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Nevada City United Methodist Church

All who would like to find out more about the United Methodist Church and, in particular the Nevada City church, are welcome to attend an informational gathering Sunday at noon.

Traditional worship service with choir begins at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time at 10 a.m., and the contemporary service with Spirit Rising praise band at 10:30 a.m. Child care is provided. Sunday School classes for pre-school through senior high are at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Charles Smith is pastor.

For more information, call 265-2797 or visit

433 Broad Street.

Catholic Church of St. Stephen the First Martyr

Sacramento’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral was full last Friday for the 90th year commemoration of Fatima and 40 Days for Life. Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass was celebrated by St. Stephen’s three priests. Altar boys and full schola, choir and choristers assisted.

Rosary, Benediction and procession followed. On Saturday, an appreciation dinner for Academy donors will be held featuring an open house, dinner and entertainment by Academy students. Special speaker will be Ron MacArthur, one of the founders of St. Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula. This Sunday is the 21st Sunday after Pentecost. 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Low Mass. 10:30 a.m., High Mass.

For information, call (916) 455-5114.

5461 44th St., Sacramento.

Sierra Pines

United Methodist

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. Pastor Don Lee’s sermon topic will be “Managing Our Resources Ð Gifts.” Sierra Pines offers two services: contemporary at 9 a.m. and traditional at 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Don’s Fall Bible Study, “The New Testament,” meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3 will be a Youth Talent Night from 6 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call the church office at 268-6907, and visit http://www.sierrapines

22559 West 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 to 25 people from eight to 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. Visit


Grass Valley’s next meeting is Nov. 8. Rev. Linda Langley, Transformations Unlimited, will be the guest speaker. Praise and worship will be provided by Reverends George and Lillie Parker of LionSong Ministries. Aglow is a nondenominational Christian organization, and all women are invited.

Aglow’s meetings are regularly shown on Cable Channel 11, NCTV at 4 p.m. Regular broadcasts of Transformation Unlimited can be seen on Cable Channel NCTV every Saturday at 11 a.m. and every Sunday at 7 p.m.

Trinity Church

Trinity Church, Nevada City, the ancient/future Church: Biblical, evangelical, liturgical and historic. Celebrate Communion at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Also at 9:15 a.m. is High School Youth Group; Adult Forum, where the lecture is on The Bible: A User’s Guide and Adult Bible Study, where we are studying the book of Romans.

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

Nevada and High Streets, Nevada City.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Pastor Scott will continue with Part 2 of the David Series: “A Heart for God.” Services are traditional at 9 a.m., contemporary at 10:30 a.m., CORE at 5:15 p.m. and an Intergenerational Potluck Dinner at 6:15 p.m.

The Harvest Fair is Saturday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include fun game booths, candy, prizes, a bounce house, cake walk, face painting and more. A community health fair will be held on Nov. 2.

For more information, visit, or call 256-3291.

175 Ridge Road, Nevada City.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Sunday’s sermons are at 8 and 10 a.m. Eucharists, and the Thursday 10 a.m. Eucharist and Healing, honor St. Luke, the Evangelist and author of the gospel bearing his name, as well as the Acts of the Apostles.

Emmanuel is the oldest Episcopal Church in continuing use in California. Visit for new photos and information about all our activities. Newcomers are welcome and youngsters are invited to bring their parents along.

Parish members are alerted to watch for their profile surveys coming out very soon.

Call the church office for information and details, 273-7876.

235 South Church Street, in Grass Valley.

First Baptist Church of Grass Valley

Pastor Mike Sanchez will speak this Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. Leading the music will be the worship choir, praise team and orchestra. Sunday School for all ages precedes Worship service at 9 a.m.

Rehearsals are beginning for the Christmas Cantata, “Joyful and Triumphant,” led by Curt Jarboe. An extra rehearsal will be held this Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Regular rehearsals are Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.

A new Bible Study for ladies will begin Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. in Lake Wildwood. Call Candy Neeley at 432-3811, to sign up.

For more information, call 273-7301 or visit www.

B’Nai Harim, The Nevada County Jewish Community Center

Congregation B’nai Harim at the Nevada County Jewish Community Center will have its Shabbat services Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Bill Kroot and Jerry Pressler will officiate and Ginny Starr will act as Cantorial soloist. An Oneg will follow.

The Judaica shop is open with discounted holiday cards. All guests are always welcome.

506 Walsh Street, Grass Valley.

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship

Everyone is welcome to join Solid Rock, where our goal is to study God’s word and strive to build stronger families and relationships with God.

The midweek Bible study is on Wednesday at 7 p.m., for all ages. Inner State Youth Ministries meet every Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The church telephone number is 432-1964.

11665 Spenceville Road, in Penn Valley.

Truth Worship Center

Special revival services begin this weekend and will continue for the next three weekends on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “Do you know Jesus?” is the theme of the three-week revival. Friday and Saturday evening services begin at 7 p.m. Sunday morning services begin at 10 a.m. with praise and worship led by the worship team. Sunday school is provided for all children and teens. Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m.

Tuesday Bible Study is at 7 p.m. Wednesday ladies prayer meeting is at 10 a.m.

For additional information, please call the church office at 272-6455 or visit http://www.truthworshipcenterupci.

1784 Ridge Road, across from the Nevada Union High School.

Foothill Church

The Foothill Autumn Fun Fest is a free community event on Oct. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. Bring the kids for clean and safe fun and games.

Sunday Service is at 10 a.m. There are sunday school programs for pre-school children through junior high grades. Nursery care is available.

Fusion, High School Student Ministries meets Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Fusion678, for junior high, meets Sunday mornings during service.

Women’s Ministry has Bible Studies Thursdays at 7 a.m. at IHOP and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at Foothill Church.

Call the church office, 272-8511, or email, for information.

14600 State Highway 49.

Abundant Life Community Church

This Sunday, the journey of “40 Days of Prayer” continues with the message, “Things God Does When You Pray.” Besides the weekly messages, small groups/classes and personal devotionals are available to complement the journey. Worship at either 8:45 or 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.

Sierra Center for Positive Living

Rev. Sandra Fairbanks continues the series, “You Were Born Rich” with “Raise the Bar.” Music lead by Bob Villwock. 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 provided. Refreshments, as well as prayer by our licensed practitioners, are available after the service.

The church office is located at 119 Florence Street, Grass Valley. Its 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

Mountain Stream Meditation

The Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Wild Mt. Yoga. On Oct. 22, Paul Steege, sangha member of Mountain Stream, will give a talk with slides on “Dharma and Travel” about his five months in Asia. All are welcome. Debra Travis leads a day of Meditation and Creativity on Nov. 3.

For more information, call 205-5593 or visit

574 Searls Ave., Nevada City.

Unity in the Gold Country

On Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Jerry Farrell, will give the message entitled, “The Value of Virtue,” with music by Bob Couper and Judy Moise. On Monday, Oct. 22, Kathy Newburn, author of “A Planetary Awakening” will speak at 7 p.m. A love offering will be taken.

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 online at

500 Crown Point Circle, off of Whispering Pines.

Twin Cities Church

The series, entitled “Unleashed: The Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit,” wraps up on Sunday. The message this week is, “Empowered to Live Joyfully.”

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.


Word-A-Live! is a Christian International Network Church bringing in the Apostolic and Prophetic Ministry. On Sundays at 10 a.m. dynamic praise and worship are held, along with inspiring messages of encouragement and hope.

Women’s Bible study, “The Heart of a Woman,” is Thursday at 9:45 a.m.. Wednesday is “Equipper’s” class, “Drawing Near To God” and Kidz Club at 7 p.m. Youth Team, ages 12 to 18, meets Friday nights at 7 p.m.

For information, call 432-9155, email or visit

10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley.

St. Patrick’s Parish Mission

On Oct. 22 to 25, Fr. Charles Faso, a Franciscan priest from Chicago, is the presenter of the annual mission. The mission theme is “The Lord’s Prayer: Identity, Desires and Struggles.”

Mass is at 8:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday, with the mission beginning at 9 a.m. Evening sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening will include the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Thursday evening the mission will conclude with Mass. Fr. Faso will preach at the Masses the weekend of Oct. 20/21. Mass times are: Saturday, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m.

For information, please call Karen at 273-2336 x 201.

235 Chapel Street, Grass Valley. All are welcome!

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

In this morning’s annual Blessing of the Animals service, our interconnectedness with the animal kingdom will be honored through story, poetry, music and ritual. Members and friends are invited to bring their well-behaved and courteous pets to the service to be blessed. Pictures of shy pets and special stuffed animals are welcome to receive a blessing as well. There will be no religious education classes. Nursery care will be provided. 11 a.m., service, religious education and childcare. 9:30 a.m., Green Social Action Forum on “Build it Green.”

For more information, call 274-1675 or visit

246 S. Church Street, Grass Valley.

Grass Valley Methodist Church

Visit Grass Valley United Methodist on Sunday morning at 8:45 or 10:30 a.m. Sunday School is at 8:45; child care is available during both services. Refreshments will be served after services. for all afterwards. A celebration of birthdays will be held on Sunday.

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

236 South Church Street, between Neal and Walsh. The parking lot is on South School Street.

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