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Sunday, Nov. 1: No More Tears!

by Trina Kleist

All Saints Day celebrates our dear departed ones. Today we honor their memory: At the altar this morning, we name them, shed our tears of sorrow, and ring a bell to remind us that their souls live eternally with God. They have “fought the good fight of faith,” living their lives in service to God and […]

New thrift store to help homeless

by Trina Kleist

Give by Nov. 2 to Hospitality House Monday, Nov. 2, is the deadline to support a new project to help move homeless people in western Nevada County into permanent homes of their own. Hospitality House’s goal is to raise $56,000 to cover start-up costs for opening Bread & Roses Thrift and More. So far, the drive is […]

Sunday, Oct. 25: Re-form!

by Trina Kleist

Today we celebrate Reformation Sunday. Jesus often asks his followers to re-form themselves into his image – but reform at any level can be a tough thing to ask. In today’s gospel, a blind man named Bartimaeus cries out to Jesus for mercy and for healing. Jesus heals his physical malady – and immediately, Bartimaeus […]

Sunday, Oct. 18: Got plans?

by Trina Kleist

Go ahead. Make God laugh. Two of Jesus’ closest friends, James and John, had big plans for themselves – and they wanted Jesus to give them the OK to move ahead with their big ideas. Now who does that sound like? Jesus saw, again and again, that even the people who knew him best usually […]

Animals need blessings, too!

by Trina Kleist

“All Creatures Great and Small” Animals gathered with their responsible humans on Saturday, Oct. 3, for a Blessing of the Animals at PEACE Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. The event commemorated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who believed all of creation mirrors the Divine; St. Francis’ feast day is Oct. 4. Pictured is […]

Anti-racism task force meets Sept. 30

by Trina Kleist

Ending “isms” Discrimination in all its forms will be tackled by a new task force that will start meeting in Grass Valley. Members of the new Dismantling Racism Task Force will meet at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. It grew out of a […]

Pastor Eileen: Special prayer concerns

by Trina Kleist

Always remembered in Our Prayers Every Sunday, we raise up many people and situations in prayer. We pray for our sick, for those in harm’s way, for peace in war-torn areas, for people affected by natural disasters, for those who are persecuted for their faith, and for anyone close to our hearts. In addition, Pastor […]

Sunday, Sept. 13: Give your life away!

by Trina Kleist

Give it all! What does it mean to take up the cross of Jesus and follow him? Didn’t Jesus die for us? How does following Jesus lead us to the cross? Jesus takes us to more questions: Who do we say Jesus is?  And if we follow Jesus, then who are we? Who am I? In […]

God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday, Sept. 13

by Trina Kleist

We are joining thousands of congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for this day of service to our community. God does the work — but God uses our hands to get it done! And we find peace and fellowship as we serve our neighbor.  Click here for more information.

Sunday, Sept. 6: Be opened!

by Trina Kleist

Even Jesus needed a break. He seems out of character in today’s reading from Mark when he talks to the non-Jewish woman who asks for healing for her daughter. We read that Jesus was trying to get away from the crowds. Could he be tired? God’s own Son – worn out, burned out, needing a […]