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Twin Cities Church

Our summer series, “Band of Believers,” continues this Sunday with the message “First Opposition,” which focuses on Acts 4:1-31. Join us as we learn what God can do with a group of ordinary men and women who band together empowered by His Holy Spirit.

Twin Cities Church meets every Sunday morning at 8:30, 10, and 11:30 at the Veteran’s Hall in Grass Valley at 255 S. Auburn St. Children (birth through fifth grade) meet during every Sunday morning service. Junior high students meet at 10 a.m. in the Hennessy Multi Purpose Room and have small group Bible study at 8:30 a.m. Senior High students meet at 11:30 a.m. in the Hennessy Multi Purpose Room.

For more information, call the church office at 273-6425 or visit the Web site at

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Putting Unitarian Universalist values to work in your community: Eleven UUCM members plus outgoing and incoming ministers Julie Kain and Joy Atkinson attended the recent General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Long Beach. They came back brimming with enthusiasm. This service will share some of the excitement of the assembly, but will not bore you with you-had-to-be-there details. The speakers will share new ideas they brought back that can have an impact on the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains. Coordinated by the Community’s President Win Rogers.

Services are held Sundays at 11 a.m., with child care and religious education at the same time at the corner of South Church and Walsh streets in Grass Valley. Videos of last week’s service are shown on Cable Channel 11 at 2 and 6 p.m on Sundays and at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call 265-2240.

Word-A-Live Family Church

Word-A-Live! Family Church invites all people to join the Sunday morning service at 10 a.m. Word-A-Live! worships with exciting and anointed contemporary worship. Word-A-Live! is a nondenominational church networked with Christian International, Dr. Bill Hamon, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase are ordained ministers of Christian International Ministries. Sunday, Aug. 8, Ministers George and Lillie Parker of Lion Song will minister in music and the Word of God. Aug. 25th through Aug. 29th, guest ministers Tom and Stella Terry will be ministering – Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. , Saturday at 10 a.m. the 28th, and Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Word-A-Live! Family Church is celebrating its12th birthday in September.

Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. is preprayer and every Saturday night 6 p.m. is corporate prayer.

For more information on classes and ministries, please call 432-9155. The church is located at 10528 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley, CA 95946, across from the Penn Valley Fire Department.


The late summer through fall curriculum for adult study classes at the Nevada County Baha’i Family School will center around “Reflections On the Life of the Spirit.”

The purpose of these Sunday sessions is to help participants develop the capacity for daily reading of, and meditation on, the creative Word of God. Sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Nevada County, the sessions will be facilitated by Shiva Reader.

“Intone, O My servant, the verses of God that have been received by thee … that the sweetness of thy melody may kindle thine own soul, and attract the hearts of all men.” – Baha’u’llah.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Sunday guest speakers representing Stake President Michael Dahle will speak at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on “Successfully Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” The speakers may be heard at the Nevada City Chapel, 615 Hollow Way, Sunday at 11 a.m. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 265-5891.

Unity in the Gold Country

At Unity in the Gold Country this Sunday, guest minister Rev Sonya Milton will speak on “Choosing The Better Part.” Special chamber music will be offered along with amazing Bob Couper at the piano. Services are held at 10:30 a.m. at Easterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle (Board of Realtors Building). Unity’s youth groups meet at the Spiritual Learning Center, 333 Crown Point Circle, Suite 215. Child care is available at Esterly Hall. Unity is open to all people – “for over a hundred years, no one has been left out.”

For more information about Unity and the classes offered, please check out our Web site at or call 274-2463.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Sunday at the Morning Worship Service, Pastor James Ward’s sermon will continue his “Celebrating Christ in Colossians” series. On Sundays, Sunday School for all ages begins at 9 a.m., followed by the morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. The Young Adult Arts Ensemble meets at 4 p.m. The evening worship service begins at 6 p.m.

During the week Women in Prayer meets on Mondays at 7 a.m. On Wednesdays, Prayer Time for Adults is held at 6 p.m., with Bible study following at 6:30 p.m. PGIF Singles Outreach meets every Friday at 6 p.m. in the lower Fellowship Hall at the church.

Upcoming events: We hope you won’t miss the wonderful Church Worship Choir as they sing at the Nevada County Fair on Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. in the Special Events Tent.

The First Baptist Church is located at 1866 Ridge Road in Grass Valley (across the street from Nevada Union High School.) For more information, call the church office at 273-7301 or visit our Web site at

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

It is not unusual for the ladies of a church to decide to have a rummage sale (Cornish translation: “Jumble Sale”) where there is gathered all kinds of clothing, books, knick knacks, gew-gaws and assorted goodies for sale to discerning shoppers; but we do not often see the men of the church gathering “guy stuff” to sell at the church, with the church budget as the beneficiary. But this is what will be happening at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church Friday, Aug. 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 21, from 8 a.m. to closing. The sale will be held in the church parking lot, 265 S. School St. in Grass Valley.

“In my 43 years as a pastor I never heard of such a thing,” says Earl Langguth, this year’s Methodist Men’s president. “When men have a sale like this, it is likely to feature tools, cameras, appliances, furniture and other good big items. There will be no clothing, no books, no guns, and absolutely no junk. For myself, I am taking a hard look at the many cameras which I have acquired over the years and facing the fact that I really won’t be using them any more.”

The men will be assembling their bizarre bazaar on Wednesday, Aug. 18, and Thursday, Aug. 19. Persons with items to donate should call Bill Croker at 432-0505 or J.D. Salyer at 432-2422 to arrange for pick-up on these days.

Sierra Center for Positive Living

This Sunday at the Sierra Center for Positive Living, Rev. Sandra Fairbanks will begin the Honor Series, based on the book, “One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,” by Iyanla Vanzant. The first talk is entitled, “Honoring the Divine.” A powerful healing circle will follow the service. 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.

Congregational music will be by the Ralph Williams Combo.

All are welcome to stay for conversation and coffee after the service.

Also, the Compassionate Care team will offer a Grief and Healing Circle after the service. If you are experiencing a loss, be it a relationship, a job, a death, a health issue, etc, join this circle for support and healing.

Prayer Treatment is also available after the service, provided by our licensed practitioners.

The church office is located next to the Banner Grange, 12569 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, call 274-1018 or check the Web site at

Solid Rock Foursquare Church

Special guest Dr. Chuck Flynn, who has a ministry that combines teaching of the Word of God with a unique gift – The Word of Knowledge – to individuals and congregations that edify the Body of Christ, will speak Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Throughout the week: Healing Rooms are open on the first three Tuesdays of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to anyone who desires private personal prayer for physical, emotional or spiritual healing; Women’s Ministry, currently doing a study of the book of Acts, meets Friday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. for fellowship and prayer; InnerStateYouth Ministries meets every Friday at 6 p.m.; Sunday services are Adult Bible Study at 10 a.m. and the Worship Service with Senior Pastor Jim Edwards sharing God’s Word at 11 a.m. Dating, Love, Marriage and Sex classes begin at 6 p.m. Sunday evenings.

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

Healing Rooms of Nevada County

Healing Rooms of Nevada County are open each Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m., at Living Well Medical Clinic, 113 Presley Way. We pray for healing for the body, soul and spirit. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge.

For more information, call Don Moore, director, 268-3898.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Members of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church would like to invite you to join us for church services Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m. Also, please join us at our Emmanuel Restaurant, open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 11-15, at the Senior Center at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

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