From the Pastor
      from Pastor Kris
Church Painting


Just as things start up at certain times of the year (like September and January), so do things tend to wrap up in June and December. This is a “wrapping up” time. School is ending for the summer and kids are taking their finals and enjoying end of year celebrations. I’ve been out of school lo, these many years, but I still feel like I’m wrapping up a year. Of course, I am, as in the Methodist tradition our year ends on June 30.

So, what is drawing to a close? Our Monday morning Bible study on the history of the New Testament will end on June 12. It’s been a full nine months of challenging ideas and great discussions. I’m glad we did it! Now it’s time to think of what’s next….

The youth confirmation class has also been active since September and now we are approaching decisions about being confirmed. Sunday, June 4, is Pentecost Sunday and we will celebrate confirmation then. Eleanor Kenitzer, Sharon Delgado, Peggy Hernandez, Jennie Darlington-Person and I have journeyed with the youth during these months and have been blessed to get to know such fine young people.

The one thing that isn’t yet ending is my work for the Annual Conference. I serve as the Conference Secretary, which involves collating the legislation and reports ahead of time and then taking minutes during the Session in June. This year we are without an editor for our annual Journal, so there will be additional things for me to do after the Session to get material ready to print. It’s a lot of work, and if it happened at any time other than summer I would be going down for the third time! I like being involved with the people in the conference office in the strategizing and planning for our annual meeting. I know, too, that I am paying better attention to the work of the conference than if I were sitting in plenary and listening.

I hope your summer will have lots of time for relaxing and watching the flowers grow. These are great days for a good book to read, friends to visit, a few weeds to pull and trying out that recipe for peach salad! Enjoy…

Mens Club
Ladies Breakfast
Walk n Talk

We are now starting our early morning walk at 8am instead of 8:30am. The weather has gotten warmer so we want to get an earlier start. Come join us at Gate 1 at our fairgrounds every Tuesday and Friday morning for an invigorating and healthy way to start the day.


  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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Methodist Federation for Social Action
            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
Our Emergency Food Closet needs your help! It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon until 2:00 pm. If you would like more details or would like to sign up for a shift, please contact Harry Spence.

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, July12th at 12 noon in Fellowship Hall. Please note that there is a change in the price of chicken lunch. The price is now $8. It remains the best deal in town! See you there!

Our Great Course study called “The New Testament” with Professor Bart Ehrman continues Monday mornings at 10:00 am. All are invited to attend!

Bible Study


Please note we will not have our monthly meeting in July or August, but we hope you have a busy summer with some craft projects.  Next meeting will be Tuesday, September 5th.

June Calendar


Family Game Night
WANTED: LITURGISTS, COMMUNION SERVERS, AND GREETERS: We are in need of more people to participate in the worship ministry of our church (particularly at our 10:30 am service). Please contact Peggy in the church office if you would like more information or would like to participate in any of these ministries.

        Family Fun Night

Our next Family Fun Night will be held on Sunday, June 25th! On the menu are turkey tacos and a yummy dessert. The cost is just a mere $1 per person. After dinner, we play games of all types. There’s always more than enough food and fun! If you have any questions, please contact Eleanor Kenitzer at (530) 277-8025.

Sun & Birds

All adults are invited to join us for a relaxing evening on Friday, July 7th at Heather's home.  We’ll be outside on the deck enjoying the scenery, our conversations and delicious food.  Please bring a potluck dish to share for the gathering time or the meal, your table service and cold beverage of choice.  Heather lives way up Banner, but easy to find.  Maps will be available at church for your convenience.  Phone is 264-7347.  See you all on Friday, the 7th at 6pm.

NCUMC UMW met for a potluck salad lunch on April 19th. It was attended by fifteen women who brought twenty-seven purses which were filled with necessities and delivered to Women of Worth. They were very happy to receive these purses which will be passed on to women in need.

Thank You UMW
Mission u
      Living Out the
  Teachings of Jesus
    in Today’s World
June 14 will be the meeting day for the Bible Study on “Living Out the Teachings of Jesus in Today’s World,” led by Dave Bunje. With the third Wednesday coming during Annual Conference, we’ll move the session up to the second Wednesday this month. The study keeps growing in richness, and on the 14th we are privileged to focus on the Sermon on the Mount. Thorough notes are provided and folks are welcome to join in at any time, no background necessary: June 14, 7 pm. in the Fellowship Hall. Contact for more information.

     Blessing of the Prayer Shawls—Sunday, May 21st

On Sunday, May 21, Pastor Kris led the congregation in blessing shawls created by the knitters and crocheters in the Prayer Shawl Ministry. To date 497 shawls and lap robes have been given away and cumulatively traveled 242,554 miles all over the world. It is hoped that each receiver may see the love and care given to each shawl, mirroring the love and care that God be-stows upon all people.
Shawl Group

Craft Faire Corner Store
Sunday, June 25th
Sunday, July 2nd
10am til noon
Fellowship Hall
Come see what we
have for summer!

If you are needing a gift for baby or child or birthday, maybe a wedding — do check with us. We have many items available throughout the year!

Thank You for Restoring the NCUMC Sign!!

A special Thank You goes out to Ken J. for restoring the sign at the front of the church!! It looks great!! Thanks Ken!!
Earthcare Day Camp — July 17 -20 —Grass Valley United Methodist Church.
This year's emphasis is on "The Air Around Us", and the "Interconnected Web of Life." The program runs each day from 9 AM to noon, and includes science, music, arts and crafts, recreation, snack, and experts bringing bats, butterflies, bees, and raptors. Registration is $20 per child ($5 for each additional child in the same family). Registration forms will be available through the office and Sunday School. There is an Open House Program, Thursday night, July 20, for anyone to come and enjoy the music and art the students have created all week. Teen and adult volunteers are welcome! If you are interested, contact Barbara Dean.
Women’s Retreat Information
Womens Retreat

Women's Retreat Committee will be sponsoring the Annual Silent Auction all four Sunday's in August. If you have donations for that auction, please call Barbara Dean and she will arrange pick up or storage during the month of July. All proceeds from this auction go to scholarships for women attending the retreat.

All Church Women's Retreat: An All Church Women's Retreat is scheduled for next fall, September 15--17, at Zephyr Conference Center at Lake Tahoe. The speaker/facilitator is Reverend Patricia Spooner. The theme is "The River of Life, Negotiating the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly." Registration begins Sunday, June 4, at a table in Fellowship Hall. Space is limited, and there is an "early bird discount", so register soon! Brochures will be available at the time of registration. For further information, contact the church office.