October 31, 2013

Religion Digest



GUEST PIANIST– 8:30 and 11 p.m. today, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave. David Talbott, the longtime resident musician at Mount Hermon Christian Camps and a former accompaniest for Billy Graham crusades in Europe, will lead music during the worship service. (209) 527-4110.

BELLS OF BLESSING CONCERT – 4 p.m. today, Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave. Concert to benefit The Salvation Army. Opus Handbell Ensemble and seven church bell choirs to perform. Information about The Modesto Salvation Army will be shared. (209) 523-1906.

GRACE REVEALED – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 N. Central Ave. Stephanie Dawn, a singer who has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, will sing and speak on “Grace Revealed.” Free. (209) 538-1024.

PIZZA & PIPES – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Emanuel Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave., Modesto. Introduction to pipe organ presented by Stanislaus Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for piano students and parents, with opportunity to try out the organ. Workshop followed by pizza lunch. Free. (209) 529-1394.


CLERGY SYMPOSIUM – 11:30 a.m. Friday, Community Hospice Patient Services Center, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto. Author Darcie Sims will offer tips on coping with “caring overload” and will identify four coping strategies for stress management/burnout. Lunch provided. Free. (209) 578-6300.

SURVIVING HOLIDAYS, GRIEF – 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 16, Calvary Reformed Church, 741 W. Second St., Ripon. Seminar by the GriefShare program will help those who have lost a loved one survive the upcoming holidays and find reasons to enjoy them again. Free, but call to reserve spot. (209) 599-4294.

SURVIVING HOLIDAYS, DIVORCE – 9-11 a.m. Nov. 16, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave. Seminar by the DivorceCare program. $5, includes workbook. (209) 527-4110.


HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIRE – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church social hall, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. Hand-crafted items, including quilts, holiday items, aprons (adult and child), table runners, ornaments, jams, jellies, candy, cookies, breads, cakes, etc. Free entrance. (209) 667-7712.

HOLIDAY, GIFT BOUTIQUE – 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Holy Family Catholic Church, 4212 Dale Road, Modesto. Baked goods, candies, jams, jellies, Christmas decorations, art, more. (209) 545-5419.

CRAFT FAIR – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10, St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish center, 59 Oak Ave., Oakdale. 8th annual event by Young Ladies Institute includes handmade items, flower arrangements, jewelry, soaps, quilts, dolls, baked goods, food booths and photography booth for holiday photos. Proceeds benefit scholarship program and leukemia research. (209) 985-1486.

CRAFT FAIRE – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave, Modesto. Handmade crafts, candles, jewelry, books by local writers, music and food. (209) 521-9148.

FUNDRAISER – Noon to 10 p.m. Nov. 15, Panda Express restaurants on Orangeburg and Briggsmore avenues, Modesto. Portion of each food purchase (with flier) will benefit Healing Nations, a nonprofit agency that serves at-risk children and youth in west Modesto. Must download flier at to participate; none available at restaurants.

DINNER WITH THE BISHOP – 5:30 p.m. hors d’oeuvres and silent auction, 6:30 dinner on Nov. 16 at Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. Fund-raising dinner with Stockton Diocese Bishop Stephen Blaire benefits diocese’s vocation ministry. Table sponsorships $2,000 to $10,000; individual tickets, $50; deadline to reserve seats is Nov. 11. Tickets available at Great Smiles Dental Clinic, 3219 McHenry Ave., (209)846-9274; more info at

GRAND OPENING – 2-4 p.m. Nov. 16, Hughson United Methodist Church, 2007 Sixth St., Hughson. Celebration marks completion of addition of a “Gathering Center” at the church. Music, refreshments, tours of facility. Free. (209) 883-4952.

CRAB FEED – 6 p.m. Nov. 16, Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 313 Tokay Ave., Modesto. All-you-can-eat crab feed includes Greek folk dancers and no-host cocktails, followed by 7 p.m. dinner with clam chowder, salad, bread, pasta and baklava sundaes. $40. (209) 522-7694.

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