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Religion Briefs: Jan. 25, 2013

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we begin our series, “Like Jesus.” The message this week is “Serving Like Jesus.” 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

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when Rev. Jerry Farrell, shares his talk, “The People of the Way.” Music by Brenda Boston and Jack Wallace. “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!

Nevada City United Methodist Church

This week is the third Sunday after the Epiphany and the Gospel is from Luke 4:14-21. Pastor Charles Smith will be delivering the message at both the 9 a.m. “traditional” and 10:30 a.m. “contemporary” worship services. Sunday School is held during the 10:30 service with loving child care all morning. Jr. and Sr. Youth Group takes place downstairs in the Joseph Room at 10 a.m. with a light cereal breakfast and short bible study before the group joins the 10:30 service. Fellowship follows both services downstairs in 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

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! I 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 begin January 17 by Joyce Meyer teaching, “ Fly like eagles.”

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, “School of the Supernatural,” by Evangelist Joan Pearce. Sabbatical January 9, 2013

Jan. 27, 7 to 9 p.m.: IHOP.

Feb. 8 and 9: Creative Arts Symposium. Cost $20.

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

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. in Nevada City. On January 28, Mountain Stream teacher Heather Sundberg will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk. Please carpool. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

For more information: or 530-265-6111.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, January 27, with our Pastor Alison Berry.

Youth Group on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Adult Study: Teresa Avila, on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

United Methodist Women: Second Wednesday monthly at 10:30 a.m.

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

Quilting Group: Second and fourth Thursdays at 10 a.m.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT! Potluck, on Friday January 25 at 6 p.m.

Sundays: 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.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is 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 or visit our website at

New Covenant Baptist Church

Come and join us this Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. as we warp up our series on “The Table” We will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. 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 visit

First Baptist Church of Grass Valley

“Running the Race” is the title of the newest sermon series at First Baptist! As we began 2013, we have been challenged with a message titled “Jumping The Hurdles of Servant Leadership.” Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. Sunday School for adults, youth, children and preschoolers is provided. Contemporary service at 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Join us Wednesdays beginning January 9th 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 beginning January 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Mike continues the series “Radical Relationships -Exploring the Book of Ruth.” Our services are: 9 a.m. Traditional and 10:30 a.m. Contemporary, Children’s programs, healing prayer and adult Sunday school is also at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Jr. & Sr. High meet at 9:00 in Hatcher, and in worship at 10:30. We also offer a more contemporary Sunday Evening Service on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 5:05 p.m. On Friday, February 1st, grades 6 to 12 can come and enjoy a Mario Kart Tournament with free food and fun prizes. Listen to past sermons, read our monthly newsletter and find out more at We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City.

For more information, call 530-265-3291.

Foothill Center for Spiritual Living, Auburn

We are a community that values and supports each other in our spiritual awakening. We are committed to practical spirituality for everyday living. All of our activities are grounded in faith, nurtured with love and guided by Spirit. Come celebrate with us on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for a 15-minute Silent Meditation followed by the service at 10:30 a.m. This Sunday, January 27, two spiritual leaders, Rev. Maggie Buck and Rev. Barbara Leger co-speak on “Inspiration and Application.” We are located at 2945 1st St. in the DeWitt Center, Auburn.

For directions, visit or call 530-823-6986.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard. Her inspirational talk is titled “The Unifying Effect of Fairness.” Enjoy the music of Gracie MacKenzie and friends at both the 9:30 and 11:00 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 parking map or more information, visit or call 530-274-1018.

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.

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 January we will be meeting at First Baptist Church, Ridge Road in Grass Valley (directly across from Nevada Union High School).

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

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

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Women’s Transformational Dreams & Healing Group every Tues. at 6 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá. New ongoing monthly group, “Embodying Your Wise Woman” for women 50+ starts Sat. Jan. 26. Email for detailed flyers. Spiritual counseling for women. Check website for other events at or email

Grass Valley AM AGLOW

We are a local chapter of Aglow International and meet 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.

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 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.

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, visit or call (530) 274-3128 or (530) 268-1118.

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