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!

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.
 
 

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.
 

 

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.

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.

At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, April 13, Rev. Dr. Cornel Barnett offered the sermon, “Palms, Peace and Passion.” If you would like to see a PDF copy of this sermon, please click on the link below.

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

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Special Events and Announcements

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Bible Study (Support) Group – Tuesdays
Come at 10:30 am on Tuesdays to learn about Acts. The study is facilitated by Redwoods’ seminary intern, Stephanie Ryder.

Good Friday – April 18
The Good Friday service at 7 pm on April 18 will offer the opportunity to follow the deep and meaningful Book of Common Worship with music by Stephanie Ryder.

Easter Sunday – April 20
On Easter Sunday, April 20, come at 9 am for a delicious breakfast, followed by the 10 am worship service with special music by Tam senior Devon Lawrence and the “flowering of the cross.” Please bring a flower or two from your garden to add to the cross. (Flowers will also be available at the door for those who need them.) A children’s Easter egg hunt follows the service. Your family and friends are invited to all Holy Week and Easter services and events.

Prayer Support Group – April 27
Last year, Redwoods participated in “Exploring Contemplative Prayer,” a nine-month online exploration of Christian prayer practices with a monthly meeting facilitated by Rev. Dr. Cornel Barnett. This year, the group has reconvened as the “Prayer Support Group,” to again explore Christian prayer practices for nine months in print and to be a place to discuss whatever is in one’s prayer life. The group will meet the last Sunday of the month after worship at 11:15 am.

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 www.redwoodspres.org. All are welcome at any church event.

Worship and Events – April 14-May 31

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

Tuesday, April 15
7:00 pm Session

Wednesday, April 16, LOG Deadline

Thursday, April 17
7:30 pm Choir

Sunday, April 20, Easter Sunday
9:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship and Easter Egg Hunt

Tuesday, April 22
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Thursday, April 24, LOG Mailing
7:30 pm Choir

Sunday, April 27
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Prayer Support Group

Tuesday, April 29
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Thursday, May 1
7:30 pm Choir

Sunday, May 4,
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship, Holy Communion
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Mission Outreach Committee
11:15 am Deacons

Tuesday, May 6
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Thursday, May 8
7:30 pm Choir

Sunday, May 11, Mother’s Day
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Membership/Fellowship Committee
12:00 pm Mill Street

Tuesday, May 13
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Thursday, May 15
7:30 pm Choir

Saturday, May 17
9:00 am Saturday Breakfast

Sunday, May 18
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Worship/CE Committee

Tuesday, May 20
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm Session

Wednesday, May 21, LOG Deadline

Thursday, May 22
7:30 pm Choir

Sunday, May 25
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Prayer Support Group

Monday, May 26, Memorial Day
Church Office closed

Tuesday, May 27
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Thursday, May 29, LOG Mailing
7:30 pm Choir

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 April 4 – Richard Judd, 12 – Nancy Rademacher, 17 – Barbara Slusher, 24 – Frank Wood.

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.

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, the choir practices only on Sundays before worship.) 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
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The bell choir practices at 9:00 on Tuesdays all year round. 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. 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. 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 from 7-8 pm in the church library. The group takes a sabbatical during the summer. 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. 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 Facilities Committee (Clay Wiens) will next meet on the call of the chair.

The Finance Committee (Tani Girton) will next meet on the call of the chair.

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

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

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

The Membership/Fellowship Committee will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, May 11.

The Worship/Christian Education Committee (new chair being named) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, May 18.

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 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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