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Rev. Murray Richmond will take over as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Medford at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at 85 S. Holly St.

Richmond moved to Medford in November with his wife, Angelee, and son, Steven, from Fairbanks, Alaska.

In Alaska, Richmond pastored the University Community Presbyterian Church, worked as a chaplain at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, served as a legislative aide for the Senate Education Committee in the Alaska Legislature, and led groups for emotionally disturbed adolescents with the Presbyterian Hospitality House.

A graduate of Duke Divinity School, he also studied at the University of Bonn in Germany, and served at two churches in North Carolina before moving to Alaska.

Rev. Peter Funch will preach at the installation, and local clergy will participate in the service.

First Baptist Church of Phoenix will have a free spaghetti dinner 6 p.m. tonight, Jan. 17, at 4655 S. Pacific Highway. Garlic bread, green salad and desserts will be served. Following the dinner will be a showing of the spiritual film "Facing the Giants."

A youth fellowship event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the church. Events will include games, pizza, ice cream, music and a devotional. For information or a ride, call 541-512-1616.

A holy eucharist for healing service will be held at 11 this morning at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford.

Two communion services will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the church. Church school will be held at 10 a.m. in the parish hall.

A book group will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the parish hall. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

The Center for Spiritual Living men's group will meet at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, before the 10:30 a.m. service at 3581 Lear Way, Medford. During the worship service, guest speaker Neale Donald Walsch will speak on "The Cosmology of All of Life."

A spiritual study group meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays to discuss the "Conversations with God" books by Walsch. Books are furnished. Call 541-897-0298.

Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson on "Turning the Tide of Trouble" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford.

A Healing from the Heart clinic will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. The service seeks to help people reduce stress and improve relaxation to help break addictive behavior.

A Silent Unity Prayer service is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, and a metaphysical bible discussion follows at 11:30 a.m.

Call 541-772-6902 or see www.unitymedford.org.

Trinity Episcopal church will hold holy eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at 44 N. Second St., Ashland.

A Celtic mass will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, and doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with an opportunity to practice singing for those unfamiliar with the music that comes from the Iona and Taize communities. Call 541-201-3418 or see www.trinitychurchashland.org.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ services will begin with contemplative prayer at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in Lidgate Hall at the church, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. The worship service will be held at 10 a.m., and the third Sunday mission offering will go to Hearts with a Mission.

The monthly Just Peace Ministry Team meeting will be held after the worship service.

A new member's meeting also will follow the service. Lunch will be served, and the event will include time for questions. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP by calling 541-772-8860.

Father Ken Sampson will lead an information and registration event for an October pilgrimage to Portugal and France at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 517 W. 10th St., Medford.

The trip will include a visit to the tomb of St. James the Apostle, meetings with other pilgrims in Lourdes, and cathedral tours in and around Paris with daily mass. Call 541-601-4457 or email bkantor@hotmail.com.

Rev. Fred Grewe will speak on "Healing for the Terminally Ill: Reframing Meaning at the End of Life" from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Peace House, 543 S. Mountain St., Ashland. Grewe is a board certified Chaplain with a master's degree in pastoral care, and is an ordained Congregationalist minister working for Providence Hospice. For more information, call 541-488-1992.

Tibetan Buddhist meditation center Kagyu Sukha Chöling will lead a newcomer's night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at 109 Clark Creek Drive, Ashland.

The event will begin with calm abiding meditation, and the lamas will provide an introduction to Buddhism and the center's programs. Call 541-552-1769 or see www.kscashland.org.

In observation of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, First Presbyterian Church of Ashland will hold an awareness forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the church, located at 1615 Clark St., Ashland. Call 541-482-3536.