The following is a sampling of what area churches have to offer this week and in the following weeks: Aglow — Grass Valley Pastor: Revs. George and Lillie Parker, LionSong Ministries. Address: Esterly Hall at Nevada County Board of Realtor’s Building, 336 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley. (530) 432-9258. Auburn Community Church of God Reach Pastor Trish Ellis-Lewis at (916) 838-4945. Services: 10 a.m. Sunday. Address: 11946 Masters Court, Auburn. (530) 889-1568 or (916) 337-3085. Auburn Eckankar The Eckankar Center is located in the Gold Country Mall at 884 Lincoln Way, Suite 37. The public is welcome. Auburn Foursquare Church Services: 10 a.m. Sundays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Address: Pastors: Robert and Jaylina Bennett. 4065 Highway 49 #206, Auburn. (530) 885-1787 or www.auburnfoursquarechurch.org. Auburn First Assembly Of God Pastor: Robert Baker. Services: 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Address: 4200 Highway 49 in Auburn. (530) 889-3904. Visit www.auburnfirstassembly.org to learn more about the church. Auburn Grace Community Church Pastor: Phil Sparling. Services: 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Address: 3126 Olympic Way, Auburn. (530) 823-8330 or www.auburngrace.com. Auburn Presbyterian On the fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor Ken’s message is “God’s Greatest Love,” with Scripture from Isaiah 7:10-16, and Matthew 1:18-25. Adult Bible study is at 9 a.m.; children’s classes at 10. W.O.W. youth group meets Wednesday at 6 p.m. The men’s Breakfast Bible Study Group meets Friday at 7 a.m. at Denny’s in the Bel Air Center. The Alzheimer’s Care Group meets Friday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. The Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday service: 10 AM. Pastor: Ken Winter. 13025 Bell Air Drive, Auburn 95603; 530-823-3916 or www.auburnpresbyterian.org. Auburn Seventh-day Adventist Pastor: Dan Appel. Services: 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Address: 12225 Rock Creek Road. (530) 885-4232. www.aubsda.org. Auburn Sovereign Grace Fellowship Pastor: Josh Winans. Services: 10 a.m. Sunday. Address: Canyon View Community Center, 471 Maidu Drive in Auburn. www.asgrace.org. Bayside Auburn Join us this Sunday as Pastor Gene continues the sermon series “Simple Choices.” The message is called “God Forgives…Have You?” Services are at 9:15 and 11 a.m. We will have 4 Christmas Services: Dec. 22 at 7 p.m., Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Senior Pastor: Gene Maynard. Service Address: 450 Nevada St. The Church office is at 490 Nevada St. Call (530) 885-9400 or visit www.baysideauburn.org. Bell Road Baptist Senior Pastor: Rob Patterson. Services: 10:15 a.m., 2 p.m. (Spanish) and 6 p.m. Sunday. Address: 707 Bell Road in Auburn. (530) 885-5212 or www.bellroad.org. Berean Bible Fellowship Pastor: Rev. Gary Eldridge. Services: 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 1 p.m. first Sunday. Address: 22490 E. Hacienda Drive (Higgins Lions Center), near Lake of the Pines. (530) 271-7077 or www.bbf-gv.com. Bethlehem Lutheran Church Pastor: Bryon Hansen. Services: 5 p.m. Saturday (contemplative liturgy) and 8:30 a.m. (traditional w/choir and organ), 9:45 a.m. Sunday school and 10:30 a.m. (non-traditional w/ praise band) Sunday. Address: 1279 High St. in Auburn. (530) 885-4515 or www.blcauburn.org. B’Nai Harim Services: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Address: Nevada County Jewish Community Center, 506 Walsh St. in Grass Valley. (530) 477-0922. Calvary Bible Church On the Divide Pastor: Vince Paiz. Services: 11 a.m. Sunday. Address: 20801 Todd Valley Road, Foresthill. Calvary Chapel Auburn Pastor: Greg Denham. Services: Services: 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Address: 1101 Auburn Ravine Road in Auburn. (530) 885-6332. Celebration Community Fellowship Pastor: Cedric Lee. Services: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Address: Placer Hills Elementary School, 16801 Placer Hills Road, Meadow Vista. (530) 878-1365 or www.ccfellowship.org. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Sunday Services: Alta Sierra Ward — 9 a.m. to noon; Auburn 2nd Ward — 1 to 4 p.m.; Auburn 4th Branch (Spanish speaking) — 9 a.m. to noon; and Lake of the Pines Ward — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. all at 1255 Bell Road, Auburn. Auburn 1st Ward — 9 a.m.-noon; and Auburn 3rd Ward — 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. both at 287 Poet Smith Drive, Auburn. Colfax Ward — 9 a.m. to noon; and Auburn 5th Branch (Young Single Adults) — 1 to 4 p.m. both at 1875 South Auburn St., Colfax. Foresthill Branch — 9 a.m. to noon at 20895 Todd Valley Road. Cornerstone Community Church Pastor: Adam Talbott. Service: 10 a.m. Sunday. Address: 11111 Dry Creek Road, Auburn. (530) 823-0141 or www.cornerstonecc.org. Elevation Church Sunday evenings from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Location: Bell Road Baptist, 707 Bell Road, Auburn. Pastor: Eric Van Patten. Services: 10 a.m. Sunday. Address: Web site: www.elevationlive.com. Faith Lutheran Pastor: Doug Zike. Services 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Address: 1115 Combie Road in Meadow Vista. (530) 878-1870 or www.faithmv.net. First Baptist Church Services: 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Address: 139 E. Placer St. Auburn. (530) 885-8458 or www.fbcauburn.com. First Church of Christ, Scientist Church and Sunday school begin at 10 a.m. Address: 1039 High Street, Auburn 530-885-4811 www.csauburn.com First Congregational Church Pastor: Rev. Rick Kuykendall. Services: 10 a.m. Sunday. Address: 710 Auburn Ravine Road, Auburn. (530) 885-9087. Foothill Center for Spiritual Living We begin this Sunday, Dec. 19th at FCSL with a 15-minute Guided Meditation at 10 a.m. upstairs in the loft. Spiritual leader, Rev. Maggie Buck is facilitating a special "Return of the Light" Celebration here at the Foothill Center for Spiritual Living (FCSL), 2945 1st St., Auburn this Sunday during the one-hour service in the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. Sacred music is performed by Brenda Boston and the Solstice Choir. Bring coats, hats, gloves and sweaters for all ages and genders to fill the Salvation Army barrel in the FCSL foyer! Bring new, unopened non-perishable food items to fill the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet box, also in the foyer! Don't Miss the FCSL Holiday Celebrations in December: "Annual Christmas Eve." 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, seasonal hymns, candle lighting and intention setting for the New Year - bring a plate of cookies to share! "World Peace Meditation"- Friday, Dec. 31st, 4 to 5 a.m. (Noon Greenwich Mean Time), a worldwide silent event for the healing and well-being of our planet! For more information, call FCSL at (530) 823-6986 or email: info@FCSLiving.org. The Good News Project Address: Sierra Vista Covenant Church, 10064 Streeter Road, Unit 5, off Highway 49 near Combie Road. (530) 432-0458. Gospel Lighthouse Pastor: Rev. Donald Dunn. Services: 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Address: 13145 Luther Road, Auburn. (530) 823-5652. Grace Bible Church Pastor-teacher: Bill Vaughan. Services: 10 a.m. Sunday. Address: 3050 Bell Road, Auburn. (530) 878-3813 or www.gracebible.org. Grace Christian Fellowship Services: 10 a.m. Sunday. Address: 258 Elm Ave., Auburn. (530) 823-1318. www.gcfauburn.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Synod Pastor: Jonathan Kehren. Services: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Address: 7117 Hope Way, Penryn. (916) 652-4273 or hlcpenryn.org. Hope Lutheran School principal: Paul Leifer. (916) 652-0459, PrincipalLeifer@sbcglobal.net. Lighthouse Baptist Services: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Pastor: Jim Chambers. Address: 11538 E Ave. (DeWitt Center) in Auburn. (530) 887-1912 or www.lhbc.us. Loomis Basin Congregational United Church of Christ Services: 10 a.m. Sunday. Address: 6440 King Road, Loomis. (916) 652-6011. Newcastle United Methodist Pastor: David Kim. Services: 8 a.m. (meditation) and 10 a.m. (traditional) Sunday. Address: 410 Buena Vista Ave. in Newcastle. (916) 663-2250. New Faith United Church of Christ Pastor: Rev. Dr. Gerry Paulsen. Services and Sunday school: 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Address: 540 Wall St., Auburn (Pamelot School for Dance). (530) 887-5477 or www.newfaithucc.org. new life Christian Church Address: 11400 Lariat Ranch Road (Auburn Elementary School). New office is located at 381 B Nevada St., Auburn. Office hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. (530) 887-7350 or www.newlifeauburn.org. New Life Church Pastor: Jerry McCool. Services: 10 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. 10530 Ophir Road, Auburn. (530) 885-2273. Parkside Church of the Nazarene Every Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. Sunday school classes are offered for all ages! At 10:30 a.m. is the main worship service. Every Sunday afternoon at 5:30 is Spanish worship service in the Fellowship Hall, Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. is Open Meeting AA (Room E310), Friday evening is Road 2 Recovery. The schedule is: 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Great music, testimonies and teaching, 8 p.m. is group meetings - Chemical Dependency, Alcohol Dependency, or Life Issues (Men’s) - Chemical Dependency, Alcohol Dependency, or Life issues (Women’s), 9 p.m. Connections Café with dessert and coffee. Parkside Church will be having two Christmas Eve Services on Friday Dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Parkside Church is also offering Upward Sports Basketball League for all kids 1st grade through 6th. Register now through Jan. 1 at the church office, evaluations are Dec. 15 or Dec. 29 from 6-8 p.m. More information is available on our website or in the church office. If you would like more information about Upward Sports they have a website: www.upward.org. Parkside Church address is: 3885 Richardson Dr., Auburn CA 95602, the phone number is (530) 823-9911. The church office is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The website is www.parksidenaz.org. Pioneer United Methodist Pastor: Rev. Barbara Smith. Services: 10 a.m. Sunday. Address: 1338 Lincoln Way, Auburn. (530) 885-4196 or www.pioneerumc.org. Scientology Mission of Auburn Hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. Address: 4035 Highway 49, Suite J in the Black Forest Plaza, Auburn. (530) 886-0650 or scientology.org. Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists This week: Come enjoy a welcoming congregation, committed to the responsible and compassionate stewardship of all life. We support spiritual and intellectual journeys through worship, social justice, and programs for children, youth and adults. Co-Ministers Revs. Wendy Bartel and Lynn Gardner. Service: 10 a.m., Sunday. Address: 190 Finley Street, Auburn. (530) 823-0953 or www.mysfuu.org. Sierra Grace Fellowship Service and Spanish Bible study: 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Address: 1260 Wesley Lane, Auburn. (530) 889-9089 or www.sierragrace.org. Sierra Pines United Methodist Church This week: Join us on the 4th Sunday of Advent, Dec. 19: “Let Music Tell the Story” with Rev. Don Lee and Regenesis at 9 a.m. and Joy Unlimited at 10:30 a.m. Also join us for “WOW!“ Worship on Wednesday with Pastor Don Lee at 7 p.m. now through Advent. Christmas Eve Services will include: 6 p.m. Family Service; 8:30 p.m. Jazz Service and an 11 p.m. Service - all with Candlelight and special Music. Youth: Sunday school: 9 a.m. Sierra Pines United Methodist Church is located at 22559 Hacienda Drive, G.V. (Near Lake of the Pines) and offers two Services: Contemporary at 9 a.m. and Traditional at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school at 9 a.m. Pastor: Don Lee. For more information telephone the Church Office at (530) 268-6907 and visit website www.sierrapinesumc.org. Spiritualist Chapel of the Pines Pastor: Rev. George Brenner. Services: 10 a.m. Sunday (healing service) and 7 p.m. Friday (all message service). Address: 457 Grass Valley Highway, Suite 7, Auburn. (530) 823-1816 or www.spiritualistchapelofthepines.com. St. Joseph Catholic Church This Week: Parish Thrift Store: 1/2 off all Christmas Items. Cute Teddy Bears dressed for the Holidays Candy Cane Outside Lights, Christmas Salt and Pepper Shakers, 1/2 off Men’s and Ladies Slacks, Children’s Clothing, Dresses, Jackets, Skirts, Blouses and Shirts, 1/2 off- Linens and Purses. Karate Outfit, Cookie Jars, Many Quality Girls Slacks. Men’s Leather Jacket (New $500) our price $50. A nice variety of “To Do” Books! Thrift Store Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. We will be closed the weeks of Dec. 20 and Jan. 3. Merry Christmas from all the volunteers at St. Joseph Thrift Store. Parochial Administrator: Fr. Brian Atienza, Deacons Richard Cadenasso, and Mike Young. Masses: Saturday, 5 p.m., (Vigil) and Sunday, 8 a.m., 10 a.m. Noon, (Spanish) and 5 p.m. (Latin). Sacrament of Reconciliation: Every Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m.-also by appointment. Every Saturday (Foresthill) 3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Sunday (Spanish) 11:30 a.m. Address: 1162 Lincoln Way, (530) 885-2956, www.auburncatholic.com. St. Luke’s Episcopal Services: 8, and 10 a.m. Sunday. 10 a.m. Wednesday. Address: 124 Orange St., Auburn. (530) 885-2316 or www.stlukesauburn.org. St. Mark’s Anglican Church Revs. James Wilson and Edward Wolf. Services: 10 a.m. Sunday. Address: 5983 Webb St. Loomis. (916) 652-5736, www.stmarksanglican.com or www.stmarksloomis.com. St. Paul Lutheran Tomorrow there will be a Tye Dying, Gingerbread House Decorating, Pizza party for the youth group. On Sunday, the children and youth will lead the Children’s Christmas Service, “God’s Love at Christmas.” Pre-service singing is at 8:50 a.m. The Service is at 9 a.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship, then Education Hour at 10:30 a.m., and a congregation pizza party at 11:30 a.m. On Tuesday, Men's Breakfast will be at 6:30 a.m., and women are welcome; an Elders meeting will be at 6 p.m., and Council will be at 6:45 p.m. Next Friday, the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Come 15 minute early to listen to instrumental and vocal music. Pastor: David Poganski. Church address: 275 Nation Drive, off Auburn Ravine Road near Ashford Park, in Auburn. (530) 885-5378. St. Peter’s Anglican Church Pastor: Rev. W. W. Skinner. Address: 185 Hoffman Ave., Auburn. (530) 885-6805. St. Teresa of Avila Father Michael Carroll. Parochial Vicar: Father Innocent Subiza. Masses: 5 p.m. Saturday and 8:30, 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. 11600 Atwood Road, Auburn. (530) 889-2254 or www.stteresaauburn.com. United Methodist Gold Country Community Parish Pastor: Jan Brim. Services: Colfax United Methodist — 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 59 W. Church St., Colfax, (530) 346-2267. Dutch Flat United Methodist — 5:30 p.m. supper and 6:30 p.m. worship Sunday, 936 Stockton St., Dutch Flat, (530) 389-8836. Placer Hills United Methodist — 11 a.m. Sunday, 17250 Placer Hills Road, Meadow Vista, (530) 878-0651. Unity of Auburn Pastors: Revs. Karen and Mark Schindler. Services: 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Address: 1212 High St., Auburn. (530) 888-6489 or www.unityofauburn.com.