Religion Briefs, Oct. 16, 2015 |

Religion Briefs, Oct. 16, 2015

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us for our service this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when Rev. Joe Sloan continues our Fall 7 Week Program with his talk, “Deep Self-Acceptance.” Our Seven Week Program this year is a study of the book, “ Living Originally” by Rev. Robert Brumet. Music this Sunday will be by Kalyani. Our Children’s Ministry program is held each Sunday also at 10:30 a.m. 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. Food Addicts in Recovery meets each Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. “A Course in Miracles” every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The John of God, Brazilian Healers, are at the Center the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. Rev. Jerry hosts “A Matt Kahn Study Group” the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Wayne Lewis leads a Barbara Marx Hubbard meditation on the “52 Codes for Conscious Self-Evolution” the fourth Wednesday of each month. ”The Braveheart Women Ripple Circle meets the 11th day of every month at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Aren’t the Scripture sufficient for everything? Why should we have the authority of Tradition? Because, not everyone understands the Scriptures in the same way. It is necessary to be guided by the understanding of the Church. Orthodoxy is what Christ taught, the apostles preached, and the Fathers kept.

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

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Beautiful things can happen when we are willing to humble ourselves and repent. This week Pastor Rindels will be sharing the beauty behind repentance in a message entitled “Repentance: The Most Positive Word” Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. Contemporary service 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. 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

Jewel Heart Norcal

Our Mahayana Buddhist study group in the tradition of the Dalai Lama, meets every Sunday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley. Join us for “Gateway to the Spiritual Path” with topics ​that include “My Need for Spiritual Development,” “Spirituality and Watching the Mind” and “Analytical and Concentrated Meditation” — all based on the teachings of Gelek Rimpoche. All meetings are by donation. Visit, email or call 916-530-8258.

Christian Science Church/Reading Room and Bookstore

Join us for a free talk, entitled, “Spiritual Discovery: How You Can Better the World” by Christian Science practitioner Tom McElroy at 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 at Holiday Inn, 121 Bank Street, Grass Valley.

At a time when more people than ever are working to make a difference in the world, genuine spirituality has a valuable contribution to make. It’s not about joining a club, or blind faith, but the understanding of universal Truth and Love, God, that embraces everyone, and brings to light reliable healing solutions even where it might seem like there are none. The speaker, Tom McElroy, is a practitioner of Christian Science who relies on the spiritual truths found in the Bible to help people experience complete healing.

Wednesdays: Join our open Wednesday Meetings for sharing about healing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. After hearing verses from the Bible and ​Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy on a theme, participants are invited to share personal examples of Christian healing and gratitude for God’s care. The meeting is followed by greeting and fellowship.

Sundays: Stop by any Sunday at 10 a.m. to visit our weekly worship service centered on a sermon directly from the Bible and Science and Health. The subject this Sunday is, “Doctrine of Atonement.” A Sunday School is held at the same time where students up to the age of 20 learn all about the Bible and how to apply its timeless spiritual lessons in their lives (childcare is provided).

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lanette Howard this Sunday at 10 a.m. service. The our theme for October is “Enlarging Our Tribe.” Uplifting music will be provided by Gracie MacKenzie and friends. Child care is available and families with children are welcome to join us.

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.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

This Sunday is the 21st Sunday after Pentecost and you are invited to worship at the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church! Traditional worship begins at 9 a.m. Non-traditional worship with communion and Children’s Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available in our nursery. Coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall after both services. 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: We look forward to seeing you here!

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Dr. Nanci Shanderá

First Fridays: Practical Mysticism; Tuesdays: Transformational Wholeness for women with cancer; Wise Women 60+ Oct. 31; Intuitive Counseling; Soul Readings; books on transformation by Dr. Nanci.

For more information, visit or email

Trinity Church, Nevada City:

Eucharistic services are celebrated every Sunday at 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m, with full music and Sunday school for children during the latest one. Father Christopher Seal and Father Brad Helmuth alternate acting as celebrant and giving the homily. Find mystical spirituality and warm friendship while worshiping at Trinity Church. All are welcome.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

We are a welcoming, reconciling congregation with open hearts, open minds and open doors to all! Please join us for Worship with our Pastor Joan Pell whose Sermon Series for October will be: “Wesley’s Words of Wisdom.” John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Movement, left us a great legacy in his teachings.. How are his Words Of Wisdom applicable to us today? Adult Education: Wednesdays at 1 pm: exploring Sunday’s upcoming Scripture with the Pastor. Wednesdays at 7 p.m.: NT Wright’s Study “Jesus the Way.” Potluck/ Special Music/ Fundraiser for Hope Secondary School in Beit Jala, Bethlehem Palestine on Oct 17. RSVP at 530-268-6907. We will be participating in Hospitality House Walkathon/Long Walk on Oct. 24. United Methodist Men meet second Saturdays monthly: 8 to 9:30 a.m. for Breakfast and Fellowship. We have active Boy and Girl Scouting Programs at our Church. We offer two Church Services on Sunday: Contemporary at 9 a.m. and Traditional at 10:30 a.m. Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley 95949 (near Lake of the Pines) Past sermons can be read or watched on our website. Find us on Facebook too. For more information telephone the Church Office at 530-268-6907 and visit our website at

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Come and “Discover Jesus” through the Gospel of Luke. Our services are 9 a.m. Traditional and 10:30 a.m. Contemporary, and Adult Sunday School at both hours. We also have fun and exciting Children’s Sunday School Classes at 10:30 a.m. and ankored Youth at 10:15 a.m. We are partnering with area churches for a 3-night parenting seminar on October 7 through 9, and you can sign up on our website. Also, we will have an exciting Craft Boutique and Bistro on October 16 and 17. Please check our brand new website for more information and read our monthly newsletter “The SIERRA Story” at, like us on Facebook to get all the news. 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, 530-265-3291.

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue our series “r12Real Spirituality: Becoming a Romans 12 Follower of Jesus.” The message this week is “Serving Others in Love.” We meet Sunday mornings at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Our Children’s Ministry (birth through fifth grade) will have 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. Visit the “TCC Young Adults” Facebook page to see the current calendar for Young Adults. You can listen to past messages on KNCO 830AM Sunday mornings at 7 a.m., or you can check out our service live at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays at You can find more information and videos of our messages by visiting our website – or our Facebook page at, or call us at 530-273-6425.

Word-A-Live (WAL) Church:

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase would like to invite everyone to join them on Sundays at 10 a.m. at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. Word-A-Live! Is worth the drive! Word-A-Live offers a variety of programs, including:

Mondays from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m.: “Alive in Recovery,” Learning to be free from life-controlling behaviors.

Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.: “Equippers Classes” New Teachings continuously.

Thursdays, 9:45 to 11:30 a.m.: “Women’s Bible Study.”

Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.: “Revival Youth” ages 12-18. All year long.

Saturdays, 6 p.m.: “Corporate Prayer.”

IHOP, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.

First Saturday of every month, Men’s Breakfast and Study at 8 a.m.

November 4, 5 and 6: Christian International Conference.

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

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Please join us for our contemplative service at 8:45 a.m. or our traditional service at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship following each service. Sunday School is 8:45 a.m. followed by chimes and drama 9:45 a.m. to noon. Teen/Young Adult class at 8:45 a.m. on the third floor. Child care for all ages 8:30 a.m. until noon. A new Fall study/discussion series based on the PBS series “Beyond our Differences” and “Painting the Stars-Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith” is on Saturday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. through Nov. 7. All are welcome to join us. Christian Yoga classes are continuing on Wed. evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Call Paula at 530-274-9839 for information. Church office is 530-272-1946.

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. 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 Hwy. 174). Visit our website at, call 530-477-5017 or email

The community is invited to join together in The Community Harvest Hymn Festival at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at the Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church. Music and singing originated with the creation of the first intelligent beings. During the creation of this world, “The morning stars sang together (angels) and all the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7). It is probably true that every person likes some form of music and that music and singing is good for the soul.

We will sing and read together of the harvest taking place during these end times according to the Bible. As time transitions into eternity, there is a lot we can know as revealed by One who cannot lie. We especially invite those who don’t go to church or those who have not sung hymns since childhood. Come and renew those memories. We sing to give thanksgiving and praise for life, blessings and victories in our God. Believing the promises of God and singing about them to Him is the best remedy for the blues, despondency or depression. If we will sing when we don’t feel like it, a lifted heart and head will follow the lips and voices of singing praise together.

So mark your calendars and come and sing together, come as you are; come and receive a blessing; come and be a blessing. Everyone welcome, admission is free and a light supper will be served following the program. For more information call 530-477-5017 or visit

Grace Lutheran Church

Pastor Kent Schaaf and the members of Grace Lutheran Church invites you to join us each Sunday for our Divine Service with Communion, beginning at 9 a.m. Following each service is a fellowship time for refreshments located in the Social Hall. In addition, Sunday School is provided for the children and adult Bible Study begins at 10:30 a.m. Grace Lutheran Church is located at 1979 Ridge Road, between the racquet club and Nevada Union High School. To learn more, please phone the church office at 530-273-7043, or take a peek at our current web site,

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

New Covenant Baptist Church

Our church 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

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