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Religion briefs

Sierra Presbyterian Church

The Lead Like Jesus Simulcast is coming Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Ken Blanchard, Erwin McManus and many more will speak on how all of us are leaders. Tickets are $25, and a box lunch is provided.

Sunday spirit-filled Services: traditional, 9 a.m.; contemporary, 10:30 a.m.; CORE, 5:15 p.m.; and Intergenerational Dinner at 6:15 p.m. Adult Sunday Seminars are at 9 a.m. with Jim Line and at 10:30 a.m. with Paul Bridges. Children/youth programs and healing prayer are offered at all services.

For more information, visit or phone 256-3291.

175 Ridge Road, Nevada City.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join with thousands of Unitarian Universalists across the nation celebrating their shared commitment on Association Sunday, as Rev. Meghan Cefalu speaks on “Growing our Faith.” In this service, strengthen the bonds of common purpose and combine resources to make Unitarian Universalism a stronger voice for liberal religious values in our country. Service, religious education and childcare at 11 a.m.

For more information, call 274-1675 or visit

246 S. Church Street, Grass Valley.

First Baptist Church of Grass Valley

Mike McGuffee, past pastor of First Baptist Church and Ministerial Leadership Specialist in the California State Southern Baptist Convention, will be guest speaker Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Preceding the worship service will be Sunday School for all ages, beginning at 9 a.m. A nursery is provided.

A new contemporary service meets Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in the Upper Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to participate in this informal worship experience.

The Ladies Retreat will be held Oct. 12-14 at Camp Alta. Call the church office for information. On Oct. 21, Sunday evening at 6 p.m., The Sierra Foothill Association Meeting will be held at First Baptist Church.

For more information, call 273-7301 or visit

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Church School and Youth Commission meets this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Buck Hall. The Eucharist minister training workshop is Saturday at 9 a.m. for those interested in serving in Sunday services.

The annual Blessing of the Animals will take place Sunday at 4:30 p.m., followed by a parish potluck dinner. On Monday, all acolytes will gather at 6 p.m. for a meeting and dinner. Call the church office for details, 273-7876.

Emmanuel Church is the oldest Episcopal church in California in continuing service. For more info., visit

235 South Church Street, Grass Valley.

Christian Life Center

Pastor Jerry Stroup speak Sunday on “How to Consistently Live in Victory,” regardless of the circumstances of life. The Royal Ranger ministry for boys will also be honored. Wednesday evenings begin with dinner at 6 p.m., as well as activities for children and high school youth, Women’s and Men’s ministries begin at 7 p.m.!

For prayer, 24 hours a day, please call 273-PRAY and your request will be prayed for. Information is available at 273-8475.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday, with an emphasis on service. Rev. Don Baldwin, guest preacher, will talk about “What Would Jesus Ask?”

Traditional worship service with choir begins at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time at 10 a.m. Contemporary service with Spirit Rising praise band is at 10:30 a.m.

Child care is provided. Sunday School classes for pre-school through senior high are at 10:30 a.m.

The pastor is Rev. Charles Smith. For more information, call 265-2797 or visit 433 Broad Street.

Trinity Church

Trinity Church, Nevada City, the ancient/future Church: Biblical, evangelical, liturgical and historic. Celebrate Communion at 8 and 10:30 a.m. At 9:15 a.m., high school youth group and adult forum is held. The lecture is on The Bible: A User’s Guide and Adult Bible Study and the study of the book of Acts.

For more information, visit, or call the church office at 265-8836.

Nevada and High Streets, Nevada City.

Christian Science Church

“Unreality” is the subject of this week’s Bible lesson sermon. Church and Sunday School starts at 10 a.m. Time is provided for sharing firsthand accounts of spiritual healing and other remarks on the efficacy of Christian Science are held on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The church is located at 375 Crown Point Circle. For further information, call 273-9452.

The Reading Room and Bookstore is also a library with research material, audiovisual products and print publications. It is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The bookstore is located at 147 Mill Street. For further information, call 273-0790.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Open hearts, open minds, open doors. Pastor Don Lee’s sermon topic will be “Managing Our Resources – We utilize our greatest resources when we turn toward God and each other.” Sierra Pines offers two services: contemporary at 9 a.m. and traditional at 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Don’s Fall study, “The New Testament.” meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Friday Night Fun is Oct. 5 at 6 p.m.

For more information, call the church office at 268-6907, and visit our Web site at

22559 Hacienda Drive (near Lake of the Pines).

Good News Project

The Good News Project offers prayer for healing on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. The hours are 7 p.m. to 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 Highway 49 and Combie Road intersection. Follow the sign to the rear of the building where the offices are located.

There is no fee and no appointment is necessary. For more information, call 432-0458.

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, services, schools, families, businesses, media, churches and parachurch ministries.

Since August 1997, 15-25 people from 8-12 congregations have met each week to pray for our communities. October meetings will be held at the Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City. For information, call 432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International at 478-1478.

Healing Rooms of Nevada County

The Healing Rooms of Nevada County are open. Pray for the healing for the body, soul and spirit. Everyone is welcome. Meet in the Chapel at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday. The chapel is located in the main lobby of the hospital. There is no fee and no reservation is necessary.

For more information, call Sierra Ministries International at 478-1478. Or, visit

Grass Valley Nazarene

Grass Valley Nazarene has been ministering to the community and the surrounding area for more than 70 years. Their mission is to reach the community with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ, while strengthening believers and glorifying God through their daily lives. Sunday school meets at 9:30 a.m.; morning worship is at 10:45 a.m. Sunday Bible study is at 6 p.m.

For more information, call the church at 73-9218. Pastor Ron Hilton’s cell phone is 575-2477.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Open hearts, open minds and open doors to welcome you. Family worship is at 8:45 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:30 a.m., most Sunday mornings.

For further information, call the church office at 272-1946, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, or visit Our pastor is Rev. Barbara Smith.

236 South Church Street, between Neal and Walsh, in downtown Grass Valley. The parking lot is in back on South School Street.

Unity in the Gold Country

On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Joe Sloan will give the message entitled, “The Secret of Happiness,” with music Bob Couper and Linda Whan. The seven-week fall program, “Essential Spirituality,” starts Oct. 7 and will be part of one of our home study groups.

Unity is an inclusive spiritual community honoring all spiritual paths that honors a loving God, and is affiliated with “The Daily Word.” For more information, phone 274-2463 or visit

500 Crown Point Circle, off of Whispering Pines.

Abundant Life Community Church

This Sunday, the journey of “40 Days of Prayer” continues with the message, “Discovering God’s Call For Your Life.” Small groups/classes and personal devotionals are available to complement the journey. Worship is held at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Both services are identical, and age-group Bible studies for the whole family are held concurrently.

The Ladies Bible Study meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Family Night is a big hit on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m., with age-grouped classes for everyone.

Call 273-1139 for more information.

Mountain Stream Meditation

The Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Wild Mt. Yoga. On Monday, John M Travis, guiding teacher of Mountain Stream, will give a dharma talk on “Retreats.” All are welcome. For more information, call Barbara at 272-6425 or visit

574 Searls Ave., Nevada City.

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

The Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church has a reproduction of the Old Testament Sanctuary coming to town. The Sanctuary will be coming from Oklahoma and will be set up at the fairgrounds. Free tours are available from Oct. 20 to 28. Watch here for more information, or call the church.

Our services are on Saturdays, with Sabbath School starting at 9:30 a.m. Classes are available for all ages, from two months to 100 years. The church service starts at 10:40 a.m., with singing. A vegetarian fellowship luncheon will follow, and all are welcome. Call 477-5017 or go to for more information.

Twin Cities Church

On Sunday, the series continues with “Unleashed: The Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit.” The message this week is “Empowered to Change Radically.”

Twin Cities meets Sundays at 8, 9:35 and 11:15 a.m. children, birth through fifth grade, meet during every Sunday morning service. Senior high students meet at 9:35 a.m. and junior high students meet at 11:15 a.m., in the east multi-purpose room.

Listen to a past service on KNCO 830AM, from 7 to 7:30 on Sunday mornings.

For more information, call 273-6425 or visit

11726 Rough and Ready Highway.

Sierra Center for Positive Living

Rev. Sandra Fairbanks will open a new series, “You Were Born Rich.” Music by Erin Gailsdaughter. Adult and junior church services start at 10:30 a.m. at the Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road, in Grass Valley. Baby and toddler care is provided. Refreshments will be available after the service, as well as prayer by our practitioners.

The church office is located at 119 Florence Street, Grass Valley. Hours are: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 274-1018 or visit


Word-A-Live! is a Christian International Church bringing in the Apostolic/Prophetic Ministry. Contemporary church services are held on Sundays at 10 a.m., and Wednesdays for Equipper’s class and Kidz Club, at 7 p.m.

This Saturday at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley, “Kids Playland,” a special children’s event, will be held. Everything is free, including the bounce house, face painting and bracelet making.

For more information, call 432-9155, e-mail or visit

10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley.

New Covenant Church

Join New Covenant as they explore the topic of relationships.

Sunday mornings: Meet at 140 Park Ave. Life Groups meet 9 a.m. Worship begins 10:45 a.m. (childcare provided.)

Sundays: Threshold, ages 18-29, meets at 536 Whiting No. 65 at 2 p.m.

Wednesdays: AWANA, Women’s Bible Study, “Breaking Free,” and Adult Bible Study “Gripped By the Greatness of God” meet at 6:15 p.m. at 453 S. Auburn Street.

Thursdays: “300,” grades 6-12, meets at 5 p.m. and New Covenant Church sponsors a Mission for the Hispanic community at 7 p.m. Both meet at 453 S. Auburn.

Saturday: 300, grades six through 12 go rock climbing.

There are numerous weekly small groups. Call 274-8516 for times and more information.

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