Religion briefs: Sept. 17, 2010 |

Religion briefs: Sept. 17, 2010

Holy Wisdom Orthodox Church

Do you go to church to be uplifted and learn about God? Or do you go to worship Him? Was the service meaningful or mediocre? Was it in touch with God? Or are you there to worship Him? Were you inspired – did God come alive in your soul? Or are you there to worship Him? Come worship as the first Christians did.

(530) 265-4714.

Divine Liturgy – Sundays 9:30 a.m.

Vespers – Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Sierra Pines United Methodist Church

Sunday, Pastor Don Lee’s message: “Ordinary People: David’s Heart.”

“Fabulous Fall Frenzy!” 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

Bible study with Pastor Don: 2 to 3 p.m. Fridays.

“Faith and American Politics”: Sept. 24. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays with Cathy Tolman, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays with Fred Skeen ($16 for materials).

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.


Nevada City United Methodist Church

Sunday, 9 a.m. traditional, 10:30 a.m. contemporary services. Discipleship month continues with guest Rev. Patricia Spooner-Walther. She obtained her Master’s in Divinity at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. At Watsonville First UMC she was the first woman pastor in 140 years. She was ordained Elder in 1997 and has an interest in contemplative prayer.

Sunday School, during service with childcare. Fellowship follows worship.

If you miss service, watch Channel 11 6:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

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

(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. 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 – this Sunday, Sept. 19, spiritual leader Rev. Maggie Buck’s talk title is “The Resting Place.”

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

Peace Lutheran Church

Pastor Richard Johnson preaches at 8 and 10:45 a.m. services of Holy Communion Sunday. Paul Perry at the organ bench.

Immediately following the later service, the congregation will honor Shirlee Bartoli, recently retired after 34 years as church secretary, with a luncheon.

The adult Sunday school class continues consideration of Turkey, rich in Biblical and church history, 9:30 a.m., sanctuary. The Wednesday contemporary issues group continues study of the Maidu people and culture, 9:15 a.m., old Fellowship Hall.


New Covenant Baptist Church

Ever feel like you are going in circles? Would you like to be a part of a community of friends who go through life together? Then try New Covenant. Here you will find friendly people, upbeat music and a focus on life with purpose.

Sunday Pastor Randy speaks about being a disciple of Jesus.

Sundays we meet at 12582 Squirrel Creek: LifeGroups meet,  9 a.m.; Worship begins, 10:45 a.m. (children’s church, childcare provided.)

Visit our website for updates.; (530) 274-8516.

Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains

“Tapestry of Faith: Forgiveness.” Each year we honor the Jewish high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and turn our focus to the virtues of forgiveness and atonement. Forgiving might just be the most challenging, as well as the most powerful, ongoing spiritual practice many of us face in our lives. We will hear from three of our members as they share from their heart’s stories and reflections on forgiveness.

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

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

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.

Mystery School for Women Over 50 weekend intensive, Sept. 24 to 26.

Fundraiser yard sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9.

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,,

Word-A-Live! Family Church

Pastors Mike and Sandra Chipchase invite you! WAL is a presence-driven church. Be a part of God’s family!

10 a.m. Sunday service; children’s programs for nursery through age 13.  

Nineteenth birthday celebration: Sept. 26 with Apostle Alonzo Wade.

7 p.m. Wednesdays, Equipper’s Class (Growing up in God), Kidz Club. ARMY Youth, 7 p.m. Fridays – seventh grade through high school welcome. 

October conference, Praying Home the Prodigals with Fr. Jim Wilson. 10528 Spenceville Road, Penn Valley. 432-9155.

Sierra Presbyterian Church

Join us Sunday as Rev. Dr. Linda Line delivers the message: “Trust” from Acts 2:42-47. Our services are 9 a.m. – traditional and 10:30 a.m. – contemporary. Children and youth programs and healing prayer offered at all services. Adult Sunday seminars at 9 and 10:30 a.m. There will be a fundraiser car wash all morning and hot dogs after the second service. 

Visit our new website for more information: 175 Ridge Road, Nevada City. Phone (530) 265-3291.

First Baptist Church, Grass Valley

Pastor Mark will be in part three of his “A New Thing” series titled, “Preparing for a Miracle.” 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

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.

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. Oct. 12 guest speaker, Dan Prout, President of Sierra Ministries International, a teaching, equipping and prayer ministry. Prout serves as Director of Healing Rooms of Nevada County and is the founder of Pray Nevada County. He will bring a message, A Nation Blessed.

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

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,

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

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.

September meetings at Life Fellowship Church, 331 Hughes Road, Grass Valley.

For information or directions, call the scheduling secretary, (530) 432-0458 or Sierra Ministries International, (530) 478-1478.

Emmanuel Episcopal

Emmanuel Episcopal Church welcomes you to worship with us at 8 and 10 a.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. Thursdays. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m., childcare available. A youth program is offered to grades three through seven 11:15 a.m. until noon.

Bible classes continue at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Thursdays.

Blessing of the Animals, open to the public, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. Bring your pets.

The Men’s Club Yard Sale, Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9.

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.

Twin Cities Church

Join us as we continue in our new series, “Wide Open – Hold Nothing Back.” The message this week is, “Living For A Higher Cause.”

Twin Cities Church meets Sundays, 8, 9:35 and 11:15 a.m. 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.

273-6425 or

Mountain Stream Meditation Center 

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

On Sept. 20, Community Dharma Leader Maeve Hassett from the Auburn sangha will lead a period of meditation followed by a talk. Maeve was trained at Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a frequent leader in Nevada City.

For more information: or (530) 272-6425.

Earth Justice Ministries

Stop Big Oil’s Prop 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Nevada City United Methodist Church.

Earth Justice Ministries is working with myriad individuals and organizations to educate voters about climate change and to advocate for the defeat of Proposition 23, the “dirty energy proposition.”

The agenda includes introductions, a mini-documentary, a conference call for a real-time update on the campaign and how to make a difference, discussion, a wrap-up and planning “No on 23” outreach.; 265-5976.

Trinity Church

Compline by candlelight will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday. A short, mystical, sung and chanted prayer service. Traditionally the last of the monastic daily hours. A classically trained choir intones Gregorian Chant intermingled with music of Weisse, Tallis, White and Hallock.

(530) 265-8836 or

Unity in the Gold Country

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday Unity will be interviewing Pamela Prime, spiritual director and author of “When the moon is dark, we can see the stars.” At noon, she will present the Mary Magdalene monologue.

(530) 274-2463 or

First Baptist Church of Nevada City

Pastor Ralph will be speaking on “How Does the Holy Spirit Fill Us?” as part of his ongoing series.

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

Wednesdays, 6 p.m. family potluck followed by 7 p.m. Bible study and choir at 8 p.m.

Oct. 3 we’ll begin “40 Days of Purpose,” church renewal campaign based on The Purpose Driven Life.

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

(530) 265-4711;

Congregation B’nai Harim

7 p.m. Sept. 17, Erev Yom Kippur at the Nevada County Jewish Community Center Congregation B’nai Harim, 506 Walsh St., Grass Valley.

Sept. 18, 10 a.m., 4 p.m. services followed by Yiskor and Neilah. Challah and juice “break the fast.”

7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Shabbat services.

10 a.m. Saturday, Torah study.

Oct. 1, Simchat Torah.

2:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Adult Education event with Emily Blanck of AIPAC (American Israel Political Action Committee).

Oct. 9, Second Annual Deli Night, Miners Foundry.

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