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Religion briefs

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Jesus said “Love your neighbor as yourself.” At NCUMC, we try to take this teaching to heart in many ways. One way is by participating in A Season for Nonviolence – a nationwide, grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform and empower our lives and our communities. Pastor Jerry Smith’s sermon on Sunday will focus on personal change through compassion as one of the steps to following Jesus’ teaching.

On Wednesday evenings through April 20, Pastor Jerry will continue teaching the history and the meaning of the Gospel of Matthew. All interested adults are welcome to attend, from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

NCUMC has two Sunday services: Traditional at 9 a.m. and Contemporary at 10:30 a.m. Child care is available at both services and Sunday school and youth Bible study are held 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

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday at Unity in the Gold Country when Rev. Joe Sloan returns from Unity Village with his message, “God In Any Place.” This will be a wonderful opportunity to affirm the omnipresence of god in our daily lives. Rev. Joe will be joined in special music by local songbird, Patty Ann Da’Cunha. Sunday services are at 10:30 a.m. in our new beautiful sanctuary and church home located at 500 Crown Point Circle. Unity in the Gold Country has a vibrant youth ministry for children of all ages. The Sunday school classes are currently studying “The Living Values Curriculum” by Diane Tillman.

Ongoing weekday classes include: The Women’s Sacred Circle-Tuesdays at 10 a.m., the 4T Prosperity Program-Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and A Course in Miracles-Thursdays at 7 p.m. An upcoming Unity Basics class will be held through March and April.

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

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 they 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 Drive (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 visit our Web site at or call 268-3899.

Twin Cities Church

Our series “Shift-life” continues this Sunday with the message of “Shift-champion.” This series focuses on changing the way we think. Next Sunday the message will be “Shift-refreshed.”

Our grade school children’s core virtue for the month of February is kindness – showing others they are valuable by how you treat them. This week they will study 2 Samuel 9.

Mark your calendars for the next New Community Service, which will be on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. We will be celebrating baptisms 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.

For more information, call the church office at 273-6425 or visit the Web site at

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 Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá, Ph.D. at 265-9097,, or email:

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

On Sunday, Pastor James Ward continues his new sermon series based on chapters of the book “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. On Feb. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. a “World Missions Faire” will be held. This year’s “Living Last Supper” is scheduled for Palm Sunday weekend, March 18-20. A matinee will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. with evening performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.

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. 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.

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


Putting purpose and destiny into lives through Jesus Christ is the theme of Truth Worship Center. The church is located at 1784 Ridge Road, across from the Nevada Union High School.

Prayer and Fasting is highlighted during the month of February. During the Sunday Morning praise and worship service at 10 a.m. the message will be titled, “God made us for a specific purpose.” The Scripture text will be from Psalm 127:3 “Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Sunday School class are provided during this service.

Sunday evening celebration and praise service will begin at 6 p.m. 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

“SPIRIT” is this week’s subject for the lesson sermon to be read at the 10 a.m. service. The Golden Text from Psalm 23 says: “… he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” In the textbook “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” Mary Baker Eddy writes, “In Christian Science, Spirit, as a proper noun is the name of the Supreme Being. He fills all space, and it is impossible to conceive of such omnipresence and individuality except as infinite Spirit or Mind.”

Wednesday evening meetings at 7:30 p.m. are a midweek pause for prayer and for listening to timely readings chosen from the Bible and Science and Health, followed by testimonies of healing.

Our Reading Room at 147 Mill St. provides resources for personal growth, health and spiritual discovery. Publications for all ages are available for borrowing or purchase. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 273-0790 or 273-9452.


Word-A-Live! Family Church is non-denominational and networks with Christian International Network of Churches in 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.

Women’s Ministry Countywide Bible Study, “The Spiritual Man Discernment” another of Joyce Meyer’s great teachings.

Youth meet Friday night, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. Saturday night, 6 p.m is Corporate Prayer. Every Sunday 9:30 a.m. preservice prayer.

Visiting with us this week is teaching Prophetess Jean Krisle Blasi and husband Thomas Vincent Blasi of KRISLE MINISTRIES. Jean is our Guest Speaker at both our 10 a.m. and 6 All are invited to come, meet Jean and listen to the message she brings forth from the Lord.

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.


Presbyterian Church

Under a continuous cover of prayer by the Sierra Presbyterian Prayer Team, “40 Days of Purpose” began at 9 a.m. Jan. 29, attended by nearly 300 people, anxiously waiting to learn what the “40 Days” and “The Purpose Drive Life” is all about.

Following a brunch there was a video by the author of the book “The Purpose Driven Life” and creator of the “40 Days” program; Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forrest. Pastor Scott Dickson then spoke, outlining where our journey heads from here. All participants were given a copy of Rick Warren’s book, along with small group study guides and a list of daily readings that help put the book content and the Bible in perspective.

Many people readily offered to host small study groups in their homes.

As a church we’ll all be united in a journey of discovery, as we examine God’s purpose through 40 daily readings, and our weekly Small Group gatherings, which include a short video by Rick Warren followed by a group discussion; this is in addition to Pastor Scott’s 40 Days Sunday sermon series. Our Sunday Adult Classes, Children’s Sunday Schools and Youth Seminars are also doing deeper studies on “The Purpose Drive Life.”

For more information call the church office at 265-3291.

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 Drive (near Lake of the Pines).

This Saturday the United Methodist Men will hold their monthly breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. At 7 p.m. everyone is invited to “Game Night” for an evening of hilarious fun, sumptuous dessert and a chance to win the grand prize of the evening playing, “Say What??”

This is the Fifth Sunday of Epiphany, Communion Sunday, and also Human Relations Day. Pastor Don’s sermon title is “Our Irrational Life.” The Transfiguration story can lead us to a deeper encounter with Scripture than just rational thinking can provide. 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.

For more information call the church office at 268-6907, and visit our Web site at

First Baptist Church, Nevada City

First Baptist Church of Nevada City welcomes you on Sundays for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship services at 10:55 a.m. On Sunday Pastor William Romell will bring the first of two sermons on “How To Win And Keep Friends.” We will also share in the Lord’s Table.

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

If you want to learn more about Christianity and have the chance to ask questions, please join us for the Alpha Exploration Dinner, on Monday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to attend call the church office at 265-4711.

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

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

Grass Valley

United Methodist Church

“Come, Wait, Listen” is the message from Pastor Barbara Smith Sunday at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church. Family oriented worship and Sunday School for all ages is held at 8:45 a.m., and a more traditional service at 10:30 a.m. Child care is provided at both services. A special offering will be taken for our local Emergency Assistance Coalition.

Three new fellowship opportunities are being offered for everyone – Yarn Works, a fellowship focusing on knitting and crocheting items for the community will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays; Youth for Humanity, a new “youth in service” group will hold it’s kick off pizza party on Friday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. Youth for Humanity will be discussing a community service project for the upcoming “National Youth Service Day” in April. All youths fifth grade and up are invited. Leave a message for Kayla at the church office at 272-1946 for more information. Plus a new Bible Study of the Gospel of John is being lead by Bob and Darcy Briel.

Other exciting events at the church include Children Chimes practice at 10 a.m. after Sunday school, a Sweetheart Breakfast on Feb. 12, and the Wesley Ringers will be performing on Feb. 13 during both services.

For more information call 272-1946 or visit Grass Valley United Methodist Church is located at 236 S. Church St.

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 of 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. Feb. 7: Karma – Cause and Effect/Mary Helen Fein. Feb. 14: Heart in Practice/John Travis.

There are several upcoming retreats with John Travis. May 5-22: seven nights at Nevada City. He will teach mindfulness in daily life both on the mat and off the mat, a wonderful blend of East and West.

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

Peace Lutheran

The Transfiguration of the Lord will be the theme for services at Peace Lutheran Church on Sunday. Pastor Dean Eatman will preach at 8 and 10:45 a.m. At the later service, the Senior Choir will sing “Go Up to the Mountain of God.”

Sunday School for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m.; there are currently two adult Bible studies, one on the gospel of John and one on Romans.

Ash Wednesday will be observed on Feb. 9, with a 7 p.m. service of Holy Communion. Imposition of ashes will be available. A Lenten sermon series on “Marks of the Church” will begin, with Pastor Richard Johnson preaching on “The Word.”

Peace Lutheran is located at 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information visit us on the Web at or call 273-9631.

Sierra Center for Positive Living

This Sunday at the Sierra Center for Positive Living, the Rev. Sandra Fairbanks continues the Season for Nonviolence series. This week’s quality of Peace is Forgiveness and Rev. Sandra’s talk is “Peace With Those That Should Have Loved You.” 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.

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

A special event this Sunday, “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.” Showtime is 2 p.m.

Advance tickets are $10 and are available at Odyssey Books, The Book Seller, BriarPatch, Nevada City Postal Co., and at the Sierra Center for Positive Living. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $12.

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

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