Ash Wednesday Service
We will share Ash Wednesday at 7 pm, March 1 with and at First Presbyterian Church San Rafael (1510 Fifth Ave., San Rafael). Please park on the street and enter through the front doors of the church.
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.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.”
It is again time for the CROP Walk! Each year, the Compassionate Kids invite the Redwoods congregation and others to join them as they walk in downtown San Rafael to raise money to provide meals to the hungry in Marin and beyond. Last year, the CK Walkers raised an amazing $1,025. The Redwoods congregation is VERY proud to be part of this initiative by its Compassionate Kids, which will take place on Sunday, March 12. Registration is 1:30 pm and the walk starts at 2 pm. You can join the walk or donate to the walk by going to https://www.crophungerwalk.org/sanrafaelca.
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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: February 15; March 1, 8, 15 & 22, with participation in the 10am Sunday services on February 26, and March 26. Please spread the word and invite your friends!
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.
The Saturday Breakfast will feature a short DVD on Alexander Graham Bell with Joyce Wells sharing highlights of her recent trip to the east coast, including Bell’s home in Nova Scotia. The light pot luck breakfast starts at 9:30 am and the program is from 10-11 am.
We will share Ash Wednesday at 7 pm, March 1 with and at First Presbyterian Church San Rafael (1510 Fifth Ave., San Rafael). Please park on the street and enter through the front doors of the church. During the Sundays of Lent, we will have special Lenten Reflections from individuals sharing experiences of God in their lives. In addition, Bread for the World Lenten Devotionals will be available for the congregation.
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 www.gofundme.com/junebellenmedicalfund if you are able, and of course, continue to keep June in your prayers.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 23, LOG Mailing
7:30 pm Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, February 25
9:30 pm Saturday Breakfast
Sunday, February 26,
9:15 am Choir Rehearsal
10:00 am Worship
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship
Tuesday, February 28
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
10:30 am Bible Study
Wednesday, March 1, Ash Wednesday
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids
7:00 pm Ash Wednesday Service, First Presbyterian Church, San Rafael
Holy Communion is offered the first Sunday of the month unless otherwise indicated.
Time for the Younger Church/Sunday School/Youth Group
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.
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 email@example.com) 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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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.
Bible Study meets weekly at 10:30 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 Pastoral Associate Rev. Stephanie Ryder.
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.
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 Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, March 5.
The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, March 12.
The Membership/Fellowship Committee (Rademacher) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, March 19.
The Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg/Jan Salas) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, March 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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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