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Our Next Taize service will be Wednesday
September 4th at 6:30 p.m.

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.
Mens Club
  Chicken          Lunch
Our next chicken lunch will be Wednesday, September 11th at
12 noon in Fellowship Hall. In August we were all at the Brat Booth at the Fair but we will be back with Chicken Lunch in September. Hope to see you then!
Chicken Table
Community Chicken Lunch
Fun Night

 Family Fun Night


Our next Family Fun Night will be Sunday, August 25th at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The menu consists of turkey tacos with all the fixins’ and a yummy dessert for a mere $1.00 per person. After dinner, board games for all ages and experience levels are played. Come and join the fun!!
Volunteers Needed
  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.
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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Pastor…………………………………..David Niu
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
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Superintendent………………………Blake Busick
CA-NV Bishop…………………………Minerva Carcano


Our next gathering of adults will be on Friday, September 6th at the home of Bob and Kay Z (note change in location).  Please bring a potluck dish to share for the gathering time or the meal, your table service and cold beverage of choice.    If you use your GPS, be sure it directs you down Highway 49 to Alta Sierra Drive.  Sometimes other info appears and it is a difficult find!  Looking forward  to seeing you on the 6th at 6pm..

We will have our first fall meeting on Tuesday, September 3rd  at 10am in Fellowship Hall.    We’re always looking for more crafters to join us, so stop by to see what we’re up to!  We need every kind of hand crafted items – sewn, stitched, painted, beaded, sawed, knitted, crocheted, quilted, canned and jammed!  Come join us the 4th at 10am. 


Each Sunday in August, you may bid on auction items in Fellowship Hall. Check your bids each week. On Sunday, August 25th bidding will close at noon. There will be two opportunities to purchase items immediately, each week. There will be books and jewelry which you can pick up and pay for on the spot. Come take a look! All proceeds go toward scholarships for various church retreats.

Our very first Craft Faire and Soup & Sandwiche Shoppe was held Friday and Saturday, November 29th & 30th, 1991 from 10am to 4pm. Gerry Green felt there was a need for another special fund raiser for the church operating budget and decided a craft fair was the way to go. Obviously it was a busy year preparing for it. There were 14 crafters and the sales netted $4272 to the church budget and as far as we know that amount included the monies from the Soup & Sandwiche Shoppe. From that group of 14 there are two people still involved making craft items, Aurelius and Kay Z. Barbara and George D. were also there in 1991 with gift items from SERRV, but were not doing crafts at that time.

Looking back at old pictures, the tables had the red skirting and white covering starting in 1992, and it hasn’t changed since then. The Fellowship Hall walls are decorated for the season and twinkling lights and greens decorate the railing along the walkway to the Fellowship Hall entry. In 1995 it was decided to add Sunday to our Craft Faire and Soup & Sandwiche Shoppe schedule, as the other events in Nevada City were open for the three day Thanksgiving weekend.

The Craft Faire is also open during Victorian Christmas Celebrations in Nevada City and has been since 1994. Victorian Christmas is a very busy time here at NCUMC with crafts in Fellowship Hall, cookies and hot cider for our visitors, special music in the Sanctuary, pictures and visits with Santa and antique Lionel trains to enjoy watching.

Several years later in February of 2008, the Craft Faire Corner Store opened for its first sale for Valentine’s gifts and goodies and we continue to have four seasonal Craft Faire Corner Store events each year – for Valentine’s & St. Pat’s, Spring & Easter, Summer & July 4th and Fall, Halloween & Thanksgiving.

In 2018 we had 48 crafters contributing items to our Craft Faire sales and the Deans are still doing SERRV gifts as well as crafting. Our group of crafters works hard all year to create beautiful items for our sales and in 2018 our contribution to the church operating budget totaled $12,402 - $12,152 from crafts, $250 from SERRV sales and the Thanksgiving weekend Soup & Sandwiche Shoppe added another $778.

We’re always looking for new ideas and suggestions of items to make. This is our 28th year and we’re still going strong and having much fun crafting and raising money for our church. We would love to have more crafters in our group. Come join us! We meet the first Tuesday of most months at 10am, check the calendar.

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Craft Faire
CA Conference

Dear United Methodist Friends,

After the conclusion of our Annual Conference Session, the California-Nevada Conference Cabinet went into a retreat to review the actions and the discussions that took place during our conference session and to initiate the appropriate follow-up actions that were required.

Two topics were extensively reviewed: 1) a recommendation for redirecting the general apportionment and 2) the resolution to request the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops to call a special session of the Jurisdictional Conference. The first item was lengthily discussed and defeated at legislative section by a margin of 80% and by a wider margin at plenary. The second item mirrored the same proposal that was presented in four annual conferences of the Western Jurisdiction during the prior week, but it was hastily discussed and approved at the legislative section, going into the consent calendar. The final text approved called for a “Jurisdictional Plan” to be in place before the 2020 General Conference, but when members of the section asked if the plan was to discuss “separation of the UMC”, the proponents responded that the special session would be just for the Jurisdiction to meet before and prepare for the General Conference.

The Cabinet, fulfilling its disciplinary responsibility that “it is expected to speak to the conference and for the conference to the spiritual and temporal issues that exist within the region encompassed by the conference.” (2016 Book of Discipline, ¶424.2), found it was necessary to issue a statement about disaffiliation and general apportionments. We prayerfully discussed and wrote the attached document, which we offer as our statement and a reflection of our understanding of the actions taken by California-Nevada Annual Conference.

The document was shared with the Core Team (our central leadership body) and with the General and Jurisdictional Delegation of our annual conference for their information, feedback and input. We understood that they were not involved in the intense process of debating and writing the document and were not expecting that they would all agree with its content. We received their feedback and decided to issue the statement in public form today. We do so recognizing that this statement has already received response and commentary in social media outlets. We affirm those who have patiently waited for the public communication of this document before forming judgments concerning its nature and purpose.

Our Extended Cabinet felt it was important to express its position about these two issues that are center to the debates about our future as a denomination and a jurisdiction. We offer this document as a thoughtful contribution to our ongoing conversations and would appreciate any response and dialogue that may emerge from its discussion.

We look forward to our continued discernment and conversation about the future and the mission of our church.

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Let’s get out for that early morning walk at 8am. We will be meeting at the Nevada County Fairgrounds at Gate 1. We hope to see more of our church family joining us on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. Come chat with your friends and have a pleasant stroll auround our beautiful Fairgrounds!

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A HUGE Thank You goes to those in our congregation who volunteered for Rolling River Day Camp — Vacation Bible School! Nancy H., Andrea S., Cindy L. and Susan D. were terrific leaders and represented our church well! Although the numbers were less than we hoped for, the group of kids was very receptive and wonderful! It was such a great week.

At the Thursday night program, we presented Interfaith Food Ministry with 42 Birthday Bags FULL of goodies, such as cake mix and frosting, party favors, games, all of the themed paperware, and decorations.
And a special thank you to all those who donated financially; we certainly couldn’t have done all of the extras without you.
If you want to see what fun we had — and how well the children performed at the program — Click Here for video.

Also, see VBS pictures by clicking on the left sidebar: Pictures,
then scrolling down to Vacation Bible School

Save the Date…..One really special outgrowth of VBS is that we have a starter fund for hand CHIMES for our church! The children at VBS love playing them — and we think our group of kids will, too! Brianna Stone has volunteered to have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6th. We’ll plan a dessert raffle, also, so SAVE THE DATE, dust off your best cake/cookies/pie recipes and get ready! You’ll hear more about this as the time gets closer.

    Rev. Patricia Spooner has graciously agreed to lead us in our Retreat once again. Her theme is TREE OF LIFE, Balancing the Path Inward and the Path Outward.
    Stop by the registration table in the Fellowship Hall and pick up a flyer and a registration form if you are interested. Come join us September 13th to 15th for this invigorating event
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Hospitality House

Nevada County Hospitality House began in the nineties with a mobile model to provide shelter and food for the local homeless population. Churches provided floor space for mats, serving dinner and “continental Breakfast”, a day at a time, as guests were bussed from church to church.

We at NCUMC, with the encouragement of Pastor Jerry Smith, participated once a day, twice a month. Church congregants brought in and served pot luck meals, with several folks staying overnight with the HH guests and staff. This worked well until the guests became more than twenty. Our space limited our participation.

At that time we switched to serving pot luck meals at other venues larger than ours: Peace Lutheran, Salvation Army, and Grace Lutheran.

The guests were out among the community during the days, and hosted for lunches at the GVUMC parsonage on Church St., in Grass Valley, by the “lunch bunch”—folks from around Nevada County who brought in sandwiches, salads, soups, casseroles, and cookies. Guests were also able to have showers and do laundry there.

After years of the mobile model, a building was purchased on Sutton Way which became Utah’s Place, named after Utah Phillips, who worked for the rights of the homeless population, particularly in Nevada County. The building has 54 beds (a large upstairs dorm for men, a smaller one for women, and a room for families), a dining room, and a commercial kitchen. Once meals began being served here, all preparations needed to meet Environmental Health Standards, so all had to be cooked on site (or in another certified commercial kitchen). This changed the practice of bringing in food, and created teams of cooks who had to cook on site. Now many community groups come in, purchase, cook, and serve meals. We at NCUMC serve such a meal on the first Saturday of every month. We work with the Grass Valley Friends. We alternate months, serving the main meal one month and salad and dessert the next. It usually takes a crew to cook, and about 7 others to serve. We have a sign up in the Fellowship Hall and welcome anyone who would like to participate. There are always plenty of experienced hands on deck to lead the way.

Staff at Hospitality House includes Administrative Staff who serve in a separate office on Brunswick Rd., and daily logistics staff at Utah’s Place such as Advocates who monitor intake, and daily procedures with the guests. Others include Case Managers, House Managers, Outreach Support (out in the community), and a Chef (who runs a class with guests learning to cook). There are also volunteer “monitors” and chaplains.

Guests come in daily at 4 PM. They are fed an evening meal at 6 PM, and stay in house (doing many chores, taking showers, doing laundry) until 7:30 the next morning when they are given “continental breakfast” items and a few lunch items to take with them. Then they are once again out in the community until 4 PM.

Hospitality House has a van which is used to take guests to appointments, as needed. Recently, two new rooms have been added. Guests must be drug and alcohol free to check in … but there is now an “Outreach” room which has 11 beds for people who do not meet the alcohol and drug standards. They may check in at 5:45 PM, have a leftover meal, and have to check out at 6:45 AM, taking their belongings with them. These conditions are not ideal, but they do provide 11 people with shelter which was not available in the past. The other “new room” has 4 beds for guests coming out of the hospital who may stay “in house” for respite care.

Future plans include a day center and small housing units—seeking to span the gap between “homelessness” and community involvement.

There are now monthly tours on the first Thursday of every month at Utah’s Place at 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley. Tours start at 9 AM.

A main source for fund raising for HH is the thrift store Bread and Roses, located at East Main and Hughes Rd., Grass Valley. They receive donations from the community, welcome shoppers, and provide vouchers for Hospitality House guests.

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