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Religion Briefs, Feb. 5, 2016

Christian Science Church/Reading Room and Bookstore

On Tuesday, Feb. 9, “Christian Science: What It Is And How It Heals,” is the title of a free webinar lecture to be held in the Christian Science Reading Room, Bookstore and Library from noon to 1 p.m. The speaker will be Michelle Nanouche, Christian Science practitioner and teacher from Paris, France. Bring your sack lunch if you wish, but also the lecture will provide much food for thought. The Reading Room is located at 147 Mill St. in Grass Valley, and open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit http://www.christiansciencegrassvalley.org for further information.

Wednesdays: Join our open Wednesday Meetings for sharing about healing from 7:30-8:30 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 topic 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).

Trinity Episcopal Church




Everybody thinks of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) as a wild party, but it’s the herald of the Lenten season. Fat Tuesday was the day to get rid of all the tempting, fattening food before Lent, a time of remembering Christ’s forty days of fasting. But Lent is not simply a time of deprivation. It is a time of preparation for the biggest celebration in the Christian calendar, Easter Sunday. But you don’t have to deprive yourself during Lent. In fact, the church encourages taking on something extra during Lent, such as helping those in need or extra prayer times. Find out more at Trinity Church. Eucharistic services are celebrated every Sunday at 8, 9:15 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. On Sunday, February 7, Trinity will feature the all-women Voces Angelorum for its 7 p.m. compline service. Find mystical spirituality and warm friendship while worshiping at Trinity Church. All are welcome.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

We are approaching the season of Lent. This 40 day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter (not counting Sundays) is meant to create space to be renewed and reflect on the work that God is doing in our lives. To set the tone for this season, our Ash Wednesday worship service (Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.) will include a meditation on two Corinthians 5:16-21 and the new life God has invited us into through Christ. Participants will then have the opportunity to visit various stations which will include the imposition of ashes, nailing our sins to the cross, writing out a prayer for someone else, and/or receiving ministry from our worship prayer team. Join us on Sundays as we continue to follow Jesus through the Gospel of Luke at 9 a.m. Traditional Service and 10:30 a.m. Contemporary Service, and Adult Sunday School on The Emotionally Healthy Church, at both hours. We also have fun and exciting Children’s Sunday School Classes and ankored Youth at 10:30 a.m. We will be hosting Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University on nine Wednesday evenings beginning February 17. Also, we have a Parent’s Night Out Free Childcare coming on February 12. Westmont College will offer a free concert on Valentine’s Day at 2 p.m. You will love their sweet orchestra! Please check our website under “events” for more information and read our monthly newsletter “The SIERRA Story” at http://www.sierrapres.com, or like us on Facebook. We are located at 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-3291.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

When focused on the Lord to guide us we can have the courage to overcome any circumstance that comes our way. Join us this week as Pastor Adam Click shares from Acts 22, God’s call to “Take Courage.” Traditional service at 9 a.m. features both praise songs and hymns. Contemporary service at 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Sunday School for adults, youth, children and preschoolers is provided. Wednesday dinner starts 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 http://www.firstbaptistgv.com.

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 Services with our Pastor Joan Pell!

The Lenten Sermon Series will begin on Feb. 14. We will mark the beginning of Lent on Feb. 10 with our Ash Wednesday Service at 7 p.m. Adult Bible Study: Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m., “Embracing an Adult Faith” by Marcus Borg.

Sierra Pines UMC is included in Interfaith Food Ministry of Western Nevada County. We offer one-time emergency non-perishable food for distribution on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Contemplative Prayer Group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 23.

United Methodist Men meet from 8 to 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday monthly breakfast and fellowship.

We have active Boy and Girl Scouting programs at our Church.

Please save the date! “Game Day” from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 5 at Sierra Pines UMC.

AA meetings are at 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Alanon meets at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. We offer two church services on Sunday: Contemporary service at 9 a.m. and traditional at 10:30 a.m. Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines). Past sermons can be read or watched on our website. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sierrapines.umc. For more information, call 530-268-6907 or visit http://www.sierrapinesumc.org.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Orthodoxy. Christianity. Only tougher. Means a true and uncompromising self-knowledge that each of us is desperately sick with sin, that we cannot heal ourselves, and that the healing we each need awaits those who know they have no basis on which to justify themselves. We can only come begging God’s mercy. 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 http://www.holywisdomnevadacity.org.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard this Sunday at our 10 a.m. service. Our theme for February is “Awakening to our Spiritual Magnificence,” and her inspirational talk is titled “Discover Your Voice.” 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 http://www.sierracenter.org or call 530-274-1018.

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us at 10:30 a.m. as Rev. Jerry Farrell shares his talk, “The Scriptural Basis of New Thought and Unity.” Music by Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire. 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 in Recovery 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. All are welcome.

Plan to join us March 5 and 6 when Barbara Marx Hubbard will be presenting a Saturday afternoon workshop, our Sunday service and a Sunday afternoon talk. All are welcome.

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

Worship Schedule:

Feb. 6: Pastor Jeff Richards, Friendship Series

Feb. 13: Pastor Jeff Richards, Friendship Series

Feb. 20: Pastor Gary Parks, How Do You Fight Fair?

Feb. 27: Pastor Jeff Richards, Friendship Series

“The Art of Marriage” small group begins at 6:30 p.m. on February 11. “Love One Another, How? Healthy Relationships in Church & Marriage,” Feb. 19 through 20. Ongoing small groups and classes, visit http://www.gvadventist.com/smallgroups for details. 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 http://www.gvadventist.com, call 530-477-5017, or email gvsda@att.net.

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we conclude our series “Everyday Life on Mission.” The message this week is “Bless the World.” 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 meet on Thursday nights at 6:30, visit our website for more information, including location. 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 live.twincitieschurch.tv. You can find more information and videos of our messages by visiting our website – http://www.twincitieschurch.com or our Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/twincitieschurch, or call us at 530-273-6425!

Nevada City United Methodist Church

You are invited to worship at the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church this fifth Sunday after the Epiphany! Sunday school classes for children and youth. Childcare is available in our nursery. Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting/crocheting at noon Thursdays. 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 http://www.nevadacitymethodist.com. We look forward to seeing you here!

Penn Valley Community Church

Sunday Worship (temporarily meeting at the Penn Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church building)

Sundays: 9 a.m.: Sunday School; 10 a.m.: worship service. Wednesdays: Bible Study at 10 a.m. at Western Gateway Park, Buttermaker’s Cottage. Youth group at 6:30 p.m. in Ready Springs gym.

Thursdays: Pearl’s Bible Study at 10 a.m. in the church office. Awana at 6:30 p.m. in Ready Springs gym. We are located at 17328 Penn Valley Dr. Unit B in Penn Valley. For more information, call 530-432-1161 or email pvcc@pennvalleychurch.com.

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:

Mondays from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.: “Alive in Recovery,” Learning to be free from life-controlling behaviors.

Wednesdays: 7 to 9 p.m.: “Equippers Classes.” New teachings continuously.

Thursdays 9:45 to 11:30 a.m.: “Women’s Bible Study.”

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

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: “Corporate Prayer.”

First Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. Men’s Breakfast and Study.

For more information, visit http://www.word-a-live.org or call 530-432-9155.

North San Juan Community Church

All are invited to attend church at 11 a.m. at 29190 Highway 49 in North San Juan on Feb. 7. We are celebrating being a church family for a year! We are a non denominational church of self proclaimed “Pedestrians” —“Jesus did the talkin’ and we’ll do the walkin,” says Associate Pastor Lane Baldwin, with a fire in his heart. Here are examples of programs we have provided in one year:

-Easter Sunrise Service, Free Community Pancake Breakfast, and an Easter Egg Hunt.

*Cowboy Vacation Bible School in June, right before Father’s Day.

-“Operation Number 2.0 Pencil”, we collect and continue to distribute school supplies to four local schools.

-”Souper Sunday” allows anyone to come in after church, at noon, have a bottomless bowl of soup and a family movie at 1:00pm.

– “Operation Feed the Ridge”, we distribute six bags of groceries a day Monday through Saturday.

– “Community Work Day” was beautiful. The building we call Church was sanded and readied for painting, new doors were installed, and new window panes.

-“Cold Hands – Warm Heart” is a mobile clothes closet that provides anything warm we can get our hands on!

Again, we wouldn’t be able to help our community without our community’s help.

For more information, call 530-415-9705 or visit http://www.nsjcommunitychurch.org.

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Dr. Nanci Shanderá

First Fridays: Practical Mysticism; Tuesdays: Transformational Wholeness for women with cancer; Wise Women 60+ ongoing group; Intuitive Counseling; Soul Readings; books on transformation by Dr. Nanci. For more information, visit http://www.EarthSpiritCenter.com or email drnanci@earthspiritcenter.com.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Please join us for our contemplative service at 8:45 a.m. or our traditional service at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship following each service. Sunday School is 8:45 a.m. followed by chimes and drama 9:45 a.m. to noon. Teen/Young Adult class at 8:45 a.m. on the third floor. Child care for all ages 8:30 a.m. until noon. Rejoice Yoga, Christian Yoga meditation at 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday evenings in the sanctuary. Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. The suggested donation is $10 for the class, but is not required. All are invited. Call 530-272-1946 for further information.

The Dobbins Seventh-day Adventist Church

Nestled in the Sierra foothills of Gold Rush country, The Dobbins, California Seventh-Day Adventist Church, is launching a new tool it envisions will reach everyone in the community who owns a radio.

The radio station is designed to reach rural homes and businesses with local news and a message of hope and encouragement. The new low power FM station KIIW can be heard in Dobbins, Oregon House and Brownsville on 93.3 FM. The church is located at 10034 Marysville Road. Please call 530-701-5339 for more information.

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 http://www.newcovenantbaptistchurch.org. 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 http://www.jewelheart.org/chapters/northern-california, email jbreault51@gmail.com or call 916-530-8258.

Grace Lutheran Church

Pastor Kent Schaaf and the members of Grace Lutheran Church invites 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, http://www.gracelutherangv.org.

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 http://www.uugrassvalley.org.

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 http://www.healingroomsnc.com.


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