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EarthSpirit Center Church

EarthSpirit Center serves as a bridge between human experience and the mysteries, creativity and purpose of the Soul. EarthSpirit espouses individuality and authenticity, growing from adversity, inner honesty, and humor as essential elements in spiritual evolvement.

Please join us and discover a rewarding, inclusive and creative approach to personal spiritual transformation. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for meditation, dreamwork, discussion of spiritual transformation, and healing circle. Call for directions and reservation (space is currently limited).



Also available are individual sessions, The Gold Within You alchemical workshops, Vision Quests, and Mystery School. For more information call Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá, Ph.D. at 265-9097, http://www.EarthSpiritCenter.com, or e-mail: earthspirit@nccn.net.

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Grass Valley




“Sacrament” is the subject of this week’s Bible lesson to be read at the 10 a.m. service. The Golden Text from Romans says: “…it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” Mary Baker Eddy writes in “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” “The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all the impurities of flesh, signifies the pure in heart see God and are approaching the spiritual life and its demonstration.” Communion is observed in branch churches over the world on the second Sunday in January and July of each year. At this time the congregation kneels and after silent prayer, repeats aloud the Lord’s prayer.

Sunday School, providing students with inspiration and new ideas, is also held at 10 a.m. The soloist for this service will be Virginia Lee, soprano, of Music in the Mountains. On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. a healing testimonial meeting is held. Join us at our church at 375 Crown Point Circle or visit our downtown Reading Room at 147 Mill St. Office hours are from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. daily.

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Mountain Stream Meditation Center Vipassana Sitting Groups meet weekly in Nevada City, Auburn and other Foothill locations. A 45-minute meditation is followed by a Dharma talk. All levels of experience are welcome. Instruction is provided the first Monday of each month, and a Dharma Friends program offers support for meditators. Join us and experience the rich Buddhist teachings of mindfulness, insight and loving kindness.

Nevada City meets Mondays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 10: Buddhist Cosmology/John Travis. Jan. 17: Patience and Compassion/Chuni Lobsang Jinpa Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery, South India. Translated by Phuntso from Burma.

Noble Friends and Noble Conversation study groups offer meditation, discussion and community for spiritual friends in Nevada City and Auburn. Nevada City meets Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The seven weeks from Jan. 6 through Feb. 17, focus on the Five Precepts, mindfulness training’s that are simply five different ways of showing love, and point the way to creating a more harmonious, peaceful and happy life.

John Travis will be teaching a nine-night retreat (Feb. 4-13) near Redding and a seven-night retreat (May 5-22) locally.

We are contributing to the relief effort in Asia with our donations to Sarvodaya, and organization in Sri Lanka, and invite you to add your donation to support their good work.

We meet at Wild Mountain Yoga, 574 Searls Ave. in Nevada City. For more information call Barbara at 272-6425 or visit http://www.mtstream.org

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).

This is the First Sunday of Epiphany. Pastor Don and members of Sierra Pines, Grass Valley, and Nevada City United Methodist churches are away on a mission trip to the Holy Land this week. Our guest pastor Sunday is the Rev. Jim Hulin. His topic is “So What’s New”? Sunday School Classes are available for children of all ages at the 9 a.m. service. Child Care is provided at all services. United Methodist Youth will meet at 6 p.m. in Classroom 3.

Two special offerings will be taken this Sunday. The first special offering will be for the people in Asia which 100 percent will be distributed through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. From the first day of the recent disaster United Methodists were in Asia giving aid and comfort to those who lost family members and/or personal belongings. The second offering will be donations of canned or dried soup for the Interfaith Food Ministry. Gifts of nonperishable food items are always welcome as are monetary contributions.

For more information call the church office at 268-6907, and visit our Web site at http://www.sierrapinesumc.com.

Word-A-Live Family Church

Word-A-Live! Family Church is non-denominational and networks with Christian International Network of Churches of which Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase are ordained.

Word-A-Live! invites all to their Sunday morning 10 a.m. exciting anointed Contemporary Christian Worship Service.

Youth Night is Friday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. our “Kidz Club Ministry” and our Adult “Equippers Class” continues with deliverance teachings part No. 5, “Lack of Forgiveness.”

Women’s Ministry Countywide Bible Study began a Joyce Meyer teaching series this month continuing with “Extraordinary People with Extraordinary Power” on Thursday Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. All ladies welcome.

Saturday night, 6 p.m., is Corporate Prayer.

Every Sunday 9:30 a.m. pre-service prayer.

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

Nevada City United Methodist Church

NCUMC’s Christian Ed programs have resumed, with Well-Fed Wednesdays for youth and adults. This starts with a community meal served next Wednesday at 6 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall. The meal is free, although donations are welcome.

Youth Group (sixth grade and up) starts at the meal, with a meeting after from 7-8:15 p.m. Youth also meet Sundays for Bible study during 10:30 a.m. service. After dinner each Wednesday through April 20, Pastor Jerry Smith continues to teach adults the Book of Matthew.

Pastor Jerry’s sermon on Sunday is “Beloved, Beloved, Beloved.” The theme is that we hear God’s voice when we listen.

NCUMC has two Sunday services: Traditional at 9 a.m. and Contemporary at 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available both services, and Sunday school during the 10:30 a.m. service. NCUMC is at 433 Broad St. For more information call the church office at 265-2797.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

We hope you can come and join us this week at one or more of our “Life At The Church Activities.” This week, at 6:30 p.m., the Wednesday “Pastor’s Bible Study” resumes with the Wednesday night “Church Family Fellowship Dinner.” The dinner begins at 4:45 p.m. Call for dinner reservations. All men are invited to share a “Men’s Ministry Breakfast” at the Church on Saturday, from 7 to 9 a.m. On Sunday, the new “Family Bible Study” begins at 9 a.m.

Beginning Sundays, Sunday School for all ages starts at 9 a.m. 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. The Young Adult Arts Ensemble meets at 4 p.m. and the AWANAs at 5:45 p.m. Sunday Evening Worship at 6 p.m. is an informal time of singing, prayer and Bible study.

During the Week: “Women in Prayer” meets at 8 a.m.on Monday mornings. On Wednesdays “Prayer Time for Adults” is held at 6 p.m. with “Pastor’s Bible Study” following at 6:30 p.m. The Wednesday “Church Family Fellowship Dinner” is held at 4:45 p.m. call the church office to make reservations. For children, the “Children’s Choir” meets at 6 p.m. with the Youth Group meeting at 6:30 p.m. The Men’s Bible Study is held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. The “Singles Outreach” (for ages 30 to 100) meets every Friday at 6 p.m. for fellowship, fun and food.

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 http://www.firstbaptistgv.com.

Sierra Center for Positive Living

This Sunday at the Sierra Center for Positive Living, the Rev. Sandra Fairbanks will continue the series, “The Foundation,” with her inspirational talk “Going Up, Going Down. It’s up to You.” 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 by Jim Townsend and friends. This is Jim’s last performance with the Sierra Center, before moving to Santa Barbara.

Jr. Church provides programs with special lessons geared toward the youth starting at 10:30 a.m. This week’s lesson is “Divine Flow.” We have a dedicated weekly program for teens. Classes are held in the church office (the blue house next to the Banner Grange), 12569 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley.

After the service all are welcome to join the Grief and Healing Circle, facilitated by the Compassionate Care team. This is for all who have suffered a loss, be it a loved one, a relationship, a job, a health issue, etc. Also after the service, Affirmative Prayer is provided by our licensed practitioners.

All are welcome to stay for coffee and conversation.

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 http://www.sierracenter.org

Healing Rooms of Nevada County

Healing Rooms of Nevada County are open Thursdays from 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 http://www.healingroomsnc.com 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). There is no fee and no appointment is necessary. For more information call 268-3899 or visit our Web site at http://www.thegoodnewsproject.net.

Twin Cities Church

This Sunday is the second week of our new series, “Shift _ life.” This week the message will be “Shift _ transformed.” Join us as we change the way we think about life. Next week the message will be “Shift _ success.”

Our grade school children’s core virtue for the month of January is orderliness – arranging things to make your day easier. This week they will study in Acts 28:16-19 and Ephesians 1:1-2; 5:1-17.

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 though fifth grade) meet during every Sunday morning service. Junior High students meet at 10 a.m. in the Hennessy Garage 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 Website at http://www.twincitieschurch.com

Unity in the Gold Country

Unity in the Gold Country will be welcoming all people at their new church home, 500 Crown Point Circle. The Rev. Joe Sloan will be speaking on “Healing Relationships.” Singer and songwriter Ralph Williams will be the Soloist of the day and Bob Couper will provide piano support. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. Children’s Church begins at the same time at and toddler care is available.

Weekday classes include the Women’s Circle at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and “A Course in Miracles” at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. There is no beginning/end to these classes and anyone is welcome anytime. A new class on Prosperty – the famous “4-T Program” begins on Jan. 12.

For more information call the church office at 274-2463.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Friday service will be “One Man’s Spiritual Journey Presentation” by John Brooker, spiritualist minister. John has had 50 years of psychic research experience in England and America, and is a frequent visitor to our church. He has written two books, “Darkness Into Light,” and, “If Heaven’s So Wonderful Why Come Here?” He specializes in “Rescue Work” with discarnate individuals unaware that they have died. This unusual service is performed with trance mediums under direction of guides in spirit and rescue workers on earth. John will discuss his involvement in this work, and his own spiritual quest for truth.

Services are Sundays at 11 a.m. with childcare 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 on Sundays at 5:30 p.m and Thursdays at 1 p.m.

For more information call 274-1675, or visit http://www.uugrassvalley.org


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