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Religion briefs

Congregation B’nai Harim invites its members and the public to a free film on Sunday at 2 p.m.,at 506 Walsh St. in Grass Valley. The film, “In Search of Peace,” reviews the first 20 years of Israel’s existence (1948-1967). The narrator of the film is Michael Douglas.

This film is especially relevant in light of today’s news, which indicates peace actually has the best chance since the State of Israel was created by the U.N. “In Search of Peace,” released about one year ago, offers new insights into the origins of the Middle East conflict. The film examines the events in Israel and their impact on the Arab refugee camps, the U.N., Moscow, Paris, London, Buenos Aires, Cairo and Washington.

Also, Rabbi Oblath will host the Purim Holiday Thursday at 7 p.m. Consider wearing a costume if you so choose. The B’Nai Harim – Nevada County Jewish Community Center is located at 506 Walsh St. in Grass Valley.

Christian Science Church

“REALITY” is the subject of this week’s lesson sermon to be read at 10 a.m. The Golden Text is from Romans: “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The citations are taken from the King James version of the Bible and the Christian Science textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” by Mary Baker Eddy.

Sunday School is held at the same time as church.

Here in Grass Valley, meetings are held at 7:30 p.m., where testimonies of gratitude for healings and spiritual growth are shared. The church is located at 375 Crown Point Circle in Whispering Pines.

Visit our Reading Room and bookstore at 147 Mill St. in Grass Valley, which is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 273-0790 or 273-9452.

Biblical Gardens

Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens will be having an Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. Sunday. Everyone is welcome. Alta Sierra Biblical Gardens is located at 16343 Auburn Road in Grass Valley. For more information, call 272-1363.

Downieville United Methodist Church

Downieville United Methodist Church will have a Tenebrae Service on Good Friday at noon. On Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching, “On the eighth day.” The community is invited.

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. For directions and reservation call by noon Wednesday. (Love offering.)

Also available are individual sessions, The Gold Within You Twelve-Week Trainings, Vision Quests, and Mystery School. For more information, call the Rev. Dr. Nanci Shanderá, Ph.D. at 265-9097,, or e-mail:

North San Juan United Methodist Church

North San Juan United Methodist Church will celebrate communion on Maundy Thursday at 8 p.m. A Tenebrae Service will be held on Good Friday at 6 p.m. On Easter Sunday at 8:30 a.m., Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching, “On the eighth day.” The community is invited.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Grass Valley United Methodist Church is dedicated to helping individuals transform their lives through their relationship with Jesus Christ. Maundy Thursday communion service will be at 6:30 p.m. Good Friday services can be observed at either Emmanuel Episcopal Church at noon or at Peace Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Grass Valley United Methodist Church Easter Sunday Services are at 7 a.m. for Sunrise Service or 10 a.m. Child care will be provided at the 10 a.m. service only. An Easter Egg hunt will follow the 10 a.m. service.

The church is located at 236 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.

For more information, call the church at 272-1946 or visit the Web site at

Healing Rooms of Nevada County

Healing Rooms of Nevada County are open Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the 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 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

Mountain Stream Meditation Center, a Vipassana community dedicated to open heart and open mind, meets Mondays for meditation and a Dharma talk. Monday Questions and Answers/John Travis. 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.

Noble Friends and Noble Conversation Study Groups offer an evening of meditation, discussion and community for spiritual friends on Thursdays, March 31 through June 16 (12 weeks): The Ten Paramitas, expressions of a compassionate heart for living kindness.

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

Nevada County Christian Fellowship

Come join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for a celebration of God’s loving kindness and hear the good news of His salvation. Jesus Christ is risen! Learn how God, through the sacrifice of His only begotten Son on the cross, redeemed fallen man, and won the victory over death!

NCCF, an independent Bible-believing evangelical church, is ministered to by a small group of elders who emphasize sound doctrine, unity, involvement, the Biblical roles of men and women, family orientation and supporting missionaries around the world.

Services begin every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. with praise and worship, followed by mutual encouragement, exegetical teaching and rich fellowship.

For more information, call 274-7662 or visit

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Many special events are planned for this coming Holy Week, to which all in the community are invited.

Today at 7 p.m. we will commemorate Maundy Thursday.

On Friday at 7 p.m., we will commemorate the sacrifice of love Jesus made by dying for us.

On Easter Sunday morning, there will be four services to choose from, a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m., then services at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. The Sunrise Service will be quietly reflective; 8 a.m. will include a traditional service featuring music performed by the Chancel Choir; 9:30 a.m. will be a blended traditional/contemporary with both the Chancel Choir and Spirit Rising performing; 11 a.m. will be a contemporary style service.

Child care will be available at the three later services. NCUMC is at 433 Broad St. For more information, call the church office at 265-2797, or log onto the Web site at

Peace Lutheran Church

Holy Week services at Peace Lutheran Church continue this evening with a Maundy Thursday liturgy of Holy Communion, followed by the stripping of the altar. Good Friday Peace will participate in the ecumenical service at Emanuel Episcopal Church at noon and host the ecumenical service of Tenebrae at Peace at 7 p.m. Peace’s Easter Vigil begins at 7 p.m. Saturday night and will include the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.

Easter morning services of Holy Communion are at 8 (with Pastor Eatman preaching) and 10:45 (with Pastor Johnson preaching). The choir sings at both services, and child care is provided. Breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m.; no reservations are required.

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

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