they're not all the time. And, I can assure you, in real life, that's not fun.
Life and relationships have a way of changing people, shaping them, and altering them. It happens to all of us. It's important to remember that the "Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart" (I Samuel 16:7).
If your circumstances have caused you to hide behind a mask or act like a person you really aren't, I might suggest you take a step back and reflect on who you really are. Deep down you know who that is. And, deep down you know what's preventing you from connecting with that person. 
Sometimes one's morphing has taken a long time to take hold, but in your heart, you know the person being seen by others isn't really "you". It's someone altered, made up, it's pretend, and a reflection of something that has evolved over time. Our worth and value lies not in how others see us - but in how God sees us.
"You are the light of the world" ; "The salt of the earth"; "More than conquerors" ; "You are an heir" ... these phrases are just the beginning of how God sees us. In order to truly be the things God wants you to be ... you really have to be "you". The "you" God created and intended you to be.
Some thoughts to carry with you this week ... eradicate the roadblocks that are keeping you from being "you", align your radar with God's view of "you",  feel good about yourself, and reach out to someone struggling and hiding behind a self-imposed mask and tell them you like them "just the way they are".
Now for my costume for Monday ... so far it's a toss up between Zorro and Buzz Lightyear (Toy Story). Happy Halloween and remember the best mask is the one that's only on temporarily.
Your friend ... Paul

Paul Lambert is a member of SHPC who travels extensively for his career as a producer of Broadway-bound musicals.  He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute who studies the Bible daily and attends our Bible Study whenever he's in town. He posts this blog each week no matter where he is, to the delight and comfort of many.  SHPC thanks you, Paul.
Fall 2016 Speaker Series 

To learn more about the Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative, talk to Pastor Bev, who is serving on the Steering Committee as Faith Community Representative.  

Cannabis Brochure for Marin

Visionary Marin 2016
Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 6-8:30pm
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto

The Marin Interfaith Council's 11th annual Visionary Marin will honor Abbess Schroeder and Bishop Johnathan Logan, for their decades of community service. Read More Here
Reception * Culinary Delights * Drawing * Silent Auction * Music 

One reservation = $90, Two reservations = $160, Ten reservations = $750  

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
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