Religion Briefs: April 9, 2010 |

Religion Briefs: April 9, 2010

Grass Valley United Methodist Church

The earth was not created to be a pious room for us to wait for death. It was created for laughter and dancing.

Come join us in our quest for a joyous Christian life. We meet every Sunday at 236 South Church St.

8:45 a.m., Bible studies and first church service.

10:30 a.m., second church service.

April 11 sermon: Faith Creation, Rev. Tana McDonald.

You are always welcome at many other activities occurring daily.

Call (530) 272-1946 for more information.

Sunday Morning Sweat Your Prayers

For thousands of years our ancestors danced to worship, pray, heal and to journey into the territory of the heart!

Awaken the spirit within and come move to Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms with music from around the world with DJ Divine.

9 and 11 a.m., at the South Yuba Club, 555 Searls Ave., Nevada City. Single dance $10 to $15; both $25. No experience necessary – first dance free.

(530) 477-7757;

Combie Bible Church

Combie Bible Church and CEAR, INC will be having a free electronic waste collection, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17. Collect all your old electronics and bring them to the church, 22924 W. Hacienda Drive by Lake of the Pines.

We will accept monitors, televisions, desktop and notebook PCs, VCRs, stereo equipment, speakers, keyboards, mice, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, toasters, mixers, blenders, and microwave ovens. We cannot accept large appliances, furniture, hazardous waste and tires.

For more information, call 268-0309.

The Rock on the Ridge

Our series is called “What are the angels?” and is based on, Angels are spirits, who serve God, and are sent by God, to help serve them that shall receive salvation, through the word of the truth of the gospel of Yeshua the Messiah.

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Wild Mt. Yoga Center, 574 Searls Ave., Nevada City. On April 12, Guiding Teacher, John Travis will give a talk following a silent meditation. All are welcome.

For more information: (530) 272-6425 or

Gold Country Calvary Chapel

13026 La Barr Meadows Road. Join us in worship and learning God’s word. Pastor Mike Warren teaches New Testament, 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Children’s Sunday school, nursery care, same time. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Old Testament teaching. Child care available. Women’s Bible study, 2 and 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Men’s Bible study, 7 p.m. Mondays.

Christianity is not a religion but a relationship between you and Jesus Christ.

(530) 274-2108, Tuesday through Friday.

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us 10:30 a.m. Sunday when Rev. Joe Sloan interviews Bill Bramley, author of “Jesus Goes to Hollywood,” with music by Billie Bensing and Kellie Garmire, at 180 Cambridge Court.

The Men’s and Women’s Groups meet 10 a.m. Tuesdays, A Course In Miracles 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Joel Goldsmith meditation group begins 11 a.m. Monday, April 12.

Unity is a positive, practical, progressive approach to spirituality based on the teachings of Jesus, while honoring the universal truths in all religions.


EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Rev. Dr. Nanci Shandera.

Prayer-Visioning Circle, 10 a.m. Sunday (e-mail your requests by 9 a.m.).

Spiritual counseling, SoulWork (past lives, between lifetimes agreements); classes: Dreams, art, alchemy, mysticism, shamanism, Women over 50 groups.

(530) 265-9097,,

Christian Science Church

Find the answer to “Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?” at the 10 a.m. service in church and Sunday school.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, healing testimonial meetings.

375 Crown Point Circle. Call 273-9452.

A Reading Room and Bookstore, 147 Mill Street, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 273-0790.

3 p.m. May 8, a sponsored lecture, “Prayer, Health and You! – a Prayer-Based System,” will be given by Ryder Stevens at the Holiday Inn Express. All welcome; free.

The Essence of Now

The Essence of Now, formerly known as the Church of the Essence, meets 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday. Presentations, healings and discussions.

Miners Village, 206 Sacramento St., #207, Re-Connections, Nevada City.

(530) 274-3128,

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church is the Universal Church established by Jesus Christ, Unchanged and Unchanging! We teach the Holy Bible as the True Word of God! The primary emphasis of our service is the worship of God. We believe that through our communion with God and with one another we are nourished and we receive life.


Divine Liturgy – Sundays, 9:30 a.m.

Vespers – Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Church

Everyone is welcome to a free community meal, 5 to 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at St. Patrick’s Church Hall, 235 Chapel St., Grass Valley.

The meal is sponsored by members of St. Patrick’s Church and volunteers from the Nevada County Community.

Call (530) 273-2347.

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, 10 a.m. Sundays for a 15-minute Heart Centering Meditation followed by the 10:30 a.m. service – Sunday, April 11, our spiritual leader, Rev. Maggie Buck’s talk is “From One Comes Many!”

2945 First St., DeWitt Center, Auburn.; (530) 823-6986.

St. Stephen the First Martyr

R. Cath. Gregorian Latin Rite

Staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). Plan now for the May Procession, Saturday, May 1 in Sacramento, ending with Solemn High Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Fr. McNeely’s classes on Genesis continue Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. April 11, Divine Mercy Sunday. Low Mass 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. High Mass 10:30 a.m. Call or see Bulletin online for upcoming events and full parish information.

(916) 455-5114,

5461 44th Street, Sacramento.

New Beginnings Community Christian Fellowship

Are you weary of church dogmas and theological traditions that place church works and legalistic rituals above grace and love? We’d like you to join us on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. at New Beginnings, as we as we experience God’s grace without emphasis on religious works or legalism while learning to walk by grace, experiencing freedom and liberty in God’s Unconditional Kingdom of Love.  

We meet at Union Hill School located at 11638 Colfax Hwy. in Grass Valley. Call (530) 277-9998.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

How might our congregation be a beacon of UU values for the larger world? How do we understand suffering, oppression, injustice in the light of our faith? Congregations that thrive focus not only on serving their members, but understand that serving the larger world is central to their mission.

Service, childcare, Religious Education, 11 a.m.

274-1675,, 246 Church St., Grass Valley.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Pastor Mark will be in part one of his “Standing Tall in Tough Times” series, titled “Hope for the Discouraged.” Contemporary service, 9 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Blended service at 11 a.m. features a mix of praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. 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.

273-7301 or


Grass Valley AM Aglow changed their meeting date to the second Tuesday of each month. April 13 guest speaker, Rev. Don Moore, formerly of Grass Valley. Praise and worship provided by Reverends George and Lillie Parker. 

Aglow is a nondenominational Spirit-filled Christian ministry. All women invited. Meetings, Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley.

Aglow meetings are shown on NCTV 4 p.m. Thursdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, courtesy of Transformations Unlimited. Broadcasts of Transformations Unlimited on NCTV 11 a.m. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays.

Healing Rooms of Nevada County

The Healing Rooms of Nevada County pray for the healing of the body, soul and spirit. Everyone is welcome whether they attend church or not. They meet at Chapel at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital on Thursdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m. There is no fee and no reservation is necessary. 

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


Pray Nevada County

Pray Nevada County – seeking God on behalf of our communities is open to all Christians. Pray Nevada County meets noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays 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 meet each week. 

April meetings at First Baptist Church, 1866 Ridge Road, Grass Valley. 

For information or directions, call the scheduling secretary, 432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International, 478-1478.

Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS)

“Behind Locked Doors” is the sermon title for Sunday. The events of our Lord’s passion and resurrection have shocked the disciples. They fear for their lives, but instead, receive a great blessing. Pastor Chris tells of a boyhood experience locked behind a door. Please join us in continuing the Alleluias of Easter.

Sundays: Worship: 9 a.m.; Education: 10:30 a.m.; Praise: 11:30 a.m.

Bible Studies: Wednesdays in Grass Valley; Fridays in Penn Valley.

KNCO Lutheran Hour, Sundays: 7:30 a.m.


Congregation B’nai Harim

April 9, 7:30 p.m., Congregation B’nai Harim at the Nevada County Jewish Community Center, 506 Walsh Street, Grass Valley, Shabbat services. Judi Kennedi and Sam and Connie Newman, longtime contributors, will be honored. Oneg follows. Judaica shop open.

April 12, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

April 13, 1 to 4 p.m., Sisterhood Game Day. Refreshments served. $10. Call 273-7712 or 272-3455.

April 24, 6 to 10:30 p.m., Blast Off to Groovy’s 2010 Annual fundraiser. Dinner dance and duck race. $15, $ 8 children.

Peace Lutheran Church

Peace Lutheran Church will be celebrating its 45th anniversary Sunday, with services of Holy Communion at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor Johnson will preach, Paul Perry will be at the organ bench.

At the 10:45 a.m. service the choir will be singing an anthem written by Peace member J. Darrell Crawford in honor of the anniversary. “Peace Sunday” will be observed with a reception and program, 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Center.

828 West Main St., Grass Valley., 273-9631.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

“Do you want to have a stronger faith?” Then join us Sunday as Pastor Linda delivers that message from John 20:19-31. Services are at 9 a.m., traditional and 10:30 a.m., contemporary. Children’s programs and healing prayer are offered at all services. Adult Sunday seminars are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and the youth program is at 10:30 a.m.

Free childcare is coming on Friday the 16th – contact the office. 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. 265-3291.

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