Religion Briefs, Aug. 23, 2013 |

Religion Briefs, Aug. 23, 2013

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when, Rev. Jerry Farrell, shares his another inspiring Metaphysical message. Music by Brenda Boston and Jack 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 10 a.m. and the Course in Miracles is Thursday at 7 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us Sunday as we celebrate our new hymnal. Come for a time of deep meaning and fun music with The Rev. Meghan Cefalu.

Service, child care and service at 11 a.m. We are a GLBT welcoming congregation. For more information, call 530-274-1675 or visit

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Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Those who search for truth and come in contact with the Orthodox faith discover that it is not what they have heard—not only is it biblical, but it has aspects completely discarded by other churches; continuity, sacraments, writings of the holy fathers, theologians–both ancient and modern, traditions of prayer and fasting, and much more. Come join us this Sunday!

Divine Liturgy: Sundays 9:30 a.m.

Vespers: Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.

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

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, August 25th, with our Pastor Alison Berry!:

Active Scouting Program which meet at our Church: Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Two services: Contemporary at 9 a.m. and traditional at 10:30 a.m.

Adult Bible Study: "The Gospel According to Jesus," Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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

United Methodist Women: Second Wednesday monthly at 10:30 a.m., Sept. through June.

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

We are located at 22559 Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines). "Hilltop Kids" sunday school is at 9 a.m.

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

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 August 26, Guiding Teacher John Travis 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 call 530-265-6111.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

We are called to be disciples and make disciples. Join us as Pastor Mark starts a new series called "Making Disciples". The first step to making disciples is "Follow Me". Everything changes when Jesus takes the initiative and calls us to follow Him.

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

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Madalyn Wade Sunday morning. Her Inspirational talk is titled "Staying in the NOW." Enjoy the live, uplifting music of Gracie MacKenzie 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 pm.

Families with Children are welcome to join us (a Family Room with audio is available if needed). 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.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the top of Broad St., regular services will be held this 14th Sunday after Pentecost, with traditional worship at 9, and contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Jr. and Sr. high bible study will meet at 10 a.m. with a light cereal breakfast; Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. and childcare is available. Join us for coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall following both services. Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting and crocheting on Thursdays at noon. Recordings of our services can be viewed on Comcast Channel 11, Fridays at 6:30 p.m., or Sundays at 7:30 a.m.; or on our website: We look forward to seeing you here!

Twin Cities Church

Join us Sunday as we continue our series "LIFT: Looking Up For Perspective." The message this week is "Getting The Most Out of 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

Christian Science Church

"Mind" is the topic of the weekly Bible Lesson sermon for August 25. This same Bible lesson and others 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 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.

St. Canice Roman Catholic Church, Nevada City

The month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.

We welcome all vistors, our parishioners to our services at St. Canice Nevada City.

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

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 August, we will be meeting at the Whispering Pines Church of God on Brighton 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 at Nevada County Board of Realtors. Baby-sitting off site is available by making reservations in advance with Jamie Bartsch at 530-272-6056.

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

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

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.

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.

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

We welcome you to join us each Saturday morning as we focus on the following topics this month:

August 24 – Paul Savino.

August 31 – Andrew Chang.

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. Ladies – you are invited to attend our annual Ladies Brunch on On August 25 at 10 a.m. Mary Jo Lauderdale will bring us a message entitled "God Is Incredible" and will also update us on her work with widows in the Congo. This event is free and open to the public, please RSVP to or call the church office, 530-477-5017.

Our Pathfinder & Adventure club will begin meeting again this month!! They meet each Tuesday at Echo Ridge School at 5:30 p.m., and they will hold a car wash beginning at noon on August 25 in the church parking lot. Call the church office for more information.

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! 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. Starts in September.

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 with a new series: "The Meal that Heals."

August 25: 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

SCHOOL OF EVANGELISM – AUG. 23 at 7 p.m., Aug. 24 10 a.m. to noon.. EVANGELIST JOAN PEARCE.

Sept. 21 and 22: Church Birthday with Pastor Tom Terry

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. 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.

New Covenant Baptist Church

Ever wonder how you can know for sure that you are hearing God's voice? Come and join us this Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. as we explore "Is That Really You God?" 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. For more information check out our website at We are located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd. in Grass Valley. See you on Sunday!

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

On August 25, Dr. Ralph Wilson, will be speak on "These Things I Know." This

will be his last message as Interim Pastor of the church. Ralph and his wife

Jean have served as Interim Pastors of First Baptist for the past

three-and-two-thirds years. They are residents of Loomis. Beginning on

Sunday, September 1, Roland Meyer begins as the church's new pastor.

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.

Christian Science Reading Room

All are invited to an audio web chat from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 27. The topic is, "Back to School. There is a spiritual identity that is true for everyone at school." For some students, returning to school can be a time full of possibilities — new friends, interesting studies, exciting activities. But for other students, it's a time to deal with bullying, cliques, disappointment over "not making the team," stress with balancing schoolwork and other activities, or difficulty making good grades.The speaker is, Melanie Wahlberg, a former college professor. The location is the Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore, 147 Mill St. Come and hear ideas and solutions that will be helpful.

For information call 530-273-0790. All are welcome.

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