Religion briefs |

Religion briefs

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 guest speaker Sunday will be author Chameli Ardagh, who will be speaking on “Presence – Living Life for Real.” The service starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Tapes of previous services are available at the church book store. It is birthday Sunday for March.

Congregational music will be by the Ralph Williams Combo.

Jr. Church provides programs for 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 in the church office (the blue house next to the Banner Grange), 12569 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley.

All are welcome to stay for light refreshments after the service. Affirmative prayer is provided by our licensed practitioners. You are invited to drop your prayer requests in the “box.”

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

Pray Nevada County

Pray Nevada County Ð Seeking God on behalf of our communities. Open to all Christians. 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, 15-25 people from 8-12 congregations have met each week to pray for our communities.

February meetings will be held at United Methodist Church in Grass Valley. For more information, call the scheduling secretary at 432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International at 478-1478.

Sierra Pines United Methodist

Pastor Don Lee’s sermon topic for this Sunday is “Bling Bling” and is based upon 2 Kings 2:1-12. Elijah is one of the most vividly portrayed figures in the Hebrew scriptures. Elisha, Elijah’s young apprentice, didn’t want bling; he wanted blessings. For daily devotional online, go to and click on “Read Today’s Devotion.”

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church offers two services, contemporary at 9 a.m. and traditional at 10:30 a.m. Child Care for children under 5 provided at all services.

This Sunday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sierra Pines is hosting a special Community Forum to learn why Muslims are so upset about a Danish cartoon. The special guest speaker is Durriya Syed, Vice President, Interfaith Service Bureau Sacramento Area League of Associated Muslims.

Sunday School for children meet in Rooms 1 and 2 at 9 a.m. Middle school youths meet at 9 a.m. in Room 3 using contemporary literature. Adult Sunday School is at 9 and 10:30 a.m. in Room 4. The 9 a.m. adult class will be using the Upper Room for study and daily meditation. The 10:30 a.m. adult class will be using Alive Now!

At 6 p.m. the Hospitality House will gather for dinner, games and a night of rest.

Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season with Ash Wednesday. You are invited to attend a special Ash Wednesday worship service at 7 p.m.

Sierra Pines UMC church is located at 22559 W. Hacienda Dr. (near Lake of the Pines).

For more information, call 268-6907, or visit online.

Word-A-Live! Church

Our location is 10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, and we offer “Straight up messages for straight up people.” Pastor Chipchase will be ministering a word from the Lord at 10 this Sunday morning. All are invited.

Our “Regional Women’s Studies” is today (Feb. 23) at 9:45 a.m. and repeats Monday at 6:45 p.m. This teaching explores what it means to believe God. The group sessions are free and all women are welcome. The youth meeting is at 7 p.m. Friday, and 7 next Wednesday night are our community classes, “What to do when you come face-to-face with the truth.” You are welcome to join us for all of these life inspiring messages. For more information, call 432-9155.

New Beginnings Community Christian Fellowship

At New Beginnings, we desire to share the gospel and love of Jesus Christ, the risen son of God, with our neighbors in our community and abroad. We offer Christ-like loving and relational environments in which we can disciple the love of Christ to one another in order to become more active and effective members of our families, community and the body of Jesus Christ.

This week we are honored to have a special guest speaker, Valerie Jackson. Valerie is an Ordained Minister and the Gold Area Women’s Aglow President.

Sunday service, corporately worshiping in song, music and the teaching of God’s word, begins at 10 a.m. Children’s church is also at 10 a.m. Small groups (Women’s and Men’s Bible studies and Home Fellowships) meet mid-week for more intimate fellowship and for diving deeper into God’s word.

We meet at Union Hill School located at 11638 Colfax Highway in Grass Valley. For more information, call 274-7877 or contact newbegin via e-mail.

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Mountain Stream Meditation Center, a Buddhist Insight meditation group, meets Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Wild Mountain Yoga, 574 Searls Ave. in Nevada City. On Monday evening, Mary Helen Fein will speak on “The Fruits of Spiritual Life.” All levels of experience are welcome. For more information, call Barbara at 272-6425 or visit online.

Unity in the Gold Country

February is healing time 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. Jerry Farrell’s lesson is titled “Unity – a long tradition of healing continues in us.” Music for that service will be provided by Saun Stone and will enhance the theme of healing. The month-long focus on healing culminates with a special healing ceremony incorporated in this Sunday’s service. All are welcome, especially anyone needing healing of any kind.

This Friday evening at 7 kicks off Sai Ma’s Essential Teaching for Self Mastery workshop and Diksha, again, to which all are welcome. Registration is available at online. We are at 500 Crown Point Circle off of Brunswick Road and Whispering Pines. Call the church office at 274-2463 or visit http://www.unitygold .us/online.

Twin Cities Church

This week is the kick off for our 40 Days of Community. Our first message in the new series, “We’re Better Together,” will be “Belonging Together.” We hope you’ll join as we learn how to love one another and take that love out into our community.

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

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

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

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 “Farewell is Not Forever,” based on the Gospel lesson for the day, Mark 9:2-9, the story of Jesus’ Transfiguration. Here Jesus prepares for his departure from the world and his sacrifice on the cross. The time of his departure was near, but he would not be leaving his disciples forever. He goes to prepare a place for us, that, “Where he is, we might be also.”

Everyone looking for a church home where they can find strength and peace in God’s living word are welcome. 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.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

What can UUCM members say to someone after we tell him or her that we are a Unitarian Universalist? Who are we, at our core? How can we distill our many-faceted faith into its essence and how might we communicate that essence to others? Join the Rev. Joy Atkinson and us in an exploration of what it means to be a UU. 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. 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.mys

For more information, call 274-1675, or visit online at

Truth Worship Center

“The blessing of the Lord are rich” is the theme for the month of February at Truth Worship Center, 1784 Ridge Road in Grass Valley. “Building your life on the principles of the Lord” will be the topic of the Sunday morning message.

This is prayer and fasting week. Tuesday Bible study is at 7 p.m.

March 3 and 4 will be a combined youth activity with the church from American Canyon. Friday night will be a youth service at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday the youth will be going to Soda Springs for a day in the snow. There will also be basketball and volleyball during the weekend youth activities

For more information call the church office at 272-6455, or visit truthworshipcenterup

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