Religion Briefs, Sept. 2, 2016 |

Religion Briefs, Sept. 2, 2016

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday, as the Rev. Jerry Farrell shares his talk, “A Worldwide Energy Of Prayer” at our service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Music will be by Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire. 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. Rev. Jerry hosts a “Matt Kahn Study Group” the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue our series “Stand Out: Influence for the Common Good.” The message this week is “Joy.” 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. TCC Young Adults meet on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. visit our website for more information, including location.

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 at or our Facebook page at, or call us at 530-273-6425.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Worshiping with others can inspire us to draw even deeper into worship of our Savior. Join us this week as Pastor Mark Rindels speak from Psalm 95 and how God calls us to live a life of worship. Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. Contemporary service at 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Sunday School for adults, youth, children and preschoolers is provided. Wednesday dinner from 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 for more information.

Trinity Church

On September 11 at 7 p.m., the Trinity Compline Choir will chant the medieval office of Compline. This time they will be singing an Orthodox style music. Two pieces are by Sergei Rachmaninoff and one by Igor Stavinsky. Compline is the seventh and final short, chanted, candlelit prayer service of the monastic day. A meditative Compline service is an appropriate way to commemorate the 15th year since the tragedy of 9/11.

Eucharistic services are celebrated every Sunday at 8, 9:15, and 10:30 a.m., with a full music program at the latest one.

Father Christopher Seal and Father Brad Helmuth alternate acting as celebrant and rotate giving the homily with Deacon Rich Degeorgis. Find mystical spirituality and warm friendship while worshiping at Trinity Church. Join us at 202 High Street, Nevada City. All are welcome.

Christian Science Church / Reading Room and Bookstore

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 with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. The sermon this Sunday is, “Man.” 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). The church location is at 375 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley.

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 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.

Reading Room and Bookstore: Every Christian Science church provides a public Reading Room for the community. It is a combination library, bookstore, and also a center for spiritual discovery and exploration … a place to find answers to one’s relationship to God. There are many resources available for study or purchase, including The Christian Science Monitor Weekly and the online daily news edition. The location is 147 Mill St., open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for further information.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

We are a Welcoming, Reconciling Congregation with Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors to all! We invite you to join us for Sunday Worship Services with our Pastor Joan Pell!

One special service t 10 a.m. through the end of September.

The Emergency Food Closet at SPUMC is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Free Diapers: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. We are a new distribution site for Nevada County Diaper Project.

United Methodist Men meet second Saturdays monthly from 8 to 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and fellowship.

AA meetings are held on Mondays through Fridays at 12:30 pm: Room 4. Alanon meetings on Thursdays at 7 p.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: http// more information telephone the Church Office at 530-268-6907 and visit our website at

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 Receovery” join us in learning to be free from life-controlling behaviors.”

Wednesday’s: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: “Equippers Classes” New teachings continuously (Sabbatical Sept. 14).

Thursdays 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. “Women’s Bible Study” will resume September 8.

Fridays, 6 to 9 pm “Revival Youth” ages 12 to 18. All year long.

Saturdays, 5:30 p.m.: “Corporate Prayer.”

First Saturday of every month, 8 a.m. Men’s Breakfast and Study, ( Sept. 3 ).

Word-A-Live’s 25th Birthday Bash! Come join us September 25 with Pastors Tom and Stella Terry. Potbless to follow at Buttermaker’s cottage at Western Gateway Park at 1:30.

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

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church for August:

Worship Schedule:

September 3: Pastor Jeff Richards.

September 10: Communion Service.

September 17: Outdoor Church.

September 24: To be determined.

Pathfinder & Adventurer Kids Clubs are now accepting new members, call the church office for more information. God’s Closet Children’s Clothing Collection & Distribution is seeking donations of gently used children’s clothing. Donations may be dropped off during office hours. 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,

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

Many people do not attend church at all, or do so very infrequently. We live by the time-worn excuse that “you don’t have to go to church to be a good Christian.” Christ Himself, thought it important to attend and participate in weekly worship. By what standard of measurement do we feel that we are entitled to do less?

Divine Liturgy is Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Vespers on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 530-265-4714 or visit

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard this Sunday at our 10 a.m. service! Our theme for August is “Beauty, Nature, Art and Aesthetics,” and the talk title for the day is “How Generous People See the World.” Uplifting music will be provided by Kellie Garmire and Billy Bensing. 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

At the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church this 15th Sunday after Pentecost, our traditional worship begins at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., we have our family worship which includes our praise band and Children’s Sunday School. Childcare is available in our nursery. Coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall after both services. Recordings of services can be viewed on NCTV Comcast Channel 11 on 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!

Peace Lutheran Church

Sunday’s early service at Peace Lutheran Church is changing. The new start time will be at 8:30 a.m. Sunday starting Sept. 11. Casual, intimate and friendly, the early service features updated music set amid the familiar Lutheran structure of Gather, Word, Meal and Send. We preach God’s word for modern men and women who seek to know their Creator more deeply and follow the Jesus Path more closely. Holy Communion is served every Sunday.

No experience necessary. All are welcome! Sunday worship is at 8:45 and 11 a.m., with the early service changing to 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11. To speak to Pastor Eileen Smith Le Van, call 530-273-9631. Learn more at

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Dr. Nanci Shanderá

First Saturdays: Practical Mysticism at Inner Path in Nevada City, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; Tuesdays: Transformational Wholeness for women with cancer; monthly: Women 55+ Consciousness Group; Intuitive Counseling; Soul Readings; books on transformation. For more information, email or visit

Penn Valley Community Church

We are temporarily meeting at the Penn Valley Seventh Day Adventist Church building. Our Sunday School is at 9 a.m.; with a worship service at 10 a.m. On Wednesdays this is Bible Study at 10 a.m. in the Buttermaker’s Cottage at Western Gateway Park. Our youth group meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Ready Springs gym. On Thursdays, Pearls’ Bible Study at 10 a.m. in the church office, and AWANA at 6:30 p.m. in the Ready Springs gym. We are located at 17328 Penn Valley Dr. Unit B in Penn Valley. For more information, call 530-432-1161, email or visit

North San Juan Community Church

We are a non-denominational church of self proclaimed “Pedestrians” — “Jesus did the talkin’ and we’ll do the walkin,” says Associate Pastor Lane Baldwin, with a fire in his heart. Here are examples of programs we have provided in one year:

-“Operation Number 2.0 Pencil,” we collect and continue to distribute school supplies to four local schools.

– “Souper Sunday” allows anyone to come in after church, at noon, have a bottomless bowl of soup and a family movie at 1 p.m.

– “Operation Feed the Ridge,” we distribute six bags of groceries a day Monday through Saturday.

-“Cold Hands – Warm Heart” is a mobile clothes closet that provides anything warm we can get our hands on!

Again, we wouldn’t be able to help our community without our community’s help.

For more information, call 530-415-9705 or visit

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. Rejoice Yoga, Christian Yoga meditation at 6:30 p.m. On Wednesday evenings in the sanctuary. Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St. The suggested donation is $10 for the class, but is not required. All are invited. Call 530-272-1946 for further information.

New Covenant Baptist Church

Our services begin at 10:45 a.m. and we look forward to having you with us. New Covenant is a great place to be each week as we celebrate together in contemporary worship and and Biblical based preaching. You won’t encounter a more welcoming and friendly place. We also have Bible studies for all ages beginning at 9:15 a.m. and midweek studies at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday nights. We are located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd. in Grass Valley. For more information visit our website at See you on Sunday.

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,

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us on Sundays as we share Jesus through the Gospel of Luke at 9 a.m. traditional service and 10:30 a.m. contemporary service. We have Adult Sunday School at both hours. We also have fun and exciting Children’s Sunday School Classes and ankored Youth at 10:30 a.m. Please check our website where you can download a “family activities” brochure and read our monthly newsletter “The Sierra Story” at, like us on Facebook. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-3291.

Jewel Heart Norcal Study Group

We meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at our house in Grass Valley (Alta Sierra). This is a change from our past location, time and day. Jewel Heart Norcal is a Mahayana Buddhist Study Group in the tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Our study of karma will help each individual to live a happier and more fulfilling life! Our current study of Karma including different types of karma, how we create it, how we can purify it and how it works in our lives. We are using the book, “The Four Noble Truths” by Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche as our resource for our current studies.

For more information contact or call Joe at 916-580-8258. Or visit our website or on Facebook at “jewelheartnorcal.” Jewel Heart Norcal is a Study Group under the auspices of Jewel Heart International. For more information on Jewel Heart International visit

North San Juan United Methodist Church

We are friendly, relevant, and relaxed. Everyone is welcome, come as you are. We meet at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning with snacks and friendly fellowship to follow. We are located at 10121 Flume St. in North San Juan. Call Pastor Patty Inis for more information at 916-500-8361 or email

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

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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