religion briefs

First Baptist of Phoenix offers free spaghetti dinner

First Baptist Church of Phoenix will hold a free spaghetti dinner at 6 tonight, Oct. 18, at 4655 S. Pacific Highway. Following the dinner will be a screening of the inspirational film "A Vow to Cherish."

An event for youths age 10 to 18 featuring games, pizza, dessert, music and a devotional is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the church. Call 541-512-1881 or see

Concert features old-time country gospel music

Art Friesen will perform a concert of old-fashioned country gospel at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St. Call 541-951-4967.

Celtic Mass held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland

Trinity Episcopal Church will hold a Celtic Mass at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at 44 N. Second St., Ashland. The Mass will include music from the Iona and Taize communities. Call 541-201-3418.

Sermon topic: 'The Evolution of Consciousness'

The Rev. Kurt Katzmar will lead a sermon on "The Evolution of Consciousness" at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St. Sunday activities begin at 9 a.m. with contemplative prayer.

An adult study on Celtic Christianity will be held at 7 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 21 through Nov. 11. Call 541-772-8860.

'Wisdom from Buddhism' discussed at RVUUF

The Rev. Leslie Becknell Marx will give a sermon on "Wisdom from Buddhism" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The service will offer simple meditation techniques, and a religious exploration class will be offered for children and youths. Call 541-531-3730 or email

Center for Spiritual Living features guest speaker

Guest speaker Will Richardson will give a sermon on "The Five Steps to Peace" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. A children's program will be given during the service.

A spiritual study group discusses "Conversations With God, Book Two" by Neale Donald Walsch at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the center.

The center's Evolutionary Hub Circle will hold a potluck from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at 951 Village Circle, Medford. The theme will be "Co-Creating Organic Community of Heart Resonance." Reservations are required. Call 541-941-1582 for information on the event.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church holds retreat Saturday

St. Mark's Episcopal Church will hold a retreat for members of its outreach commission from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Hafer House, the church office at 426 W. Sixth St., Medford.

The Altar Guild will hold its fall meeting in the parish hall of the church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave. New members are welcome.

The United Thank Offering, a mission outreach of the Episcopal Church Women, will be collected during the offering at the 8 and 10 a.m. worship services Sunday, Oct. 20. The offering will be presented to the Diocesan Convention in November. Call 541-773-3111 or see

'The Slightest Pretext' is lesson topic at Christ Unity

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson on "The Slightest Pretext" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford.

Silent Unity prayer service is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, followed by a metaphysical Bible discussion at 11:30 a.m. Call 541-772-6902 or see

Pianist to perform at First Church of the Nazarene

Pianist Jerry Nelson will perform inspirational music at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford. Donations will be accepted. Call 541-779-7777.

Workshop uses games and improv to release fear

The Rev. Ruth Kirby will lead a workshop on using games and improv for adults to release fear from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Headwaters Building, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. The cost is $25 at the door, and registration is not required. Call 541-482-1025.

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