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Religion briefs

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

“Mustard Seed Faith” is Pastor Barbara Smith’s sermon topic on Sunday, which is also World Communion Sunday. A special car wash will be held by the Sunday School children during the 8:45 a.m. service to raise funds in support of Children’s Sabbath, Oct. 10.

Children’s Sabbath will be observed Oct. 10 at both 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. services. Children’s Sabbath highlights the plight of children both locally and worldwide, encouraging communities to work together to find solutions to poverty, homelessness, hunger and child abuse.

For more information call the church at 272-1946.

Sierra Center

for Positive Living

This Sunday the Sierra Center for Positive Living welcomes guest speakers Errol Strider and Rochelle Alicia Strider, presenting “Resistance is What You Add to Pain to Make it Last Longer and Hurt More!” 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. This is Prayer Partner Sunday.

Congregational music will be by the Ralph Williams Combo.

Junior Church provides programs with special lessons geared toward the youth starting at 10:30 a.m. The lesson this Sunday is “God -Remembrance.” Teens will start a special series on the book “7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.”

Classes are held in our new office (the blue house next to the Banner Grange).

The church office is next to the Banner Grange, 12569 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

For more information, call 274-1018 or check the Web site at

Twin Cities Church

Our series, “Can You Hear Me Now?” continues this week with the message “Recognizing God’s Word.”

Join us as we conclude this series on how to hear from and talk with God. Our next series is entitled “Table Talk.”

This week our children will be learning about respect for authority when they study Romans 13:1-7.

Twin Cities Church meets every Sunday morning at 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m. 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

The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains service will be on “Links in the Web: A Blessing Of Animals” Rev. Joy Atkinson, Marcia Biernat, Carol Hyndman & Sunny Holmes.

In the tradition of St. Francis, this service is an opportunity for the blessing of animals – a tribute to the animals in our lives that befriend us and help keep us connected to the web of nature.

You may bring your well-behaved pets to the service to receive a blessing. Cats must be in carriers and dogs on leashes. Please be sure to walk dogs outside prior to the service! You may instead bring a photo of your special animal if you wish.

Sunday Service is 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, Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 1 p.m.

For information, call 265-2240 or visit

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Sierra Presbyterian Church will host a Dunamis Project program equipping leaders in the Power of the Holy Spirit Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Thursday night begins at 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday begin at 9:15 a.m. Dunamis is the Greek term for “power.”

The Dunamis Project is a series of six events designed to equip clergy and laity in the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit. The workshop environment embraces prayer, trust, mutual accountability, and a full expression of the spiritual gifts for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

The retreat is a faith-based ministry supported solely by the gifts of participants in the program. There will be an offering received.

On Sunday newly called Senior Pastor Scott Dickson will be installed by the Presbytery of Sacramento, and after the 4 p.m. service, there will be a reception.

Pastor Dickson will also be preaching earlier in the day at all three services – 8:30 a.m. traditional, 10 a.m. contemporary, and 11:30 a.m. way contemporary.

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. Everyone is welcome, whether you attend church or not. No appointment is necessary, and there is no charge.

For more information, visit our Web site at or call Director Don Moore at 268-3899.

The Good News Project offers prayer for healing every Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Higgins Lions Community Center, 22490 E. Hacienda Dr. (one mile past LOP entrance). 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 268-3899 or 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. The church is 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.; 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.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

We hope you will consider visiting First Baptist Church. We have a number of activities during the week beginning with Sunday School for all ages at 9 a.m. on Sundays followed by the morning Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship at 6 p.m. is an informal time of singing, prayer and Bible study.

“Women in Prayer” meets at 7 a.m. on Monday mornings.

Women’s Bible Study is held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets every first and third Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

A “Family Fellowship Dinner” is held on Wednesdays at 4:45 p.m. Dinner reservations are needed. Call the Church Office for complete information.

Upcoming events: On Sunday, Oct. 10, the PGIF Singles Outreach will host a pool party. If you would like to attend, call the church office for information.

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

Truth Worship Center

Truth Worship Center, a Pentecostal Church, will be sponsoring a Youth Service on Friday at 7 p.m. Hamburgers will be served after the service. Sunday school and worship begin at 10 a.m.

The theme of the morning service will be “God wants to do great things is our lives, He is the healer and the great miracle worker.” Sunday evening service begins at 6 p.m.

There will be special music and heartfelt worship and ministry of the Word of God.

Tuesday Bible Study will be at 7 p.m. The book of 1 Peter is the current subject of the Bible study.

Home Bible Studies are offered free of charge and cover the main themes of the Word of God.

For more information, call the church office 272-6455.

Unity in the Gold Country

This Sunday the Rev. Joe Sloan begins a seven-week series based on Deepak Chopra’s book, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.”

Special music will be offered by Patty Ann, the Songbird for Auburn. The amazing Bob Couper will provide piano support.

The service, at Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle (Brunswick, to Whispering Pines to Crown Point), begins at 10:30 a.m.

For general information or information on classes or other special events, contact the church office at 274-2463 or visit our Web site

Church of Jesus Christ

of Latter-Day Saints

October General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be broadcast live at the Nevada City Building, 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City, and the Auburn Stake Center, 1255 Bell Road in Auburn, on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Visitors are welcome!

The Priesthood session will be held on Saturday at 5 p.m. and will not be broadcast on commercial cable systems, Internet, or satellite systems.

Other options for viewing General Conference: Comcast Cable Channel 14, Sierra College TV/Starstream14, Home Satellite Dish Galaxy 11, Direct TV-Plus BYU TV Channel 374, Dish 500 Network, BYU Channel 9403, or the Internet, http:\

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’s Sermon for Communion Sunday is “Red Bull Buzz.” College students are guzzling Red Bull, Blue Ox, Wow, and Rockstar for a quick energy fix, but Jesus tells us that tree-toppling power doesn’t come in a can.

Sunday School classes are available for children of all ages at the 9 a.m. service.

Child care is provided at all services. The Scripture reading is Luke 17:5-10.

Wednesday evenings are our Family Connection and Communication Night. A light meal will start at 6 p.m., then participants will spend an hour sharing about ways to be active Christian parents. Children will have an enrichment time doing crafts and other fun things together. Closing will be at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call the church office at 268-6907. You can also visit our Web site at


Family Church

Word-A-Live! Family Church invites all to their 10 a.m. Sunday morning service with exciting and anointed contemporary Christian Worship.

Word-A-Live! is nondenominational and networks with Christian International, from which Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase are ordained.

Women’s Ministry has begun a new countywide Bible study series for all women titled “Living Beyond Yourself” on Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., and Monday evenings, 6:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, “KIDZ PLAY DAY” at Western Gateway Park, Penn Valley, will be presented by “Kidz Zone” of Word-A-Live! Family Church. Ages 0-12 years old. There will be the Bounce House, a clown, snow cones and more, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.

Every Sunday, 9:30 a.m. is preprayer 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., Penn Valley, across the street from the Penn Valley Fire Department.

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