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Roger Riggsby
6 days ago
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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2 weeks ago
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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2 weeks ago

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
3 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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
4 weeks ago
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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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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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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Eric Winslow
02/25/2016 11:59 AM
The sprawling campus of the worship center of the Sutter Creek Church of the Nazarene. Photo by Eric Winslow
The history of the Christian Church can seem meandering, sinuous and twisty, just like one of those grapevines growing along Ridge Road, the first major leg on Amador County's Highway to Heaven, which runs from Sutter Hill and connects to Highway 88 in Pine Grove, then curls its way through upcountry to Plasse's Resort. Indeed, the convoluted and zigzagging course of events through which the Christians spirit has passed through the lifetime of the Church on Earth bears a striking a resemblance to the way our county's royal road of... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
02/18/2016 9:03 AM
It is not surprising that the meeting place for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons), the fourth religious building along Amador County's Highway to Heaven, stands side by side with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which we visited last week. Both of these religious movements were born in that rip-roaring explosion of religious revival in the 19th century called the Second Great Awakening. One can imagine the Mormon founder, Joseph Smith, passing by the many churches lining the 50-mile length of... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
02/11/2016 12:19 PM
Fr. Gregory Edwards. Photo by Larry Angier

Join us Thursday, February 18, at 7 p.m. in the upper Church Hall at Saint Sava Church, 724 North Main, for a short program about the history of the church. following a prayer service (dating from the 7th century) at 6 p.m., in the historic Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church.

Families with children are welcome with activities and entertainment in the downstairs hall. Light food will also be served.

The Reverend Dr. Fr. Gregory Edwards, new pastor of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Jackson, was raised in Pennsylvania and became...

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Eric Winslow
02/11/2016 12:08 PM
The Sutter Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church. Photo by Eric Winslow
America's most famous Seventh Day Adventist is surely the 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson. That connection between medicine and Adventism is not accidental. Research has shown that Seventh Day Adventists live longer and enjoy greater health than most Americans. One study has found that Adventists live 4 to 7 years longer on average than the rest of us. This longevity and vitality may have a lot to do with the fact that Adventists advocate vegetarianism, as well as an all around healthy lifestyle. But perhaps... [Read more]
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02/11/2016 2:07 PM
The Konevetz Choir. Photo by Larry Angier

The family worship service begins at 10 a.m. This Sunday, Pastor David Kaufman will begin studies on prayer. It will be a mini-series starting with the prayer of 1 Samuel 3-9. The worship team of Dennis Paddock and Elena Kaufman will perform music. Refreshments and fellowship follow. All are welcome. The women’s Bible study on Wednesdays will resume after March 1. The church is located in River Pines on Shenandoah Road and Emigrant Trail. For more information call Pastor Dave, at (209) 217-7079.

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Roger Riggsby
02/09/2016 12:04 PM

Lent is a religious observance of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and being confronted and tempted by the Devil.

The observation of this timeframe liturgically is done in many differing ways, based on the practices of each worshiping community. In most cases, this period is spent on prayer, reflection, fasting and repentance of our sins and shortcomings.

In many/most traditions, the beginning of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday (February 10 this year) and continues through Holy Week, which includes, in some churches,...

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Eric Winslow
02/04/2016 1:28 PM
We are making our way along the Highway to Heaven — a meandering, 50-mile stretch of Amador County roadway that curls its way like a grapevine through the Sierra foothills, festooned along the way with clusters of churches and houses of worship that cohere to the sides of this rural thoroughfare like those bursting bunches of grapes growing in the vineyards along Ridge Road. In light of such surroundings, Amador Christians surely must have a special place in their hearts for the words of Jesus, who said, “I am the vine, you are... [Read more]
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