Religion briefs: March 15, 2013 |

Religion briefs: March 15, 2013

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At our church at the top of Broad St. regular services will be held this Sunday, with a traditional worship at 9 and contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Junior and senior high bible study meets at 10 a.m.. Join us for coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall following both services. During the week: Bible study on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; Youth Group on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting and crocheting on Thursdays at noon. Folk dancing 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 22. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Madelyn Wade Sunday morning. Her inspirational talk is titled “Being Abundant.’” Enjoy the music of SharonJoy Jahoda and friends at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services.

We will also be offering a mid-week meditative service from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday evenings beginning on April 3. Youth Ministry is held at 11 a.m. on the first Sunday each month; our 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 or a parking map, visit or call 530-274-1018.

Bethel Church

Are you hungry for an encounter with God? Join us at Bethel Church on Sunday morning for our worship service. Pastor Brian Johnson will bringing a relevant message. Service begins at 10 a.m. Nursery care and Kids Church are available at the same time. Wednesday evening is Family Night with Adult Study Elevate Youth Ministries, Royal Rangers and Girl’s Ministries being held at 6:30 p.m. Bethel Church is located at 13010 State Hwy.

For information call 530-273-8475.

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, March 17, our spiritual leader, Rev. Maggie Buck’s talk title is “Living Fully!” We are located at 2945 1st St. in the DeWitt Center, Auburn.

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

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 March 18, community dharma leader Mary Helen Fein will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk. Please carpool. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

For more information visit or call 530-265-6111.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Is there a single true faith or is Christianity just one of many inner spiritual paths which lead to the same goal? Do all denominations point to the same Truth? The Truth is not a spiritual perspective that one constructs. There is no “relativism” or “varying perspectives” or “nuances” in the Truth as revealed by Christ.

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

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Have you recently felt like you were just going through the motions of life? Have you wished for a deeper understanding and relationship with God? You won’t want to miss Pastor Mark’s new sermon series titled “Fire in the Bones.” This week he will be preaching a sermon entitled “When Dead Bones Come to Life.” Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and 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 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.

For more information, call 530-273-7301, or visit

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

During our 10:30 a.m. worship service, Dr. Ralph Wilson will be speaking on the topic, “Small but Growing.” We’re so impressed by “big,” but Jesus taught us to see the potential of very small things. Pastor Wilson will explore these topics from Jesus’ Parables of the Leaven and the Mustard Seed.

On Wednesday’s we meet at the church 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.” We’re currently in the midst of a spiritual growth, “50 Days at Jesus’ Feet,” with daily readings from Jesus’ core teaching, to culminate on Easter Sunday.

You’re invited to a special 45 minute Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m., Easter Sunday morning in Robinson Plaza at the foot of Commercial and Main

Streets in Nevada City. 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.

For more information, call 530-265-4711 or visit for more information.

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. In the month of March, we will be meeting at Bethel Church of Nevada County, 13010 Highway 49, a mile and a half south of McKnight Way. For more information or directions, call the scheduling secretary at (530) 432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International at 530-478-1478.

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.

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

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Church

We bring to your attention some changes at our church, Solid Rock. After 12 years of faithful service, Pastor James Edwards has retired. Pastor Mark O’Connell is presently leading the congregation and is teaching biblical truths that are relevant to these days. Please join us at 11665 Spenceville Rd, Penn Valley. Our Sunday services start at 10 a.m. and bible study is from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, call 530-432-1964.

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.

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

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

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)

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG) advocates 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. 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, March 19, 2013. We will be reviewing World Water Day Teach-In materials provided by the Middle East Children’s Alliance.

We also maintain a weekly vigil of Women and Men in Black Thursdays, 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.

Anchored Encouragement

Presenting the teachings of Jesus. We meet at 10 a.m. at Valentina’s Bistro & Bakery the first, second and third Sundays of each month. The bistro is located at 1041 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. For more information, call Carl Jones at 530-263-8050 or visit

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

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.

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we begin our new series “Reality: Some Things Never Change.” The message this week is “Reality of Pain & Suffering.” 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

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us for “Tapestry of Faith: A Choice that Changed My Life” when we discuss decisions that changed our lives. Three members of our UUCM community will share a choice they made and the consequences of that choice. These decisions are more profound than the many we all make every day, such as what shall we have for dinner. What led up to the decision? What was the basis for deciding? Did they realize the implications as the decision was being made? And then what happened?

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.

St. Canice Roman Catholic Church, Nevada City

Pope John Paul II quoted the best and most effective way to grow in holiness for “our essential commitment in life is to grow spiritually in the climate of the Holy Eucharist. Not only with our communal worship at Holy Mass — it must go together with our Personal Worship of Jesus and extending in Eucharistic Adoration, in order that our love may be complete.” Pope Benedict XVI announced October 2012 a special “Year of Faith” to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment in this love with others.

St. Canice’s Parish Church will be implementing the Eucharistic Adoration for this Lenten Season. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be read after which will take us into Benediction. Starting from noon to 3 p.m. on March 10, we invite each and every one of our parishioners and visitors to spend some quiet time at our Holy Church. Our regular daily Mass is 7:30 a.m. Weekend masses are Sat. at 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. (third Sunday will be our Children’s Mass at 11 a.m.).

Christian Science Church

Man” is the topic of the weekly Bible Lesson sermon on March 10; “Substance” on March 17; “Matter” on March 24 and “Reality” on March 31. These same Bible Lessons are read at Christian Science churches all over the world. Here in Grass Valley, services and Sunday School meet at 10 a.m.

Wednesday evening meetings at 7:30 p.m. is a special time to express gratitude for healings and progress made in the study of Christian Science. The church is located at 375 Crown Point Circle. Telephone: 530-273-9452. All are welcome.

To serve the community, there is a Reading Room and Bookstore at 147 Mill Street. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For further information call 530-273-0790.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, March 10, with our Pastor Alison Berry.

Adult Lenten Study “The Rising” is Wednesday at 7 p.m.

UMW Game Day will be Saturday March 23 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets available for $5.

Season of Lent: Palm Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. service.

Good Friday: March 29, 7 p.m.

Easter Services: March 31, Sunrise at 6:30 a.m., Contemporary at 9 a.m., Traditional at 10:30 a.m.

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

We are 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 or visit

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 12-18.

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

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

March 17, 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

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

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