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3 days ago
Grace Fellowship in Jackson. ALD photo by Bill Lavallie
This Sunday, May 24, is Pentecost. We celebrate this day in memory of the first Pentecost where the Holy Spirit was given to the early Disciples. The power and fire of the Spirit are remembered by wearing red on this Sunday. Join us as we work toward putting the Holy Spirit (the spirit of truth) into action in our world today. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. Sunday services will be at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour at 11:30 a.m. Trinity Church is located at 430... [Read more]
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3 days ago
Dennis and Steven Sibillia. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch.

As a young boy, my grandmother would tell me of her early childhood in Amador County. She was six years old when her father, Domenico Barbagelata, was killed in a mining accident. She gave me some hints as to where he was buried. She said that he was buried in a new Catholic cemetery somewhere in the county.

When we moved to Pioneer, in 1993, we started our quest to find the grave. Off and on, we looked at records and old newspapers, to no avail.

Then, by chance, I thought of the Catholic Cemetery in Sutter Creek. I went online...

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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
Those gathered prayed for our government and family, and enjoyed fellowship and a continental breakfast. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow

As if responding to the good intentions of the faithful, a light but much-needed rain bedewed participants of the National Day of Prayer as they made their way from the parking lot to the sanctuary of Jackson's Grace Fellowship Church on May 7. More than a hundred pastors and congregants from Amador's neighborhoods and churches, together with dignitaries from local businesses, professions and public agencies gathered at the foot of the cross to pray for our nation.

Pastor Jay Donnelly, of New Life Christian Center, emceed this...

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1 week ago
Stephanie Sherman and Rev. Karen Siegfriedt in Dubrovnik, Croatia with their copy of the Amador Ledger Dispatch. Photo courtesy to the ALD
Pastor Tom Widlund’s message at our 9 a.m., Sunday Service is “Mature Fruit.” Amy Doyle will provide the music. Childcare is available for toddlers through kindergarten. Food and fellowship in the Social Hall follow the service. The next Food Distribution is on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. until noon. The Monday Night Connections group will be discussing Psalm 19, at 6 p.m., in the Education Room. Adult Bible Study is on Tuesdays, at 6 p.m. Pastor’s office hours are Mondays, from 9 a.m. until noon. The church is located at 150 W.... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
You never know what impact a small act of kindness has on someone else. It may even have a greater impact on you. Imagine a world where kindness and compassion are the ruling values rather than power and money. What would that world be like? Join us as we work towards making that world our reality. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. Sunday services will be at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour at 11:30 a.m. Trinity Church is located at 430 Highway 49, Sutter Hill, across... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
Artifacts are explained and demonstrated for visitors by members of the Miwuk tribe. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Carolyn Schmitz
Long before the Gold Rush, the hills and hollows of Amador County could still be considered a “gold country” — not due to any shiny precious metal, but rather to the tawny fallen acorns which provided food to the Miwuk natives of the region. These tiny cups of nourishment were gathered in the springtime and taken to a massive outcropping of limestone, called, in the local language, a “Chaw’se” or “grinding rock,” to be mashed into an acorn meal that was then prepared and cooked into a kind of cereal dish. This acorn mush was the main... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago

Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene is located at 14050 Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek, with services at 8:30 and 11 a.m., and Bible Study at 9:45 a.m., led by Mark Lehman, Sr. Pastor. This Sunday, missionaries from the Asia Pacific Region, Dr. John and Vicki Moore, will visit and tell of their experiences this year. On Sunday, May 3, join the congregation in a night of healing prayer, at 6 p.m. For more information, call (209) 267-1307.

The Healing Word

Foursquare Gospel Church

Our May 2 Men’s Breakfast, from 9 to 11...

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04/23/2015 1:25 PM
The Rock Church, in Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
April 25 is the Women’s Breakfast, from 9 to 11 a.m., with guest speaker, Kristen Watson. Our May 2, Men’s Breakfast, from 9 to 11 a.m., will feature guest speaker, Richard Sotelo Berlanga, a former Mafia boss and author of ,“To God from the Mafia” and “Our Final Hour.” We offer Bible Studies specifically for men, women and small group. Call us for details, at (209) 296-SAVE (7283). Sunday morning services are at 10:30 a.m., with buffet lunch immediately after. We’ll have Sunday evening services at 6 p.m., beginning May 17, running... [Read more]
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04/23/2015 1:28 PM
Day Camp from previous years was fun, educational and inspiring for campers. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Faith Lutheran Church will hold its third annual Summer Day Camp with Mt. Cross Ministries

Mt. Cross Ministries, in Felton, is again partnering with the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church, in Pioneer, to provide summer day camp for kids, Monday, June 29, through Friday, July 3.

The camp, which is for children entering 1st through 7th grades in the fall, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon, on Friday. On July 2, a family potluck is planned from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at which time the campers...

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John Tuttle
04/23/2015 11:01 AM
Thanksgiving day is a time to play and feast, but did you know that the National Day of Prayer is a time to pray and fast? Americans mark the third Thursday in November as the national day of Thanksgiving, but few remember that festive holiday’s fervent complement, which President Lincoln proclaimed in 1863 as a “National day of humiliation, prayer and fasting.” The National Day of Prayer is an annual event observed by people of goodwill, led by their community and religious leaders, to “humbly come before God, seeking His guidance... [Read more]
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04/16/2015 8:48 AM
Catholics of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Martell marked the holiday on the more familiar and recently established Gregorian calendar date of April 7. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
Though Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians commemorate it on different dates, the two ancient Christian churches celebrate the same great event: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Serbian Orthodox Christians in Jackson, who follow the Julian calendar, observed “Pascha” (which means “Passover”) on April 12 at St. Sava Church on North Main Street, while the Catholics of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Martell marked the holiday on the more familiar and recently established Gregorian calendar date of April 7, which was the same... [Read more]
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04/10/2015 1:06 PM
The Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Sutter Creek Baptist Church

The Sutter Creek Baptist Church held a church-wide breakfast on Easter Sunday morning, prior to the worship service. The men’s breakfast group will meet again on Saturday, April 18. Call Ron Watson for details, at (209) 304-4414. We welcome you to join us for Bible study, Sunday mornings, at 9:15 a.m., Sunday evenings, at 6 p.m., and Wednesday evenings, at 6:30 p.m., following a time of prayer.

Ione Community United Methodist Church

Our Sunday worship services begin at 9 a.m., with coffee and pastries...

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Robert Mees
04/06/2015 8:30 AM
Unity in Prayer
Six local church leders joined Heather Murdock in Prayer in the Green Room at TSPN TV prior to the Love, Hope and Faith with Heather Murdock Easter Special last Wednesday, Pictured with Heather Murdock and Rober Mees, are Pastere Eugene Overstreet from Sierra Baptist Church, Father Stephen Tumbas from St. Sava, Pastpr Mark Lehman from the Sutter Creek Church if the Nazarene, and Pastprs Jay and Patty Donnelly from New Life Christian Center. It was a powerful moment of unity and prayer for the risen Christ. [Read more]
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04/02/2015 12:01 PM
The members of Trinity Episcopal Church Sutter Creek donated easy to use food items, personal care items and socks for their annual Care Package Project. They are assembling 200 Care Packages in this photo on March 22 and will distribute the packages to those in need. Photo by Pastor Karen Siegfriedt

Trinity Episcopal Church

Today, Friday, April 3, is Good Friday. Why do we call a remembrance of Jesus’ death good? Because Good Friday had to happen to fulfill the hope and resurrection of Easter. Good Friday service will be at noon. Easter services on Sunday, April 5, will be at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. (with a brass quartet at 10:30 a.m.). Come join us as we both remember the suffering of Christ and celebrate His glorious resurrection with joy. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. Sunday...

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Robert Mees
03/31/2015 2:25 PM
Easter Special
Pastors from four area churches joined Heather Murdock for an Easter Special, Wednesday morning, April 1, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on TSPN TV. Heather’s guests featured Pastors Jay and Patty Donnelly - lead pastors from New Life Christian Center, Mark Lehman - senior pastor for the Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene, Pastor Gene Overstreet from Sierra Baptist Church in Pioneer, and Fr. Stephen Tumbas from St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Jackson. The show will be rebraodcast on TSPN Saturday amd Sunday at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., Monday... [Read more]
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04/03/2015 9:10 AM
Janice L. Dennie. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Janice L. Dennie is one of Amador County’s accomplished local authors. Dennie began her writing career in 1997 with her debut novel, “The Lion of Judah.” Her second book, “Moon Goddess Queen of Sheba,” was published two years later. One of her most recent works is the first of a five-book series, The Underwood’s of Napa Valley series, called “Kenton’s Vintage Affair.” The story follows the owners of a successful Napa Valley winery with sparks of romance just around the corner. Enjoy a heartwarming romance woven into the gorgeous... [Read more]
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03/26/2015 9:19 AM
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Beginning Wednesday, April 1, Sophia’s Well of Wisdom will be hosting a lecture series on “Androgyny, Our Birthright, Astrology: A Born Again Science,” with speaker Reverend Thia McGinnis. The first lecture will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

Androgyny by definition is the expression of both masculine and feminine qualities and characteristics. In modern times Androgyny has been assigned to a variety of groups and organizations that are considered “anomalies.” When do the anomalies become an accepted norm? It really starts with the idea...

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03/26/2015 9:16 AM
Jackson United Methodist Church, in Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie.

Church of the Nazarene

On Sunday, March 29, Church of the Nazarene will host services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Get ready for joyful worship and an inspiring message. At 9:45 a.m., classes for all ages are offered on a variety of subjects. Sacred Space Youth Group is on Sunday at 6 p.m. for jr. high and high school youths. All are welcome. Church of the Nazarene is located at 14050 Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek.

King’s View Assembly of God

Clark’s Corner hosted a dinner fundraiser Saturday, March 14, for King’s View Assembly of God. The...

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03/20/2015 2:20 PM
The Church At The Cross, in Pine Grove. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie.

Church of the Nazarene

On Sunday, March 22, Church of the Nazarene hosts, “Youth Sunday,” where the church’s youth will be leading worship at both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services. Get ready for joyful worship, an inspiring skit and a message brought to you by Pastor Austin and the kids. Afterward, instead of spending your cash at a restaurant, fill your stomachs while supporting the youth group. Join others in Fellowship Hall directly after the 11 a.m. service for a delectable spaghetti lunch served by none other than our teens who...

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03/12/2015 10:23 AM
Passover Seder’s symbolic foods help celebrate the deliverance from bitter slavery to sweet freedom. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Passover, an eight-day festival which celebrates freedom from slavery in ancient Egypt, is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish religion. This year it begins at sundown, Friday, April 3. The Mother Lode Jewish Community will be holding its annual Passover Dinner and Seder on the second night, Saturday, April 4, in Murphys. Everyone is welcome.

The Passover dinner is partially catered so that reservations and pre-payment are required. Space is limited. Member cost is $20 per adult, $15 per child. Non-members are $25 per...

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