Redwoods Presbyterian Church

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

Easter 2016


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. 

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.


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’ Fall session begins Wednesday, September 13, and will meet on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm: September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25,  and November 1, 8 & 15 with optional participation in the 10am Sunday services on September 24, October 29, and November 26.  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.”

Special Events and Announcements

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Compassionate Kids
This after-school program for K-6th graders starts a new session in the fall on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm beginning September 13th.   Contact the church office at 415-924-4832 or for more information or to register.

Bible Study
Come on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30 am to deepen faith and find community with this lively and welcoming group facilitated by Rev. Stephanie Ryder.  The new study of 1 and 2 Samuel begins on Tuesday, September 12th.  Contact the church office at 415-924-4832 or for more information or to register./div>

North Bridge Academy is holding a First-Aid Training at the church on Friday, August 25, 9am-1pm.  There will be training in first-aid, CPR, and defibrillation.  There are 3 spots left and the cost is $95.

Congregational Support Request
Our dear member, June Bellen, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer which has metastasized to her brain. June remains positive and hopeful, with confidence in her doctors and current treatment, but the costs are daunting. We are asking her friends for help so she can regain her quality of life. Please contribute at if you are able, and of course, continue to keep June in your prayers.

If you are looking for a church home or wish to find out more about Redwoods Presbyterian Church, please speak to Rev. Stephanie Ryder after the service or call the church office at 415-924-4832. We also encourage visits to for more info.

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. Ryder after the service, at 924-4832, or see All are welcome at any church event.

August 13 Sunday Sermon

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On the 10th Sunday after Pentecost, Rev. Stephanie Ryder offered a sermon “Against the Wind.” If you would like to see a copy of this sermon, please click on the link below.

8.13.17 Against the Wind

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

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Worship and Events – August

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

Wednesday, August 16 
LOG Deadline for September 2017 issue

Sunday, August 20 
Birthday Sunday
10:00 am  Worship
10:15 am  Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am  Fellowship
11:00 am  Membership/Fellowship Meeting

Thursday, August 24 
LOG Mailing

Sunday, August 27 
10:00 am  Worship
10:15 am  Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am  Fellowship

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 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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Ongoing Requests

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Photographs Needed
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 office administrator Kay Louisson at 924-4832 or

Spiritual Direction
Interested in spiritual practices like meditation and contemplation and how they can help you? See 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 Rev. Ryder personally about guidance for 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 Assessment
The Presbytery of the Redwoods annually assesses churches for the cost to run the Presbytery. For 2017, the fee is again $30/member. Please help Redwoods pay this required charge by sending in your per capita fee today.

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4th of July Lemonade give-away!

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We served 650 cups of lemonade that were handed out to thirsty parade-goers and parade participants!