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Grass Valley United Methodist Church

At the Grass Valley United Methodist Church, the Sunday message will be from Pastor Barb Smith on “Heritage of Joy” at both the 8:45 and 10:30 a.m. services. It is also Communion Sunday, and the special offering will be for the Domestic Violence Coalition.

Sunday at noon is Grass Valley United Methodist Church’s “Discovery Afternoon,” open to all who want to discover what our church and members are all about in a relaxed and casual atmosphere.



The United Methodist Women’s annual spring luncheon will be Thursday, May 5. Call Peggy Servaes for tickets at 272-7447. Tickets are $10.

For more information, call the church at 272-1946 or visit the Web site at http://www.nccn.net/~gvumc. The church is located at 236 S. Church St. in Grass Valley.




Sierra Presbyterian Church

Things have calmed down “a bit” here at Sierra Presbyterian Church. The 40 Days of Purpose concluded with a time of celebration by the congregation, including music, food and fellowship. Holy Week observances were emotionally charged as the messages by Pastor Scott were so well articulated. Many of us felt as though we were actually experiencing the events of Christ’s last days on earth.

Things are gradually winding down to “normal” as we get back to everyday life, and there are quite a few fellowship activities coming up: A kayak adventure by our CrossRoads group on April 8 and a Luncheon Fashion Show for the ladies on April 11, featuring styles by local boutiques. And there will be a special dinner and program put together by our Christian School Children on April 22.

Downieville United Methodist Church

Downieville United Methodist will celebrate communion on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching on “A Leap From Doubt to Faith.” The community is invited.

North San Juan United Methodist

North San Juan United Methodist will celebrate communion on Sunday at 8:30 a.m., Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching “A leap from doubt to faith.” The community is invited.

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. April 4: Peace and Nonviolence/Readings, Sharing and Mindful Tea in honor of King and Gandhi Season for Nonviolence. All levels of experience are welcome. Please 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, beginning today through June 16 (12 weeks), and also honoring the King and Gandhi Season for Nonviolence.

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 http://www.mtstream.org.

Solid Rock Foursquare Church

Building a stronger family is one of the things we emphasize at Solid Rock Foursquare Church. Sunday Services begin with Adult Bible Study at 10 a.m.

Worship Services are with Pastor Jim Edwards sharing the word of God at 11 a.m.; nursery and children’s church are offered during service.

The healing rooms at Solid Rock are open to anyone who desires private, personal prayer for physical, emotional or spiritual healing. No appointment is necessary, and everyone is welcome. Healing rooms meet the first three Tuesday of each month and are open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Solid Rock Foursquare church is located at 11665 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley.

Foothill Church

Service times are Sundays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Pastor Marvin Talamantez has a down-to-earth style of communicating. He uses humor and inspirational illustrations to communicate Biblical truths and principles. Foothill Church offers Men and Women Bible Studies, Y-Lead Youth Group; Royal Rangers and Missionettes, Personal Devotional Study Groups, Vacation Bible School, Retreats for Men, Women, Children and Youth age groups.

The men will be meeting Saturday at 8 a.m. for their monthly breakfast meeting. It is a great way to meet one another and build relationships.

Foothill Church is located at 14600 State Highway 49, just three miles south of Grass Valley, next to the fire station. The Royal Rangers and Missionettes meet Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; Believers Bible Study and Y-Lead also meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, call 272-8511.

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.

Pray Nevada County is being held at Word-A-Live! Family Church throughout the month of April on Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m.

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

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

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Auburn Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold the semiannual General Conference Saturday and Sunday at the Stake Center at 1255 Bell Road in Auburn. The conference will also be broadcast via satellite from the Auburn Stake Center to the Nevada City Building at 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. People are encouraged to carpool to the live session in Auburn or go to the satellite session in Nevada City. Saturday and Sunday, the times for General Conference are 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visitors are welcome.

The Priesthood session will be held on Saturday at 5 p.m. and will not be broadcast on commercial cable systems, the Internet or satellite systems

Christian Science Church

“Unreality” is the subject of this week’s lesson sermon to be read at the 10 a.m. service. The Golden Text is from Joshua: “… Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.” 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. At our Wednesday evening meetings at 7:30 p.m., grateful participants share their healings and progress through the application of spiritual means. The church is at 375 Crowne Point Circle in Whispering Pines.

The public is invited to visit our Reading Room at 147 Mill St. in Grass Valley from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, 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 the 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 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 http://www.thegoodnewsproject.net.

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. Pastor William Romell will be bringing the message titled “Abraham: A Model To Follow.” The Scripture for that sermon is Genesis 11:6, 8-10.

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

Don’t forget to “spring forward” on Saturday, April 2. Set your clocks ahead an hour so you aren’t late to the service.

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

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: an alternative/enhancement to traditional church services, first Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. Meditation, dream work, discussion of spiritual transformation and healing circle. Call by noon Wednesday for directions.

“Gnostic Alchemy,” a workshop on the seven levels of transformational alchemy, presented by Dr. Shandera, Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for more information.

Also available: spiritual counseling, The Gold Within You workshops, Vision Quests, and Mystery School. Rev. Dr. Nanci Shandera, Ph.D., 265-9097, http://www.EarthSpiritCenter.com, e-mail: earthspirit@nccn.net.

Twin Cities Church

Our series, “In The Zone,” continues this week with the message “Promises that Comfort.” Join us as we learn to know Jesus Christ better Ð the only person who has lived every moment of His life “In The Zone.”

Twin Cities Church meets every Sunday morning at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 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 273-6425 or visit the Web site at http://www.twincitieschurch.com/.

Unity in the

Gold Country

Unity in the Gold Country invites one and all to join us for our Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. at our new home, 500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 100. This Sunday, the Rev. Joe Sloan will give the lesson on ” Nations Apart.” Music will be provided by Patty Ann Da’Cunha.

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

Sierra Center for Positive Living

This Sunday at the Sierra Center for Positive Living, we celebrate the conclusion of the 64-day Season for Nonviolence series. “The Buck Stops Here” is the title of the Rev. Sandra Fairbanks’ talk. The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Banner Grange Hall, 12629 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

Congregational music will be by the Ralph Williams Combo and vocalist Dave Segura.

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

For more information call 274-1018 or check the Web site at http://www.sierracenter.org.

Peace Lutheran Church

The Easter celebration continues at Peace Lutheran Church this Sunday at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services. Pastor Dean Eatman will preach as the congregation reflects on the story of “doubting Thomas.” The youth choir will sing at the 10:45 a.m. service. Sunday school for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m.

Child care is provided throughout the morning worship and education time.

Men’s breakfast and Bible study takes place at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Peace Lutheran is located at 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley, and visitors are welcome.

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

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Church

The Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Church presents the Rev. Andrew Montgomery, with an illustrated introduction to the Archeology of the Hebrew Bible, tonight at 7 at the Unitarian Universalist Chapel at 246 S. Church St. in Grass Valley. He will demonstrate the process of examining a tel (the site of an ancient city). We will meet some of the major scholars who began Biblical archeology and we will make special notice of the excavations at Qumran (source of the Dead Sea Scrolls). For more information, call Dr. John Church at 265-2240.

On Sunday, the topic will be “Loving Your Neighbor,” with speaker Bonnie Bennett.

For more information, call Anita Wald Tuttle at 265-6195.

Nevada County

Christian Fellowship

Taste and see that the Lord is good! Nevada County Christian Fellowship gathers on the Lord’s Day to hear from Him, to encourage one another in the faith, to glorify God through the use of our gifts and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gathering begins at 9:30 a.m.

NCCF is a nondenominational, Bible-believing church, pastored by a small group of elders. We emphasize sound doctrine, unity and cooperation within the local Christian community, and we encourage all believers to minister to the needs of the Body of Christ. NCCF is a family oriented fellowship where children are always welcome and the Biblical roles of women and men are valued. We are evangelical, proclaiming the Good News in the community and supporting missionaries around the world.

Sierra City Community Church (United Methodist)

Sierra City Community Church (United Methodist) will celebrate communion on Sunday at noon. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching on “A leap from doubt to faith.” A lunch potluck will follow the worship. The community is invited.


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