Religion Briefs: Feb. 5, 2010 |

Religion Briefs: Feb. 5, 2010

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 Feb. 8, Maeve Hassett will give a talk following a silent meditation. Maeve is a Community Dharma Leader from Spirit Rock Center and a frequent dharma teacher in Nevada City.  

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

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Celebrate with us and Rev. Lani Howard. Her talk is titled “What is Agape?” Enjoy live music with Jeff Wright and Friends at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. service. Junior Church Program 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.”

119 Florence Avenue in Grass Valley. For information or a parking map, visit our home page at or call (530) 274-1018.

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.

We will also be doing Psychic Readings & Healings at the Psychic Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 20 and March 21 at the Miners Foundry.

(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.

(530) 265-4714.

Divine Liturgy – 9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Vespers – 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Sunday, Rev. Don Lee’s sermon topic, “Scouting the Deep Water.”

Adult Ministries: “Christianity 101,” 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Invitation to New Testament: 6 p.m. Feb. 10.

Faith and Politics: 10:30 a.m. Fridays.

Super Sunday Pancake Breakfast: 9 a.m. Feb. 7.

Mystery Dinner Theater: Feb. 19, 20. Tickets on sale Saturday.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church, 22559 Hacienda Drive, Grass Valley offers two services: 9 a.m. contemporary; 10:30 a.m. traditional. 9 a.m. Sunday school.

(530) 268-6907;

Shambhala Meditation Group

Jan. 21 we began our new year using the DVD series “Practicing Peace in Times of War” with Pema Chodron and Richard Reoch, President of Shambhala. The series will last approximately 10 weeks.

How individuals respond to challenges in life can mean the difference between perpetuating a violent culture or creating a culture of compassion; it’s never too late to discover a new way of living.

Meetings are 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays at Tree of Life Medical Center, 10024 Newtown Road, Nevada City. 277-4963.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

We will have our monthly Parish Breakfast 9 a.m. Sunday in Buck Hall.

Our Shrove Tuesday Waffle Sale will be held Feb. 16. Meals will be available 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Ash Wednesday is Feb. 17. Celebration of the Eucharist, including the Imposition of Ashes, will be at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

For information, call 273-7876. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is located at 235 S. Church St., Grass Valley.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Communion Sunday at both services. Pastor Charles will be leading us at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship. This is Food Closet Sunday where you can bring in cans of food for folks in need. Craft Fair Corner open during fellowship time. Sunday school during the 10:30 a.m. worship with loving childcare all morning. Fellowship time follows services downstairs in Fellowship Hall.

Watch us on Comcast Channel 11 6:30 p.m. Friday or 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

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. Our activities are grounded in faith, nurtured with love and guided by Spirit. Celebrate with us, 10 a.m. Sundays, 15-minute Heart Centering Meditation followed by the main service, 10:30 a.m. – Sunday, our spiritual leader, Rev. Maggie Buck is speaking. Her talk is, “Open to Love!”

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

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,,

Bethel Church

Come experience Bethel Church, a vibrant growing church. Sunday morning worship service begins at 10 a.m. with guest speaker, Marie Smith. Kid’s Church and nursery care are provided at that time. Wednesday evening is Family Night with Adult Study, Youth Group, Royal Rangers and Girl’s Ministries held at 6:30 p.m.

Bethel Church is located at 13010 State Hwy. 49, Grass Valley. For information, call (530) 273-8475.

St. Stephen the First Martyr

R. Cath. Latin Gregorian Rite

Sunday, Feb. 7, Sexagesima. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Low Mass 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. High Mass 10:30 a.m. Confessions before each Mass. Prepare for Lent. Ash Wednesday is Feb. 17. Easter, April 4. This week’s Bulletin is full of important facts and upcoming dates of special happenings, devotions, parish information. Call or go online.

(916) 455-5114,

5461 44th Street, Sacramento.

New Covenant Church

The first month of the new year is gone. Join us as Pastor Randy Fields speaks about our part of plugging in. Sundays, 12582 Squirrel Creek: LifeGroups, 9 a.m.; Worship, 10:45 a.m. (children’s church, childcare provided.) 

We have been missing you at AWANA. If you have a 2 year old through eighth grader, this is for you. We meet 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Wednesdays.

Visit our Web site for updates or to listen to a prior message.; 274-8516.

Congregation B’nai Harim

Feb. 5, 19, 7:30 p.m., Congregation B’nai Harim, Nevada County Jewish Community Center, 506 Walsh St., Grass Valley, Lay Shabbat services. Oneg follows. The Judaica shop is open.

Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m., preschool; Sunday school. Israel Tour Meeting, 2 p.m., Greenbaum home.

Feb. 10, 17, 24, 3:45 p.m., Hebrew school.

Feb. 12, 6 p.m., Rabbi Myra Soifer Shabbat family service.

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. Samantha Karp will become Bat Mitzvah.

Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; Rabbi Kid’s.

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 a.m. amd 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,

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

How do Unitarian Universalists who identify as agnostics or atheists deal with spirituality? Why do atheists go to church? Atheism is a profoundly misunderstood stance which does not preclude a sense of sacred or transcendence. We will explore the spiritual implications and ramifications of atheism. We will also be welcoming a fantastic group of people into membership at UUCM.

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 six of his “Love Thy Neighbor” series, titled “When Peace is Shattered.” 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 6 p.m. Wednesdays in Upper Fellowship Hall for prayer, Bible studies, children’s activities and youth group follow. Call 273-7301 or visit

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.


Grass Valley’s morning Aglow has changed their meeting date to the second Tuesday of each month. Feb. 9 guest speaker, Reverend Lillie Parker, LionSong Ministries. Praise and worship provided by Reverends George and Lillie Parker.

Aglow is a nondenominational Christian organization. All women invited. Meetings held at the Nevada County Association of Realtors, Grass Valley.

Aglow’s meetings are shown on NCTV, 4 p.m. Thursdays courtesy of Transformations Unlimited. Broadcasts of Transformation Unlimited can be seen on NCTV on Saturdays, 11 a.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.

Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS)

Calling all fishermen to be “Fishers of Men”! Hear how three fishermen, Peter, James, and John had empty nets after a night of fishing. Jesus sends them back out. The catch almost sunk the boats! Three fishermen were touched by Jesus; their lives changed forever.

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

Bible Studies: 9 a.m. Wednesdays. 8:30 a.m. Fridays, Penn Valley.

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


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 or (530) 478-1177, Tuesday through Friday.

Healing Rooms of Nevada County

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

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

Word-A-Live! Church

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase invite you, 10 a.m. Sundays for relevant messages, presence driven worship and praise.  

Kidz Church, Nursery, Tots available as well as healing and special prayer at all services. 

Women’s Bible study, “What Happens When We Have A Heart of Thanksgiving,”  9:45 a.m.  

Youth meet, 7 p.m. Fridays. 

Watch our services on NCTV 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

10526 Spenceville Rd., Penn Valley. (530) 432-9155,

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. 15 to 25 people from eight to 12 congregations meet each week to pray for our communities.

February meetings at New Covenant Baptist Church, Squirrel Creek Road.

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

Twin Cities Church

Join us Sunday as we continue, “Create Space: Making Room for God.” The message is, “Create Space to Extend God’s Love.”

Twin Cities Church meets Sundays at 8, 9:35, and 11:15 a.m., 11726 Rough & Ready Highway. Children meet during Sunday morning services. Senior high students meet, 9:35 a.m., junior high students meet, 11:15 a.m. in the East Multi Purpose Room.

Listen to a past service on KNCO 830AM, 7 a.m. Sundays.

Call 273-6425 or visit

Unity in the Gold Country

10:30 a.m. Sunday Rev. Joe Sloan presents his talk, “Fishing in Deep Water,” with music by Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire, at 180 Cambridge Court.

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

Feb. 28, Aman Motwane will hold a workshop, “How to Prosper in Good Times or Bad.”

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


Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us Sunday as Pastor Scott delivers “Building Each Other Up” Part XXXIV from the Romans Series. Services at 9 a.m. traditional, 10:30 a.m. contemporary. Children’s programs and healing prayer offered at all services. Adult Sunday seminars at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Youth program at 10:30 a.m.

Contact the office today to sign up for free childcare on selected Friday nights.

Visit We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. Phone 256-3291.

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