At the January Annual Meeting of the Interfaith Food Ministry, the yearend reports and new year plans made for exciting presentations. I’ll highlight just a few of the accomplishments:


  - Sierra Harvest was able to glean 2, 754 pounds of fresh produce from 44 local locations and that food was distributed by IFM

  - 836 new families became clients in 2019, bringing the total to 3609 families – or 8069 individuals


   - IFM was able to reach 300 new families through the Nevada County Food and Toy Run

   - In 2019, there was 449 people who volunteered in some capacity at IFM, with an estimated 47, 043 volunteer hours

 There are 13,500 food-insecure people in Nevada County


  - There are presently quite a few tasks that need volunteers, just on a one-time basis. If you want to help, call me (Eleanor - 530-277- 8025).

  - Thank you to all who contributed this past year. I am extremely proud to represent our church on the Board of this organization. And, by the way, we donated 9 HEAVY, full bags of groceries on Souper Sunday, as well as $204! This is an amazing church!

Interfaith Food Ministry
Food Boxes
Donate Box
Solar Panels

                         Solar Project Fundraising

In July of 2018 NCUMC had 38 solar panels installed. Our members contributed $22,000 toward the cost and church took out a loan with mPOWER for the $19,070 balance. In April 2019 we paid down the loan with another $8,500 in donations. Biannual loan payments are due with the Real Estate Taxes and the first was in December 2019 for $613.36. The next payment is due in April 2020 for $613.36.
Our PG&E electric bill for 2019 was $324.41. In November we received a $250 credit from PG&E for all the inconveniences of the power outages.

 Our final cost for electricity in 2019 was $74.41! This is quite a reduction from 2017’s electricity bill of $4,545. NCUMC is saving the earth of using fossil fuels and saving our church budget much money!

The estimated balance on the solar panels loan is $12,895 with administrative fees, interest, etc. We have an anonymous donor who will match our gifts up to $5,000. It would be nice to pay off the loan soon. Gifts are due by May 15, 2020 before the calculations for the 2021 Real Estate Taxes are done. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated.

Interfaith Food Ministry needs help!

Do you realize that, besides handing out food, there are lots of volunteer tasks to be done on a one-time basis?

- help with social media and PR

- set up for the concert coming in the Fall

- collect raffle prizes

- set up for the annual Hunger Run (Saturday, Sept 26th)

- serve or “bus” tables at “Paulette’s” Spaghetti dinner (Friday, Oct 16)

- drivers who can pick up donations at the local food stores

- and there is always a need for sorting and packing food


Contact Naomi Cabral (IFM’s Development Director) at or Eleanor (your church representative

to the Board) at 530 -277- 8025.




Would you like to see how Habitat is addressing the affordable housing shortage in our area? Contribute to the lunches we provide for the construction crew, on any third Saturday of the month. You can deliver your part to the construction site and see exactly what is going on. A sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall will suggest what to bring. Barbara Dean can answer further questions, (530) 272-6966.



Curious about how homelessness is being addressed in Nevada County? Come join our dinner team on any of the first Saturdays of every month, serving dinner at Utah’s Place from 5:30 to 7. For just an hour and a half you will contribute a lot, and learn much more!! Sign up on the board in Fellowship Hall. Contact Barbara Dean for information (530) 272-6966.


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            Our Local Church Staff

Pastor…………………………….……..David Niu
Administrative Assistant......Kim East
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………………………Blake Busick
CA-NV Bishop…………………………Minerva Carcano
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We encourage youth to check out The Upper Room’s Devo Zine, where you can find articles about spiritually active teens all around the world, connect with their social media outlets, post and respond to a live prayer wall, and even contribute articles and devotionals of your own.

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After consultation with government officials, Pastors, the Conference Lay Leader and the Extended Cabinet, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño on March 18, 2020 gave the directive that the church buildings of the California-Nevada Conference should close immediately in an effort to align the Conference with the public health efforts to mitigate against the spread of COVID 19. 


However, it is understood that certain essential access to church properties for Pastors and designated Lay Leaders will be necessary.  The following is a list of protocols for Pastors and local church Lay Leaders in the continued and critical work of the Church.


Be aware that our insurance company has informed us that actions that defy state, county, or city orders can create potential liability for local churches.  Let us obey the laws of the land while finding new, faithful ways to be the Church.


Basic Safety Precautions

All must practice CDC safety precautions. We have included links to the appropriate CDC pages because information and around precautions are regularly updated:


Access to Church Facilities


Pastors and Certified Lay Ministers Assigned to Local Churches



Church Lay Leaders




Food Distribution


Charitable food distribution, including the efforts of local churches, should remain fully open and operational.


the spread of illness.

often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  






Funeral Homes in the Northern regions of California and Nevada are following the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control.  These protocols are in place as of March 19, 2020 and subject to further change.  It should be noted that the CDC is recommending livestreaming funeral services in all states.  A representative list of the funeral protocols that funeral homes are now practicing is found below.


Pastors are encouraged to practice their best pastoral care of those who mourn the death of loved ones while considering the high importance of keeping families, congregations and individuals safe from the Coronavirus.




San Mateo County


Alameda and Sacramento Counties



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Spreing Run Cancelled
With respect to the order to "shelter-in-place" and practice social distancing until at least April 30, we are cancelling the 34th Annual Spring Run as a necessary precaution to protect our residents and to preserve our local health care system.
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Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño to Share Holy Week Daily Devotionals, Good Friday and Easter Sunday Sunrise Services
This Holy Week will be one we may all remember most especially given this time of finding new ways to connect and overcome social isolation.
Our Bishop, Minerva G. Carcaño is finding new ways to gather our conference faith family in this time and we invite each of you to share in her messages.
Holy Week Daily Devotionals
 Beginning tomorrow, Palm Sunday April 5th, Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño will be sharing morning devotions throughout Holy Week.  The Devotions will be audio recordings and will be distributed at 8:30 each morning beginning tomorrow, Palm Sunday April 5th through Thursday April 9th as well as on Saturday April 12. 
If you subscribe to the weekly e newsletter Instant Connection, you will receive these as a bonus to your subscription. Click here to subscribe to the Instant Connection.  
The devotions will also be posted on the conference website home page as well as Bishop Carcaño’s Message page  and published thorough our social media platforms. Links to those platforms are also on our conference home page.
Good Friday and Sunrise Easter Services
Bishop Carcaño will be hosting two conference-wide services during Holy Week: 
Good Friday Service, Noon Friday April 10
Bishop Carcaño will be joined by Conference Lay Leader Micheal Pope in leading a Good Friday Memorial Service at noon on Friday April 10. The service will last 30 minutes and commemorate the passing of those who have succumbed to complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.
Easter Sunrise Service
Join the Bishop for a Sunrise Service on Easter Morning, Sunday April 12, to celebrate the Resurrection of our LORD, Christ Jesus, and the promise of abundant life even in the midst of uncertain times. 
Visit the California-Nevada Facebook page to join the Bishop for the Good Friday Memorial Service at 12p pacific daylight time on Friday April 10th and at 6:15a pacific daylight time on April 12th to join the Bishop for Easter Sunday Sunrise Service.