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Religion Briefs, Dec. 7, 2012

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us Sunday for “There are Gifts in the Darkness” with guest speaker, the Rev. Wendy Bartel. Many of the holy day/holiday traditions at this time of year center around light. In the Northern Hemisphere, we are entering into the darkest time of the year. Rather than focusing only on kindling the candles, what gifts might we find in the darkness? What logical wisdom might be found there? Service, childcare and religious education at 11 a.m. We are located at 246 Church St. in Grass Valley.

For more information, call (530) 274-1675 or visit http://www.uugrassvalley.org.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard. Her inspirational talk is titled “Practicing the Presence.” Enjoy the music of Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. Youth Ministry is held at 11 a.m. on the first Sunday each month; a family room is available all other Sundays. 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 http://www.sierracenter.org 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:

Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.: “A-Live! Recovery,”

Thursdays at 9: 45 a.m.: Learning to be free from life-controlling behaviors with a speaker with Women’s Bible Study, “On Wings Like Eagles.”

Fridays, 6 to 9 p.m.: Culture Revive Youth ages 12-18 ;

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: corporate prayer.

Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.: Equippers Classes, “Deliverance From Bad Habits.”

Dec. 16, 7 to 9 p.m., IHOP.

Special upcoming events: December 9: IHOP (International House of Prayer) from the Prayer House in Chico with special speaker Ken Winton. Worship Café opens 5:30 p.m. with service from 6 to 9 p.m.

December 16: Pastor Escobar from Guatemala City (Spanish interpreter will be present). Christmas Service December 23; December 30, Prophet John Harke. New Year’s Eve, Prophet John Harke. 6 to 10 p.m. (soup and salad at 6 p.m.)

For more information, visit http://www.word-a-live.org or call (530) 432-9155.

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

This is the Second Sunday in Advent. During our 10:30 am worship service, Dr. Ralph Wilson will be speaking on the topic, “On a Long Journey to Find Your King” from Matthew 2:1-12 and Hebrews 11:8-12, about our own personal

spiritual journeys. Plan on joining us for our traditional Christmas Eve Service and Carol Sing, December 24, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

This historic church’s 10:30 am 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 265-4711 or visit http://www.fbcnevadacity.org for more information.

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 http://www.FoothillChurch.org/hope_bearers.

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 November, we will be meeting at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Church Street, Grass Valley.

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 @ 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

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  http://www.healingroomsnc.com.

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center of Nevada County, 216 B Main Street, Nevada City. PIWG sponsors the Women and Men in Black vigil Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We vigil to in support of the Women in Black in Israel, who founded the movement in 1988. All who support human rights and justice for all in Palestine and Israel are welcome to join the vigil. Bring a sign or use one of ours.

St. Canice Church

December is the time when we at St. Canice Church in Nevada City celebrate the liturgical season of Advent which marks the time of spiritual preparation by the faithful for Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. This spiritual journey spans for four weeks or four Sundays as symbolically represented by the advent wreath which consists of four candles and each candle is lit every Sunday.

When we think about Jesus’ first coming as a child on Christmas Day, we can’t help but be happy. Simply thinking about the manger scene in Bethlehem reminds us of how much God loves us. We feel moved to gather with family and friends and celebrate the fact that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God and our Savior, became man and lived among us so that he could redeem us. There is so much to celebrate not only that God became human. Jesus became man to subject himself to the limitations of human life and subjected himself to death on the cross for our forgiveness of sins and for our salvation and set us free. Come celebrate Advent/Christmas Season with us – family, friends and visitors. Masses are Saturdays, Vigil Mass 5:30 p.m., Sundays at 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.;Daily Mass 7:30 a.m.

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. As a welcome break between weekends, these men encourage each other as they wish to encourage you in these trying times. Penny’s Diner is located at 2072 Nevada City Highway in the B&C Fowler Center in Grass Valley.


EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá hosts a Women’s Transformational Healing Group held weekly; new Eldership Training for women over 50 starting in January; email for information. Spiritual counseling for women. Visit our website for other events at http://www.EarthSpiritCenter.com or email drnanci@earthspiritcenter.com.

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when Rev. Jerry Farrell, shares his talk, “What Living A Faith-filled Life Is Really About.” Music by Steve Wallace. “The Way of Mastery” group meets each Monday evening at 7 p.m. Ho’oponopono meditation each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Men’s and Women’s groups meet each Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. ACIM meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct., Grass Valley, opposite Peaceful Valley Farm Supply.

Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center is a spiritual community dedicated to expanding consciousness, promising to love and serve all, with enthusiasm, joy and playfulness!

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Wild Mountain Yoga Center, 574 Searls Ave., Nevada City. On December 10, Mountain Stream guiding teacher John Travis will lead a period of silent meditation followed by a talk. Mountain Stream can also be found on Facebook.

For more information visit http://www.mtstream.org or call (530) 265-6111.

Twin Cities Church

Join us Sunday as we continue our series “Let There Be Light.” The message this week is “Longing For The Light.” 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 the website at http://www.twincitieschurch.com.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Advent and the Gospel is from Luke 3:1-6. Pastor Charles Smith will be leading both the 9 a.m., traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary services. Sunday School is held during the 10:30 a.m. service with loving childcare all morning. Junior and senior youth will meet at 10 a.m. in our Joseph Room for a light cereal breakfast and bible study before joining worship. A time of fellowship follows both services downstairs in our Fellowship Hall. Another way to see one of our services is by going to Comcast Channel 11 on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m.

You may also view our services on our web page at nevadacitymethodist.com.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Pastor Mark will be in message titled “God Knows When to Speak Up.” Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. Sunday School for Adults, youth, children, & preschoolers is provided. Contemporary service 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 http://www.firstbaptistgv.com.

Foothill Center for Spiritual Living, Auburn

We are a community that values and supports each other in our spiritual awakening. We are committed to practical spirituality for everyday living. All of our activities are grounded in faith, nurtured with love and guided by Spirit. Come celebrate with us on Sunday mornings at 10 am for a 15-minute silent meditation followed by the service at 10:30 am – this Sunday, December 9, our spiritual leader, Rev. Maggie Buck’s monthly talk title is “Generosity of Spirit.” We are located at 2945 1st St. in the DeWitt Center, Auburn.

For directions, visit http://www.FCSLiving.org or call (530) 823-6986.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Join us for our Contemplative Worship Service on Sundays at 8:45 a.m. Our Traditional Service begins at 10:30 a.m. Coffee fellowship follows. Sunday school is held during the 8:45 a.m. service for ages 3 to 12, with chimes and drama 9:45 to 10:30. Child care for all ages 8:30 a.m. until noon. Bible Studies are held during the 8:45 service; Mondays at 1:30 p.m.; and Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Homework Heaven meets each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Worship for young families (WOW), will meet on Wednesday, December 12 at 5:00 with a potluck supper followed by a worship service. Sunday, December 9, all are invited to our young person pageant entitled “ Christmas is Cancelled.” The community is invited to our Blue Christmas worship service at 5 p.m. on December 21. We also invite the community to attend our Candlelight Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 5 p.m.

Beginning Sunday, January 6, Rev. McDonald will begin a 5 week sermon series at our Traditional Worship Service on “Wrestling with the Bible.” Plan to come each Sunday and bring a friend.

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

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Please join us on Sunday, December 9 with our Pastor Alison Berry! Youth Group on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Adult Study: Teresa Avila, on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. United Methodist Women: Second Wednesday monthly at 10:30 a.m.

United Methodist Men: First Saturday monthly at 8 a.m. We continue to host Hospitality House on Tuesdays to assist the Homeless. Our contemporary service is at 9 and our traditional service is at 10:30 a.m. Junior High and High School Ages Youth Groups are Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive in Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines). “Hilltop Kids” Sunday School at 9 a.m.

For more information telephone the Church Office at (530) 268-6907 and visit our website at http://www.sierrapinesumc.org.

New Covenant Baptist Church

Come and join us this Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. and discover “Preparing for Christmas.” Intersect continues this Sunday night at 7 p.m., a place for people to connect with God and connect with others! 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. We are located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd in Grass Valley. See you on Sunday!

For more information, visit http://www.newcovenantbaptistchurch.org.

Christian Science Church

Come visit our beautiful church in the woods at 375 Crown Point Circle. Church services and Sunday School meet at 10 a.m. The lesson sermon for this week is “God the Only Cause and Creator.” Wednesday evening testimonial meetings take place at 7:30 p.m. where participants, in an informal way, share how the study of Christian Science has helped them overcome many adversities. Telephone number is (530) 273-9452. All are welcome and child care is lovingly provided.

In downtown Grass Valley at 147 Mill Street, the church maintains a Reading Room and Bookstore that is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop in for a quiet time to pray, or purchase Bibles and illustrated children’s’ books for Christmas.

For more information, call (530) 273-0790.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

All of the staff at Sierra Presbyterian wishes you and your family a very Blessed Christmas Season, and we invite you to join us this second Sunday of Advent as Rev. Mike Griffin delivers the message “The Quest for the King” from the Advent Series. Our Services are 9 a.m. traditional and 10:30 a.m. contemporary, with Children’s Programs and Adult Sunday School at both times. Our ankor Youth will gather at 9 a.m. for small groups and in worship at 10:30 a.m. Free Childcare will be available on Friday evening, December 14 with RSVPs received by next Wednesday. Visit our website http://www.sierrapres.com to find out more information and to read our monthly newsletter. Sierra Presbyterian Church has many opportunities for connection, is an environment of caring, and is an outwardly focused community. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. For more information, visit (530) 265-3291.

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