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Religion Briefs, July 5, 2013

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

This Sunday, Pastor Ralph continues his series on “Grace,” with a message on “Jesus, the Teacher of Grace.” We’ll examine some of Jesus’ well-known parables and teachings to discern the constant theme of God’s grace.

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.

Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us Sunday at 11 a.m. for “Tapestry of Faith: Independence and Interdependence.” Bring your canned food.The choir will be singing! We are a GLBT welcoming congregation. For more information, call 530-274-1675 or visit

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when, Rev. Jerry Farrell, shares her talk, “Celebrating Holidays.” Music by Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire. 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 is Thursday at 7 p.m.

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 8, Mountain Stream teacher Heather Sundberg 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. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

For information, visit or 530-265-6111.

Twin Cities Church

Join us Sunday as we continue our series “LIFT: Looking Up For Perspective.” The message this week is “Seeing The Bigness Of God.”

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

Baha’i Faith of Grass Valley and Nevada County

Join Bahá’ís worldwide observance of the Martyrdom of the Báb on Tuesday, July 9, at the Purple Moon Art Loft, 708 West Broad Street, Nevada City. The public is invited to attend the program, which will begin with an informal reception at noon followed by readings and prayers at 1 p.m.

The Báb, whose name means the Gate, was the Prophet-Herald of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith. In 1844, the Báb had proclaimed a new religion and declared that the promised one of all religions would soon reveal himself.

For six years the Báb continued to teach and to gather thousands of followers. He proclaimed the coming of a new era in which the world would be unified and mankind would become one. The enthusiasm with which thousands accepted the Báb’s teachings alarmed the clergy and government officials in Persia at that time. On July 9, 1850, the Báb was executed by a firing squad in a public square in Tabriz, Persia (Iran). Three years after the Báb’s martyrdom, the one he foretold appeared in the person of Bahá’u’lláh.

The Bahá’í Faith is the most widely spread religion in the world after Christianity. The world center of the religion is in Haifa, Israel.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Interested in the history of the Bible? Who wrote it? How did all those writings get collected into a single book? Who decided what was included and what wasn’t? How long it took before the New Testament was really complete? The Orthodox Church knows the answers to all these questions, because it was there, doing all those things.

Divine Liturgy: Sundays 9:30 a.m.

Vespers: Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.

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

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Your faith in Christ can grow! Pastor Mark is preaching a series titled “Daring Faith.” This series will explore the lives of 6 Old Testament heroes who demonstrated daring faith. Preaching from Judges 13-16 this week, let’s learn how to “Keep Going After You’ve Failed.” 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 7 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 for more information or visit

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, “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, “Sabbatical Wednesday.” July 7: 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

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

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard Sunday morning. Her inspirational talk is titled “Awareness of The Thing Itself.” Enjoy the live music of Jeff Wright and friends 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.

St. Canice Roman Catholic Church, Nevada City

In the month of July we honor the celebration of Christ’s Precious Blood, like His Sacred Heart, is a symbol of His love for all mankind. In this prayer, we recall the shedding of His Blood and ask that He may guide our lives so that we may be worthy of Heaven - Petition to Jesus Christ –“Lord Jesus Christ, who came down from heaven to earth from the bosom of the Father, and didst shed Thy Precious Blood for the remission of our sins: we humbly beseech Thee, that in the day of judgment we may deserve to hear, standing at Thy right hand: “Come, ye blessed.” Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.”

To all our community and visitors may we find friendship peace and serenity in our wonderful and small community.

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

Christian Science Church

“GOD” is the topic for the Bible Lesson sermon July on 7; “Sacrament, July 14; “Life”, July 21; and “Truth”, July 21.

Service and Sunday School meet at 10 a.m. Come hear these sermons and enjoy solos accompanied by our 22 pipe organ.

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

To serve the community, there is a Reading Room and Bookstore at 147 Mill Street in Grass Valley, which also has a children’s corner for youngsters to read Bible stories. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

For further information call 530-273-0790.

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. NOTE: Healing Rooms will resume on Thursday, July ll.

For more information call 530-478-1478 or visit

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

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.

Grass Valley AM AGLOW

We are a local chapter of Aglow International, meets the second Tuesday of every month from 9:45 to noon at 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley.

At our July 9 meeting Linda Langley, Tryphena Plasier and Penny Allen will be ministering on the “Power of Partnership.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 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.

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