Religion Briefs, Nov. 22, 2013 |

Religion Briefs, Nov. 22, 2013

Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore

“Harmony in the family — how to get it, how to keep it,” is the topic for the live audio chat next Tuesday at 11 a.m. “Home is the dearest spot on earth, and it should be the centre, though not the boundary, of the affections,” writes Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. This chat will give you spiritual ideas that will help you in your prayers for a better home life. Family pressures, rivalry, distrust, and other challenges—can all be addressed by prayer and by gaining a clearer understanding of God’s goodness and love. The speaker is Michele Newport C.S., from Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are located at 147 Mill St. in Grass Valley. All are welcome.

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! 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: Series, “How to hear from God.”

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. “Night is Time for Change” (The need for a new Wine-Skin in the church today).

Nov. 24: 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

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

The Healing Rooms of Nevada County

Need healing? Physical or emotional? The Healing Rooms of Nevada County 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 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 Sierra Ministries International at 530-478-1478 or visit

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 November we will be meeting at the First Baptist Church at 300 Main Street in Nevada City across from the Court House on the east side.

For more information or directions, call the scheduling secretary at 530-432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International at 530-478-1478.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, November 24 with our Pastor Alison Berry! FAMILY FUN NIGHT is November 29 with a pajama party and movie night!

Contemporary service at 9 p.m. and traditional service at 10:30 a.m.

Adult Bible Study: “The Gospel According to Jesus,” Wednesdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Bible Study based on the Weekly Lectionary: Fridays at 10 a.m. with Pastor Alison.

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

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

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

Hilltop Kids Sunday School at 9 a.m.

Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley

(near Lake of the Pines).

For more information call the Church Office at 530-268-6907 and visit our website at

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard Sunday morning. Her Inspirational talk is titled “Love Is Your Destiny.” Enjoy the live, uplifting music of Gracie MacKenzie and friends 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

Pastor Mark Rindels will be wrapping up his series “Love lasts for a Lifetime.” His sermon entitled, “Loving Relationships built by Gratitude” will challenge us to build our relationships by expressing our gratitude for one another. Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and 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 and youth group follow. Celebrate Recovery, a Christ based 12-Step program meets in the Lower Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m. Call 530-273-7301, or visit for more information.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Do you believe the spirit of the church is similar to a rock concert? Historic Christianity has never defined worship this way. Worship is centered on the Eucharist, the true Body and Blood of Christ and reverberates out through the whole life of the Christian, both in church and outside of it Come join us and worship God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

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. in Nevada City. Please carpool.

On November 25, guiding teacher John Travis will lead a silent meditation followed by a dharma talk.

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. and on the first Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a potluck.

John Travis will lead a daylong retreat at the center on November 23. To register:

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

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when, Rev. Jerry Farrell helps us celebrate our annul potluck and Thanksgiving Feast with his talk, “Being in the Frequency of Gratitude and Thanksgiving.” We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct. in 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.

Twin Cities Church

Join us Sunday as we begin our series “Be Wise: Stop Doing Dumb Things.” The message this week is “Be Wise With My Money.”

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

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us for a lively service with the Rev. Meghan Cefalu. Childcare, service and religious education at 11 a.m. We are located at 246 Church St., Grass Valley. We are a GLBT welcoming congregation.

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

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

We welcome you to join us each Saturday morning. The following is our schedule of speakers this month:

November 23 – Torry Slaton.

November 30 – Pastor Tim McMillen.

The community is invited to join us as we celebrate Thanksgiving with an Agape Feast on November 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. 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. Pathfinders and Adventurers – a youth club for children ages preschool to 16, meets at Echo Ridge Christian School each Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. We are located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (Just past Union Hill School on Hwy. 174).

For more information, visit our website at or call 530-477-5017.

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. Penny’s Diner is located at 2072 Nevada City Highway in the B&C Fowler Center in Grass Valley.

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

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Women’s Transformational Dreams and Healing Group every Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá. Additional weekend workshops: “Embodying Your Wise Woman” for women 50+; Spiritual counseling for women; email for detailed flyers.

For more information and other events, visit or email The EarthSpirit Center can also be found on Facebook.

Peace Lutheran Church

This month, we conclude our readings from the Gospel of Luke, which emphasizes how a loving God reaches out to people on the margins of society to offer forgiveness of even the worst sins. Jesus’ message: Faith transforms your life!

Starting this month, Peace shifts its worship schedule to 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays; Rev. David Mullen, bishop emeritus of ELCA’s Sierra Pacific Synod, presides. At 10 a.m., Mullen teaches adult Bible study, and Cornerstone Sunday School welcomes youth of all ages.

On Nov. 30, families cut Christmas trees for sale on following Sundays.

On Dec. 1, we start the season of Advent by shifting to the Gospel of Matthew – and adopting new hymnals. Join us for coffee and cranberry-themed appetizers in the Fellowship Center!

Grass Valley AM AGLOW

We are a local chapter of Aglow International, meets the second Tuesday of every month from 9:45 a.m. to noon at 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley. Take Brunswick Road to Whispering Pines Lane, left on Crown Point Circle and then right at Nevada County Board of Realtors. Babysitting off site is available by making reservations in advance with Jamie Bartsch at 530-272-6056.

Christian Science Church

“Soul and Body” is the subject of this week’s Bible lesson sermon November 24 with and a special Thanksgiving service on November 28. These same services 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 are an informal time to express gratitude for healing and progress made in the study and application of Christian Science.

The church is located at 375 Crown Point Circle in Whispering Pines. Telephone: 530-273-9452. All are welcome and child care is provided.

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.

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

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. 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.

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

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.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Grass Valley’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church has added an additional Sunday morning service:

7:30 a.m. – Rite I Holy Communion with no music.

9 a.m. – Rite II Holy Communion with music and Nursery

10:30 a.m. – Rite II Holy Communion with organ/choir, Nursery, and Sunday school.

Coffee and fellowship in Buck Hall follow each service.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 235 S. Church St., Grass Valley.

For more information, call 530-273-7876, email or visit

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday mornings at 8:45 for our contemplative service or 10:30 a.m. for our traditional service. Coffee will be available in between services as well as after the Traditional service. 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. Child care for all ages 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Homework Heaven meets each Wed. at 3:30 p.m. Worship for young families (WOW), will meet on Wednesday, November 13 at 5 p.m. with a Mexican food potluck supper followed by a Worship Service at 5:30 p.m.

There will be a four week advent study based on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” beginning Saturday, November 30, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Chapel. All are invited.

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

The Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore

The Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore is located at 147 Mill Street in downtown Grass Valley.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church, special services will be held this 27th Sunday after Pentecost, with traditional worship at 9 a.m., and contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. — childcare is available. Join us for coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall following both services. Adult bible study on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Adult book study Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. Youth Group on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting and crocheting on Thursdays at noon. Recordings of our services can be viewed on NCTV Comcast Channel 11, Fridays at 6:30 p.m., or Sundays at 7:30 a.m.; or on our website at We look forward to seeing you here!

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