Redwoods Presbyterian Church

110 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, California 94939 – (415) 924-4832

Welcome!

Redwoods Presbyterian Church, located in the city of Larkspur in Marin County, affirms Christianity that is open, inviting, inclusive and caring. We have served this area for 115 years and value ministries and missions of peace and justice.

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We encourage you to visit and join us as we build ministry in this beautiful corner of God’s globe. Welcome to Redwoods Presbyterian Church!

Rev. Cornel Barnett, D.Min., Pastor and
Rev. Stephanie Ryder — Pastoral Associate & Music Director

Redwoods Presbyterian Church is committed to …

Welcoming all people,
Following Jesus Christ and his ministry of compassion,
Participatory worship services,
Offering stimulating adult and child programs and education,
Communal gatherings and celebrations, and
Caring for one another and the world beyond our doors.
 
 

Get the LOG Online

Click on the link below to check out the latest edition of the Redwoods LOG, full of info about what is happening at Redwoods.

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Redwoods currently provides the LOG to its readership in up to three formats, i.e., via print, email and online. If you have a strong preference for one format over the others, for example, if you would prefer to read the LOG online or via email and do not need or want a print copy mailed to you, please be sure to inform the Redwoods office of your preference.

Compassionate Kids

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Would you like your child to develop thoughtful values, a sense of caring, and personal responsibility and reflection? Compassionate Kids is a successful after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 6th grade. Through Bible stories, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy.

Compassionate Kids now meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm. Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 or office@redwoodspres.org for information. For more detailed information, see the item under “Special Events and Announcements” below or go directly to the Compassionate Kids page on this website by clicking on “Compassionate Kids” at the top of this page or to the right on this page under “Pages.”

Rev. Barnett Announces His Retirement

At the April 19 meeting of the Redwoods Presbyterian Church Session, Rev. Cornel Barnett, D.Min. announced his retirement from fulltime ministry and his current position as pastor of Redwoods as of August 31, 2016. The next day, Rev. Barnett sent a letter (to view, click on the link below) to all Redwoods members and friends and on Sunday, April 24, he also made an announcement at the 10 am Sunday worship service. Rev. Barnett emphasized that he is confident that the Redwoods congregation “will embrace the new and move strongly forward into the future that God has for you.”

04.20.16 Retirement Letter

New Members

Webb Family
Please welcome new members Nicole and Bryan Webb and daughter Lillian.

 

 

 

 

Christ is Risen indeed!At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, April 24, Rev. Cornel Barnett, D.Min. offered a sermon, “Postlude – Part I.” If you would like to see a copy of this sermon, please click on the link below.

04.24.16 Postlude – Part I

If you would like to see any past sermons, please click on the Sermons page.

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Special Events and Announcements

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Stephanie Ryder 3Compassionate Kids – January 2016 Compassionate Kids, Redwoods’ successful one-hour after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 6th grade will begin a new session in April with a new community service project. Through Bible stories, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy. Contact Rev. Meeting dates are 3:30 pm on Wednesdays, April 27; May 4, 11, 18 & 25 and June 1 & 8 with optional participation in a concert on June 12. Stephanie Ryder at 415-992-2411, stephryder1@gmail.com , office@redwoodspres.org or see the Compassionate Kids page on this website for more info.

Scout Sunday
Redwoods Presbyterian Church is the charter organization for Pack 43. On May 1, we will celebrate our annual Scout Sunday with Pack 43’s participation in our worship service. They will offer us a processional and recessional color guard and a recitation of the Cub Scout prayer. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.

Dinner and Movie Night
Please join us for a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Friday, May 13, at 6 pm in Fellowship Hall. The movie, Brooklyn, will be shown following dinner in the library. For those not familiar with the movie, it is about a young Irish immigrant woman in the 1950s and is a delightful story. A sign-up sheet is in Fellowship Hall.

Join the Choir!
The Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7 pm and on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am. The Bell Choir is rehearses on Tuesdays at 9 am. If you are interested in joining the choir or bell choir, please see Music Director Rev. Stephanie Ryder. All are welcome!

Bible Study
Facilitator Rev. Stephanie Ryder and the Bible Study group meet on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. All are invited and will be warmly welcomed to join in!

Brochure
Feel free to take one or more of the copies of Redwoods’ brochure available in the narthex and church office. For more information about any of the above events or others, please contact Rev. Barnett after the service, at 924-4832, or see www.redwoodspres.org. All are welcome at any church event.

Worship and Events – April 25-May 31

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Please join the congregation in the following services, events and activities. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, April 19
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm Session Meeting

Wednesday, April 20, LOG Deadline
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Thursday, April 21
7:30 Choir

Sunday, April 24
9:15 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship

Tuesday, April 26
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Wednesday, April 27
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Thursday, April 28, LOG Mailing
7:30 Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 1, Scout Sunday
9:15 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Deacons Meeting
11:15 am Mission Outreach Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 3
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Wednesday, May 4
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Thursday, May 5
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 8
9:15 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship, Holy Communion
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am WorshipC/E Committee Meeting
12:00 pm Mill Street Meal Delivery

Tuesday, May 10
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am Bible Study

Wednesday, May 11
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Thursday, May 12
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 15
9:15 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship, Birthday Sunday
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Membership/Fellowship Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 17
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm Session Meeting

Wednesday, May 18, LOG Deadline
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Thursday, May 19
7:30 Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, May 21
9:30 pm Saturday Breakfast

Sunday, May 22
9:15 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship

Tuesday, May 24
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am Bible Study

Wednesday, May 25
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Thursday, May 26, LOG Mailing
7:30 Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, May 29
9:15 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship

Tuesday, May 31
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am Bible Study

Holy Communion
Holy Communion is offered the first Sunday of the month unless otherwise indicated.

Time for the Younger Church/Sunday School/Youth Group
Time with the Younger Church
Sunday school begins at 10:15 am after the “Time for the Younger Church” portion of the worship service. Children leave to their own playroom, where they enjoy a story, prayer, related activity and play. They bring home a handout that summarizing the story they heard with discussion ideas for parents. At special times during the year, the youth meet during worship to develop a skit that is performed during worship.

Birthday Sunday
On the third Sunday of each month, Redwoods offers a birthday blessing to those in worship who have a birthday during the month. In addition, those who have indicated their birthday to the church office (924-4832 or office@redwoodspres.org) are offered a birthday blessing in the monthly bulletin, the LOG, and here on the church website. Please wish a Happy Birthday on May 2 to Georgene Gmahling and on May 7 to Patrick Little (’95)
Fellowship
Each Sunday after the 10 am worship service, a group gathers in Fellowship Hall for coffee, tea and light refreshments. The church also regularly celebrates special events in the life of the church at this time.

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A Warm Welcome from Redwoods Groups

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All the groups at Redwoods warmly encourage new members. Please consider joining one or more of the following groups. Please note that most groups take a sabbatical during the summer months.

Choir
During the fall, winter and spring months, the choir practices before Sunday worship at 9:15 am and on 7:30 on Thursdays. In the summer, practices are posted in the LOG and online. If you like to sing, you are warmly welcomed to join the choir and sing some wonderful music. If interested in the choir, please contact Pastoral Associate Stephanie Ryder.

Bell Choir
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The bell choir practices at 9:00 am on Tuesdays with a summer sabbatical. If you are interested in the bell choir, please contact Pastoral Associate Rev. Stephanie Ryder.

Bible Study
Bible Study meets weekly at 10:30 am on Tuesdays during the fall, winter and spring months and takes a sabbatical in the summer. The group warmly welcomes new members. Please feel free to come to any Bible Study meeting in the fall or if you would like more information, please contact Pastoral Associate Rev. Stephanie Ryder.

Saturday Breakfast
The Saturday Breakfast offers a half hour potluck breakfast and socializing at 9:30 am before an educational program at 10 am, usually on the third Saturday of the month, except during the summer months. All newcomers are warmly welcomed. For more information about the group or its upcoming programs, please contact Chair Nancy Rademacher.

Mill Street
On the second Sunday of each month year-round, Redwoods offers a meal to the 55 residents of the Mill Street Center, a homeless shelter in San Rafael. A signup sheet in Fellowship Hall indicates contributions needed, including milk, juice, fruit, canned goods, other staples and casseroles. The Mill Street residents are very grateful for the support. Please give as generously as you are able.

Session, Deacons and Committees
Meetings of church governing bodies—officers and committees—are open to members of the congregation. Officers take a summer sabbatical in July. Here is a list of upcoming governing body meetings:

The Finance Committee (Jan Salas) will next meet on the call of the chair.

The Facilities Committee (Clay Wiens) will next meet on the call of the chair.

The Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, May 1.

The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am pm on Sunday, May 1.

The Worship/Christian Education Committee (Suellen Barnett) will next meet on Sunday, May 8.

The Membership/Fellowship Committee (Rademacher) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, May 15.

The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 7 pm, Tuesday, May 17.

If you would like more information about a group, or would like to sit in on a meeting, please contact the group chair indicated in parenthesis.

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Ongoing Requests

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Do you like to take photos? Redwoods would like to update its website with new photos of church activities. If you would be interested in taking photos during a few church activities or if you have one or more photos of recent church activities that you would let us use for the website, please contact the Rev. Cornel Barnett or office administrator Mari Robinson at 924-4832 or office@redwoodspres.org.

Spiritual Direction
Interested in spiritual practices like meditation and contemplation and how they can help you? See The Rev. Cornel Barnett’s new and updated “Spiritual Practices” at on this site for easy-to-follow and step-by-step directions for practice. Please also feel free to speak to The Rev. Barnett personally about guidance for your spiritual practices.

Marin Food Bank
Redwoods sponsors a Marin Food Bank barrel in Fellowship Hall that is used to collect nonperishable food items for distribution to the hungry in Marin. Thank you to church members for your continuing contributions to the barrel and thank you to members of the community who donate to the Marin Food Bank through the Redwoods barrel. Also, the Marin Food Bank continues to need donations of brown paper bags. The bags are used to distribute the food donations. You may leave brown paper bags in the barrel or in the Redwoods kitchen.

Per Capita
A 2016 per capita of $30 is due to the Presbytery from Redwoods for each of its members. We would appreciate your contributions as soon as possible.

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