Spiritual Journey
The Labyrinth at the San Francisco Theological Seminary

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
September 15, 2016
September Series Continues- Location, Location, Location
Healing and Wholeness
Have you ever been laid up with an illness or injury that kept you in bed or shut in?  Have you or has someone you love struggled with depression or substance abuse?  Is it safe to be real about such struggles? Being unwell in body-mind-spirit for more than a short time can isolate folks. This Sunday, September 18, 2016, at 9:30 a.m., we'll explore healing and wholeness in Jesus' time and today, and continue to explore our church's call to locate ourselves with those who are struggling. Our text is Matthew 25.  The SHPC Singers have something special for us!
In This Issue
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A Note From 
Pastor Bev 
Last Sunday at church, the children wrote out some of their questions about God, the Bible, and life. They are great questions! We will be talking about all of them together in church in the coming weeks. 

A few examples:

Who is God?
Why did God make people?
How does God watch over everyone at once?
Why does God let bad things happen?
What does heaven look like?
How does food get delivered to the refugee camps?

Church is a wonderful place to have conversations about God and life, joy and sorrow, ethics and values, purpose and meaning, and how to get food to the folks who need it most.  Our young people are hungry and thirsty for satisfying answers.  Let's talk!

With enthusiasm,

September/October Calendar
Friday, September 16th

Bible Study Field Trip to SFTS Montgomery Chapel for Pastor Bev's sermon
Sunday, September 18th
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

Where are We Located?  and Cents-ability
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Wednesday, September 21st
7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - come join us!
Friday, September 23rd

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, September 25th
9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

Where does Jesus Wants His Church To Be?
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome!
Let's Talk - Visiting the Prisoner
Wednesday, September 28th
7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers rehearse - come join us!
Friday, September 30th 

Bible Study with Pastor Bev
Sunday, October 2nd
9:30 a.m.

10:30 a.m. 

featuring African Beats 
Coffee and Fellowship -- All are Welcome! 

Field Trip for Bible Study - Friday, September 16th
Meet Pastor Bev @ SFTS at Noon!

Everyone is invited to join Pastor Bev this Friday, September 16, at the San Francisco Theological Seminary Montgomery Chapel at noon. The service runs from 12:05-12:30 p.m. 

Refer to the map to the right for directions. You can also get directions by inputting "Montgomery Memorial Chapel," located on Bolinas Ave in San Anselmo, CA.  

Please Remember in Your Prayers

All those who are struggling with illness of body/mind/spirit, and for the people who love them;
Our seniors, especially those struggling, and their loved ones and caretakers;
Our country, for a national discourse of respect and dignity for all;
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;
Kelsey Lopin, for healing and full recovery from complications of Lyme disease;
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, and all who suffer from disruptive climate change;
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.
Calling Kids and Youth of All Ages AND THEIR PARENTS  
SUNDAY, SEPT. 18 - 10:30 a.m.


  • Sunday Sept 18  after service (10:30ish) - Let's ALL gather -
  • Janel and Pastor Bev want to hear from YOU about how the church can best serve your families in this action-packed time of life.

    This is is a shout out to send us updates about what your kids (all ages) are doing/have done in school, sports, drama, life.  Share with the SHPC Community so we can cheer them on in the stands or even just a high five from the pews! 
    Submit here: http://tinyurl.com/SHPC-KidsInAction 
  • Calling all REST Program Volunteers 
    Please Take the Brief REST Survey
    Please complete by 9/18

    Before embarking on another year of service to the men and women of the unhoused community, we'd like to assess the person power that SHPC can bring to REST this year. We're requesting former and potential volunteers to complete a brief (10-15 min) survey to gauge the level of interest (and commitment) for the program this season (Nov-May).
    Please complete this online survey by 9/18 (Sunday):
    Your responses will guide our decisions regarding this year's program.
    With deep appreciation for YOU!
    Shannon Mong
    Volunteer Coordinator, SHPC REST
    Come harvest at church Fridays at 8 a.m. and help with the Farmstand (at the corner of Butterfield and Green Valley Court) Saturdays from 8 a.m until noon while our tomatoes last. 
    Photos courtesy of James Baigrie 


    Calling Garden, Farm Stand, and Short School Volunteers!

    Find your bliss in our gorgeous Justice Garden, harvesting, or at the weekly Farm Stand! 
    We need volunteers to harvest on Friday, bring the produce and set up on Butterfield on Saturday, and be our staff at the stand, making great contacts with the community!  Saturday shifts run 8-10 or 10-noon.

    or Sign-up through SignUp.com

    Let Patti or Bev know if you would like to join the team to volunteer at Short School in San Rafael this fall after school weekly for a month.

    Marin Food Bank thanks SHPC, and SHPC
    Patti, Peg, and Jody for taking our bounty of tomatoes to feed the hungry.


    Monday, September 19
    7:00 - 9:00 pm
    Angelico Hall, Dominican University, San Rafael
    Congressman Jared Huffman  
    'Risky Business' author Kate Gordon  
    Carbon Pricing expert Michael Wara
    Moderated by NextGen Climate COO & Novato Councilman
    Josh Fryday
    Tickets at


    Let's Talk about Visiting Immigrants in Detention

    At  Let's Talk  last Sunday, we viewed an educational, revealing, moving 20 minute film from the PC(USA) about the warehousing of immigrants for profit in the USA called Locked In A Box and the life-saving difference visitation makes.

    We encourage you to click here to view the trailer as well as the PC(USA) article describing more in depth. 

    Trailer for
    Trailer for "Locked in a Box"

    Many immigrants sit in cells without visitors for years.

    If you or a reliable, trusted family member, friend, colleague, can be available Fridays between 1 - 3 p.m. twice a month, consider joining the visitation team now being organized and trained by Nick Castro, CIVIC (Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement) coordinator
     (photo below)

    It is especially helpful if you can speak Spanish AND/OR French, but it is OKAY if not. 

    The West County Detention Facility is located at 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA 94806.

    Reference the map below for the route to take, which takes between 35-50 min when leaving on a Friday at 12 p.m. 

    Fall 2016 Speaker Series 

    Please see below and attached for information on the Fall Speaker Series events brought to you by our Ross Valley Healthy Community Collaborative.  We have put together four events featuring highly regarded speakers in each respective area and I strongly encourage you to attend these presentations/discussions.   They are open to all members of our community and we encourage parents with younger children to attend as well - it won't be long before you are facing the challenges associated with the topics referenced below and now is a good time for all of us to get educated and prepared.

    6th Annual Youth Gleaning
    and work projects for Green Gulch Farm

    Sunday, September 25, 2016
    Green Gulch Farm 
    1601 Shoreline Hwy, Muir Beach, CA 94965
    This is a youth event (primary grades 6-12) 
    See what a broccoli plant looks like. Learn about our food system. Hear about how the fields are connected to Buddhism and other faith traditions and get your hands dirty in the soil.  We will be gleaning and doing other work projects on the farm. Long pants, socks and close toed shoes are recommended.
     Remember sunscreen & water.
    or 415-456-6957
     by Wed, Sept. 21st
    Last Chance for Sentencing Reform: Call Now!
    Last Chance for Sentencing Reform
    Call your Representatives Now!
    Congress returned to Washington on Tuesday
    . The next 36 HOURS are key to making sure politics doesn't stop justice for the millions living under mass incarceration.
    Congress can enact meaningful criminal justice reform later this month before they leave again for the campaign trail. It WILL NOT  happen if politics get in the way.
    These bills move us away from a system of retribution to a system of redemption. The Speaker and a bipartisan group of legislators would like to bring a package to the floor later this month: the Sentencing Reform Act H.R.3713, the Recidivism Risk Reduction Act H.R.759, and the Second Chance Act H.R.3406.
    Call your Representative and urge them to bring sentencing reform to the House floor later this month!!
    There is agreement that our criminal justice system does not work, breaks families and communities, and costs the taxpayer far too much! If these vital reforms come to the floor we would see meaningful change in the lives of thousands-and set the tone to help millions in the future! This is about racial justice, fairness, and creating change in the lives of thousands.
    Call your Representative TODAY and urge them to bring Sentencing Reform to the House floor!
    United States Capitol switchboard (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the House office you request.
    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.  

    He's been having a few problems with his telephone, so try 415-454-5575 if you don't get through on 415-454-8303.

    Or grab him at church!  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: 

    SEPTEMBER: Robin's Parish

    Sign up now and keep the hospitality going!
    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
    Complaining is Draining
    Grumbling, criticizing, and anguishing takes our focus off so many good things. I complain and I'm sure you do, too. But after thinking about it and reading about it, I am going to try to reduce it. Complaining feels good, but it isn't good for us.
    When I hear someone say something that might trigger me complaining, I am going to step back, pause, and try to react differently. I am going to attempt to redirect the conversation. You can't ignore what a person says, but you change the way you react to it and avoid feeding into their negativity.
    Possible lines you can use are, "It sounds like you and he have something to talk about" - or - "That's terrible, I don't know how you deal with it" - or - "Oh, it can't be that bad" - or possibly, "Do you want my opinion?"
    I have learned that complaining regularly raises one's blood pressure, blood sugar and actually releases "cortisol" which shifts your personality into a fight or defensive mode. It usually causes additional stress and fatigue too. So complain less and you'll feel better.
    The Bible says "A joyful heart is good medicine" (Proverbs 17:22); "Do all things without grumbling or questioning" (Philippians 2:14); "Let no corrupt talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion that may give grace to those who hear." (Ephesians 4:29).
    Let's all try to snap out of complaining in the weeks ahead. Be more positive, because complaining is draining. I'm already much happier after even a few days of less complaining. Let's remember that old saying, "Instead of complaining that the rose bush is "full of thorns," be happy the thorn bush is "full of roses." Onward.
    Hope you're having a great week ... from LA ... your friend,

    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.
    Foster Parent Outreach

    Become a Resource Family
    1. Attend Orientation
    Learn about the process of becoming a resource parent at one of our monthly
    orientations with a social worker and an experienced resource parent.

    Orientation Calendar 2016
    September 22 | October 18

    7-8:30pm at 3240 Kerner Blvd, Room 110, San Rafael
    November 17 | December 8
    7-8:30pm at 3250 Kerner Blvd, Room 107, San Rafael

    2. Apply
    Complete an application and background check.

    3. Complete Training
    Complete a training course and become CPR/First Aid certified.

    4. Get Approved
    Work closely with a social worker during a 60-90 day approval process. There  will be interviews with family members and a home safety inspection. The  interviews help make matches between a family's strengths and children's  needs.  Become a Resource Family

    Resource Family Orientation
    Learn about fostering opportunities!

    July 26 | August 31

    7-8:30 pm
    3240 Kerner Blvd. Rm 110
    San Rafael 94901
    Questions? (415) 473-2200

    Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
    100 Tarry Road
    San Anselmo, CA  94960
    Sophia De Quattro,  Editor
    E-mail us at shpchurch@comcast.net or call us at 415-453-8221