Religion Briefs

First Baptist, Phoenix, offers free dinner, movie

First Baptist Church of Phoenix will offer a free dinner and show the inspirational film "The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry" at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16, at 4655 S. Pacific Highway. Call 541-512-1616 or see

Choir performs at Medford United Church of Christ

The Rogue Valley Peace Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Medford United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St.

The church will hold its adult study program at 7 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the church. Call 541-772-8860.

Bonnet Tea event set at Medford First Christian

Medford First Christian Church's 10th annual Bonnet Tea with a masquerade theme will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at 1900 Crater Lake Ave. Tea sandwiches, sweets and scones with accoutrements will be served, and the event will include door prizes, gift basket raffles and live entertainment.

The Society Woman Boutique Trunk Show will start at 12:30 p.m., and seating will be at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, $15 for children 12 and younger. Proceeds go to the church's general fund to assist the church's free dinners on Thursdays and Small Steps Daycare Center and Preschool, among other services. Call 541-772-8030.

Guest minister presides at Ashland First Presbyterian

The Rev. Dr. Karen McClintok will serve as guest minister with a sermon titled "Good Heavens!" at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, May 18, at First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark Ave. Call 541-482-3536 or email

Services planned at St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist services will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, May 18, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. An adult forum will be held between the two services about "Protection from the Sun."

The church will offer an additional Alcoholics Anonymous group meeting from noon to 1 p.m. beginning Tuesday, May 20, in the church parish hall. Call 541-773-3111 or see

Guest musician plays at Gold Hill United Methodist

Touring methodist musician John Nilsen will perform at 9 a.m. Sunday, May 18, at Gold Hill United Methodist Church, 416 Dardanelles St. Call 541-855-7224.

Grateful Dead song 'Ripple' discussed at RVUUF service

The Rev. Elizabeth Greene will speak about the Grateful Dead song "Ripple" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Call 541-482-4755 or see

Center for Spiritual Living features guest speaker

The Rev. Jim Hatton will serve as guest speaker at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 3581 Lear Way, Medford.

The center seeks volunteers for its community outreach program for homeless youths and young adults. Call 541-941-1582 to participate.

A spiritual study group meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays to discuss books from the "Conversations with God" series by Neale Donald Walsch. Books are furnished. See

Unity in Ashland features talk about brain aging

Dr. John Kalb will speak at Unity in Ashland about "The Four Shocking Myths of Brain Aging and the 10 Hopeful Truths" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Call 541-488-9220.

St. Peter Lutheran Church holds 3-choir concert

St. Peter Lutheran Church will hold a celebration concert by three of the church's choirs from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at 1020 E. Main St. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

Following the concert will be a spaghetti dinner and an offering for the church's Thanksgiving basket program in November. Call 541-772-4395.

Jazz concert held at Christian Church, Ashland

Pianist Jim Martinez and friends will perform "Praise Him with Jazz" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at Christian Church of Ashland, 318 B St. Admission is free, and donations will be accepted.See or call 541-482-1561.

'Hope Overflowing' is dessert fundraiser topic

Joni and Friends of Southern Oregon will hold a "Hope Overflowing" dessert fundraiser at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at First Baptist Church, 649 Crater Lake Ave., Medford.

The event will include music, film and an overview of the ministry work of Joni and Friends in the area. RSVP by May 19 by calling 541-864-9864 or email

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