Church celebrates 35th anniversary on Sunday |

Church celebrates 35th anniversary on Sunday

Sierra Presbyterian Church will celebrate its 35th year as a chartered Presbyterian church on Pentecost Sunday.

A festive worship service at 10 a.m. will recount the church’s beginning, its current undertakings, and future challenges.

The church began with an ad in The Union in 1965 seeking others who might be interested in starting a church. From the initial response of 12 people, the church has grown to a membership of approximately 600.

The church initially rented space from the Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church and later from the Nevada City Methodist Church. The church now has its own multi-building campus at the corner of Ridge Road and Nevada City Highway.

Sierra Presbyterian Church is known to many for its parking lot sale every Labor Day weekend. All of the money raised from the event is returned to the community through various agencies, such as the Emergency Coalition and Manzanita House, Livingwell Medical Clinic, Interfaith Food Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, Wolf Mountain Christian Camp and Christian Encounter Ministries.

The church also supports those organizations monthly as part of its budget. Many individuals in the congregation give their time, efforts and money to further enhance the organizations.

The church has an active Stephen Ministry Program, which trains and supervises lay people who listen to and help others going through trying times. This service is available to anyone in the community.

Sierra Christian School is another facet of the church. The school offers Christian education to students grades kindergarten through sixth. Sonshine Preschool welcomes younger children.

In recent years the church has sent members to many foreign countries to help others. An importing business started by one family sells Guatemalan native crafts locally and returns the money to Guatemala to help educate young people.

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