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Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Consulting Minister Julie Kain: “For Each Child That’s Born.” From out of the darkest winter sky, an unusual star appears.

Come explore the mystery of a remarkable life story and the revolutionary message that came with it. This Christmas service will feature special music of the season with our own UUCM choir and guest musicians. Services are 11 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains in Grass Valley.



St. John’s Catholic Church, North San Juan United Methodist Church




Both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services will be held in North San Juan this year, at both the Catholic and United Methodist Churches.

At St. John’s Catholic Church, there will be a Christmas Eve worship service at 10 p.m. and a Christmas Day worship service at 9:30 a.m. For more information call Father Godwin Xavier at 292-3227.

At the North San Juan United Methodist Church, there will be a Christmas Eve worship service at 6 p.m. and a Christmas Day worship at 8:45 a.m. The theme of the Christmas Eve service is “The Promise of Peace,” and the theme of the Christmas Day service is “The Prince of Peace.” For more information call the Rev. Paul Guffin at

289-3140.

Unity in the

Gold Country

The Rev. Joe Sloan’s message this Sunday at Unity In The Gold Country will be “Room In Your Inn.” Guest soloist will be Maureene Bass. Services are held at 10:30 a.m. at Esterly Hall (Board of Realtors Building, lower level) located at 336 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley. Refreshments and fellowship follow. Youth church meets at the same time across the street in the Spiritual Learning Center at 333 Crown Point Circle, Suite 215.

There will be a Candle Lighting Service on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m., and a traditional Bowl Burning on New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. All are welcome to these special services.

For more information, call 274-2463 or check out the complete calendar on the Web page at http://www.unitygold.us. Unity is affiliated with the Association of Unity Churches and the 114-year-old Unity School of Christianity, which publishes The Daily Word.

Twin Cities Church

Twin Cities Church will be continuing the message series, “Steps to a Fresh Start” this Sunday. Pastor Ron Thompson will be delivering the message, “Building Bridges.”

Twin Cities Church will have four Christmas Eve services this year. All services will be the same and will be held at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall. The first service will be Monday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m. There will be three services on Tuesday, Dec. 24, beginning at 4:30, 6:15 and 8 p.m. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each service. The community is invited to come early to enjoy pre-service Christmas music.

Childcare will be available for infant through 5 years of age.

The theme for this year’s Christmas Eve services is “Come Home.” There will be special presentations by the Twin Cities Church drama team, vocal team, creative dance team and band.

Twin Cities meets every Sunday morning at the Veterans Hall in Grass Valley at 255 South Auburn St. They offer two services – 8:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. They have children’s classes at both services. Junior high students meet at 8:45 a.m. and high school students meet at 10:45 a.m.

For more information on upcoming events, please call the Twin Cities Church office at 273-6425 or visit their Web site at http://www.twincitieschurch.com.

Sierra Center for

Positive Living

The topic of the Rev. Sandra Fairbanks’ talk is “Advent of Joy.” It is the fourth in the series, “Tis the Season,” at the Sierra Center for Positive Living, a Religious Science church.

The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. Tapes of previous services are available at the church book store.

Sharon Joy Jahoda is the vocalist and the Ralph Williams Combo is leading the congregational music. Junior Church and Tween/Teens meet during the service.

You are invited to stay for refreshments and conversation following the service.

Christmas Eve Candlelighting Service on Dec. 24 begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Banner Grange. You are invited to join in this magical celebration with special music, great inspiration and socializing afterwards.

World Healing Meditation service on Dec. 31 will be held at the Banner Grange at 6 a.m. Be part of this special service and be the one that makes a difference.

The church office is located in the Yuba River Professional Building, 12059 Nevada City Hwy, #210, Grass Valley, next to Lyons.

Please call 274-1018 or check the Web site at http://www.sierracenter.org for information.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church present, “The Mystery of Simon Shepherd” at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services Sunday. An intergenerational cast will be featured in the musical. Members of the congregation from ages 7 to 70 have enjoyed preparing for this performance.

Action begins with a worried mother, searching for her lost shepherd. Much of the rest of the story occurs in a courtroom, where an inhospitable innkeeper is on trial for Simon Shepherd’s disappearance. Many characters are interviewed regarding his disappearance. We meet Caesar Augustus, played by Roger Martinsen and Elizabeth, cousin of Mary. A subpoena is issued to one of the shepherds on the hillside and angels are visited at their headquarters. Finally, three kings rap their way into the courtroom, featuring Pastor Don Lee as the No. 1 king. The Rev. Jim Hulin and his wife Evelyn will perform a special samba number.

Jenny Calvert, a Bear River High School sophomore, directs the play and cast members attend Cottage Hill School, Bear River and Placer high schools. Music will be provided by Regenesis and members of the cast. Many in the congregation have been involved with set design, costumes, lighting and sound.

For a little Christmas fun, please come to Sierra Pines United Methodist Church on Sunday morning at 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Please note that service times will change on Jan. 5, 2003. The contemporary worship service will be held at 9 a.m. and the traditional service at 10:30 a.m.

– The Union staff


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