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 over 120 years and value ministries and missions of peace and justice.

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. Stephanie Ryder, 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. 

December 2017 LOG

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

December LOG

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

Compassionate Kids 2015 smallWould 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 stori12.13.15 CK concertes, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy.

Compassionate Kids’ Fall session began Wednesday, September 13, and meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm: October 18, 25, and November 1, 8 & 15 with optional participation in the 10am Sunday services on October 22, and November 19.

Winter session begins Wednesday, November 29, from 3:30-4:30pm: December 6, 13, 20, January 10, 17, 24, February 7, 14 with optional participation in the 10am Sunday services on December 24, January 28, and February 18.

Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 924-4832 or for information. For more detailed information, see 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.”

January 14 – Sunday Sermon

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Rev. Stephanie Ryder offered a sermon for the service. If you would like to see a copy of this sermon, please click on the link below.

1.14.18 The Truth Behind the Assumption

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

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Worship and Events – January 2018

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

Wednesday, January 17
LOG Deadline

Saturday, January 20
Rosie the Riveter Museum Excursion
Departs 9:30 am from Fellowship Hall. Sign-up sheet is located in FSH and carpooling is encouraged.

Sunday, January 21
Birthday Sunday

10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Membership/Fellowship/Committee

Thursday, January 25
LOG Mailing

Sunday, January 28
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Fellowship

Holy Communion
Holy Communion is offered the first Sunday of the month unless otherwise indicated. A gluten-free option is also offered.

Time for the Younger Church/Sunday School/Youth Group
Time with the Younger ChurchSunday 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 (415 924-4832 or are offered a birthday blessing in the monthly bulletin, the LOG that is posted on the church website.

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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Northern California Firestorm

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 North Bay Wildfires
Our prayers and hearts go out to all those affected by the fires throughout Northern California.
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The Weeks of Advent – December 2017

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“Our readings today describe waiting with a sense of promise: a promise like a seed planted that is at work, starting to grow–the seed of faith. When we are willing to experience our life situations of waiting with the belief that something hidden there will manifest, this is the spirituality of waiting.”

(excerpt from Pastor Ryder’s Homily)

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. 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 Music Director Denise Wharmby.

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The bell choir now practices at 10:30 am on Tuesdays. If you are interested in the bell choir, please contact Music Director Denise Wharmby.

Bible Study
Bible Study meets weekly at 9:30 am on Tuesdays during the fall, winter and spring months. The group warmly welcomes new members. Please feel free to come to any Bible Study meeting this winter (restarting on January 2, 2018) or if you would like more information, please contact 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 or when indicated there is a change. 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 and return in August. 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 Worship/Christian Education Committee will next meet on call of the chair.

The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 11:30 am on Sunday, January 14.

The Membership/Fellowship Committee (Nancy Rademacher) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, January 21.

The Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg/Jan Salas) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, February 4.

The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, February 4.

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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