Redwoods Presbyterian Church

110 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, California 94939 – (415) 924-4832

Easter 2016


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.

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 


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. 

 North Bay Wildfires
Our prayers and hearts go out to all those affected by the fires throughout Northern California.

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Get the November 2017 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.


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

Compassionate Kids 2015 smallWould 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 stori12.13.15 CK concertes, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy.

Compassionate Kids’ Fall session began Wednesday, September 13, and meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm: October 18, 25, and November 1, 8 & 15 with optional participation in the 10am Sunday services on October 22, and November 19.
Winter session begins Wednesday, November 29, from 3:30-4:30pm: December 6, 13, 20, January 10, 17, 24, February 7, 14 with optional participation in the 10am Sunday services on December 24, January 28, and February 18.

Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 924-4832 or 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.”

November 19 Sunday Sermon

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On the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, Rev. Stephanie Ryder offered a homily for the Blessing of the Animals service. If you would like to see a copy of this sermon, please click on the link below.

11.19.17 Being Prepared…

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Worship and Events – November 2017

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

Sunday, November 26
Christ the King Sunday

10:00 am Worship
11:00 am – 1:00 pm  18th Annual Alternative Christmas Faire

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 (415 924-4832 or are offered a birthday blessing in the monthly bulletin, the LOG that is posted on the church website.

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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Blessing of the Animals 2017

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We welcomed all creatures great and small for our annual Blessing of the Animals. It was a joy to share our love and respect for these blessed beings who share our lives with us.

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.

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 Music Director Denise Wharmby.

handbellsBell Choir
The bell choir now practices at 10:30 am on Tuesdays. If you are interested in the bell choir, please contact Music Director Denise Wharmby.

Bible Study
Bible Study meets weekly at 9 am on Tuesdays during the fall, winter and spring months. 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 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.

The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, December 3.

The Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg/Jan Salas) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, December 3.

The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 11:30 am on Sunday, December 10.

The Membership/Fellowship Committee (Nancy Rademacher) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, December 17.

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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Special Events and Announcements

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Faith Forum
Nick Morris continues his series, within an informal structure, of shared stories of faith and how God is working in our lives. All are welcome – bring a friend – Saturdays during the month of October, beginning October 7 in Fellowship Hall from 5:00-6:00pm.

Compassionate Kids
This after-school program for K-6th graders starts a new Winter session on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm beginning November 29 until February 14, 2018.
Contact the church office at 415-924-4832 or for more information or to register.

Bible Study
Come on Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00am to deepen faith and find community with this lively and welcoming group facilitated by Rev. Stephanie Ryder.  The new study of 1 and 2 Samuel begins on Tuesday, September 12th.
Contact the church office at 415-924-4832 or for more information or to register.

Congregational Support Request
Our dear member, June Bellen, was recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer which has metastasized to her brain. June remains positive and hopeful, with confidence in her doctors and current treatment, but the costs are daunting. We are asking her friends for help so she can regain her quality of life. Please contribute at if you are able, and of course, continue to keep June in your prayers.

New Members Class
If you are looking for a church home or wish to find out more about Redwoods Presbyterian Church, please speak to Rev. Stephanie Ryder after services in Fellowship Hall, or call the church office at 415-924-4832. We also encourage visits to for more info.

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 All are welcome at any church event.