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Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

The next Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service features “A View of Hinduism,” a fascinating look at its philosophy, mythology and how it affects the lives of its people, with Corinne Boyle. Corinne has an MA and Ph.D. in religious studies from UC Santa Barbara. She has taught Hindi language courses and traveled to India for language training and field work. She presently teaches at Sierra College. One of her special interests is Hindu women as daughters, brides, goddesses and wives.

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

Twin Cities Church

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

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 Mark 10:13-16.

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, 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 our Web site at

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us this Sunday at Unity in the Gold Country when the Rev. Joe Sloan shares his message, “The Tree of Life.” Rev. Joe will be joined in special music by Unity favorite Saun Stone. 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 begin March 2 and go through April.

We will be holding our Grand Opening Open House on Saturday March 5, from 2 to 5 p.m., with a special dedication at 3 p.m.

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

Solid Rock Foursquare Church

Sunday services are: Adult Bible study at 10 a.m.; 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 location. Women of the Rock meet on the first and third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. InnerState Youth Ministries meets every Friday at 6 p.m. Activities include skate boarding, paint ball and many electronic games, with Pastor Greg Vesely sharing 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. No appointment is necessary, and your don’t have to belong to any particular church. Everyone is welcome. The Rooms open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Church is located at 11665 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley.

For more information, call 432-1964

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

On Sunday, Pastor James Ward continues his 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

Healing Rooms

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

Imagine a world that works for everyone … where kindness, compassion and open-hearted sharing of resources prevail rather than poverty, hunger, homelessness, prejudice and war. NCUMC invites you to join us in celebrating the season of Lent as we participate in “A Season for Nonviolence.” The “Season” is a nationwide, grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform and empower our lives and our communities. To join us in this process, or if you have questions about it, contact our church office. Pastor Jerry Smith’s sermon on Sunday will focus on this week’s campaign topic of forgiveness.

On Wednesday evenings through April 20, Pastor Jerry will continue teaching the history and meaning of the Gospel of Matthew. All interested adults are welcome to attend, from 7 to 8:15 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. Child care is available both services, and Sunday school and youth Bible Study are 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

The Reading Room

“Soul” is the topic for the Bible lesson this week, which will be read at the 10 a.m. service. The Golden Text is from Leviticus 26: “… I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people.”

Mary Baker Eddy explains in her textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures”: “Soul, or Spirit is God, unchangeable and eternal; and man coexists with and reflects Soul, God, for man is God’s image and likeness.” In Sunday School, held at the same time as the church, students can discuss the ideas in the lesson and see how they relate to their everyday lives. A child care room is provided for small children and infants. Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., testimonies of healing through prayer alone are given after short, inspiring selections from the First Reader. It is an informal meeting and all are welcome to both services.

The Reading Room is located at 147 Mill St. in Grass Valley and is a place in the community where you can learn about spiritual healing and purchase or borrow literature on this subject. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 273-0790 or 273-9452.

Sierra Center for Positive Living

This Sunday at the Sierra Center for Positive Living, we continue the Season for Nonviolence with “Compassionate Creative Thought.” 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.

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

Special event Sunday: Workshop: “The Passion and Power of Creative Thought,” presented by Jill Badonsky, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Banner Grange. If you want to align with your purpose, meet the peak experience of living deeply and knowing no regrets while laughing and enjoying this inspirational seminar leader, this workshop is for you. $20 love offering.

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

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 Lent and is also Boy Scout Sunday. Pastor Don’s sermon topic is “Darwin and the Proclaimed Faith.” The Bible is the story of the human encounter with God. 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 meet at 6 p.m. in Classroom 3.

At 10 a.m. to noon Saturday tickets, will go on sale at Sierra Pines UMC for the Sierra Pines Community Players Mystery Dinner presentation of “The Mild, Mild, West.” This is a hilarious mystery theater featuring many local players and a special appearance by the talented Forty-Niner Rockers singers and dancers. The Friday and Saturday dinner shows are at 6 p.m. on March 4 and 5. The Sunday, March 6, dessert matinee will be at 2 p.m. Evening performances feature a great meal, a fantastic show, and will test your detective skills. The Sunday matinee will provide you with the same great show and a delicious dessert. Tickets are $14 for the evening performance and $10 for the matinee. Seating for these performances have been sold out in prior years, so get your reserved seating early. After Saturday, tickets will be available before and after Sunday church services or call Jeannie at 268-3010 for tickets and information.

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

Word-A-Live Family Church

Word-A-Live! Family Church is nondenominational and networks with the 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., “Kidz Club Ministry” and Equippers Class continue with their deliverance teachings, part No. 8, “5 Spirits of the Church that Attack the Church.”

Women’s Ministry Countywide Bible Study “Giving Your ALL to Jesus,” a Joyce Meyer’s teaching, is Thursday, Feb. 17, 9:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., and is repeated Monday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m.- 8:15 p.m. All ladies welcome.

Every Sunday 9:30 a.m. 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.

Truth Worship Center

A missionary to Russia will be ministering this Sunday at Truth Worship Center, which is located at 1784 Ridge Road, across from the Nevada Union High School.

During the Sunday service at 10 a.m., we will be hosting a missionary to Russia. We extend a warm welcome to those who would like to hear about the missionary work in Russia and also to those who speak Russian.

Sunday evening service will begin at 6.

This Friday will be a youth Valentine party at 7 p.m.; there will be food, entertainment, games and time in the Word of God.

Tuesday Bible Study begins at 7 p.m.

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

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.

The Nevada City group meets Mondays with the following topics and speakers: Monday, “Heart in Practice”/John Travis. Feb. 25: “Everyday Demons”/John Travis.

Noble Friends and Noble Conversation Study Groups offer an evening of meditation, discussion and community for spiritual friends on Thursdays in Nevada City. On Thursday, concluding the study on the Five Precepts, John Travis will lead a Taking Refuge Ceremony with chanting of refuges and precepts and a Dharma talk on “Refuges, Precepts and Dana as the Heart of Buddhist Practice.” Everyone is invited to share in this ceremony and to renew or become acquainted with these beautiful teachings.

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

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Following the Season of Non Violence and the beginning of Lenten, the message this week from Pastor Barbara Smith is “Created to Live with God” 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 is held at 10:30 a.m. The Wesley Bell Ringers will be the featured music at both services. Child care is provided at both services. A special offering will be taken for our local Emergency Assistance Coalition.

Two Adult Education Classes will be offered at 9 a.m. on Sunday: “Whosoever will Come: Overcoming Pride” and “Child Trafficking Issues.” 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 its kickoff 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.

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

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 and between-lifetimes sessions, The Gold Within You Twelve-Week Trainings, Vision Quests, and Mystery School. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Nanci Shandera, Ph.D., at 265-9097 or at, or e-mail:

First Baptist Church, Nevada City

First Baptist Church of Nevada City welcomes you to join us on Sundays for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship services at 10:55 a.m. On Sunday, Pastor William Romell will be bringing the second of two sermons on “How To Win And Keep Friends.”

On Wednesdays 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. For reservations, call the church office at 265-4711.

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.”

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

Peace Lutheran Church

Peace Lutheran Church has begun its journey through Lent. The First Sunday of Lent will focus on the temptation of Jesus, with services of Holy Communion at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor Richard Johnson will preach. At the later service, the Senior Choir will sing “From the Apple in the Garden.” Child care is provided during both services.

Midweek Lenten services use “Holden Evening Prayer,” and they are offered each Thursday at 7 p.m. The theme for these services is “The Marks of the Church.”

For more information, call 273-9631, or visit us on the Web at

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