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Religion Briefs, June 7, 2013

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, June 9 with our Pastor Alison Berry. We offer two services, contemporary at 9 a.m. and traditional at 10:30 a.m.

Adult Bible Study is Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with a book entitled, “God as Nature Sees God –a Christian Reading of the Tao Te Ching.” led by Carolyn Collom. Contemporary services at 9 and traditional at 10:30 a.m.

United Methodist Men: First Saturday monthly at 8 a.m.

United Methodist Women: Second Wednesday monthly at 10:30 a.m.

Mark your Calendars! Vacation Bible School: June 24 to 28: “Everywhere Fun Fair!”

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

“Hilltop Kids” Sunday School at 9 am.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, in Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines).

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

Christian Science Church

The Bible and the Christian Science textbook are our only preachers. Each Sunday the Scriptural texts and their correlative passages comprise our sermons. The 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. are 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 in Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-273-9452. All are welcome.

To serve the community, there is a Reading Room and Bookstore at 147 Mill Street. Ours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For further information call 530-273-0790.

St. Canice Roman Catholic Church of Nevada City

Daily Mass is 7:30 a.m./Saturdays; Vigil 5:30 p.m. Sunday 8, 9 and 11 a.m.

Every third Sunday in the month is our Children’s Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard Sunday morning. Her inspirational talk is titled “It’s OK to Change Your Mind.” Enjoy the music of Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. We also offer a mid-week meditative service on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Youth Ministry is at 11 a.m. on the first Sunday each month; our 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.

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

This Sunday, Pastor Ralph will be bringing a message at the 10:30 a.m. service

entitled, “The Journey Begins at the Jordan,” beginning a series on Jesus’

life and ministry and how His life intersects our own.

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.

Church of the Essence

Come and join our spiritual gatherings. 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. Penny’s Diner is located at 2072 Nevada City Highway in the B&C Fowler Center in Grass Valley.

Bethel Church, Nevada County

Are you hungry for an encounter with God? Join us at Bethel Church on Sunday morning for our worship service. Pastor Brian Johnson will be bringing a message titled, “Giving From An Extravagant Heart.” Service begins at 10 a.m. Nursery care and Kids Church are available at the same time. Wednesday evening is Family Night with Adult Study, Elevate Youth Ministries, Royal Rangers and Girls’ Ministries being held at 6:30 p.m. Bethel Church is located at 13010 State Hwy. For more information call 530-273-8475.

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. In the month of June, we will be meeting at Empire Mine Historic Park, Empire Street, Grass Valley in the far left corner of the main parking lot.

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

Need healing? Physical or emotional? 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

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

Kingdom Rock: Vacation Bible School for kids ages preschool to 8th grade, will be held June 17 to 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Kids will enjoy a great program including songs, stories, crafts and games! In addition to our regularly scheduled worship services, we have two special worship events this month. Outdoor church on June 15 and the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Echo Ridge School during the worship service on June 22. 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 (except on June 15).

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.

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 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, “How To Get Your Day Started Right.”

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 Classes, “Revelation Knowledge Leading to the Supernatural.”

June 23: 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

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

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us in June, July and August for Psalms in the Summertime. We will be reading through the book of Psalms using a reading plan bookmark and the Sermons will cover different Psalms each week. Our casual summer 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. Junior and senior high groups meet at 9 a.m. in Hatcher Hall and in Worship at 10:30 a.m. On June 14, we will have our free childcare program for 2 to 12 year olds from 5 to 8 p.m., so RSVP early. On June 15 from 9 to 11 a.m., Pastor Mike Griffin and Karen Tyner, MFT will hold a free workshop “Growing through Grief” for those who have faced some type of loss. Visit our website to listen to past sermons, read our monthly newsletter (which includes the Psalms in the Summertime reading plan) and register for Summer Sensation VBS at We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-3291.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Your faith in Christ can grow! Pastor Mark has started a series titled “Daring Faith.” This series will explore the lives of 6 Old Testament heroes who demonstrated daring faith. Looking at Abraham’s life in Genesis 12 this week, let’s learn how to “Move out of your Comfort Zone” as a means of strengthening our faith.

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 at 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.

For more information, call 530-273-7301, or visit

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when special guest, Rev. Joe Sloan, shares his talk, “One Power.” Music by Steve Wallace. We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct. in Grass Valley, off Whispering Pines Lane, across from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. “The Way of Mastery” meets every Monday evening at 7 p.m. Ho’oponopono meditation is every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. and the Men’s Group and Women’s Sacred Circle meet every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. The Creative Intention Group meets every Wednesday at 9 a.m. and the Course in Miracles meets every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Twin Cities Church

Join us Sunday as we continue our series “Encouragement For Today’s Family.” The message this week is “Modeling An Authentic And Passionate Spiritual Life.”

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

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us Sunday for “Offerings” with the Rev. Meghan Cefalu.,” with the Rev. Meghan Cefalu.

Bring your canned food for Interfaith Food Ministry.

You can find us at 246 Church St. in Grass Valley. Service, childcare and religious education are at 11 a.m.

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

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 our June 11 meeting, Father Sylvester Kwaitkowski of St. Patrick & St. Canice Churches, will be sharing his newly found gift of artistic expression and ministering on “The Power of Silence”.

Aglow is an 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.

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá

Women’s Transformational Dreams & Healing Group every Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá. Additional weekend workshops: “Embodying Your Wise Woman” for women 50+; Spiritual counseling for women; email for detailed flyers. For more information and other events, visit or email The EarthSpirit Center can also be found on Facebook.

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

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

When the Orthodox Church says that it is “The Church,”we make no pronouncement upon the salvation of anyone inside or outside membership in Orthodoxy. Salvation is not looked at within Orthodoxy as either an in or out position, but a journey into God.

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

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

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

PIWG advocates 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. a private home. Please call 530-713-1131 for location and directions.

We also maintain a weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City.

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

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, call 530-432-1964.

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 June 10, community dharma leader Tony Bernard 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 more information visit or call 530-265-6111. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

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