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Religion Briefs, Dec. 6, 2013

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, December 8 with our Pastor Alison Berry!

Contemporary service at 9 p.m. and traditional service at 10:30 a.m.

One Special Service, “The Mystery of Simon Shepherd” will be at 10 a.m. on Sunday Dec. 15.

Advent Study: Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m., “Walking the Road to Bethlehem.”

Bible Study based on the Weekly Lectionary: Fridays at 10 a.m. with Pastor Alison.

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

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

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

Hilltop Kids Sunday School at 9 a.m.

Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley

(near Lake of the Pines).

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

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us this Sunday afternoon for a very special free Christmas program, “Come & See” at 3 p.m. Join us on Sundays in December as Pastors Mike and Linda deliver the Advent Messages: “Songs of Salvation.” Our 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. On Christmas Eve we will have two wonderful services. The 5 p.m. family service will include a message with some drama and hot apple cider with some more drama outside! . The 7 p.m. service will be more traditional. . Both Services will include a time of candlelighting. Visit our website at, to read our newsletter online and like us on our Facebook page. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-3291.

Word-A-Live Church

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase invite you to Word-A-Live! Church at 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: Series, “How to hear from God.”

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. “Night is Time for Change” (The need for a new Wine-Skin in the church today).

Dec. 8: 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

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

Christian Science Church

Come on by to visit our weekly online live chat, including Q&A, with a professional speaker and healer on a current topic. We meet every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at 147 Mill St. (our Reading Room and Bookstore with spiritual resources).

Last Tuesday’s topic was “To feel rested and refreshed.” Visit for the most recent topic and further information.

Bring the whole family on Christmas Day from 7 to 8 p.m. for a special celebratory meeting of the healing Christ. 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 Love’s care. Punch, cookies and fellowship will also be shared after the meeting.

Church and Sunday School are held every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (childcare included). Our regular Wednesday meetings for sharing experiences of healing are at 7:30 p.m. (375 Crown Point Circle).

For more information, call 530-273-9452.

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

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.

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. 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.

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

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Women’s Transformational Dreams and 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.

Twin Cities Church

Join us Sunday as we begin our series “Be Wise: Stop Doing Dumb Things.” The message this week is “Be Wise With My Sexuality.”

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

St. Canice Roman Catholic Church

Advent is the liturgical season that precedes and prepares us for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of Latin word adventus, meaning “coming” It is a season of hope and of longing, of joyful expectation and of peaceful preparation. Many symbols and traditions are associated with Advent, especially the Advent Wreath with its four colored candles (three purple and one pink), but also Advent calendars, special Advent music, food, processions, and other traditions that may vary from one culture or region to the next. In the Season of Advent many liturgical celebrations occur:

Today - St. Nicholas.

Dec. 8 - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin. Mary - a “Holy Day of Obligation” in the United States. Masses offered Dec.9.

Dec. 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - only ranked as a “Memorial” in much of the world, but considered an important “Feast” in the United States and many Latino countries.

“Rejoice: the Lord is nigh.” As Christmas draws near, the Church emphasizes the joy which should be in our hearts over all that the birth of our Savior means for us. The great joy of Christians is to see the day drawing nigh when the Lord will come again in His glory to lead them into His kingdom.”

Masses: Weekdays at 7:30 a.m., Sat., 5:30 p.m., and Sundays at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

We are located on Washington St. in Nevada City.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Now that the Christmas season is upon us let us enjoy “Christmas the Way it was meant to be.” Pastor Mark Rindels is continuing a new series focusing on the peace that comes with Christmas. Christmas was intended to be “Not Stressful, but Peaceful.” Let this year give you hope in the midst of trying and difficult situations.

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 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. Call 530-273-7301, or visit for more information.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard Sunday morning. Her Inspirational talk is titled “Love Has No Conditions.” Enjoy the live, uplifting music of Gracie MacKenzie 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.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

With everything on our plate these days, making room for Church might be the last thing on our mind. This Sunday, take the time to come and find the Peace that passes all understanding, renewing your commitment to Faith. Rest in our Savior Jesus Christ and fact the coming week with New Life.

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

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when, Rev. Jerry Farrell shares his talk, “Gathering In for Christmas”. 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 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. Family Christmas Play and Program to be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 13.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Santa Calls. Today we will tell and enact a rich and powerful story. Join us for this meaningful worship service for the whole family with the Rev. Meghan Cefalu. There will be no religious classes, although nursery care for the little ones is available. Childcare, service and religious education at 11 a.m. We are located at 246 Church St., Grass Valley. We are a GLBT welcoming congregation. For more information, call 530-274-1675 or visit

The Healing Rooms of Nevada County

Need healing? Physical or emotional? The Healing Rooms of Nevada County 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 at 530-478-1478 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 the First Baptist Church at 300 Main Street in Nevada City across from the Court House on the east side.

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

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. in Nevada City. 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. and on the first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a potluck.

John Travis will lead a daylong retreat at the center on November 23. To register:

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

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

We welcome you to join us each Saturday morning. 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. Pathfinders and Adventurers - a youth club for children ages preschool to 16, meets at Echo Ridge Christian School each Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. We are located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (Just past Union Hill School on Hwy. 174).

For more information, visit our website at or call 530-477-5017.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Grass Valley’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church has added an additional Sunday morning service:

7:30 a.m. – Rite I Holy Communion with no music.

9 a.m. – Rite II Holy Communion with music and Nursery

10:30 a.m. – Rite II Holy Communion with organ/choir, Nursery, and Sunday school.

Coffee and fellowship in Buck Hall follow each service.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 235 S. Church St., Grass Valley.

For more information, call 530-273-7876, email or visit

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. for our contemplative service or 10:30 a.m. for our traditional service. Coffee will be available in between services as well as after the Traditional service. Sunday School is held during the 8:45 a.m. service for ages 3 to 12, with chimes and drama 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Child care for all ages 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Homework Heaven meets each Wed. at 3:30 p.m. Please call the church office at 530-272-1946 for further information.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church, special services will be held this 29th Sunday after Pentecost, with traditional worship at 9 a.m., and 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. Adult bible study on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Adult book study Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. 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, Fridays at 6:30 p.m., or Sundays at 7:30 a.m.; or on our website at We look forward to seeing you here!

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