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Religion Briefs, March 14, 2014

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets every Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mountain Stream Meditation Center, 710 Zion St., Nevada City. Please carpool.

On March 17, community dharma leader Mary Helen Fein will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk. Our group also meets at the Center for meditation and discussion on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit or call 530-265-6111. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Lent is a time of repentance, a real renewal of our minds, hearts and deeds in conformity with Christ and his teachings. It is the time, most of all, of our return to the great commandments of loving God and our neighbors.

Divine Liturgy: Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Presanctified Liturgy: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call 530-265-4714 or visit

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please Join us for our Lenten Season with our Pastor Alison Berry. Soup Supper and Stations of the Cross Fridays March 14, 21, 28, April 4, April 11 at 5:30 p.m. for Soup and 6:15 p.m. for Stations of the Cross. Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines) and offers two services: Contemporary at 9 a.m. and rraditional at 10:30 a.m. “Hilltop Kids” Sunday School at 9 a.m.

For more information call 530-268-6907 or visit

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when special guest, Rev. Michael Moran shares his talk, “Loved Beyond Measure.” Turn your greatest fear or perceived failure into your greatest blessing! Music by Steve Wallace. We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct., Grass Valley, off Whispering Pines Lane, across from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. The Way of Mastery is held each Monday at 7 p.m. The Men’s and Women’s Groups meet each Tuesday at 10 a.m. A Course in Miracles every Thursday at 7 p.m. Our Children’s Ministry program is held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá

Women’s Mystery School, Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; monthly classes in Transformational Healing of Spirit, Mind, and Body; Dreams; Elderhood Wisdom; Ritual in our Stone Circle; ongoing Healing group for those dealing with cancer at SNMH hospital (email for detailed flyer); spiritual counseling for women. Check website and EarthSpirit Center on Facebook for event schedule, online classes, and Dr. Nanci’s books.

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Nevada City United Methodist Church

At our historic church, services this second Sunday in Lent will begin with traditional worship at 9 a.m. followed by contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School begins at 10:30 — childcare is available. Join us for coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall following both services. Adult Bible study on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Youth Group on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting and crocheting on Thursdays at noon. Recordings of our services can be viewed on NCTV Comcast Channel 11, Sundays at 7:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m.; or on our website We look forward to seeing you here!

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

In a world of hurts, where do we find comfort and joy? Continuing in our series “Under Construction” Pastor Mark Rindels will share a message from 2 Corinthians 7:2-16 entitled “How God Brings Comfort and Joy.”

Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns. Sunday School for adults, youth, children and preschoolers is provided. Contemporary service at 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Join us Wednesdays for dinner from 4:45 to 6 p.m. in the Upper Fellowship Hall. Prayer, Bible Studies, Children’s activities and youth group follow. Celebrate Recovery, a Christ based 12-Step program meets in the Lower Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Call 530-273-7301, or visit for more information.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and the Rev. Lani Howard Sunday morning. Her Inspirational talk is titled “Cleaning Up Our Stuff.” Enjoy the uplifting music of SharonJoy Jahoda and Friends at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. Families with children are welcome to join us. Child care is available at the 11 a.m. service. A family room with audio is available if needed at the early service.

We are an interfaith community committed to awakening humanity to its spiritual magnificence. Our vision is “Celebrating Our Oneness In Spirit.” We are at 119 Florence Avenue in Grass Valley.

For more information or a parking map, visit or call 530-274-1018.

Grace Lutheran Church

We invite you to join us for our Midweek Lenten Services, which began on Ash Wednesday. Lenten Services continue on the following four consecutive Wednesdays, at noon and 6 p.m., with a soup supper directly following the evening service each week. March 19 is “The Earthquake,” March 26 is “The Splitting of the Rocks,” April 2 is “The Raising of the Saints,” and April 9 is “The Faith of the Roman Soldier.”

Grace Lutheran Church is located at 1979 Ridge Road, between the racquet club and Nevada Union High School.

If you need any further information, please phone the church office at 530-273-7043.

Twin Cities Church

Join us for our series “Famous Last Words.” The message this week is “Vulnerability.” We meet Sundays at 8, 9:35, and 11:15 a.m. Our Children’s Ministry (birth through fifth grade) has fantastic children’s programming at each of our services. High school students meet Sundays at our 9:35 a.m. service, and junior high school students meet at our 11:15 a.m. service.

You can listen to past messages on KNCO 830AM on Sunday mornings at 7 a.m., or you can check out videos of our messages and services at

For more information visit our website or our Facebook page at, or call us at 530-273-6425.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us on Sundays in March as Rev. Mike Griffin’s begins a new series entitled “Because of the Resurrection, We Can...” Our services are 9 a.m., traditional and 10:30 a.m., contemporary. Children’s programs, healing prayer and adult Sunday school are also at 9 and 10:30 a.m., and ankor youth meet at 10:15 a.m. Our Adult Sunday School classes during 9 and 10:30 a.m. are always very informative and fun. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. Phone 530-265-3291 for more information.

Visit our website at, to listen to past sermons and read our monthly Newsletter online.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Our Contemplative Service begins at 8:45 a.m. Our Traditional Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Coffee fellowship follows each service. Sunday School is held during the 8:45 a.m. service for ages 3 to 12 with chimes and drama 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Child care for all ages 8:30 a.m. until noon. There will be a video based Lenten series, “Making Sense of God’s Will” with Rev. Tana on Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Feel free to call the church office at 530-272-1946 for further information.

St. Canice, Nevada City

The Roman Catholic Church liturgical year consists of two times: Strong time and Ordinary time. The strong times are “ Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter” during which a particular mystery of salvation is celebrated. Ordinary Time, in turn, does not hold any particular mystery, but rather the same mystery of CHRIST in its fullness. St. Canice is observing Lent, which is the traditional purpose for the believer through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial for its institutional purpose in heightening its annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death, burial and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events of the Bible when Jesus is crucified on Good Friday, which then culminates in the celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent the Stations of the Cross, a devotional commemoration of Christ’s carrying the Cross and of his execution, will be observed at our Parish of St. Canice, Nevada City, on each Friday at noon. Lent is traditionally described as lasting for 40 days, in commemoration of the 40 days which, according to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus spent fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by the Devil. The beginning of Lent began Ash Wednesday March 5. Please come to observe with us in this the Season of Lent - Daily Masses 7:30 a.m., Saturday 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 8, 9 and 11 a.m.

Word-A-Live (WAL) Church

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase invite you to Word-A-Live! Church at 10 a.m. Sundays at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. Word-A-Live! is worth the drive! Word-A-Live offers a variety of programs, including:

Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.: “A-Live! Recovery,” Learning to be free from life-controlling behaviors.

Thursdays at 9: 45 a.m.: Women’s Bible Study. “Stepping Up” by Beth Moore. Lunch first Thursday of each month. No woman’s bible study the second Thursday of each month.

Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.: Culture Revive Youth ages 12 to 18.

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.: Equippers Class. “How to study your Bible.”

March 16: 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

CI California Conference: November 14, 15, 16.

For more information, visit or call 530-432-9155.

Christian Science Church

Tuesdays we offer the community live audio chats including Q&A, with a professional healer on current topics.

The topic next Tuesday is: ““Can a Miracle really occur?” Explore the role God plays in finding discipline as well as the freedom and joy it can bring. Time: 11a.m. to noon. Location: 147 Mill St. (our bookstore for spiritual resources). Visit for the most recent topic and further information.

Wednesdays: Join our open Wednesday Meetings for sharing about healing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. After hearing verses from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy on a theme, participants are invited to share personal examples of Christian healing and gratitude for God’s care. The meeting is followed by greeting and fellowship.

Sundays: Stop by any Sunday at 10 a.m. to visit our weekly worship service centered on a sermon directly from the Bible and Science and Health. A Sunday School is held at the same time where students up to the age of 20 learn all about the Bible and how to apply its timeless spiritual lessons in their lives (childcare is provided).

Pray Nevada County

We seek God on behalf of our communities. Open to all for Christian prayer, Pray Nevada County meets each Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. to pray for our county governments and services, schools and families, businesses and media, and churches and parachurch ministries. Since August 1997, 15 to 25 people from eight to 12 congregations have met each week to pray for our communities. For more information or directions, call the scheduling secretary at 530-432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International at 530-478-1478.

The Healing Rooms of Nevada County

We pray for healing of body and spirit. Everyone is welcome whether they attend church or not. Come to the Main Lobby of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, 155 Glasson Way, Grass Valley on the first and third Thursdays of each month, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

There is no fee and no appointment is necessary. Also, Tuesday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. healing ministry is available by appointment only. For more information call Sierra Ministries International 530-478-1478 or visit

Grass Valley AM AGLOW

We are a local chapter of Aglow International, meets the second Tuesday of every month from 9:45 a.m. to noon at 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley.

Aglow is a wonderful opportunity for unity in the Body of Christ and is not “just for women” anymore! Take Brunswick Road to Whispering Pines Lane, left on Crown Point Circle and then right at Nevada County Board of Realtors. Baby-sitting off site is available by making reservations in advance with Jamie Bartsch at 530-272-6056.

Unitarian Universalist

We are a welcoming congregation open to all. UUCM is located at 246 Church Street in Grass Valley (the one with the rainbow flag).

For more information, call 530-274-1675, or visit the website at

Metaphysical discussion group

Come share your thoughts, bring your joy and meet like-minded new friends. For more information, call Lee Ann at 530-272-2945.

Brother, can you spare an ?— hour?

A group of local men meets from 6 to 7 a.m. Thursdays at Penny’s Diner for breakfast. Under the banner of “Christian Business Men’s Committee,” we have breakfast, read a portion of scripture, share what God has done in our life and pray.

Penny’s Diner is located at 2072 Nevada City Highway in the B&C Fowler Center in Grass Valley.

Curious about Christianity?

Ever wonder what the big deal is about Jesus? Join our study group for four weeks at a private residence. Our first meeting will begin in February. For location and more information, contact Jessica at 530-913-6336.

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

Worship Schedule:

March 22 - Pastor Jeff Richards, Jesus’ Last Week: Temple Cleanser. March 29 – Pastor Jeff Richards, Jesus’ Last Week: The Last Supper.

Saturday worship times: adult/youth/children Bible classes from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., morning worship service: 10:40 a.m. to noon. Services are also held in Spanish in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to join our weekly fellowship meals following the Saturday service. Pathfinder and Adventure Children’s Clubs meet each Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Echo Ridge Christian School.

We are located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (Just past Union Hill School on Hwy. 174). Visit our website at, call 530-477-5017 or email

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