Religion Briefs, Sept. 28, 2012 |

Religion Briefs, Sept. 28, 2012

Bethel Church

Are you hungry for an encounter with God? Join us at Bethel Church on Sunday morning for a vibrant worship service. Pastor Brian Johnson will be bringing Part three of message titled “Remember the Blessings.” Service begins at 10 a.m. Nursery care and Kids Church are available at the same time. Bethel Church is located at 13010 State Highway 49, Grass Valley.

For information, call (530) 273-8475.

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

On Sunday during the 10:30 a.m. worship service, Dr. Ralph Wilson will be speaking on the topic, “The Curious Character of a Disciple Maker,” from 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20. Pastor Ralph is an expository preacher and the author of 30 books in the Jesus Walk Bible Study Series. This is his second message in a series on Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica. On Wednesday nights at 6:45 p.m., Pastor Ralph is teaching a five-week course entitled, “Discover Your Gifts,” to help Christians figure out how God has equipped them for service. The study includes a survey with results that may surprise you. This historic church’s 10:30 a.m. service offers a blend of familiar hymns and up-to-date praise choruses. You are welcome! First Baptist is your friendly, spiritual home in the Sierra, at 300 Main St. across from the Nevada County Courthouse.

For more information, call (530) 265-4711 or visit

Hope Bearers

We are a Christian cancer support group that meets at Foothill Church. Those with serious chronic illnesses, including cancer, and their care givers are encouraged to come and share in a safe environment concerning this difficult time. Family, friends and caregivers are all welcome. Meetings are 6 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of every month. Located at 14600 State Highway 49, Grass Valley.

For information, call Edda at (530) 432-2862 or visit

The Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County (PIWG)

We advocate for human rights, equality and justice for all in Palestine and Israel. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Peace Center of Nevada County, 216 B Main Street, Nevada City. PIWG sponsors the Women and Men in Black vigil Thursdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m. on the Broad Street bridge in Nevada City. We vigil to in support of the Women in Black in Israel, who founded the movement in 1988. All who support human rights and justice for all in Palestine and Israel are welcome to join the vigil. Bring a sign or use one of ours.

Peace Lutheran Church

Join us Sunday at either of our traditional worship services at 8 or 11 a.m., or at 9:30 a.m. for our blended service on this 18th Sunday after Pentecost. At our traditional services, Pastor Richard O. Johnson will preside, with Paul Perry at the organ bench. Also at 9:30, Pastor Johnson leads an adult Bible study on the Minor Prophets. Our blended service will be led by Pastor Virginia Ward and Ann Vaaler. Our choir will sing at the 11 a.m. service. We’re located at 828 W. Main Street in Grass Valley.

For more information call (530) 273- 9631 or visit

St. Canice Catholic Church

We are so excited to announce a new Children’s Mass every third Sunday of the month at 9.30 a.m. at St. Canice Roman Catholic Church. The students at our Religious Education Classes were participants in the celebration of the Liturgy of the Mass. They are putting into action all that they are learning at the CCD classes. We welcome all families and newcomers to the area and visitors to our church. Mass schedule: Weekdays at 7.30 a.m.; Saturday Vigil at 5:30 p.m.; Sunday services at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. We are at 317 Washington Street in Nevada City.

For more information, visit or call (530) 265-2049.

Unity in the Gold Country

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. when Rev. Jerry Farrell begins our 7-Week Program with his talk, “Awakening Consciousness.” Music by Kalyani . “The Way of Mastery” group meets each Monday evening at 7 p.m.. Ho’oponopono meditation each Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. Men’s and Women’s groups meet each Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.. ACIM meets each Thursday at 7 p.m. We are located at 180 Cambridge Ct., Grass Valley, opposite Peaceful Valley Farm Supply.

Unity in the Gold Country Spiritual Center is a spiritual community dedicated to expanding consciousness, promising to love and serve all, with enthusiasm, joy and playfulness!

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Wild Mountain Yoga Center, 574 Searls Ave., Nevada City. On October 1, Mountain Stream guiding teacher John Travis will lead a period of silent meditation followed by a talk. Mountain Stream can also be found on Facebook.

For more information visit or call (530) 272-6425.

Holy Wisdom Church

We are a part of the orthodox Christian faith as recorded in Scripture, taught and practiced by the early Fathers of the Church, and preserved within the spiritual life of the Orthodox Christian Churches around the world. Divine Liturgy is Sundays at 9:30 a.m.; Vespers is Wednesdays and Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call (530) 265-4714 or visit

New Covenant Baptist Church

Haven’t been to church in a while? Come and join us this Sunday as we continue through ‘The Story’, a 31 week adventure through the Bible. New Covenant is a great place to be a part of each week at 10:45 on Sunday mornings. Warm fellowship, great music, Biblical preaching, and loving people all make up New Covenant. We are located at 12582 Squirrel Creek Rd. in Grass Valley. See you on Sunday!

For more information check out our website at

Twin Cities Church

Join us Sunday for “The Life App Series.” The message this week is “The Speech App.” Twin Cities Church meets Sundays at 8, 9:35, and 11:15 a.m. at 11726 Rough and Ready Highway. Children (birth through fifth grade) meet during every Sunday morning service. Senior high students meet at 9:35 a.m. and junior high students meet at 11:15 a.m. in the east Multi-purpose room. You can listen to a past service on KNCO 830AM, from 7 to 7:30 on Sunday mornings.

For more information call (530) 273-6425 or visit

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

Join us Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for “The Power of Forgiveness” with Rev. Lynn Gardner. When we tell the same story of hurt again and again, we re-inflict the initial pain and continue the suffering. What would it mean to see forgiveness as a powerful choice to end suffering? How might a practice of forgiveness allow us to live more fully? The choir will sing. Located at 246 Church St. in Grass Valley.

For more information, calla (530) 274-1675 or visit

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

“Come Meet the Mormons” is a Tri-Ward Open House being held at 7 p.m.. on September 30 at 615 Hollow Way in Nevada City. Anyone interested in learning more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is invited to attend the event hosted by Grass Valley, Nevada City and Penn Valley wards. Guests will have the opportunity to view displays and tour learning stations such as “Temple & Family,” “Christ,” and “Book of Mormon,” as well as learn about the church’s auxiliary programs, which include Primary, Young Men and Young Women, Priesthood, Relief Society, Helping Hands and missionary work. Refreshments will be served in the cultural hall.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Join us for Dedication and Witness Sunday as we welcome back Pastor Charles Smith. He will deliver the message at the combined 10 a.m. worship service. We will also be celebrating Dedication of Sunday School during the Children’s Time. Following the service, we will be having our All Church Picnic at Camp Del Oro. If you miss our service, it will be recorded and can be viewed on NCTV Channel 11 on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m., or on our website at

Foothill Center for Spiritual Living, Auburn

We are a community that values and supports each other in our spiritual awakening. We are committed to practical spirituality for everyday living. All of our activities are grounded in faith, nurtured with love and guided by Spirit. Come celebrate with us on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for a 15-minute Silent Meditation followed by the service at 10:30 a.m. This Sunday, September 30, our guest speaker, the Rev. Robert Collins’ talk title is “Curling Up With God.” We are located at 2945 1st St. in the DeWitt Center, Auburn.

For directions, visit or call (530) 823-6986.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Do you know the hurts, habits and hang-ups that you struggle with, in your life? Pastor Mark will be in a new series titled “Life’s Healing Choices.” This week he will be focusing on the importance of “Getting Help.” Traditional service at 9 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. Sunday School for adults, youth, children and preschoolers is provided. Contemporary service 11 a.m. features upbeat praise music. 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 for more information.

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Women’s monthly Transformational Healing Group, Thursday evenings. For information, email Transformational Mentoring also available for women.

For more information and other events, visit

Word-A-Live (WAL) Church:

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase welcome you to Word-A-Live Church, 10 a.m. Sundays, 10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley. Word-A-Live! Is worth the drive! Word-A-Live Offers: Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. “A-Live in Recovery”, learn to be free from life-controlling behaviors; on Thursdays, Women’s Fall Bible Study at 9:45 a.m., From Glory to Glory (a Joyce Meyer teaching); Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. Culture Revive Youth ages 12-18; Sat. at 5 p.m., corporate prayer; Equippers Classes Wed. 7 to 9 p.m.., “School of the Supernatural”; IHOP is September 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. Special upcoming events: C.I. WEST COAST PROPHETIC GATHERING: October 25 and 26 with Prophet Jane Hamon, and C.I. Ministers.

For more information, call (530) 432-9155 or visit

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and Bob Mackura of Soulworkers Centre. His inspirational talk is titled “Spirit in Action: an Evolutionary Perspective.” Enjoy live music from Marti Ross and Friends at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services.

Our Youth Ministry is held at 11 a.m. We are an interfaith community committed to awakening humanity to its spiritual magnificence and our vision is “Celebrating Our Oneness In Spirit.” We are at 119 Florence Avenue in Grass Valley.

For more information or for a parking map, visit our home page at or call our office at (530) 274-1018.

Grass Valley AM AGLOW

We are a local chapter of Aglow International, meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 9:45 to noon at 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley. Aglow is a wonderful opportunity for unity in the Body of Christ and is not “just for women” anymore! Take Brunswick Road to Whispering Pines Lane, left on Crown Point Circle and then right @ Nevada County Board of Realtors. Babysitting off site is available by making reservations in advance with Jamie Bartsch at 272-6056.

Pray Nevada County

We are seeking God on behalf of our communities. Open to all for Christian prayer, Pray Nevada County meets each Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. to pray for our county governments and services, schools and families, businesses and media, and churches and parachurch ministries. Since August 1997, 15 to 25 people from eight to 12 congregations have met each week to pray for our communities. In the month of September, we will be meeting at Livingwell Medical Clinic, 113 Presley Way Suite 4, Grass Valley.

For more information or directions, call the scheduling secretary at (530) 432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International at (530) 478-1478.

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 Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. There is no fee and no appointment is necessary. Also, Tuesday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m. healing ministry is available by appointment only.

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

Metaphysical discussion group

Come share your thoughts, bring your joy and meet like-minded new friends.

For information, call Lee Ann at (530) 272-2945.

Brother, can you spare an … hour?

A group of local men meets from 6 to 7 a.m. Thursdays at Penny’s Diner for breakfast. Under the banner of “Christian Business Men’s Committee,” we have breakfast, read a portion of scripture, share what God has done in our life and pray. As a welcome break between weekends, these men encourage each other as they wish to encourage you in these trying times.

Penny’s Diner is located at 2072 Nevada City Highway in the B&C Fowler Center in Grass Valley.

Grass Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church

We welcome you to join us Saturday morning as we focus on life stories in Genesis: Victory Through Defeat, Gen. 33:1-32.

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. Everyone is invited to join our weekly fellowship meals following the Saturday service.

Our youth group will meet on Friday, Sept. 7, call the church office for time and location. Join us on Sunday, Sept. 16 for a car wash fundraiser for our Pathfinder and Adventure clubs.

We are located at 12889 Osborne Hill Road in Grass Valley (Just past Union Hill School on Hwy. 174).

For more information, visit or call (530) 477-5017.

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