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!

The Rev. Cornel Barnett, D.Min. — Pastor

 

 

 

 

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 Program at Redwoods!

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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 5th grade. Through bible stories, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy. A new Compassionate Kids session will continues on the following Fridays at 3:30-4:30 pm: January 23 & 30, February 6 & 27 and March 6, 13, 20 & 27. The program will culminate with optional participation in either the March 29 Palm Sunday or April 5 Easter Sunday service, depending on the availability of members. Cost is $100. Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 or office@redwoodspres.org to register. Also, click on “New Children’s Program” on the menu above for more information.

 

Ordination of Rev. Stephanie Ryder

11.30.14 Ryder Ordination webRedwoods was honored to host the recent ordination of Stephanie Ryder. The service offered a moving sermon by Rev. Veronica Goines, Investiture by Rev. Dr. Cornel Barnett and the Charge to the Newly Ordained Minister by Rev. Dr. James Noel. Presbytery Moderator Don Brand presented and Redwoods Elder Ani Lele’a offered a Prayer. The music of the St. Andrew Sisters & Brother Michael and the “Soul Savers” choir (St. Andrew and Redwoods choirs members) was gospel-inspired and uplifting. Rev. Ann Jefferson and Richard Judd accompanied on piano and organ. A joy-filled newly ordained Rev. Ryder greeted guests at a reception following the service. The congregation looks forward to Rev. Ryder’s ordained ministry as Redwoods’ Pastoral Associate and Music Director.

At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, January 25, Rev. Daniel R. White, Sr. offered the sermon, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.” If you would like to see a copy of this sermon, please click on the link below.

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Special Events and Announcements

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Bible Study –continuing
Join a lively weekly study of Romans that began at 10:30 am on Tuesdays, facilitated by Rev. Stephanie Ryder and using a guide by N. T. Wright. All are invited and will be warmly welcomed!

Stephanie Ryder 3Compassionate Kids – Would you like your child to develop thoughtful values, a sense of caring, and personal responsibility and reflection? Compassionate Kids is Redwoods’ successful after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade. Through Bible stories, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy. A new session continues on January 30, February 6 & 27 and March 6, 13, 20 & 27, culminating with optional participation in either the March 29 Palm Sunday or April 5 Easter Sunday service, depending on availability of members. Contact Rev. Stephanie Ryder at 992-2411, office@redwoodspres.org or see the Compassionate Kids page on this website for more info.

Souperbowl Sunday – February 1
Join us for the Souperbowl of Caring next Sunday after worship in Fellowship Hall. Enjoy soup and other goodies in honor of the national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty around the time of the Super Bowl football game. Bring $1 and/or a can of soup to donate to the Marin/San Francisco Food bank. Root for your favorite team and help end hunger!

Annual Congregational Meeting – February 15
Come on Sunday, February 15 for the annual meeting followed by a potluck salad luncheon. The Membership/ Fellowship Committee will provide drinks/dessert. Committee chairs are asked to submit their 2014 annual reports by January 28. Rev. Barnett will have advance reports for those interested on Sunday, February 8 and they will also be posted online. Thanks to all Chairs for your reports.

Ash Wednesday Service – February 18
Our Ash Wednesday worship service, with imposition of ashes, will be on February 18 at 7 pm.

Lenten Suppers and Spiritual Practice – February 25 to March 25
Join a special spiritual practice series for the five Wednesdays of Lent! Rev. Stephanie Ryder will again lead her popular sessions on “Creative Writing as a Spiritual Practice” that she introduced last year. These spiritual practices do not require special writing ability and are open to everyone. Each evening will begin with a light soup supper from 6:30 -7:15 pm followed by the contemplative writing and discussion session from 7:15-8:15 pm. The session dates are February 25 and March 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Saturday Breakfast – February 28
Come hear our own Bonnie Kaiser share equestrian stories with us, including her annual cattle drive at V6 Ranch in Parkfield, CA. She has been doing this cattle drive for many years. Since her daughter, Katrina, was 10, she and Bonnie have owned their own horse, Lollipop (who died a year and a half ago). The light potluck breakfast begins at 9:30 am with the program from 10-11 am. Please mark your calendars.

Brochure and Card – ongoing
Feel free to take one or more of the copies of Redwoods’ new brochure and card 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.

Food Barrel – ongoing
The Marin Food Bank is asking for extra help during the holiday season feeding the 1 in 4 Marin residents in need. Please donate generously to the food barrel in Fellowship Hall!

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.

Choir
During the fall, winter and spring months, the choir practices before Sunday worship at 9:15 am and on 7:30 on Thursdays. 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 on Tuesdays. If you are interested in the bell choir, please contact Pastoral Associate 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 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 Debbie Lundberg.

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. Here is a list of upcoming governing body meetings:

The Finance Committee (Tani Girton) will next meet on the call of the chair.

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

The Worship/Christian Education Committee (Suellen Barnett) will next meet on the call of the chair.

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

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

The Membership/Fellowship Committee will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, February 15

The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 7 pm, Tuesday, February 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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Please join the congregation in the following. Everyone is welcome!

Tuesday, January 27
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Thursday, January 29 LOG Mailing
7:30 Choir

Friday, January 30
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Sunday, February 1, Souperbowl Sunday
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Souperbowl Sunday/Fellowship
11:15 am Deacons
11:15 am Mission Outreach

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

Thursday, February 5
7:30 pm Choir

Friday, February 6
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Sunday, February 8
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship (advance annual reports available)
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 Worship/CE Committee
12:00 Mill Street

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

Thursday, February 12
7:30 pm Choir

Sunday, February 15, Birthday Sunday
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Annual Congregational Meeting and Potluck Salad Lunch

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

Wednesday, February 18, LOG Deadline
7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday, February 19
7:30 Choir

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

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

Wednesday, February 18
6:30 pm Lenten Supper and Spiritual Practice

Thursday, February 26 LOG Mailing
7:30 Choir

Friday, February 27
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Saturday, February 28
9:30 pm Saturday Breakfast

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 February 5 – Anna Barnett, 6 – Marjorie Egger, 6 – Andrea Little (’97), 9 – Ben Girton (’96), 12 – Barbara Garcia, 12 – Hunter Newton (’12), 14 – Jim Gorder, 15 – Dick Kohler

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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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 2014 per capita of $29.50 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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