Some area pastors, especially the ones working with youth, use social media every day. Others may use e-mail to get out news of upcoming events, but wouldn't have a clue how to send out a tweet.
Social Phonics, a one-day seminar for clergy and leaders from churches and nonprofit agencies, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto.
The "social media boot camp" will train participants in Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other broadcast media.
A press release said the boot camp, begun in 2009, is helpful for social media novices as well as those who use it already.
"I feel as if I got a week's worth of content in one day. ... Every leader of a faith community should take this course," said one pastor.
"Our aim is to make (social media) fun and approachable," said Tony Jones, co-founder of Social Phonics.
The social media boot camp costs $125. Registration and information is available at http://socialphonics.com/register/?ee=31.
You can call (209) 523-1438 if you want more information. But to register, you must got online.
'Day for Life' at St. Joseph's
Bishop Stephen Blaire of the Stockton Diocese, local doctors and a slate of other medical experts and pro-life activists will speak at "A Day for Life: Protect Life at All Stages," on Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Modesto.
The day, which includes free child care and a continental breakfast, is billed as an ecumenical event, though most of the speakers are Catholic. Topics will include contraception, end of life issues, Prop. 34, pro-life activism and sidewalk counseling, and building a network of supporters, among others.
The free event (donations taken for lunch) begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. at the church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Reservations are requested at http://tinyurl.com/stj-DFL. Call (209) 551-4973, ext. 201 for more information.
Other upcoming faith-based activities include:
ARTS AND MUSIC
SOUTHMAN QUARTET 6:30 p.m. Thursday, First Baptist Church, 1511 Catherine Way, Escalon. Southern gospel group in concert. Offering. (209) 838-3213.
REFORMATION SERIES 6 p.m. Sundays, beginning today, Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1448 Standiford Ave., Modesto. Five-week series on "The Great Awakening: Revival Comes to America" to celebrate anniversary of Protestant Reformation. Tonight: "The History of Revival: The Great Works of God on Behalf of His Church." Refreshments follow lectures. Free. (209) 522-5922.
BUDDHIST LECTURE, PRACTICE 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10, University of the Pacific Alumni House, Stockton. Rita Gross, retired professor of religious studies from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, will discuss "Religious Diversity What's the Problem?" on Oct. 9 and lead a class on meditation on Oct. 10. She is a practicing Buddhist who has authored several books on the subject. Free. (209) 946-2313.
YOUR BRAIN 10:40 a.m., 4-6 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Oct. 13 and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14, Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 N. Central Ave. Guest speaker Arlene Taylor will speak on "Secrets of Communication," "Meet Your Marvelous Brain: How to Alter Odd Behaviors," "The Brain and Laughter" and "Gender Differences." Free seminar, $5 adults for lunch on Oct. 13. Register in advance for lunch. (209) 538-1024.
FALL FESTIVAL Noon to 10 p.m. today, St. Stanislaus Catholic School,1416 Maze Blvd., Modesto. Country store, carnival rides, Sunday auctions, food and beverages, live entertainment, Hispanic dinner on Sept. 29 and chicken barbecue dinner on Sept. 30. Free admission; discount ride passes available beforeSept. 28. (209) 524-4381.
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Today, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1225 Olive St., Oakdale. Trilingual outdoor Mass at 10 a.m. Festival from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with food, kids games, car show, live entertainment. (209) 847-2715.
150TH ANNIVERSARY 10 a.m. today, First United Methodist Church, 850 16th St., Modesto. Worship service led by UMC Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., followed by reunion luncheon and celebration. A time capsule planted in 1932 will be opened. (209) 522-9046.
WEDDING MASS 4 p.m. today, Cathedral of the Annunciation, Stockton. 150 couples from 23 parishes, including at least 20 couples from the Modesto-Ceres area, will celebrate 50 or more years of marriage during a Mass and reception. The event is part of the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Stockton, which was founded in 1962. The longest married couple, from St. Stanislaus parish, were married in 1941.
PARENT NIGHT OUT 5-11 p.m. Friday, Unity Church of Modesto, 2467 Veneman Ave. Child care for ages 5-10 includes meal, activities and movies by security-cleared staff. $8 per child or $5 for two or more. Reserve spot, (209) 578-5433.
ART AND WINE FESTIVAL 6-9 p.m. Friday, Holy Family Catholic Church, 4212 Dale Road. Art with reception featuring local artists, auction, entertainment, wine tasting, hors d' oeuvres. $35, benefits church building fund, from (209) 523-9403.
OMELET DINNER 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Escalon United Methodist Church, 2000 Jackson Ave. Build-your-own omelet dinner includes omelet, potatoes, biscuits, fruit and beverage. $7 adults, $3.50 children under 10. (209) 838-2792.
KIDS DAY 12:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 7, The Well Church, 2500 Claus Road, Modesto. Interactive exhibits for children and parents on keeping kids safe, plus child fingerprinting, K-9 police dog, fire truck, police car, bounce houses, face painting, anti-bullying and martial arts demonstrations, free raffles, more. For preschoolers through high schoolers and their families. Free. (209) 551-4463.
MOVIE: NEFARIOUS 7 p.m. Oct. 9, Ripon Christian High School Performing Arts Center, 435 N. Maple Ave. "Nefarious: Merchant of Souls," is a documentary about human trafficking. Event, recommended for ages 17 and up, is hosted by Immanuel Christian Reformed Church. Offering benefits Exodus Cry, the nonprofit organization that produced the film. 605-5746.
CARNIVAL 5-10 p.m. Oct. 11-14, Christ the King Episcopal Church,6443 Estelle Ave., Riverbank. Carnival rides, games, food, etc. Free admission; buy tickets for rides and other things. Book of 30 tickets for $15 in advance from the church; $1 per ticket at the door. (209) 869-1075.
Send events by noon Tuesday to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (209) 578-2207.