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 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 successful after-school program for children in Kindergarten to 5th grade. Through bible stories, art, drama and music, children explore and experience new ways of creating peace, tolerance, kindness and empathy. A new Compassionate Kids session will begin on January 9, 2015 from 3:30-4. The program will continue on the following Fridays at the same time: January 23 & 30, February 6 & 27 and March 6, 13, 20 & 27. The program will culminate with optional participation in either the March 29 Palm Sunday or April 5 Easter Sunday service, depending on the availability of members. Cost is $100. 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.

 

Ordination of Rev. Stephanie Ryder

11.30.14 Ryder Ordination web On November 30, the pews at Redwoods were packed for the ordination of Stephanie Ryder. The service offered a moving sermon by Rev. Veronica Goines, Investiture by Rev. Dr. Cornel Barnett and the Charge to the Newly Ordained Minister by Rev. Dr. James Noel. Presbytery Moderator Don Brand presented and Redwoods Elder Ani Lele’a offered a Prayer. The music of the St. Andrew Sisters & Brother Michael and the “Soul Savers” choir (St. Andrew and Redwoods choirs members) was gospel-inspired and uplifting. Rev. Ann Jefferson and Richard Judd accompanied on piano and organ. A joy-filled newly ordained Rev. Ryder greeted guests at a reception following the service. Redwoods looks forward to Rev. Ryder’s continuing ministry!

At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, December 7, Rev. Dr. Cornel Barnett offered the homily, “Advent of Peace” If you would like to see a copy of the sermon, please click on the link below.

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A special breakfast was held before the worship service to welcome Redwoods’ new members as follows (in order Anna Barnett, Alan Edmonson, Carrie Kim, Joan Robinson and Ed Vorous):

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Also attending the breakfast were Aidan and Olivia Kim. Olivia was recently baptized at Redwoods.

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Special Events and Announcements

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Advent Daily Devotions- until December 25
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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 will begin again in January 2015. Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 or office@redwoodspres.org to register.

Compassionate Kids Choir Singing – Sunday, December 14
Come to 10 am worship on Sunday, December 14 and hear The Compassionate Kids Choir (Ashley Barkow, Blake Barkow, Colton Berger, Aidan Kim, Olivia Kim, Everett Rosauer, Sarah Strambi and Nara Uncapher), under the direction of Music Director Stephanie Ryder. A warm welcome to the Compassionate Kids Choir!

Advent Bell Choir Concert and Alternative Christmas Fair – Sunday, December 14
Come to Redwoods Church today at 4 pm and hear both the vocal and bell choirs and the Compassionate Kids Choir (Ashley Barkow, Blake Barkow, Colton Berger, Aidan Kim, Olivia Kim, Everett Rosauer, Sarah Strambi and Nara Uncapher) perform their annual “Nowel, Nowell, Noelle Concert and Sing-Along,” followed by refreshments and the Alternative Christmas Fair. Visit booths for Heifer, Habitat, Bread for the World, Faith in Practice and more, and shop for Fair Trade food and gift items. This is a fun event for all ages where everyone wins and the true spirit of Christmas reigns. Bring your family and friends—all are welcome!

Christmas Joy Offering – December 21
On Sunday, January 21 the Christmas Joy Offering will be received during the 10 am service. This offering is shared equally by the Presbyterian-related racial/ethnic schools and colleges and the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions.

Christmas Eve Service – December 24
Come at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 24 to celebrate the birth of Christ, with guest musician and vocalist Devon Lawrence, poetry by Alan Edmonson, homily by Cornel Barnett, Christmas hymns and carols, and the closing candlelight accompaniment to “Silent Night, Holy Night.” All family and friends are warmly welcomed to share in the joy of this celebration.

Café Style Service – December 28 Come to Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 28 for a casual worship service around the tables at 10 am. Enjoy coffee and treats while we close the old year and celebrate the new with carols and reflections.

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!

Saturday Breakfast – January 24
Come on January 24 for a most interesting Saturday breakfast program. Mufti Abdullah Nana, the son of Ebrahim, who recently attended Redwoods’ Tuesday morning Bible study with his niece and her mother, will offer a presentation on Islam. Our informal format will offer plenty of opportunity to converse and ask questions. The light potluck breakfast begins at 9:30 am with the program from 10-11 am. This is a great opportunity to become more informed about the non-radical side of Islam that we don’t hear much about today. I hope you will be able to attend.

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.

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

Wednesday, December 10, Early LOG Deadline

Thursday, December 11
7:30 pm Choir

Friday, December 12
3:30 pm Compassionate Kids

Sunday, December 14, Third 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
12:00 pm Mill Street
4:00 pm Advent Concert/Alternative Christmas Fair

Tuesday, December 16
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm Session

Thursday, December 18, early LOG Mailing
7:30 pm Choir

Sunday, December 21, Birthday Sunday, Fourth 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
11:15 am Membership/Fellowship Committee

Monday, December 22 – Church Office Closed

Tuesday, December 23
9:00 am Bell Choir
10:30 am Bible Study

Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve – Church Office Closed
7:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Thursday, December 25, Christmas Day – Church Office Closed
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 28
9:15 am Choir
10:00 am Worship, Café Style
10:15 am Time for the Younger Church (see below)
11:00 am Fellowship

Monday, December 29 – Church Office Closed

Tuesday, December 30 – Church Office Closed

Wednesday, December 31, New Year’s Eve – Church Office Closed

Thursday, January 1, New Year’s Day = Church Office Closed
Happy New Year!

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 December 10 – Helen Morita, 21 – Maisie Campbell, 24 – Robert Putzi

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, December 16.

The Membership/Fellowship Committee will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, December 21.

The Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, January 4.

The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am pm on Sunday, January 4.

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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