The First Congregational United Church of Christ will hold a Chicken in a Barrel dinner fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 26, at the church, 509 Algiers St., in Murphys.

The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and will offer the chicken dinner with all the trimmings, non-alcoholic beverages, live music, activities for children and a dessert auction. Wine will be available for purchase.

Dinner costs $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6 to 13, and children 5 and younger eat free. Tickets are available from the church office by calling (209) 728-3141 or emailing

All proceeds support church-sponsored global and local programs of education and outreach.

Christian Science healing practitioner and teacher Brian Pennix will give a talk titled “Finding Innocence that is Power, Not Vulnerability” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Sonora Elks Lodge.

The talk will focus “on God as love itself, which empowers us with God-derived innocence,” stated a press release.

Pennix will explain why Christian Science is both Christian and scientific and how anyone can prove its effectiveness, as described in the book “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” written by Christian Science movement founder Mary Baker Eddy.

The talk is free and is hosted by the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Sonora.

The Elks Lodge is at 100 Elk Drive in Sonora.

Handmade gift items and baked goods will be offered Saturday, Nov. 2, as St. Matthew Lutheran Church holds is annual Christmas Faire and Bake Sale.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church fellowship hall, and a soup and salad luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $10 per person.

A drawing for a hand-made quilt, a quilted wall hanging and other items will also be held. Tickets cost $1 each or six for $5. Proceeds will be used for charitable projects.

The church is at 13880 Joshua Way in East Sonora.

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