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7 days ago
Rob Bell coming to San Francisco
One of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and a New York Times bestselling author, Rob Bell, is coming to San Francisco. Bell will be in San Francisco for the “Everything Is Spiritual Tour.” Many people question what kind of world we’re living in and what that means for our hearts, souls and our spirits. On the “Everything Is Spiritual Tour,” Bell will make surprising connections between the universe you’re living in and the life you’re living. The “Everything Is Spiritual Tour” will inspire, provoke, challenge... [Read more]
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7 days ago

You’re invited to the Annual Baby Shower for Amador Pregnancy Help Center, tomorrow, Saturday, July 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday morning services are at 10:30 a.m. with complimentary lunch immediately following. Sunday evening services are at 6 p.m., and we will introduce you to some new speakers. Stop by our church at 20005 Highway 88, Suites A & B, in Pine Grove. For more information, call (209) 296-7283 or visit thehealingwordchurch.org.

Grace Fellowship Church

On Sunday, August 2, Grace Fellowship Church is hosting a...

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2 weeks ago
This week’s Wisdom Circle topic is “The Problem of Duality.” It will discuss the ongoing study of the Human Constitution: From Personality to Soul. Rev. Tracy Johnson and Lynnea Honn will be hosting this Sunday, July 19, at 10 a.m. Women Writers meets Mondays at 6 p.m. A Course in Miracles meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Wednesday Wisdom Lecture on July 29 at 6 p.m. will feature a review of Deepak Chopra’s book, “The Future of God” and a youtube presentation he gave to Harvard’s MBA Club on the Future of Well-being. The inner-faith... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
The 150 participants in the reenactment have been preparing for the trek spiritually and physically since March. ALD photo by Sarah Spinetta

For three days, a group of 150 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 stands at an elevation of 7,300 feet, just off Highway 88, near Bear River.

Steve Brown organized this trek with the help of his wife, Celeste, and their friends. The teenagers were assigned into “families” of about six boys and girls, along with a “mom” and “pop,” who kept an eye on their kids. Together, they pulled the carts about...

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Carolyn Schmitz
3 weeks ago
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“I have been to lots of VBS’s (vacation Bible schools), said one happy camper, “but this one is way the best.” When asked why, she replied, “because all the leaders are our age!” Another camper added, “No one tells us to ‘shush’ or ‘stop running. And the snacks are great!””

The “leaders our age” were five young adults from Mt. Cross Outdoor Ministries in Felton (near Santa Cruz): Team leader Whitney “Pennies” Holder, and counselors Kevin “Kauai” Schoby, Daniel”Samson” Sorrick, Shelby “Snaps” Harrah-Ferguson and Andrew “Einstein”...

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3 weeks ago
Wisdom Circle topic for Sunday, July 14, is, “The Human Constitution Part II: From Personality to Soul.” Rev. Patsy Fine will host the class beginning at 10 a.m., with meditation. Rev. Tracy Johnson will celebrate communion. Sophia’s is an inner-faith spiritual community with classes and services in support all who come in search of wholeness of body, soul and spirit. The philosophical foundation of the holistic wellness center is the Ageless Wisdom or Perennial Wisdom Tradition, the esoteric or mystical side of the major religions... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago
Thank you, Amador County. Your generous gifts to the Interfaith Food Bank during Trinity’s food drive this last weekend at Safeway totaled 3,656 pounds of food and $1,025. Thanks to all your efforts, many of our neighbors will not go hungry in the next weeks. 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 from Walgreens. For more information, call... [Read more]
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06/25/2015 3:17 PM
“Farewell” will be the sermon topic on Sunday, June 28. Pastor Tim Gravatt will preside with Scripture from Ephesians 3:14-21. The service will begin at 11 a.m., with a potluck lunch afterward to bid goodbye to Pastor Tim. Sophia’s Circle, a woman’s reading and discussion group, meets every Thursday, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. (use the office door to enter). An informal Men’s Breakfast Group meets the second Saturday of each month. Contact Bob Fyock, at (209) 267-0493, for details. Sutter Creek Methodist Church is located at 14 Main... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
06/25/2015 3:14 PM
Pastor Janna Mikkelson and husband Mark at reception following her ordination in May 2015. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Rev. Janna Mikkelson was installed as the new permanent called pastor at Faith Lutheran Church, Pioneer, on Sunday, June 14 Every pew was filled not only with members of Pastor Janna’s new church but the members and clergy of Ascension Lutheran Church of Sacramento, where she has worshipped for the past 30 years and where she was ordained. Several local clergy also attended. And, of course, Pastor Janna’s husband Mark and other members of her family.

Pastor Mark Price of St. John’s in Lodi, dean of the Sierra San Joaquin...

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06/18/2015 11:51 AM
Come join us at our cozy country church. Engaging, interactive, Berean Bible study classes. Bible-based, thought provoking messages in our Worship Service. Inspiring, uplifting instrumental music and congregational singing happen at Moriah Heights Church and Whispering Pines Christian School, located at 240 Highway 16. Take the last driveway on the left before the Sacramento County line if you are driving west on Highway 16, from Plymouth. Meet every Saturday morning, at 9:30 a.m., for Bible Study class. Worship service starts at 11... [Read more]
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06/11/2015 12:48 PM
“First time you’re here, you’re our guest. After that, you’re family.” Saturday, June 20, features speaker Richard Berlanga, who lived to tell about life as a Mafia boss. Men’s Breakfast is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, enjoy Bonnie Evans, speaker and published author. Women’s Breakfast happens from 9 to 11 a.m. Coming up, you’re invited to our Annual Baby Shower for Amador Pregnancy Help Center on Saturday, July 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday morning service begins at 10:30 a.m., with a complimentary lunch immediately after.... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
06/04/2015 12:59 PM
The Family Worship Service begins at 10 a.m. This Sunday, as always on the first Sunday of the month, Communion will be served. Pastor David Kaufman’s sermon will be taken from the Book of Ephesians, Chapter 6, titled, “Putting on the Armor of God.” Music will be performed by Dennis Paddock and Elena Kaufman. Refreshments and fellowship follow the service. All are welcome. Wednesday mornings, at 9 a.m., Women’s Bible Study, led by Carrol Dean, is held at the church, which is located in River Pines on Shenandoah Road and Emigrant... [Read more]
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05/28/2015 12:16 PM
Big Daddy Weave will perform at Grace Fellowship Church on June 24. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Faith Lutheran Church, cordially invites you to the installation of Rev. Janna Mikkelson, as Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, on Sunday, June 14, at 2:30 p.m., at Faith Lutheran Church, located at 22601 Highway 88, in Pioneer. Reception will follow. Your presence will be a blessing to us. For more information, call (209) 295-4545, or visit faithlutheranpioneer.org.

Church of the Nazarene

A free Kids’ Summer Day Camp starts the summer out right. Take the Thailand Trek, on June 15 through 19, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the...

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Eric Winslow
05/28/2015 11:38 AM
Native Americans play hand games at Chaw'se Day. Photo courtesy of Eric Winslow
Last Saturday, May 23, the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians successfully hosted its second annual Chaw’se Day at the Indian Grinding Rock State Park, in Pine Grove. Hundreds of visitors’ vehicles filled the makeshift parking lots to come and observe examples of authentic Native American life at the historic Miwok village, located on Pine Grove Volcano Road. Pavilions with vendors selling Indian jewelry, clothing and other items; Native American organizations like the El Dorado / Amador Indian Education Project and the Stockton... [Read more]
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05/21/2015 11:17 AM
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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05/21/2015 9:56 AM
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
05/14/2015 12:15 PM
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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05/14/2015 12:12 PM
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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05/07/2015 12:31 PM
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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Eric Winslow
05/07/2015 12:02 PM
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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