Christmas Eve service
Atwater Baptist Church will hold its annual Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. The community is cordially invited to join in singing carols and reliving the birth of Jesus Christ.
Classroom supply drive
This Christmas season, United Way of Merced County is providing classroom supplies to teachers who ordinarily have to buy many supplies themselves. United Way will be assisting teachers in schools in lower-income neighborhoods this year. Help is needed with supplies such as tissues, hand sanitizers, notebooks, No. 2 pencils, rulers, crayons and colored markers, and other essentials. They may be dropped off at the United Way office, 658 W. Main Street, before Dec. 18. For more information, call (209) 383-4242.
Candles, carols at service
The Le Grand United Methodist Church Christmas Eve service of candles and carols will be held in the sanctuary at the corner of Washington and Adams Street in Le Grand at 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Pastor Tikko Lesuma will conduct the service. The Le Grand community and any others are welcome to join with the congregation to help celebrate Christ’s birth. For more information, call (209) 389-4651
The Livingston United Methodist Church will have its Christmas Cantata at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary at 11695 Olive Ave. Free and open to the public.
Young children are invited to Santa’s Workshop to create Christmas crafts, with some help from the city of Merced’s Office of Recreation. The Santa’s Little Helpers event will be held at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The crafts are geared for elves ages 3 to 6 years old. The cost is $10 per child. Space is limited, so registration is required. For more information, go to the Office of Recreation in the Civic Center or call (209) 385-6298.
Shelter supplies needed
The D Street Shelter needs supplies such as shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, deodorant and toothbrushes. Travel sizes work well. For more information, call Renee Mounce at (209) 725-8188 or (209) 947-8386.