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.
 
 

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.

 

Compassionate Kids – New Children’s Program at Redwoods!

Would you like your child to develop thoughtful values, a sense of caring, and personal responsibility and reflection? Compassionate Kids is a brand-new after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade. Through bible stories, art, drama and music, children will explore and experience ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy. The program, open to children of all faiths, began Friday, September 26. It is not too late for your child to be enrolled. Classes will continue from 3:30-4:30 pm on 14 & 21 and December 5 & 12 (optional participation in a December 14 Advent Concert). Cost is $100/prorated. Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 or office@redwoodspres.org to register. Also, click on “New Children’s Program” on the menu above for more information.

 

Pedaling for Protein at Redwoods

Pedaling for ProteinRiders from the Presbytery of the Redwoods raised over $21,300 for two local food banks by biking 360 miles across the presbytery in late September. The bikers took a well deserved rest stop at Redwoods before continuing on to their last stop in Sausalito. Debbie Lundberg and helpers were there to greet the bikers with food, water, trophies and a “congratulations” sign. Please help the Redwoods support these wonderful bikers and their mission by donating to: Pedaling for Protein, Redwoods Presbytery, 1226-A Salvador Ave., Napa, 94558
 

At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, November 16, Stephanie Ryder offered the sermon, “A Sound Investment” If you would like to see a copy of the sermon, please click on the link below.

11.16.14 A Sound Investment

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Special Events and Announcements

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Compassionate Kids Would you like your child to develop thoughtful values, a sense of caring, and personal responsibility and reflection? Compassionate Kids is a brand-new after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade. Through Bible stories, art, drama and music, children will explore and experience ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy. The program, open to children of all faiths. Classes continue on November 21 and December 5 & 12 (optional participation in a December 14 Advent Concert). Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 or office@redwoodspres.org to register.

Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy– November 26
Join the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy’s 17th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service, 7 pm, Wednesday, November 26, First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, with a brief reception following. Please bring offerings of clean or new sleeping bags, blankets, rain gear and socks for those on the streets (please, no other clothing donations).

Food Barrel – ongoing
The Marin Food Bank is asking for extra help during the holiday season feeding the 1 in 4 Marin residents in need. Please donate generously to the food barrel in Fellowship Hall!

Congregational Meeting– November 30
A brief congregational meeting is called for November 30 immediately following the worship service to hear the Nominating Committee report.

Stephanie Ryder Ordination– November 30
The ordination of our wonderful Pastoral Associate Stephanie Ryder will take place at 3 pm on Sunday, November 30, followed by a reception in Fellowship Hall. All are invited and welcome to attend.

FREE Presbyterians Today Subscription
Presbyterian Today is offering free, no strings attached subscriptions, worth $24.95 to new subscribers who live in the US, which includes a free advent calendar, Lenten devotional and digital access to the entire Presbyterians Today website and archive. Subscriptions must be entered online so please submit your order on the web page https://www.cambeywest.com/subscribe2/?p=PTM&f=gegs2014. At your request, the Redwoods office can also add your name, address and email address to the subscription form for you. Deadline is November 30.

Advent Daily Devotions-December 1-25
Sign up at www.sfts.edu to get daily email “Devotions for Advent” from December 1-25.

Candelight Service – December 5-6
The SFTS Service of Lessons and Carols will be held at 7 pm Friday and Saturday, December 5-6 in Stewart Chapel with dessert reception following. Info: 451-2861 or www.sfts.edu.

Breakfast – December 7
The Membership/Fellowship Committee will host a breakfast to honor our new members on Sunday, December 7 at 9 am. All new members, Deacons, Session and Committee members are cordially invited to attend.

Advent Bell Choir Concert and Alternative Christmas Fair – Sunday, December 14
Come at 4 pm on Sunday, December 14 to hear the bell choir’s beautiful holiday concert and then stay for a festive Alternative Christmas Fair, featuring Fair Trade food and gift items to purchase and also the ability donate in the name of your loved ones to Habitat for Humanity, Heifer Project and other charities. Refreshments will be served.

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.

Former Intern Faith McClellan Seeking Living Quarters
Former SFTS seminarian and Redwoods intern Faith McClellan is looking for an inexpensive room in a house near public transportation and near both Redwoods and First Pres., San Anselmo churches for the time she is working toward her ordination, anticipated to be September 12, 2015. She is currently working as a chaplain at UCSF and not only works long hours but is also required to do overnights at the hospital. She would be a quiet, respectful renter and willing to negotiate on the rental. Please contact her at 521-4469 or fthmcclellan@gmail.com.

Worship and Events – November 17-30

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

Tuesday, November 18
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm Session

Thursday, November 20, LOG Mailing
7:30 Choir

Friday, November 21
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Sunday, November 23
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship

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

Thursday, November 27
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 30, First Sunday in Advent
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 November 6 – Diane Forster, 12 – Kurt Rademacher, 13 – Tani Girton,
18 – Gabriele Putzi, 25 – Polly Gorder, 27 – Margaret Erwin, 28 – Bob Bellen, 30 – Marisa and Matthew Phipps.

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. 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 on Tuesdays. If you are interested in the bell choir, please contact Pastoral Associate 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 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 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. 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 Worship/Christian Education Committee (Suellen Barnett) will next meet on the call of the chair.

The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 7 pm, Tuesday, November 18.

The Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, December 7.

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

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