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Religion briefs: July 4, 2014

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when Rev. Jerry Farrell shares his talk, “Only through God”. Music by Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire. 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, 9 a.m. to noon.

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 July 7, community dharma leader Mary Helen Fein will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk. Please carpool.

July 7 is also Beginner’s Mind Monday. From 6:15-6:45 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, we offer a special welcome and introductory instructions for anyone who is new to Mountain Stream or Insight Meditation.

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. On July 9, community dharma leader Maeve Hassett will lead the sitting and give a talk.

On July 19, Donald Rothberg will teach a daylong retreat on “Wisdom and Heart Practices for Challenging Situations.” To register:

Information: or (530) 265-6111. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church is premodern, since the modern world has not served up a wide array of dependable answers. Looking for beauty? Looking for a life that can give some degree of stability and peace, while helping you face the realities of the world around them? Come home to Orthodoxy!

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

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard on Sunday morning. Her Inspirational talk is titled “God is All There Is.” Enjoy the live and uplifting music of Jeff Wright 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.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church, services this fourth Sunday after Pentecost will begin with traditional worship at 9 a.m. followed by contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. — 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 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

God is doing big things in our church. Join us as Pastor Mark Rindels continues the new series entitled “Brand New Day.” This week he will be sharing about our “Forward Thinking.” 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

KIDS SportsCamp will be held July 14 to 18, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Grass Valley at 1866 Ridge Rd. Children will choose to participate in baseball, basketball, flag football or cheerleading. The camp will also include Bible stories, snacks, and scrimmages on Friday, as well as a Family Day barbecue and Awards Ceremony. For more info go to: or call 530-273-7301. Cost is $20 per child, which includes a T-shirt and family day lunch.

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. “Defending the rights of women.” Explore the spiritual basis of true womanhood and manhood. Join us next Tuesday 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 10a.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).

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

Worship Schedule:

July 5 – Pastor Tim McMillen.

July 12 – Pastor Jeff Richards, The Key to Community.

July 19 – Pastor Jeff Richards, Friendship in Christ.

July 26 – Pastor John Alspaugh, Recalculating ... Recalculating.

Hike to Grouse Ridge and Island Lake following the fellowship meal on July 12.

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. Fellowship meal after each worship service (Except July 5), everyone is welcome to enjoy this meal. 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


Twin Cities Church

Join us for our new series, “Babylon: Stand Strong In Tough times.” Today’s talk is entitled, “Stand Strong with Integrity.”

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. Beginning Sunday, June 15, the summer service times will be 9 and 10:45 a.m. High school students will begin meeting at 9 a.m. and junior high students will meet at 10:45. a.m.

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

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.

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.

On July 19, Donald Rothberg will teach a daylong retreat on “Wisdom and Heart Practices for Challenging Situations.” To register, email

For more information, visit or call 530-265-6111. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sundays with our Pastor Alison Berry!

Fun Summer Fish Fry and Games from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 5. Tickets only $10!

United Methodist Men: Second Saturday Monthly at 8 a.m.

Save the date for Game Day at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 2.

Sundays : 9 a.m., contemporary service and 10:30 a.m.,traditional service

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

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

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley

(near Lake of the Pines).

For more information telephone the Church Office at 530-268-6907 and visit our website at

Mongolian Missionary Outreach Presentation

“Mobilizing Nomads, Growing Missionaries”

The Hartman missionary family will be presenting exciting Mongolian miracle stories God has been providing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 at the Dobbins SDA Church, and at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 6 at Thousand Trails Lake of the Springs.

Over the last three years the Hartman family and Uplifting Him Ministries organization has established Starting Point College to train Mongolians to witness to their own people. Come and find out more about God’s ongoing gospel work in Mongolia.

The Dobbins SDA Church is located at 10034 Marysville in Dobbins and Thousand Trails Lake of the Springs is located at 14152 Frenchtown Road in Oregon House. Please call 530-301-3344 for more information, or visit

Tapestry Network of Nevada County

Our monthly gathering is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday July 10 at Gold Miners Inn, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley. Featured Speaker Mary Owens, CPA, MS.

Featured nonprofit - Interfaith Food Ministry.

Featured Music - Lindsey Barrett.

Tickets Available at

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 July 25

Thursdays at 9: 45 a.m.: Women’s Bible Study Lunch first Thursday of each month (no class second Thurs. of each month). Summer break until September.

Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.: Culture Revive Youth ages 12 to18.

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

July 6 : 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

July 25 through 27: “Prophetic Invasion,” guest speaker Prophet John Harke.

CI CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE: November 14, 15, 16.

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

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

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Our Services are at 9 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary. On Sundays, we offer 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. 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.

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 this month 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

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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