Religion Briefs, Aug. 14, 2015 |

Religion Briefs, Aug. 14, 2015

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us for our service this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when the Rev. Jerry Farrell, shares his talk, “Conscious Mastery.” Music by Kalyani. Our Children’s Ministry program is held each Sunday also at 10:30 a.m. 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. Food Addicts Anonymous meets each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. “A Course in Miracles” every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The John of God, Brazilian Healers, are at the Center the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. Rev. Jerry hosts “A Matt Kahn Study Group” the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Wayne Lewis leads a Barbara Marx Hubbard meditation on the “52 Codes for Conscious Self-Evolution the fourth Wednesday of each month. ”The Braveheart Women Ripple Circle meets the 11th day of every month at 6:30 p.m. Our Women’s Social Circle meets the second Friday of each month at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Many Orthodox converts are fleeing mega-church Christianity and coming to Orthodoxy. They are coming because they want something on Sunday morning besides a rock band and a giant plasma TV screen. They are seeking mystery. They want a non-fundamentalist approach to the faith and the faith of the ages. Come home to the church of Peter and Paul!

Divine Liturgy: Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

As the first missionaries shared the Gospel with many people they learned how to share the Gospel in a way that everyone could understand. Preaching out of Acts 17, Pastor Mark Rindels will teach us how we are to “Reason with People” when sharing the Gospel. Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. Contemporary service at 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Sunday School for adults, youth, children and preschoolers is provided. 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. Call 530-273-7301, or visit

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard this Sunday at our 10:00 am service. In keeping with our theme for August “Celebrating Spirit Every Day,” her inspiring talk is titled “Willing to Imagine.” Uplifting music will be provided by SharonJoy Jahoda and Friends. Child care is available and families with children are welcome to join us.

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.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

This 12th Sunday after Pentecost, we invite you to worship at the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church! Traditional worship begins at 9 a.m. Non-traditional worship with communion and Children’s Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available in our nursery. Coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall after both services. Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting/crocheting at noon Thursdays. Recordings of services are on NCTV Comcast Channel 11- Sundays at 7:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m.; or on our website is We look forward to seeing you here!

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue our series “Stronger: A Series on 2 Timothy.” The message this week is “Stronger Foundation.” We meet Sunday mornings at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Our Children’s Ministry (birth through fifth grade) will have fantastic children’s programming at each of our services. High school students meet Sundays at our 9 a.m. service, and junior high school students meet at our 10:45 a.m. service. TCC Young Adults have summer events posted on their calendar on our website.

You can listen to past messages on KNCO 830AM Sunday mornings at 7 a.m., or you can check out our service live at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays at You can find more information and videos of our messages by visiting our website at or our Facebook page at, or call us at 530-273-6425!

Trinity Church, Nevada City

Madrigals, spirituals, 20th cntury masterworks, folks songs, jazz and more will be included in a concert by the Trinity Community Chorus at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 16 at Trinity Church, 212 High Street, in Nevada City. The Chorus, directed by Stan Thomas-Rose and accompanied by Laurie Gautney, features singers ranging from school age to retirees and most points in between, and will be presenting a challenging and eclectic program.  Admission is free, but a collection will be taken to benefit the Kellerman foundation to the Batwa Pygmies.

We are also having a Craft & Collectable Faire from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on August 29 to raise funds for repairs and maintenance on their historic Gold Rush building. Vendors will be selling a variety of merchandise, including antique, vintage, and handmade items. There will also be a free Flower Festival with wonderful music in the church. Refreshments will be available. On Sundays, Eucharistic services are celebrated at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 10:30 a.m, with a full music program at the latest one. Father Christopher Seal and Father Brad Helmuth alternate acting as celebrant and giving the homily. There is also an adult forum at 9:00 with a video by Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson on Christian mysticism, followed by discussion. Find warm friendship while worshiping at Trinity Church. All are welcome.

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! Is worth the drive! Word-A-Live offers a variety of programs, including:

Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: “A-Live! Recovery,” Learning to be free from life-controlling behaviors.

Wednesdays: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Equippers Classes, new teachings, and series continually.

Fridays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Culture Revive Youth ages 12 to 18.

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

Aug. 16: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., IHOP.

First Saturday of every month: Men’s breakfast and study.

Sept 18, 19, 20: Birthday weekend with Pastor Tom Terry.

November 4, 5, 6: Christian International Conference. For more information, visit or call 530-432-9155.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

We are a Reconciling Congregation with Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors to ALL!

Please join us for worship as we continue to welcome our new Pastor Joan Pell and her husband Adrian. Pastor Joan’s current sermon series is “Building Community” based on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

Our summer schedule will be one Church Service on Sundays at 10 a.m. Sunday School at 10 a.m.

Contemplative Prayer Group: on the fourth Tuesday of each month: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

United Methodist Men meet the second Saturdays monthly: 8 to 9:30 a.m. for Breakfast and Fellowship. We have active Boy and Girl Scouting Programs at our Church.

AA meetings at 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Alanon meetings at 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines) and offers two services. For more information, call the Church Office at 530-268-6907 and visit our website at

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Please join us for our Contemplative Service at 8:45 or our Traditional Service at 10:30 a.m. Coffee hour in our Fellowship Hall following each service. Sunday School is 8:45 a.m. followed by chimes and drama 9:45 a.m. to noon. Teen/Young Adult Sunday School at 8:45 a.m. on the third floor. Child care for all ages 8:30 a.m. to noon. Christian Yoga classes Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, all are invited. Call Paula at 530-274-9839 for information. A five week sermon series “Going Fishing” starts Sept. 6 through Oct. 4 at our traditional service. All are welcome to join us. For more information call the Church Office at 530-272-1946.

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

Worship Schedule:

August 15 – Pastor Tim McMillen

August 22 – Pastor Jeff Richards

August 29 – Jim Ayer

A free showing of the film, “Alive Inside” will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday — everyone is invited. From August 28 through 30 we will welcome international speaker Jim Ayer, as he presents a weekend seminar titled, “No Longer A Sand Eater.” Contact the church for meeting times. 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. Fellowship meal after each worship service, everyone is welcome to enjoy this meal. We are located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (just past Union Hill School on Hwy. 174). Visit our website at, call 530-477-5017, or email

Christian Science Church / Reading Room and Bookstore

Tuesdays: Come on by to visit our bi-weekly live audio chats on current topics, including Q&A, with a professional healer. Our next chat will be August 18, and the topic is, “GROWING IN HUMILITY.” Learn what kind of spiritual transformation is required to live a truly humble and healing life. The chat is from 11 a.m. to noon at 147 Mill St. (our bookstore for spiritual resources). Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 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.

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. The subject this Sunday is, “Spirit.” 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).

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Mike delivers the Message from the Philippians Series: “Partnership” Our Services are 9 a.m. Traditional and 10:30 a.m. Contemporary, and Adult Sunday School at both hours. We also have fun and exciting Children’s Sunday School Classes at 10:30 a.m. Please check our website for more information and read our monthly newsletter “The SIERRA Story” at, like us on Facebook to get all the news. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-3291. SONshine Preschool is now enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year. For details visit

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

August is a busy month at Emmanuel: Sunday, August 23 is Youth Sunday at Emmanuel. The children of Emmanuel are invited to take on many roles in all of the services on this Sunday, including ushering/greeters; reading of the Gospel; Prayers of the People; music; including the delivery of the sermon that day. The 23rd of August, is also our Welcome Back Day for Sunday School Children as we begin the fall term of classes. This event happens on the front lawn of Emmanuel at 10 a.m. It is an opportunity for parents to meet the Sunday school teachers and become familiar with the programs being offered in the class rooms and for the kids to reconnect with classmates and meet new classmates. Parents and children from the community are invited to this event. On Sunday, August 30, we welcome The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Bishop Beisner will be presiding at all three services, 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 30. During his visit Bishop Beisner will be administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.” We are located at 235 S. Church Street, Grass Valley.

Grace Lutheran Church

Pastor Kent Schaaf and the members of Grace Lutheran Church invite you to join us each Sunday for our Divine Service with Communion, beginning at 9 a.m. Following each service is a fellowship time for refreshments located in the Social Hall. In addition, Sunday School is provided for the children and adult Bible Study begins at 10:30 a.m.

Grace Lutheran Church is located at 1979 Ridge Road, between the racquet club and Nevada Union High School. To learn more, please phone the church office at 530-273-7043, or take a peek at our current web site,

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

We have services at both 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. on Sundays. Religious Education at 11:30 a.m. 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

New Covenant Baptist Church

Our church is a great place to be a part of each week at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Warm fellowship, great music, Biblical preaching, and loving people all make up New Covenant. There are Bible studies for all ages beginning at 9:15 a.m. following by our worship celebration at 10:45 a.m. For more information check out our website at We are located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd. in Grass Valley. See you on Sunday!

Jewel Heart Norcal

Our Mahayana Buddhist study group in the tradition of the Dalai Lama, meets every Sunday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley. Join us for “Gateway to the Spiritual Path” with topics ​that include “My Need for Spiritual Development,” “Spirituality and Watching the Mind” and “Analytical and Concentrated Meditation” — all based on the teachings of Gelek Rimpoche. All meetings are by donation. Visit or email

Guest speaker Geshe Thubten Phelgye will be giving a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on August 23 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. Grass Valley.

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 the first and third Thursdays of each month, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

There is no fee and no appointment is necessary. Also, Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. healing ministry is available by appointment only.

For more information call Sierra Ministries International 530-478-1478 or visit

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