Well, Mark Twain was on to this human characteristic and wasn’t impressed. He wrote:
All the human race loves a lord – that is, loves to look upon or be noticed by the possessor of Power orConspicuousness; and sometimes animals, born to better things and higher ideals, descend to man’s level
in this matter. In the Jardin des Plantes (the Paris zoo) I have seen a cat that was so vain of being the
personal friend of an elephant that I was ashamed of her.

Easy glory. Cheap grace. No-cost discipleship. Vanity by association. It’s not who you are, it’s who you know. This isn’t what Jesus had in mind. The life and work of a disciple is to serve others, to be a responsible citizen, a good steward of property and accumulated resources, to bring an attitude of service to the issues of corporate life and towards all other persons. It requires a kind of humility that doesn’t damage self-esteem but is gentle with its power. This is the heart of loving one another.

This is a beautiful time of year in the foothills – get out and enjoy the foliage!


—Pastor Kris

Men's Club
Ladie's Breakfast
Walk n Talk

Come join us for a healthy walk at the fairgrounds now that fall has set in. We get started at 8:30am. Tuesdays and Fridays are the 2 days of the week that we meet at gate 1 for our walk. We move at our own pace and we are even able to do some chatting at the same time. We'd love to have more folks joining us so hope to see you there.

  Free Friday Dinners
Join us for a free dinner offered from 5:30 - 6:30 pm on the last Friday of the month. Grass Valley United Methodist Church, 236 S. Church St., Grass Valley.
Hot Food
Free 2nd & 4th Mon. Dinners

A free, hot and nourishing dinner will be
served on the second and fourth Monday
evenings from 5-6 pm at St. Patrick’s
Catholic Church, 235 Chapel Street in Grass Valley.
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            Our Local Church Staff

Pastor…………………………………..Kristin Sachen
Administrative Assistant......Peggy Hernandez
Lay Leader…………………………...Mark Michalski
Choir Director ………………………Eleanor Kenitzer
Praise Band Director…………...David Lynn
Wedding Hostess…………………Barbara Dean
Treasurer & Membership
    Secretary………………………….Kay Zuelsdorf
Financial Secretary……………….DeeAnn Bellows
Nursery Attendant……………...Jamie Beer
             And many wonderful volunteers!

             Our Connectional Staff

Great Northern District
Superintendent………………………David L. Samelson
CA-NV Bishop…………………………Minerva Carcano
Help Wanted

HOSPITALITY HOUSE: Help is needed with our dinner every first Saturday...we need shoppers (you are reimbursed), cooks (recipes, and experienced chefs are there), and servers (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, with others who know the ropes). Sign up in Fellowship Hall. You will be called with the pertinent details. Please contact Barbara Dean with any questions.

HABITAT LUNCH FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS: We serve lunch (for the folks who are building Habitat houses) every third Saturday. We need cookies and sandwiches. You can choose what and how much you will contribute. Sign up on the “sign up board” in Fellowship Hall. Please contact Barbara Dean with any questions.

Chicken Table
Community Chicken Lunch

  Chicken          Lunch
Our next chicken lunch will be Wednesday, November 14th at
12 noon in Fellowship Hall. The price is now $8. It remains the best deal in town! See you there!

                   Taize Service
  Our Next Taize service will be Weds., Nov. 7th at 6:30pm
A Taize service is a contemplative type service which includes prayer and short repetitive refrains. It comes from Taizé which is an ecumenical community in the eastern part of France. Begun in 1940 as shelter for refugees fleeing WWII, it is now made up of over a hundred brothers, both Catholics and Protestants from various backgrounds, coming from around thirty nations. The community is a representation of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples. The Taizé community has developed a tradition of prayer including the short repetitive refrains and silent meditation that are part of the service. All are invited to attend.

Taize services are also being held in the sanctuary at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.



Our church has a group of spritely folk who donate part of their Wednesday mornings to keeping our church building sparkling for Sunday worshipers, midweek activities, and guests. It is an amiable bunch of folk, but mostly all are retired and many in the upper end of that age group! Younger muscles and energy would boost their powers of sustainability! Granted, younger members of our congregation tend to be working full time and do not have Wednesday morning cleaning time, but an hour here and there — whenever available — could make the difference. If you have such an hour and would be willing to donate it to a task of cleaning, please contact Carl Godfrey. You will sprout wings and a halo immediately.

Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry at NCUMC

We have started a twice a month Sunday evening youth group for Junior and Senior High youth, on the second and last Sundays of the month. Friends are welcome.




Craft Faire

From the Pastor

Soup and Sandwich


We will gather for Life After Thursday on Friday, December 7th at the home of Gail and Charles.  This is our big White Elephant Gift Exchange so bring something interesting as a Gift!

Please bring a potluck dish to share for the gathering time or the meal, your table service and a cold beverage of choice.   

Call the church office at 265-2797 for more info.  Plan to see you at 6pm on the 5th

Leaves Left
Leaves Right
A good quote is a terrible thing to waste. While preparing for last Sunday’s sermon on stewardship, I came across something in my file that was applicable to the reading from Mark, where James and John ask Jesus if they can sit beside him, one on his left and one on his right, when he would come in his glory. It’s such a human thing to want to be close to “glory” of all kinds. Think of all the people who take selfies with a famous person in the background. Or people who thrust something – a program, a baseball mitt, a body part (no kidding), anything – into the hands of a celebrity to get an autograph. Somehow that makes them a little famous, a little powerful, themselves.

                      CRAFT COMMITTEE

Our last meeting before our Thanksgiving weekend sale will be on Tuesday, November 6th at 10am in Fellowship Hall.  Project reports would be very helpful.   The days and times for set up and craft sales will be available so please bring your calendar so we can get people scheduled. Inventory lists - if you have one ready – may be brought to Bob Z or emailed to him at any time.  Looking forward to seeing many crafters on November 6th.