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Religion Briefs, March 8, 2013

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 March, we will be meeting at Bethel Church of Nevada County, 13010 Highway 49, a mile and a half south of McKnight Way. 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 and meet the second Tuesday of every month from 9:45 a.m. to noon at 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley.

At the March 12 meeting, Rev. Dan Prout, founder of Sierra Ministries International, will be ministering on “The Power of Inner Healing” through a message entitled, “When Life Crowds You Out”. Come expecting to receive a healing in your life. Bring a friend who may be struggling with grief, disappointment, or unforgiveness. This promises to be a powerful meeting!

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.

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

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when Licensed Unity Teacher, Patricia Haller, shares her talk, “Meditation for Life.” Music by Steve Wallace. “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!

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 March 11, community dharma leader Maeve Hassett will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk. Please carpool. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

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

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

The Orthodox Church is the guardian of the Tradition and the grace-filled gifts of the Early Church. She bears continuous and persistent witness to the truth expressed in this Tradition making it understandable and acceptable. The faith we preserve and confess is both catholic and universal. The Church is called to teach its own children as well as those outside of her.

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

Vespers : Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Have you recently felt like you were just going through the motions of life? Have you wished for a deeper understanding and relationship with God? You won’t want to miss Pastor Mark’s new sermon series titled “Fire in the Bones.” This week he will be preaching a sermon entitled “Unmasking a Divided Heart.” Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. 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.

Foothill Center for Spiritual Living, Auburn

We are a community that values and supports each other in our spiritual awakening. We are committed to practical spirituality for everyday living. All of our activities are grounded in faith, nurtured with love and guided by Spirit. Come celebrate with us on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for a 15-minute silent meditation followed by the service at 10:30 a.m. This Sunday, March 10, our spiritual leader, Rev. Maggie Buck’s talk title is “Love & Truth!” We are located at 2945 1st St. in the DeWitt Center, Auburn.

For directions, visit or call 530-823-6986.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard Sunday morning. Her inspirational talk is titled “Being Love.’” Enjoy the music of Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire at both the 9:30 and 11a.m. services.

Youth Ministry is held at 11 a.m. on the first Sunday each month; a family room is available all other Sundays. 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.

New Covenant Baptist Church

Come and join us this Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. as we celebrate together. We are continuing in our series “SPX90 Challenge.” This week we will learn what lifting weights is all about and how that impacts our SPX90 workout plan. New Covenant is a great place to be a part of each week at 10:45 a.m. Warm fellowship, great music, Biblical preaching, and loving people all make up New Covenant. We are located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd. in Grass Valley. See you on Sunday!

For more information, visit

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Regular services will be held this Sunday will begin with a traditional worship at 9 a.m. and contemporary worship at 10:30 am. Junior and senior high bible study meets at 10 a.m. Join us for coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall following both services. The new children’s music ministry will provide special music for the 10:30 a.m. service. We are located at the top of Broad St. in Nevada City. We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

Thursdays at 9: 45 a.m.: Women’s Bible Study by Joyce Meyer teaching, “ Fly like eagles”

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

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

Wednesday’s : 7 to 9 p.m.: Equippers Classes, “School of the Supernatural,” by Evangelist Joan Pearce Sabbatical January 9, 2013

March 17, 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

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

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, March 10, with our Pastor Alison Berry.

Adult Lenten Study “The Rising” is Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 10 a.m.

UMW Game Day will be Saturday March 23 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets available for $5.

Season of Lent: Palm Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. service.

Good Friday: March 29, 7 p.m.

Easter Services: March 31, Sunrise at 6:30 a.m., Contemporary at 9 a.m., Traditional at 10:30 a.m.

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

We are located at 22559 Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines) and offers two services: Contemporary at 9 a.m. and Traditional at 10:30 a.m. “Hilltop Kids Sunday School” at 9 a.m.

For more information, call 530-268-6907 or visit

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us in the blessed month of March every Sunday at our 9 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary services for the Lenten Series: Jesus on Trial. Other services this month include:

Sunday, March 10: Our monthly evening Service at 5:05 p.m. with a more contemporary style of worship and interactive discussion let by Pastor Mike.

Palm Sunday, March 24: We will host the 40-days of prayer evening Service at 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday: We will have a service at 7 p.m.

Good Friday: Pastor Mike will deliver the message at the community Good Friday Service at First Baptist Church in Grass Valley. Children’s programs, healing prayer and adult Sunday school is also at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Jr. and Sr. High meet at 9 a.m. in Hatcher, and in Worship at 10:30 a.m. Listen to past sermons, read our monthly newsletter and find out more at We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City.

For more information, call 530-265-3291.

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we begin our new series “Reality: Some Things Never Change.” The message this week is “Reality of Hell.” Twin Cities Church meets Sundays at 8, 9:35, and 11:15 a.m. at 11726 Rough & Ready Highway. Children (birth through fifth grade) meet during every Sunday morning service. Senior High Students meet at 9:35 a.m. and Junior High Students meet at 11:15 a.m. in the east multi-purpose room. You can listen to a past service on KNCO 830AM, from 7 to 7:30 on Sunday mornings.

For more information call 530-273-6425 or visit the website at

Christian Science Church

Man” is the topic of the weekly Bible Lesson sermon on March 10; “Substance” on March 17; “Matter” on March 24 and “Reality” on March 31. These same Bible Lessons are read at Christian Science churches all over the world. Here in Grass Valley, services and Sunday School meet at 10 a.m.

Wednesday evening meetings at 7:30 p.m. is a special time to express gratitude for healings and progress made in the study of Christian Science. The church is located at 375 Crown Point Circle. Telephone: 530-273-9452. All are welcome.

To serve the community, there is a Reading Room and Bookstore at 147 Mill Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For further information call 530-273-0790.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us for “Justice Sunday: Bending the Arc of the Universe” with guest speaker Rita Butterfield.

In 1853, the great Unitarian minister and abolitionist Theodore Parker said, “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but a little ways ... And from what I see, I am sure it bends toward justice.” The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee helps to bend the arc and realize justice all over the world by partnering with organizations that are serving their communities to secure human rights, civil liberties, economic justice, and environmental justice. Come, be inspired to get involved with UUSC and move us ever closer to the justice that Rev. Parker could see.

We are located at 246 Church St., Grass Valley. Service, child care, religious education at 11 a.m.

For more information, visit or call 530-274-1775.

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Church

We bring to your attention some changes at our church, Solid Rock. After 12 years of faithful service, Pastor James Edwards has retired. Pastor Mark O’Connell is presently leading the congregation and is teaching biblical truths that are relevant to these days. Please join us at 11665 Spenceville Rd, Penn Valley. Our Sunday services start at 10 a.m. and bible study is from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, visit 530-432-1964.

Church of the Essence

Come and join our spiritual gatherings. We are open to the public and would love to have you join us. We meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays with each evening beginning with a circulation of the Light through a guided meditation, followed by the evening presentation, which includes voluntary sharing and discussions. Classes available for those interested. We meet at Vela Massage Retreat, 763 B. South Auburn St. Grass Valley. For more information, visit or call (530) 274-3128 or (530) 268-1118.

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 Arts

Women’s Transformational Dreams & Healing Group every Tues. at 6 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá. New ongoing monthly group, “Embodying Your Wise Woman” for women 50+ starts Sat. Jan. 26. Email for detailed flyers. Spiritual counseling for women. Check website for other events at or email

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

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 third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at a private home. Please call 530-713-1131 for location and directions. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. We also maintain a weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays from 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We have signs to share, and all who want the illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel to end are welcome to participate.

Anchored Encouragement

Presenting the teachings of Jesus. We meet at 10 a.m. at Valentina’s Bistro & Bakery the first, second and third Sundays of each month. The bistro is located at 1041 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. For more information, call Carl Jones at 530-263-8050 or visit

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

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. Everyone is invited to join our weekly fellowship meals following the Saturday service.

We are located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (Just past Union Hill School on Hwy. 174).

Visit our website at or call 530-477-5017.

St. Canice Roman Catholic Church, Nevada City

Pope John Paul II quoted the best and most effective way to grow in holiness for “our essential commitment in life is to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist. Not only with our communal worship at Holy Mass — it must go together with our Personal Worship of Jesus and extending in Eucharistic Adoration, in order that our love may be complete.” Pope Benedict XVI announced October 2012 a special “Year of Faith” to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment in this love with others.

St. Canice’s Parish Church will be implementing the Eucharistic Adoration for this Lenten Season. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be read after which will take us into Benediction. Starting from noon to 3 p.m. on March 10, we invite each and every one of our parishioners and visitors to spend some quiet time at our Holy Church. Our regular daily Mass is 7:30 a.m. Weekend masses are Sat. at 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. (third Sunday will be our Children’s Mass at 11 a.m.).

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

During our 10:30 a.m. worship service, Dr. Ralph Wilson will be speaking on the topic, “Change, Comfort, and God’s Plan for You.” Why are we so

resistant to change? Why are we so drawn to personal comfort? Pastor Wilson will explore these topics from Jesus’ Parables of the Wineskins and Patched Clothing.

On Wednesdays we meet at the church for a potluck at 6 p.m. and Bible study at 7 p.m, studying the disciplines that help us grow spiritually, following Richard Foster’s book, “Celebration of Discipline.” We’re currently in the midst of a spiritual growth, “50 Days at Jesus’ Feet,” with daily readings from Jesus’ core teaching, to culminate on Easter Sunday.

You’re invited to a special 45 minute Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday morning in Robinson Plaza at the foot of Commercial and Main

Streets in Nevada City. 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.

Call 530- 265-4711 or visit for more information.

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