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Religion briefs

Please join us on Sundays for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and worship services at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Bill Romell will bring the message, titled “Jesus, A Friend Many Seek,” with the text in John 12:20-22.

Every Wednesday there is a potluck 6 p.m. and Bible study at 7 p.m. Call the church office for more information. Tomorrow night is Friday Family Fun Night. Come for the food, stay for the fellowship. This is a relaxed time to just hang out on a Friday night.

Our annual women’s retreat is coming in May. Now is the time to sign up for it.

First Baptist is a warm and welcoming fellowship, and would love for you to visit and be a part of our growing family. Visit for more information.

Christian Science Church

“Substance” is the subject of this week’s Bible lesson sermon to be read at the 10 a.m. service. In Christian Science, the Bible and “Science and Health” by Mary Baker Eddy combined serve as the pastor of our church.

Sunday School meets at the same hour and is open to students up to the age of 20. At the Wednesday evening meetings at 7:30, there is a time for the sharing first-hand accounts of spiritual healing. The church is located at 375 Crown Point Circle in Whispering Pines. For further information, call 273-9452.

The Reading Room and Bookstore at 147 Mill Street is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Every Sunday morning at 7:30 on 650 AM on the radio dial, listen to interviews with people who have had their lives changed through the application of Christian Science. For further information, call 273-0790.

Trinity Church, Nevada City

This Sunday the focus and sermon topic for the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services is “Be reconciled to God.” This will be delivered by Friar Christopher Seal, senior pastor.

From 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Allan Haley, esquire, will continue “The Bible: A User’s Guide” this week considering the formation of our Jewish and Christian Bible texts at the forum. During the same time slot, our Sunday Bible Study leader, Jeff Janssen, will continue a study of the deep meaning of Jesus and his followers journey toward Jerusalem and the crucifixion. Also at that time, Ben Mills leads the Senior High Youth Group. Sunday School and Junior Youth Group (fifth and sixth grades) meets at 10:30 a.m.

Each Wednesday morning, a Women’s Bible Study meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The group is beginning a book on the ancestress of King David and Jesus, “Tamar” by Francine Rivers. Each Friday at 5:30 during Lent, we do the Stations of the Cross, a meditation on Jesus’ last day, followed by a soup supper and a discussion of Lent Bible readings.

For more information, visit or call the church office at 265-8836. Trinity Church is located at the corner of Nevada and High streets in Nevada City.

Peace Lutheran Church

At 8 and 10:45 a.m. services, Peace Lutheran Church will observe the Third Sunday in Lent. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m.; the adult class is currently studying the Old Testament book of Judges, and will be taking up the chapters following the death of Samson.

Midweek Lenten services are held each Thursday at 7 p.m., using the popular Holden Evening Prayer. Pastor Johnson’s sermons are focusing on the Lord’s Prayer; tonight’s sermon will reflect on the petition, “Your Will Be Done.”

Peace is open during construction of a new Fellowship Center; valet parking is available for those who need this service. For more information, please call 273-963.

Grace Lutheran Church

Pastor George’s sermon topic for the Fourth Sunday in Lent is “A Story Only Jesus Could Tell,” based on God’s forgiveness from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 15, Verses 11-32.

On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., the fifth of our Midweek Lenten Services will be held followed by a soup supper in the Fellowship Hall. The Lenten theme for the Midweek services is “The Lord’s Prayer.” Pastor George continues with his message titled, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (Christ in Gethsemane).

Grace offers many opportunities to worship, fellowship and study God’s word. Worship begins at 9 a.m. every Sunday morning with Bible Study and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Midweek Bible study on Wednesday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m.

If you are searching for a church home you are cordially invited to come and join us in worship and fellowship. For more information, please call the church office at 273-7043. Check out

Catholic Church of St. Stephen the First Martyr

The Catholic Church of St. Stephen the First Martyr is a traditional Latin rite community. On March 18, the fourth Sunday of Lent, Laetare Sunday, Rejoice. We are soon to rise again with Jesus. Low Mass is at 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. High Sung Mass 10:30 a.m. Confessions before every Mass. Gather in the gym after Mass for coffee, pastries, lunch items. Support the boys’ camp and girls’ activities. Sun. Vespers & Benediction 3 p.m. Friday Stations of the Cross, 11:30 a.m. and after 6:30 p.m. Mass. Saturday, St. Patrick’s Day, secondary patron of the diocese. Lenten discipline relaxed. Monday, St. Joseph’s Day. We placed Church renovation under his patronage. To show our appreciation, special High Mass, 7 p.m. Regular weekday Masses otherwise. Sponsor a child for Camp Sacred Heart, June 17-23. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays. Stay with the Lord one hour. St. Stephen’s is at 5461 44th St., Sacramento. (916) 455-5114.

St. Patrick’s Church

The Knights of Columbus is presenting a dinner dance on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17 in Patrick’s hall, which is located next to the church. The address is 235 Chapel Street. No host cocktails begin at 6, dinner will be served at 7 and dancing begins at 8. Dinner will be corn beef and cabbage with a side dish and dessert. Music will be provided by Mountain Event, a popular local deejay. The price is $15 per person, and all are welcome. For questions or tickets, call Bob Riopel at 432-9274.

Healing Rooms of Nevada County

The Healing Rooms of Nevada County are open. We pray for the healing for the body, soul and spirit. Everyone is welcome whether they attend church or not. We meet at the Outpatient Center Conference Rooms at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday. There is no fee and no reservation is necessary. For more information, call Sierra Ministries International 478-1478.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

On Sunday, we will welcome the Rev. Judith Pruess-Mellow to our pulpit. Her sermon topic will be: “Boasting of Weaknesses?”

A Dazzling Bouquet, a pops concert, will be presented on March 24 at 7 p.m.

A Mission Team from Sierra Pines have traveled to Dulac, La., this week to assist victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

We continue to assist the Homeless with Hospitality House.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church, located at 22559 Hacienda Drive (near Lake of the Pines) offers two regular services: Contemporary at 9 a.m. and Traditional at 10:30 a.m. Child Care -under 5- provided.).

For more information about events, services, or to talk to Pastor Don, telephone the Church Office at 268-6907 or visit our Web site at

Sierra Presbyterian Church

This Sunday Pastor Scott continues “The Greatest Sermon in History Part 9.” Morning services are traditional: 9 a.m.; and contemporary: 10:30 a.m. Healing prayer is available during all services.

The Sunday evening CORE Worship Service is at 5:15 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., an intergenerational dinner and at 7 p.m., “The 5 Languages of Love” at “Generations.” Also at 7 p.m., Youth ICU’s will meet. Children’s programs are available during all of the services.

Coming soon is “Missionary Sharing,” “Easter Eggstravaganza” and “Turn on Your Radio Concert.” The church is located at 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City, at the corner of Ridge and Zion. For more information, call 265-3291 or visit

Nevada City United Methodist Church

This Sunday, March 18, is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. The one great hour of sharing special offering will be taken. This collection money will support the many United Methodist outreach programs, which respond to national disasters and poverty around the world.

During Lent, we will help others by making donations to Heifer Project International. Heifer works around the world helping families to feed themselves.

Sunday worship schedule is: 9 a.m., Traditional Worship Service with the Chancel Choir. 10 a.m., Fellowship Time. 10:30 a.m., Contemporary Worship and Spirit Rising Praise Band. Sunday School classes for pre-school – senior high are at 10:30 a.m.

The pastor is the Rev. Charles Smith. The Nevada City United Methodist Church is located at 433 Broad Street. For more information call the church office at 265-2797 or visit

Pray Nevada County

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.

March meetings will be held at Calvary Bible Church on Highway 174. From Grass Valley, take Highway 174 southeast off of Highway 49. Follow for about one mile to the church on the right. For more information, call the scheduling secretary at 432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International at 478-1478.

Good News Project

The Good News Project offers prayer for healing every Sunday. The hours are 7-9 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Covenant Church office at 10064 Streeter Road, Unit 5. Streeter Road is located one-quarter mile south of Highway 49 and Combie Road intersection. Follow the sign to the rear of the building, where the offices are located.

We pray for the unchurched as well as those who attend church. There is no fee and no appointment is necessary. For more information, call 432-0458.

Mountain Stream Meditation

Mountain Stream Meditation Center, a Buddhist Insight Meditation group, meets Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Wild Mt. Yoga, 574 Searls Ave. in Nevada City. On Monday, visiting American monk, Bhante Vimalaramsi, abbott of the Dhammasukha Meditation Center in Lesterville, Mo., will lead the evening in loving-kindness meditation. He also offers a day of meditation and instruction on Sunday in Nevada City. All levels of practice are welcome. For more information, call Barbara at 272-6425 or visit

Abundant Life Community Church

This Sunday morning we continue the series, “Answer Me This … Questions that Jesus Asked” as Pastor Sam Floyd will bring the message, “Do You Want To Be Made Whole?” We worship together at 9 a.m., with children being dismissed midservice to experience God through age-appropriate Bible lessons. You’ll find genuine passion in our services as we encounter God, praise him for who he is, and learn how to live life to its fullest.

Wednesday Activities: The Ladies’ Bible Study, held at 10:30 a.m., is studying, “Great People of the Bible.” Childcare is available with advanced request. Family Night takes place at 7 p.m., with classes for the whole family including >crossover>, where middle school and high school students enjoy an hour of games, friendships, and discovering how to apply Biblical principles in everyday situations. For more information, please call 273-1139.

Sierra Center for Positive Living

This Sunday, the Rev. Sandra Fairbanks continues the series, “Yes, You Can Change the World.” Her talk is, “The Second Simple Shift.” Adult and Youth services start at 10:30 at the Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

It is Food Ministry Sunday. Please bring nonperishable food or a check to be given to the Interfaith Food Ministry.

Congregational music by the Ralph Williams Combo. Jr. Church is geared to children 3 to 14. Junior Church is in the Fellowship Hall in the Banner Grange, 12569 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, at 10:30.

Please call 274-1018 or check the web site at for information.

Word-A-Live! Church

Word-A-Live! Church is located at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. This Sunday we have services both at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. as we welcome our guest ministers Neil and Jenny Jankins from South Africa.

Women’s Bible Study titled “Discerning the Voice of God” is Thursday morning at 9:45 a.m. We start our new Equippers night bible study called “The Bait Of Satan” (taught by Bible teacher John Bevere) next Wednesday night at 7 p.m. For more information, call 432-9155, e-mail or visit our calendar at

Twin Cities Church

Join us this Sunday as we continue in our new series, “Free.” It will focus on how to be set free from the issues that keep us from becoming all God wants us to be. The message this week is “Free to Act: Liberated from Procrastination.” Our grade school children’s core virtue for the month of March is honesty Ð watching what you say and do so others will trust you.

This Sunday is our Worship Celebration Service at 6:30 p.m. Join us for an awesome evening of celebrating baptisms and singing together.

Twin Cities Church meets every Sunday morning at 8:15, 10, and 11:45 a.m. at 11726 Rough & Ready Highway. Children (birth through 5th grade) meet during every Sunday morning service. Junior High Students meet at 10 a.m. and Senior High Students meet at 11:45 a.m. in the East Multi Purpose Room.

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

For more information on all upcoming Twin Cities Church events, please call the church office at 273-6425 or visit the Web site at

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday at our 10:30 a.m. service when the Rev. Joe Sloan will give the lesson on “Saints” for our Saints Alive, Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration. Unity in the Gold Country will be launching our congregant program for “A Complaint Free World.” Everyone who attends Sunday Service will be receiving one of the purple wristbands.

Mark your calendars for March 25 when Dr. Landrith will be our guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. service. He will also conduct a three-hour workshop, starting at 12:15 p.m. The Men’s Group and Women’s Sacred Circle both meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, and The Course in Miracles is held on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m.

We are located at 500 Crown Point Circle, off of Brunswick Road and Whispering Pines. For more information about Unity or the events listed, please contact our church office at 274-2463 or visit our Web site at

EarthSpirit Center

Spiritual Growth Groups with Dr. Nanci Shanderá. You will learn how to recognize adversity as a gift that helps you strengthen your connection with God.

Second Wednesdays (for men & women). Fourth Wednesdays (for women). Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: donation. Location: The Sacred Bee, 1451-A East Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information, call Dr. Nanci at 265-9097, e-mail: or visit

New Covenant Baptist Church

New Covenant Baptist Church is continuing a series titled “Your Church – Experiencing God Together.” NCBC offers Life groups at 9 a.m., refreshments at 10:20 a.m. and Worship service begins at 10:45 a.m. Services meet at 140 Park Avenue.

Threshold Bible study (ages 18-29) meets Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the Fields’ home.

Wednesday activities are held at 453 S. Auburn and begin with a family meal at 5 p.m. Suggested donation, $4/adult; $2/child; $12/family. At 6:15 p.m., children grades first through sixth participate in “TeamKid” and there is a general adult study led by Pastor Randy. NCBC offers several Life Groups on the series, “Your Church: Experiencing God together” daily. This series is the sequel to “Experiencing God” and addresses many important questions. Please call for group locations and times. Thursday evening grades 7-12 participate in “EPICENTRE” at 453 S. Auburn Street.

Shambhala Meditation Group

Meets weekly, Thursday evening 7 to 8 p.m., at Stillpoint Studios, 300 Sierra College Drive, Suite 155, Grass Valley. Contact Ellen, 878-3660.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

In her sermon titled, “The Risk to Bloom,” Rev. Meghan Conrad asks, what do we risk personally and communally by answering the calling?

For more information, call 274-1675 or visit Sunday services, childcare and youth religious education begin at 11 a.m. at 246 S. Church Street, Grass Valley. At 9:30 a.m. preceding the service, there will be a screening and discussion of the film, “The Green Belt Movement Of Kenya,” the story of 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

On Sunday, Grass Valley United Methodist Church will welcome members of other Methodist churches to celebrate the installation of District Superintendent the Rev. Jerry Smith at 3 p.m. Smith is former pastor of the Nevada City Methodist Church. Please join us for the ceremony and reception.

The church is located at 236 South Church Street between Neal and Walsh Streets in downtown Grass Valley. The entrance to the parking lot is on South School Street.

A family-oriented worship service is held at 8:45 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:30 a.m. most Sunday mornings. On fifth Sundays, the services are combined and we all gather for worship at 10 a.m.

For further information, please call the church office at 272-1946 between 9:30 and 12:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, or check our Web site at

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship

Sunday services starts at 11 a.m. with Praise and Worship. This week, Senior Pastor Jim Edwards will be teaching from God’s word and how it applies to you in today’s world. Children’s Church and Nursery care will be provided. After service, we will celebrate Senior Pastor Jim Edwards and Youth Pastor Greg Vesely’s birthdays with cake.

Midweek Bible study and high school Bible study is on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Inner State Youth Ministries meets every Friday from 6-9 p.m. All Nevada County youth are welcome, (sixth through 12th grades), to worship God, fellowship and hear God’s word from Pastor Greg.

Solid Rock is located at 11665 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. For more information, call 432-1964.

First Covenant Church of Sacramento

First Covenant Church offers something special for everyone on Easter. There will be uplifting messages of hope and encouragement, dynamic and joyful music, featuring a band, choir, orchestra and dance company and a special Easter party for children ages 5 through fifth grade that includes an Easter egg hunt, puppets, a jump horse, live drama and a petting zoo. Five services are available: April 6 at 7 p.m., April 7 at 6 p.m. and April 8 at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. For more information, call 861-2240 or visit

North San Juan Methodist

On Sunday, the North San Juan United Methodist Church Worship Service is at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching, “Lost and Found.” On Tuesday, March 20, at 10 a.m., there is weekly Bible study. The community is invited.

Downieville United Methodist Church

On Sunday, the Downieville United Methodist Church Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching, “Lost and Found.” The community is invited.

Sierra City Community Church (United Methodist)

On Sunday, March 18, the Sierra City Community Church (United Methodist) Worship Service is at 12 noon. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching, “Lost and Found.” The community is invited.

Calvary Bible Church

Members of the community are welcome to join in celebrating missions and ministries in Nevada County and around the world. The weekend-long event will be held at Calvary Bible Church from Friday through Sunday.

Friday: Free movie night at 6:30 p.m. with two missions-oriented films, “Bamboo In winter” and “The Eastern Bride.” These are suitable for children in third grade and older.

Saturday: Larry Lane, senior pastor of Chico Neighborhood Church, will speak at 1 p.m. on “Releasing the Kingdom in Your Community.” At 3 p.m., 12 missionaries will make small group presentations on their work and its challenges.

Sunday: Wycliffe missionary, Chris Jackson, from Cameroon will deliver the message, “Living Close to the Father’s Heart” at the 9 and 10:15 a.m. services. At 1 p.m., veteran mobilizer Reverend John Dupree of the Harvest Group will deliver a keynote address titled, “We Are A Cross Culture.” At 3 p.m., missionaries and ministry leaders will present a series of small group presentations on current missions and ministry issues, tends and strategies.

Childcare will be provided for all events. There are also two children’s programs for ages 2 through 6 and first through sixth graders on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. All events are free with donations gladly accepted to help defray conference expenses and to help with the missionaries’ special needs. For more information, call 273-1343.

St. Patrick’s Lenten Quiet Day

The Emmanuel Chapter of the Daughters of the King, Emmauel Episcopal Church, Grass Valley, invite you to a St. Patrick’s Lenten Quiet Day to be held at the Church, 235 S. Church St., on Saturday. The Rev. Richard Yale, rector of St. John’s Church in Chico, will conduct and has titled this event, “Finding Protection in an Unsafe World.” The meditations will be based on Hymn 370, “St. Patrick’s Breastplate.”

Pre-registration is $15 and $20 at the door. Please bring a box lunch. Morning coffee, rolls, fruit, beverages and dessert will be provided. The Quiet Day begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. For more information, call 273-7876.

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