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The sermon topic for this Sunday is based upon 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Psalm 30, 2 Kings 4 1-14, and Mark 1: 40-45. Paul uses athletic metaphors for our faith journeys. Olympians receive gold medals as do a host of other athletes. Awards are distributed in such profusion these day, but does anyone care?

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church offers two regular services, contemporary at 9 a.m. and traditional at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets are sold out for the Feb. 17 and 18 for the “Reading of Aunt Louise’s Will.” There are a few tickets available for the Sunday afternoon dessert matinee on Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. For information and tickets, call Jeannie at 268-3010.



Sierra Pines UMC church is at 22559 West Hacienda Drive (near Lake of the Pines). For more information call the church office at 268-6907, or visit http://www.sierrapinesumc.com.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley




Pastor David Hagey will be preaching on the subject, “The Blessings of Inheritance,” from Ephesians 1: 11 and 12. Morning worship begins at 10:30 following Sunday School at 9, for all ages.

Special music groups will lead Sunday’s worship, with Candy Neeley as a soloist. She will sing “Oh, I Want to Know You More.” The Glory Choir, Handbell Choir, and the Worship Choir will be led by Dr. Carl Peters.

Mark your calendars for the Living Last Supper presented for the community on April 7, 8 and 9. DaVinci’s famous “Last Supper” will be featured with music and drama from the perspective of the blind man, Bartimaeus

For more information, call 273-7301 or visit http://www.first baptistgv.com.

EarthSpirit Center

EarthSpirit Center will have a booth at the Spirit-Mind-Body Fair at the Miners Foundry on March 4 and 5. Dr. Shanderá will be speaking at 1:30 p.m. on March 4. She will present a Q-A session in which participants can discuss their spiritual growth, shamanism, alchemy and dream work.

Our next Gathering will be the first April 2 at 10 a.m. at the Nevada City Veteran’s Hall (corner of North Pine and Cottage). Dr. Shanderá will speak on transformational death and resurrection. Afterward, she will lead a workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. on transformational alchemy. Call for more information.

On Friday, Suzie Daggett interviews Dr. Nanci Shanderá, director of EarthSpirit Center, in The Union.

For more information, call 265-9097, visit http://www.EarthSpiritCenter.com ore-mail earthspirit@nccn.net.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

The Sunday message by Pastor Scott Dickson is always thought provoking. A spirit- filled worship experience awaits you at one of our three Sunday services: Traditional 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., casually formal, with liturgical readings and familiar hymns. The Chancel Choir sings an anthem, and once a month the Bells of the Sierra ring out. (This Sunday) Contemporary 10 to 11 a.m., less formal, with praise and worship songs like you hear on K-LOVE. Led by the Praise Team, accompanied by guitar, keyboard, and drums. Way Contemporar,y 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is just how it sounds, pretty casual. Sanctuary lights are dimmed; liturgies and music, although a bit edgier, are always deep and reflective.

For information, call the church office at 265-3291.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

We have a room named after the famous Unitarian Susan B. Anthony at our Grass Valley chapel, but how much do you know about her life? Come and learn more about her long struggle for suffrage and equality for women in the Rev. Joy Atkinson’s sermon, “Failure Is Impossible! The Life of Susan B. Anthony.” The choir will sing. Sunday services begin 11 a.m. at 246 S. Church St. (corner of Walsh), Grass Valley. Child care and religious education provided. A video of the previous Sunday’s service can be seen on cable Channel 11 at 5:30 p.m Sunday and 1 p.m. Thursday. Streaming videos of many earlier services can be seen at http://nevadacity.mysterybook.org/unitarians.

For more information, call 274-1675 or visit http://www.uugrass valley.org.

Unity in the Gold Country

February plans to be an exciting month at Unity In The Gold Country. Each Sunday we are exploring an aspect of healing in our lessons. This Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Joe Sloan’s lesson is titled “Cured or Healed.” Music for that service will be provided by Joseph Ferraro and will enhance the theme of healing.

On Sunday, in anticipation of Valentine’s Day, we will have a special renewal of commitment ceremony for all of our partnered congregants. Our vibrant Youth Ministry provides Sunday school classes for children of all ages. We are located at 500 Crown Point Circle off of Brunswick Road and Whispering Pines. Unity is an inclusive spiritual community welcoming all seekers of truth, affiliated with “The Daily Word.”

For more information, call the church office at 274-2463 or visit http://www.unitygold.us/.

Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran Church, on Ridge Road next to Nevada Union High School, welcomes you to worship this Sunday. This week, Pastor Degner’s sermon theme will be, “Discipleship Training,” based on I Corinthians 9:24-27. Paul uses the analogy of the athlete who prepares for a race. An athlete knows how to discipline himself that he might compete so as to win the prize. He is willing to work long and hard hours to compete in this race. So it is with discipleship. One can not be a disciple, a follower of Christ, and not be disciplined in faithful living.

Services are at 9 a.m. every Sunday, with Family Christian Education Hour following at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call the church office at 273-7043.

Sierra Center for Positive Living

At the Sierra Center for Positive Living, our mission statement is: Inspiring People to Live Spiritually Awakened Lives. The theme for February is “Beyond Courage.” The Rev. Sandra Fairbanks’ message this Sunday is on “duty.” The book by Alan H. Cohen, “Why Your Life Sucks: And What You Can Do About It,” has been an inspiration for the current series of talks.

The service starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Congregational music will be by Bob Villwock.

Jr. Church provides programs geared to children 3 to 14 so they can learn about Religious Science principles through activities, stories, songs and crafts starting at 10:30 a.m. Child care is available for babies and toddlers. Classes are held in the church office (the blue house next to the Banner Grange), 12569 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley.

For more information call 274-1018 or visit http://www.sierra center.org

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue in our series, “iLife Ð an intentional life.” This week’s message will be “iManage.” We will be considering God’s call and process of living a life of purpose and intentionality.

Twin Cities Church meets every Sunday at 8:15, 10, and 11:45 a.m. at 11726 Rough and Ready Highway.

If you are unable to make it to Sunday service, listen to “Encouragement for Life,” on KNCO 830AM on Sundays from 7 to 7:30 a.m. to hear one of Twin Cities past messages.

For more information, call the church office at 273-6425 or visit http://www.twincitieschurch .com/.

Word-A-Live! Church

You are invited to join us this week and next as we welcome back Revivalist Randy Billings. Randy travels extensively throughout Canada and the United States, releasing God’s Glory to the Body of Christ and setting fires of revival. He is also the author of three books, including “The Elijah Generation.” Randy will be ministering Friday (Feb. 10) at 7 p.m. and Sunday at both 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. He will also be ministering next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 7 p.m. each night, and again next weekend for Sunday services. The community is encouraged to join us for these life changing services! Childcare available. We are located at 10528 Spenceville Rd.

For more information, call 432-9155.


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