MODESTO -- The 16th annual interfaith Thanksgiving service will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Modesto Church of the Brethren.
People from various faiths will share an expression of thanksgiving through the reciting or chanting of holy writings and through music. Participants will include Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, Baha'is, Mormons, Catholics and Protestants.
"The hope is to bring people together for bridge building, to promote getting to know and understand and appreciate the diversity of our community more," said the Rev. Erin Matteson, who is helping to organize the event. "We hope people will consider coming out to be exposed in positive ways to traditions they may know nothing about, and for the chance to share in an act of thanksgiving and service with an offering for Inter-Faith Ministries that we all can support."
Attendees are asked to take an offering of canned goods, men's and boy's clothing and monetary gifts to support Inter-Faith, a nonprofit ministry that supplies food and clothes to the needy in Modesto.
Child care is available for the service; the church is at 2301 Woodland Ave. For more information, call (209) 324-7626.
Other upcoming faith-based events include:
ARTS AND MUSIC
ROBYN HELZNER TRIO 3 p.m. today, Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto. Award-winning Jewish music group showcases new and traditional songs in this concert, part of Sunday Afternoons at CBS series. $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, $7 children. (209) 571-6060.
BETTER TOGETHER 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4300 N. Dale Road, Modesto. Choirs from Christian Love Baptist Church, Church of the Brethren, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the host church, as well as Expressions Vocissima Choir, Golden Valley Chorus and Modesto Suzuki Association Cello Choir in concert. Benefits local food pantries; bring a bag of nonperishable groceries. Free. RSVP to (209) 545-2983.
'MESSIAH' SINGALONG 4 p.m. Nov. 18, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Fifth annual event allows singers of all levels to perform Handel's "Messiah." In addition to the choruses, participants will sing traditionally solo numbers, including "Comfort Ye," "He Shall Feed His Flock" and "Come Unto Him." Ginger Covert Colla will conduct; Grace Brummel will accompany on the organ; soloists include Linda Carter and Dawn Peterson, sopranos, Jennifer Champeaux, alto, Bruce Merchant, tenor, and Richard Colla, bass. Free. (209) 765-6388.
NONPROFIT FUND-RAISING 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Nov. 29, Martin Peterson Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. Sponsored by City Ministry Network, two guest speakers, Barry McLeish from Madison, Wis., and John Peterson from Denver, will help nonprofit ministries learn how to "raise resources in any economy." $25 per person, $15 additional people from same group. E-mail email@example.com.
CRAFT FAIR 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, St. Mary's Catholic Church, 59 Oak Ave., Oakdale. Homemade items, home décor, jewelry, commercial vendors, baked goods, food booth. Proceeds benefit scholarship programs. (209) 985-1486.
BENEFIT CARWASH 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Modesto Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1614 H St. Donations will go to sending care packages to80 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. (209) 380-0288.
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