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 – New Children’s Program at Redwoods!

Would you like your child to develop thoughtful values, a sense of caring, and personal responsibility and reflection? Compassionate Kids is a brand-new after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade. Through bible stories, art, drama and music, children will explore and experience ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy. The program, open to children of all faiths, began Friday, September 26. It is not too late for your child to be enrolled. Classes will continue from 3:30-4:30 pm on October 3, 10 & 17, November 7, 14 & 21 and December 5 & 12 (optional participation in a December 14 Advent Concert). Cost is $100/prorated. 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.

 

Pedaling for Protein at Redwoods

Pedaling for ProteinRiders from the Presbytery of the Redwoods are raising $20,000 for two local food banks by biking 360 miles across the presbytery. At 12 pm on Thursday, September 25, these bikers took a well deserved rest stop at Redwoods before continuing on to their last stop in Sausalito. Debbie Lundberg and helpers were there to greet the bikers with food, water, trophies and a “congratulations” sign. Please help the Redwoods support these wonderful bikers and their mission by donating to: Pedaling for Protein, Redwoods Presbytery, 1226-A Salvador Ave., Napa, 94558
 

At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, September 21, Stephanie Ryder offered the sermon, “Beyond Fair.” If you would like to see a copy of the sermon, please click on the link below.

09.21.14 Beyond Fair

At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, September 28, Faith McClellan offered the sermon, “Seeing It God’s Way.” If you would like to see a copy of the sermon, please click on the link below.

09.28.14 Seeing It God’s Way

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Special Events and Announcements

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Compassionate Kids Would you like your child to develop thoughtful values, a sense of caring, and personal responsibility and reflection? Compassionate Kids is a brand-new after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade. Through Bible stories, art, drama and music, children will explore and experience ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy. The program, open to children of all faiths. Introductory class was September 26. Classes continue on October 3, 10 & 17, November 7, 14 & 21 and December 5 & 12 (optional participation in a December 14 Advent Concert). Cost is $100. Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 or office@redwoodspres.org to register.

World Communion Sunday – October 5
On World Communion Sunday, October 5, Redwoods members and friends will participate in the denomination’s annual Peacemaking Offering, a celebration of the possibility of peace in our world. This offering supports peacemaking efforts at every level of the church: 25 percent is retained by congregations for their own peacemaking ministry; 25 percent is used by the presbytery and synod and 50 percent is forwarded to the Presbyterian Mission Agency of the PC (USA). Redwood’s Mission/ Outreach Committee will determine where to send the local contribution. In past years, donations have been made to the Center for Domestic Peace, Spectrum, Court Appointed Special Advocates and others.

Mission Outreach Committee – October 5
The Committee will next meet on Sunday, October 5 following worship. Anyone interested in the committee’s efforts is welcome to attend.

Newcomers and Inquirers Class – October 5 & 12
Are you interested in becoming a member of Redwoods Presbyterian Church or finding out what we are about as a church community? You are invited to two newcomer/inquirer classes on Sundays, October, 5 and 12, at 9 am in the library. The sessions will be led by the Rev. Dr. Cornel Barnett and will conclude 10-15 minutes before the worship service begins. Childcare is available.

Women in Politics – October 13
– Lynn Bornstein, a Marin County political activist and member of the Marin Women’s Political Action Committee, will read from her first novel, Laura English, from 7-9 pm on Monday, October 13 at Redwoods’ Fellowship Hall. Coffee and dessert will be served. The event is free. Ed Vorous, member of both Redwoods and MWPAC, encourages everyone to attend, and to bring friends and family.

SFTS Launch– October 16-17
– Attend a two-day symposium launching the Seminary’s new Center for Innovation in Ministry, Thursday & Friday, October 16-17, featuring Jane McGonigle, game designer and researcher for the Institute for the Future, and other experts speaking to the question of how to use the power of games to address the issues of poverty, hunger and violence. See www.sfts.edu/CenterLaunch for more info.

MITFA Program – Immigrant America: Focus on Marin, October 30
Attend a Marin Interfaith Task Force on the America’s program, “Immigrant America: Focus on Marin,” including a presentation by Tom Wilson, Executive Director of the Canal Alliance, a short documentary video and refreshments, 7:30 pm, Thursday, October 30, to be held in Fellowship Hall at Redwoods Presbyterian Church. Suggested donation is $5-10; not one turned away. Wheelchair accessible. For more information, contact 415/924-3227 or see www.mitfamericas.org.

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.

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

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

Thursday, October 2
7:30 pm Choir

Friday, October 3
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Sunday, October 5
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship, Holy Communion,
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Deacons
11:15 am Mission Outreach

Tuesday, October 7
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Thursday, October 9
7:30 pm Choir

Friday, October 10
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Sunday, October 12
9:00 am Inquirers Class
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 Worship/CE Committee
12:00 Mill Street

Tuesday, October 14
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm Session

Wednesday, October 15, LOG Deadline

Thursday, October 16
7:30 pm Choir

Friday, October 17
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Saturday, October 18
9:30 pm Saturday Breakfast

Sunday, October 19, Birthday Sunday
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 Membership/Fellowship Committee

Tuesday, October 21
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Thursday, October 23, LOG Mailing
7:30 Choir

Sunday, October 26
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship

Tuesday, October 28
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Thursday, October 23
7:30 Choir

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 October 3 – Ann Benezra, 11 – Joyce Wells, 17 – Salvatore Newton,
21 – George Gmahling, 21 – Robert Little (’91), 25 – Nathan Girton (’00), 29 – Bonnie Kaiser, 30 – Ed Elliott

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.

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 Interim Music Director 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 Interim Music Director 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 50 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 Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, October 5.

The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am pm on Sunday, October 5.

The Worship/Christian Education Committee (Suellen Barnett) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, October 12.

The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 7 pm, Tuesday, October 14.

The Membership/Fellowship Committee will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, October 19.

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 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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