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!

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.


New After School Children’s Program at Redwoods!

In September, Redwoods will offer a new weekly afterschool program on Wednesdays featuring a spiritual component, snack and music session. See the “New Children’s Afterschool Program page, the Special Happenings below and/or the most recent LOG for more info.


Pack 43 at Redwoods!

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Redwoods is the sponsor of Scout Pack 43. The congregation was recently honored by a Pack 43 Color Guard Procession/Recession and was witness to their pledge to adhere to Scout Law. The scouts show great energy and spirit in worship and also perform service projects for the church.



At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, July 20, Stephanie Ryder offered the sermon, “Be the Wheat.” If you would like to receive a PDF copy of the sermon via email, please request your copy from the church office.

If you would like to see any of The Rev. Dr. Cornel Barnett’s past sermons, please click on the Sermons page.

If you would like to comment on any of The Rev. Dr. Barnett’s sermons, please click on the Comments section below, next to the pencil.

Special Events and Announcements

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Theater Outing – July 27
Please join the Membership/Fellowship committee on Sunday, July 27 for a matinee performance of Old Money by the Ross Valley Players. Please let us know as soon as possible on the signup sheet in Fellowship Hall if you can make it. Depending on how many sign up, we may be able to get a group discount. Regularly priced tickets are $26; seniors $22. We also plan to serve a light lunch prior to the 2 pm performance so please indicate on the sign-up sheet if you would like to have lunch. There will be a modest charge for those having lunch. We will be car-pooling to the theater, so please also indicate on the sign-up sheet if you are able to drive or need a ride.

Kids on Camera – July 28-August 1 and August 4-8
Sign up for this award-winning program for ages 4-18 that improves communication, builds confidence and teaches acting, comedy, improv, and audition skills. Take one week or two at Redwoods, July 28-August 1 and/or August 4-8 from 9:30 am-3 pm with extended care to 5:30 pm. Discounts available for siblings and multiple weeks. Details at or call Director Judy Berlin at 440-4400.

Furniture Donations to SFTS – August 17-18
- Each year, San Francisco Theological Seminary students have the opportunity to “shop” for free gently used furniture and other household items. These donated items help transform a new apartment into a home. Please consider donating to help new seminarians transition into their new lives at SFTS. Donations will be accepted Sunday, August 17, 1-4 pm & Monday, August 18, 2-6 pm. (Individuals may contact student housing to arrange to leave furniture on campus prior to the general acceptance dates.) Lower Alexander Hall 40 Kensington Rd., San Anselmo, CA 94960 Contact: Student Housing at

New Children’s Afterschool Program – Starting in September
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Redwoods will host a new afterschool children’s program with a spiritual emphasis. Click on “New Children’s Afterschool Program” in the menu above for more info.

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 All are welcome at any church event.

Worship and Events – July 27-31

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

Sunday, July 27
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 are offered a birthday blessing in the monthly bulletin, the LOG, and here on the church website.

Please wish a Happy Birthday on July 1 – Suellen Barnett, 4 – Kitty Prosser, 8 – Ani Lelea, 12 – Helen Caldwell and 15 – Dan Phipps

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.

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, the choir practices on Sundays before worship and every other Thursday starting June 12.) 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
The bell choir practices at 9:00 on Tuesdays and will start its summer sabbatical after playing during the worship service on June 15. 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 its sabbatical in the summer starting June 17. The group uses Horizon study guides and 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 SFTS Intern 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.

Spirit and Work Support Group
The Spirit and Work Support Group is planning a new meeting time. With Session approval it will meet on the months with a fifth Sunday (2014: November 30; 2015: March 29, May 31, August 30, November 29) at 11:15 am in the church library. In a confidential and supportive environment, church members and friends share about such topics as job changes, collegial relationships, time management, balancing work and home life and how faith and spirituality support work, and they offer prayers for each other in between meetings. For more information, contact The Rev. Cornel Barnett.

Prayer Support Group
The Prayer Support Group meets the last Sunday of the month at 11:15 am or immediately following the church worship service in the sanctuary. The group takes a summer sabbatical. In a supportive environment, church members and friends learn about contemplative prayers, share about their prayer life, and they offer prayers for each other. For more information, contact The Rev. Cornel Barnett.

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, August 3 (no meeting in July).

The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, August 3 (no meeting in July).

The Worship/Christian Education Committee (Suellen Barnett) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, August 10 (no meeting in July).

The Membership/Fellowship Committee will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, August 17 (no meeting in July).

The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 7 pm, Tuesday, August 19 (no meeting in July).

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

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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