Religion Briefs, Jan. 10, 2014 |

Religion Briefs, Jan. 10, 2014

Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore

The Tuesday live audio chat this week is, "The Bible's healing message." How can we heal as Jesus did? The Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy answer that question. To explore this topic further, join us for a Q&A chat with a Christian Science practitioner and teacher from 11 a.m. to noon at 147 Mill St. in Grass Valley. Visit for further information.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

A New Year Brings New Changes! "Under Construction" is a new series to encourage us to examine our lives and find ways to grow in our walks with the Christ. This week Pastor Mark Rindels will preach a sermon entitled "Getting to Know the God who Comforts." 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 from 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

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Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard Sunday morning. Her Inspirational talk is titled "Spirit Works Through Us." Enjoy the live, uplifting music of Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire 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. Our 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.

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. Please carpool.

On January 13, community dharma leader Mary Helen Fein will lead a period of silent meditation followed by a dharma talk.

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.

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

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!

Wednesday Vespers at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m.

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

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we begin our new series "RE:NEW." The message this week is "RE:PRAY." We meet Sundays at 8:00, 9:35, and 11:15. Our Children's Ministry (birth through 5th grade) has fantastic children's programming at each of our services.

High School Students meet Sundays at our 9:35 service, and Junior High School Students meet at our 11:15 service.

You can listen to past messages on KNCO 830AM on Sunday mornings at 7:00 a.m., or you can check out videos of our messages and services at our website –

Find more information visit our website or our Facebook page –, or call us at 530 273 6425

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when Rev. Jerry Farrell shares his talk, "Making The Commitment." Music by Steve Wallace. 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 in Miracles every Thursday at 7 p.m. Our Children's Ministry program is held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The "Keys to the Kingdom," Prosperity Class begins Tuesday, January 14. "Expressing The Harmony of the Heart Visioning Workshop", Sunday, January 19.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

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.

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.

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.

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 more information, call Lee Ann at 530-272-2945.

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá Women's Mystery School, Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; classes in Transformational Healing of Spirit, Mind, and Body; Dreams; Elderhood Wisdom Training; Alchemy; Shamanism; Ritual in our Stone Circle; ongoing Healing group for those dealing with cancer (at SNMH hospital); monthly Sierra Center for Spiritual Living Women's Circle.

Spiritual counseling for women; check website and EarthSpirit Center on Facebook for event schedule, online classes, and Dr. Nanci's books.

For more information, visit or email

Christian Science Church

Tuesdays: Come on by to visit our weekly live audio chats, including Q&A.

We meet every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at 147 Mill St. (our bookstore for spiritual resources). Visit for the most recent topic and further information.

Wednesdays: Join our open Wednesday Meetings for sharing about healing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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. A Sunday School is held at the same time.

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Worship Schedule:

January 11: Pastor Jeff Richards, "My Pastoral Prayer: Give Glory to God"

January 18: Pastor Jeff Richards, "My Pastoral Prayer: The Riches of His Glory

January 25: Pastor Jeff Richards, "My Pastoral Prayer: Christ Dwells in Our Hearts"

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.

Services are also held in Spanish in the fellowship hall.

Everyone is invited to join our weekly fellowship meals following the Saturday service.

Pathfinder and Adventure Children's Clubs meet each Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Echo Ridge Christian School.

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 or email

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

9 a.m.: Contemporary Service and 10:30 a.m. Traditional Service.

Junior High and High School Ages: Youth Group on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. Hilltop Kids" Sunday School at 9 a.m.
Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, in Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines) "

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

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.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Our Contemplative Service begins at 8:45 a.m. Our Traditional Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Coffee fellowship follows each service.

You are invited to join us for either service. Sunday School is held during the 8:45 service for ages 3 to 12 with chimes and drama 9:45 to 10:30. Child care for all ages 8:30 until noon.

Please feel free to call the church office at 530-272-1946 for further information.

St. Canice Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis on Wednesday called for greater solidarity in the world in his first New Year blessing as pontiff in front of crowds of pilgrims on St. Peter's Square.

"We all have a responsibility to act so that the world may be a community of brothers who respect each other, who accept their diversity and who take care of one another," the pope said on Catholic World Peace Day.

The first pope from Latin America said violence and injustice "cannot leave us indifferent or immobile" and said 2014 should bring "a real commitment to build a society with more justice and more solidarity.

Francis said he hoped that greater "fraternity" and a "cry for peace" from war-torn parts of the world would encourage more dialogue and "tear down walls that prevent enemies from seeing each other as brothers."

Francis was elected in March 2013 following his predecessor Benedict XVI's momentous resignation — a first for the Catholic Church since the Middle Ages. His down-to-earth style and commitment to reforming the Vatican have raised hopes in the Roman Catholic Church.

Daily Mass at 7:30 a.m. Mon. through Friday; Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.; Sundays at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

We are located on Washington St. in Nevada City.

The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

We are a welcoming congregation open to all. UUCM is located at 246 Church Street in Grass Valley (the one with the rainbow flag).

For more information, call 530-274-1675, or visit the website at

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

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