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Celebrating 50 years of service and worship at Sierra Presbyterian Church

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Special guests, and bluegrass music will be part of the celebratory activities at Sierra Presbyterian Church commemorating 50 years of worship and service to the local and extended community.

Commissioned on Sunday, Dec. 10, 1967, by the Presbyterian denomination, the church will joyously recall the past on the same day and date, Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m.

Current pastor Rev. Dr. Mike Griffin will lead the observance. Previous clergy Rev. Dr. Bruce Heiple, pastor for 20 years; former Associate Pastors Rev. Dan Prout; Rev. Dr. Tom Patterson; Rev. Dr. Linda Line; and Interim and Disaster Pastor Rev. Dr. Toby Nelson all will take part in the ceremonies.

Founding Pastor, the late Rev. Dr. Robert Meyer will be represented by his son, Charles Meyer. Bluegrass musicians Jonathan Steel, Tim Grebe, Tom Patterson, and Graeme Little have reunited to add their special style of music to the festivities. A catered reception will follow the observances.

Sierra Presbyterian Church was established by residents of Nevada County and supported as a mission church for the first few years by the Presbyterian denomination. Members raised money by having a rummage sale in downtown Grass Valley to pay for rent on an office.

That small sale grew into the massive Labor Day weekend event, and to some at the church is known as "The Yard Sale church!" The proceeds now go to selected local non-profit organizations.

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Even while still a mission church, members realized it was not all about them and began assisting local organizations.

Consistent financial backing and individual hands-on volunteers give support to Living Well Medical clinic, Christian Encounter Ministry, Emergency Assistance Coalition, Hospitality House, Interfatih Food Ministry, Wolf Mountain Camps, Sierra Ministries International, and Anew Day.

Sierra Pres has adopted Kare Crisis Nursery and provides mentors, Santa's Shoppe, and help with the upkeep of the facilities. The church is one of the founding members of Love in Nevada County, a coalition of churches extending help and love across the region. Intervarsity Christian Fellowship in Merced and The Table in San Francisco are in-state ministries.

The church's reach goes beyond Nevada County into many parts of the world. Africa is reached through African inland Missions, the Kellerman Foundation in Uganda, the Potter's Field Ministries also in Uganda, and Wycliffe Bible Translations in Cameroon.

Other outreach posts supported by Sierra Pres are in Albania, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala, Beijing, and Mexicali, Mexico. Additionally, short term trips to Mexico, Africa, and San Francisco are funded and staffed by church members to help as needed.

While the Dec. 10 celebration honors the past, the church believes that the past is but a prologue to the future and is planning for the next 50 years of service and worship.

The public is invited to join in the afternoon celebration and also the combined morning worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.