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November 30, 2012
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Religion Briefs: Churches in Nevada County

Hope Bearers

We are a Christian cancer support group that meets at Foothill Church. Those with serious chronic illnesses, including cancer, and their care givers are encouraged to come and share in a safe environment concerning this difficult time. Family, friends and caregivers are all welcome. Meetings are 6 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of every month. Located at 14600 State Highway 49, Grass Valley.For information, call Edda at (530) 432-2862 or visit

Pray Nevada County

We are seeking 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. In the month of November, we will be meeting at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Church Street, Grass Valley.

For more information or directions, call the scheduling secretary at (530) 432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International at (530) 478-1478.


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 @ Nevada County Board of Realtors. 

Baby-sitting off site is available by making reservations in advance with Jamie Bartsch at (530) 272-6056.


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 Thursdays, 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 (530)  478-1478 or visit

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center of Nevada County, 216 B Main Street, Nevada City. PIWG sponsors the Women and Men in Black vigil Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We vigil to in support of the Women in Black in Israel, who founded the movement in 1988. All who support human rights and justice for all in Palestine and Israel are welcome to join the vigil. Bring a sign or use one of ours.

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

This is the First Sunday in Advent, when we remember Christ’s coming into our world as a baby. On Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. worship service, Dr. Ralph Wilson will be speaking on the topic, “How to Deal with Church Parasites” from 2 Thessalonians 3. This is his ninth and last message in a series on Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica. Plan on joining us for our traditional Christmas Eve Service and Carol Sing, December 24, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

This historic church’s 10:30 a.m. service offers a blend of familiar hymns and up-to-date praise choruses. You are -welcome! First Baptist is your friendly, spiritual home in the Sierra, at 300 Main St. across from the Nevada County Courthouse.

For more information, call (530) 265-4711 or visit

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us Sunday for “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey,” an intergenerational service to launch the holiday season. This heart-warming tale about a widow, her young son, a grumpy wood carver and the transformative power of love, caring, and facing our grief, is adapted from the book by Susan Wojciechowski. The story will be acted out by some of our own UUCMers and woven throughout the service along with music, singing, and holiday cheer.

Service, childcare and religious education at 11 a.m. We are located at 246 Church St. in Grass Valley.

For more information, call (530) 274-1675 or visit

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when Rev. Jerry Farrell, shares his talk, “Creating Together.” Music by Kellie Garmire and Billy Bensing. “The Way of Mastery” group meets each Monday evening at 7 p.m. Ho’oponopono meditation each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.. Men’s and Women’s groups meet each Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. ACIM meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct., Grass Valley, opposite Peaceful Valley Farm Supply.

Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center is a spiritual community dedicated to expanding consciousness, promising to love and serve all, with enthusiasm, joy and playfulness!

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, December 2 with our Pastor Alison Berry! Youth Group on Sunday at 4 p.m. Adult Study: Teresa Avila, on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. United Methodist Women: Second Wednesday monthly at 10:30 a.m.

United Methodist Men: First Saturday monthly at 8 a.m. We continue to host Hospitality House on Tuesdays to assist the Homeless. Our contemporary service is at 9 and our traditional service is at 10:30 a.m. Junior High and High School Ages Youth Groups are Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines). “Hilltop Kids” Sunday School at 9 a.m.

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

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Wild Mountain Yoga Center, 574 Searls Ave., Nevada City. On December 4, Mountain Stream guiding teacher John Travis will lead a period of silent meditation followed by a talk. Mountain Stream can be found on Facebook.

For more information: or (530) 265-6111.

St. Canice Church

December is the time when we at St. Canice Church in Nevada City celebrate the liturgical season of Advent which marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. This spiritual journey spans for four weeks or four Sundays as symbolically represented by the advent wreath which consists of four candles and each candle is lit every Sunday.

When we think about Jesus’ first coming as a child on Christmas Day, we can’t help but be happy. Simply thinking about the manger scene in Bethlehem reminds us of how much God loves us. We feel moved to gather with family and friends and celebrate the fact that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God and our Savior, became man and lived among us so that he could redeem us. There is so much to celebrate not only that God became human. Jesus became man to subject himself to the limitations of human life and subjected himself to death on the cross for our forgiveness of sins and for our salvation and set us free. Come celebrate Advent/Christmas Season with us - family, friends and visitors. Masses are Saturdays, Vigil Mass 5:30 p.m., Sundays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.;Daily Mass 7:30 a.m.

Christian Business Women (The BAM PROJECT)

The BAM Project and New Covenant Baptist Church are teaming up to make significant difference for local shopping – supporting 14 Nevada County nonprofits. New Covenant Baptist Church is hosting their 7th annual gift fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1. This is a unique shopping experience as the vendors include home-made craft items, home based businesses, and traditional businesses, coming together to support 14 of Nevada County’s nonprofits. At the M3 Mall booth, shop consultants will help shoppers save on any item utilizing a unique cash-back savings program that helps non profits like: Women of Worth, AnimalSave, CoRR, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Soroptimist. The church will be serving breakfast and lunch during the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event. Some of the vendors include The BAM Project, (A Christian Women’s Business Organization with 25 local business owners), Tupperware, Party Time, Mary Kay. With a billion on-line products, 25 vendors and 14 nonprofits involved, this shopping event could be all you need for your entire Christmas list. The New Covenant Baptist Church is at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd., Grass Valley.

The event is on facebook, “New Covenant Baptist Church,” including photos from previous years. Last year’s video is on you tube:

Word-A-Live (WAL) Church:

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase invite you to Word-A-Live! Church, 10 a.m. Sundays, 10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley. Word-A-Live! Is worth the drive! Word-A-Live ! Offers: Monday from 7 to 9 p.m “A-Live! Recovery,” learning to be free from life-controlling behaviors speaker Thursdays, Women’s Bible Study at 9:45 a.m. “On Wings Like Eagles;” Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. Culture Revive Youth ages 12-18; Sat. at 5 p.m. corporate prayer; Equippers classes, Wed. 7 tp 9 p.m. “Deliverance From Bad Habits;” IHOP December 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. Special upcoming events:

December 9: IHOP (International House of Prayer) from the Prayer House in Chico Special speaker Ken Winton Worship Café opens 5:30 p.m. Service from 6 to 9 p.m.

December 16: Pastor Escobar from Guatemala City (Spanish interpreter will be present.) Christmas Service on December 23; December 30 is Prophet John Harke and New Year’s Eve. Dec. 31 Prophet John Harke, 6 to 10 p.m. (soup and salad at 6 p.m.)

Please see our web site for more information, or call (530) 432-9155.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Christmas time is upon us as we celebrate the first Sunday of Advent. Pastor Charles Smith will deliver his message at this monthly communion service both at the 9 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary services.

Sunday School is held during the 10:30 a.m. service with loving childcare all morning. Jr. and Sr. youth will meet at 10 a.m. in our Joseph Room for a light cereal breakfast and bible study before joining worship. A time of fellowship follows both services downstairs in our Fellowship Hall. Another way to see one of our services is by going to Comcast Channel 11 on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. You may also view our services on our web page at

Metaphysical discussion group

Come share your thoughts, bring your joy and meet like-minded new friends.For 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. As a welcome break between weekends, these men encourage each other as they wish to encourage you in these trying times.Penny’s Diner is located at 2072 Nevada City Highway in the B&C Fowler Center in Grass Valley.


EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational ArtsRev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá hosts a Women’s Transformational Healing Group held weekly; new Eldership Training for women over 50 starting in January; email for information. Spiritual counseling for women. Visit our website for other events at or email

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