Redwoods Presbyterian Church

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


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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Compassionate Kids meets on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 pm and will begin again on September 11. Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 or for information about the next session. 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.”


Kitty Prosser Memorial Service

The service for our beloved longtime active member Kitty Prosser, also a steadfast longtime community leader, was held on October 24 with overflowing attendance. Our sympathies go out to Kitty’s family and friends who will miss her indefatigable spirit!
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Blessing of the Animals Service!

Enjoy these photos of pets of our members and friends who received blessings at the special Redwoods Blessing of the Animal service in October:
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At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, November 15, Rev. Stephanie Ryder offered a sermon, “The Beginning of the Birthpangs.” If you would like to see a PDF copy of this sermon, please contact the church office.

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Special Events and Announcements

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Fall Music
The Choir has resumed rehearsals on Thursday evenings at 7 pm and on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am. The Bell Choir is also now rehearsing 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 are now meeting on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. All are invited and will be warmly welcomed to join in!

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Saturday Breakfast– November 21
Our guest speaker at the November 21 Saturday breakfast will be Molly Hogan who has traveled extensively in the Holy Land and is close friends with Claire Anasta and her family who live in Bethlehem. Claire’s home is under occupation by the Israelis and is surrounded on three sides by the Israeli Separation Wall. Molly will be sharing Claire’s story with us and the difficulties she and many others deal with in their daily lives. There is a slight possibility that Claire will be at the breakfast to tell her own story. She is expected to travel to the U.S. soon but has a complicated visa process so her arrival date is unpredictable. We hope you can join us for this special opportunity to hear how people are coping with the continuing Israeli/Palestinian situation. Please bring something to share for the light potluck breakfast which begins at 9:30 am. The program is from 10-11 am.

Theater Outing – November 22
Join a group attending the performance of The Mystery of Edwin Drood at 2 pm, Sunday, November 22 at the Masquers Theater in Pt. Richmond. The Tony Award winning musical is the story of Charles Dickens’ unfinished murder mystery, with the audience as part of the action and the decider of the ending. A post theater gathering will be held at the home of Cornel and Suellen Barnett.

Alternative Christmas Fair – November 29
Save the date of Sunday, November 29 for the Redwoods Alternative Christmas Fair! after worship to purchase items from Bread for the World, Church World Service, Habitat for Humanity and the Heifer Project. For more information, contact Jan Salas or any member of the Mission Outreach Committee.

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 All are welcome at any church event.

Membership Directories
Directories have been made available to all members and friends of the church. If you have not received a directory and would like one, please request one from the church office.

Worship and Events – November 16-30

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Please join the congregation in the following. Everyone is welcome!

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

Wednesday, November 18 – LOG Deadline

Thursday, November 19
7:30 Choir

Friday, November 20
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Saturday, November 21
9:30 pm Saturday Breakfast

Sunday, November 22
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Layette Viewing
12:00 pm Lunch for Theater Outing
2:00 pm Theater Outing

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

Thursday, November 19, LOG Mailing
7:30 Choir

Sunday, November 29
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Alternative Christmas Faire

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

Time for the Younger Church/Sunday School/Youth Group
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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 are offered a birthday blessing in the monthly bulletin, the LOG, and here on the church website.

Please wish a Happy Birthday on November 6 – Diane Forster, 12 – Kurt Rademacher, 13 – Tani Girton,
18 – Gabriele Putzi, 25 – Polly Gorder, 27 – Margaret Erwin, 28 – Bob Bellen, 30 – Marisa Phipps, 30 – Matthew Phipps

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.

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

The Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, December 6.

The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am pm on Sunday, December 6.

The Worship/Christian Education Committee (Suellen Barnett) will next meet on Sunday, December 13.

The Membership/Fellowship Committee (Rademacher) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, December 20.

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

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 2015 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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