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 over 120 years and value ministries and missions of peace and justice.

Easter 2016

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.

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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

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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 office@redwoodspres.org 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.”

CROP Walk

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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Crop Walk 2

On Sunday, January 8, Rev. Stephanie Ryder offered the sermon, “Remembering Our Baptisms.” Please click on the links below to see this 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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Compassionate Kids
Enroll your child in this wonderful afterschool program to develop compassion and empathy through songs, art, drama, Bible stories and more. Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm: January 11 &18; February 1, 8 &15; March 1, 8, 15 & 22, with participation in the 10am Sunday services on January 22, February 26, and March 26. Please spread the word and invite your friends! Cost remains $100 per session.

Bible Study
Come on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30 am to deepen faith and find community with this lively and welcoming group facilitated by Rev. Stephanie Ryder.

Annual Reports
The deadline for submission of annual reports from all Redwoods officers and committee chairs is this Tuesday, January 17.

Saturday Breakfast
Come on Saturday, January 21 for Ginger Gmahling’s fun presentation on water usage from 10-11 am, following a potluck breakfast at 9:30 am.

Annual Congregational Meeting/Lunch
On Sunday, February 5, stay after worship for a brief meeting to review the past year’s activities and upcoming year’s budget, and then enjoy a potluck salad luncheon. Setup, drinks and dessert will be provided by the Membership/Fellowship Committee. Please bring a favorite salad to share.

Theater Outing
The Membership/Fellowship Committee and Rev. Stephanie Ryder are planning a theater outing on Sunday afternoon, February 12 at 2pm to see Native Son at the Marin Theater Company in Mill Valley, with a special post-theater party at the home of Stephanie and Bill Ryder. Please RSVP on the signup sheet in Fellowship Hall.

Inquirers
Please speak to Rev. Stephanie Ryder after the service or call the church office at 415-924-4832. We also encourage visits to www.redwoodspres.org for more info.

Per Capita Assessment
The Presbytery of the Redwoods annually assesses churches for the cost to run the Presbytery. For 2017, the fee is again $30/member. Please help Redwoods pay this required charge by sending in your per capita fee today.

Fill Our Food Barrel!
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!

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

Worship and Events – January 9-31

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

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

Wednesday, January 11
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Thursday, January 12
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, January 15, Birthday Sunday
9:15 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
11:15 am Membership/Fellowship Committee

Monday, January 16, MLK, Jr. Holiday – Church Office Closed

Tuesday, January 17
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am Bible Study

Wednesday, January 18, LOG Deadline
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Thursday, January 19
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Saturday, January 21
9:30 pm Saturday Breakfast

Sunday, January 22
9:15 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship

Tuesday, January 24
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am Bible Study

Thursday, January 21, LOG Mailing
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, January 29,
9:15 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship

Tuesday, January 31
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am Bible Study

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 that is posted on the church website.

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. 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
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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 Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, January 15.

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

The Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg/Jan Salas) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, February 5.

The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, February 5.

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 office@redwoodspres.org.

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.