MUSIC AND THE ARTS
CHRISTMAS CANTATA – 10:30 a.m. today, Livingston United Methodist Church, 11695 Olive Ave. Christmas story told through music and narration with adult and children’s choirs. (209) 394-2264.
CANDLES & CAROLS – 5 p.m. today, Modesto Church of the Brethren, 2301 Woodland Ave. 26th annual program features choir, piano-organ duet, carols, handbells, meditation on “Nativity.” Free. (209) 523-1438.
CHRIST WAS BORN FOR THIS! – 6 p.m. today, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave. Annual Christmas musical features choir, orchestra, bell choir and band, with dance and narration. Child care for ages 3 and younger. (209) 527-4110.
LESSONS AND CAROLS – 5 p.m. today, Grace Anglican Church with First Christian Church, 180 S. Denair Ave., Turlock. Service of carols and lessons for Advent season includes combined choir under leadership of Rachael Simpson. (209) 632-0788.
RANDY STONEHILL – 7 p.m. today, Grace Anglican Church, 180 S. Denair Ave., Turlock. Folk singer and Christian artist Randy Stonehill in concert. Free. (209) 632-0788.
FESTIVAL OF MUSIC – 7 p.m. today, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 640 Minaret Ave., Turlock. Christmas Festival of Music includes choir, hand bells, praise band and other musicians providing a variety of Christmas music, interspersed with selected readings. (209) 667-7712.
CHRISTMAS MUSICAL – 7 p.m. today and Monday, North Modesto Church of God, 1918 Sherwood Ave. “Come Worship the King” tells the Christmas story with music and drama. Offering. (209) 521-9148.
VIOLINIST – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Ceres Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1633 N. Central Ave. Jaime Jorge, internationally known violinist, in concert. Raised in Cuba, Jorge’s story includes incentives to study with top Russian musicians if his family would renounce their faith in God. They did not, and later were able to leave Cuba. Free. (209) 538-1024.
SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS – 7-8:45 p.m. Thursday, Modesto Covenant Church, 913 Floyd Ave. Surviving the Holidays, DivorceCare meets for single session. $5, includes workbook. (209) 527-4110.
CHRISTMAS AT THE HOUSE – 9 and 11 a.m. today, The House Modesto (formerly Calvary Temple), 1601 Coffee Road. Multimedia performance includes music from swing to traditional songs of the season. Family-friendly event includes special effects and videos. (209) 529-7346.
DRIVE-THROUGH NATIVITY – 6-8 p.m. today, Oakdale Family Church of the Nazarene, 1700 W. F St. Live exhibit of Nativity in a drive-through setting. Free. (209) 847-4215.
LIVE NATIVITY – 7-9 p.m. Friday through Dec. 22, Modesto Free Methodist Church, Rose and Briggsmore avenues. Outdoor live Nativity drama performed every half-hour. Free. (209) 522-3583.
REGIONAL PENANCE SERVICE – Begins 7 p.m. Wednesday, St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Regional penance service will include more than a dozen priests to hear confessions.
100th ANNIVERSARY – 10 a.m. Dec. 28, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 709 J St., Modesto. 100th anniversary of the dedication of the church in downtown Modesto. Mass with historic photos, followed by reception at community center, 1416 Maze Blvd. (209) 524-4381.
CHRISTMAS EVE, DAY
BIG VALLEY GRACE COMMUNITY – 2:30, 4 and 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, hourlong family-friendly service with music by choir, band and orchestra, plus special music, Christmas story and brief Christmas message. No child care. (209) 577-1604.
ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH – Christmas Eve: 4:30 p.m., children’s pageant and Mass; 7:30 p.m., youth Mass; 10:30 p.m. Christmas concert; midnight, Midnight Mass. Christmas Day: 7:30, 10:30 and noon, English Mass; 9 a.m., Latin Mass; 1:30 p.m. Spanish Mass. 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. (209) 551-4973.
CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST – 5 p.m. Christmas Eve, family service with youth worship team and children’s drama; 7 p.m., contemporary service with upbeat carols; 9 p.m., traditional candlelight service; 11 p.m., classic candlelight service with handbell and string ensembles. 1911 Toyon Ave., Modesto. (209) 527-5441.
WELLSPRING ANGLICAN – 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service with carols, musicians, puppet pageant for children, dance ministry, homily and candlelight with “Silent Night.” 820 H St., Modesto. (209) 525-3600.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA – Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. English Mass, children’s choir; 6:30 p.m. Spanish Mass; 8 p.m. Vietnamese Mass; 10 p.m., Christmas concert; 10:30 p.m., night Mass. Christmas Day: 8 and 10 a.m., English Mass. 505 W. Granger Ave., Modesto. (209) 524-7421.
ST. STANISLAUS – Christmas Eve: 5 p.m. English family Mass; 7 p.m. Spanish family Mass; midnight English Mass with bilingual hymns. Christmas Day: 8 and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., English Mass; Noon, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Spanish Mass. 1320 Maze Blvd., Modesto. (209) 524-4381.
MODESTO COVENANT CHURCH – 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve family service, child care to age 3; 8 p.m. traditional candlelight service, no child care. Theme: “This Christmas, Give Presence!” 914 Floyd Ave. (209) 527-4110.
MODESTO FREE METHODIST – 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, traditional service with “mostly music, short message and serving the Lord’s supper.” 1520 Rose Ave. (209) 522-3583.
MODESTO CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN – 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, family-friendly service with candlelight, carols, special music, special children’s time, more. 2301 Woodland Ave. (209) 523-1438.
GRACE ANGLICAN CHURCH – 10:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. Traditional Eucharist service. 180 S. Denair Ave., Turlock. (209) 632-0788.