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Religion briefs

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

We are the Body of Christ … Worshiping As One. Beginning Sundays, Sunday School for all ages starts at 9 a.m. (There is an extended session for younger children and a special worship time for children grades one though four.) The Morning Worship Service starts at 10:30 a.m. with sermons by Pastor James Ward. The Morning Worship Service includes music performed by the Church Worship Choir and Orchestra Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Carl M. Peters II.

We hope you can come and join us this week at one or more of our “Life At The Church Activities.” “Women in Prayer” meets at 7:30 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 Choirs” meet at 6 p.m. with the Youth Group meeting at 6:30 p.m. The Men’s Bible Study and College and Career Fellowships are held on Thursdays at 7p.m. The “Women on a Mission Ministries” hold a quilting class on the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. in the lower Fellowship Hall. 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

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Adult and youth education continue, with major focus this winter on study of the Gospel of Matthew, led by Pastor Jerry Smith. Also, youth group meets at the same time. Both are held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the church.

From 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, a casual meal is served in the church fellowship hall. It is open to all participants in the evening groups, as well as anyone else seeking midweek “downtime” in a relaxed atmosphere. Teens looking for a church youth group to join are encouraged to check us out! Donations from the adults for the meal are appreciated, to help cover the cost of the food and utilities. If possible, please call the church office to sign up in advance, as this helps ensure there’s enough food for all who come. Drop-in folks are also welcome.

The sermon for both worship services on Sunday will be given by Pastor Jerry Smith, titled “Come and See.” The theme is that the Spirit of God is among us and continues to gather people together in Christ’s love, and to shelter those who are in pain. God bids us all to come and see what will happen next.

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 and youth Bible study during the 10:30 a.m. service. NCUMC is at 433 Broad St. For more information call the church office at 265-2797, or log onto the Web site at

Solid Rock Foursquare Church

Sunday services are adult Bible study at 10 a.m. and Worship Service with Pastor Jim Edwards sharing God’s word at 11 a.m. Home fellowships meet at various times during the week, call the church for times and locations. InnerState Youth Ministries meets every Friday at 6 p.m. Activities include skate boarding, paint ball and many electronic games. Pastor Greg Vesely shares God’s word.

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.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Sierra Presbyterian Church begins a time of discovery of our own place in the Kingdom. This past Sunday, Pastor Scott Dickson talked about “Being Fully Devoted Followers – The Great Commandment,” from Matthew 22:34-40 and Mark 12:28-34, in preparation for the journey of “Forty Days Of Purpose.”

Sunday Pastor Scott continues the theme with “The Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18).

The “40 Days” will begin at Sierra Presbyterian with a kick-off brunch on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. and will continue for seven weeks in Sunday services and in individual small-group studies during the week. You are invited to join us on our journey of discovery.

We have three Sunday morning services, each with its own style. Each service will hear the same message.

The Traditional Service is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The Contemporary Service is from 10 to 11 a.m., with praise and worship led by the Praise Choir and Band.

The Way Contemporary Service is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Led by Tim Grebe and the Youth Band, musically, a little edgier than the other two worship gatherings.

For more information on Sierra Presbyterian Church, you are invited to visit our Web site at

Truth Worship Center

This Friday at 7 p.m. will be our youth service. Refreshments will be served. It is a great time for young people to meet other young people.

The month of January will highlight prayer and fasting. This week is our prayer and fasting week. Call the church for additional information. This Sunday morning, during the praise and worship service, the message will be titled, “Prayer goes where you can’t go.” Scripture text will be from James 5:16 “… The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” The morning service begins at 10 a.m. Sunday school classes are provided during this service.

Sunday evening service will begin at 6 and will continue the theme of “Prayer changes things.”

Tuesday Bible Study begins at 7 p.m.

For prayer, home Bible studies and more information, call the church office at 272-6455.

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us at Unity in the Gold Country this Sunday as we discover truth with the Rev. Joe Sloan’s lesson, “Buddha’s Tooth.” Our guest musician will be former jazz singer turned soul, Saun Stone. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at our new location, 500 Crown Point Circle. We invite everyone to come and see our new sanctuary and beautiful church home. Unity in the Gold Country has a vibrant youth ministry with brand new classrooms for children of all ages.

Unity is offering ongoing weekday classes including The Women’s Sacred Circle on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., the 4T Prosperity Program beginning Jan. 12 at 7 p.m., and A Course in Miracles on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Unity in the Gold Country is affiliated with the 117-year-old Unity School of Christianity, publishers of the “Daily Word.” For more information, call the office at 274-2463 or visit our Web site at

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue with our series, “Shift-life.” This Sunday, the message will be “Shift-success.” As we begin a new year, we’ll be focused on changing the way we think. Next weeks message will be “Shift-invest.”

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 Exodus 18:13-27.

Mark your calendars for the next New Community Service, which will be on Jan. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Hall. We will be taking part in communion at this special service.

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 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 Web site at

Unitarian Universalist

Community of the


The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains’ Friday service will be Martin Luther King Sunday following a Dream Presentation by the Rev. Joy Atkinson with Ruth Ghio, worship associate. This service honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King with a focus on issues of racial justice and the phenomenon of white privilege, woven together with African American poetry and personal experience.

Services are 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 on Sundays at 5:30 p.m and Thursdays at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 274-1675, or visit

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 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

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.

The gathering meets on first Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. for meditation, dreamwork, discussion of spiritual transformation, and healing circle. Call for directions and reservation.

EarthSpirit presents “The Gold Within You Introductory Workshop” on Sat., Jan. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Dr. Nanci Shandera, Ph.D. You will learn the seven basic stages of alchemical transformation and how you can use them to deepen spiritual awareness. Cost is $25 by Jan. 26, $40 at the door. Call the center to register.

Also available are individual sessions, The Gold Within You Twelve-Week Trainings, Vision Quests and Mystery School. For more information, call the Rev. Dr. Nanci Shandera, Ph.D. at 265-9097,, or email

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Mountain Stream Meditation Center Vipassana Sitting Groups meet weekly in Nevada City, Auburn, and other Foothills locations. A 45-minute meditation is followed by a Dharma talk. All levels of experience are welcome. Instruction is provided the first Monday 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 7:30Ð9 p.m. Jan. 17: Patience and Compassion/Chuni Lobsang Jinpa Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery, South India. Translated by Phuntso from Burma. Jan. 24: Karma Ð Cause & Effect/Mary Helen Fein.

The Five Precepts provide a wholesome foundation for spiritual and social growth. They are simple and profound. They are full of light, life, warmth, and color. They offer safety and freedom. Join us and see how these teachings are trainings for our practice of compassion and creating safety for all beings. Noble Friends and Noble Conversation study groups offer meditation, discussion and community for spiritual friends Thursdays, 7:30Ð9 p.m. The seven weeks from Jan. 6 Ð Feb. 17 focus on the Five Precepts.

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

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Grass Valley

“Life” is the subject of the weekly lesson sermon to be read at the 10 a.m. service. The Golden Text is from Matthew,” … it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

To further expand on this thought, Mary Baker Eddy writes in “Science and Health and Key to the Scriptures,” “Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth or Love – be it song, sermon, or science – blesses the human family with crumbs of comfort from Christ’s table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to the thirsty.” Come learn how God, life, supplies us all with abundance. Sunday School is at the same hour, giving young people a guide to moral living. Every Wednesday evening a healing testimony meeting is at 7:30 p.m., lasting for an hour. All are welcome to attend church at 375 Crown Point Circle or visit our Reading Room at 147 Mill St. which is open daily from 10 4 p.m. A librarian is present to assist you. For more information, call 273-9452 or 273-0790.


Family Church

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

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

Next Youth Night is Friday Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. On Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m., our “Kidz Club Ministry” and our adult “Equippers Class” continues deliverance teachings with part No. 6, “Root of Bitterness.”

Women’s Ministry Countywide Bible Study “ORDINARY PEOPLE with EXTRAORDINARY POWER,” is taught from a Joyce Meyer series Thursday, Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. and repeated Monday, Jan. 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m. All ladies are welcome.

Saturday night at 6 p.m. is Corporate Prayer. Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. is preservice prayer.

For more information on classes, events 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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