Religion Briefs, July 31, 2015 |

Religion Briefs, July 31, 2015

Nevada City United Methodist Church

This first Sunday of August and 10th Sunday after Pentecost, we invite you to worship at the historic Nevada City United Methodist Church! Traditional worship with communion begins at 9 a.m. Non-traditional worship with communion and Children’s Sunday School begins at 10:30 a.m. Childcare is available in our nursery. Coffee and fellowship in Fellowship Hall after both services. Prayer Shawl Ministry knitting/crocheting at noon Thursdays. Recordings of services are on NCTV Comcast Channel 11- Sundays at 7:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Fridays at 6 p.m.; or on our website at We look forward to seeing you here!

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us this Sunday as Pastor Mike delivers the Message from the Philippians Series: “Partnership” Our Services are 9 a.m. Traditional and 10:30 a.m. Contemporary, and Adult Sunday School at both hours. We also have fun and exciting Children’s Sunday School Classes at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday, August 5at 5:30 p.m., we will have a Movie Night and Discussion on the movie “Do You Believe” from the creators of “God’s NOT Dead.” Please check our website for more information and read our monthly newsletter “The SIERRA Story” at, like us on Facebook to get all the news. We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. For more information, call 530-265-3291. SONshine Preschool is now enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year. For details visit

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we begin our series “Stronger: A series on 2 Timothy.” The message this week is “Stronger Character.” We meet Sunday mornings at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Our Children’s Ministry (birth through fifth grade) will have fantastic children’s programming at each of our services. High School students meet Sundays at our 9 a.m. service, and junior high school students meet at our 10:45 a.m. service. TCC Young Adults have summer events posted on their calendar on our website. You can listen to past messages on KNCO 830AM Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. or you can check out our service live at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays at You can find more information and videos of our messages by visiting our website – or our Facebook page –, or call us at 530.273.6425.

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us for our service this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when the Rev. Joe Sloan, shares his talk, “Who Is God?” Music by Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire. Our Children’s Ministry program is held each Sunday also at 10:30 a.m. We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct., Grass Valley, off Whispering Pines Lane, across from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply. “The Way of Mastery” is held each Monday at 7 p.m.. The Men’s and Women’s Groups meet each Tuesday at 10 a.m. “A Course in Miracles” every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The John of God, Brazilian Healers, are at the Center the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m.. Rev. Jerry hosts “A Matt Kahn Study Gorup” the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. Wayne Lewis leads a Barbara Marx Hubbard meditation on the “52 Codes for Conscious Self-Evolution the fourth Wednesday of each month. ”The Braveheart Women Ripple Circle meets the 11th day of every month at 6:30 p.m. Our Women’s Social Circle meets the second Friday of each month at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Holy Wisdom, Nevada City

What if there was more to Christianity then you thought? What if Christ was sent into the world to heal and make you a fellow worker? What if God was different then you have been told? What if Jesus’ death was not to appease His Father’s wrath? What if there was an original, more spiritual way?

Divine Liturgy: Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Vespers: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 530-265-4714.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

The apostles began the first church as they followed the Holy Spirit’s leading to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Join us this week as Pastor Adam Click teaches about the journey of the first church. Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. Contemporary service 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Sunday School for Adults, youth, children, and preschoolers is provided. Join us Wednesdays for dinner at 4:45 to 6 p.m. in the Upper Fellowship Hall. Prayer, Bible Studies, Children’s activities and youth group follow. Call 530-273-7301, or visit

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard this Sunday at our 10 a.m. service. In keeping with our theme for August “Celebrating Spirit Every Day,” her inspiring talk is titled “The Great Adventure of Living.” Uplifting music will be provided by Jeff Wright and Friends. Child care is available and families with children are welcome to join us. We are an interfaith community committed to awakening humanity to its spiritual magnificence. Our vision is “Celebrating Our Oneness In Spirit.” We are at 119 Florence Avenue in Grass Valley. For more information or a parking map, visit or call 530-274-1018.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

August is a busy month at Emmanuel: Sunday, August 23 is Youth Sunday at Emmanuel. The children of Emmanuel are invited to take on many roles in all of the services on this Sunday, including ushering/greeters; reading of the Gospel; Prayers of the People; music; including the delivery of the sermon that day. The 23rd of August, is also our Welcome Back Day for Sunday School Children as we begin the fall term of classes. This event happens on the front lawn of Emmanuel at 10 a.m. It is an opportunity for parents to meet the Sunday school teachers and become familiar with the programs being offered in the class rooms and for the kids to reconnect with classmates and meet new classmates. Parents and children from the community are invited to this event. On Sunday, August 30, we welcome The Rt. Rev. Barry L. Beisner, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. Bishop Beisner will be presiding at all three services, 7:30, 9and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 30. During his visit Bishop Beisner will be administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the candidates “express a mature commitment to Christ, and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop.”

We are located at 235 S. Church Street, Grass Valley.

Christian Science Church / Reading Room and Bookstore

Tuesday: “DEALING WITH THE THREAT OF TERRORISM,” is the topic for the live audio chat with Q&A, on Tuesday, August 4, from11 a.m. to noon. The speaker is Brian Kissock. Join the chat and learn how to overcome terrorism with the protecting power of God. The Reading Room (our bookstore and library for spiritual resources), is located at 147 Mill St., and open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for further information.

Wednesdays: Join our open Wednesday Meetings for sharing about healing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. After hearing verses from the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy on a theme, participants are invited to share personal examples of Christian healing and gratitude for God’s care. The meeting is followed by greeting and fellowship.

Sundays: Stop by any Sunday at 10 a.m. to visit our weekly worship service centered on a sermon directly from the Bible and Science and Health. The sermon this Sunday is, “LOVE.” A Sunday School is held at the same time where students up to the age of 20 learn all about the Bible and how to apply its timeless spiritual lessons in their lives (childcare is provided).

Grace Lutheran Church

Pastor Kent Schaaf and the members of Grace Lutheran Church invite you to join us each Sunday for our Divine Service with Communion, beginning at 9 a.m. Following each service is a fellowship time for refreshments located in the Social Hall. In addition, Sunday School is provided for the children and adult Bible Study begins at 10:30 a.m.

Grace Lutheran Church is located at 1979 Ridge Road, between the racquet club and Nevada Union High School. To learn more, please phone the church office at 530-273-7043, or take a peek at our current web site,

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

We have services at both 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. on Sundays. Religious Education at 11:30 a.m. UUCM is located at 246 Church Street in Grass Valley (the one with the rainbow flag). For more information, call 530-274-1675, or visit

New Covenant Baptist Church

Our church is a great place to be a part of each week at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Warm fellowship, great music, Biblical preaching, and loving people all make up New Covenant. There are Bible studies for all ages beginning at 9:15 a.m. following by our worship celebration at 10:45 a.m. For more information check out our website at We are located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd. in Grass Valley. See you on Sunday!

Jewel Heart Norcal

Our Mahayana Buddhist study group in the tradition of the Dalai Lama, meets every Sunday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley. Join us for “Gateway to the Spiritual Path” with topics ​that include “My Need for Spiritual Development,” “Spirituality and Watching the Mind” and “Analytical and Concentrated Meditation” — all based on the teachings of Gelek Rimpoche. All meetings are by donation. Visit or email

Guest speaker Geshe Thubten Phelgye will be giving a presentation at 6:30 p.m. on August 23 at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St. Grass Valley.

Trinity Church, Nevada City

Eucharistic services are celebrated every Sunday at 8., 9:15 and 10:30 a.m, with full music and Sunday school for children during the latest one. Father Christopher Seal and Father Brad Helmuth alternate acting as celebrant and giving the homily. Find mystical spirituality and warm friendship while worshiping at Trinity Church. All are welcome.

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

Please join us for our contemplative service at 8:45 a.m. or our traditional service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday School is 8:45 a.m. followed by chimes and drama 9:45 a.m. to noon. Child care for all ages 8:30 a.m. to noon. Christian yoga classes Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, all are invited. Call Paula at 530-274-9839 for information. Coming soon – July 20 thru July 23 – Earthcare Day Camp from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Barbara at 530-272-6966 or Linda at 530-272-6934 for information. Church office is 530-272-1946.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church:

We are a reconciling congregation with open hearts, open minds and open doors to all! Our summer schedule will be one church service on Sundays at 10 a.m. Sunday School at 10 a.m. Dogs and Derby Day at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. Derby Entry and Hot Dog Dinner is $15(you build car) races, trophies and more! Hot Dog dinner is $5. Contemplative Prayer Group: on the fourth Tuesday of each month: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. United Methodist Men meet the second Saturdays monthly (summer schedule may vary). We have active Boy and Girl Scouting programs at our church. Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley (near Lake of the Pines) and offers two services. For more information telephone the Church Office at 530-268-6907 and visit

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Save the date: A film about music and memory, Alive Inside, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 8. Free admission, everyone is invited. Saturday worship times: adult/youth/children Bible classes from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., morning worship service: 10:40 a.m. to noon. Services are also held in Spanish in the fellowship hall. Fellowship meal after each worship service, everyone is welcome to enjoy this meal. We are located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (Just past Union Hill School on Hwy. 174). Visit our website at, call 530-477-5017 or email

The Healing Rooms of Nevada County

We pray for healing of body and spirit. Everyone is welcome whether they attend church or not. Come to the Main Lobby of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, 155 Glasson Way, Grass Valley on the first and third Thursdays of each month, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

There is no fee and no appointment is necessary. Also, Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. healing ministry is available by appointment only.

For more information call Sierra Ministries International 530-478-1478 or visit

Word-A-Live (WAL) Church

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase invite you to Word-A-Live! Church, 10 a.m. Sundays at 10528 Spenceville Road in Penn Valley. Word-A-Live! Is worth the drive! Word-A-Live offers a variety of programs, including:

Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: “A-Live! Recovery,” Learning to be free from life-controlling behaviors.

Wednesdays: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Equippers Classes, new teachings, and series continually. Next sabbatical Aug. 12 for the Nevada County Fair.

Thursdays, 9:45 a.m.: Women’s Bible Study Lunch first Thursday of each month (no class the second Thursday of each month).

Fridays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Culture Revive Youth ages 12 to 18.

Saturdays, 5 p.m.: Corporate Prayer.

Aug. 16: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., IHOP.

Sept 18, 19, 20: Birthday weekend with Pastor Tom and Alive 21.

November 4, 5, 6: CI Conference. For more information, visit or call 530-432-9155.

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