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Guest speaker the Rev. Jim Hatton will talk about "The Only Prayer You'll Ever Need" during the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Center For Spiritual Living, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Special music and congregational singing will be led by David Gabriel.

The center is hosting a food drive for ACCESS Inc. Sept. 2-16 in honor of Global Outreach Sundays. Members are encouraged to bring nonperishable goods and drop them off at the bookstore on those days.

Call 541-743-8581 for information or a confidential prayer request.

Tami Marston, who's appearing in Camelot Theatre's "Woody Guthrie's American Song," will present and lead the congregation in singing inspiring songs from the labor movement at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The service will examine the move toward treating people as "human resources" and consider how to expand an appreciation of people and their varied labors.

The fellowship will host a free Introduction to Hebrew Scriptures, led by Herbert Rothschild Jr., at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Sept. 11 at the Emerson House, adjacent to the center.

Rothschild is chairman of the Peace House board and retired professor of English at Louisiana State University and the University of Houston. He is the author of "Profoundly Entertaining: An Introduction to Shakespeare's Artistry."

Call 541-482-4755 for more information.

The Rev. Rob Wheeler's topic will be "Thrive" during the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. There'll be a children's Sunday school available. For more information, call 541-772-6902 or visit www.unitymedford.org.

First Presbyterian Preschool will hold an open house and registration for preschoolers age 3-5 from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 4-5, at the school next to the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. There will be an evening open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information, visit firstpresbyterianpreschool.com or call 541 779-1711 ext. 4.

Grants Pass author Peter Love will hold a book signing for "A Blessing in Disguise," about his personal odyssey of living in Iran during the time of the Shah, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Evangel Family Bookstore in the Rogue Valley Mall. Love describes how he fled the country during the civil war for the U.S., only to survive a commercial plane crash in Portland. The book is available at Evangel and online at amazon.com.

Old Testament scholar Bruce Waltke will be the guest speaker for the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Sept. 9, at Cornerstone Christian Church, 608 N. Bartlett St., Medford. He will preach on Psalm 44.

Waltke holds doctorates from Dallas Theological Seminary and Harvard University and is internationally known for his work in the Old Testament.