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Religion briefs

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.

Sunday morning 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 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 e-mail

Downieville United Methodist

On Sunday at 10:30 a.m. the Downieville United Methodist Church will celebrate Holy Communion, Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching “The Amazing Paradox.” The community is invited.

Pray Nevada County

Pray Nevada County – seeking God on behalf of our communities. Open to all Christians. Pray Nevada County meets each Tuesday 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.

March meetings will be held at Whispering Pines Church of God, 680 Brighton St. in Grass Valley. April meetings will be held at Saint Canice Roman Catholic Church in Nevada City. For more information call the scheduling secretary at 432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International at 478-1478.

Peace Lutheran Church

Peace Lutheran Church continues its Lenten series tonight with a 7 p.m. Evening Prayer service, using the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy by Marty Haugen. Pastor Richard Johnson will reflect on Psalm 63. The congregation gathers for a soup supper at 6 p.m. prior to the service.

The fifth Sunday of Lent will be observed this Sunday with Holy Communion at 8 and 10:45 a.m. The senior choir sings at the later service. Pastor Johnson continues his adult class on the gospel of Mark, while Pastor Eatman leads a group reading through the Bible in 90 days.

Peace Lutheran is located at 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information, call 273-9631, or visit

Nevada City United Methodist

A Community Lenten Taize Service will take place Sunday at 7 p.m. at Nevada City United Methodist church for a community Lenten Taize service. As we journey through Lent toward Easter, this quiet worship with a focus on prayer in its many forms can help us focus on the meaning of the season. The service is a wonderful opportunity to open to and experience God in silence and song.

Come, sit quietly and reflect in the timeless tradition of Taize. The Nevada City United Methodist Church is located at 433 Broad St. (at the top of Broad Street). For more information call Cynthia Schuetz at 268-0960.

Shambhala Meditation Group

Amy Conway, the director of Northern California Shambhala, will speak and answer questions at the Shambhala Meditation Group from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the Stillpoint Studios, 300 Sierra College Dr., Suite 155 in Grass Valley.

Sierra Center for Positive Living

At the Sierra Center for Positive Living, a Science of Mind church, our mission statement is: Inspiring People to Live Spiritually Awakened Lives. The theme for April is, “The Emerging Vision.” Guest speaker, author, Louise Hauck will present this Sundays talk, “Fearless Future,” based on her new book about the creative capacity of the Mind. 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 Prayer Partner Sunday.

On-going events:

Interfaith Food Ministry food collection, third Sunday of the month. Bring non-perishables.

Book Circle every Thursday morning. Call 274-7167 for details.

Meditative Service, second Wednesday of the month, 6:45 p.m.

Extraordinary Men’s League, third Friday, 7-10 p.m.

For more information call 274-1018 or visit

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