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!

Rev. Cornel Barnett, D.Min., Pastor and
Rev. Stephanie Ryder — Pastoral Associate & Music Director

 

 

 

 

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.

Get the 2015 Annual Report Online

Please clink on the link below to see the 2015 Annual Report for Redwoods Presbyterian Church. Advance copies of the report are also available through the pastor or church office. Final copies of the report and copies of the budget breakouts will be made available at the Annual Congregational Meeting immediately following the 10 am worship service on February 14.

2015 Annual Report

 

New Members

Webb Family
Please welcome new members Nicole and Bryan Webb. Their infant daughter, Lillian, was baptized in December along with her dad.

 

 

 

 

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 meets on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 pm and will begin again on January 8. Meetings continue on January 15, 22 & 29, February 5 & 26 and March 4, 11 & 18 with optional participation in a concert on March 20.Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 or office@redwoodspres.org for information. For more detailed information, see the item under “Special Events and Announcements” below or go directly to 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.”

Blessing of the Animals Service!

Enjoy these photos of pets of our members and friends who received blessings at our recent special Redwoods Blessing of the Animal service:

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At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, January 31, Rev. Cornel Barnett, D.Min. offered a sermon, “Stories of Faith.” If you would like to see a PDF copy of this sermon, check back here on Tuesday, February 2 for a link to the sermon.

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

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Special Events and Announcements

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Souperbowl Sunday
Join us for the Souperbowl of Caring on Sunday, February 7, after worship in Fellowship Hall. Enjoy soup and other goodies and fight hunger by donating $1 and/or a can of soup to donate to the Marin/San Francisco Food bank.

Program on Poverty
Hear Omar Carrera of the Canal Alliance speak on “People Living in Poverty,” 10:30 am – 12 pm, Tuesday, February 16, at 91 Larkspur St., San Rafael. Register with Cyndy Doherty, 415 507-9016 or cyndy@marinadvocates.org.

Ash Wednesday
Celebrate Ash Wednesday with the imposition of ashes on February 10 at 7 pm.

Lenten Series
Come on Lenten Wednesdays—February 17 & 24 and March 2, 9 & 16 at 6:30 pm—for a light supper and presentation on “Faith and Vocation/Avocation.” Members will share what energizes them in their vocations, ask questions and encourage discussion. The Rev Cornel Barnett will conclude with a meditation and prayer. Mari Robinson will end the series with her art as spiritual direction.

Stephanie Ryder 3Compassionate Kids – January 2016 – Compassionate Kids, Redwoods’ successful one-hour after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade began a new session in January. Through Bible stories, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy. Contact Rev. Meeting dates are 3:30 pm on January 29; February 5 & 26 and March 4, 11 & 18 with optional participation in a concert on March 20. Cost is $100. Stephanie Ryder at 415-992-2411, stephryder1@gmail.com , office@redwoodspres.org or see the Compassionate Kids page on this website for more info.

Join the Choir for 2016!
The Choir has resumed rehearsals on Thursday evenings at 7 pm and on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am. The Bell Choir is also now rehearsing on Tuesdays at 9 am. If you are interested in joining the choir or bell choir, please see Music Director Rev. Stephanie Ryder. All are welcome!

Bible Study for 2016!
Facilitator Rev. Stephanie Ryder and the Bible Study group are now meeting on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. All are invited and will be warmly welcomed to join in!

Brochure
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. Barnett after the service, at 924-4832, or see www.redwoodspres.org. All are welcome at any church event.

Membership Directories
Directories have been made available to all members and friends of the church. If you have not received a directory and would like one, please request one from the church office.

Worship and Events – February 1-29

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

Tuesday, February 2
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Thursday, February 4
7:30 pm Choir

Friday, February 5
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Sunday, February 7, Souperbowl Sunday
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship (advanced annual reports available)
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 9
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Wednesday, February 10
7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service

Thursday, February 11
7:30 pm Choir

Sunday, February 14
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
12:00 Mill Street

Tuesday, February 16
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm Session

Wednesday, February 17 – LOG Deadline
6:30 pm Lenten Supper and Spiritual Practice

Thursday, February 18
7:30 pm Choir

Saturday, February 20
9:30 pm Saturday Breakfast

Sunday, February 21, Birthday Sunday
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship

Tuesday, February 23
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Wednesday, February 24
6:30 pm Lenten Supper and Spiritual Practice

Thursday, February 25 – LOG Mailing
7:30 Choir

Friday, February 26
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Sunday, February 28
9:15 am Choir
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 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 – 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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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.

Choir
During the fall, winter and spring months, the choir practices before Sunday worship at 9:15 am and on 7:30 on Thursdays. In the summer, practices are posted in the LOG and online. 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 am on Tuesdays with a summer sabbatical. If you are interested in the bell choir, please contact Pastoral Associate Rev. 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 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. 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. 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 Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, February 7.

The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am pm on Sunday, February 7.

The Worship/Christian Education Committee (Suellen Barnett) will next meet on Sunday, February 14.

The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 7 pm, Sunday, January 16.

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

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 2015 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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