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.

Redwoods 120th Anniversary Celebration

On June 11 and 12, Redwoods enjoyed its 120th Anniversary Celebration Weekend! Saturday, June 11 featured a breakfast, short film and history talk and Sunday, June 12 had special preaching by both Reverends Barnett and White and a party with invited guests. Here are some photos of the event.

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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 6th 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 3:30-4:30 pm. Contact Stephanie Ryder at (415) 992-2411 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.”

Rev. Barnett Announces His Retirement

At the April 19 meeting of the Redwoods Presbyterian Church Session, Rev. Cornel Barnett, D.Min. announced his retirement from full-time ministry and his current position as pastor of Redwoods as of August 31, 2016. The next day, Rev. Barnett sent a letter (to view, click on the link below) to all Redwoods members and friends and the following Sunday made an announcement at the 10 am worship service. Rev. Barnett emphasized that he is confident that the Redwoods congregation “will embrace the new and move strongly forward into the future that God has for you.”

04.20.16 Retirement Letter


The Compassionate Kids just went on the CROP Walk, a 1.3 mile walk in San Rafael to combat hunger. They have raised an amazing $1,025 so far to provide meals to the hungry in Marin and beyond. The Redwoods congregation is VERY proud of the Compassionate Kids. Here are some photos of their walk:

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Scout Sunday

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Redwoods Presbyterian Church is the charter organization for Pack 43. Every year, Redwoods is pleased to celebrate Scout Sunday with Pack 43’s participation in the 10 am worship, including a processional color guard, recitation of the Cub Scout prayer and the recessional ceremony, all followed by a reception.



New Members

Webb Family
Please welcome new members Nicole and Bryan Webb and daughter Lillian.





At the 10 am worship service on Sunday, June 19, Rev. Stephanie Ryder offered a sermon, “Identity of Grace.” If you would like to see a PDF copy of this sermon, please contact click on the link below.

06.19.16 Identity of Grace

If you would like to see any past sermons, please click on the Sermons page.

If you would like to comment on any of the sermons, please click on the Comments section below, next to the pencil.

Special Events and Announcements

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Redwoods officers and groups take summer sabbaticals. The Session and Deacons and all other committees do not meet in July and return in August. Bible Study, the Sanctuary Choir and the Bell Choir will be on sabbatical in July and August and will return in September. For specific dates, see “A Warm Welcome from Redwoods Groups” below.

Fourth of July Parade
Join members of our Redwoods church community as we serve lemonade to those walking in the July 4th parade. This is an annual tradition, lots of fun, and makes us visible to the community. There is a sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall.

Directory Update
Over the summer months, please check your copy of the current 2015-2016 directory (one will also be available in Fellowship Hall) to make sure all your contact information is current and that the church has your email address. If not, please complete the form with the directory or contact the church office at 415-924-4832. A new directory is planned for Homecoming Sunday on September 11. Thank you for your help.

Kids on Camera
Enroll youth 6-8 & 9-13 for this fun and award-winning TV/film acting camp at Redwoods. July 18-22: Physical Comedy, Film Acting, Improv, & Photos and July 25-29: Voiceover, Scenes, Comedy, Improv & Photos, 9:30 am-3 pm, or extended care 8 am-5:30 pm. Details at or call 415-440-4400.

Rev. Barnett on Vacation
Rev. Cornel Barnett will be on vacation from July 25 – August 15. Rev. Dan White will be on call during this time for pastoral emergencies.

Café Style Service
–Come to Fellowship Hall on July 31 at 10 am for a café style worship service with breakfast served before and during the service.

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 – June 20 – 30

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

Tuesday, June 21
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm Session Meeting

Wednesday, June 22, LOG Deadline

Thursday, June 24
7:30 Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, June 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, May 24
9:00 am Bell Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, June 30, LOG Mailing

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 May 2 to Georgene Gmahling and on May 7 to Patrick Little (’95)

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. The choir is on sabbatical for the summer starting June 20 and will return 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 Pastoral Associate Stephanie Ryder.

Bell Choir
The bell choir practices at 9:00 am on Tuesdays with a summer sabbatical starting June 29 with a return on September 13. 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 staring May 25 and returning 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. 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 call of the chair.

The Session (Ani Lelea) will next meet at 7 pm, Tuesday, June 21.

The Mission Outreach Committee (Debbie Lundberg) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, August 7.

The Deacons (Polly Gorder) will next meet at 11:15 am pm on Sunday, August 7.

The Membership/Fellowship Committee (Rademacher) will next meet at 11:15 am on Sunday, August 21.

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

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. Barnett or 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.