Religion Briefs, Oct. 24, 2014 |

Religion Briefs, Oct. 24, 2014

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when Rev. Jerry Farrell continues our seven week program, “The 52 Codes for Conscious Self Evolution.” His talk for Week #3 of the series is “Our Soul’s Calling.” Music by Brenda Boston and Garieal 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 1 p.m. at the Center.

Barbara Marx Hubbard will be giving two presentations at Unity In The Gold Country the weekend of November 15 and 16. Tickets for both the Saturday and the Sunday events are available at Unity in the Gold Country, Briar Patch or online at

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 October 27, Mountain Stream teacher Heather Sundberg will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk. Please carpool.

Our group also meets at the Center on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Information: or 530-265-6111. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

Ever hear the phrase “ancient church”, “old church” or “original church”.  Ever wondered exactly who they are referring to? Well, the church they are referring to is still very much alive and beating today. For Christ’s Church will never die…it has always been, it is today, and it always will be. The Orthodox Church, since 33 AD.

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

God calls us to be obedient as we live out our lives. Join us this week as Pastor Mark Rindels shares how we can “Experience God through Obedience.” Even after making mistakes God gives us second chances to be obedience and experience Him deeply. 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 at 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

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard in a special service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning at the LOVE Building at Condon Park in Grass Valley. Her Inspirational talk is titled “Developing Presence of Mind.” Enjoy the live and uplifting music of Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire. Families with children are welcome to join us. Child care is available. The service will be followed by a potluck luncheon.

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.

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:

Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m.: “A-Live! Recovery,” Learning to be free from life-controlling behaviors.

Wednesdays: 7 to 9 p.m.: Equippers Classes, new teachings, and series continually. Next sabbatical Oct. 29.

Thursdays at 9: 45 a.m.: Women’s Bible Study Lunch first Thursday of each month (no class second Thurs. of each month). Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.: Culture Revive Youth ages 12 to 18.

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

October 26: 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

CI CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE: November 14, 15, 16.

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

Twin Cities Church

Join us for our new series, “Outrageous Stuff Jesus Said.” The message this week is, “Eliminate Your Options.” 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.

You can listen to past messages on KNCO 830AM on Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. or you can check out videos of our messages and services at our website — Find more information visit our website or our Facebook page –, or call us at 530-273-6425.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Rehearsals for Messiah 2014 have begun and The STORY is continuing on Sundays in October at 9 a.m. Traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary, and adult Sunday school at both hours and children’s Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Discover the Bible as never before — as a novel, in an abridged, chronological format. We also offer a community Book Club, including weekly videos on Tuesday Evenings (6:30 to 7:45 p.m.), and on Monday afternoons in the Eskaton 49er Room. Please check out our website for more information and read our monthly newsletter at, like us on Facebook to get all the news. Our address is 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, and our phone number is 530-265-3291.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church, services this 20th Sunday in Kingdomtide will begin with traditional worship at 9 a.m. followed by contemporary worship with communion 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. Youth Group on Sundays at 5 p.m. Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting and crocheting on Thursdays at noon. Recordings of our services can be viewed 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!

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. On Sunday, October 26 Grace is pleased to host The Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast as our special preacher and teacher. The Reformation service begins at 9 a.m. and Dr. Rast will also teach at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Rast is a noted historian and professor and was recently named President of Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Grace will continue its Reformation activities on Sunday, November 2 with a Reformation Celebration Party from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be a potluck dinner along with a myriad of games and activities for children, including a chance to meet Martin Luther himself. Grace will also be assembling and packaging up shoeboxes for the “Operation Christmas Child” mission work done by Samartian’s Purse during the party. For more information feel free to call Grace Lutheran Church at 530-273-7043 or check out

Christian Science Church / Reading Room and Bookstore

Tuesdays: “Supporting honest government,” is the topic for this coming Tuesday’s live audio chat including Q&A. Learn how prayers about honesty in your community and in the world can make a difference. Stop by from 11 a.m. to noon at 147 Mill Street, (our bookstore for spiritual resources). Visit for further information.

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. 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).

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 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 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.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

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 the website at

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 United Methodist Church

We are presenting “Living The Questions” on Saturdays through Nov. 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Living the Questions is an introduction to progressive Christianity. It is presented in a video-discussion format featuring 33 progressive theologians. It is an open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers. LTQ creates an environment where participants interact with each other in exploring the best of today’s progressive theological thought. Walk-ins are welcome to all sessions. For more information contact Bill at 530-432-0505 or Susie at 530-432-8846.

Communion Service is the first Sunday of the month. Homework Heaven meets each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Worship for young families (WOW), will be held on Wednesday, October 8 with a potluck at 5 followed by a Worship Service at 5:30 p.m. Our Living The Question class continues on Saturdays from 9:30 until 11 a.m.. All are welcome.

Our contemplative service begins at 8:45 a.m. followed by our traditional service at 10:30 a.m. Coffee fellowship follows each service. Sunday School is held during the 8:45 service for ages 3 to 12 with chimes and drama 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Child care for all ages 8:30 until noon.

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

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Adult Study Wednesdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.: “Wisdom Jesus.”

Lectionary Studies: Most Fridays at 10 a.m. with Pastor Alison.

United Methodist Men: Second Saturday Monthly at 8 a.m.

New Adult Study at 7 p.m.: A book, “Wisdom Jesus” by Cynthia Bourgeault.

We have very active Boys and Girls Scouting programs.

Services on Sundays: 9 a.m.: Contemporary, 10:30 a.m.: Traditional.

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

Hilltop Kids” Sunday School at 9 a.m.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines). For more information telephone the Church Office at 530-268-6907 and visit our website at

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

October 25 – Pastor Jeff Richards.

Pathfinder and Adventurer Clubs meet on Mondays from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 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 Hwy. 174). Visit our website at, 530-477-5017, email

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