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Methodist church celebrates 20 years

In a county where several churches date back more than a century, Sierra Pines United Methodist Church in southern Nevada County is a relative newcomer.

This Sunday, the church is celebrating 20 years of ministry.

During its short life, Sierra Pines has been involved in various social services.



“We have long supported the Interfaith Food Ministry and the Emergency Assistance Coalition,” the church’s pastor, the Rev. Don Lee said. “We’re currently supporting Hospitality House. We provide shelter and food to the homeless, one night a week.”

The church also sent a relief team to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Lee said. Another team is revisiting the area this winter to continue the recovery work, Lee added.




“For the next 20 years, the congregation would like to see a sanctuary being built” on the property, Lee said. “They want to expand their ministry to the community and the world. They also want to be a church that grows in number and in faith.”

About 200 people are expected to attend a celebratory service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Lee said.

The Rev. Sargent Wright, founding pastor of Sierra Pines, the Rev. Richard Huser, former pastor, and District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church the Rev. Jerry Smith will attend the event, Lee said.

Three other public events are being held as part of the celebration.

• At 7 p.m. Thursday a worship service will take place at Sierra Pines to commemorate All Saints Day.

• At 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, the youth group at the church will host a talent show.

• At 6 p.m. Nov. 7, Sierra Pines is holding a conference for its congregation.

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To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail soumitros@theunion.com or call 477-4229.


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