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Religion briefs

Join us Sunday at our 10:30 a.m. service, when our guest speaker, Dr. Garland Landrith, will be speaking on “Our Minds Can Create Miracles.” Dr. Landrith, who was quoted in “What the Bleep Do We Know?”, will also conduct a three-hour workshop, “Using the Quantum Field Techniques to Create the Life of Your Dreams,” beginning at 12:15 p.m. Music for the morning service will be provided by singer Gale Starr and pianist Bill Garwood.

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. 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. For more information about Unity or the events listed, call the church office at 274-2463.

Word-A-Live! Church

Word-A-Live! Church is located at 10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, and offers straight-up messages for straight-up people. All Sunday morning services begin at 10 a.m. with contemporary praise and worship, followed by an inspiring message of truth, hope and encouragement. This Sunday morning, Pastor Sandra Chipchase will be ministering. Our regional women’s Bible study, called “The Fingerprint of God,” is Thursday mornings at 9:45 a.m. All ladies invited.

Wednesday at 7 p.m. is Bible study night for the whole family. The adults and youth are currently learning about “The bait of Satan” taught by Bible teacher John Bevere, while the kids can opt to attend “Kingdom Kidz Club” for a time of learning and fun. Youth is Friday nights at 7 p.m. All youth (ages 12-18) interested in learning about God or deepening their existing walk with God are invited to join us for these exciting meetings!

For more information on events, services or for prayer, call 432-9155, e-mail wordalive or visit our Web site at

Catholic Church of St. Stephen the First Martyr

Latin rite of the 1962 Missal. Sunday, Passion Sunday. Solemnly, we approach Christ’s passion and death. 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Low Mass; 10:30 a.m. High sung Mass; 3 p.m. Vespers and Benediction. Regular weekday Mass schedule during Lent. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 8 a.m.-9 p.m. every Thursday. Stations of the Cross Fridays, 11:30 a.m. & after 6:30 p.m. Mass. Confessions half hour before all Masses and Sat., 8-9 a.m. Introduction to Christianity class resumes April 24. Scripture and Apologetics classes will begin after Easter. Auditions for Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” to be presented by the parish Trinity Entertainment group, will be held Saturday from 12:30-5 p.m. St. Stephen’s Academy, college preparatory school for grades 7-12, will open in September, to provide high quality, Roman Catholic, liberal arts education. The campus is located at St. Stephen’s Church amidst a flourishing Tridentine Mass community in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Religious instruction will be provided by the priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter. Teaching positions are still open. St. Stephen the First Martyr is at 5461 44th St., Sacramento. Father Robert Novokowsky, FSSP, Rector. (916) 455-5114.

Peace Lutheran Church

At 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services, Peace Lutheran Church will observe the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The Senior Choir sings at the late service. Sunday school for all ages begins at 9:30 a.m.; the adult class is currently studying the Old Testament book of Judges.

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 “Give Us Today Our Daily Bread.”

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 273-9631.

Emmanual Episcopal Church

Emmanuel will continue the Thursday soup-supper Lenten program starting at 5:30 p.m. and followed by a short meditation from “The Way of the Wolf” and Compline. On Sunday, the Fifth Sunday in Lent, Father Phil will preach on “Jesus Rejected” based on Paul’s letter to the Philippians and the Gospel of Luke. Thursday morning Healing and Eucharist begins at 10 a.m. Check our Web site for more details, especially for Palm Sunday and Holy Week services and activities that begin April 1. Visit http://www.gvepiscopal .org.

Healing Rooms of Nevada County

The Healing Rooms of Nevada County are open. We pray for healing of 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 Ministeries International, 478-1478.

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 10:45a.m. Services meet at 140 Park Avenue.

Thursday nights at 7 p.m., New Covenant Baptist Church is sponsoring a Mission for the Hispanic community, meeting in our Worship Center, 453 S. Auburn Street, every Thursday night at 7 p.m. 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. Childcare is available for preschool children; At 6:15 Children grades 1-6 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, 274-8516 for group locations and times. Thursday evening grades 7-12 participate in “EPICENTRE” @ 453 S. Auburn Street.

Grace Lutheran Church

Pastor George’s sermon topic for the Fifth Sunday in Lent is “Knowing the Worth of Things” based on God’s righteousness from Philippians 3:8. 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. Mid-Week Bible Study on Wednesday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., the Sixth of our Mid-Week Lenten Services will be held followed by a soup supper in the Fellowship Hall. The Lenten theme for the Mid-Week services is “The Lord’s Prayer.” Pastor George continues with his message titled “Forgive Us Our Trespasses” (Father, Forgive Them).

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 our web page at

Shambhala Meditation Group

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

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Why do people go to church? Is it just for entertainment, or can it really make a difference in their lives? Come visit us and find out. Grass Valley United Methodist Church is a community of Christians committed to sharing God’s love and welcoming people who are searching for answers to life’s tough questions.

Friday is our turn to host the Last Friday Supper. This is a free meal for anyone who would like to come at 5:30 p.m. Our family oriented worship service is held at 8:45 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:30 a.m. most Sunday mornings. Child care is available and, after each service, we share fellowship and refreshments. We are 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.

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

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

In today’s service titled “Drumbeat for Darfur,” led by our Social Action Committee, our congregation will stand together with our national Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and UU congregations across the country to speak out against genocide in Darfur. The principles of Unitarian Universalism call upon us to work for justice in the face of this devastating crisis. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 274-1675. 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, “Heroes of the Spirit-Drumbeat for Darfur,” a short documentary on the lives of the Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp, two founders of the UUSC who were recently honored as “Righteous Among the Nations” for risking their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Truth Worship Center

“Apostle Paul the great warrier for God” will be the subject of Sunday Morning and Evening service. The scripture will be from the Book of Acts Chapter 9. We are a Bible-based, family friendly church, located at 1784 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, across from the Nevada Union High School. Worship begins at 10 a.m. Lively heartfelt Praise and worship will begin the service from the praise singers. Sunday School classes are available for all children and young people. The message will be uplifting and relevant to our needs today. Sunday Evening Service will continue with the theme of Apostle Paul and begins at 6 p.m.

Bible Study is on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The subject is “character building.” Ladies prayer and Bible study is on Wednesday at 10 a.m. For additional information and prayer, call the church office at 272-6455.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Lent. 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 Tuesday Morning Bible Study group meets at 10 a.m. Well Fed Wednesday begins at 6 p.m. for dinner, followed by the Adult Study Group led by Pastor Charles. The Youth Group also meets at 7 p.m. The Youth Group Spaghetti Feed and Dessert Auction has been rescheduled for April 1.

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

Christian Life Center

This Sunday, we will begin with dynamic praise and worship music at 10:30 a.m. Our pastor, Dr. Stroup, will be delivering a powerful morning message.

Come Wednesday evenings beginning with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by Bible studies for men, women, Missionettes and Royal Rangers and children of all ages at 7 p.m. For prayer 24 hours a day, please call (530) 273-PRAY. Ask about our House-to-House, small group ministry to find out how you can become involved in an informal and informative setting. Monday nights is Celebrate Recovery at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 273-8475.

Landmark Missionary Baptist Church

Seeking: Someone who is brokenhearted, in need of a friend, tired of one-night stands and empty promises, someone who is tired of dead-end drug scenes; seeking someone that needs somebody to care for them, love them and give them safety, security, and peace in their lives. Signed: God.

(John 3:16 KJV) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

I pray this might find some soul that is in need for Gods love.

Come visit us this Sunday at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, 11962 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley. For more information, call 274-1900.

Sierra Presbyterian

Come to “The Beat” in Grass Valley this Friday at 7 p.m. to see a free rap/hip-hop concert with the very talented “Benjiman” and “Innate.”

Our Sunday Morning Services are Traditional: 9 a.m.; and Contemporary: 10:30 a.m. At 12:15 p.m., there will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in attending the one-week Baja mission trip in June. Also, this Sunday the Jackson’s (missionaries in Cameroon, Africa), will share their experiences with us. They will speak at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Adult Sunday School classes, at the 5:15 CORE Worship Service, and at the 7 p.m. Generations class. They will also be at the dinner fellowship at 6:15 p.m.

Mark your calendars for a special concert March 30-31, and “Easter Eggstravaganza” April 1.

We are located at 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City, at the corner of Ridge and Zion. For more information, call 265-329.

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