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Religion briefs

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).

Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Pastor Don’s sermon topic is: “The Top Ten Commandments!” Commandment Five helps us to reflect on the care we provide our elders. Sunday School classes are available for children of all ages at the 9 a.m. service. Child care is provided at all services. At 6:30 p.m,. the Building Bridges class meets.

On Friday, the monthly Last Friday Supper is held at 5:30 p.m. at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church.

For more information, call the church office at 268-6907, and visit our Web site at

Twin Cities Church

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

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.

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.

For more information, call the church office at 273-6425 or visit the Web site at

Unity in the Gold Country

Unity in the Gold Country invites you to join us for our Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m, at our new home at 500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 100, off of Whispering Pines from Brunswick Rd. This Sunday, the Rev. Jerry Farrell will give the lesson titled “Hawaiian Spirituality and Unity Principles.” Music for the service will be provided by Nolemana and Shonnah Hu, with the accompaniment of Bob Couper.

Aloha attire is encouraged. Youth of Unity will be conducting their Silent Auction following the service to raise funds for their activities.

Ongoing weekday classes include: The Women’s Sacred Circle on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., the Men’s Group on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; and A Course in Miracles on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

For more information, call the church office at 274-2463 or visit our Web site at

First Baptist Church of Grass Valley

First Baptist Church of Grass Valley is a church committed to faithfully passing on what the Lord has given to us. We are not interested in psychotherapy, current trends or secular hot topics. We are more interested in passing on the torch, the Living flame of faith to generations who desperately need the truth – not a watered down facsimile. This Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Pastor James Ward will be sharing insights into the Passover and the Covenant of God with His people. The marriage supper of the Lamb found in Revelation 19 will be explored. Want the whole truth? See you on Sunday.

North San Juan United Methodist

North San Juan United Methodist will have worship on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Judson O. Gears, pastor, will be preaching, “You are called.”

On Tuesday at 10 a.m. there is a Bible study at the Church. The community is invited.

Downieville United Methodist Church

Downieville United Methodist will have worship on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Judson O. Gears pastor, will be preaching, “You are called.” They will share a church potluck dinner on Sunday at 5 p.m. The baptism of Taylor Jeannette Day will be celebrated Saturday at noon. The community is invited.

Sierra City

Community Church

Sierra City Community Church (United Methodist) will have worship on Sunday at noon. Dr. Judson O. Gears pastor will be preaching, “You are called.” The community is invited.




of the Mountains

Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of life. This is drawn from spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions, which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us in living in harmony with nature’s rhythms. The Rev. Joy Atkinson will lead the Community of the Mountains in celebrating this web on Earth Day.

Services are Sundays at 11 a.m. with child care and religious education at the corner of South Church and Walsh streets in Grass Valley.

For more information call 274-1465.


Family Church

Word-A-Live! Family Church is nondenominational, a network of Christian International which Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase are ordained. Services are 10 a.m. Sundays with powerfully anointed Contemporary Christian Worship.

This Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., we welcome as our guest speakers Passion Ministries’ John and Meleana Harke, a husband and wife ministry team who operate under the Prophetic Mantle. As you sit under the move of the Holy Spirit with their dynamic Spirit-Anointed Teachings, you will be inspired and challenged in your walk with the Lord.

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

Sierra Center for Positive Living

The Rev. Sandra Fairbanks talks about, “Letting Go, Letting God,” this Sunday. 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.

After the service, all are welcome to stay for coffee and conversation and to meet with the Rev. Sandra to learn more about our teaching, when she conducts her monthly Coffee with the Pastor. Affirmative Prayer is provided by our licensed practitioners.

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

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Mountain Stream Meditation Center, a Vipassana community dedicated to open heart and open mind, meets Mondays for meditation and Dharma talk. Monday: Devotion and Pilgrimage/John Travis. Please join us and experience the rich Buddhist teachings of mindfulness, insight and lovingkindness.

Noble Friends and Noble Conversation Study Groups offer an evening of meditation, discussion and community for spiritual friends on Thursdays. The focus for through June 16 is on the Ten Paramitas. Today: Renunciation/Mary Sabin.

Beginning classes on Tuesdays through May 17 (six weeks). 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call for location.

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

Peace Lutheran Church

Peace Lutheran Church celebrates its 40th anniversary this Sunday, the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Established in 1965, the congregation is located at 828 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. The anniversary will be observed at both the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services, with a reception following each service. Child care is provided throughout the Sunday morning activities.

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

Solid Rock Foursquare Church

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.

Women of the Rock meet on the first and third Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Men of the Rock meet on the second and forth Monday of every month at 7 p.m. 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 your don’t have to belong to any particular church. Everyone is welcome. Hours are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Healing Rooms of Nevada County

The 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

First Baptist Church, Nevada City

First Baptist Church of Nevada City welcomes you. 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 third of four messages on grace. It is titled “My Response to God’s Grace” and the text is John 1:14-17.

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

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

Christian Science Church

“Probation After Death” is the subject for this week’s lesson sermon. The Golden Text is from Proverbs: “… the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”

Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, expands on this citation in her textbook “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.” “Man is the idea of Spirit; he reflects the beatific presence, illuming the universe with light.” Church service is at 10 a.m as is Sunday School.

The church is located at 375 Crowne Point Circle in Grass Valley. For more information, call 273-9452.

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, dreamwork, discussion of spiritual transformation, and healing circle. Call by noon Wednesday for directions.

Also available: spiritual counseling, The Gold Within You workshops, Vision Quests, and Mystery School. The Rev. Dr. Nanci Shandera, Ph.D., 265-9097,, email:

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Grass Valley United Methodist Church’s Sunday message, from Pastor Barb Smith, is “Faith’s Foundation,” based on the Bibles verse from Acts 7:55-60. Services are held at 8:45 and 0:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages is at 8:45 a.m., with child care available at both services.

The Pastor’s Spring Read-Along, which began April 19, is a book by Justo Gonzalez called “Jesus Calls.” Open to anyone, the read-along meets each Tuesday at noon at the church.

A slide presentation by members of the 2005 Holy Land journey delegation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the church’s Wesley Hall.

For more information, call 272-1946 or visit the Web site at Grass Valley United Methodist Church is located at 236 S. Church St.


Reformed Church

Covenant Reformed Church invites the community to the viewing of the film “Luther” at 7:30 p.m., Friday. Covenant Reformed Church meets at 407 W. Main St. in Grass Valley.

This film is a recent release, stars Joseph Fiennes, and is about the life of the early protestant reformer Martin Luther, focusing on the young Luther’s family life and his transformation from a devout Augustine monk to a religious reformer who challenged the foundations of the Roman Catholic Church.

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