Shepherd of the Valley to hold soup supper
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 1455 E. Yosemite Ave., in Merced will hold a soup supper at 7 p.m. tonight in celebration of the Advent season. There will be a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 4 p.m. Dec. 24. Call (209) 383-0632.
Celebrate Recovery plans Christmas dinner
WINTON -- Celebrate Recovery will hold a Christmas dinner and carol singing at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at Winton First Baptist Church, 7264 W. Myrtle Ave. All those interested in Celebrate Recovery are invited.
Native Daughters holds annual essay contest
The Native Daughters of the Golden West will hold its annual essay contest, Wonders of California. Each essay must be 250 to 500 words, typed and double-spaced, on any subject relating to California. This is for fourth- through eight-graders. Name, address, phone number and grade level should be placed on the reverse side of the essay. Call (209) 261-0720.
Merced Rescue Mission seeks volunteers, food
Merced County Rescue Mission will be providing a traditional Christmas dinner to thousands of men, women and children this year. Food and volunteers are needed. The mission will also be distributing clothes and toys. The mission needs turkeys, hams, turkey pans, potatoes, canned cranberries, rolls, pies, paper plates, napkins, plastic forks, spoons and knives, stuffing, butter cubes, salad and dressing, and salt and pepper packets. Volunteers will be needed Dec. 24 at the hall, 939 W. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (209) 658-9558 or (209) 722-9269.
ACE Overcomers set to meet twice a week
ACE Overcomers, overcoming the effects of a difficult childhood, will be meeting at 7 p.m. Mondays at Gateway Church, 353 E. Donn Drive, and at 7 p.m. Wednesdays at Atwater First Church of God, 2100 Fruitland Ave. If you grew up being physically, sexually or emotionally abused, ACE can help you overcome depression, anxiety and anger caused by these abuses. For more, call (209) 617-4688, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.aceovercomers.org
Mental illness support group meets regularly
The Merced County National Alliance on Mental Illness holds bi-weekly support groups for families affected by serious mental illness. If you would like more information, call (209) 381-6844 and a volunteer will contact you within 48 hours.