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Religion briefs

Twin Cities Church

Join us this Sunday as we begin our new series, “God Revealed.” The message this week is “Finding Hope.” Twin Cities Church meets Sundays at 8 a.m., 9:35 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at 11726 Rough and Ready Highway. 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. You can listen to a past service on KNCO 830 AM, from 7 to 7:30 a.m. on Sundays. For more information call 273-6425 or visit

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

In this morning’s annual Blessing of the Animals service, we will honor our interconnectedness with the animal kingdom 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. Service, religious education and child care will take place at 11 a.m. Green Social Action Forum on “Build it Green” will precede it at 9:30 a.m. Call 274-1675 or visit 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

The traditional Mexican celebration, Dia de los Muertos, honors the lives of the deceased and celebrates the continuation of life. During this service with the Rev. Meghan Cefalu, we will create a beautiful altar to celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have died. You are invited to bring a picture or small token to be placed on the altar to symbolize someone you would like to honor. 11 a.m. Service, religious education and child care. Call 274-1675 or visit 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Can attending church change your life? Come visit the Grass Valley United Methodist Church at 236 S. Church Street and find out. We worship at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. most weeks and offer refreshments after each service. Sunday School is during the first service, and child care is available during both. The 10:30 a.m. service will be interpreted in sign language this week. The Rev. Barbara Smith is pastor.

To learn more, call 272-1946 between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or check our website at

Unity of the

Gold Country

Join us Sunday, Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. when special guest, Terry Cole-Whittaker, author of the No. 1 bestseller, “How to Have More in a Have-Not World,” gives the message titled “Instant Good Fortune,” with music by Jubilate Deo. Terry will conduct a workshop at 12:30 p.m. titled “8 Steps to Spiritual and Material Prosperity.” Fee is $20.

We are located at 500 Crown Point Circle, off of Whispering Pine. Unity is affiliated with “The Daily Word.” For more information, call 274-2463 or visit

Mountain Stream Meditation

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Wild Mt. Yoga, 574 Searls Ave., Nevada City.

On Oct. 29, Mary Helen Fein, Auburn sangha member of Mountain Stream, will lead a discussion on “Dharma and Everyday Life.” Debra Travis offers a day of Meditation and Creativity for Healing on Sat., Nov. 3.

For more information, call 205-5593 or visit


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

Aglow’s meetings are shown on Cable Channel 11, NCTV, at 4 p.m. every Thursday, courtesy of Transformations Unlimited. 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.

For more information, call 432-9258.

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, families, businesses, media and churches and parachurch ministries. Since August 1997, 15-25 people from eight-12 congregations have met each week to pray for our communities.

October meetings will be held at Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City. For directions and more information, call 432-0458 or 478-1478.

Healing Rooms of Nevada County

The Healing Rooms of Nevada County are open. We pray for the healing of the body, soul and spirit. Everyone is welcome, whether they attend church or not. We meet in the chapel at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, 7-9 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 478-1478 or visit

Good News Project

The Good News Project offers prayer for healing on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, 7-9 p.m., at the Sierra Vista Covenant Church office. The office is located at 10064 Streeter Road, Unit 5. Streeter Road is located 1/4 mile south of the 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.

Sierra Center for Positive Living – Celebrating Our Oneness In Spirit

Peter Russell, fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, is our guest speaker. He will speak on “From Science to God.” Music will be led by Erin Gailsdaughter and Bob Villwock.

Adult and junior church services start at 10:30 a.m. at the Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. We provide baby and toddler care.

Please join us for refreshments after the service and prayer by our licensed practitioners.

The church office is located at 119 Florence St, Grass Valley, hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 274-1018 or visit

Abundant Life Community Church

You are always welcome at Abundant Life, the growing church with a big heart on Alta Street! This Sunday, we conclude our journey of “40 Days of Prayer” with the message “Prayer Busters.” Join us for worship at 8:45 or 10:30 a.m. Both services are identical and have children’s classes. Youth and adult Bible studies are held at 8:45 a.m.

Our free monthly Senior’s Breakfast is this Saturday at 9 a.m., and our free Fall Festival with carnival style games is this Sunday at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 273-1139.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Preview the many hand-made crafts and homemade treats and enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres for $5 during the preview party for the Emmanuel Church Victorian Faire, Thursday, Nov. 1, 5 – 8 p.m. The Faire will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. All items have heavenly prices! Check out the dolls, pottery, knitted and crocheted stockings and afghans, beautifully sewn tablecloths and napkins, and homemade jams, relishes, holiday breads, fudge, cookies, pies, candies and more. Drawings for various prizes and items will occur during the preview party and the Faire. 235 S. Church St., Grass Valley.

Catholic Church of St. Stephen the First Martyr

Traditional Latin Rite. Order now – 2008 FSSP Calendar & Liturgical Ordo. Sunday, Oct. 28, Feast of Christ the King. 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m., Low Mass. 10:30 a.m. Missa Cantata. Christus vincit! Christus regnat! 40 Fresno faithful from St. Anthony of Padua came by bus for Mass last Sun. Fr. McNeely travels to Fresno twice a month to offer the Holy Sacrifice. All Saints Eve Oct. 31. Dinner begins 5:30 p.m. Procession 6:30 p.m. Parade of Saints, pumpkin carving contest, games, bonfire with stories and songs. Fun for the whole family. No 6:30 p.m. Mass; attend 4:30 p.m. instead. 5461 44th St., Sacramento. For more information, call (916) 455-5114.

Earthspirit Center

A transdenominational spiritual center emphasizing development and expression of the soul through study of alchemy, shamanism and mystical practice from all traditions. We offer ongoing gatherings and groups, workshops and private sessions to assist you in your spiritual growth.

For details, locations, dates and times, call Dr. Nanci at 265-9097, e-mail or visit

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Rabbi Alan Greenbaum joins the Thursday study group at 11 a.m. Saturday Eucharist with music begins at 5 p.m. Confirmation classes for youth (Thursdays at 6 p.m) and adults (Tuesdays at 7 p.m.) are continuing to meet. Volunteers are needed for the Habitat for Humanity lunch program. Call the church office for details at 273-7876 or visit

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., for our annual Halloween party. Come dressed in costume for games, prizes and trick-or-treating on Broad Street. Parents and adults are encouraged to participate.

Our traditional worship service with choir begins at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time at 10 a.m., and contemporary service with the 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.

The Rev. Charles Smith is pastor. 433 Broad St. Call 265-2797 or visit

First Baptist Church

Mike McGuffee will be the guest speaker this Sunday. Join us for orchestra and worship beginning at 10:30 a.m.; Bible study for all ages beginning at 9 a.m. precedes worship. Everyone is welcome to attend.

On Sunday, Nov. 4, there will be a guest pastor who will be speaking in view of a call to our church. The Pastor Search Committee has recommended him to the congregation. He and his wife will be guests for a potluck lunch after church, and members are invited to a question and answer period before the official vote is taken on Nov. 11.

For more information, call 273-7301 or

Congregation B’nai Harim

The Nevada County Jewish Community Center and Rabbi Alan Greenbaum will hold the Shabbat Service on Friday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., at 506 Walsh St. in Grass Valley. An Oneg is to follow, where the Judaica shop will be open for your discounted holiday cards as well as other Chanukkah items. Guests are welcome.

On Sat., Oct. 27, there will be Torah Study at 9:30 a.m. with Rabbi Greenbaum.

Christian Life Center

Pastor Jerry Stroup will be delivering a sermon titled “For Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory Forever,” Sun., Oct. 28, following praise and worship. Wednesday evenings begin with dinner at 6 and activities for children and high school youth, followed by women and men’s ministries at 7. For praye, 24 hours a day, please call 273-PRAY and your request will be prayed for. Celebrate Recovery meets each Monday at 6:30 p.m. 273-8475.

Foothill Church

Free Autumn Fun Fest is on Sunday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Bring the kids out for lots of fun! There will be a bounce house, rock climbing, maze, pony rides, carnival games, food and candy.

Sunday Service is at 10 a.m. Come a little early and enjoy some coffee, tea and snacks before service. Sunday School programs and nursery care are available.

Fusion, High School Student Ministries meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Fusion678 for Jr. High meets Sunday mornings during service.

Women’s Ministry has Bible Studies on Thursdays at 7 a.m. at IHOP and Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at Foothill Church, 14600 State Hwy. 49 in Grass Valley. For more information, call 272-8511 or email

Christian Science Church

“Probation after Death” is the subject of this week’s Bible lesson sermon. The Golden Text is from Psalms: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” Church and Sunday School meet at 10 a.m.

Weekly Wednesday evening testimonial meetings at 7:30 provide a time for sharing experiences of healing through the practice of Christian Science. 375 Crown Point Circle; 273-9452.

The Reading Room and Bookstore at 147 Mill Street is open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by with your children this week as the attendants participate in the Halloween festivities. 273-0790.

Solid Rock Christian Fellowship

We welcome you to join us at Solid Rock Christian Fellowship, where our goal is to study God’s Word and strive to build stronger families and relationships with God.

Our midweek Bible study, Wednesday, 7 p.m., is for all ages. We challenge Christians to live victoriously, grow spiritually and to know God intimately through daily reading of His Word.

Inner State Youth Ministries meets every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. All youth are welcome.

Auxano, our college age group, meets at the church Sunday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. All college age are welcome.

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

Truth Worship Center

“Do you know Jesus?” is the theme of the three week revival. This is the second week of revival. The focus is on miracles, healing, deliverance and in-filling of the Holy Ghost. Special revival services will continue for the next two weekends on Fridays and Saturdays,7 p.m.; and Sundays, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Each service begins with praise and worship, led by the worship team.

Tuesday Bible Study is at 7 p.m., Wednesday ladies prayer meeting is at 10 a.m., and the annual harvest party will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

1784 Ridge Road. For more information, call 272-6455 or visit www. truthworshipcenterupci.

Peace Lutheran Church

Peace Lutheran Church celebrates Reformation Sunday this week with services of Holy Communion at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Paul Perry is at the organ, with a brass quartet and senior choir singing at both services. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m.

For more information, call 273-9631 or visit

Grace Lutheran Church

The pastor and people of Grace welcome you to join us this week as we celebrate Reformation Sunday. Pastor George will preach on “Christ Alone,” based on Jer. 31:31-34, Romans 3:19-28 and John 8:31-38. Worship begins at 9 a.m. every Sunday, with Bible study and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. Midweek Bible study is on Wednesday, 9 a.m. and Thursday, 7 p.m.

For more information, call 273 7043 or visit

Sierra Presbyterian

Join us Sunday, for Pastor Scott’s David Series, Part 3, “How to Avoid a Jealous Heart.” Traditional service, 9 a.m.; contemporary, 10:30 a.m. The CORE service is at 5:15 p.m., followed by an Intergenerational Potluck Dinner at 6:15 p.m. Adult Sunday seminars are at 9 a.m. with Jim Line and 10:30 a.m. with Tom Naylor. Youth programs and healing prayer are offered at all services.

The Harvest Fair is this Saturday, 5-7 p.m., with lots of fun activities for the whole family.For more information please visit 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. 256-3291.

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