Religion Briefs, Dec. 2, 2016 |

Religion Briefs, Dec. 2, 2016

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Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us for Sunday services at 9:45 and 11:30 a.m., with nursery care available. Programs for children and youth at 9:45 a.m. For more information, call 530-274-1675 or visit

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday, December 4, the second Sunday in Advent, as Rev. Jerry Farrell shares his talk, "Embodying Peace", at our service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Music will be by Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire. Our Children's Ministry program is held each Sunday also at 10:30 a.m. We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct., 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 of Love" is every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. and "A Course in Miracles" every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Rev. Jerry hosts a "Matt Kahn Study Group" the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

The Orthodox Church is Sacramental. Sacraments are what make the church relevant, no matter what culture or era. They don't need to be repackaged or rebranded; they need to be practiced, offered and explained in the context of a loving, authentic and inclusive community. Divine Liturgy is Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Vespers on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 530-265-4714 or visit

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Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue our series "Advent." The message this week is "Advent Preparation: Declare the Message of Peace." We meet Sunday mornings at 9 and 10:45. Our Children's Ministry (birth through fifth grade) will have fantastic children's programming at each of our services. High School students meet Sundays at our 9 a.m. service, and junior high school students meet at our 10:45 service. TCC Young Adults meet on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m., visit our website for more information, including location.

You can listen to past messages on KNCO 830AM Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. or you can check out our service live at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays at You can find more information and videos of our messages by visiting our website at or our Facebook page at, or call us at 530-273-6425!

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Peace often seems to elude us, but there is a peace that comes from God that is completely unimaginable. Join us this week as Pastor Mark Rindels shares about "Peace Unfathomable." Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. Contemporary service at 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Sunday School for adults, youth, children and preschoolers is provided. Wednesday dinner from 4:45 to 6 p.m. in the Upper Fellowship Hall. Prayer, Bible studies, children's activities and youth group follow. Call 530-273-7301, or visit for more information.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard this Sunday at our 10 a.m. service! Our theme for December, and the talk title for the day, is "The Living Spirit." Inspiring music will be provided by Jeff Wright and Friends. Child care is available and families with children are welcome to join us.

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.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

We are a welcoming, reconciling congregation with open hearts, open minds and open doors to ALL! We invite you to join us for Sunday Worship Service at 10 am with our Pastor, Rev. Joan Pell! Join us on CHRISTMAS EVE for our Candlelight Service at 6 p.m. Our Advent/Christmas series is "God Bless Us Every One! The Redemption of Scrooge."

Small Group Studies: "The Redemption of Scrooge" at 1 p.m. Wednesdays in the Sanctuary and "Wisdom Jesus" by Cynthia Bourgeault at 3 p.m. Fridays at a Member's home — call office for details.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m: Emergency Food Closet and free diapers — we are a distribution site for Nevada County Diaper Project.

Active Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs.

Family Breakfast and fellowship: Second Saturday at 8 a.m.

AA meetings: Weekdays at 12:30 p.m., Sundays at 8 p.m. in Room 4.

Alanon meetings: Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Room 1.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley 95949 (near Lake of the Pines).

For more information telephone the Church Office at 530-268-6907 and visit our website at, or find us on Facebook at

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

There will be some special things going on this month at Grass Valley United Methodist Church and we hope you'll join us. Our Children's Christmas Drama, based on "The First Noel and the Friendly Beasts," and assisted by Healing Harps will be during the second service on December 11. At the 10:30 a.m. service on December 18 we'll enjoy special music by the Wesley Ringers Handbell Choir. And our Christmas Eve Service will be held at 5: p.m. Unless there are last minute changes, we expect to follow our usual schedule otherwise. On Sundays we have a time for silent prayer in the sanctuary at 8 a.m. followed by a contemplative worship service at 8:45 a.m.. The traditional worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. and both services are followed by a time for fellowship when we can get to know you.

Child care is available from 8:30 a.m. until noon and Sunday School for children begins at 10:25 a.m. Bible study classes for adults are usually at 9 a.m. on Sundays, and on Tuesday mornings at 9:30. The church office is open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but will be closed the day after Christmas. You can leave a message at any time at 530-272-1946. For more information please see our website, and visit us on Facebook at United Methodist Church of Grass Valley.

First Church of Christ, Scientist / Reading Room and Bookstore

Sundays: Stop by any Sunday at 10 a.m to visit our weekly worship service centered on a sermon directly from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. A Sunday School is held at the same time where students up to the age of 20 learn all about the Bible and how to apply its timeless spiritual lessons in their lives (childcare is provided). The church location is 375 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley.

Wednesdays: Join our open Wednesday Meetings for sharing about healing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. After hearing verses from The Bible and Science and Health on a theme, participants are invited to share personal examples of Christian healing and gratitude for God's care. The meeting is followed by greeting and fellowship. Reading Room and Bookstore: This is a quiet oasis from a busy day where you can find peace and inspiration. Anyone of any faith or belief is invited to stop in to pray. No problem is without hope and a spiritual solution. The location is 147 Mill St., (our bookstore for spiritual resources.) It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for further information.

Word-A-Live (WAL) Church:

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase would like to invite everyone to join them on Sundays at 10 a.m. at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. Word-A-Live offers a variety of programs, including:

Wednesdays: 6:30 to 8 p.m.: "Equippers Classes" New Teachings continuous.

Thursdays: 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. "Women's Bible Study."

Fridays: 6 to 9 p.m. "Revival Youth" ages 12 to 18. All year long.

Saturdays: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: "Corporate Prayer."

First Saturday of every month: 8 a.m. Men's breakfast and study.

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

Trinity Church

Eucharistic services are celebrated every Sunday at 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m, with a full music program at the latest one. Father Christopher Seal and Father Brad Helmuth alternate acting as celebrant and rotate giving the homily with Deacon Rich Degeorgis. Find deep spirituality and warm friendship while worshiping at Trinity Church. Join us at 202 High Street, Nevada City. All are welcome.

Spiritual Book Club

The Spiritual Book Club is sponsored by the Baha'is of Nevada County. For information on this or other events, call 530-802-0901 or visit or

Penn Valley Community Church

We are temporarily meeting at the Penn Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church building. Our Sunday School is at 9 a.m.; with a worship service at 10 a.m. On Wednesdays this is Bible Study at 10 a.m. in the Buttermaker's Cottage at Western Gateway Park. Our youth group meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Ready Springs gym. On Thursdays, Pearls' Bible Study at 10 a.m. in the church office, and AWANA at 6:30 p.m. in the Ready Springs gym. We are located at 17328 Penn Valley Dr. Unit B in Penn Valley. For more information, call 530-432-1161, email or visit

North San Juan Community Church

We are a non-denominational church of self proclaimed "Pedestrians" — "Jesus did the talkin' and we'll do the walkin," says Associate Pastor Lane Baldwin, with a fire in his heart. Here are examples of programs we have provided in one year:

– "Souper Sunday" allows anyone to come in after church, at noon, have a bottomless bowl of soup and a family movie at 1 p.m.

– "Operation Feed the Ridge," we distribute six bags of groceries a day Monday through Saturday.

Again, we wouldn't be able to help our community without our community's help.

For more information, call 530-415-9705 or visit

New Covenant Baptist Church

Our services begin at 10:45 a.m. and we look forward to having you with us. New Covenant is a great place to be each week as we celebrate together in contemporary worship and and Biblical based preaching. You won't encounter a more welcoming and friendly place. We also have Bible studies for all ages beginning at 9:15 a.m. and midweek studies at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday nights. We are located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd. in Grass Valley. For more information visit our website at See you on Sunday.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us on Sundays as we share Jesus through the Gospel of Luke at 9 a.m. traditional service and 10:30 a.m. contemporary service. We have Adult Sunday School at both hours. We also have fun and exciting Children's Sunday School Classes and ankored Youth at 10:30 a.m. Please check our website where you can download a "family activities" brochure and read our monthly newsletter "The Sierra Story" at, like us on Facebook. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-3291.

Congregation B'nai Harim at the Nevada County Jewish Community Center

All of our worship services are open to all, regardless of financial means. No one is turned away for lack of funds, but reservations are required for High Holiday services. For guests, visitors, and regular attendees who are not currently members, we request the following donations with your reservation. Visitors from other Jewish Congregations may bring a letter on their Temple letterhead stating that they are members for free reciprocal admission to our services. For further information or reservations, please visit or call 530-477-0922.

Jewel Heart Norcal Study Group

We meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at our house in Grass Valley (Alta Sierra). This is a change from our past location, time and day. Jewel Heart Norcal is a Mahayana Buddhist Study Group in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Our study of karma will help each individual to live a happier and more fulfilling life! Our current study of Karma including different types of karma, how we create it, how we can purify it and how it works in our lives. We are using the book, "The Four Noble Truths" by Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche as our resource for our current studies.

For more information contact or call Joe at 916-580-8258. Or visit our website or on Facebook at "jewelheartnorcal." Jewel Heart Norcal is a Study Group under the auspices of Jewel Heart International. For more information on Jewel Heart International visit

North San Juan United Methodist Church

We are friendly, relevant, and relaxed. Everyone is welcome, come as you are. We meet at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning with snacks and friendly fellowship to follow. We are located at 10121 Flume St. in North San Juan. Call Pastor Patty Inis for more information at 916-500-8361 or email

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 the first and third Thursdays of each month, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There is no fee and no appointment is necessary. Also, Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. healing ministry is available by appointment only. For more information call Sierra Ministries International 530-478-1478 or visit

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church this 21st Sunday after Pentecost, our traditional worship begins at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., we have our family worship which includes our praise band and Children's Sunday School. Childcare is available in our nursery. Coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall after both services. Recordings of services can be viewed on NCTV Comcast Channel 11 on Sundays at 7:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m.; or on our website at We look forward to seeing you here!

Peace Lutheran Church

Sunday's early service at Peace Lutheran Church is changing. The new start time is now 8:30 a.m. Casual, intimate and friendly, the early service features updated music set amid the familiar Lutheran structure of Gather, Word, Meal and Send. We preach God's word for modern men and women who seek to know their Creator more deeply and follow the Jesus Path more closely. Holy Communion is served every Sunday. No experience necessary. All are welcome! Sunday worship is at 8:30 and 11 a.m. To speak to Pastor Eileen Smith Le Van, call 530-273-9631. Learn more at

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Dr. Nanci Shanderá

First Saturdays: Practical Mysticism at Inner Path in Nevada City, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Tuesdays: Transformational Wholeness for women with cancer; monthly: Women 55+ Consciousness Group; Intuitive Counseling; Soul Readings; books on transformation. For more information, email or visit

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