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Craig Baracco
1 week ago

The Amador County Planning Commission has approved a new church in the Camanche area.

At their meeting Tuesday night, the Amador County Planning Commissioners approved a use permit that will allow the Camanche Community Church to convert the old Camanche Hills Sportsman Restaurant into a church. Approved activities include regular Sunday service, Sunday children’s service, weekly prayer and counseling meetings, and monthly breakfast meetings.

The existing building will not be changed or expanded, and the existing parking lot...

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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
Our Lady of the Pines is an active mission church, one of seven in the St. Katharine Drexel Parish family. ALD photo by Eric Winslow
Like the seven colors in the rainbow, or the seven notes between octaves, the seven churches of the St. Katharine Drexel parish host a harmonious spectrum of people and languages from all over the world: native Poles and Hispanics, as wells as people of African, Irish, Italian, Croatian, German descent, make up just a few of the diverse kinds of parishioners who attend Mass at one of the churches in Amador County's Catholic holy heptad. Christian life and fellowship at all of the parishes in the St. Katharine Drexel family is lively... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
2 weeks ago
Bishop Maxim greets the parishioners and clergy during the 20th Annual Diocesan Days at St. Sava Mission.
St. Sava Mission in Jackson, California, hosted the 20th Annual Diocesan Days, a gathering of the faithful sons and daughters of the Serbian Orthodox Church of Western America. Clergy and parishioners from Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and California came together to forge networks, enjoy fellowship, and discuss business, as well as to hear the keynote speaker, Professor Bogdan Lubardić, PhD, a professor of Theology from Belgrade University in Serbia. Dr. Lubardić discussed the philosophical... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
A view from the nave of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Pioneer. Photo by Eric Winslow
Here we are, poised on the summit of the Highway to Heaven, about to cross over into the alpine climes of the highest phase of our journey along Amador County's holiest stretch of road, which hosts no fewer than 17 church buildings and religious congregations along Ridge Road and Highway 88. Even though our pilgrimage has taken us to 15 different churches, all resolutely united in their devoted to the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have not yet heard or seen a single sign of the Lord's blessed mother. It is a most strange... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
3 weeks ago
The sanctuary of Sierra Baptist Church before the the Sunday morning worship service. Photo by Eric Winslow
"Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures evermore." These words from Psalm 16:11 fronted last Sunday's bulletin for the morning worship service at the Sierra Baptist Church in Pioneer, our fifteenth stop on the Highway to Heaven. It was the perfect reminder of the way Ridge Road, and then Highway 88, has show us a vineyard-strewn, tree-lined path through the God's own country, also known as Amador County. And the "pleasures" to which the Psalmist refers, while they... [Read more]
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Roger Riggsby
08/25/2016 10:47 AM

Maybe one of the most important times for the Church in general was the era after the Protestant and English Reformations, and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Trying to clarify what the term "Reformation" means, I went to the dictionary and found this quote: “The religious movement to reform the Roman Catholic Church that led to the establishment of the Protestant Churches." Not bad, I thought. But of course, there is so much more than what is summarized in this simple statement.

It should be understood that the purpose of the...

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Eric Winslow
08/18/2016 9:37 AM
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - T.S. Eliot. Photo by Eric Winslow
Pastor Janna Mikkelson shepherds the faithful at the Lutheran Church in Pioneer. Her outstanding sermons, which are available on the church's website, are relevant and Biblically-centered. In the rest of the civilized world, it may not be so rare to see a woman in the pulpit, but in Amador County female spiritual leaders are few and far between. The last woman we saw at the head of a congregation along the Highway to Heaven was way back at the beginning, at the second stop along way with Karen Siegfriedt at the Trinity Episcopal... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
08/25/2016 12:55 PM

On July 26, officials from the Jackson Elks Lodge No. 2426, in Martell, donated more than $2,000 worth of food to the Interfaith Food Bank. Present at the ceremony were, from left, in photo above, Leading Knight Greg Shortridge, Exalted Ruler Joan Mitchell, Interfaith Food Bank Executive Director Tom Thompson, Inner Guard Janet Hammond, Board Chairman Dick Harrison, and Chaplain Tommi Flint.

The Interfaith Food Bank provides nourishment to thousands of needy residents of Amador County. In 2015, the Interfaith Food Bank served...

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Jack Mitchell
08/11/2016 2:13 PM
The crew at Rally for Allie worked all day. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

“This is why I love Amador County,” and “This is why I live in Amador County.” These were sentiments shared by everyone who attended the Rally for Allie at St. Katharine Drexel Parish on the evening of August 6. More than 600 people filled the spacious Parish Center and spilled into the parking lot, all in the name of raising funds and the hearts and hopes of 12-year-old Jackson resident Allie Olivarria and her family.

On April 27 of this year, Olivarria’s life completely flipped the day she was diagnosed with leukemia. Leukemia...

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Roger Riggsby
08/03/2016 7:35 PM
Father of the English Reformation, King Henry VIII

When you discuss the reformation it needs to be noted that there were many reformations in the western branch of the Christian Church. There was a Protestant Reformation, but there was also a Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation, as well as an English Reformation, each of which represented distinctly different situations involving doctrine and leadership.

The most widely accepted name in the first reformation is that of Martin Luther, a Priest/Monk and professor of Theology in the early western branch of the Christian Church (known...

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Eric Winslow
08/04/2016 10:10 AM
Faith Lutheran Church in Pioneer
On August 5, 1620, a ship called the Mayflower departed from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach a new world where the religious devotees on board hoped to build a "city on a hill" that would stand as a glowing testament to the reformed faith which was being persecuted and oppressed in the old world. In a way, the pilgrims on the Mayflower had embarked upon their own "Highway Heaven" in their struggle to live out their vision of a puritan faith that they would bring to America where, 400 years later, more than 20,000... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
07/21/2016 1:45 PM

For three days, a group of 250+ teens and adults belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently walked and pulled handcarts along the historic Mormon Emigrant Trail. The trail starts just off of Highway 88, near Bear River, at an elevation of 7,300 feet. Steve Brown organized this trek with the help of his wife, Celeste, and their friends, in order to recreate the trials and tribulations of their ancestors.

In June of 1848, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, known as Mormons, took...

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Via Press Release
07/21/2016 1:44 PM
George Williams and his 1967 Camaro won the People’s Choice award.

The Amador County Council 1849, Knights of Columbus, held its second annual Knight Rider Car Show on Saturday, July 16, 2016, in the parking lot of St. Katharine Drexel Parish Center, in Martell.

With the help of more than 45 business sponsorships from Amador County and beyond, this year’s event was a huge success, as just over 80 cars were displayed.

The Car Show Committee, headed by David Payne, added one new feature: the People’s Choice Award. Members of the general public attending the show were able to vote for the car of...

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Eric Winslow
07/14/2016 1:15 PM
The church formerly known as Sutter Creek United Methodist has merged with the United Methodist Church of Jackson to become Creekside United Methodist Church. Photo by Eric Winslow
The United Methodists of Amador County have intensified their unity to an even greater degree ever since two local congregations have combined to create the Creekside Methodist Church, located at the historic white chapel with the towering spire on Main Street in the town of Sutter Creek, right next to the Town Hall on the south bank of the stream named for the famous father of the Gold Rush. In fact, in 1848 John Sutter himself spent a good deal of time in this little gem of a city, affectionately known as "the Jewel of the... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
07/07/2016 10:51 AM
The Amador Free Will Baptist Church in Pioneer. Photo by Eric Winslow
Twelve is one of those Biblically significant numbers. There were twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament, as well as twelve Apostles in the New Testament. In the Book of Revelation, the Virgin Mary wears a crown of twelve stars. And everybody knows there were traditionally twelve days of celebration when Christians used to commemorate the calendar days between Christ's birth and the arrival of the Magi from the East. Being such an important figure in the holy scripture and tradition, there is little wonder that the twelfth stop... [Read more]
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Roger Riggsby
06/23/2016 11:12 AM

After taking a little break to go through the history of the Bible, I will pick up where I left off with the handling of the early heresies and the Nicene Creed in 325 A.D., and then the adoption of the final version of Holy Scripture in the early 400’s.

I need to make some personal observations on this next phase of history as we begin to look at the Middle Ages. The beginning of the Christian religion obviously starts with the birth, life, death and Resurrection of Jesus. It continues with his commandments and ministry...

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Eric Winslow
06/16/2016 1:25 PM
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
06/08/2016 10:24 PM

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
06/02/2016 11:38 AM
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
06/02/2016 11:27 AM
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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