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Unity in the Gold Country is celebrating its fifth anniversary and new location at 500 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley. An open house will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, with a special ceremony at 3 p.m.

On Sunday, Rev. Joe’s lesson, “Sightless” will speak to God’s presence in every situation. He will be joined by guest musician and Auburn songbird Patty Ann Da Cunha. The children are currently studying The Living Values Curriculum in Sunday School. The teenage class is studying “The I of the Storm for Teens.”

Ongoing weekday classes include: The Women’s Sacred Circle on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., the 4T Prosperity Program on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and A Course in Miracles on Thursdays at 7 p.m. A Unity Basics class began Wednesday, March 2, at 7 p.m., and will continue for eight weeks.



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

Christian Science Church,




Grass Valley

“MAN” is this week’s subject for the Bible lesson sermon to be read at the 10 a.m. service. The Golden Text is from John 5: “Behold, thou art made whole:” Mary Baker Eddy, discover and founder of Christian Science, explains in her textbook, “Man is not matter; he is not made up of brain, blood, bones, and other material elements.

The Scriptures inform us that man is made in the image and likeness of God. Man is idea, the image of Love; he is not physique.”

Anyone interested in spiritual healing, is invited to attend Wednesday evening meetings at 7:30 p.m. at both services. The church is located in the Whispering Pines area at 375 Crown Point Circle. For more information, call 273-9452.

The Reading Room and bookstore at 147 Mill St. is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Sunday. For more information, call 273-0790.

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 the Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá, Ph.D., at 265-9097, http://www.EarthSpiritCenter.com, or e-mail earthspirit@nccn.net.

Sierra

Presbyterian

“40 Days of Purpose” is almost over. People who’ve not previously experienced a Bible study in a small group are wanting to continue, and believe it or not, our small groups are still getting requests from people who want to join in and catch up … and only two more Sundays to go until our Celebration Sunday marking the culmination of our “Purpose Driven Life” study.

Sunday, March 13, will be our “Celebration Sunday.” Many surprises are planned for this day, including two special extended services instead of the usual three (9 and 11 a.m.) The two services will be the same venue of combined Traditional, Contemporary, and Way Contemporary music styles, including soloists and the handbell choir, and, as usual, a great sermon by Pastor Scott.

Each service will be followed by a brunch in our Fellowship Hall.

First Baptist Church,

Nevada City

On Sunday, Pastor William Romell will be continuing his series: “The People Jesus Loved.” This week it will be Part 2 of “Did Jesus Go There?” based on Isaiah 53:2-3 at First Baptist Church of Nevada City.

Join us on Sundays for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship services at 10:55 a.m.

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 at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to attend, call 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 $12,000 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. Call 265-4711 for more information.

Twin Cities Church

Our new series, “In The Zone,” begins this week with the messag,e “Wisdom that Astounds.” This is also our Spring Friend Day. Invite you friends to join us “In The Zone.” The message next will be “Resolve that Overcomes.”

We will be having four identical Easter services that will be held on Friday, March 25, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 27, at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. The message for the Easter services will be “Victory That Empowers.”

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.

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

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 is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. Pastor Don’s sermon topic is “One Great Hour of Sharing.” Christianity is more a collection of churches and beliefs than it is a completely unified religion – or is it? “One Great Hour of Sharing” provides an opportunity to reflect on the goals of the Christian life. 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 10 a.m. in Classroom 3.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m. there will be a potluck meal (soup, bread and dessert) and the continuation of our Lenten Study series. The book, “The Rising, Living the Mysteries of Lent, Easter and Pentecost,” by Wendy M. Wright, will be used for this class.

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

New Covenant

Baptist Church

New Covenant Baptist Church has recently called Randy Fields as its new pastor. Randy is no stranger to Nevada County, as he and his family lived here from 1988-1996.

Since leaving Grass Valley, Pastor Randy has taught numerous conferences on church growth around the nation. He actively writes for Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, with a number of publications, including two books, “Servant Evangelism” and “Vital Character: Courage.”

In addition, Randy has spent time teaching at California Baptist University over the past year and a half. Randy and his wife, Robin, have led four teams to London to work in the Turkish communities over the last five years. Randy has a heart for missions, discipleship and advancing the kingdom of God.

Since Pastor Randy has come aboard, we have begun to see great things happening at New Covenant Baptist Church. Due to rapid growth, we may start having two services.

The church is located at 453 S. Auburn St. in Grass Valley.

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Registration is now being taken for the following classes and upcoming retreats. Call Barbara at 272-6425 for registration and details:

April 12-May 10 (six Tuesdays): Beginning classes on “The Art of Meditation,” with Margo Cooper and Debra Quayle Travis. Meets 7 to 8:30 p.m, Stillpoint Studios, Grass Valley.

May 22-29: Seven-night residential retreat with founding teacher, John Travis, in Nevada City. Local meditation retreats are small and intimate with Vipassana instruction, sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, group and individual meetings with the teacher, and vegetarian fare.

Monday sitting group: March 7: The Seven Factors of Enlightenment (Part I) Mary Helen Fein.

Thursday study group: Feb. 24-March 24: Five mini-retreats, sitting and walking meditation with instruction, noble silence.

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. This Sunday, March 6, Apostle/Prophet Gale Sheehan will be our guest speaker.

Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m., Kidz Club and Equippers Inner Healing Class #10, “Opening Doors and Cleaning House.”

The movie “The Passion of Christ” is showing on Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m. Not recommended for children under 12 years old.

You are invited to our Easter Drama, “If I Were There,” on Easter Sunday, March 27, at 10 a.m. Saturday, at 6 p.m, is Corporate Prayer. Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. is the preservice prayer.

We have tots, children and youth ministries.

For more information, call 432-9155. The church is located at 10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley, across from PVFD.

First Baptist Church of Grass Valley

First Baptist Church of Grass Valley, located across the street from Nevada Union High School, is continuing “Forty Days of Purpose” this Sunday. Pastor James Ward will be preaching a message concerning the church’s role in sharing God’s plan for healing brokenness. Services, which begin at 10:30 a.m., feature the 20-piece Instrumental Ensemble, the 50-voice worship choir, the Moeller pipe organ, and a convergence of musical styles that promote unity in the Body of Christ.

Our Living Last Supper, a moving depiction of Jesus’ passion, will be presented Friday, March 18, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 19 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 20, at 7 p.m. A full orchestra will accompany the Worship Choir, and the drama team will depict da Vinci’s Last Supper, Michelangelo’s Pieta, and two other masterworks as the events of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are presented.

There is no charge for this event, but an offering will be accepted.

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.

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 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.

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 “Truth.” Guest presenters, Errol and Rochelle Alicia Strider, will talk about “Developing a Sense of Being Human.” The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Banner Grange, will be “Been There…UN-done That,” a workshop facilitated by Errol and Rochelle Alicia Strider that draws from the lessons in “A Course in Miracles,” “The Power of Now,” and “Conversations with God.” Cost is $20 in advance at church office. At door $30.

Wednesday, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., there is a International Women’s Day Celebration, a Season for NonViolence event at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Center, 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. Music and speakers. Suggested donation $5 at door.

Call 274-1018 or check the Web site at http://www.sierracenter.org

Christian Life Center hosts a special service for the Latino-Hispanic community of Nevada County Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Sam Rodriguez regarded as the “Voice of Hispanic Revival in America,” will be the guest speaker.

A fellowship lunch will be served following the service.

Christian Life Center is located on Christian Life Way off Highway 49.

Foothill Church

Pastor Marv Talamantez will be wrapping up his “Can You Hear Me Now?” series on Sunday with a message about “Balancing Everything.”

Bowling & Pizza is the name of the game for the Youth Group Sunday afternoon. The group will meet at the church at 3 p.m. and return by 6:30 p.m.

Our Annual All Church Spring Cleaning Day is Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for all the helpers.

Wayne Smith will be the guest speaker at our Wednesday Evening Bible Study, speaking on “Trading Your Sweetness for Bitterness.”

Foothill Church is a Foursquare Church and 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., including nursery and children’s church, and Wednesday evening Bible study, Royal Rangers and Missionettes meet at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 272-8511

Peace Lutheran Church

Sunday’s gospel text will be the story of the man born blind in John 9 as Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley observes the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Holy Communion is celebrated at 8 and 10:45 a.m.

Pastor Richard Johnson will preach, and the choir will sing a setting of “Balm in Gilead” at the late service. Child care is provided during both services, and visitors are always welcome.

Sunday School for all ages is at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Johnson is currently teaching a class on the Gospel of John; Pastor Eatman’s class will begin looking at Dan Erlander’s book, “Lutheranism: A Way of Life.”

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


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