Religion Briefs, Jan. 3, 2014 |

Religion Briefs, Jan. 3, 2014

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

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

This Sunday we will celebrate the feast of Theophany-celebrating the baptism of Christ. The Holy Trinity appeared clearly to mankind for the first time—the Father's voice is heard from Heaven, the Son of God is incarnate and standing physically in the Jordan, and the Holy Spirit descends on Him in the form of a dove.

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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

Christian Science Church

Tuesdays: Come on by to visit our weekly live audio chats, including Q&A. On Tuesday, January 7, the topic is, "United against divisiveness." Whether there's division in your household, at church, at work, or in government, there is a healing answer. If you're looking for solutions to divisiveness in any part of your life — join this chat with a Christian Science practitioner and teacher and with a Christian Scientist who has founded an organization that is working for world peace. We meet every Tuesday from 11:00 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. 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 God's care. The meeting is followed by greeting and fellowship.


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 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).

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

This New Year let us "Honor the Past and Embrace the Future!" Pastor Mark Rindels is beginning the new year with a challenge to honor the past, but move forward in the future God has for us. 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 details.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard Sunday morning. Her Inspirational talk is titled "The Nature of Being." Enjoy the live, uplifting music of Jeff Wright 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.

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 6, guiding teacher John Travis will lead a period of silent meditation followed by a dharma talk. January 6 is also "Beginner's Mind Monday," with a special welcome and introductory instructions for new friends at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Information: or 530-265-6111. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

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.

Worship for Young Families (WOW), will meet on Wednesday, January 8, at 5 p.m. with a chili potluck at 5 followed by a Worship Service at 5:30 p.m. with Rev. Tana speaking on "Judas: The Value of a Dollar."

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

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we begin our new series "RE:NEW." The message this week is "RE:FRESH." 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.

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Worship Schedule:

January 4: Pastor Tim McMillen

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 & 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

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.

"We have to stop on this road of violence! What is happening in the heart of man? In the heart of humanity? We have to stop!" the pope said.

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."

At a New Year mass in St. Peter's Basilica earlier on Wednesday, Francis prayed in his homily for people "who hunger and thirst for justice and peace" in the world.

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.

Come celebrate with us

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 (UUCM) in Grass Valley

We are sad to announce the departure of the Rev. Meghan Cefalu, our first "settled" minister, after 7 and a half years of service. She has been called to the First Unitarian Society in Newtown, Mass. and began the first of this year.

A large potluck gathering on December 15 marked the Community's official farewell to their beloved minister.

The Rev. Cefalu received her Masters Degree in Divinity from Starr King School of Ministry in Berkeley CA in 2005 and began her employment as UUCM's first "settled" minister in 2006. Under her leadership UUCM has experienced a significant increase in membership, along with expansion of Religious Education and other church programs, and major improvements to the church facility.

Janet Dunstan, President of the UUCM Board of Trustees said, "Rev. Meghan taught us about the power of interpersonal relationships and how it transforms our lives.  Because of her, we are a community of loving, caring people who welcome diversity and live by our Covenant of Right Relations. We have all become more fully human…an amazing experience. She will be sorely missed."

UUCM will be served for the next six months by contract minister, the Rev. Denis Paul of Modesto, Calif. The Rev. Paul is warm, dynamic, and rich in experience.

The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains is a welcoming congregation open to all. UUCM is located at 246 Church Street in Grass Valley (the one with the rainbow flag). Contact 530-274-1675, or visit the website at

Unity in the Gold Country

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 Brazilian Healers return Wednesday, January 8. The Keys to the Kingdom, Prosperity Class begins Tuesday, January 14.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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