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Religion Briefs, April 26, 2013

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 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 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.

Wednesday’s : 7 to 9 p.m.: Equippers Classes, “School of the Supernatural,” by Evangelist Joan Pearce, Sabbatical January 9, 2013.

April 28, 7 to 9 p.m.: IHOP.

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

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 government’s and services, schools and families, businesses and media, and churches and parachurch ministries. Since August 1997, 15 to 25 people from 8 to 12 congregations have met each week to pray for our communities.

In the month of April, we will be meeting at Calvary Bible Church,13010 Highway 174.

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

Bethel Church, Nevada County

Are you hungry for an encounter with God? Join us at Bethel Church on Sunday morning for our worship service. Pastor Brian Johnson will bringing a message titled “Principles of Missions Giving Church.” Service begins at 10 a.m. Nursery care and Kids Church are available at the same time. Wednesday evening is Family Night with Adult Study, Elevate Youth Ministries, Royal Rangers and Girl’s Ministries being held at 6:30 p.m. Bethel Church is located at 13010 State Hwy.

For information call 530-273-8475.

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 amd over. Email for detailed flyers. Spiritual counseling for women. Check website for other events at or email

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

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

This coming Sunday the Orthodox Church celebrates Palm Sunday, also called the Triumphal Entry; the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before the Jewish Passover. We celebrate this day with joy, but with the realization that very sad events are soon to come...Come, join us in the celebration of the one who conquered death by death.

Divine Liturgy: Sundays 9:30 a.m.

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 a.m.

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

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.

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

This Sunday Pastor Ralph continuing a series on Paul’s Letter to the Philippians with a message at the 10:30 a.m. service on “Working on a Day-by-Day Salvation” (Philippians 2:12-18). Dr. Wilson is the author of “Philippns: Discipleship Lessons” (JesusWalk, 2012), available from

On Wednesdays we meet at the church for a potluck at 6 p.m. and Bible study at 7 p.m., studying the disciplies that help us grow spiritually, following Richard Foster’s book, “Celebration of Discipline.”

This historic church’s 10:30 a.m. 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.

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

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Have you recently felt like you were just going through the motions of life? Have you wished for a deeper understanding and relationship with God? You won’t want to miss Pastor Mark’s sermon series titled “Fire in the Bones.” This week he will be preaching a sermon entitled “Rise & Shine.”

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 and youth group follow. Celebrate Recovery, a Christ based 12-Step program meets in the Lower Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m.

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

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us Sunday for “On Learning How to See” with Jerry Jacoby. who will relate several personal vignettes on the subject of “eye-opening experiences,” from the seemingly inconsequential, such as over a chess board or the bridge table, to literally life changing, such as the one that led to my stopping drinking. What are the common features of these experiences?

You can find us at 246 Church St. in Grass Valley. Service, childcare and religious education are at 11 a.m.

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

Christian Science Church

John Q. Adams of New York City will give a one hour talk at 2 p.m. on April 28 entitled, “If God is All Where is He at This Moment?” It will take place at the Holiday Inn Express. All are welcome. Admission is free and child care will be provided at the hotel.

Wednesday evening meetings at 7:30 provide a time for attendees to share testimonies of healing after readings from the Bible and Science and Health. The church is located at 375 Crown Point Circle. For more information, call 530-273-9452.

A Reading Room and Bookstore at 147 Mill Street is open to all to stop in to study or do research or just ask questions. A librarian is always in attendance. Hours are 10 a,n, ti 4 p.m., Mon. through Sat.

For further information call 530-273-0790.

Twin Cities Church

Join us Sunday as we begin our new series “Unstuck” The message this week is “Changing My Damaged Self-Image.” 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

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the top of Broad St., regular services will be held this fifth Sunday of Easter at Nevada City United Methodist Church, with traditional worship at 9 a.m. and contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Jr. and Sr. high Bible study will meet at 10 a.m. with a light cereal breakfast.

Sunday School begins at 10:30 — childcare is available. Join us for coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall following both services. During

the week: Bible study on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Earth Justice Ministries on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Youth Group on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry

knitting and crocheting on Thursdays at noon. Recordings of our services can be viewed on Comcast Channel 11, Fridays at 6:30 p.m., or Sundays at 7:30 a.m.; or on our website, We look forward to seeing you here!

St. Canice Roman Catholic Church of Nevada City

May is the month we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13. This day in 1917, Our Blessed Lady made her first appearance to three shepherd children, Jacinta (age 7), Francisco (age 9) and Lucia (age 10), at Fatima in Portugal. She appeared to them once a month from May through October. The lives of the three children of Fatima were entirely transformed by the heavenly apparitions. While fulfilling the duties of their state with the greatest fidelity, those children seemed to know how to live only for prayer and sacrifice, which they offered in a spirit of reparation to obtain peace and the conversion of sinners. Our Blessed Lady communicated that she promised salvation to those who embrace it and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by them to adorn His throne”. -- Please come & celebrate with us all children, visitors & parishioners at St. Canice Church. The feast of Our Lady of Fatima was approved by the Vatican worldwide by the local bishop in 1930, it was also added to the Church’s worldwide calendar in 2002.

Our Masses are: 7:30 a.m. daily, Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., 9:30 and 11 a.m. Every third Sunday in the month is our Children’s Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

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

We are located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (Just past Union Hill School on Hwy. 174).

For more information, visit or call 530-477-5017.

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. 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

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Church

We bring to your attention some changes at our church, Solid Rock. After 12 years of faithful service, Pastor James Edwards has retired. Pastor Mark O’Connell is presently leading the congregation and is teaching biblical truths that are relevant to these days. Please join us at 11665 Spenceville Rd, Penn Valley. Our Sunday services start at 10 a.m. and bible study is from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, call 530-432-1964.

Church of the Essence

Come and join our spiritual gatherings. 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.

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. Penny’s Diner is located at 2072 Nevada City Highway in the B&C Fowler Center in Grass Valley.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, April 21, with our Pastor Alison Berry! Adult Study “The Rising”: Wednesday at 7 p.m.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT! Potluck Luau with Hula Hoop competitions, Limbo and More!

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

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

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

“Hilltop Kids” Sunday School is at 9 a.m.

Junior High and High School Ages Youth Groups 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) For more information telephone the Church Office at 530-268-6907 and visit our website at

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard Sunday morning. Her inspirational talk is titled “Speaking From the Deepest Self.” Enjoy the music of Gracie MacKenzie and friends at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. We also offer a mid-week meditative service on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Youth Ministry is 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.

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 an 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.

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. On April 29, guiding teacher John Travis will lead a silent meditation followed by a 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.

Please carpool. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

For more information visit or call 530-265-6111.

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