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Unity in the Gold Country

Today Unity in the Gold Country honors “World Day of Prayer,” joining with over 900 Unity Churches around the world. A special prayer service will be offered between 12:30 and 1 p.m. today at the Spiritual Learning Center, 333 Crown Point Circle.

This Sunday, the Rev. Joe Sloan’s lesson is titled “Using Your Gifts.” The scripture reference will be Matthew 25:14-18. The service, at Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle (Brunswick, to Whispering Pines to Crown Point), begins at 10:30 a.m. Children’s Church begins at the same time at the Learning Center, 333 Crown Point Circle, and toddler care is available at Esterly Hall. “For over a hundred years, Unity has left no one out.”

Weekday classes include the Women’s Circle at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and A Course in Miracles at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, both at the Learning Center. There is no beginning/end to these classes and anyone is welcome anytime. Regular Wednesday night classes will begin again in October.

For more information, call the Church Office at 274-2463 or visit our Web site

Church of the Essence

Church of the Essence has moved. The new location is at a healing center, The Nature of Things, 797 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley.

Doors opened at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Healings and readings are until 7:30 p.m. Church is 7:30 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit the Web site at

Word-A-Live Family Church

Word-A-Live! Family Church invites all to join its Sunday morning service at 10 a.m. Word-A-Live! worships with exciting and anointed contemporary music. Word-A-Live! is nondenominational and networks with Christian International. Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase are ordained ministers of Christian International Ministries.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, there will be a 10 a.m. service. On Thursday, Sept. 16, at 9:30 a.m., Women’s Bible Study begins a new series titled “Living Beyond Myself.”

Word-A-Live! Family Church will be celebrating its 12th birthday Sept. 25 and 26.

Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. is pre-prayer and every Saturday night at 6 p.m. is Corporate Prayer.

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

Healing Rooms of Nevada County

We believe that Jesus still heals today. We are open each Thursday, 7-9 pm at Living Well Medical Clinic, 113 Presley Way. No appointment is necessary, and there is no charge. Contact Don Moore, director, 268-3989.

First Baptist Church – Grass Valley

We would be delighted to have you join us for the fall “Bible Studies for Women” that begins meeting Monday, Sept. 13, at 6 pm. The seven-week course by Mary Kassian is titled “Vertically Inclined.” Each week, the course will be given three times so you can choose a time that is convenient for you – Mondays at 6 p.m., Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 10, the PGIF Singles Outreach will host a Mexican potluck with discussion groups following dinner.

We are a family church with Sunday School for all ages beginning at 9 a.m. on Sundays followed by the Morning Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. There is an extended session for younger children and a special worship time for children grades one though four.

First Baptist Church is located at 1866 Ridge Road in Grass Valley. For more information, call the church office at 273-7301 or visit our Web site at

Nevada City First Baptist Church

Monday at 6:30 p.m., the Nevada City First Baptist Church, 300 Main St., will host an ALPHA exploration and information dinner. Who is ALPHA for? It is for anyone who wants to investigate whether God exists and if there is any point to life; what happens after death; who is Jesus Christ?

In brief, ALPHA stands for Anyone interested in finding out more about the Christian faith is welcome. Learning and laughter. It is possible to learn about the Christian faith and have fun. Pasta. Eating a meal together. Helping one another. The small groups give you a chance to discuss issues raised in the talks. Ask anything. Alpha is a place where no question is regarded as too simple.

The ALPHA course is free; however, guests are invited to make a donation of $4 for the evening meal. For reservations, call before Monday at 265-4711 or 432-2974.

Sierra Pines United Methodist

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church offers two regular services, contemporary at 9 a.m. and traditional at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 22559 W. Hacienda Dr. (near Lake of the Pines).

Pastor Don Lee returns to the pulpit after a two week vacation. Sunday School classes are available for children of all ages at the 9 a.m. service. Child care is provided at all services. At noon the church has its annual Homecoming Barbecue. The United Methodist men will barbecue hamburgers and hotdogs. The United Methodist women will provide all the “fixings” that go with a barbecue. Please bring your own plate and table service. There will be plenty of food, games and fun.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, the United Methodist Women will hold their monthly luncheon meeting. The UMW Fall mission project includes school kits that are urgently needed by children who don’t have books or school supplies. The kits will be sent to the UM Committee on Relief, one of the world’s largest relief agencies. Often UMCOR is there with help before other agencies arrive.

The Missions Committee is selling everything: heifers, goats, sheep, chickens, bees, pigs, rabbits, water buffalo, geese and ducks for the Heifer Project. These gifts really make a difference in how others in underdeveloped countries live. Also for sale are coffee mugs, holiday cards and Heifer note cards from Uganda and Rwanda. There is even a Heifer 2005 wall calendar for sale.

For more information, call the church office at 268-6907, and visit our Web site at

Solid Rock Foursquare Church

Solid Rock Healing Rooms are open on the first three Tuesdays of each month. The Healing Rooms are open to anyone who desires private personal prayer for physical, emotional or spiritual healing. We are open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Throughout the week: 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.; Home Fellowships meet throughout the week – call the church for times and locations; Sunday services are Adult Bible Study at 10 a.m. and 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.

Twin Cities Church

Our new series, “Can You Hear Me Now?” begins this Sunday with the message titled “Hearing God’s Word.” Join us for this four-week series on how to hear from and talk with God.

This week our children will be learning about looking for ways to take care of the people they love when they study Exodus 1 and 2:1-10.

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

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