Religion briefs: Oct. 29, 2010 |

Religion briefs: Oct. 29, 2010

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

We live in an era that preaches “New is Better.” We need to realize that not everything “old” should be thrown out and replaced. This includes the Truth. The rule of faith is the key to unlocking the true meaning of the Scriptures. For 2000 years the Orthodox Church has been the keeper and guardian of the truth deposited in the scriptures.

(530) 265-4714.

Divine Liturgy – Sundays 9:30 a.m.

Vespers – Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Oct. 31, one service, 10 a.m. Guest speaker Rev. Tana McDonald: “The Stewardship Paradox.”

United Methodist men: Breakfast, 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.

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

Bible study: 2 to 3 p.m. Fridays.

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.


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.

New Faith United Church of Christ

On Nov. 7 New Faith United Church of Christ presents a free lunch followed by a screening and discussion of the award-winning, powerful documentary film “Lost Sparrow” during its Sunday Forum series.

Filmmaker Chris Billing embarks on a quest to find out what happened to his adoptive brothers and to confront a painful family history.

New Faith meets in the Pamelot School of Dance, 540 Wall St., Auburn.

For more information call (530) 887-5477 or visit the or

The Church of the Essence

Come and join our Spiritual Gatherings. We begin at 7 p.m. Thursdays with free Healings. The evening progresses at 7:15 p.m. with Circulation of the Light through a Guided Meditation followed by the evening presentation. Voluntary sharing and discussion are welcome.

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

(530) 274-3128, (530) 268-1118,

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.

Nov. 1 Otis Wollan, a graduate of the Dedicated Practitioners Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, will lead a period of silent meditation followed by a talk.; 272-6425.

Mountain Stream will sponsor a day of lovingkindness practice and discussion led by Margo Cooper and Bruce Kristal, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7 in Auburn.; 274-1295.

Nevada City United Methodist Church

Join us this fifth Sunday of the month for a 10 a.m. combined worship service. On these fifth Sundays, our traditional and contemporary music alternates; this Sunday our Praise Band will be inspiring us with their music along with Pastor Charles Smith who will deliver the message. Following service, our Hospitality Ministry will serve lunch in our fellowship hall. Children’s Christian Education Classes, during the service with loving childcare available.

The community is invited to bring their children to our Halloween Party, 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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.

Music Salon Sunday, Nov. 14.

Spiritual mentoring, transformational art classes.

(530) 265-9097,,

Bethel Church Nevada County

Are you hungry for an encounter with God? Join us at Bethel Church on Sunday morning for a vibrant worship service followed by Pastor Brian Johnson’s message, “Heroes Part 5 – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.” Service begins at 10 a.m. Nursery care and Kids Church are available at the same time.

Join us Sunday evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for a Harvest Festival with free food and fun.

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

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, 15-minute Heart Centering Meditation followed by 10:30 a.m. service – Sunday, Oct. 31, our spiritual leader Rev. Maggie Buck’s talk is “An Appreciation of All Things!”

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

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.

New Covenant Baptist Church

Satan doesn’t usually hit us with a frontal attack. It’s the little landmines that do the most damage. They’re hidden below life’s surface; at the slightest misstep, you find yourself flown 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 with the landmine of insecurity. 

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

Grass Valley and Nevada County Baha’i Faith

Join us for Family School at 12354 Dogwood Road, Grass Valley each Sunday. Fellowship waffle breakfast at 10 a.m., devotions at 10:45 a.m., and classes for children, youth and adults from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lesson themes for children include prayer, thankfulness, justice and fairness. Adult class explores understanding and incorporating the Word of God into daily life and serving the greater community.

Thursday devotions, noon to 1 p.m., 10140 Elder Drive, Grass Valley.

For information call (530) 477-7017.

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;

Peace Lutheran Church

Peace Lutheran Church celebrates Reformation Day this Sunday, with services of Holy Communion at 8 and 10:45 a.m. Pastor Richard Johnson is preaching, with Paul Perry at the organ bench. The congregation also will give special recognition to volunteers at a reception and program beginning at 9:15 a.m.

The adult Bible class continues its study of the book of Numbers.

Peace is located at 828 West Main St. in Grass Valley. For more information, call (530) 273-9631 or visit

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

At this time of year it is said that the veil is thinnest between the world of the living and the dead. We honor the spirit of the “Day of the Dead” tradition with a celebration of our ancestors. Far from being a sad day, the Mexican festival is one of merriment. Bring a memento, picture or food that your loved one or ancestor enjoyed; we will ritually create an altar.

Service, childcare, religious education, 11 a.m. 274-1675,, 246 Church St., Grass Valley.

Sierra Center for Spiritual Living

Come celebrate with us and guest speaker Rev. Madalyn Wade. Her talk is titled “Trick or Treat.” Enjoy live music with Gracie MacKenzie 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 Ave., Grass Valley. For more information or a parking map, visit our home page at or call our office at (530) 274-1018.

Grace Lutheran Church (LCMS)

Join us for a celebration of 493 years since the Reformation of the church. Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther challenged the church to a debate by nailing 95 discussion points on the church door. That was the beginning of getting the Latin translation of the Bible into print for common people.

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

Bible studies: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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


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.   

7 p.m. Wednesdays, Equipper’s – guest minister, Rev. Dan Prout. 

9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, women’s Bible study, “How to Study your Bible.” 

ARMY YOUTH meets 7 p.m. Fridays.  

Collection week for Operation Christmas Child, Nov. 15 through 21. Call for information. 10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley. 432-9155.

Grass Valley AM Aglow

A local chapter of Aglow International meets 9:45 a.m. to noon the second Tuesday of every month at 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley. Speaker at the Nov. 9 meeting, Mark Andrew Gudmunson, author of the Christian novel, Priceless. Mark is a youth pastor compelled to share the love of Jesus with the lost and reignite the church with a passion for souls.

Aglow is an opportunity for unity in the Body of Christ; not “just for women”! Babysitting available; call (530) 272-6056.

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 in the 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, (530) 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 have met each week.

November meetings at Nevada County Christian Fellowship, 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley.

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

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Community is invited to upcoming activities: Victorian Christmas Faire, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 and Nov. 6; Veterans’ Day presentation on Readjustment Issues Facing Our Veterans After Returning From War by Page Brown, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in Buck Hall, and the DOK Quiet Day at 9 a.m. Nov. 20.

Call (530) 273-7876 for more information.

Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Thursdays.

Church services, 10 a.m. Thursdays and 8 and 10 a.m. Sundays.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us this Sunday as Rev. Tom Naylor delivers the Message: “Boo! A Halloween Sermon” from 1 John 4:1-3. 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.  

Free childcare on selected Friday evenings – visit our website for information: 

We are located at 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. (530) 265-3291.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Pastor Mark will be in part two of his “He Still Does Miracles” series titled, “Turning Wayward People into Witnesses.” Join us for our free Family Harvest Festival at 4 p.m., rain or shine. Contemporary service, 9 a.m. features upbeat praise music. Blended service, 11 a.m. features praise songs and hymns in traditional setting. Sunday school for adults, youth, children, preschoolers provided.

Wednesday dinners, 4:45 to 6 p.m., Upper Fellowship Hall. Prayer, Bible studies, children’s activities, youth group follow.


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