HANDEL’S “MESSIAH” REHEARSALS – 3 p.m. Sundays in November, Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave., Ripon. The Ripon Oratorio Society invites all singers to rehearsals. 209-996-0468.
SING ALONG OF HANDEL’S “MESSIAH” – 4 p.m. Nov. 19, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Singers of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the tenth annual sing along performance of G.F. Handel’s “Messiah.” Free. 209-765-6388.
VOICES FOR THE KING – 7 p.m. Dec. 2, Trinity United Presbyterian Church. 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Concert with a variety of Christmas-themed music and audience participation in Christmas carols.
VOICES FOR THE KING – 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, 517 Orange Ave., Ripon. The audience will participate in singing Christmas carols. Free will offering to benefit Stockton Gospel Mission.
Classes & Support
FROM YUCK TO YUM — 10 a.m. Nov. 18; RSVP by Nov. 15, Becker Hall, Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont Ave., Modesto. Class on vegetables and fruits. 209-524-6841.
GRIEFSHARE – 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. through Nov. 19, Big Valley Grace. 13-week course. 209-577-1604.
INTERFAITH HEALING CIRCLE – Call for dates, St. Paul's Episcopal Church 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Support group for parents/families of LGBTQ in processing their own experience. 209-985-4070 or email@example.com.
A COURSE IN MIRACLES – 11:30 a.m. Sundays and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Unity Church of Modesto, 2467 Veneman Ave. 209-578-5433.
COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY – 10 a.m. Sundays, Healing Word Christian Fellowship Church, 950 Oakdale Road, Modesto. 209-450-6612.
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES – Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; call for times. Shelter Cove Church, 4242 Coffee Road, Modesto. 209-567-3200.
MOPS – 6 to 8 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto. Trinity United Modesto Mothers of Preschoolers. 209-529-3228.
GRIEFSHARE – 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Calvary Chapel, 4300 American Ave., Modesto. Seminar and support for those who have lost a loved one. Free.
NEW CREATION IN CHRIST – 7 p.m. Fridays, Calvary Chapel, 4300 American Ave., Modesto. Faith-based ministry for men who are struggling against addiction and/or life-dominating sin. 209-545-5530.
BIBLE STUDIES – Various times, Emanuel Lutheran Church, 324 College Ave., Modesto. Men’s and women’s classes and young adult bible study. 209-523-4531.
PIONEER CLUB – 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Centenary Church, McHenry Avenue between Norwegian and Tokay avenues, Modesto. Weekly program for preschool through 5th grade, combining Bible teaching with life skill activities. Family dinner at 5:30 p.m. 209-527-5411.
INDOOR LABYRINTH – Noon-6 p.m. Nov. 13-16, Geneva Presbyterian Church, 1229 E. Fairmont Ave., Modesto. Thanksgiving prayer walks. 209-524-6841.
GRATITUDE DRUMMING CIRCLE AND MEDITATION – 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Center for Spiritual Living, 2125 Wylie Drive, Modesto. With Israel Hurtado. 209-648-3495. Donation.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD – 9 a.m. Nov. 18, First Southern Baptist Church of Waterford, 116 E St. Packing party to pack shoeboxes to send to the world’s needy children, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization.
THANKSGIVING DINNER POTLUCK – Noon, Nov. 19, Livingston United Methodist Church’s Pioneer Hall, 11695 Olive Ave., Livingston. Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy along with rolls & drinks. Free; donations welcome. 209-394-2264.
Holiday Craft Fairs
ST. MARY’S YOUNG LADIES INSTITUTE CRAFT FAIR – Nov. 12: More than 57 booths with handmade items, toys, quilts, jewelry, leather goods, home decor, commercial photos with Santa, more. Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Center, 55 Oak St., Oakdale. 209-985-1486.
VALLEY’S FINEST CRAFT AND GOODS FAIR – Nov. 18: Dozens of hand-made or re-purposed crafts. Breakfast and lunch, as well as baked items for purchase. Benefits American Heritage Girls and Trail Life Boys scouting programs. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church’s Father O’Hare Hall, 1813 Oakdale Road, Modesto. 209-551-5973 or www.stjmod.com.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS BOUTIQUE – Nov. 18: Holiday arts and crafts, baked goods, jewelry, antiques, kids corner and more. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 16th and I streets, Modesto. 209-522-9046.
HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE – Nov. 18-19: Proceeds benefit needy families through St. Vincent de Paul. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon Sunday. St. Patrick’s Church Parish Hall, 19399 E. Highway 120, Ripon. 209-838-2133.
CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE – 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 2, Almond Valley Christian Reformed Church, 333 S. Wilma, Ripon. Hand-made items and baked goods with brunch and door prizes. Funds support Bethany’s House, Modesto nonprofit maternity home providing care for women in need.
COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS FAIRE AND BOUTIQUE – Dec. 9: Vendors and barbecue for eat-in or take-out. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Modesto Free Methodist Church, 1520 Rose Avenue.
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