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.
SHELLY BORT AND BAND – 6 p.m., Nov. 19, College Avenue United Church of Christ, 1341 College Ave, Modesto. With Message by Pastor Michael. Billy Gay leading the band. Free. 209-522-7244.
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.
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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
GRIEFSHARE – 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. through Nov. 19, Big Valley Grace. 13-week course. 209-577-1604.
MAKING SENSE OF THE MIRACULOUS BIRTH OF JESUS: A BIBLE STUDY OF Mt. 1:18-25 – 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, College Avenue United Church of Christ, 1341 College Ave., Modesto. Rev. Michael Schiefelbein explores scripture from the perspective of progressive Christianity. Free. 209-522-7244.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE – Nov. 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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