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St. Mark's services

Rev. Jed Holdorph will lead a healing service at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford.

Holy Eucharist services are offered at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the church sanctuary. An adult forum will be held at 9:10 a.m. between the two services. Church finances will be discussed. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Guest speaker at Medford SDA church

Portland speaker Ginny Allen, author of "God's Love Song," will give a presentation titled "Catch the Wind" at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Medford Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1900 Greenwood St. 

Allen will give an afternoon presentation titled "Powerful Prayer Times for Busy Christians" at 2 p.m. A potluck will follow. Call 541-772-6021.

Ashland SDA community dinner

The Ashland Seventh-day Adventist Church will lead a community dinner and cooking session at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the church's community service center, 1650 Clark Ave. Call 541-261-3920.

Services at Temple Emek Shalom

Rabbi Joshua Boettiger and Chazzan Bella Feldman will lead a series of "Shul School" introductory Jewish education classes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. The experimental, hands-on program will focus on Jewish values, Torah and prayer to foster a greater sense of community.

The temple will hold services observing the Jewish High Holy Days. Selichot services will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the temple, 1800 E. Main St., Ashland. Erev Rosh Hashanah services will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. Adult and children's Rosh Hashanah services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. A Tashlich casting away of sins follows. A second day Rosh Hashanah service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26. A Shabbat Shuvah service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. A Kol Nidre service will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. Yom Kippur services for adults and children begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Call 541-488-2909 or see www.emekshalom.org.

International Peace Day service at Center for Spiritual Living

In observation of International Peace Day, author and interim spiritual director Neale Donald Walsch will lead a service titled "What is Peace?" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. A Heart Resonance Circle will be offered following the service.

A spiritual study group will discuss book three of the "Conversations with God" series by Walsch at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the center. Books are furnished. See www.cslroguevalley.org.

First Presbyterian Church of Ashland

Guest minister Karen McClintok will give a sermon titled "How Fair is That?" at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark Ave. Call 541-482-3536 or email presbyashland@yahoo.com

First Presbyterian of Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will give a sermon titled "Service — the Economics of the Kingdom of God" at services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at First Presbyterian Church of Medford, 85 S. Holly St. The church offers a contemporary service at 8:30 a.m., and a traditional service with full choir and pipe organ performance at 10:30 a.m. Call 541-779-1711.

MCUCC service

Rev. Kurt Katzmar will give a sermon titled "Worshiping with All Your Senses" at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Church school is available for elementary and middle school students, and nursery care is available for infants and preschool children. Call 541-772-8860.

Unity in Ashland service

Rev. Norma Nakai Burton will give a sermon for Unity in Ashland at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Call 541-488-9220 or see www.unityashland.com.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Rev. Nan White will explore how Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship compares with other UU congregations at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Religious exploration classes are available to children during the service. Call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.

Christ Unity Church services

Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a sermon titled "The Flame of Faith" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. A healing from the heart service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the church. A silent Unity prayer service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the church.  A metaphysical bible discussion will follow at 11:30 a.m. Call 541-772-6902 or see www.unitymedford.org.

Tibetan Buddhist event

Tibetan Buddhist Center Kagyu Sukha Chöling will host Lama Drupgyu Tenzin (Anthony Chapman) in a presentation titled "Kalu Rinpoche and the Shangpa Lineage: An Evening of Tales and Songs," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at 109 Clear Creek Drive, Ashland. 

Lama Drupgyu taught at KSC in 2010, and will discuss his experience of Buddhism's early days in the West. Cost is a suggested donation of $20. Call 541-552-1769 or see www.kscashland.org.

Faith-based sobriety events

Foundations for Recovery will hold fundraisers Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. A “Battle of the Badges” police-versus-fire softball game will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at U.S. Cellular Field, 300 Lowry Lane, Medford. The event will include free hot dogs, raffle prizes and a silent auction.

A "Drive Out Drugs Recovery Walk" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Pfaff Park in Central Point. The event will include food vendors, local merchants and information about drug and alcohol education, and will raise money for the organization’s efforts to help those struggling with addiction. Call 541-245-4673 or see www.lovefoundations.com.

Free meditation workshop

Tergar instructor Myoshin Kelley will present "Why Meditate? Discovering Our Inner Wealth in the Present Moment," at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. The event will include videos by "The Joy of Living" author Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, and an introduction to the Tergar approach to meditation. Call 650-283-9190 or email laurel@tergar.org.