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EarthSpirit Center Church

EarthSpirit Center Church 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 is an alternative/enhancement to traditional church services. It meets 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. (Love offering)

Also available are individual Soulwork sessions, The Gold Within You Twelve-Week Trainings, Vision Quests, and Mystery School. For more information call 265-9097,, or email:

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

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 loving kindness.

The Nevada City group meets Mondays with the following topics and speakers. Jan. 31: Working With Fear/John Travis. Feb. 7: Karma Ð Cause & Effect/ Mary Helen Fein.

Noble Friends and Noble Conversation Study Groups offer an evening of meditation, discussion and community for spiritual friends on Thursdays in Nevada City. Jan. 6-Feb. 17 will focus on The 5 Precepts. You are invited to join us at any of the evenings.

There are several upcoming retreats with John Travis, our founding teacher. Feb. 4-13: nine nights at the beautiful Coram Ranch, near Redding.

We meet 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

First Baptist Church, Nevada City

First Baptist Church of Nevada City invites you to join us on Sundays for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship services at 10:55 a.m. Sunday Pastor William Romell will be bringing a sermon on “What Is The Value Of A Soul?” from Matthew 16:24-27.

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

In May, our women are going to a retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The dates are May 13-15, and the cost is approximately $200. We’re taking sign-ups now. The theme for the weekend is “Born Again to Grow Wild with Jesus.”

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

The church is located at 300 Main St. in Nevada City. For more information call 265-4711.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

On Sunday NCUMC will hold a combined worship service at 10 a.m., instead of our usual two Sunday services. We do this on the fifth Sunday of every month that has a fifth Sunday, as a way of maintaining a sense of fellowship within the congregation. After the service we will have a potluck lunch in our Fellowship Hall. Visitors are welcome at both the service and the lunch.

The sermon for the service will be given by Pastor Jerry Smith, titled “Paths of Justice.” The theme is that Righteous Action is our response to God’s love. How do we do that, and which paths of justice are we called to follow? This is the day of national elections in Iraq, and we hold the people there in prayer.

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.

NCUMC usually 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. 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 Center for Positive Living

Sunday at the Sierra Center for Positive Living, the Rev. Sandra Fairbanks introduces a new series to mark the opening of Season for Nonviolence (SNV) with her inspirational talk “Peace Begins with Me.” SNV, inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world. 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. It is also birthday Sunday for February.

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 is about redemption, grace and the healing powers of a new generation of gifted “Indigo children.” It stars Neil Donald Walsch (author of “Conversations with God”), produced and directed by Stephen Simon (producer of “Somewhere in Time”). Premiering on Saturday at 7:30 (doors open at 6:30), and on Sunday at 1:30 (doors open at 12:30), at the Banner Grange. James Twyman was the executive producer (author of “Emissary of Love”). Advance Tickets, $10, at Odyssey Books, The Book Seller, and BriarPatch.

Feb. 6: “A Single Woman” returns to SCPL and the Banner Grange after rave reviews last April. The drama is based on life of Jeannette Rankin, pacifist and the first woman elected to Congress from Montana, before women had the right to vote. “The play is funny, captivating, heart grabbing.” Feb. 6 show time at 2 p.m. Advance tickets $10, available at Odyssey Books, The Book Seller, BriarPatch, Nevada City Postal Co., and at Sierra Center for Positive Living. Tickets at the door $12, students $5.

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

Solid Rock Church

Sunday Services: Adult Bible Study is at 10 a.m.; Worship service with Pastor Jim Edwards sharing God’s Word is at 11 a.m.; Home fellowships meet at various times during the week – call the church for times and locations; Women on the Rock meets the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. InnerState Youth Ministries meets every Friday at 6 p.m. with Pastor Greg Vesely sharing the word of God to the youth of Western Nevada County; Activities include paint ball and many electronic games.

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. No appointment is necessary. Hours are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Twin Cities Church

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

Our grade school children’s core virtue for the month of January is orderliness Ð arranging things to make your day easier. This week they will study in Matthew 6:33.

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 Web site at

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday at Unity in the Gold Country when the Hospice Chaplain Rev. Jerry Farrell will speak about “The Images of God” and affirm God’s omnipresence. Guest musicians will be local artist, songwriter and singer Mary Bennett and local inspirational favorite, Doug Rice. Unity has an active Youth Ministry for children of all ages. The children are studying the Living Values curriculum in Sunday school. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. in our new location at 500 Crown Point Circle.

We promote and are proud to support the 8th annual Season of Nonviolence observed Jan. 30-April 4. During this time, principles for nonviolence will be incorporated into our prayer, meditation, and lessons. Unity stands for peace in the presence of conflict; for love in the presence of hatred; for forgiveness in the presence of injury. Unity honors the many names for God, the many paths to God, the many ways to worship God; for there is only one power and presence of God and that God loves each of us equally. It is therefore the position of The International Association of Unity Churches and Unity in the Gold Country to urge all nations, their leaders, and their people to turn to God by whatever the name for guidance during these challenging times and pursue peace, for this is what honors the God in all our faith traditions. Unity stands for peace in our lifetime.

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

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Sunday service will be What is Spirituality? What does it mean to you? Open yourselves to joining a spirituality cafe discussion in a small group setting, to talk about your own views of the spiritual.

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


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 their Sunday 10 a.m. exciting and anointed Contemporary Christian Worship Service.

Our next Youth Night, Friday, Feb. 4, is at 7 p.m.

Women’s Ministry Countywide Bible Study “DON’T WASTE YOUR PAIN,” a Joyce Meyer’s teaching, today (Jan. 27), 9:30-11:15 a.m. and repeated Monday, Jan. 31, 6:30-8 p.m. All ladies invited; bring a friend. “SPIRITUAL MAN DISCERNMENT,” another Joyce Meyer’s teaching, is Thursday, Feb. 3, 9:30-11:15 a.m., and repeated Monday, Feb. 7, 6:30-7 p.m.

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

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 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 join us this week at one or more of “The Life Of The Church” ministries and events activities. “Women in Prayer” meets at 7:30 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 College and Career Fellowships are held on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

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

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Grass Valley

“LOVE” is the subject of this Sunday’s sermon, to be read at the 10 a.m. service. The Golden Text from 1 John says: “… God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.” In the textbook, Mary Baker Eddy, discoverer and founder of Christian Science, wrote in 1875: “It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life Truth and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established.” The service consists of citations from the King James Bible and related passages from the textbook.

Sunday School, offering a basis for solid moral values, is held at the same time as church.

Wednesday evening meetings at 7:30 provide an opportunity to share testimonies of healing and remarks related to Christian Science.

You are welcome to join us at our beautiful church in the woods at 375 Crown Point Circle and to visit our Reading Room at 147 Mill St. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 273-9452 or 273-0790.

Grass Valley United Methodist

Welcome to Grass Valley United Methodist Church, an “on-fire” church dedicated to helping individuals transform their lives through their relationship with Jesus Christ.

Pastor Barbara Smith’s sermon this Sunday continues the story of Jesus’ ministry in “Paths of Justice” at the 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Children’s Sunday school is at 8:45 a.m., with child care at both services. Children’s chimes practice is held after Sunday school at 10 a.m. Our “Prayer and Share” group meets in the Chapel at 6 p.m. for special prayer sessions.

Last Friday Supper, a free meal sponsored by neighborhood churches, will be held on Friday, Jan. 28, in Wesley Hall at 5:30 p.m. A great time for fellowship and a wonderful hot meal.

The Pastor’s Read Along continues on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at noon with the book “Turn Your Church Inside Out.” The next book for the Read Along will be “Following at a Distance” by Kimberly Resiman. Everyone is welcome.

United Methodist Women’s monthly continental breakfast will be held Thursday, Feb. 3, at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be from The Friendship Club, an organization that works with at-risk girls from our community.

The church is located at 236 South Church St. For more information, call the church office at 272-1946, or visit the Web site at

Sierra Presbyterian

“Forty Days of Purpose – A Spiritual Journey” begins Sunday. We’ll be seeking the answer to the eternal question, “What On Earth Am I Here For?” Pastor Scott Dickson and several small-group leaders will take us through a time of discovery, seeking the answer to this question. We also anticipate the prospect of learning a lot more about ourselves along the way. Having a renewed perspective promises to reduce stress, simplify decisions, increase satisfaction with life, and, most importantly, prepare you for eternity.

Through the “40 Days” each Sunday, Pastor Scott’s message will address one of the 40 purposes. Augmenting the sermons will be Sunday Adult Classes at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Youth Seminars at 10 a.m., and Children’s Sunday Classes at 10 and 11:30 a.m. More in-depth study in a home- centered small group is also suggested.

We have three Sunday morning services each with its own style; Traditional from 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Contemporary from 10-11 a.m.; and Way Contemporary from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Each service hears the same message. Young children are welcome in all our services, although child care is provided for infants through pre-kindergarten.

For more information, call the church office at 265-3291 or visit the Web site at

Truth Worship Center

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

Prayer and fasting is highlighted during the month of January. During the Sunday Morning praise and worship service at 10, the message will be titled “What Jesus wants most!” The Scripture text will be from, Mat 22:37: “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”; Mat 22:38: “This is the first and great commandment. …” Sunday School class are provided during this service.

Sunday evening service will begin at 6 p.m. and will continue the 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.

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