Religion Briefs, March 20, 2015 |

Religion Briefs, March 20, 2015

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

Wednesdays: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Equippers Classes, new teachings, and series continually.

Thursdays, 9:45 a.m.: Women’s Bible Study Lunch first Thursday of each month (no class the second Thursday of each month).

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

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

March 22: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., IHOP.

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

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when Rev. Jerry Farrell shares his talk, “Change and Choices.” Music by Brenda Boston and Gabriel Clark. 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. “A Course in Miracles” every Thursday at 7 p.m. Our Children’s Ministry program is held each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. A study of the book “The Book of Love and Creation” is every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

The public is also invited to be part of the Neale Donald Walsch Book Study group starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The book is, “The Storm Before the Calm,” which asks seven urgent questions that humanity needs to answer if it is to survive to the next stage of its evolution. A love offering is taken each week. Books are available at the Unity Bookstore so please call 530-274-2463 to reserve a copy, or for more information.

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue our series “Simplify.” The message this week is “Still: Replenishing Your Reserves.” We meet Sundays at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Our Children’s Ministry (birth through fifth grade) has 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 @ The Haven meet Sundays at 7 p.m., 226 Broad Street, Nevada City. You can listen to past messages on KNCO 830AM on Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. or you can check out our service live at 9 a.m. Sundays at Find more information by visiting our website – or our Facebook page –, or call us at 530-273-6425.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Madalyn Wade this Sunday. Her inspirational talk is titled “Freedom vs. Bondage.” Enjoy the live, uplifting music of Kellie Garmire and the Soul Sisters at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. Families with children are welcome to join us. Child care is available at the 11 a.m. service. A family room with audio is available if needed at the early service.

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.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

In the midst of God’s mighty work, Deception can be a powerful tool used by the enemy. Join us this week as Pastor Mark Rindels shares about “Dealing with Deception” to overcome the enemy in God’s power. Contemporary service at 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. 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. Join us Wednesdays for dinner at 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

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

Grace Lutheran Church

Reformation activities are gearing up at Grace Lutheran Church, located, at 1979 Ridge Road in Grass Valley. We will be celebrating the 497th anniversary of the Reformation this year with two Sunday celebrations. For more information feel free to call Grace Lutheran Church at 530-273-7043 or check out

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

The purpose of Great Lent is to prepare the faithful to not only commemorate, but to enter into the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus.

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

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

Nevada City United Methodist Church

We invite you to worship at the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church this fifth Sunday in Lent! Traditional worship begins at 9 a.m. Non-traditional worship with communion begins at 10:30 a.m. Children’s Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available in our nursery. Come to Fellowship Hall for coffee and fellowship after both services. Youth Group meets Sundays at 5 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting/crocheting at noon Thursdays. Recordings of services are on NCTV Comcast Channel 11- 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!

Trinity Episcopal Church

Easter is the major celebration for Christians, the remembrance of Christ’s resurrection. Trinity Church will observe Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter with very spiritual services. The 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday service will have dramatic readings of the Passion of Christ followed that evening at 7 p.m. with compline by the Voces Angelorum. Maundy Thursday will have the traditional foot washing at 7 p.m., reminding us that we are all servants of each other, with music by Voces Angelorum. Good Friday will have a solemn service at 7 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m., remembering the sacrifice of Christ. Easter will be a celebration of sight, sounds and smells. In the 10:30 a.m. service, a pageantry of praise will begin with handbells heralding in the procession of the celebrants, led by the Cross. With the waft of incense in the air, the cantor’s chant will begin the liturgy. Then the renown Trinity choir and resonant pipe organ will join with the congregation in musical adoration of the risen Christ. After the service, there will an Easter egg hunt on the grounds for the children. To everything there is a season and Easter is a season of joy. Trinity Church pulls out all the stops in its celebration of Easter. All are warmly welcomed, especially on this wondrous Sunday.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

A Reconciling Church

Please join us on Sundays with our Pastor Alison Berry! Wednesdays in Lent, which began February 25 at 6:15 p.m. Stations of the Cross: Soup Supper followed by The Stations at 7 p.m.

Good Friday Services: April 3 at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday services: 6:30 a.m. Sonrise Service followed by breakfast by UMM. Contemporary Service is at 9 a.m. and Traditional Service at 10:30 a.m. Lectionary Studies: Most Fridays at 10 a.m. with Pastor Alison. Junior high and high school ages: Youth Group: on Sundays noon to 2 p.m.

Contemplative Prayer Group: on the fourth Tuesday of each month: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

United Methodist Men meet on the second Saturdays monthly at 8 a.m.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines). “Hilltop Kids” Sunday School at 9 a.m. For more information call the Church Office at 530-268-6907 and visit our website at

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Contemplative service at 8:45 a.m. followed by traditional service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School at 8:45 a.m. followed by chimes and drama 9:45 a.m. to noon. Child care for all ages 8:30 a.m. to noon. Homework Heaven Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Worship for young families (WOW), Wed. March 11 with a potluck at 5 p.m. followed by Worship at 5:30 p.m. Third Friday fling for high school/young adults will be held on Friday, March 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Holy Week Schedule: Sunday, March 29 Palm Sunday one service at 10 a.m.; Sunday, April 5 Easter 9 a.m. free breakfast for all; 9:15 a.m. Easter egg hunt, traditional service at 10 a.m.

Please call the Church Office at 530- 530-272-1946 for more information.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

There are five Sundays in the Month of March and we hope you take this opportunity to join us during this Lenten season! “The STORY” is continuing on Sundays through early May at our services, 9 a.m. Traditional and 10:30 a.m. Contemporary, with Pastor Mike Griffin and others delivering the messages. We also have Adult Sunday School at both hours and fun and exciting Children’s Sunday School Classes at 10:30 a.m. We offer two book clubs on The STORY- Mondays at Eskaton at 1:30 p.m. and here at Sierra Pres on Tuesday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. Please check our website for more information and read our monthly newsletter “The SIERRA Story” at, like us on Facebook to get all the news. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-3291.

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

Worship Schedule:

March 21 – Pastor John Alspaugh, The Survival Kit, Part 2.

March 28 – Pastor Jim Brackett.

“Live Better, Live Longer Nutrition & Wellness Seminar” will be March 29 and 30 at Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church. The seminar will feature Jim and Neva Brackett, as well as a lecture by Dr. Neil Nedley. Guests will learn how to prevent cancer, reverse heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and more. Neva Brackett will demonstrate recipes her Seven Secrets cookbook. Register by March 18 and the cost is $10/person ($5/spouse), $20/person after that date. Register online at or call 530-798-4269. Pathfinder and Adventurer kids clubs meets weekly on Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. Weekly prayer meeting on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

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 Highway 174). Visit our website at For more information, call 530-477-5017, or email

New Covenant Baptist Church

New Covenant is a great place to be a part of each week at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Warm fellowship, great music, Biblical preaching, and loving people all make up New Covenant. There are Bible studies for all ages beginning at 9:15 a.m. following by our worship celebration at 10:45 a.m. For more information check out our website at We are located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd. in Grass Valley. See you on Sunday!

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

Pray Nevada County

We seek God on behalf of our communities. Open to all for 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.

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Dr. Nanci Shanderá

Monthly Saturdays: Transformational Group; Tuesdays: Transformational Wholeness for women with cancer at SNMH; Wednesdays: women’s Mystery School; individual spiritual mentoring. See website and Facebook or email for details on all events, Dr. Nanci’s books, classes. For more information, visit or email

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. Services are also held in Spanish in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited to join our weekly fellowship meals following the Saturday service. Pathfinder and Adventure Children’s Clubs meet each Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.

We are located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (Just past Union Hill School on Hwy. 174).Visit our website at, call 530-477-5017 or email

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets every Monday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Zion Street Dharma Center, 710 Zion St., Nevada City. Please carpool.

Our group also meets at the Zion Street Center on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. The first Wednesday of every month is Video Night. All other Wednesdays, a spiritual friends, or Kalyana Mitta, group meets. A Kalyana Mitta group brings members of the dharma community together to focus on Buddhist teachings, meditation and sharing experiences in a friendly, supportive way. This one-hour meeting is free and open to all levels of meditation practitioners. It is facilitated by Bruce Pardoe and Marcia Craighead.

For further information, visit or call 530-265-6111. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

Parables of Jesus Study Group

One major way Jesus shared what he was experiencing was through parables: short stories with a twist, a familiar situation with an unexpected outcome, putting two things together that create a tension like the word “good” and the person identified as a “Samaritan.” Why did he “speak” this way? Why was he using story metaphors (fictional stories he made up to communicate what he meant by “the kingdom of God”)? “God’s reign is like…” then he’d tell a parable.

Our first meeting was on Wednesday, January 28 at Dorothy Henderson’s home, on Sierra Friends Center campus. We had our first evening study group that worked directly with the gospel sections of parables told by Jesus. We assume that what Jesus originally intended with telling these stories is often distinct from a traditional or a denominational approach to the stories.

We are assuming Jesus did not give answers, he raised questions. “Who do people say I am?” “Which one showed forgiveness?” “What does the Law say?” He challenged his listeners, prodded them to think, provoked reactions, drew a line in the sand, crossed lines that raised eye brows and infuriated others and then told them “THIS is the kingdom come among you.”

We come together to be confronted by this Jesus and his specific stories called parables. If you already have more questions than answers, if you are open to be challenged by new questions, you might find this approach stimulating and provocative, helpful and supportive, eye opening and challenging.

For more information or to sign up, contact Dean Olson, or 530-273-2094. We will meet Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. The studies run in five week long series, affording new people to come aboard and good byes to those disembarking.

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