Religion Briefs, Jan. 11, 2013 |

Religion Briefs, Jan. 11, 2013

Twin Cities Church

Sunday January 6, join us as we begin our series “Like Jesus.” The message this week is “Like Jesus In Habits.” Twin Cities Church meets Sundays at 8, 9:35, and 11:15 a.m. at 11726 Rough & Ready Highway. Children (birth through 5th 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

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.


EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá hosts aWomen’s Transformational Dreams & Healing Group every Tues. at 6 p.m. A new ongoing monthly group, “Embodying Your Wise Woman” for women 50+ starts Sat. Jan. 26; email for detailed flyers. Spiritual counseling for women.

For other events visit or email

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. We will be meeting at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Church Street, Grass Valley.

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

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, January 13 with our Guest Speaker, Jeree Waller. Pastor Alison Berry and Mission Group are in The Holy Land.

Youth Group on Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m.

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

United Methodist Women: Second Wednesday monthly at 10:30 a.m.

United Methodist Men: First Saturday monthly at 8 a.m.

Bookworms: Wed at 4 p.m., Boy Scouts at 6 p.m, and Toastmasters at 6:30 p.m.

Quilting Group: Thursday at 10 a.m.

On Sundays we have a contemporary service at 9 a.m. and a 10:30 a.m. 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)

“Hilltop Kids” Sunday School at 9 a.m.

For more information call (530) 268-6907 or visit

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Mike begins a new series “Radical Relationships — Exploring the Book of Ruth.” Our Services are: 9am Traditional, 10:30 a.m. Contemporary and the all new second Sunday Worship Service at 5:05pm on the second Sunday of each month, with a more contemporary music and interactive discussions on that mornings message. 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. Listen to past sermons, read our monthly newsletter and find out more at We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. Phone (530) 265-3291.

Word-A-Live (WAL) Church:

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase invite you to Word-A-Live! Church at 10 a.m. Sundays at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. 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 begin January 17 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

Jan. 27, 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

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

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 second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center of Nevada County, 216 B Main Street, Nevada City. PIWG sponsors the Women and Men in Black vigil Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We vigil to in support of the Women in Black in Israel, who founded the movement in 1988. All who support human rights and justice for all in Palestine and Israel are welcome to join the vigil. Bring a sign or use one of ours.

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, “Dealing With Life’s Disappointments.” Music by Steve Wallace. “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 p.m. 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!

St. Canice Roman Catholic Church, Nevada City

The Winter Seasons: The opening days of January may be cold and nature bleak, but the domestic church still glows warm with the peace and joy of Christmas. We dedicated the New Year to Mary on the January lst Solemnity honoring her as Mother of God and on January 6, the Solemnity of Epiphany, we rejoice with her, as her Son is adored by the three Wise Men.

In this liturgical season the Church eagerly follows our Lord as he gathers his apostles and announces his mission.

We, his present-day disciples pray for the unique role of the Blessed Mother in plan of salvation. May we wholeheartedly obey her words of counsel “Do whatever he tells you.”

With a touch of sadness we take down our decorations and enter into the liturgical period known as Ordinary Time where we will devout ourselves to the mystery of Christ in its entirety. This is a time of growth and an opportunity to allow the dignity of Sunday to shine forth, prolonging the joy of Easter and Pentecost. Join us for our weekend services at St. Canice, Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 and 9:30 a.m. Daily services are at 7:30 a.m.

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets every Monday at a new time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. and new place: Mountain Stream Meditation Center, 710 Zion St., Nevada City. On January 14, community dharma leader Maeve Hassett will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk. Please carpool. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

For more information: or (530) 265-6111.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Many people do not attend church at all, or do so very infrequently. We live by the time-worn excuse that “you don’t have to go to church to be a good Christian.” Christ Himself, thought it important to attend and participate in weekly worship. By what standard of measurement do we feel that we are entitled to do less?

Divine Liturgy Sundays at 9:30 a.m.; Vespers is on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.;

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

Nevada City United Methodist Church

This is the First Sunday after the Epiphany and Pastor Charles Smith will be delivering the message at both the 9 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship services. Sunday School is held during the 10:30 service with loving child care all morning. Jr. and Sr. Youth Group takes place downstairs in the Joseph Room at 10 a.m. with a light cereal breakfast and short bible study before the group joins the 10:30 service. A time for fellowship follows both services downstairs in Fellowship Hall. 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 “Avoid Your Fiscal Cliff.” Traditional service at 9:00 AM features a mix of praise songs & hymns in traditional setting. Sunday School for Adults, youth, children and preschoolers is provided. Contemporary service 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Join us Wednesdays beginning January 9 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 beginning January 2 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call (530) 273-7301, or visit

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard. Her inspirational talk is titled “The Superorganism – Changing Our Story.” Enjoy the music of Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire at both the 9:30 and 11:00 AM 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 more information, visit or call (530) 274-1018.

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

During our 10:30 am worship service, Dr. Ralph Wilson will be speaking on the topic, “The Appropriateness of Praise.” Why do we praise, after all? What meaning does it have to God and to us? This historic church’s 10:30 am 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.

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 a.m. for a 15-minute Silent Meditation followed by the service at 10:30 a.m. This Sunday, January 13, our spiritual leader, Rev. Maggie Buck’s talk title is “The Art of Life.” We are located at 2945 1st St. in the DeWitt Center, Auburn.

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

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