Religion briefs: Sept. 12, 2014 |

Religion briefs: Sept. 12, 2014

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue our series “Pray Like {Ordinary People, Extraordinary Prayers}.” The message this week is “Pray Like Moses.” 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.

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when Rev. Jerry Farrell shares his talk, “Living In The Light.” Music by Steve Wallace.

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 Of Love and Creation” is every Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Center.

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 September 15, 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.

On September 14, Mountain Stream is honored to have Saranaloka Nun Ayya Anandabodhi for a full day of retreat.

More info:

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 loves you deeply and pursues a relationship with you continually. Join us this week as Pastor Mark Rindels speaks of how “God Pursues a Love Relationship.” As a part of the Experiencing God series we will learn how God has an everlasting and unconditional love for us. 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 from 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

Nevada City United Methodist Church

It’s September and that means that our annual discipleship drive is taking place at the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church! We will have a different guest speaker each Sunday. Our guest speaker this Sunday will be Peggy Hernandez and she will be talking about “service.”

Traditional worship begins 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 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, 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!

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Madalyn Wade this Sunday. Her inspirational talk is titled “Benefits of a Cheerful Heart.” Enjoy the live, uplifting music of Jeff Wright 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.

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 Sept. 23.

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.

Sept. 14: 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

September 19-22: Celebrate Word-A-Live’s Birthday! Pastors Tom & Stella Terry

October 10: Deborah Gliebe.

CI CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE: November 14, 15, 16.

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

New Covenant Baptist Church

Come and join us this week as we explore, “Why Church Attendance Is Necessary” and learn what it means to “not forsake the assembling of yourselves together.” 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!

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sundays with our Pastor Alison Berry!

On Sunday September 7 at 4 p.m. classical pianist Cory Peterson will perform at Sierra Pines UMC. Donations appreciated.

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

New Adult Study began on September 3 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

Worship Schedule:

September 13 – Pastor Tim McMillen.

September 20 – Pastor Jeff Richards, “Community.”

September 27 – Pastor Jeff Richards, “Community.”

Pastor Tim McMillen will be ordained into the Gospel Ministry at 6 p.m. on September 13. Everyone is welcome to attend, a reception will follow the ordination service. Pathfinders and Adventurers, a scout like program with weekly meetings and a variety of activities for kids in grades 1 through 4 (Adventurers) and ages 10 through 16 (Pathfinders) began September 8. For more information, visit

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 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

Christian Science Church/Reading Room and Bookstore

Tuesdays: We have a weekly Q&A audio chat. Stop by at 11 a.m. to noon at 147 Mill St. (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).

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

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. There is a Sunday bible study during our for service. All are welcome. Worship for Young Families (WOW), will start again on Wed. September 10 with a potluck dinner followed by worship at 5:30 p.m. All young families are welcome to join us.

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

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

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Jim Line has been chosen to lead the county’s discussion group on The Story, an abridged and chronological book of stories from the Bible. The group, open to everyone, began meeting at 6 :30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings in the Fellowship Hall of Sierra Presbyterian Church.

“People of all kinds will enjoy and connect with the accounts within The Story. They are free to share and ask questions,” Jim states.

Jim is a recently retired attorney. He graduated from UC Berkeley and Hastings School of Law. He is a life-long Bible scholar and has taught classes on both the Old and New Testaments. Jim and his wife, Linda, have three daughters and 2 grandchildren.

The Story is a hard-back book; each chapter has a different story. Three different level children’s books and a teen book also have the same story in each chapter presented an age-appropriate manner. Discussion groups will focus on one chapter each week and give participants the opportunity to hear how others react to each story.

Along with the adult Tuesday evening discussion group, there will be a children’s program at the same time. On Wednesday nights beginning September 10, at 5:30 PM a teen program will begin with a free supper and include games, music and discussion.. There will also be an afternoon adult discussion group at Eskaton in the Lodge Theater, 1:30 PM, beginning, Monday, September 10.

There is no charge to attend any discussion group. The Story books are $10 each and available at the sponsoring church, Sierra Presbyterian. For questions or to register, call the church office at 530-265-3291 or visit

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