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Sierra Center for Positive Living

This Sunday at the Sierra Center for Positive Living we continue the Season for Nonviolence series. This week’s Quality of Peace is “Kindness.” Rev. Sandra Fairbanks will talk about, “Be The Difference.” The Season for Nonviolence, 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.

PEACE THROUGH COMMUNICATION SERIES, Tuesday, March 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the United Methodist Church of Grass Valley, 236 S. Church St. Jill Fox will present “Loving What Is,” based on the work of Byron Katie, sponsored by the Season for Nonviolence Alliance.

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

Sierra Presbyterian Church

We’re already halfway through our “40 Days of Purpose,” and still people are coming and asking about joining small-group studies. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can still get involved. We have study groups that will help you catch up and copies of Rick Warren’s book and study guide. We also have adult Sunday seminars at 10 and 11:30 a.m. in our Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, Pastor Scott will continue his “40 Days” sermon series with the message “Shaped For Serving God” at all three services. Music offerings will include special songs by two of our soloists at all services, sacred music renderings by Music Minister Jonathan Steel at the organ at the 8:30 a.m. traditional service and lively worship songs by our Praise Band at the 10 and 11:30 a.m. contemporary services. Following the third service at 12:30 p.m., there will be a “Spud Dinner” put on by the Senior High Youth Group as a fund-raiser for the group’s spring retreat.

For more information, call 265-3291 or visit our Web site at

Solid Rock Foursquare Church

Sunday services are: Adult Bible study at 10 a.m. and worship service with Pastor Jim Edwards sharing God’s word at 11 a.m. Home fellowships meet at various times during the week – please 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 skateboarding, 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 you don’t have to belong to any particular church. Everyone is welcome. The Rooms open at 6:30 p.m. and close at 8:30 p.m.

The Church is located at 11665 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. For more information, call 432-1964.

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us Sunday at Unity in the Gold Country when Hospice Chaplain the Rev. Jerry Farrell will speak about “The Images of God” and affirm God’s omnipresence. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. in our new location at 500 Crown Point Circle.

We promote and are proud to support the eighth annual Season of Nonviolence, observed Jan. 30 through 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 about Sunday services or ongoing classes, contact our church office at 274-2463 or visit our Web site at

Word-A-Live Family Church

Word-A-Live! Family Church is nondenominational, a network of Christian International, of which Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase are ordained.

Services are 10 a.m. Sundays with powerfully anointed Contemporary Christian Worship.

Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m., “Kidz Club” and Equippers: Inner Healing Class #9 “Deliverance through Praise & Worship.”

“DREAM ON” A Frontline Women’s Training Conference with Prophetess Sandi Freed this month. Dreams, Interpretations and Activations. Friday, March 18, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, March19, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday,March 20, 10 a.m. service for ALL. Cost of Friday and Saturday’s Dreams Conference, $45, with book and workbook included. A $7 discount if paid by March 5.

Saturday, 6 p.m, Corporate Prayer; every Sunday, 9:30 a.m., pre-service prayer. We have tots, children and youth ministries.

For more information, call 432-9155. Church location, 10528 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley, across from PVFD.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Local artists will be performing at a Fine Arts Event Friday at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Auburn California Stake Center. It will be something you will not want to miss. Entertainment will be pianist Wendy Phipps and vocalists Rosalie Plummer and Don Sampson.

There will be no charge for the event. The church is located at 1255 Bell Road in Auburn.

First Church of Christ

“Christ Jesus” is the topic for the Bible lesson sermon this week, to be read aloud at the 10 a.m. service. The Golden Text from Revelation says: “Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ.” From “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy, discoverer and founder of Christian Science, the following citation reads, “It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.”

Christian Science churches all over the world hold Sunday services and Wednesday evening meetings in many different languages but supporting the same message. Here in Grass Valley, meetings are held at 7:30 p.m., where testimonies of gratitude for healings and spiritual growth are shared.

Our Reading Room at 147 Mill St. is an outreach to the community where the public is invited to stop by and chat with a librarian or spend some quiet time studying or praying. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except Sunday. For more information, call 273-0790 or 273-9452.

Foothill Church

Continuing with his series titled “Can You Hear Me Now?” Pastor Marv Talamantez will be teaching on what God has to say about “The Workplace” this Sunday. Next week, Pastor Marv will conclude this series with “Balancing Everything.”

The Royal Rangers held its annual Pinewood Derby this last Sunday. A fun time was had by all who attended and participated.

John Erickson is teaching on Practical Christian Living at the Wednesday night Bible Study. This week’s study is titled “Living Courageously.” The Royal Rangers and Missionettes meet Wednesday nights as well and offer a Christ-centered Scouting Program for boys and girls, kindergarten through eighth grade.

Foothill Church is located at 14600 State Highway 49, just three miles south of Grass Valley next to the fire station. Service Times: Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. For more information, call 272-8511.

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

Healing Sounds Qigong: This Saturday, Mountain Stream and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship are co-hosting a day of Dharma practice with sound and movement meditation that includes guided instruction of meditative movement, stillness meditation and healing sounds qigong. Healing sounds is a profound practice that brings harmony and balance to the body, mind and spirit and creates deep internal healing and spiritual peace. Call 265-4274.

The Nevada City sitting group meets Mondays. “East & West Perspectives on Anger and Love”/Debra Travis.

Mini-retreats: Starting tonight, Noble Friends and Noble Conversation Thursday nights will include five evenings of walking, sitting, reflections and noble silence. This is an opportunity to deepen the meditation experience while enjoying the support of Sangha. Instruction will be available. (Feb. 24 to Mar. 24)

We meet from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Wild Mountain Yoga, 574 Searls Avenue in Nevada City. 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 welcomes you 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 continuing his series: “The People Jesus Loved.” This week it will be Part 1 of “Did Jesus Go There?” based on Matthew 5:23-24.

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

Is Christianity boring, irrelevant and untrue? Join us for the Alpha Exploration Dinner on Monday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m. to find out. If you plan to attend, call the church office at 265-4711.

Need a lift? Nevada City First Baptist is planning to put in a chair lift to make our fellowship hall more accessible. We have raised approximately $11,000 of the $20,000 needed to buy and install a chair lift. To be a part of this worthwhile project, call Pastor Bill Romell at 265-4711.

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

Peace Lutheran Church

The story of the woman at the well in John 4 is the gospel text at Peace Lutheran Church on Sunday, the Third Sunday of Lent. Holy Communion is celebrated at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor Richard Johnson will preach, and the choir will sing Bach’s “Jesu, Priceless Treasure” at the early service. A group of new members will be received, and newly elected Church Council members will be installed. Child care is provided during both services.

Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Current adult offerings include classes on the gospel of John and the book of Romans.

Midweek Lenten services continue on Thursdays with a soup supper at 6 p.m., followed by worship, using “Holden Evening Prayer,” at 7 p.m. The theme is “The Marks of the Church.” Tonight Pastor Johnson will preach about Holy Communion. Next week, March 3, Pastor Eatman preaches on Confession and Absolution.

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

Truth Worship Center

“The will of God for your life” is the topic for Sunday Morning at Truth Worship Center, which is located at 1784 Ridge Road, across from Nevada Union High School.

Sunday Morning Worship starts at 10 a.m. The key verse is from Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and save that which is lost!” Sunday School is offered for all children and young people. Sunday evening service will begin at 6 p.m.

Tuesday Bible Class is at 7 p.m.

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

Twin Cities Church

Our series “Shift-life,” wraps up this week with the message “Shift-trust.” This series focused on changing the way we think about life. Our new series, “In the Zone,” begins next week with the first message, “Wisdom that Astounds.”

Our New Community Service will be this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Hall. We will be celebrating baptisms at this special service.

Our Spring Friend Day will be Sunday, March 6, during all three services. Invite your friends to join us “In the Zone.”

Twin Cities Church meets every Sunday 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

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

The next Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service features speaker Brita Messchaert on “What is the nature of Divinity and where can it be found?” Brita is a teacher of anthropology and culture. For the past 14 years, she has led public ritual and celebration in the area, as well as training herbal apprentices to become holistic healers. She will talk with us about sources of divinity and sacredness in everyday life. She will explore ways to connect with the divinity we recognized as children and how to remember the wonder, each day of life, love and nature.

Services are Sundays at 11 a.m. with child care and religious education at the same time, and 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

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