Religion Briefs, Feb. 1, 2013 |

Religion Briefs, Feb. 1, 2013

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we begin our series, “Like Jesus.” The message this week is “Overcoming Like Jesus.” Twin Cities Church meets Sundays at 8, 9:35, and 11:15 a.m. at 11726 Rough & Ready Highway. Children (birth through fifth grade) meet during every Sunday morning service. Senior High Students meet at 9:35 a.m. and Junior High Students meet at 11:15 a.m. in the east multi-purpose room. You can listen to a past service on KNCO 830AM, from 7 to 7:30 on Sunday mornings.

For more information call(530) 273-6425 or visit the website at

Sierra Center

for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard. Her inspirational talk is titled “From ‘Me’ to ‘We.’” Enjoy the music of SharonJoy Jahoda and friends at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services.

Youth Ministry is held at 11 a.m. on the first Sunday each month; a Family Room is available all other Sundays. 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 a parking map or more information, visit or call 530-274-1018.

Foothill Center

for Spiritual Living, Auburn

We are a community that values and supports each other in our spiritual awakening. We are committed to practical spirituality for everyday living. All of our activities are grounded in faith, nurtured with love and guided by Spirit. Come celebrate with us on Sunday mornings at 10 am for a 15-minute Silent Meditation followed by the service at 10:30 am – this Sunday, February 3rd, our spiritual leader, Rev. Maggie Buck’s talk title is “Be Good to Yourself.” We are located at 2945 1st St. in the DeWitt Center, Auburn.

For directions, visit or call 530-823-6986.

Christian Science Church

“LOVE” is the subject of this week’s Bible Lesson Sermon. Church services and Sunday School meet at 10 a.m. Terry Brown, of Music in the Mountains will be the soloist. Child care is lovingly provided.

Wednesday evening testimonial meetings are at 7:30 p.m. where gratitude for healings of every sort is offered. The church is located at

375 Crown Point Circle in Whispering Pines. Telephone 530-273-9452.

The church supports a Reading Room and Bookstore at 147 Mill Street that is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A Librarian is always available to answer questions or help with your study.

For further information call 530-273-0790.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Our Contemplative Worship Service begins at 8:45 a.m. followed by our Traditional Service at 10:30 a.m. Communion will be served Feb. 3 at both services. Sunday School is held during the 8:45 a.m. service for ages 3 to 12, with chimes and drama 9:45 to 10:30. Sunday School for junior high and

senior high students is held at 9 a.m. Child care for all ages 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Homework Heaven meets each Wed. at 3:30 p.m. Worship for young families (WOW) will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5:p.m. with a potluck supper followed by an Ash Wednesday worship service. Upcoming special events include: an Ash Wednesday worship service at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Community is invited. Also upcoming is a six week Lenten Study “Laugh Your Way to Grace,” beginning Saturday, Feb. 16 through March 23. This study will be led by the Rev. Tana McDonald. Again, all are welcome.

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

This week is the 4th Sunday after the Epiphany and the Gospel is from Luke 4:21-30. Pastor Charles Smith will be delivering the message at both worship services. A time for fellowship follows both services downstairs in Fellowship Hall. This week the Craft Faire Corner Store will be open in Fellowship Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. Another way to see one of our services is by going to Comcast Channel 11 on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. You may also view our services on our web page at

First Baptist Church,

Grass Valley

“Running the Race” is the title of the new sermon series at First Baptist! As we begin 2013, we’re going to be challenged with a message titled “Finishing Strong.” Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. Sunday School for Adults, youth, children, & preschoolers is provided. Contemporary service 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Join us Wednesdays beginning January 9 for dinner at 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 beginning January 2nd at 6:30 p.m.

Call 2530-73-7301, or visit

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 February 4, Mountain Stream teacher Heather Sundberg will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk. Please carpool.

For more information: or 530-265-6111. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

We welcomes you to join us each Saturday morning as we focus on the following topics this month:

Feb. 2 – Spring or Winter? Hosea 6:3.

Feb. 9 – Men, Women, Love: Let’s Talk About It (Song of Sol. 2:4).

Feb. 16 – Why is Lamentations in the Bible? (Lam. 1:1).

Feb. 23 – How To Keep The Sabbath (Luke 6:2).

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. Everyone is invited to join our weekly fellowship meals following the Saturday service.

We are located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (Just past Union Hill School on Hwy. 174).

Visit our website at or call 530-477-5017.

Sierra Pines

United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, Feb. 3rd, with our Pastor Alison Berry: Sermon Series: “Sex, Love and Leviticus.” Youth Group on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Adult Study: Teresa Avila, on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

United Methodist Men invite United Methodist Women to join them for a Meeting and Breakfast on Sat, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. with breakfast included. Program: a visit to China. Everyone Welcome!

9 a.m.: Contemporary Service and 10:30 am Traditional Service.

Junior High and High School Ages: Youth Group on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines) and offers two Services: Contemporary at 9 a.m. and Traditional at 10:30 a.m. “Hilltop Kids” Sunday School at 9 a.m.

For more information call 530-268-6907 and visit our website a

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

Thursdays at 9: 45 a.m.: Women’s Bible Study by Joyce Meyer teaching, “ Fly like eagles.”

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

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

Wednesdays: 7 to 9 p.m.: Equippers Classes, “School of the Supernatural,” by Evangelist Joan Pearce Sabbatical January 9, 2013

Feb. 10:, 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

Feb. 8-9: Creative Arts Symposium. Cost $20

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

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Mike continues the series “Radical Relationships -Exploring the Book of Ruth.” Our Services are: 9 a.m., Traditional and 10:30 a.m., Contemporary, Children’s programs, healing prayer and adult Sunday school is also at 9 and 10:30am. Jr. & Sr. High meet at 9 a.m. in Hatcher, and in Worship at 10:30 a.m. We also offer a more contemporary Sunday Evening Service on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 5:05pm. Today, grades 6 through 12 can come and enjoy a Mario Kart Tournament with free food and fun prizes. Listen to past sermons, read our monthly newsletter and find out more at We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City.

For more information, call 530-265-3291.

First Baptist Church

of Nevada City

During our 10:30 am worship service, Dr. Ralph Wilson will be speaking on the topic, “Why Church Is My Sunday Priority.” We’ll also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together. You’re welcome to join us. On Wednesday’s we’re meeting in homes for a potluck at 6 pm and Bible study at 7 p.m, studying the disciplines that help us grow spiritually, following Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline. Call for location: 916-652-4659. We’ll start a spiritual growth emphasis on February 10, “50 Days at Jesus’ Feet,” with daily readings from Jesus’ core teaching. This historic church’s 10:30 a.m. service offers a blend of familiar hymns and up-to-date praise choruses. You are -welcome! First Baptist is your friendly, spiritual home in the Sierra at 300 Main St. across from the Nevada County Courthouse.

Call 530-265-4711 or visit for more information.

Metaphysical discussion group

Come share your thoughts, bring your joy and meet like-minded new friends. For information, call Lee Ann at (530) 272-2945.

Brother, can you spare an … hour?

A group of local men meets from 6 to 7 a.m. Thursdays at Penny’s Diner for breakfast. Under the banner of “Christian Business Men’s Committee,” we have breakfast, read a portion of scripture, share what God has done in our life and pray. As a welcome break between weekends, these men encourage each other as they wish to encourage you in these trying times. Penny’s Diner is located at 2072 Nevada City Highway in the B&C Fowler Center in Grass Valley.

Pray Nevada County

We are seeking God on behalf of our communities. Open to all for Christian 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.

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 Thursdays, 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 530-478-1478 or visit

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Women’s Transformational Dreams & Healing Group every Tues. at 6 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá. New ongoing monthly group, “Embodying Your Wise Woman” for women 50+ starts Sat. Jan. 26. Email for detailed flyers. Spiritual counseling for women. Check website for other events at or email

Grass Valley AM AGLOW

We are a local chapter of Aglow International and meet the second Tuesday of every month from 9:45 a.m. to noon at 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley. Aglow is a wonderful opportunity for unity in the Body of Christ and is not “just for women” anymore! Take Brunswick Road to Whispering Pines Lane, left on Crown Point Circle and then right at Nevada County Board of Realtors.

Baby- sitting off site is available by making reservations in advance with Jamie Bartsch at 530-272-6056.

Hope Bearers

We are a Christian cancer support group that meets at Foothill Church. Those with serious chronic illnesses, including cancer, and their care givers are encouraged to come and share in a safe environment concerning this difficult time. Family, friends and caregivers are all welcome. Meetings are 6 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of every month. Located at 14600 State Highway 49, Grass Valley. For information, call Edda at (530) 432-2862 or visit

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at a private home. Please call 530-713-1131 for location and directions. Everyone who is interested in peace in the Middle East is welcome to join us. The next meeting is Tuesday, February 19, 2013. We will be discussing plans for raising funds for our Maia Project – bringing clean drinking water to a kindergarten in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. We also maintain a weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays from 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We have signs to share, and all who want the illegal occupation of Palestine by Israel to end are welcome to participate.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Rev. Dave Sammons will reflect on how we approach the moving on of time in our lives from kids who imagine themselves to be Ferdinand the Bull sniffing a flower under his tree as though time stands still to older folks who feel time is running out for them. We are located at 246 Church St., Grass Valley. Service, child care, religious education at 11 a.m. For more information, visit or call 530-274-1775.

Church of the Essence

Come and join our spiritual gatherings. We are open to the public and would love to have you join us. We meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays with each evening beginning with a circulation of the Light through a guided meditation, followed by the evening presentation, which includes voluntary sharing and discussions. Classes available for those interested. We meet at Vela Massage Retreat, 763 B. South Auburn St. Grass Valley. For more information, visit or call (530) 274-3128 or (530) 268-1118.

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when Rev. Jerry Farrell, shares his talk, “Perfection”. Music by Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire. “The Way of Mastery” group meets each Monday evening at 7 p.m. Ho’oponopono meditation each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Men’s and Women’s groups meet each Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. ACIM meets each Thursday at 7 PM. We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct., Grass Valley, opposite Peaceful Valley Farm Supply.

Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center is a spiritual community dedicated to expanding consciousness, promising to love and serve all, with enthusiasm, joy and playfulness!

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

With everything on our plate these days, making room for Church might be the last thing on our mind. This Sunday, take the time to come and find the Peace that passes all understanding, renewing your commitment to Faith. Rest in our Savior Jesus Christ and fact the coming week with New Life.

Divine Liturgy – Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Vespers – Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.

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

St. Canice Roman Catholic Church

THE YEAR OF FAITH AND OUR “NEW EVANGELIZATION:” October 11th through November 24th 2013 – “JOY TO THE WORLD.” “It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in him and proclaim him with joy to the people of our time.”

“Modern man is often confused and cannot find answers to the many questions which trouble his mind in reference to the meaning of life” – Pope Benedict XVI.

The “New Evangelization” is the Church’s call to “each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls each and every one of us Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on “re-proposing” the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis in Faith.”

Pope Benedict XVI desires renewal of this with his announcement on June 28, 2010 about the creation of a new council to help our Church promote the Gospel. A year later, the Pope announced a Year of Faith beginning October 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. The Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to “study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the Catechism so they may deepen their knowledge of the faith”. This Evangelization has a goal for interior renewal of faith and Christian life. For Missionary activity renews the Church, revitalizes Faith and Christian identity, and offers fresh enthusiasm and new incentive. Faith is strengthened when it is given to others! It is in commitment to the Church’s universal mission that the new evangelization of Christian peoples will find inspiration and support.

As our Church moves into the Year of Faith, what are some of your thoughts? Come join us to celebrate with our parishioners in this year of the “New Evangelization”.

Our Masses are Weekdays at 7:30 am, Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., Sundays 8 a.m., 9.30 and- 11.30 a.m. Every third Sunday we have a Children’s Mass on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call 530-265-2049.

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