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Religion Briefs, Dec. 21, 2012

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. As a welcome break between weekends, these men encourage each other as they wish to encourage you in these trying times. Penny's Diner is located at 2072 Nevada City Highway in the B&C Fowler Center in Grass Valley.

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá hosts a Women's Transformational Healing Group held weekly; new Eldership Training for women over 50 starting in January; email for information. Spiritual counseling for women. Visit our website for other events at or email

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 St. Patrick Catholic Church, Church 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 @ Nevada County Board of Realtors.

Baby-sitting off site is available by making reservations in advance with Jamie Bartsch at (530) 272-6056.

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 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

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

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Wild Mountain Yoga Center, 574 Searls Ave., Nevada City.

However, our regular meetings are canceled on December 24 and December 31. Please join us on January 7, 2013, when Mountain Stream guiding teacher John Travis will lead a period of silent meditation followed by a talk. Mountain Stream can also be found on Facebook.

For more information: or (530) 265-6111.

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

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center of Nevada County, 216 B Main Street, Nevada City. PIWG sponsors the Women and Men in Black vigil Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We vigil to in support of the Women in Black in Israel, who founded the movement in 1988. All who support human rights and justice for all in Palestine and Israel are welcome to join the vigil. Bring a sign or use one of ours.

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when Rev. Jerry Farrell, shares his talk, "God's Christmas Letter To Humanity." Music by Judy Moise, Helen Plowman, and the Unity Choir. "The Way of Mastery" group meets each Monday evening at 7 p.m. Ho'oponopono meditation each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Men's and Women's groups meet each Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. ACIM meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct., Grass Valley, opposite Peaceful Valley Farm Supply.

Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center is a spiritual community dedicated to expanding consciousness, promising to love and serve all, with enthusiasm, joy and playfulness!

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us Dec. 23 for "The Heart of the Holiday" with worship leader the Rev. Lynn Gardner. Just in case we might be feeling overwhelmed by the parties, the cookies, the ribbons and tags, frustrated by packages, boxes and bags, this service is an invitation to pause from the hullabaloo, and remember the heart of Christmas … the feelings of hope, generosity, and love that can touch even Scrooge and the Grinch.

Service, childcare and religious education at 11 a.m. We are located at 246 Church St. in Grass Valley.

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

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

This is the Fourth Sunday in Advent. During our 10:30 am worship service, Dr. Ralph Wilson will be speaking on the topic, "The Infinite Value of a Little Child." Plan on joining us for our traditional Christmas Eve Service and Carol Sing, Monday evening, December 24, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to this 50 minute focus on the real reason for our Christmas celebration. This historic church's 10:30 am 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.

Twin Cities Church

Join us Sunday as we continue our series "Let There Be Light." The message this week is "Longing For The Light." 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 the website at

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Pastor Mark will be in message titled "God Knows How to Be with Us." Traditional service at 9:00 AM features a mix of praise songs & hymns in traditional setting. Sunday School for Adults, youth, children, & 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 & youth group follow. Celebrate Recovery, a Christ based 12-Step program meets in the Lower Fellowship Hall at 6:30 PM.

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

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard. Her inspirational talk is titled "Recognizing the Christ." Enjoy the music of the Sierra Center All Stars at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. Youth Ministry is held at 11 a.m. on the first Sunday each month; a 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.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

This 4th and last Sunday of Advent we celebrate the preparation of the birth of Jesus. Pastor Charles Smith will be delivering the message at both the 9 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary services. Sunday School will be held during the 10:30 service with loving childcare all morning. Jr. and Sr. Youth will meet at 10 a.m. in our Joseph Room for a light cereal breakfast and bible study before joining worship. A time of fellowship follows both services downstairs in our Fellowship Hall. Another way to see one of our services is by going to Comcast Channel 11 on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m .or Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. You may also view our services on our web page at

New Covenant Baptist Church

Come and join us this Sunday morning at 10:45 as we celebrate together "Wise Men Still Seek Him." Intersect continues this Sunday night at 7 p.m. A place for people to connect with God and connect with others! You are invited to come and spend Christmas Eve with us in a candlelight celebration beginning at 7 p.m. 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. We are located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd in Grass Valley. See you on Sunday!

For more information check out our website at

Sierra Presbyterian Church

All of the staff at Sierra Pres wishes you and your family a very Blessed Christmas, and we invite you to join us this 4th Sunday of Advent as Rev. Mike Griffin delivers the message "The Return of the King" from the Advent Series. Our Services are 9 a.m. Traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary, with children's programs and Adult Sunday School at 9 a.m. Our ankor Youth will gather at 9 a.m. for small groups and in worship at 10:30 a.m. Our Christmas Eve services are a 5:30 p.m. Family Service and a 7 p.m. traditional candlelighting service. Visit our website to find out more information and to read our monthly newsletter. Sierra Presbyterian Church has many opportunities for connection, is an environment of caring, and is an outwardly focused community. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City.

For more information, call (530) 265-3291.

Church of the Essence

Come and join our spiritual gatherings. We are open to the public and would love to have you join us. 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, isit or call (530) 274-3128 or (530) 268-1118.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Join us for Christmas Eve Services: at 7 p.m./ Family and 11 p.m./ Traditional. Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines) and offers two Sunday services: Contemporary at 9 a.m. and Traditional at 10:30 a.m. "Hilltop Kids" Sunday School at 9 a.m.

For more information telephone the Church Office at (530) 268-6907 and visit our website at