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!

Rev. Cornel Barnett, D.Min., Pastor and
Rev. Stephanie Ryder — Pastoral Associate & Music Director





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

Compassionate Kids 2015 small 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 6th grade. Through Bible stories, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy.

Compassionate Kids meets on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 pm and will begin again on September 11. Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 or for information about the next session. For more detailed information, see the item under “Special Events and Announcements” below or go directly to 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.”


Ordination of Rev. Stephanie Ryder

11.30.14 Ryder Ordination webRedwoods was honored to host the ordination of Stephanie Ryder. The service offered a sermon by Rev. Veronica Goines, Investiture by Rev. Dr. Cornel Barnett and Charge to the Newly Ordained Minister by Rev. Dr. James Noel. The St. Andrew Sisters & Brother Michael and the Soul Savers Choir inspired and uplifted. Rev. Ann Jefferson and Richard Judd accompanied on piano and organ. The congregation fully embraces Rev. Ryder’s ordained ministry at Redwoods as Pastoral Associate & Music Director.


“Tooth and Talon” Will Return!

Redwoods warmly welcomed guest musicians, “Tooth and Talon,” to our April 26 service and we have invited them to return this summer. Tooth and Talon, (Molly James, vocals, ukulele; Rose Rosefeder, piano/keyboard, vocals; Lauren Carbonell, guitar, vocals; Kate Ming, bass; and William Renauld, drums) hail from Oakland and the songs they played– “Promised Land,” “Favorite One,” and “Float”–were inspiring, healing and soulful. We look forward to hearing more from them–watch this space for the date!


Visiting Deacons Singers Can Visit You Too!

Visiting Deacon Singers
Our fantastic Visiting Deacons Singers are here under the shade of an umbrella in the backyard of congregation member Shirley Brady where they offered her a sampling of songs and hymns to brighten her day, along with the sunshine. It was a day enjoyed by all! If you would like a similar visit, please talk with Music Director Rev. Stephanie Ryder.


August 23 Sermon – “True Power”

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At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, August 23, Rev. Stephanie Ryder offered the following sermon, “True Power.” If you would like to see a PDF copy, please click on the link below.

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Special Events and Announcements

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Summer Music until September
The Sanctuary and Bell Choirs are now on sabbatical. The Choir will resume rehearsals on Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm and on Sunday, September 13 at 9:15 am. The Bell Choir will resume Tuesday, September 15. The congregation will be treated to special guest musicians, Heather Creighton on August 16 and Ann Jefferson on August 23.

Summer Worship – August 30
Come to Fellowship Hall on August 30 for café style worship around the tables, with a light breakfast served before and during the service.

Other Sabbaticals – Now until September
During August, all church officers and committees return to regular meeting schedules to plan for the new church year, except the Deacons who will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, September 6.

Personnel Committee
Chair Sal Newton and Ani Lelea are looking for at least one more member to help update church policies. If interested add your name to the signup sheet in Fellowship Hall or contact Sal at 415-246-5763 or

Bible Study – September 15
Facilitator Rev. Stephanie Ryder and the Bible Study group will next meet on Tuesday, September 15. All are invited and will be warmly welcomed to join in!

Homecoming Sunday – September 13
Celebrate the new church year on September 13 at our traditional barbeque following worship! The Membership/Fellowship Committee and David Barnett will grill burgers (beef and veggie) with all the trimmings, plus desserts and drinks. Please bring a salad to share. We look forward to sharing our new church year with you.

Stephanie Ryder 3Compassionate Kids – Fall 2015 – Compassionate Kids, Redwoods’ successful after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade will start a new session in September. Through Bible stories, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy. Contact Rev. Stephanie Ryder at 415-992-2411, , or see the Compassionate Kids page on this website 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. Barnett after the service, at 924-4832, or see All are welcome at any church event.

Worship and Events – August 24 -30

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

Thursday, August27, LOG Mailing

Sunday, August 30
10:00 am Cafe Style Worship in Fellowship Hall
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 August 17 – Erik Rademacher (’91), 19 – Eva Peoples and 25 – Lawrence Reh

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.

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, practices are posted in the LOG and online. 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
The bell choir practices at 9:00 on Tuesdays. If you are interested in the bell choir, please contact Pastoral Associate Rev. 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 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. 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. 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 (Suellen Barnett) will next meet on the call of the chair.

The Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, September 6

The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am pm on Sunday, September 6.

The Membership/Fellowship Committee (Rademacher) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, September 20.

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

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 2015 per capita of $30 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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