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Sierra Center for Positive Living

This Sunday at the Sierra Center for Positive Living, we continue the Season for Nonviolence (SNV) series. This week’s Quality of Peace is “Respect.” The Rev. Sandra Fairbanks will talk about “Let me Count the Ways.” 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.

Please bring non-perishable food for the Youth Food Collection to be donated to the local Interfaith Food Ministry, serving those in need in our county. If you don’t bring food, the kids are happy to receive checks to be passed on.



Extraordinary Men’s League meets third Friday, Feb. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the church house.

March 1, Jill Fox, licensed marriage, family, child therapist and student of “The Work,” with Byron Katie, will present a process of inquiry that is helping people see their problems from an entirely different perspective.




The church office is located next to the Banner Grange, 12569 McCourtney Rd, Grass Valley. For more information call 274-1018 or check the Web site at http://www.sierracenter.org

Peace Lutheran Church

On the second Sunday of Lent, worshippers at Peace Lutheran Church will hear the story of Nicodemus, and will worship using the Marty Haugen setting for Holy Communion, “Now the Feast and Celebration.” Services are at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor Dean Eatman will preach, and the children’s choirs will sing. Child care is provided during both services.

A soup supper will take place Thursday evening at 6 p.m., followed by worship using “Holden Evening Prayer,” at 7 p.m. The theme for the Lenten midweek services is “The Marks of the Church.” Tonight Pastor Eatman reflects on Baptism; Thursday Feb. 24, Pastor Richard Johnson will preach about Holy Communion.

The church office will be closed on Monday for the President’s Day holiday.

For more information, visit us on the Web at http://www.peacelutherangv.org or call 273-9631.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold the semi-annual Stake Conference Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday will be a priesthood session and Sunday will be a general session. Both sessions of conference will be broadcast from the Oakland Interstake Center and will be under the direction of President Thomas S. Monson of the First Presidency, Elder Henry B Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve, and Elder Donald L Hallstrom of the Seventy. Elder Merrill F. Higham, an Area Authority Seventy will also participate in the Conference.

Meetings will be held at the Nevada City building, 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City or the Stake Center 1255 Bell Road in Auburn.

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 6:45 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 Rev. Dr. Nanci Shandera, Ph.D. at 265-9097, http://www.EarthSpiritCenter.com, or email: earthspirit@nccn.net

First Church of Christ, Scientist, Grass Valley

The lesson sermon for this week is “MIND” and will be read at the 10 a.m. service. The Golden Text is from Psalms 77, “Thou art the God that doest wonders:” In the textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” Mary Baker Eddy expounds from the Bible story of Elijah and the widow woman, “Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal freshness, supplying it with beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day brings to a nearer tomb.” In Sunday School, held at the same time, students will discuss how divine mind, God, supplies all our daily needs.

Wednesday evening meetings at 7:30 p.m. offers a time for prayer and thanksgiving for the many blessings and healings through the study of Christian Science. All are welcome to attend our services.

The community is invited to visit our friendly Reading Room at 147 Mill St. Stop by for inquiries or just a pleasant chat. Hours are from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. daily except Sunday. For more information go to our Web site at http://www.christianscienceusa.com and click on State Links for the Grass Valley church, or call 273-0790 or 273-9452.

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 http://www.healingroomsnc.com or call Director Don Moore at 268-3899.

The Good News Project offers prayer for healing Sundays, 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; no appointment is necessary. For more information visit http://www.thegoodnewsproject.net or call 268-3899.

Mountain Stream Meditation

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. Monday: To Be Announced. Feb. 25: “East & West Perspectives on Anger and Love”/Debra Travis.

Coming next week, Thursday, Feb. 24 through March 24 are five evenings of Noble Friends and Noble “Silence” mini-retreats with walking, sitting, and reflections to provide an opportunity to deepen the meditation experience while enjoying the support of Sangha. Instruction will be available.

We meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Wild Mountain Yoga, 574 Searls Ave. in Nevada City.

For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.mtstream.org or call Barbara at 272-6425.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Grass Valley United Methodist Church, an “on-fire” church dedicated to helping individuals transform their lives through their relationship with Jesus Christ. Continuing in the Lenten season, this week’s message from Pastor Barbara Smith is “Tough Questions – About New Life” 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 at 10:30 a.m. Child care is provided at both services.

Plan now to attend either the Men’s Breakfast on March 2, at 7:30 a.m. or the Women’s Continental Breakfast on March 3, at 10:30 a.m. Or join the Chancel Choir practice on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m.

Last Friday Supper, a free meal sponsored by neighborhood churches, will be held on Friday, Feb. 25, in Wesley Hall, at 5:30 p.m.

For more information call the church office at 272-1946, or visit the Website at http://www.nccn.net/~gvumc. Grass Valley United Methodist Church is located at 236 S. Church St.

First Baptist Church – Grass Valley

First Baptist Church, which features a wonderful choir, orchestra, a convergence of musical styles, and a commitment to sharing the Gospel without compromise, meets each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. to offer our worship to God.

This Sunday, Pastor James Ward is continuing his sermon series based on The Forty Days of Purpose. His topic is Discipleship and going deeper in your walk with the Lord. The Worship Choir and Orchestral Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Carl M. Peters II will be leading in worship through music. Our motto: “The Body of Christ, Worshiping as One” reflects the “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” of the Scriptures. Therefore, your entire family is welcome to worship together at First Baptist Church.

Our Passion Play, “The Living Last Supper” is quickly approaching. On March 18 at 7 p.m., March 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. and March 20 at 7 p.m., The Worship Choir, Drama Team and Orchestra will present “The Song of the Shadows” featuring da Vinci’s famous painting, “The Last Supper” brought to life before your eyes. Three other classical paintings will be featured this year. Make plans now. For more information call 273-7301.

Foothill Church

Are you asking God for answers? Are you hearing from God? Pastor Marvin Talamantez is teaching a series called, “Can You Hear Me Now?” covering some of the ways God communicates with us and what God is saying to us about our everyday life. This Sunday Pastor Marvin will be discussing what God has to say about our “Private Life,” followed by “The Work Place” on Feb. 27 and “Balancing Everything” on March 6. Is God asking you … “Can you hear me now?”

The Study Series at our Wednesday Evening Bible Study is Practical Christian Living. It is a wonderful time of study, lively discussions and fellowship.

Foothill Church is located at 14600 State Highway 49, just three miles south of Grass Valley. Service Times: Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. We also offer Royal Ranger and Missionettes Programs for kids. For more information call 272-8511.

Word-A-Live Family Church

Word-A-Live! Family Church in Penn Valley 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 10 a.m. Sunday morning powerfully anointed Contemporary Christian Worship Service.This Sunday Valerie Jackson, Gold Area president, will be our guest speaker.

Thursday, Feb. 24, 9:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. and Monday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Women’s Ministry Countywide Bible Study will be finishing up this Joyce Meyer’s series with “Emotional Healing.” A new Beth Moore series “When Godly People do Ungodly Things” will begin on Thursday, March 3. All ladies are invited to attend.

For more information on classes, events and ministries please call 432-9155.The church is located at 10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, across the street from the Penn Valley Fire Department.

Unity in the Gold Country

This Sunday, Unity in the Gold Country welcomes spring and rebirth with the Rev. Joe’s message, “Born Again, Again.” Our mission is to provide a spiritual foundation by creating an open environment where everyone can experience God’s love in daily life. We enjoy beautiful music every Sunday with guest musicians and weekly jazz piano by Bob Couper. Our Sunday lessons are focused on God’s love with a measure of humor thrown in! We have an active youth ministry program for children of all ages.

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 visit our Web site at http://www.unitygold.us or call the church office at 274-2463.

Twin Cities Church

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

Our grade school children’s core virtue for the month of February is kindness – showing others they are valuable by how you treat them.

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.

For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.twincitieschurch.com/ or call the church office at 273-6425.

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 second Sunday of Lent. Pastor Don’s sermon topic is “A Gift of Love.” How does God reconcile the world through Jesus? The words, “Jesus died for our sins” would seem to say the cross was God’s desire. How can we keep the cross in perspective without claiming a God who sent the one and only son to die? 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. On Saturday the Senior Youth leave for a snow trip.

This Sunday at 2 p.m. will be an Eagle Scout Ceremony in the MPR. Also on Sunday, at 6:30 p.m., the Building Bridges of Understanding class will meet in Room 1. This session will begin a look at Judaism, getting a basic look at the Jewish faith.

For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.sierrapinesumc.com or call the church office at 268-6907.

Truth Worship Center

Youth weekend will he hosted by Truth Worship Center Friday through Sunday. Truth Worship Center is located at 1784 Ridge Road, across from the Nevada Union High School.

Youth Weekend will start with a special ministry Friday night at 7:30 p.m. there will be special music, and ministry to the youth. Saturday will begin with a snow trip to Soda Springs, and in the evening there will be basketball and volleyball. Sunday morning will continue with special ministries to the Youth Sunday morning worship and Sunday School starts at 10 a.m. Sunday evening service will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday Bible Study is at 7 p.m.

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

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

The Daughters of the King, Emmanuel Chapter and Emmanuel Episcopal Church are pleased to announce their sponsorship of the Lenten Quiet Day at the church on Saturday, March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This special day will be conducted by the Reverend Canon John L. Bogart, a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California since 1958 when he became the Rector of Grace Church, St. Helena. His focus will be three hymns of Charles Wesley, “Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies,” “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.”

Registration is $15 by March 2. Late registration at the door will be $20. Please bring a box lunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided. For more information call 273-7876.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 235 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

Unitarian Universalist Church

The next Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service features The State of the Congregation, Rev. Joy Atkinson. Our interim minister will offer a perspective on where this congregation is now – its strengths and challenges – and where it might be headed. The service will be followed by an open informational meeting, to discuss the current state of the congregation and ideas for our future.

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, visit http://www.uugrassvalley.org or call 274-1675.

First Baptist Church, Nevada City

First Baptist Church of Nevada City welcomes you. Please 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 a message titled: “Abraham: A Model To Follow” based on Hebrews 11:5, 8-10.

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 to let us know.

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 at 300 Main St. in Nevada City.

For more information call 265-4711.


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