Religion Briefs: March 26, 2010 |

Religion Briefs: March 26, 2010

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us at 10:30 a.m. Sunday when Rev. Jerry Farrell gives his talk, “From Hero to Scapegoat in Five Days,” with music by Kalyani, at 180 Cambridge Court.

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

Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Friday, April 2.

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


Emmanuel Episcopal Church

On Palm Sunday we will have services at 8 and 10 a.m. with the Procession of Palms. During Holy Week we will have a service of Tenebrae on Wednesday, the Washing of the Feet on Maundy Thursday, and the Easter Vigil on Saturday. All services will be at 7 p.m. On Good Friday we will have a one hour service at noon. Child care is available for those signed up no later than March 28.

For questions please call (530) 273-7378 or (530) 432-1283.

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

Beginning Saturday, join us for Holy Week. 265-4714.

Lazarus Saturday – Liturgy 09:30.

Matins 17:30.

Palm Sunday – Liturgy 09:30.

Matins 17:30.

Holy Monday – Liturgy 09:30.

Matins 17:30.

Holy Tuesday – Matins 17:30.

Holy Wednesday – Presanctified Liturgy 09:30.

Unction – 17:30.

Holy Thursday – Liturgy 09:30.

Matins 17:30.

Holy Friday – Royal Hours 09:30.

Matins 17:30.

Holy Saturday – Liturgy 17:30.

Midnight office – 23:00.

Easter Service – 24:00.

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;

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 for a 15-minute Heart Centering Meditation followed by the 10:30 a.m. main service – this Sunday, March 28, our guest speaker is Rev. Wayne Manning; his talk is “I See You!”

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

Bethel Church

This Sunday, at Bethel Church, Beverly Rivers will be ministering with her music and sharing about her upcoming mission work in Japan. Service begins at 10 a.m. Kids 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 273-8475.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Palm Sunday: “When No is Yes: Humility.”

Hilltop Kids perform, 9 a.m.

Holy Week services: Palm Sunday: 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Holy Thursday Worship and Communion: 7 p.m.

Good Friday Meditation: Noon.

Easter Sunday: Sunrise service: 7 a.m.

Easter breakfast: 7:30 a.m.

Easter Worship celebration: 9 and 10:30 a.m.

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


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.

St. Stephen the First Martyr

R. Cath. Latin Gregorian Rite

March 27, help trim palm branches for Palm Sunday. April 1, 2, 3 Tenebrae each morning. Holy Thursday Solemn High Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m. Adoration until midnight. Good Friday Solemn Liturgy 1 p.m. Holy Saturday Easter Vigil 8:30 p.m. Easter Sunday 8:30 a.m., 1 p.m. Low Mass. 10:30 a.m. Solemn High Mass. See bulletin for full Holy Week schedule of devotions, confessions, etc.

(916) 455-5114,

5461 44th St., Sacramento.

New Covenant Baptist Church

When is the last time you went on a great adventure? Join us this week as Pastor Randy Fields continues his series on our great adventure in life. We look forward to you joining our family. Sunday mornings we meet at 12582 Squirrel Creek: LifeGroups meet, 9 a.m.; Worship begins, 10:45 a.m. (children’s church and childcare provided.) 

Please visit our church Web site for updates or even to listen to one of the prior messages.

Visit or call (530) 274-8516.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Join us Palm Sunday as we prepare for Holy Week. Pastor Charles Smith will deliver the message. A tradition on this special Sunday is having our children march up and down the aisles waving their palms during worship. Sunday school is held during the 10:30 a.m. service with loving childcare all morning.

We will be having a worship service 7:30 p.m. on Good Friday.

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

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.

Peace Lutheran Church

Peace Lutheran Church will celebrate Palm Sunday with a procession with palms, a dramatic reading of the passion narrative, and Holy Communion this Sunday at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Paul Perry will be at the organ bench. Holy week services will include Maundy Thursday Holy Communion at 7 p.m., Good Friday Tenebrae at 7:30 p.m., and the Easter Vigil at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 3. All are welcome as we observe this holiest week of the Christian year.

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.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

The past has been a time of confused relationships between police officers and the public. They have been considered heroes. They have been vilified. We UUs hunger for a more non-violent way. We seek out the peace makers. Officer Richard Osborn will speak of the heroes and the experience of becoming a peace maker. We will learn the symbolism of his uniform, the source of the strength of his character, and the loyalty of his partner.

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


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,

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Pastor Mark will be in part 13 of his “Love Thy Neighbor” series, titled “Staying Focused Under Stress.” 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 from 4:45 to 6 p.m. in the Upper Fellowship Hall. Prayer, Bible studies, children’s activities and youth group follow.

Call 273-7301 or visit

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,,

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

Our Buddhist Insight Meditation group meets 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays at Wild Mt. Yoga Center, 574 Searls Ave., Nevada City.  

March 29, visiting Buddhist nun Ajahn Thanasanti will give a talk following meditation. Ajahn Thanasanti is an American born Theravadan nun ordained in 1991. She recently started a center in Colorado Springs after 14 years in the monastic community in England, which took her to various locations to teach. She leads a daylong meditation in Auburn on March 28.

(530) 272-6425;


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 at Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley.

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


Pray Nevada County

Pray Nevada County – seeking God on behalf of our communities is open to all Christians. Pray Nevada County meets from 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 have met each week to pray. 

March meetings at Nevada City First Baptist Church, 300 Main Street. 

Call the scheduling secretary, 432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International, 478-1478.

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.

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


Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS)

Continuing our “Behold the Trees” sermon series on Palm Sunday, Rev. DelCol will talk about “Zacchaeus’ Sycamore.” Maundy Thursday will be the “Olive Tree” and Good Friday will be “The Tree of the Cross.” Sunday praise worship is 11:30 a.m. with the “Heart of Christ.”

Palm Sunday: Worship: 9 a.m.; Praise: 11:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m.

Good Friday: Noon and 7 p.m.

Easter Sunday: 9 a.m.

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

(530) 273-7043;

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Pastor Linda will deliver the Palm Sunday message, “The Red Carpet Treatment” from Luke 19:28-40. Our services are at 9 a.m., traditional and 10:30 a.m., contemporary. Children’s programs and healing prayer offered at all services. Adult Sunday seminars, 9 and 10:30 a.m. The youth program is at 10:30 a.m.

Other services: Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m.; Good Friday Community Service, noon; Easter Sunday, 9 and 10:30 a.m. 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. 256-3291.

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

Dr. Ralph Wilson’s message this week is: “The King Has Entered the Building,” a reflection on how Jesus’ triumphal entry on Palm Sunday relates to disciples today.

Our 10:30 a.m. service offers a blend of familiar hymns and up-to-date praise choruses. Wednesdays join us for our 6 p.m. family potluck followed by a 7 p.m. Bible study.

First Baptist is your friendly, spiritual home in the Sierra – 300 Main St. across from the County Courthouse.

265-4711 or

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