Religion Briefs: Aug. 29, 2014 |

Religion Briefs: Aug. 29, 2014

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church this 12th Sunday after Pentecost, we will have one combined service at 10 a.m. Sunday School at 10 a.m. as well. Childcare is available.

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!

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 September 1, visiting teacher Tony Bernhard will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk. Please carpool.

September 1 is also Beginner’s Mind Monday. From 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. on the first Monday of the month, we offer a special welcome and introductory instructions for anyone who is new to Mountain Stream or Insight Meditation.

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 September 14, Ayya Anandabodhi of the Saranaloka Nuns will teach a daylong retreat in Nevada City. Contact:

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

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

Orthodoxy is old. Very old. Its liturgies and devotional practices have come down through centuries of persecution and exile, first under the Islamic yoke, then under the Communist yoke. It is built for endurance.

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

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Spirituality and shoe leather is the topic with the Rev. Dr. John Bush.

The following week the new interim minister will be here so we should have more thorough information.

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

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

God calls us into the world to share his love with the lost, hurting and broken. This Sunday our church is beginning a quarterly event of going in to the community to serve. We will begin our morning with one service at 9 a.m. Pastor Mark Rindels will begin our new series “Experiencing God” sharing with us how God reveals His will for us to abide in Him and allow his life to flow through us. Following the service we will have different service projects within the community. Come and join us to be a part of what God is doing at First Baptist Church. 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

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

The community is invited to to “Shine A Light Nevada County,” from 1 to 4 p.m. on September 7, an awareness forum designed to inform the community of the epidemic of human trafficking and how they can join the fight.

The event will feature keynote speaker Leah-Albright-Byrd, a survivor-activist and founder of Bridget’s Dream, which provides practical trauma-informed services to female victims, their families and youth at risk of exploitation in the Sacramento area. She will bring a message of hope and resources on how the community can make a difference. The forum will also feature Run For Courage, an organization which raises awareness and funds which support local organizations directly involved in victim recovery. Several other nonprofits will be represented and their representatives will participate in a panel discussion as part of the event. This event is free and open to the public. Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church is located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road, in Grass Valley. For more information, visit or call 530-477-5017.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard this Sunday. Her inspirational talk is titled, “What Do You Believe?” Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions about Science of Mind teachings. Enjoy the live, uplifting music of Gracie MacKenzie and Friends at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services.

Families with children are welcome to join us. Child care is available at the 11 a.m. service. A family room with audio is available if needed at the early service.

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.

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when Rev. Joe Sloan shares his talk, “Where God Dwells.” He will explore the mystery of the Presence of God and how effective we are in hiding from the guidance that comes from, we seem to know not where. Where is God? Where is Love? How can we tune back in to the Divine whisperings we heard as children? Music by Kalyani.

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. Special musical guest, Karen Drucker will be presenting a workshop and concert at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 6.

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue our series “Pray Like {Ordinary People, Extraordinary Prayers}.” The message this week is “Pray Like Abraham.” We meet Sundays at 9:00 and 10:45. Our Children’s Ministry (birth through 5th grade) has fantastic children’s programming at each of our services. High School students meet Sundays at our 9:00 service, and Junior High School students meet at our 10:45 service.

You can listen to past messages on KNCO 830AM on Sunday mornings at 7:00, 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.

Sept. 14: 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.

Christian Science Church/Reading Room and Bookstore

Tuesdays: “Prayer and safety from school violence,” is the Q&A audio chat this coming Tuesday with Mary Trammell, a Christian Science healer. Stop by and explore this topic 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).

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Intrigue, drama, romance, and conflict are all part of the mix coming to Nevada County in September in 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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