Religion briefs: Oct. 15, 2010 |

Religion briefs: Oct. 15, 2010

Mountain Stream Meditation Center

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

On Oct. 18, Linda Franklin from the Auburn sangha will lead a period of meditation followed by a talk.

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

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue in our series, “Wide Open – Hold Nothing Back.” The message this week is, “Persisting in Prayer.”

Twin Cities Church meets 8, 9:35 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays at 11726 Rough & Ready Highway. Children meet during every Sunday service. 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 (530) 273-6425 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.

Unity in the Gold Country

Join us Sunday when Rev. Joe Sloan continues our annual seven-week program on The Intelligent Heart, “The Law Of Giving.” Find out how you can operate the Universal Laws, especially the Law of Giving, to consciously change your life. Music by Billy Bensing and Kellie Garmire.

180 Cambridge Court.

“Come change your life with the Universal Laws!”

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

(530) 274-2463 or

Calvary Bible Church

A presentation and discussion of Judy Stokes’ work in Africa as a vocational trainer will be held at 12:15 p.m. Sunday at the Family Center at Calvary Bible Church. The community is invited to this pot luck to welcome Judy home and learn how to do similar work.

EarthSpirit Center for the Transformational Arts

Rev. Dr. Nanci Shandera.

E-mail for information on the following: Sacred Feminine Women’s Circle, first Fridays, 6:30 to 8 p.m., donation.

Crystal class with Valerie Kack, Ph.D., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17.

Music Salon Sunday, Nov. 14.

Spiritual mentoring, transformational art classes.

(530) 265-9097,,

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

Holy Wisdom Church is 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.

(530) 265-4714.

Divine Liturgy – Sundays 9:30 a.m.

Vespers – Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Sunday Fred Skeen will share the Message.

Adult classes: “Faith and American Politics”: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays with Cathy Tolman; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays with Fred Skeen.

Sisters of the Heart Women’s Retreat with Rev. Patricia Spooner: Oct. 23. Call for reservations.

We host Hospitality House on Tuesdays.

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

(530) 268-6907 and

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 have met weekly.

October meetings, in the Conference Room at the County Superintendent of Schools Office, Nevada City.

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

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Come enjoy another wonderful message delivered by Pastor Charles

Smith Sunday at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. Children’s Christian Education Classes are held during the 10:30 a.m. service with childcare all morning. Fellowship follows services downstairs in Fellowship Hall. Come down and visit our Craft Fair Corner; we will have fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving items for sale.

If you miss service, you can watch it on Channel 11 6:30 p.m. Friday or 7:30 a.m. Sunday, or visit

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us this Sunday as Charles Erion delivers the Message: “Be Not Afraid” from Psalm 27. Our services are at 9 a.m. – traditional and 10:30 a.m. – contemporary. Children and youth programs and healing prayer are offered at all services. Adult Sunday seminars are at 9 and 10:30 a.m.  

Community Health Fair, Oct. 20 and free childcare on selected Friday evenings.

Visit our website for more information: We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. (530) 265-3291.

Gold Country Calvary Chapel

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

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

13026 La Barr Meadows Road. (530) 274-2108, Tuesday through Friday.

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. Celebrate with us, 10 a.m. Sundays, 15-minute Heart Centering Meditation followed by 10:30 a.m. service – Sunday, Oct. 17, guest speaker Rev. Wayne Manning’s talk title is “The Spiritual Law of Compensation!”

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

Baha’i Community of Nevada County

Baha’is to celebrate anniversary of the birth of the Bab.

Baha’is in western Nevada County and their friends will celebrate the birth of the Bab, a central figure in the Baha’i Faith, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 with a special program and devotions at the Reader residence, 23095 Highway 49, Nevada City. The public is welcome to attend.

RSVP to (530) 292-4229. Call (530) 477-7010 for a complete list of activities for all ages.

Sunday Morning Sweat Your Prayers

For thousands of years our ancestors danced to worship, pray, heal and 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.

9:30 a.m. to noon at the South Yuba Club, 555 Searls Ave., Nevada City. $10 to $15. First dance free. No experience necessary.

(530) 477-7757;

New Covenant Baptist Church

Satan doesn’t usually hit us with a frontal attack. It’s the little landmines that do damage. They’re hidden below life’s surface, and at the slightest misstep, you find yourself off the path, feeling separated from God and His blessings, humiliated, estranged from the love and respect of friends and family.  

Sunday Pastor Randy continues this series on dealing with jealousy and envy. 

12582 Squirrel Creek: LifeGroups meet, 9 a.m.; worship begins, 10:45 a.m. (children’s church, childcare provided.) or (530) 274-8516.

Christian Science Church

The Christian Science Church holds 10 a.m. Sunday services and Sunday school. Lesson sermon for Oct. 17, Doctrine of Atonement.

A monthly Bible study group meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday. The topic is Women in the Gospel of Mark.

Wednesday testimonial meetings, 7:30 p.m., offer an opportunity to express gratitude for healings.

All welcome; childcare is available. 273-9452.

Reading Room and Bookstore, 147 Mill St., open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 273-0790.

The Essence of Now

The Essence of Now meets 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. Presentations, healings and discussions.

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

(530) 274-3128,

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

Pastor Ralph will speak on “You Were Planned for God’s Pleasure” to introduce the first purpose, “worship,” in the church’s “40 Days of Purpose” spiritual growth emphasis. The campaign has four emphases: Preaching, Bible memory, daily readings in Rick Warren’s book The

Purpose Driven Life, and small group meeting in homes.

10:30 a.m. service offers a blend of familiar hymns and up-to-date praise choruses.

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

(530) 265-4711 or

Faith Lutheran Church

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

An Oktoberfest featuring dinner, live music and a silent auction will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn. $10, $25 per family at the door. Proceeds will benefit house building, feeding programs and other community improvement projects in the Tijuana, Mexico area. The fundraiser and Mexico mission outreach is a joint effort by Faith Lutheran Church in Meadow Vista and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Auburn.

Call (530) 878-1870 or (530) 885-4515.

Whispering Pines Church

Whispering Pines Church, 680 Brighton St., is hosting a free winter coat drive. Clean, new or gently used coats will be collected from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 and 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 20. The coat drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24.

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 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays in 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

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

“Animal Blessings” by Rev. Meghan Cefalu. In the tradition of St. Francis we will honor the importance of the animals who share our lives. Bring your well-behaved pets to be blessed at this intergenerational, interspecies worship service. Pictures of shy pets and stuffed animals are welcome to receive a blessing. We will honor the memory of animals who died in the last year.

This service will be held at Gateway Park, Penn Valley.

Service, childcare, religious education, 11 a.m.

274-1675,, 246 Church St.

Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS)

Our Gospel lesson for Sunday is about the Persistent Widow. She was a woman of great and unfailing faith. If your faith is faltering or weak, come and hear about the boldness of this inspiring woman.

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

Bible studies: Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, 9 a.m., Friday in Penn Valley.

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

(530) 273-7043;

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 at 10 a.m. Sundays 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 11638 Colfax Highway, Grass Valley.  

Word-A-Live! Family Church

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase invite you to worship! WAL is a presence driven church. We hold 10 a.m. Sunday service and provide children’s programs and nursery through age 13.

7 p.m. Wednesdays, Equippers class – breaking bad habits and Kidz Club.

9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Woman’s Bible study.

Army Youth meets 7 p.m. Fridays (seventh grade through high school welcome.) 

Fall Festival, Oct. 31, call for location. 10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley. 432-9155.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Pastor Mark will be in the final part of his “A New Thing” series titled, “Celebrating the Victory.” 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 (530) 273-7301 or visit

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