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Religion Briefs, May 16, 2014

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when Rev. Jerry Farrell  shares his talk, “Radical Forgiveness.” Music by Kalyani. 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.  A study of the book “I Am The Word” is every  Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Center.

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. On May 19, community dharma leader Maeve Hassett will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk.  Please carpool. 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 information, visit  or call 530-265-6111. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Do you believe the spirit of the church is similar to a rock concert? Historic Christianity has never defined worship this way. Worship is centered on the Eucharist, the true Body and Blood of Christ and reverberates out through the whole life of the Christian, both in church and outside of it Come join us and worship God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church, services this 5th Sunday of Easter 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.  Youth Group on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting/crocheting meets at noon Thursdays. Recordings of 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 at We look forward to seeing you here!

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

We all struggle with weaknesses that can discourage us.  Come join us as Pastor Mark Rindels shares how Christ uses our weaknesses for the greater good in his message entitled “Embracing our Weaknesses.” 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

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

 Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lorie Adams on Sunday morning.  Her Inspirational talk is titled “Freeing Yourself.”  Enjoy the live and 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 11a.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.

Word-A-Live (WAL) Church:

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase invite you to Word-A-Live! Church, 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.

Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.: Equippers Classes, New Teachings, and series continually. Next sabbatical May 21.

Thursdays at 9: 45 a.m.: Women’s Bible Study: “Stepping Up” by Beth Moore. Lunch first Thursday of each month (no class second Thurs. of each month).

Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.: Culture Revive Youth ages 12-18; Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

May 18, 7 to 9 p.m.: IHOP.

CI CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE: November 14, 15, 16.

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

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue our series “The Good Life”.  The message this week is “Exercising Maximum Self Control.” 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 our website at  Find more information visit our website or our Facebook page at, or call us at 530-273-6425.

Jesus’ Words and Deeds Study

We are an ongoing study group, looking at specific sections of the gospels to get a sense of where Jesus was coming from, what he was doing and saying and what he intended for his listeners (including us) to see and hear AND DO.

We have our studies in five week segments, with the next beginning Wednesday, May 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. We meet off of Jones Bar. We come from a variety of religious backgrounds.

We do not seek consensus on what the text means. This is not a lecture but a series of open ended questions to assist and encourage us to ponder what is going on in the text, why Jesus is saying it that way and what does he want us to see and experience and do. Like: What was he getting at when he said, “The first shall be last?” Why was he so graphic in his comments, like “the log in your eye” or “can a camel go through the eye of a needle?” He uttered provocative sayings and crossed cultural and religious lines (like eating with outcasts, healing on the Sabbath, associating with Samaritans). What was he trying to get the people to see and hear and experience?

There are no right or wrong answers. What a person shares in the group is not commented on nor is it debated with. What is shared in the group stays with the group. This is stimulating for all participants who share out of their own sense of what is moving and happening in the text.

For more information or to express interest in participating, email Dean Olson at or call 530-273-2094.

Christian Science Church/Reading Room and Bookstore

Tuesdays: Stop by to visit our weekly live audio chats, including Q&A, with a professional healer on current topics. “Dealing with astrology and superstition,” is the topic for this coming Tuesday. Learn more about God‘s guidance and purpose for you. Join us from 11 a.m. to noon at 147 Mill St. (our bookstore for spiritual resources). Visit for 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).

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

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

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

Worship Schedule:

May 17 – Pastor Jeff Richards, “Community.”

May 24 – Pastor Jeff Richards, “Community.”

May 31 – To be announced.

Pacific Union College Choir and Handbell Choir will perform a sacred concert on May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary, concert is free and open to the public. During the service on May 17, Sierra Master Chorale will perform selections from their spring concert repertoires. Save the date: Vacation Bible School will be held June 16 through 20, for children in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.

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 & 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, 530-77-5017, or email

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sundays with our Pastor Alison Berry!

Adult Study: Wednesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. through May 28: “From Jesus to Christ.”

“The First Christians.”

Lectionary Studies/most Fridays at 10 a.m. with Pastor Alison.

Depression/Grief Support Group Wednesdays 6 to 7 p.m.

United Methodist Men: Second Saturday Monthly at 8 a.m. (May 11 meeting canceled).

“Hilltop Kids” Sunday School at 9 a.m.

Junior High and High School Ages: Youth Group on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m.

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 traditional at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call 530-268-6907 and visit our website at

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Our Contemplative service begins at 8:45 a.m. followed by our traditional Service at 10:30 a.m. Coffee fellowship follows each service. Sunday School is held during the 8:45 service for ages 3 to 12 with chimes and drama 9:45 to 10:30. Child care for all ages 8:30 until noon. There is a Sunday bible study during our for service. All are welcome.

Watch for information in June about our Vacation Bible School which will be held in July. Please call the church office at 530-272-1946 further information.

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Dr. Nanci Shanderá

Monthly Saturdays: Transformational Group; Tuesdays: Transformational Wholeness for women with cancer at SNMH; Wednesdays: women’s Mystery School; individual spiritual mentoring. See website and Facebook or email for details on all events, Dr. Nanci’s books, classes. For more information, visit or email

Sierra Presbyterian Church

On Sundays, we have children’s programs, healing prayer and adult Sunday school at 9 and 10:30 a.m., and Ankor Youth meet at 10:15 a.m. Our Adult Sunday School classes during 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. are always very informative and fun. Visit our website at, to find out more information, listen to past sermons and read our monthly Newsletter online. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. Phone 530-265-3291.

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

Pray Nevada County

We seek God on behalf of our communities. Open to all for 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.

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