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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
The youth-in-community group UTurn will be celebrating its sweet 15-year anniversary on Friday, June 24, from 7 to 10 p.m. Everyone is invited to come join the fun. UTurn has been kickin’ it for a decade and a half at New Life Christian Center, on Sutter Hill, at 87 West Ridge Road, in Sutter Creek, across from Gold Country Lanes. On the Friday of the anniversary party, there will be inflatables, games, prizes, a chance to win a Go-Pro camera, food and beverages. The Bridge Band from Valley Springs will be playing live music, and... [Read more]
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Roger Riggsby
2 weeks ago

Picking up from where I left off in my last column, the first fully canonized Bible, both Old and New Testaments, was accepted by the Christian Church in the year 303 AD.

From here, I think we need to look at how the Bible began to be used. In all reality, it was hundreds of years before the common person even had access to reading the Scriptures. The first real versions of the Bible that were available in some kind of language that could be read was in the mid 1300’s to the mid 1400’s. John Wycliffe transcribed the first English...

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Eric Winslow
3 weeks ago
The Truth and Freedom Memorial of the Church at the Cross, Pine Grove. Photo by Eric Winslow
"When freedom climbs, it mounts the cross." Maybe it was the continuing vertical ascent up that mountain, which becomes noticeable as you leave Pine Grove along Highway 88 - or maybe it was a mixture of thinning atmosphere and spiritual inspiration, which I had begun to imbibe after visiting so many fine houses of God along that stretch of road beginning at Sutter Hill and now making its serpentine way into the big trees whose tops just start to touch the bracing air at 3,000 feet above sea level - but, for whatever reason, that's... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
3 weeks ago
Dahkota Brown and Adam Dalton. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
On May 28 and 29, the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians hosted the 3rd Annual Chaw’se Day Celebration at Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. The weather was perfect and hundreds of people came together to enjoy native culture in a place that simply has a special feel to it. The event showcased native foods, the rebuilt roundhouse, dancing, singing, games, crafts and more. People in attendance got to see first-hand that native culture is alive and strong today. Everywhere you looked, young people were learning... [Read more]
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Roger Riggsby
05/12/2016 9:11 AM

According to the Guinness organization the following statistics are available. The Bible is the world’s largest, best-selling and most distributed book. Two and a half billion copies were printed between 1815 and 1975, but recently the numbers have risen to five billion. The English version of the Good News, the New Testament, has sold over 17.5 million copies. The entire Bible has been translated into over 349 languages with 2,123 languages having at least one version in those languages.

First and foremost, the name by which most...

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05/12/2016 12:55 PM

A workshop titled, “Women and Spirituality: Breaking Barriers,”will be held at Sophia’s Well on Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will feature reflections on the feminine creative principle and our need to re-member the Divine Feminine. The workshop will also feature a retelling of Christian scripture that is inclusive of women’s experience.

In addition, there will be music, poetry, meditation, writing and sharing. The event will be hosted by Marilyn Nutter, Rev. Tracy Johnson and Lynnea Honn, and the cost will be by...

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Eric Winslow
05/05/2016 10:33 AM
Pine Grove Mt. Zion Church. Photo by Eric Winslow
Everybody has heard something about Zion. Some people know it as the key word in the term for the state of Israel's political philosophy; others remember it as the last refuge for humanity in the Matrix series of science fiction films. If you know the Hebrew Bible, you will recognize Zion as a synonym for God's holy city of Jerusalem, the ultimate social ideal. If you are a loving and attentive reader of the Old Testament, and you also happen to know anything about Amador County, you will immediately smile when you recognize the... [Read more]
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Roger Riggsby
04/28/2016 11:41 AM
As mentioned in earlier articles, the first followers of Jesus were Jews who mostly gathered in Synagogues. Soon, however, non-Jewish people began to appear at these meetings and, in fact, one of St. Paul’s early sermons in the Book of Acts addresses his audience as “You Israelites and others who fear God, my brothers ... you descendants of Abraham’s family and others who fear God" (Acts 13:26). This implies that there were gentiles who started believing in the Good News of Jesus teachings, as well as Jews. To amplify this, in the... [Read more]
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04/21/2016 12:51 PM
The Ministerial Association of Amador County invites you to join us for an hour of focused prayer for our government, churches, military, family, educational system, the media and our local businesses. Pray with us in Detert Park, in Jackson from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016. We will gather at the stage area. We hope to see you there. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
04/21/2016 12:48 PM

Community Christian School in Pine Grove will be holding our annual Open House on Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m. Come and meet our teachers and check out our classrooms! Also, this is an excellent chance to preview our Kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year. Enrollment applications will be available on this night as well. We hope to see you there!

Community Christian School is located at 14045 Ponderosa Way, in Pine Grove. It provides a comprehensive, Christian education for students Pre-K through 8th grade. For more information...

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Eric Winslow
04/14/2016 2:27 PM
The humble home of the Healing Word Church of Pine Grove. Photo by Eric Winslow

Throughout the ages, people have tried to describe the Christian Church using a variety of illustrative metaphors. Some have pictured it as a court of law where the guilty (sinners) are condemned (by Satan) to (everlasting) punishment until the Just Judge (God) sees evidence of their true innocence (in the blood of Jesus, with which repentant sinners must be covered to receive forgiveness and eternal reprieve). Let’s call this the legal metaphor — the Christian Church as a court of law.

Others have seen Christ’s Church as if it...

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Eric Winslow
04/07/2016 10:48 AM
Community Church Pine Grove. Photo by Eric Winslow

In Pine Grove, at nearly 2,500 feet above sea level, we have already begun to reach the higher climes on the Highway to Heaven. This makes sense, since reaching is exactly what this week's congregation is all about. As one of the most active and well-known Christian churches in the County, the Community Church Pine Grove makes a great effort to reach up, reach deep, reach in and reach out.

"Reaching up" refers to the worship ministry, pivoting on Sunday fellowship, which starts at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Bud Inman is the head pastor...

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Roger Riggsby
04/07/2016 10:46 AM
In today’s culture we use words like “iconic" to mean "the most-recognized," or "the greatest person" or some kind of category like that. But Jesus is in a category like no one else. In the world of religions, he is known to all, and his life has somehow directly or indirectly affected billions of people whether they believe in him or not. Even the dating of our calendar is based on his life and death. Christians, of course, believe that he is the Messiah as foretold in the Holy Scriptures. Along with our belief in his life, death... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
03/24/2016 1:54 PM
There is much activity going on at the Ione Community Methodist Church these days. As many of you are aware, the Church is one of the oldest buildings in Ione, its steeple a landmark which can be seen from the highway coming into town, and it is listed on the historical registry. It has been called “The Cathedral Church of the Motherlode” because of its beautiful gothic architecture, both outside and in the Sanctuary. With that thought in mind, the members decided to go forward with an extensive renovation of the building, while... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
03/24/2016 1:45 PM
The Orthodox faithful from the Mother Lode and Central Valley came to Jackson on March 20, to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy, which commemorates the defeat of iconoclasm, at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. Photos by Larry Angier

Today, what most Christians know as “Good Friday,” is also the original “Black Friday.” (That other event, following Thanksgiving Thursday, is a consumerist impostor.) Today is the real Black Friday because, for most western Christians — Catholics and Protestants — today is the day to commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on the cross, as well as to anticipate His Resurrection, which will be celebrated two days from now, on Easter Sunday.

What many people don’t know is that the other half of the Christian world,...

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Roger Riggsby
03/17/2016 10:26 AM
This might come as a surprise to some, while others may even disagree (or maybe they either don’t want to admit it, or just ignore the thought) that Christians, Jews and Muslims all believe in the same God. Some have said that the phrase “Abrahamic Religion” means that Judaism, Christianity and Islam come from one spiritual source, the biblical patriarch called, in the book of Genesis, Abraham. In fact, the three great monotheistic faiths claim that their lineages trace back to Abraham, who was father of both Isaac (progenitor of... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
03/10/2016 12:30 PM
United Methodist Churches of Amador County will be headed to Panajachel, Guatemala. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
For the third year in a row, a team from the United Methodist Churches of Amador County will be headed to Panajachel, Guatemala, for a humanitarian mission with Porch De Solomon (porchdesalomon.org). Guatemala suffers from the world’s fourth-worst chronic malnutrition rate. Along with this, the Guatemalan people face disease from a lack of access to clean drinking water, homelessness and a lack of sustainable jobs. This year, the Methodist Team will participate in the building and funding of a home for a family in desperate need.... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
03/10/2016 10:57 AM
The Call Church on Ridge Road. Photo by Eric Winslow
Pine Grove, CA. - The original word for "church" in Biblical Greek is "ekklesia," a term which comes from a verb meaning "to call." This seems to suggest that the basic idea behind the whole notion of church, and what church is supposed to be about, comes down to that critical moment when a person becomes quiet enough - becomes sincere and honest enough with his or her conscience - to go beyond the noise and haste of our busy world in order to be able to hear the still, small voice of God - a call which continuously arises from the... [Read more]
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Roger Riggsby
03/03/2016 10:34 AM

Since the beginning of time, there have been many types of powers that seem to be ascribed to some kind of supernatural beings. Some prayed to these entities for certain needs, such as food, seeking favors for good harvest or beating down their enemies. They worshiped these gods and goddesses from altars, large statues and sacrifices.

The Romans were very tuned in to their religious beliefs in many deities (gods); they even believed that some of their gods were married to each other, like Jupiter and Juno; a lot of these...

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Eric Winslow
03/03/2016 8:48 AM
The Central Church of Christ near the corner of Ridge Road and New York Ranch Road. Photo by Eric Winslow

Jackson, CA. - As the road along the Highway to Heaven moves gradually from the lower lying foothills and vineyards, to the upper reaches where tall trees begin to overshadow the path, things seem to become simpler, less populated and yet more lovely. As if to match this simple beauty and beautiful simplicity, the first church you encounter when coming off the ridge into the steeper foothills is a tiny congregation plainly named the Central Church of Christ.

On any Sunday after 10:00 a.m., stand on the corner of Ridge Road...

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