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Religion briefs

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Easter Sunday Services will be 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and the sermon will be “The True Meaning of Easter.” There will be children’s programs at both morning services. The evening CORE service will be music worship. There will be a special Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m., and children’s programs will be available.

We are located at 175 Ridge Road in Nevada City, at the corner of Ridge and Zion. For more information, call 265-3291 or visit

EarthSpirit Center

Spiritual Growth Groups with Dr. Nanci Shandera. Second Wednesdays (for men and women), fourth Wednesdays (for women), 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donation. The Sacred Bee, 1451-A. East Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information, call Dr. Nanci at 265-9097, e-mail: or

Word-A-Live Church

Word-A-Live Church is located at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. This Saturday we will host our children’s Easter outreach at Western Gateway Park. This event is free for all and begins at 9 a.m.

Sunday we will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ with a special Sunday service. For more information, call (530) 432-9155, e-mail or

Blue Mountain Meditation Group

Meets Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m., at Wild Mountain Yoga Center, 574 Searls Ave., Nevada City. Contact Mary Jane, 272-4152, for more information.

Quaker Meeting

Be aware of the influence humans have on the health and viability of life on earth. Guided by Spirit, work to translate this understanding into ways of living that reflect our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life and to future generations.

For more information, contact Sandy Kewman, 530-272-3736.

Foothill Church

Sunday Service is at 10 a.m., come a little early and enjoy some coffee, tea and snacks. On Wednesday evenings at 7, we are in a new series dealing with real life issues we all face.

Foothill Church is located at 14600 State Hwy. 49, just three miles south of Grass Valley next to the Fire Station. For more information, call 272-8511 or Email:

Grass Valley First Baptist Church

Easter Sunday we will have a sunrise service at 6 a.m. Following at 7 a.m., we invite you to a pancake breakfast. Sunday School will be at 8 a.m. and Worship Service begins at 9:30 a.m. in the main sanctuary. Interim Pastor, Jim Poorboy, will be the speaker.

Wednesday Fellowship dinner will be served at 4:45. A prayer meeting will be at 6 for adults. Children’s choir and mission groups will follow at 6 p.m. and 6:30, respectively. Orchestra rehearsal at 6:30 and Worship Choir rehearsal at 7:30.

For more information, call 273-7301 or visit

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Holy Week includes a Maundy Thursday Service, which will be held in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 p.m.

A Good Friday/Taize service begins at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Easter Sunday celebration will be as follows: 6:30 a.m., Sunrise Service; 8 a.m., Traditional Service with Choir; 9:30 a.m., Combined Service with Choir and Praise Band; 11 a.m., Contemporary Service with Praise Band. There will be Easter craft activities for young children at 11. No Sunday School classes this week.

The Nevada City United Methodist Church is at 433 Broad Street. For more information, call 265-2797.

Calvary Bible Church

Calvary Bible Church will hold special services for Easter on Sunday. Pastor Scott Gallagher’s message is titled “Our God Makes a Way Where There is No Way.” The choir will have special music and the congregation will join in singing Easter hymns. Services are at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Child care is provided for up to second grade. Calvary Bible Church is at 11481 State Hwy. 174. For more information, call 273-1343.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Thursday is Maundy Thursday (April 5) referring to the “command” of Christ on the night before he was crucified: “A new commandment I give you that you love one another.” The service begins at 7 p.m..

At noon on Friday, April 6, the Liturgy for Good Friday begins. This will be an ecumenical service at 12 p.m. with Grass Valley United Methodist Church and Peach Lutheran Church participating. The evening service at Peace Lutheran Church will be at 7:30.

On Holy Saturday (April 7) the Easter Vigil begins at 7 p.m. We assemble on Easter Eve to light the New Fire and the Paschal Candle to keep this great Vigil (a watch kept) of Easter followed by Baptism and culminating in the first Mass of Easter.

Easter Sunday (April 8) will be observed with the Holy Eucharist Rite 1 at 8 a.m. and a Festival Eucharist Rite II of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. The Fellowship Commission will host refreshments in Buck Hall following the 10 o’clock service.

Christian Life Center

This Easter Sunday, April 8, join us at 10:30 for a sermon titled “Resurrection Reunion” and a special Easter Choir and drama, “The Case of the Missing Person”! Saturday, April 7, children throughout the community are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt, games and more from 10 a.m. -noon. Wednesday evenings begin with dinner at 6, followed by Bible studies for men, women (starting “Battlefield of the Mind” study-Joyce Meyer Wed 4/11), Missionettes and Royal Rangers and children of all ages at 7. Monday nights is Celebrate Recovery at 6:30 p.m. For information call 273-8475 or go to

North San Juan United Methodist

On Sunday, April 8, the North San Juan United Methodist Church will have its Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m., at Convict Flat. The Easter Worship Service is at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching on “I Heard My Name.” On Tuesday, April 10, at 10 a.m., we have our weekly Bible Study. The community is invited.

Downieville United Methodist Church

On Sunday, April 8, the Downieville United Methodist Church Worship will have its Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. at Convict Flat. The Easter Service is at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching on “I Heard My Name.” The community is invited.

Sierra City Community Church (United Methodist)

On Sunday, April 8, the Sierra City Community Church (United Methodist) will have its Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m., at Convict Flat. The Easter Worship Service is at 12 noon. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching on “I Heard My Name.” The community is invited.

Christian Science Church

“UNREALITY” is the subject of this week’s Bible lesson sermon to be read at the 10 a.m. service.

Wednesday meetings at 7:30 p.m. after short selections from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.

The church is at 375 Crown Point Circle in Whispering Pines. All are welcome, and child care is provided at each service. For further information, call 273-9452.

The church maintains a Reading Room and Bookstore which is open to the public. For further information, call 273-0790 or use the Web site

Aglow – Grass Valley

Aglow’s meeting on Thursday, April 12, will feature Janice Pipkin Dillman, who oversees the development of Prayer, Women’s Ministries and World Missions for the First Assembly of God in Manteca, Calif.

Praise and worship will be provided by the Revs. George and Lillie Parker. All women are invited to attend. Aglow is an International, non-denominational Christian woman’s group.

Meeting will be Thursday, April 12 from 9:45 am to 12 noon. Location is in the Esterly Hall at the Nevada County Board of Realtor’s Building, 336 Crown Point Circle, off Brunswick Road. For more information, call 432-9258.

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church is an English speaking, Pan-Orthodoxcommunity. For those whom we wish to pray for and remember this coming Sunday, please e-mail or call the church. Pastoral care and the Sacrament of Penance are always available by arrangement with Father Paul.

Passion Friday we will celebrate with Vespers at 5:30 p.m. Holy Saturday we will be receiving several new members into the one Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church through the mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation.

The Paschal Liturgy begins at 11 p.m. Holy Saturday evening. We will begin with the Midnight Office, Matins, the Hours and the Divine Liturgy. A potluck follows immediately.

For more information, go to or call 265-4714. Or email Father Paul at

Pray Nevada County

Pray Nevada County – seeking God on behalf of our communities is 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.

April meeting will be held at First Baptist Church, 300 Main Street, Nevada City. Park in the lot behind the church (east end).

For more information, call 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 1/4 mile South of Hwy. 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.

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. Meeting room has been changed to the Chapel at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, from 7-9 p.m., every Thursday. The chapel is in the main lobby of the hospital. There is no fee and no reservation is necessary. For More information, call Sierra Ministries International 478-1478. Or, visit

Catholic Church of St. Stephen the First Martyr

Traditional Latin Rite. Holy Thursday 9 a.m. Tenebrae; 6-6:45 p.m. Confessions; 7 p.m. Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Good Friday Tenebrae 8 a.m.; Noon Stations of the Cross and Confessions until 12:45; 1 p.m. Solemn Liturgy, the entire Passion, St. John’s Gospel, chanted. Adoration of the Holy Cross follows. “Ecce lignum.” Holy Saturday Tenebrae 9 a.m.; 9:30-10:15 p.m. Confessions. Easter Vigil 10:30 p.m. with Old Testament Prophesies and chanting the Litanies, the Church’s solemn call for help. “Lumen Christi,” the Light of Christ. Easter Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Low Mass. 10:30 a.m. High Mass. St. Stephen’s is at 5461 44th St., Sacramento. Father Novokowsky, FSSP, Rector. (916) 455-5114.

Truth Worship Center

Celebrate Easter at 10 a.m. We are a Bible-based, family friendly church at 1784 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, across from the Nevada Union High School. The theme this Sunday will be Celebrate Easter. Special music an Easter program and a candy hunt will highlight the activities.

Sunday Evening Service will continue with the Easter theme 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 or go to our Web site at

Peace Lutheran Church

Peace Lutheran Church’s celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ begins this week with a Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion at 7 p.m.; Pastor Johnson will complete his sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer, reflecting on “Deliver Us from Evil.”

Good Friday night at 7:30 p.m. Peace will offer its traditional Tenebrae service (“Service of Shadows”), in cooperation with Emmanual Episcopal and Grass Valley United Methodist Churches.

The Easter Vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. Festival services of Holy Communion on Easter Sunday are offered at 8 and 10:45. Paul Perry will play the organ, with choir and brass. A continental breakfast will be served between services.

Peace is at 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information, please call 273-9631 or visit us at

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

We welcome you to celebrate Easter Sunday, April 8. Sunrise Service will be held at 6:30 a.m., followed by the Annual Easter Breakfast served by the United Methodist Men. Easter Celebration Services will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Don at the Pulpit.

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, call 268-6907 or visit our Web site at

B’Nai Harim

On Thursday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m., Congregation B’Nai Harim-Nevada County Jewish Community Center, 507 Walsh Street Grass Valley, will have it’s Sisterhood General Meeting. The Program will be “Citizens for Choice.” Speakers are Elaine Sierra and Sarah Molaro. Join us for a very interesting and informative afternoon. Refreshments will be served. The Religious Gift Shop will be open for further Passover items.

Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Congregation B’Nai Harim will hold Shabbat Services. Rabbi Michael Oblath’s sermon will be on Exodus 34:1-26. Oneg to follow. Our religious gift shop is open.

Saturday, April 7, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. B’Nai Harim will have Torah Study with Rabbi Michael Oblath. At 6 p.m., Rabbi Michael Oblath will have his continuing discussion and analysis of the movie The Exodus Decoded. Guests welcome.

Abundant Life Community Church

The Maundy Thursday Gathering is tonight with dinner at 6 p.m. and communion service at 7 p.m. The Sunrise Service on the church lawn is Easter Sunday morning at 6:15. You now have two worship times to choose from every Sunday ” 8:45 or 10:30 a.m. We hope you will worship with us as Pastor Sam Floyd brings the message, “Why Are You Weeping?”

Wednesday Activities: The Ladies’ Bible Study at 10:30 a.m. is studying, “Great People of the Bible.” Family Night takes place at 7 p.m., with classes for the whole family.

We invite you to be a part of our growing church family and experience God’s life-changing grace. For more information, call 273-1139.

Taize service

Since the second Sunday of April falls on Easter, the usual monthly Taize service will not be held. However, Nevada City United Methodist Church’s Good Friday service on April 6 will have a Taize focus. Offered by the Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad St., the Good Friday service will begin at 7. The service will include Taize music and be contemplative in nature. Call Cynthia Schuetz or Jim Perkins at 268-0960 if you have any questions about Taize.

Mountain Stream Meditation

Mountain Stream Meditation Center, a Buddhist Insight Meditation group, meets Mondays from 7:30 – 9 p.m.. at Wild Mt. Yoga, 574 Searls Ave. in Nevada City. On Monday, April 9, Maeve Hassett of the Auburn Mountain Stream sangha, will talk on “Dharma Contemplation” after a regular silent meditation. All levels of practice are welcome.

For more information, call Barbara at 272-6425 or visit

Twin Cities Church

Join us for one of our five identical Easter services. Saturday, April 7, at 5 and 7 p.m. or Sunday, April 8, at 8:15, 10, and 11:45 a.m. We will continue in our “Free” series, with the message, “Free to Shout: Liberated from Fear.”

Our grade school children’s core virtue for the month of April is Friendship.

Twin Cities Church meets every Sunday morning at 8:15, 10, and 11:45 at 11726 Rough & Ready Hwy. Children (birth through fifth grade) meet during every Sunday 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.

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

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Easter Sunday, April 8, at our 10:30 a.m. service, when Rev. Joe Sloan will be speaking on “The Day of Celebration.” Music for the service will be provided by The Unity Band and the UGC Choir. There will be a Sai Maa Diksha Gathering on Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m. Rev. Joe will begin a new six-week class, Finding Yourself in Transition, starting on Wednesday April 11 (sign up requested). The Course in Miracles is held on Thursdays 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, please contact our church office at 274-2463 or visit our web site at

Shambhala Meditation Group

Meets on Thursdays, 7- 8 p.m., at Stillpoint Studios, 300 Sierra College Drive, Suite 155, Grass Valley. 477-0662. This Thursday there will be a viewing of Spiritual Materialism, first seminar taught by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche during the first seminars taught at the first summer session of Naropa University in 1974. This is the first in a series that we will view and discuss. It will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of Rinpoche. He was founder of Shambhala meditation studies and Naropa University.

Grace Lutheran Church

Join us for a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. for a Celebration of Holy Communion at 9 a.m. Pastor George’s sermon will be, “Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, the Glory.” An Easter breakfast will be served from 7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

There will be a Good Friday Prayer Service at 12:10 p.m. (April 6) and a Tennebrae (Service of Darkness) at 7:30 p.m.

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.

For more information, call 273 7043 or check out our Web page at

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

On Sunday, April 8, we will have a sunrise service at 7 a.m. (outdoors, if the weather allows) followed by a brunch and an Easter egg hunt for the kids at 9:15. At 10 a.m. we’ll have our regular worship service, followed by refreshments for all. Child care is available during the second service.

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, call 272-1946 between 9:30 and 12:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, or check our Web site at

St. Patrick’s Church

The next “Returning Catholics” program, offered by the Catholic communities in Grass Valley and Nevada City, begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at St. Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley. We will gather at the Parish Center, located at 423 Dalton St. For more information, contact Lorraine at 477-1453 (office), 210-7435 (cell) or email

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship

Please join us as we celebrate Easter (Resurrection Sunday) on April 8. Worship service will start at 11 a.m. Senior Pastor, Jim Edwards, will give an encouraging message on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Youth Church and Children’s Church will start at 11:15 a.m. Nursery care will be provided.

Our midweek Adult Bible Study and High School Bible Study will be on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Inner State Youth Ministries meet every Friday night from 6-9 p.m. We welcome all youth in Nevada County who are junior high and high school age. We also offer a drama team, worship team, internships, camps, missions, outreaches and trips through our Friday Night Outreach.

Our church is at 11665 Spenceville Rd. in Penn Valley. The church phone number is 432-1964.

Landmark Missionary Baptist Church

Come join us Sunday for our “Special Easter Services.” We will begin services at 9:30 a.m. with a “Special Sunrise Continental Breakfast” and fellowship, followed by worship songs and an Easter message celebrating “the Glorious Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are a mile past the Fair Grounds on the right side of the road, 11962 Mc Courtney Rd., Grass Valley. Call for further info: 274-1900 or 633-0277.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

In her sermon, “Enduring Love,” the Rev. Meghan Conrad discusses how the message that life can emerge from death may be one of the most important stories for our lives. The choir will sing. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 274-1675 or visit

Sunday services, child care and youth religious education begin at 11 a.m. at 246 South Church Street, Grass Valley. At 9:30 a.m. there will be a screening and discussion of the film, “Of Wind and Waves, The Life of Woody Brown.”

Trinity Church

In preparation for Easter, we will have a Vigil beginning with a worship service at 7 p.m. including foot washing.

Good Friday will be observed with services at 7 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday the focus and sermon topic for the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services is “The future is now.” On Easter Sunday we will also have a 7 a.m. Sunrise Service held at a hilltop ranch off John Born Road.

From 9:15 to 10:15, Allan Haley, Esq. will continue the Forum on “The Bible: A User’s Guide.” 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 from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m., Ben Mills leads the Senior High Youth Group, and nursery care is offered . 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.

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

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