Religion Briefs, Aug. 4, 2017 |

Religion Briefs, Aug. 4, 2017

Trinity Church, Nevada City

The Russians are coming! All four Compline choirs will combine, 28 chanters, at 7 p.m. on August 13 to present The Great Compline in a Slavonic/Russian Orthodox/Anglican mode, in honor of the festival of Saint Mary the Virgin. It’s the great and dynamic music that makes a difference. Even singing some of it in transliterated Church Slavonic, the sound and overall flavor of this short worship experience will leave an impression. This candlelight service will possibly be zenith of the Compline choirs, so do not miss this one-time experience. Eucharistic services are celebrated every Sunday at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with a full music program at the last one. Father Christopher Seal and Father Brad Helmuth alternate acting as celebrant and rotate giving the homily. August 27 will be Father Christopher Seals’ final Sunday with Trinity since he is retiring. It is another “not to be missed” service. Find deep spirituality and warm friendship while worshiping at Trinity Church. Join us at 202 High Street, Nevada City. All are welcome.

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue our series “The Creed: A Foundation for Hope.” The message this week is “We Believe in Jesus the Return.” 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 during our 9 a.m. service time, and Junior high school students meet during our 10:45 a.m. service. TCC Young Adults can find event information on the TCC Young Adults page on Facebook.

Tune into our service livestream at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays at Information and videos of our messages are available on our website at or our Facebook page at, or call us at 530-273-6425.

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday, August 6, as the Rev. Jerry Farrell shares his talk, “God: A Belief Or An Expression?” Our Children’s Ministry program will be on vacation for the summer. They will be returning on Sunday, September 3. 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 “Spirituality Exploration Study” is held every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. The Women’s Sacred Circle meets each Tuesday at 11 a.m. “A Course in Miracles” every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. “A Course of Love” is every Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Jerry hosts a “Matt Kahn Study Group” the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Our Mission Statement: “To awaken in love, in unity with all.”

Grace Lutheran Church

We are celebrating the 500th anniversary of The Reformation during the 9 a.m. Sunday worship service by having a special preaching series of sermons on the Small Catechism. This series will continue through November 26. Join us to learn more about of God’s love for you and meet Grace Lutheran Church’s pastor, Kent Schaaf and special guest preachers that will be doing some of these sermons. Grace Lutheran Church, sponsors of The Lutheran Hour every Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. on KNCO Radio. Grace Lutheran Church, 1979 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. For more information, call 530-273-7043 or visit

Word-A-Live (WAL) Church:

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase would like to invite everyone to join them on Sundays at 10 a.m. at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. Word-A-Live! Is Worth The Drive!

Word-A-Live offers a variety of programs, including:

Wednesdays: 7 to 8:30 p.m., “Equippers Classes” New teachings continuously.

Thursdays: 9:45 to 11:30 a.m., “Women’s Bible Study” ( on break till fall ).

Fridays: 6 to 9 p.m.,“Revival Youth” ages 12 to 18. All year long.

Saturdays: 6 to 7 p.m., “Corporate Prayer.”

First Saturday of every month at 8 a.m.. “Men’s breakfast and Study.”

Sunday, service at 10 a.m.

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

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

We are a welcoming, reconciling congregation with open hearts, open minds and open doors to all! We invite you to join us for Sunday worship service at 10 a.m. with our Pastor, Rev. Joan Pell! Sermon Series: “Living the Blessing Way.”

Please come join us for our “Ghost Chickens on the Sky:” Music jam session from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Bring along an instrument or just sing along (we will meet the first Friday of each month).

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: emergency food closet and free diapers — we are a distribution site for Nevada County Diaper Project.

Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts,, AA and Alanon meet at our church. Please see our website for times. Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines). For more information, call 530-268-6907 and visit, or find us on Facebook at

First Church of Christ, Scientist / Reading Room and Bookstore

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 with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. The sermon 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). The church location is at 375 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley.

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 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.

Reading room and book store: A quiet oasis during a busy day open to anyone looking for peace and inspiration. It’s a combination library, bookstore, and center for spiritual exploration … a place to discover your relationship with God, Love. There are resources for study and purchase, including a weekly Bible lesson and The Christian Science Monitor (a Pulitzer-winning non-religious international newspaper). We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 147 Mill St. in Grass Valley. For more information, visit

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

It is easy to love those who love us well, but what about those who mistreat us. Join us this week as Pastor Mark Rindels teaches us how God has called you to even “Love Your Enemies.” 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. Wednesday 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 for more information.

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Dr. Nanci Shanderá

First Saturdays: Practical Mysticism at Inner Path in Nevada City, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Tuesdays: Transformational Wholeness for women with cancer; monthly: Women 55+ Consciousness Group; Intuitive Counseling; Soul Readings; books on transformation. For more information, email or visit

North San Juan United Methodist Church

Last fall, we ushered in a new pastor, Reverend Ed Lubiano. Ed previously served in Portola, California. His wife, Ellie, continues to serve her ministry at Downieville and Sierra City. They currently live in Colfax, traveling to their ministries every Sunday. They have two daughters who live in Southern California and a son stationed in Italy with the USAF. Ed is currently completing a degree in Clinical Pastorial Education – Hospital Chaplaincy. Please join in with this dedicated, congenial, competent, and good natured pastor every Sunday at 9 a.m. at 10121 Flume Street in North San Juan. For more information, call 530-415-9705.

Redeemer Community Church, Grass Valley

As followers of Jesus, we exist to be disciples who make disciples, for the good of the foothills and to the glory of God. Join us, for Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m. at 121 Bank Street in Grass Valley (Gold Miners Inn). Call 530-270-9128, or visit for more information.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Come, join us in the celebration of the one who conquered death by death. Divine Liturgy is Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Vespers on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 530-265-4714 or visit

Jewel Heart Norcal Study Group

We meet Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Grass Valley. Jewel Heart Norcal is a Mahayana Buddhist Study Group in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For 2017, we are studying the Lam Rim (stages on the Path to Enlightenment). This is a road map which details all the steps to reach the state of freedom by removing obstacles and obstructions to full enlightenment. For meeting location or more information: Contact or call Joe at 530-802-6221. Or visit our website or on Facebook at “jewelheartnorcal.” Jewel Heart Norcal is a Study Group under the auspices of Jewel Heart International. For more information on Jewel Heart International visit​

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

We are located at 246 S Church St. at the corner of Walsh street in Grass Valley. We offer Sunday services with nursery care at 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Program for children and youth at 9:45 a.m. For more information, call 530-274-1675 or visit

Spiritual Book Club

The Spiritual Book Club is sponsored by the Baha’is of Nevada County. For information on this or other events, call 530-802-0901 or visit or

Penn Valley Community Church

We are temporarily meeting at the Penn Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church building. Our Sunday School is at 9 a.m.; with a worship service at 10 a.m. On Wednesdays there is Bible Study at 10 a.m. in the Buttermaker’s Cottage at Western Gateway Park. Our youth group meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Ready Springs gym. On Thursdays, Pearls’ Bible Study at 10 a.m. in the church office, and AWANA at 6:30 p.m. in the Ready Springs gym. We are located at 17328 Penn Valley Dr. Unit B in Penn Valley. For more information, call 530-432-1161, email or visit

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

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.

Church of the Essence

Come and join our weekly spiritual circles from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley. We are open to the public and would love to have you join us. The evening begins at 7:15 p.m. with a Circulation of the Light through a Guided Meditation, followed by the evening Presentation, which includes voluntary sharing and discussion. We also have classes available for all those interested.

For information, call 530-63-6385 or visit

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

We offer opportunities to worship, learn more about Christianity, develop friendships, and help our community. Every Sunday we have a time for silent prayer in the sanctuary at 8 a.m. followed by a contemplative worship service at 8:45 a.m. The traditional worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. and both services are followed by a time for fellowship when we can get to know you. Please come. Childcare is available from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Sunday School for children begins at 10:30 a.m. Bible study classes for adults are at 9 a.m. on Sundays, and also on Tuesday mornings at 9:30a.m. There will be no Homework Heaven or Worship on Wednesdays during the summer, but many other activities will continue. For example, Circuit Writers, a critique group for writers, will still meet on first Tuesday evenings. The church office is open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, and 9 3 p.m on Wednesdays, but you can leave a message at any time at 530-272-1946. For more information please see our website, and visit us on Facebook at United Methodist Church of Grass Valley.

New Covenant Baptist Church

Our services begin at 10:45 a.m. and we look forward to having you with us. New Covenant is a great place to be each week as we celebrate together in contemporary worship and and Biblical based preaching. You won’t encounter a more welcoming and friendly place. We also have Bible studies for all ages beginning at 9:15 a.m. and midweek studies at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday nights. We are located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd. in Grass Valley. For more information visit our website at See you on Sunday.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us on Sundays as we share Jesus through the Gospel of Luke at 9 a.m. traditional service and 10:30 a.m. contemporary service. We have Adult Sunday School at both hours. We also have fun and exciting Children’s Sunday School Classes and ankored Youth at 10:30 a.m. Please check our website where you can download a “family activities” brochure and read our monthly newsletter “The Sierra Story” at, like us on Facebook. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-3291.

Congregation B’nai Harim at the Nevada County Jewish Community Center

All of our worship services are open to all, regardless of financial means. No one is turned away for lack of funds, but reservations are required for High Holiday services. For guests, visitors, and regular attendees who are not currently members, we request the following donations with your reservation. Visitors from other Jewish Congregations may bring a letter on their Temple letterhead stating that they are members for free reciprocal admission to our services. For further information or reservations, please visit or call 530-477-0922.

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

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church our traditional worship begins at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., we have our family worship which includes our praise band and Children’s Sunday School. Childcare is available in our nursery. Coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall after both services. Recordings of services can be viewed on NCTV Comcast Channel 11 on 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!

Peace Lutheran Church

Sunday’s early service at Peace Lutheran Church is changing. The new start time is now 8:30 a.m. Casual, intimate and friendly, the early service features updated music set amid the familiar Lutheran structure of Gather, Word, Meal and Send. We preach God’s word for modern men and women who seek to know their Creator more deeply and follow the Jesus Path more closely. Holy Communion is served every Sunday. No experience necessary. All are welcome! Sunday worship is at 8:30 and 11 a.m. To speak to Pastor Eileen Smith Le Van, call 530-273-9631. Learn more at

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