Religion Briefs, Aug. 22, 2014 |

Religion Briefs, Aug. 22, 2014

Christian Science Church/Reading Room and BookstoreTuesdays: “Climate Change: How prayer can help,” is the topic of this coming Tuesday’s live audio chat.  Your prayers, thoughts, and questions about climate change can help to bring healing insights to all who are concerned about this issue. Hear Christian Science practitioner, Martha Sarves as she answers questions on this topic.

Join us from 11 a.m. to noon at 147 Mill St. (our bookstore for spiritual resources).    Visit for 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. 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). 

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when Rev. Jerry Farrell shares his talk, “Changing Our Relationship With Change.”   Music by Brenda Boston and Jack Wallace.   We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct., Grass Valley, off Whispering Pines Lane, across from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. 

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. A study of the book “I Am The Word” is every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Center.

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 August 25, visiting teacher Dennis Warren will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk.  Please carpool.

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. On August 27, visiting teacher Tony Bernhard will lead the meditation and discussion.

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

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

Orthodoxy is demanding. Liturgies are long. Fasts are rigorous. These things are hard to get used to, but once you do, you understand the wisdom of it all. The faith gets into your body, into your bones. Christianity becomes something that involves the whole person, not just the mind. It requires a lot of investment, but that means it’s stronger.

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

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

God desires for us to use what He has given to bless others and show His love to the world. Join us this week as Pastor Mark Rindels shares from Matthew 6:19-21 how we are to be “Stewards but not Idolators.”

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 at 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. 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. 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

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue our series “Babylon: Stand Strong In Tough Times.” The message this week is “Stand Strong With Resilience.” This summer we meet Sundays at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Our Children’s Ministry (birth through fifth grade) has 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.

You can listen to past messages on KNCO 830AM on Sunday mornings at 7 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.

*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:

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

Wednesdays: 7 to 9 p.m.: Equippers Classes, new teachings, and series continually. Next sabbatical Sept. 10.

Thursdays at 9: 45 a.m.: Women’s Bible Study Lunch first Thursday of each month (no class second Thurs. of each month). Summer break until September.

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

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

August 24: 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

October 10: Deborah Gliebe

CI CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE: November 14, 15, 16.

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

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

 Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard in a special service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning at the LOVE Building at Condon Park in Grass Valley.  Her Inspirational talk is titled “The Giving-ness of God.”  Enjoy the live and uplifting music of Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire. Families with Children are welcome to join us. Child care is available. The service will be followed by a potluck luncheon.

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.

Bethel Church

Join us at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 for

Family Fun Night as we kick off our fall schedule.  Barbecue hamburgers, bounce house, games and family fun for all ages.  Adults study, “The Fear of the Lord” by John Bevere will be held following dinner.  Bethel Church is located at 13010 State Hwy. 49.  For mor information, call 530-273-8475.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. — childcare is available. Join us for coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall following both services. 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 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 at We look forward to seeing you here!

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

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 the website at

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

Worship Schedule:

August 23 – Andrew Chang.

August 30 – To Be Announced.

On August 23 at 2 p.m., Howard Kuhlmann will present “How archaeology findings support the Biblical story of the Fall of Jericho.” He will present findings, pictures, and other evidence found, that relate back to the Bible story in Joshua.

Save the Date: Shine A Light Nevada County – How you can fight human trafficking locally and globally, Sept. 7, 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall

We hope you will plan now to attend this important awareness event sponsored by our Women’s Ministry team. Survivor-activist Leah Albright-Byrd will be our keynote speaker, with other organizations represented. This is a community event, so please invite your friends, family, etc. For more information, visit

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

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Intrigue, drama, romance, and conflict are all part of the mix coming to Nevada County in September in the The Story book and discussion groups. Telling the narrative of the Bible in chronological order and in 21st century print and language, the The Story is all about God’s great love for humanity. Thirty-one chapters in hard-back format include stories, poems, and teachings and read like a novel. The book will give non-believers insight into the Bible that Christians claim as the basis for their faith. For Christians, The Story ties together familiar passages and the unfolding progression of God’s plan.

Weekly gatherings throughout the county to discuss the ideas in each chapter are being planned; some as book clubs and some as Bible study groups. Book club groups will meet Tuesday evenings at Sierra Presbyterian Church with a simultaneous children’s program, and at Eskaton Lodge Monday afternoons. Bible study groups will gather at various times in private homes. Participants in both style groups will read one chapter a week.

The Story has been presented throughout the United States by many different denominational churches. In Nevada County, Sierra Presbyterian Church is the sponsor. For more information, to purchase the Story, or to join a book club or Bible study group, contact Sierra Presbyterian Church office, 530-265-3291 or go to

Our services are at 9 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary. On Sundays, we offer children’s programs, healing prayer and adult Sunday school at 9 and 10:30 a.m., and ankor Youth meet at 10:15 a.m. Visit our website at to find out more information, listen to past sermons and read our monthly Newsletter online. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. Phone 530-265-3291.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Our contemplative service begins at 8:45 a.m. followed by our traditional service at 10:30 a.m. Coffee fellowship follows each service. Sunday School is held during the 8:45 service for ages 3 to 12 with chimes and drama 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Child care for all ages 8:30 until noon. There is a Sunday bible study during our for service. All are welcome. Worship for Young Families (WOW), will start again on Wed. September 10 with a potluck dinner followed by worship at 5:30 p.m. All young families are welcome to join us.

Please call the church office at 530-272-1946 further information.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sundays with our Pastor Alison Berry!

United Methodist Men: Second Saturday Monthly at 8 a.m.

Lectionary Studies: Most Fridays at 10 a.m. with Pastor Alison.

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.

“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

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Dr. Nanci Shanderá

Monthly Saturdays: Transformational Group; Tuesdays: Transformational Wholeness for women with cancer at SNMH; Wednesdays: women’s Mystery School; individual spiritual mentoring. See website and Facebook or email for details on all events, Dr. Nanci’s books, classes. For more information, visit or email

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 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 530-478-1478 or visit

Pray Nevada County

We seek God on behalf of our communities. Open to all for 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.

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