From the Pastor

One of the Peanuts cartoons (one of many) that always made me laugh is the one where Charlie Brown tells Linus he has a headache. Linus says “maybe your ears are too tight.” It does seem to me that if I could just loosen my ears a bit I could get more information into my brain, or maybe just have room to sort through what is already there.

These are full days. If we are the sort who pay attention to what is going on in the world, there is much to consider. Watching Ken Burns’ series Viet Nam night after night throws me back into a world I had hoped we had left behind. I am disheartened by watching the mistakes we made and then thinking about how “we” are handling North Korea. I can’t help but wonder how the public television series 50 years from now will depict the international relations be-tween two “unhinged” leaders calling each other names. It would be humorous if it weren’t so serious.

The reappearance of a “Repeal Obamacare Bill” is kind of like the movie Ground Hog Day where the character keeps reliving the same day with new opportunities to behave differently but never quite getting it right. The same faces saying the same thing resulting in the same outcome. How many times must we do this? Can’t anyone even change the conversation a bit?

In the midst of this, there are things to do. Thanks to Dave and Janet Bunje’s leadership, we are busy putting to-gether flood buckets for the massive cleanup underway in Texas, Florida, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico – who knows where they will go? There is something cathartic about having the chance to actually do something, search-ing the cleaning aisles of the stores for things that will help. The specificity of the list reminds me of how much ex-perience UMCOR has in this disaster work. They know what works, and what doesn’t.

Remember that we are having an Administrative Council meeting this Sunday after the second service. Everyone is welcome!

October 12, 2017
Brothers and Sisters,
Grace and peace to you in the name of Christ Jesus.  
Our area has been devastated by wildfires, but our United Methodist leaders have held steady in the confidence that God with us.  I hold up the example of Rev. Blake Busick, Senior Pastor at First UMC in Santa Rosa, who even while he and his family were evacuated and have possibly lost their home, led God’s people to open the doors of their church to provide refuge for those escaping the deadly fires.
Our churches in Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, Petaluma and Novato are serving as shelters.  Our San Rafael and Terra Linda churches are assisting with the Novato shelter and as of yesterday were standing by, ready to serve as shelters as well if needed.  Clear Lake UMC who knows what it is like to be in the pathway of wildfires has been serving as a rest area for firefighters.  The need has been so great that even our Waller Center in San Francisco has become a shelter.  Los Altos UMC has sent forth health kits for those in shelters.  I have also learned that there was a wildfire in the Sutter Creek area and that Lodestar Camp served as a staging site for firefighters.  By God’s grace this fire has been contained.
Last night we received the following email from this United Methodist:

I’m a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, IN.
I work with a memory care community in Petaluma, CA and you were my first thought.
I’m looking for a church in the San Fran area where we could have potential evacuation
of 50 Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients—and caregivers (with meds and essential supplies).
We have buses headed to the community now, as the fire department has told us to prepare for potential evacuation.

Rev. Linda Caldwell, our Conference Superintendent for Mission Collaboration who leads our disaster relief work and DS Staci Current, began to immediately work on this request.  Jones Memorial UMC in San Francisco stands ready to receive these most vulnerable victims of the fires. 

The United Methodist who contacted us reached out this morning with a follow-up:

Thank you all for your assistance, care and prayers….
I cannot tell you how much your attention means to our team right now.

I am so grateful for the strength of our connectional church!  We are in contact with our United Methodist Committee on Relief.  They have always been a ready help to us in situations like the one we are presently facing.  It continues to be true that after many others leave, UMCOR stays for the long-term rebuilding of communities affected by natural disasters. 
Today Rev. Caldwell and DS Schuyler Rhodes are in Santa Rosa assessing the situation and needs and extending pastoral care.  We will continue to give you updates on what they learn and others report to us.  Be assured that we will develop a clear disaster response plan that we will share with you and the entire United Methodist Church.
We are receiving expressions of prayer and support from all over The United Methodist Church and others.  I am in Panama representing The UMC and our Council of Bishops at the Assembly of the Methodist Churches of Latin America and the Caribbean and our area has been prayed over many times including a very moving moment this morning when I was asked to stand with leaders of the Methodist churches in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and other places that have been recently affected by natural disasters so that those gathered for the Assembly could pray for all of us.  Our brothers and sisters laid hands upon us and lifted up fervent prayers for us. 
As this great Assembly prayed for all of us, I had a vision in which I saw the reconstruction of all our regions in the world; brick by brick, beautiful homes and buildings arising from the ashes and flood waters of destruction!  It was more than just a hopeful thought.  As I had closed my eyes for prayer I was only thinking about the pictures of the horrible destruction and death that has afflicted so many of us.  I believe that what I saw was an assurance from God that through God’s help we will rebuild.  I am praying that we will join God in this redemptive work. 
I had been scheduled to go from Panama to the Board meeting of Africa University in Zimbabwe but have made the decision to return home to be with all of you.  My heart has been burdened by the suffering of our communities, churches and pastors while I have been so far away.  God willing, I will be home tomorrow and will devote my time to the pastoral needs of those suffering and serving in our area.
We are the people of a faithful God who never forgets or abandons us, full of mercy and grace, a rock beneath our feet, a powerful right arm at our side, the One who protests us under the wings of God’s own care, and loves us in all circumstances with extra care and love for those who suffer most.  We are the disciples of Christ Jesus who came that we may have life.  We are the church who knows through the Holy Spirit that we shall never be alone for God is with us! 
Your Sister in Christ,

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño


Mens Club
Ladies Breakfast
Walk n Talk

Starting October 3rd all of our walking will take place at the Fairgrounds. We’ll meet at the Fairgrounds at Gate 1 at 8:30am on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please try to be there at 8:30am so we can all walk together. This is a lot of fun and a great way to start the day. If you need further directions or have any questions, call Anne at 272-3703.

  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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General Board of Church and Society

General Board of Global Ministries

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, October 11th at 12 noon in Fellowship Hall. Please note that there has been a change in the price of chicken lunch. The price is now $8. It remains the best deal in town! See you there!


We will meet on Tuesday, October 3rd at 10am in Fellowship Hall. It's not all that long before we will need our projects for the fall Corner Store and our big sale starting Thanksgiving weekend.


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 Sunday, October 29th at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Turkey tacos (with all the fixins’) for a mere $1 per person are on the menu for dinner and will be followed by a yummy dessert. After dinner, you are invited to play a variety of board games. There’s always lots of fun for everyone!!

LAT Eating

Our October potluck will be held on the 6th at the home of Pastor Kris and Susan.  Please bring a dish to share for the gathering time or the meal, your table service and cold beverage of choice.  If the weather cooperates, we plan to be inside and outside on the deck, so you may need a sweater.  The Parsonage is just up Broad Street a couple blocks from church, and, if you need directions, please call the church office at 265-2797.  See you there on the 6th at 6pm.

A Big THANK YOU to Everyone who Helped out at the Bratwurst Booth during the Roamin Angels Car Show and the Draft Horse Classic!!!

The “season of bratwurst” has finally come to a close for another year. Your help is ALWAYS appreciated and our booth is only a success because of you! THANK YOU!!!

Brat Crew

               Next Taize Service
               Wednesday October 4th 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.

October Calendar
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.
Fall Leaves
“Living Out the Teachings of Jesus in Today’s World” Bible Study Resumes
The “Living Out the Teachings of Jesus in Today’s World” Bible study will resume in September, on the third Wednesday: Sept. 20, 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Having reviewed Jesus’ teachings in the Gospel of Matthew, and the priorities and behaviors he models, we will now focus on discerning consistent emphases and values from Jesus’ point of view. This will be a lively group exercise weighing, comparing, praying, and conversing about the things Jesus most wants us to know and live out. No background is necessary. The study summary will be emailed ahead of time. Questions, comments, and new email addresses can be sent to This will be stimulating!
Harvey & Irma

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have devastated Purto Rico, Houston and much of Florida, as well as many of the small, poor Caribbean Islands. If you wish to help please mark your checks:

       UMCOR, Hurricane Harvey


       UMCOR Hurricane Irma


Donations may be sent to:


      433 Broad Street
      Nevada City CA - 95959


Through UMCOR, the United Methodist Committee on Relief,
of the monies you send will go the cause you have specified.


      Sunday, October 15th and 22nd
      10am till noon in Fellowship Hall

      Many special hand crafted  items for
           fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

Fall Items
Halloween Party