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Religion briefs, Oct. 18

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Grants Pass churches to host webinar on needs of transgender youth

Four Grants Pass churches will host a panel discussion titled “Understanding the Needs of Transgender Youth” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, via Zoom. Experts including Rev. Ryan Scott with Newman United Methodist Church, Rogue Action Center’s LGBTQ+ listening project organizer Eliot Feenstra, Three Rivers School District Superintendent Dave Valenzuela, behavioral pediatric physician Dr. Debra Koutnik and psychotherapist Sky Snodgren will discuss gender and gender diversity, and will answer questions. For more information and for the Zoom link, see Facebook pages of Bethany Presbyterian Church, Newman United Methodist Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church or Unitarian Universalists of Grants Pass.

Shady Point Seventh-day Adventist Church

The church, 14611 Highway 62, Eagle Point, will hold Bible studies at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, followed by a worship service at 10:40 a.m. Masks are required. See spadventistchurch.com.

Havurah Synagogue

The synagogue in Ashland will hold an online Shabbat service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, via Zoom. Maggidah (storyteller) Ayala Zonnenschein will lead a service of prayer, song, chant, movement and teachings from the story of Abraham and Sarah. For a Zoom link, email ayala@ashlandhavurah.org, or find the livestream at Facebook.com/HavurahSynagogue. Call 541-488-7716.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

The church at the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix, will hold vespers services at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, followed by a catechism/inquirer class. A divine liturgy service will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, and at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. For more information, call 541-690-8822 or visit gabriel.church.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

The church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford, will hold in-person communion services at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. An online service is also available at 10 a.m. Sunday via YouTube and Zoom. The church opens its food pantry at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. A free vaccine clinic will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20. For more information, call 541-773-3111 or visit stmarks-medford.org.

Westminster Presbyterian Church

The church, 2000 Oakwood Dr., Medford, will hold an indoor worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, and an outdoor service at 10:45 a.m. A recorded service is also available at 9 a.m. Sunday on wpcmedford.com and the church’s Facebook page. For more information, call 541-773-8274.

Ascension Lutheran Church

The church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford, will hold an in-person and livestream worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, followed by Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. Contact the church to make reservations for in-person worship by calling 541-773-3594. For a link to the online livestream, see ascensionlutheran.com.

St. Peter Lutheran Church

The church, 1020 E. Main St., Medford, will hold an in-person worship service with communion at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. An adult Bible study class will follow. Social distancing and masks are required. Audio recordings of sermons are available at stpeterlutheran-medford.org. For information, call 541-772-4395.

Zion Lutheran Church

The church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford, will hold an in-person worship service at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct 17. Masks are required. For more information, call 541-772-4674.

Grace Lutheran Church

The church, 660 Frances Lane, Ashland, will hold a service in-person and via Zoom at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Physical distancing and masks are required. For more information, see gracelutheranashland.org or call 541-482-1661.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The church, 1801 E. Jackson St., will hold a livestreamed service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, on the Medford UCC YouTube channel. Call 541-772-8860.

Medford First United Methodist Church

The church, 607 W. Main St., will hold an in-person worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Pastor Ben Devoid will give a sermon titled “A Noble Battle With God.” Child care is available for children through second grade. Masks are required. The church opens its food pantry from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 541-773-3691, email churchoffice@medfordumchurch.org or see medfordumchurch.org.

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church

The church, at 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will meet at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 for a service of holy communion. Music will be provided by organist Robin Stroh. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow. See standrewsanglican.org.

First Presbyterian Church Medford

The church, 85 S. Holly St., will hold an in-person worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Masks are required. Free bag lunches are available Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to noon. Video services and more information is available at firstpreschurchmedford.com or by calling 541-779-1711.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The center is temporarily meeting online only. The Rev. Kim Hawkins will present a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, on the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. See cslroguevalley.org.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The fellowship in Ashland will post a recorded service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 on its website and YouTube channel featuring a sermon from the Rev. Sean Parker Dennison titled “Cultivating Covenant.” For a link to the fellowship’s Zoom coffee hour after the service, sign up for the fellowship’s weekly newsletter at rvuuf.org/newcomers/newsletter/. Call 541-482-4755 or see rvuuf.org.

Unity of Medford

The church, 540 N. Holly St., will hold its annual meeting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. The Rev. Gary Eby will join Julie Wright to kick off the meeting with a half hour of live music, reflections and meditation. Face masks are required. For more information, call 541-415-4918.

The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

The congregation, 543 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland, will hold a worship meeting that focuses on the climate crisis and raising awareness at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Following the meeting, attendees will make signs ahead of a silent vigil planned for noon Monday, Oct. 18, outside the Jackson County Courthouse, 100 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The vigil is in solidarity with other demonstrations around the globe aligned with the organization GreenFaith. See ashlandquakers.org.

Trinity Episcopal Church

The church, at 44 N. Second St., Ashland, will hold its Celtic Evensong with a performance composed and performed by musician Jodi French at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. The church asks those attending in person to make a reservation with the church office because space is limited. The service will be recorded and uploaded to the church’s YouTube channel at a later date. For more information, call 541-201-3418 or email office@trinitychurchashland.org.

Webinar on Jewish end of life rituals

Leaders of Temple Emek Shalom, Chabad of Ashland and the Havurah synagogue will offer teachings about death and dying in the Jewish tradition at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, via Zoom. Rabbi David Zaslow, Rabbi Sue Morningstar, Rabbi Avi Zweibel, Rabbi Julie Benioff, Rabbi Jackie Brodsky, Rabbi Emanuel Ben-David, Ayala Zonnenschein and Daniel Greenblatt and Ross Albertson of the Hevre Kadisha of the Jewish Burial Society will cover topics that include watching over the body, ritual purification, burial and days of mourning. Email ayala@ashlandhavurah.org for more info and to receive the Zoom link. Call 541-292-0805 for more info.