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Twin Cities Church

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

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 Genesis 6:9-22; 7:8-18.

Mark you calendars for the next New Community Service, which will be on Sunday 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, 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

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 and anointed Contemporary Christian Worship Service.

Youth Night is Friday Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.

Women’s Ministry Countywide Bible Study program is “Don’t waste your pain,” a Joyce Meyer’s teaching. It is on Jan. 27, 9:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. repeated Monday, Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. All ladies invited, bring a friend.

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 please call 432-9155.The church is located at 10528 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley, across the street from the Penn Valley Fire Department.


On Saturday The Baha’is of Grass Valley warmly invite the public to a meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Madelyn Helling Community Room at the Nevada County Library in Nevada City.

A musical presentation of the Baha’i Faith will be given by Mr. Vic Salvo a Baha’i from Sacramento. Salvo is a multi-talented musician who currently teaches choral and Instrumental classes. He has been a musical director, teacher, composer, music arranger and performer in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. His musical background is grounded in classical and jazz music.

Salvo and his wife Anita lived on Cyprus Island in the Mediterranean for more than 10 years, where he worked as a musician and teacher.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

On Sunday Pastor James Ward begins a new sermon series based on chapters of the book “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. The series will continue for seven weeks.

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 Orchesta Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Carl M. Peters II.

We hope you can join us this week at one or more of “The Life Of The Church” ministries and events activities.

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

EarthSpirit Center

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 will present “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 to 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 e-mail:

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

Nevada City United Methodist Church

The sermon for both worship services on Sunday will be given by Pastor Jerry Smith, titled “Get on Board.” The theme is that in all of our lives, we experience great hope and great despair. In all of our experiences, God showers us with love and invites us to share that love with others.

On Wednesdays through April 20, Pastor Jerry will continue teaching about the history and the meaning of the Gospel of Mark. All interested adults are welcome to attend, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Youth Group also will meet at the church during this time. Well-Fed Wednesday suppers also continue through April 30 from 6 to 7 p.m.

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 service. NCUMC is at 433 Broad St. We have a strong focus on service to others. For more information call the church office at 265-2797, or log onto the Web site at

Sierra Presbyterian

“What on Earth Am I Here For?” The most asked question on the planet, Sierra Presbyterian Church sets out on a time of discovery, seeking the answer for believers and skeptics alike. What is our purpose as a people, a church body, a representation of Chris in the world? We being a journey with purpose … “40 Days of Purpose – A Spiritual Journey.” We’ll be following the popular book “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.

The Kick-Off Event is Saturday, Jan. 29, from 9 to 11:30 p.m. You’ll receive a copy of Rick Warren’s book free of charge. The Saturday morning program includes a brunch, so we’ll need your reservations. Call Sierra Presbyterian Church at 265-3291.

Sunday Pastor Scott Dickson’s message will be a preparation for the 40 Day Journey, entitled “How to Make the Most of Your Life” from Ephesians 5:15-17. The seven Sunday messages given during the 40 Days will relate directly to, and enhance the weekly Bible studies.

We have three Sunday morning services Traditional at 8:30 a.m.; Contemporary at 10 a.m.; and Way Contemporary at 11:30 a.m. Each service hears the same message. Your children are welcome at all services, although childcare is provided for infants through pre-kindergarten.

For more information call Sierra Presbyterian Church at 265-3291 or visit the Web site

Truth Worship Center

Truth Worship Center is located at 1784 Ridge Road, across from the Nevada Union High School.

This Friday at 7 p.m. will be youth service, refreshments will be provided after the ministry of the Word of God.

Prayer and Fasting is highlighted during the month of January. During the Sunday Morning praise and worship service at 10 a.m. the message will be titled, “Look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” The scripture text will be from, “Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” Sunday School class are provided during this service.

Sunday evening service wil begin at 6 p.m. and will continue ont he theme of “Jesus is our all in all.”

Tuesday Bible study begins at 7 p.m.

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

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Grass Valley

“Truth” is this week’s subject for the lesson sermon to be read aloud at the 10 a.m. service. The Golden Text is from 1 John … it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.” Mary Baker Eddy writes in the textbook, “Science and Health and Key to the Scriptures,” “Truth is affirmative and confers harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this simple rule of truth, which governs all reality. By the truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the spirit of truth and love which you entertain, you will heal the sick.”

Sunday School students, up to the age of 20, are taught how to apply these truths to their everyday lives. Classes are held the same time as church.

Anyone interested in spiritual healing is invited to attend the Wednesday evening meeting at 7:30 p.m. where those testify firsthand of the healing efficacy of their study and application. The church is located at 375 Crown Point Circle.

The Reading Room, offering a friendly, loving atmosphere, is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

For more information, call 273-9452 or 273-0790.

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 Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the annual Church Council Retreat will meet. Committee members will review future plans, set goals for 2005, and do an analysis of where we are in our growth process. Lunch will be provided by Frank’s Famous Chili.

Also, Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. is Family Fun Night. This month the theme is “Birthday Bash.” Wear your favorite party outfit and bring a wrapped white elephant gift for the birthday gift exchange. Come and join in the fun activities provided by Marie Kimmes. Dinner will be a macaroni and cheese potluck.

This is the Third Sunday of Epiphany and also Human Relations Day. Pastor Don’s sermon title is “I Walk By Faith.” The letter from Paul to the Romans is a remarkable and enduring testament to faith. Sunday School classes are available for children of all ages at the 9 a.m. service.

The Sunday evening Building Bridges class is a continuation of the study of Islam. Our special guests are Duriyaa and Naeem Syed, who will come and share about their Islamic tradition. They are active members of Mosque a Salaam in Sacramento.

On Saturday, Jan. 29, there will be a forum on Parkinson’s disease from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 268-6907, and visit our Web site at




of the Mountains

The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Sunday service will be The Footprints of Gossip Presentation by the Rev. Joy Atkinson with Carol Grant, worship associate.

Gossip is such a delicious temptation, but it can be so destructive! The sermon will explore the phenomena of rumor and gossip in human experience, its effect on communities, including religious communities, and how we can become effective “gossip busters.”

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

First Baptist Church/Nevada City

First Baptist Church of Nevada City welcomes you. Join us on Sundays for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship services at 10:55 a.m. This Sunday Pastor William Romell will be bringing a sermon on “Issues, Problems and Walking with the Lord” from 1 Samuel 17.

On Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. we have potluck and Bible study for all ages.

We are a warm and welcoming fellowship and would love for you to visit and be a part of our growing family.

First Baptist Church is located at 300 Main St. in Nevada City. For more information, call 265-4711.

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us at Unity in the Gold Country this Sunday as we remember the part that the Holy Spirit plays in our lives with Rev. Joe Sloan’s lesson, “Don’t Sell the Cow.” Our guest musician will be local author, flower essence specialist and singer, Lila Devi. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at 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. Our Sunday school classes will be studying the Living Values curriculum.

Unity is offering ongoing weekday classes, including The Women’s Sacred Circle on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and A Course in Miracles on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Unity in the Gold Country is dear friends with traveling Theraveda Buddhist monk Bhante Wimala. Bhante is a native of Sri Lanka where much damage occurred from December’s tsunami. Bhante has been described as a “one man relief agency.” We are dedicating our tsunami relief efforts to Bhante’s non-profit organization, The Triple Gem Society. If you would like to contribute, please send in your donation made out to “Triple Gem.”

For more information, call the church office at 274-2463 or visit our Web site at

Sierra Center for Positive Living

This Sunday at the Sierra Center for Positive Living, the Rev. Sandra Fairbanks will continue the series titled “The Foundation” with her inspirational talk, “Becoming the Master Builder.” 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 and guest Kristi Matal. Singing the Lord’s Prayer after the Rev. Sandra’s talk is Rod Loomis.

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

Special events:

Jan. 29-30: We’ll show the movie, “Indigo,” winner of the Audience Choice Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival. It stars Neil Donald Walsch (author of “Conversations with God”) and was produced and directed by Stephen Simon (producer of “Somewhere in Time” and “What Dreams May Come”). We are honored to be premiering this film at the Banner Grange on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), and on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.). James Twyman was the executive producer (author of “Emissary of Love”). Advance Tickets are $10 and are available at Odyssey and Harmony Books, The Book Seller, and BriarPatch.

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

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. Please join us and experience the rich Buddhist teachings of mindfulness, insight and lovingkindness.

The Nevada City group meets Mondays. Jan. 24: Letting Go / Catrinka Holland. Jan. 31: Working With Fear/John Travis.

Noble Friends and Noble Conversation Study Groups offer an evening of meditation, discussion and community for spiritual friends in Nevada City and Auburn. Began Monday, Jan. 3, in Auburn for five weeks (The 7 Factors of Enlightenment) and Thursday, Jan. 6, in Nevada City for seven weeks (The 5 Precepts). It is not too late to join these groups. These groups will continue with other study topics when this series is finished.

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

We meet at from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Wild Mountain Yoga, 574 Searls. For more information call Barbara at 272-6425 or visit our Web site at

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