Religion Briefs, Nov. 16, 2012 |

Religion Briefs, Nov. 16, 2012

Nevada City United Methodist Church

The Gospel this week is from Mark 13:1-8. Please join us for Sunday service at either the 9 a.m. traditional or 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship.

Pastor Charles Smith will be delivering the message. Sunday School will take place during the 10:30 a.m. service with loving childcare all morning. Jr. and Sr. Youth will meet at 10 a.m. for a light cereal breakfast followed by a short bible study followed by them joining the 10:30 a.m. service. We enjoy fellowship following both services in our fellowship hall. If you miss our service, one of them is recorded every week and can be seen on NCTV Channel 11 on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. or on our website at

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 a.m. for a 15-minute Silent Meditation followed by the service at 10:30 a.m. This Sunday, November 18, our spiritual leader, Rev. Maggie Buck’s monthly talk title is “Gratitude.” We are located at 2945 1st St. in the DeWitt Center, Auburn.

For directions, visit or call (530) 823-6986.

Word-A-Live (WAL) Church:

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase invite you to Word-A-Live! Church, 10 a.m. Sundays, 10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley. Word-A-Live! Is worth the drive! Word-A-Live !Offers: Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. “A-Live! Recovery,” learning to be free from life-controlling behaviors and Nov. 19 Thanksgiving Dinner and special speaker Jeannine Taylor; Thursdays, Women’s Bible Study at 9:45 a.m. “On Wings Like Eagles;” Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. Culture Revive Youth ages 12-18; Sat. at 5 p.m. corporate prayer; Equippers Classes Wed. 7 to 9 p.m. “Deliverance From Bad Habits;” Special upcoming events: Christmas Service December 23; December 30, Prophet John Harke and New Year’s Eve. Dec. 31 Prophet John Harke, 6 to 10 p.m. (soup and salad at 6 p.m.)

Visit for more information, or call (530) 432-9155.

Twin Cities Church

Join Sunday us as we continue our series “40 Days in the Word: Read for Life.” The message this week is “Determining What The Bible Says To My Life.” 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

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 or email

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

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us Sunday for “An Attitude of Gratitude” with guest speaker the Rev. Lynn Gardner. As we approach Thanksgiving, a holiday with a complicated history, we are reminded of the central practice of offering thanks. Scientists are finding that an attitude of gratitude is a powerful contributor to a happy life. Some believe that it may be the single most effective way to increase happiness. How might we extend a practice of gratitude beyond November? What might this look like in our daily lives, and in our congregation? 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

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

The Orthodox Church is premodern, since the modern world has not served up a wide array of dependable answers. Looking for beauty? Looking for a life that can give some degree of stability and peace, while helping you face the realities of the world around them? Come home to Orthodoxy!

Divine Liturgy: Sundays 9:30 a.m.

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

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

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 November 19, community dharma leader Mary Helen Fein will lead a period of silent meditation followed by a talk. Mountain Stream can also be found on Facebook.

For more information visit or call (530) 272-6425.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

We will offer a Thanksgiving Day Service with Holy Communion at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22. A parish Thanksgiving dinner will also be presented at 1 p.m. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 235 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

For more information on the dinner, please contact the Church Office at (530) 273-7876 or the web site at

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Thanksgiving is a time we remember all the ways that we have been blessed. This Sunday, Pastor Mark will be sharing a message from Psalm 100 titled “True Thankfulness.” The church will also be celebrating communion as we express our thankfulness for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for us. Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in a traditional setting. Sunday School for adults, youth, and children and preschoolers is provided. Contemporary service at 11:00 features a band and upbeat praise music.

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

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

On Sunday during the 10:30 am worship service, Dr. Ralph Wilson will be speaking on the topic, “The Antichrist” from 2 Thessalonians 2. This is his eighth message in a series on Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica. 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.

For more information and (530) 265-4711 or visit for more information.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard. Her inspirational talk is titled “Continuing to Grow and Know.” Enjoy the music of SharonJoy Jahoda and friends at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services.

Our Youth Ministry is held at 11 a.m. We are an interfaith community committed to awakening humanity to its spiritual magnificence and our vision is “Celebrating Our Oneness In Spirit.” We are at 119 Florence Avenue in Grass Valley.

For more information, visit or call (530) 274-1018.

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

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.

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when Rev. Jerry Farrell, his talk, “A Life Of Gratitude.” Music by Kalyani. “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!

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