Religion Briefs, Sept. 20, 2013 |

Religion Briefs, Sept. 20, 2013

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday when, Rev. Jerry Farrell, shares his talk, “Love And Faith In Action.” Music by Judy Moise and Jack Wallace.

We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct., Grass Valley, off Whispering Pines Lane, across from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. Join with us after service this Sunday as we hold our “Volunteer Roundup”. Great fun, prizes, music and more. Volunteers from the past and present will be honored for all their service at Unity. The Way of Mastery meets Mondays at 7 P.M. The Men’s and Women’s Groups meet each Tuesday at 10 a.m. and the Course in Miracles is Thursday at 7 p.m.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

As Orthodox Christians our journey is to judge nobody but ourselves. Fidelity to the Gospel prevents us from conforming to the spirit of the age. We cannot be pigeonholed into any one political party but our concerns regarding cultural (not political) issues are informed by the Christian tradition that has been consistent to the Gospel from the very founding of the Church.!

Divine Liturgy: Sundays 9:30 a.m.

Vespers: Wednesdays 5:30 p.m.

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

Twin Cities Church

Join us Sunday as we begin our series “Work: More Than Making A Living.” The message this week is “Succeeding at Work.”

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

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 23, guiding teacher John Travis will lead a silent meditation followed by a talk. Please carpool.

On September 29, Mountain Stream teacher Heather Sundberg will teach a daylong retreat on “Relaxation and Joy: Two Factors of Awakening.” Information: 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. Follow Mountain Stream on Facebook.

For more information, visit or call 530-265-6111.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

We are called to be disciples and make disciples. Join us as Pastor Mark continues in a series called “Making Disciples”. This week’s sermon entitled “Loving People Like Jesus” is a call for us to love others as Jesus’ does.

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.

For more information, call 530-273-7301, or visit

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:

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. Exciting new program begins Sept. 19. Series: “How to hear from God.”

Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.: Culture Revive Youth ages 12 to 18 with special Guest Speak Pastor Tom Terry.

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.: Equippers Classes with a new series: “God’s Economy.”

Sept. 29: 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

Sept. 21, 22: Church Birthday – Pastor Tom Terry.

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

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard Sunday morning. Her Inspirational talk is titled “Taking One Step at a Time.” Enjoy the live, uplifting music of Gracie MacKenzie and Friends at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. We also offer a mid-week meditative service on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Families with Children are welcome to join us (a family Room with audio is available if needed). 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.

Christian Science Reading Room

“RETIREMENT – a spiritual perspective,” is the title of the Audio Chat from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Through the understanding and trust that God cares for each one of us gives us meaningful purpose throughout our entire lives. To discover more about how leaning on God’s love can uplift your retirement years, join the chat, and bring your questions for Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Barbara Vining from Perrysburg, Ohio. We’re located at 147 Mill Street. No reservations are required. For information call 530-273-0790. All are welcome.

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 September, we will be meeting at Lifetime Adoption Center, 17860 Cattle Drive, Penn Valley.

From Grass Valley, take Highway 20 west. Pass through the stoplight intersection at Rough and Ready Highway and turn right at the first road. Turn left immediately and follow Cattle Drive west until you turn right into the driveway of the center.

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

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. Aglow is a wonderful opportunity for unity in the Body of Christ and is not “just for women” anymore! Take Brunswick Road to Whispering Pines Lane, left on Crown Point Circle and then right at Nevada County Board of Realtors. Baby-sitting off site is available by making reservations in advance with Jamie Bartsch at 530-272-6056.

The Healing Rooms of Nevada County

Need healing? Physical or emotional? 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 Thursdays, 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 530-478-1478 or visit

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

We welcome you to join us each Saturday morning as we focus on the following topics this month:

Sept. 20 through 22: Church Campout @ Scott’s Flat Lake, Andrew Uyeyama will be the speaker.

Sept. 28: Tanzi Lampert.

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.

Save the date: Pathfinder fundraiser Fiesta Dinner & Raffle, Oct. 20, call the church office for details.

We are located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (Just past Union Hill School on Hwy. 174). Visit our website at or call 530-477-5017.

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.

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.

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

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Church

We bring to your attention some changes at our church, Solid Rock. After 12 years of faithful service, Pastor James Edwards has retired.

Pastor Mark O’Connell is presently leading the congregation and is teaching biblical truths that are relevant to these days. Please join us at 11665 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley.

Our Sunday services start at 10 a.m. and bible study is from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, call 530-432-1964.

Church of the Essence

Come and join our spiritual gatherings. We meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays with each evening beginning with a circulation of the Light through a guided meditation, followed by the evening presentation, which includes voluntary sharing and discussions. Classes available for those interested.

We meet at Vela Massage Retreat, 763 B. South Auburn St. Grass Valley.

For more information, visit or call 530-274-3128 or 530-268-1118.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Service, child care and service at 11 a.m. We are a GLBT welcoming congregation. For more information, call 530-274-1675 or visit

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday with our Pastor Alison Berry! We have two Sunday services: Contemporary at 9 a.m. and traditional at 10:30 a.m.

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

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

United Methodist Women: Second Wednesday monthly at 10:30 a.m., Sept. through June.

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

We have a very active Scouting Program!

We are located at 22559 Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines). “Hilltop Kids” Sunday school is at 9 a.m.

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

Nevada City United Methodist Church

At the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church, special services will be held this 18th Sunday after Pentecost during our Discipleship Drive, with traditional worship at 9 and contemporary worship at 10:30 a.m.

Jr. and Sr. high bible study will meet at 10 a.m. with a light cereal breakfast; Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. and childcare is available.

Join us for coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall following both services. Adult bible study on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Youth Group on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting and crocheting on Thursdays at noon. Recordings of our services can be viewed on Comcast Channel 11, Fridays at 6:30 p.m., or Sundays at 7:30 a.m.; or on our website: We look forward to seeing you here!

New Covenant Baptist Church

New Covenant Baptist Church is located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd in Grass Valley. For more information, go to or call 530-274-8516.

Christian Science Church

“Matter” is the subject of the Bible lesson for September 22 and “Reality” for September 29. These same Bible Lessons are read at Christian Science churches all over the world. Here, in Grass Valley, service and Sunday School meet at 10 a.m.

Wednesday evening meetings are a special and informal time to express gratitude for healing and progress in the study of Christian Science. The church is located at 375 Crown Point Circle in Whispering Pines. For more information, call 530-273-9452. All are welcome and child care is lovingly provided.

To serve the community, there is a Reading Room and Bookstore at 147 Mil Street. Hours are from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and during Thursday Night Market, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. For further information call: 530-273-0790.

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

This historic church’s 10:30 a.m. service offers a blend of familiar hymns and up-to-date praise choruses. You are welcome! First Baptist is your friendly, spiritual home in the Sierra, at 300 Main St. across from the Nevada County Courthouse.

Call 530-265-4711 or visit for more information.

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