Religion Briefs, May 3, 2013 |

Religion Briefs, May 3, 2013

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

This Sunday is the day of Resurrection. Let us be radiant in the festival! Let us embrace one another! And let us proclaim: Christ is risen from the dead trampling down death by death and to those in the tombs He is bestowing Life! Please join us for this celebration!

Divine Liturgy: Sundays 9:30 a.m.

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 a.m.

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

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 May 6, community dharma leader Mary Helen Fein will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk. Please carpool.

Our group also meets at the Center for meditation and discussion on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

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

Bethel Church, Nevada County

Are you hungry for an encounter with God? Join us at Bethel Church on Sunday morning for our worship service. Missionary to Romania, Ron Robertson will be speaking. 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.

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 sermon series titled “Fire in the Bones.” This week he will be preaching a sermon entitled “Finding and Showcasing Joy.” Traditional service at 9:00 AM features a mix of praise songs & hymns. Sunday School for Adults, youth, children and preschoolers is provided. Contemporary service 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Join us Wednesdays for dinner at 4:45 to 6 p.m. in the Upper Fellowship Hall. Prayer, Bible Studies, Children’s activities & 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

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 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: “How To Get Your Day Started Right.”

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, “Revelation Knowledge Leading to the Supernatural,” by Evangelist Joan Pearce, Sabbatical January 9, 2013.

May 19, 7 to 9 p.m.: IHOP.

May 26: DORIS CABALERROS from Guatemala. Service starts at 10 a.m.

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

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

Sierra Master Chorale will perform selections from their spring concert repertoire during the worship service on May 18, which begins at 10:40 a.m.

Save the Date: Vacation Bible School will be held daily, June 17 through 21, 9 a.m. to noon.

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). For more information, visit or call 530-477-5017.

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

This Sunday Pastor Ralph continuing a series on Paul’s Letter to the Philippians with a message at the 10:30 a.m. service on “The Crucible that Forms Your Character” (Philippians 2:19-30). Dr. Wilson is the author of “Philippians: Discipleship Lessons” (JesusWalk, 2012), available from

On Wednesdays we meet at the church for a potluck at 6 p.m. and singing and Bible study at 7 p.m.

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.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Our Contemplative Service begins at 8:45 a.m. followed by our Traditional Service at 10:30 a.m. Communion will be served at both services on May 5. 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 a.m. Jr/Sr High students meet at 9 a.m. Child care provided for all ages 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Homework Heaven meets each Wed. at 3:30 p.m. Worship on Wednesdays (WOW), will meet Wednesday, May 8 at 5 p.m. with a potluck supper,followed by a short worship service. United Methodist Women (UMW, meet every first Thursday of the month for brunch and a program. All are welcome.

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

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us in the month of May every Sunday at our 9: a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary services. All of our services include a touching message and a wonderful variety of music. Children’s programs, healing prayer and adult Sunday school are also at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Junior and senior high groups meet at 9 a.m. in Hatcher Hall and in Worship at 10:30 a.m.. On May 17, we will have our free childcare program for 2 to 12 year olds from 5 to 8 p.m. We have an exciting new mom’s group for moms of young children that meets two Mondays a month. Visit our website to listen to past sermons, read our monthly newsletter, register for Summer Sensation VBS, and more at We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City.

For more information, call 530-265-3291.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us Sunday for “Ruts and Grooves: Getting out of one and into the other,” with the Rev. Meghan Cefalu. Bring your canned food for Interfaith Food Ministry. You can find us at 246 Church St. in Grass Valley. Service, childcare and religious education are at 11 a.m.

For more information, call 530-274-1675 or visit

Twin Cities Church

This Sunday, May 5,, join us as we wrap-up our series “Unstuck.” The message this week is “Changing My Discouraged Outlook.” 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 Sunday morning. Her inspirational talk is titled “Light Bearers Everywhere.” Enjoy the music of Jeff Wright and friends at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. We also offer a mid-week meditative service on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Youth Ministry is 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 or a parking map, visit or call 530-274-1018.

St. Canice Roman Catholic Church of Nevada City

May is the month we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13. This day in 1917, Our Blessed Lady made her first appearance to three shepherd children, Jacinta (age 7), Francisco (age 9) and Lucia (age 10), at Fatima in Portugal. She appeared to them once a month from May through October. The lives of the three children of Fatima were entirely transformed by the heavenly apparitions. While fulfilling the duties of their state with the greatest fidelity, those children seemed to know how to live only for prayer and sacrifice, which they offered in a spirit of reparation to obtain peace and the conversion of sinners. Our Blessed Lady communicated that she promised salvation to those who embrace it and their souls will be loved by God as flowers placed by them to adorn His throne”. — Please come & celebrate with us all children, visitors & parishioners at St. Canice Church. The feast of Our Lady of Fatima was approved by the Vatican worldwide by the local bishop in 1930, it was also added to the Church’s worldwide calendar in 2002.

Our Masses are: 7:30 a.m. daily, Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., 9:30 and 11 a.m. Every third Sunday in the month is our Children’s Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the top of Broad St., regular services will be held this fifth Sunday of Easter, with traditional worship at 9 a.m., and contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Jr. and Sr. high bible study will meet at 10 a.m. with a light cereal breakfast. Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. and childcare is available. 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. This week only: Toastmasters on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Community Chicken Lunch on Wednesday at noon. Folk dancing on Friday at 7 p.m.

Mark you calendars for May 25, the First-Annual Gospel Music Festival! Recordings of our services can be viewed on Comcast Channel 11, Fridays at 6:30 p.m., or Sundays at 7:30 a.m.; or on our website:

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