A documentary on human trafficking, "Nefarious: Merchant of Souls," will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ripon Christian High School Performing Arts Center, 435 N. Maple Ave.
The showing is part of a national tour for the film, which was produced by a nonprofit organization, Exodus Cry.
"I feel everyone in our country should be horrified by the number of slaves in our country and world today," said Kimberly DeJong, who is part of the Christian Reformed Church's evangelism committee, which is hosting the film. "When I think of this happening to children as young as 5 years old, it not only breaks my heart; it angers me that there are people in this country who think that's acceptable.
"The words of (the late anti-slavery activist) William Wilberforce are still true today: 'You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.' "
Her purpose, DeJong said, is to educate people about the subject. The movie is realistic, but "also brings hope," she said. It is not suitable for those under age 17. An offering will be taken to benefit Exodus Cry. For more information, call (209) 605-5746.
Other upcoming faith-based activities:
ARTS AND MUSIC
IMPROV COMEDY 8 p.m. Friday, Covenant Grove Church meeting at Enochs High School, 3201 Sylvan Ave., Modesto. Comedy Sports, an improv comedy group from San Jose, with a style like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" will perform. Appropriate for all ages. Tickets: $5, from www.covenantgrove.org or at door; (209) 576-1559.
'ELVIS HAS LEFT' 7 p.m. Oct. 18, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave. Ed Hill and the Songfellows Quartet from Gallatin, Tenn., in concert. Hill traveled and sang with Elvis Presley during the 1970s as a member of the Stamps Quartet. His is the voice heard at the end of each concert: "Elvis has left the building." Concert also features Sheri Stambaugh and Richland Trio. Offering. (209) 538-3838.
TINGSTAD & RUMBEL 3 p.m. Oct. 14, Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Grammy- winning Eric Tingstad (guitar) and Nancy Rumbel (double reeds and ocarina) in concert. $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, $7 children. (209) 571-6060.
BEATLES MANAGER 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Calvary Chapel Oakdale, 220 S. Sierra Ave. Ken Mansfield, the Grammy-winning U.S. manager for Apple Records and the Beatles, will speak on his time with the Fab Four and his Christian faith. Includes video of Beatles and a question and answer time. Refreshments follow. Free. (209) 896-7102.
REFORMATION SERIES 6 p.m. Sundays, Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1448 Standiford Ave., Modesto. Series on "The Great Awakening: Revival Comes to America" to celebrate anniversary of Protestant Reformation. Tonight: "The Revival of 1735." Refreshments follow lectures. Free. (209) 522-5922.
SOCIAL PHONICS 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave., Modesto. "Social media boot camp" will train clergy, church and nonprofit leaders in Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other broadcast media. $125 at http://socialphonics.com/register/?ee=31. (209) 523-1438.
YOUR BRAIN 10:40 a.m., 4-6 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 14, Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 N. Central Ave. Guest speaker Arlene Taylor 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.
BUDDHIST SEMINAR 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Doctors Medical Center, conference room 1,1441 Florida Ave., Modesto.Dr. Lee Lipp and Rev. David Zimmerman will talk on "Transforming Depression and Anxiety." Sponsored by Insight Meditation Modesto, includes guided meditations. Donations. (209) 343-2748.
KIDS DAY 12:30 to 4 p.m. today, The Well Church, 2500 Claus Road, Modesto. Interactive exhibits for children and parents on keeping kids safe, plus child fingerprinting, K9 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.
CARNIVAL 5-10 p.m.Thursday through Oct. 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.
CPS BREAKFAST 7-8:30 a.m. Oct. 18, Big Valley Grace Community Church, 1440 Tully Road, Modesto. Annual Christian Public Service breakfast honors people in the private sector and law enforcement whose faith sparks their work ethic and community involvement. The group awards scholarships to students who plan a career in public service. Vickie Mulvaney-Trask from the Stanislaus County of Education is the keynote speaker. Tickets: $20, in advance or at door. (209) 988-5597.
TRUTH BE TOLD 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Shelter Cove Community Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. Rebekah Gregory, a CSUS counselor and former Liberty University director of women, will speak on "Truth Be Told: What God has to say about the things we never talk about" at this event for young women (teens through mid-30s). Free. (209) 567-3200.
EGYPTIAN FESTIVAL 4-8 p.m. Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to6 p.m. Oct. 21, St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, 315 S. Orange Ave., Ripon. Annual festival includes live Egyptian band, henna tattoos, clothing, souvenirs and Egyptian food at bazaar, church tours. Free admission. (209) 918-6605.
BISHOP'S AWARDS 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, St. Bernard Church, 12100 W. Valpico Road, Tracy. Annual Bishop's Awards dinner honors Modestans Bob and Marie Gallo and Paul Schaefer, among others, in special 50th anniversary celebration of diocese. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities and SEEDS (student scholarship) programs. Tickets: $150, from (209) 546-7646.
AUCTION, FUND-RAISER 5 p.m. Oct. 20, Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, 900 N. Broadway St., Turlock. Sacred Heart School's fall auction and fund-raiser with theme: Kentucky Derby. Social hour, silent auction, dinner, live auction. Tickets: $40 each, table of eight for $420. (209) 669-5336.
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