Religion briefs

Church of Nazarene plans 'Rockin' Royal Christmas'

The First Church of the Nazarene will present a performance by Kids of the Kingdom entitled "A Rockin' Royal Christmas" at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1974 E. McAndrews Road.

Call 541-779-7777 or see

Temple Emek Shalom plans Hanukkah celebration

The community Hanukkah celebration at Temple Emek Shalom will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. The event will include storytelling, music and candlelighting.

Children are encouraged to wear pajamas for the temple's pajama Havdalah.

Attendees are encouraged to bring latkes, a dairy or vegetarian dish to share, and a menorah and candles for first-night lighting. Call 541-488-2909.

First Presbyterian Church of Ashland plans Advent Faire

First Presbyterian Church of Ashland will hold its annual Advent Faire following the church's 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Dec. 9, at the church, located at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Walker Avenue.

The event will include craftmaking, such as wreaths, centerpieces, candles and ornaments. Cost to make each item is a suggested donation of $1 for adults. A pass allowing participants to make one of everything will be available for $5 for kids or $10 for adults. The event will also include a Christmas rummage sale. Call 541-708-3720.

Advent lesson of 'Peace'to be given at Christ Unity

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give Christ Unity Church's second Advent lesson on "Peace" as part of its December theme of "Reconnecting with the Spirit of Faith, Peace, Love and Joy" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 540 N. Holly St. All are welcome to attend. The church's candle-lighting service will be 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24. Call 541-772-6902 or see

Unity in Ashland to focuson Dec. 21 significance

Norma Nakai Burton will continue her teachings on the significance of Dec. 21, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Call 541-488-9220.

Shepherd of the Valley plans groundbreaking

Shepherd of the Valley Catholic Church will hold a groundbreaking for its new church at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 600 Beebe Road, Central Point. The Revs. Mike Walker and Justus Alaeto will be present, along with members of the English and Spanish-speaking parishes.

The $3.3 million project is expected to be finished in the summer of 2013. Call 541-664-1050.

Chabad Jewish Center schedules Hanukkah ritual

Chabad Jewish Center will hold a Hanukkah ceremony featuring the lighting of a 10-foot menorah at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, on the Ashland Plaza. Following will be live klezmer music and hot latkes, and children will receive a Hanukkah gift. Call 541-482-2778 or see

Havurah will have its annual Hanukkah Faire on Sunday

The Havurah's annual Hanukkah Faire will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Events will include crafts for children, Hanukkah cookie-decorating, beeswax candle-rolling, Menorah making and hot latkes for sale.

At 6 p.m. attendees will gather for communal candle-lighting and songs led by Rabbi David Zaslow and Andrea Shupack, and storytelling by Devorah Zaslow.

All are welcome. Cost is $3 per person; children younger than 2 will be admitted free. Call 541-488-7716.

Chabad Jewish Center plans Hanukkah event for seniors

Chabad Jewish Center will host a Hanukkah celebration for Rogue Valley seniors at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Mountain View Retirement Center, 548 N. Main St., Ashland.

The event will include menorah lighting, music, latkes and games. Parents are encouraged to bring their children. Call 541-482-2778 or see

Medford First Presbyterian sets lunch/handbell event

First Presbyterian Church of Medford will hold an event including lunch and a performance by the Tintinnabulation Handbell Ensemble at noon Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the church, located at the corner of Eighth and Holly streets. Call 541-779-1711.

Bethel plans 'Help Wanted' Christmas production

Bethel Church will hold an original Christmas production entitled "Help Wanted" at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13-14, and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at 4245 Vista Pointe Drive, Medford.

Admission is free. Call 541-779-5771.

Five Jacksonville churches will host a live nativity

Five Jacksonville churches and Bigham Knoll will host a live nativity from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, at the First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 425 Middle St. Call 541-899-1287.

Temple Emek Shalom schedules musical service

Temple Emek Shalom will celebrate the seventh night of Hanukkah with a musical service and candle lighting at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Rabbi Joshua Boetigger and Chazzen Feldman will lead the musical service accompanied by the Shabbat Shirah Orchestra. A potluck dessert will follow the service. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own menorah and candles to light. Call 541-488-2909 or see

Interfaith holiday concertis set for 3 p.m., Dec. 16

The Interfaith Winter Holiday Concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at First United Methodist Church of Ashland, 175 N. Main St. The event will include music from choirs and ensembles from the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the Havurah, Temple Emek Shalom and First United Methodist Church of Ashland. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and admission is free. Call 541-482-3647.

Compiled from staff reports

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