Religion briefs 6/28/07 |

Religion briefs 6/28/07

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us Sunday, July 1, at 10:30 a.m., when the Rev. Joe Sloan will give the message, “Bottom-up Thinking,” with music by Angelika and Bill Garwood.

A new class, “The Ten Commandments of Relationship,” begins July 18, 7 p.m. The Women’s Sacred Circle and Men’s Group both meet Tuesdays, 10 a.m. The Course in Miracles group meets Thursdays, 7 p.m.

Unity is an inclusive spiritual community, honoring all spiritual paths that honor 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.

New Covenant Church

Join New Covenant as we explore what God has to say about life-changing prayer.

Sunday mornings, 140 Park Avenue: LifeGroups at 9 a.m.; worship at 10:45 a.m. (childcare provided). Threshold, ages 18-29, meets at 2 p.m. at 453 S. Auburn, for a lake trip.

Wednesdays at 453 S. Auburn: Teamkid, grades one through five, 6:15; general adult study, 6:30.

Thursdays at 453 S. Auburn: “300,” grades six through 12, meets, 5 p.m. Mission for the Hispanic community, 7 p.m.

Today, children can join us for water games, 453 S. Auburn.

VBS-Game Central is July 15-19.

For additional studies and information, call 274-8516.

Truth Worship Center

“It’s all about God” is the theme for the weekend services at Truth Worship Center. Sunday morning services begin at 10. Sunday school is offered for all children and teens. Sunday evening services are at 6 p.m. Special songs are highlighted at each service.

Tuesday Bible study is at 7 p.m. Ladies prayer and Bible study is 10 a.m. Wednesday.

For additional information, call the church office at 272-6455 or visit our Web site, 1784 Ridge Road Grass Valley (across from Nevada Union High School).

Emmanuel Church News

Emmanuel is the oldest Episcopal church in continuous use in California. This Sunday, at the 10 a.m. service, the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Botengan will baptize, preach and celebrate.

Parish youth raised more than $1,500 during its “30 Hour Famine” fast this past weekend in response to the crisis of world hunger. Donations will be accepted for the next two weeks.

July Fourth we will celebrate Communion at 10 a.m., and will follow with our “Picnic on the Patio,” as the Grass Valley Independence Day Parade passes by. Visit for parish activities and a service schedule.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

United Methodist would love to have you visit Sunday morning at our 8:45 or 10:30 service. It’s Communion Sunday. Refreshments and time to chat with our friendly people are available after each service.

We’ll be selling hot dogs and lemonade under the huge cedar tree in front of the church during the Fourth of July parade.

For further information, please 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.

Peace Lutheran Church

Peace offers two services of Holy Communion this Sunday, at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor Richard Johnson presides. This week, Kevin Shuholm will be at the piano as we pray using the Marty Haugen liturgy, “Now the Feast and Celebration.” A new member class meets at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the Cross Room.

For more information, call 273-9631, or visit

828 West Main Street, Grass Valley.

North San Juan United Methodist

On Sunday, at 8:30 a.m., the North San Juan United Methodist Church will celebrate Holy Communion. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will preach, “Times of Transition.” On Tuesday, there is a Bible study at the church. The community is invited.

Downieville United Methodist Church

On Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., the Downieville United Methodist Church will celebrate Holy Communion. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will preach “Times of Transition.” The community is invited.

Sierra City Community Church (United Methodist)

On Sunday at noon, the Sierra City Community Church will celebrate Holy Communion. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will preach “Times of Transition.” A church potluck will follow the service. The community is invited.

Grace Lutheran Church

Welcome from the pastor and people of Grace. Join us this Sunday when our guest pastor, the Rev. Ray Kringle, delivers an inspiring message from the word of God.

Worship begins at 9 a.m., every Sunday morning, with Bible Study and Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call the church office at 273 7043 or visit

Trinity Church

Trinity Church, Nevada City, the ancient/future church: Biblical, evangelical, liturgical and historic. We celebrate Communion at 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Also, at 9:15 a.m. is high school youth group; adult forum, where the lecture is on “The Protestant

Reformation and the Bible,” and adult bible study, where we are studying the book of Acts.

For more information, visit, or call the church office, 265-8836. Trinity Church is located at Nevada and High streets, Nevada City.

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

Holy Wisdom welcomes all Christians to come back to the ancient, original and historic church of Christ.

The divine liturgy begins each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Sunday is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost. Vespers is celebrated each Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Pastoral care and the Sacrament of Penance are always available by arrangement with Father Paul.

For more information, visit, e-mail or call 265-4714.

Christian Science Church

“Christian Science” is the subject of this week’s Bible lesson sermon. The golden text is from Psalms; “O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” Church services and Sunday school, for students up to the age of 20, meets at 10 a.m.

At Wednesday evening meetings, 7:30, there is time provided for sharing spontaneous, first-hand accounts of spiritual healing through the practice of Christian Science. 273-9452. 375 Crown Point Circle.

Visit the Reading Room and Bookstore to research, read or pray in a quiet atmosphere. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 273-0790. 147 Mill Street.

Catholic Church of St. Stephen the First Martyr

Traditional Latin Rite. Friday, June 29, Sts. Peter and Paul, special High Mass, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 1, Feast of the Most Precious Blood. Low Mass 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Father Matthew McNeeley, FSSP, newly ordained, offers his first solemn High Mass at 10:30 a.m. First blessings follow. After 3 p.m. vespers, chicken barbecue to welcome Father McNeeley and say goodbye to Father Deprey, FSSP. July 1 is also the last Sunday for choir and choristers until fall. Cantors will sing Sunday liturgy until their vacation in August.

For information or a weekday Mass schedule, call (916)455-5114.

5461 44th Street, Sacramento.

New Beginnings Community Christian Fellowship

New Beginnings desires to share the gospel and love of Jesus Christ with our neighbors in our community and abroad. We offer a Christ-like loving and relational environment, in which we can grow in relationship with Jesus Christ and each other.

Sunday morning service, corporately worshiping in song, music and the teaching of God’s word, begins at 10 a.m. Small groups (women’s and men’s Bible studies and home fellowships) meet mid-week for more intimate fellowship and diving deeper into God’s word.

You can reach us by phone at 277-9998 or email

Union Hill School, 11638 Colfax Highway, Grass Valley.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

We celebrate Communion this Sunday, July 1, as well as Independence Day. A Bible study group for women will begin at 7 p.m, Monday, July 9; call the church office, for more information.

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

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

Calvary Bible Church

As we continue with the series “Knowing God,” Duane Davidson will be speaking July 1 on “Knowing God on a Name-to-Name Basis.” There is a traditional service at 9 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:45. Sunday School classes are offered at both times. “Fellowship on the Green” with us between services and enjoy delicious snacks and beverages.

Vacation Bible school and day camp will be held July 9-13. The Senior High Mexico Missions Trip will be July 14-22. Call the church office at 273-1343, for more information.

Mountain Stream Meditation

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. July 2, Andrea Sedin will show “Tibet & Nepal: People, Temples and Mountains,” after a regular meditation. All levels of practice welcome.

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

Wild Mt. Yoga, 574 Searls Ave., Nevada City.

Grass Valley Nazarene

Grass Valley Nazarene has been ministering to this community, and the surrounding area, for more than 70 years. Our mission is to reach our community with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ, while strengthening believers and glorifying God through our daily lives. Our Sunday school is held at 9:30 a.m. Morning worship is at 10:45 a.m. Sunday evening Bible study is at 6 p.m. For more information, email 331 Hughes Road.

Word-A-Live! Church

This Sunday, 10 a.m., Pastor Chipchase will minister to the congregation. Join us July 11 as we launch our new Bible study series, “Teach me to Pray.” This dynamic teaching will revolutionize your prayer life.

The A.R.M.Y. Youth Team meets most Fridays at 7 p.m., for a time of teaching, band practice and drama. All youth between the age of 12 and 18 are invited.

For more information or for personal prayer, call 432-9155, email or visit

10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley.

Congregation B’Nai Harim – The Nevada County Jewish Community Center

Friday, June 29, 7:30 p.m., Rabbi Michael Oblath will lead Shabbat Services. The Judaica shop will be available to all for your holiday items. Guests welcome.

506 Walsh Street, Grass Valley.

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

This month, Grass Valley Friends Meeting is focusing on our testimony of personal relationships. Our private lives and personal relationships can be nurtured and enriched by a shared experience of reliance upon God.

From the beginning, Friends have emphasized the equality of marriage partners. In the loving home and family, young and old learn about equality and its limitations, simple forms of stewardship, integrity in its many guises, the complexity of simplicity, and how hard, but satisfying, it is to be peaceable.

For more information, call 273-2094.

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