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. Stephanie Ryder — Pastor 

Rev. Cornel Barnett, D.Min., Pastor Emeritus


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 7th grade. Through Bible stories, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy.

Compassionate Kids now meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:40 pm. Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 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.”


The Compassionate Kids raised an amazing $1,025 to provide meals to the hungry in Marin and beyond by participating in the CROP Walk in San Rafael. The Redwoods congregation is VERY proud of the Compassionate Kids.

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A Fond Farewell to Rev. Cornel Barnett and Family

At the end of August, Rev. Cornel Barnett retired from Redwoods Presbyterian Church and full time ministry. A worship service with special music and the “passing of the baton” took place on August 28 followed by a gala farewell party attended by the congregation as well as representatives from all the churches Rev. Barnett served in an interim capacity before coming to Redwoods. Best wishes to Cornel, Suellen and the entire Barnett family.





On Sunday, October 16, Rev. Keenan Kelsey offered the sermon, “Thanks-Living” and on Sunday, October 23, Rev. Stephanie Ryder offered the sermon, “Staying on Course.” Please click on the links below to see either or both sermons.



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Special Events and Announcements

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Compassionate Kids
Registration is now open for this afterschool program to explore/experience ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy through Bible stories, art, drama and music. Meetings will be 3:30-4:30 pm on Wednesdays, 10/26, 11/2-16 & 30 and 12/7, and at 10 am on 12/11. Contact Rev. Stephanie Ryder at 415-992-2411, or for more information.

Rev. Ryder Welcome
Redwoods Presbyterian Church has much to celebrate, especially as we approach the holidays. We are so fortunate and blessed that Stephanie accepted the position of full time pastor and has made the transition seamless for us following Rev. Cornel Barnett’s retirement. We are planning a special coffee hour to “welcome” her. Even though Stephanie has been a part of Redwoods Church for some time, we want to celebrate her new position as our pastor. Please join us for this special occasion and warm welcome after worship on Sunday, November 6.

November Saturday Breakfast
Join us on November 19 at a breakfast with Ginger Gmahling presenting a program on water use. This will be an update from the informative and fun program she presented last year with new information she would like to share with us. Ginger has a long term and strong interest in water use and conservation and has been involved with several organizations that specialize in this issue. The light pot-luck breakfast begins at 9:30 am with the program from 10-11 am.

2017 Alternative Christmas Faire
Join the festivities on Sunday, November 27 at the Redwoods Alternative Christmas Faire! Come after worship to purchase Fair Trade items as well as gifts to Bread for the World, Church World Service, Habitat for Humanity and the Heifer Project. Special holiday refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Jan Salas or any Mission Outreach Committee member.

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.

Worship and Events – October 24-31

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

Tuesday, October 25
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am Bible Study

Wednesday, October 26
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Thursday, October 27, LOG Mailing
7:30 Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, October 30
9:15 am Choir Rehearsal
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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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. The choir will return from summer sabbatical on September 8. 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.

Bell Choir
The bell choir practices at 9:00 am on Tuesdays and will return from summer sabbatical on September 13. If you are interested in the bell choir, please contact Music Director Denise Wharmby.

Bible Study
Bible Study meets weekly at 10:30 am on Tuesdays during the fall, winter and spring months and will return from their summer sabbatical on September 13. 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 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, to be appointed.

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

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

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

The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 7 pm, Tuesday, November 15.

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 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 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
A 2016 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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