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Religion Briefs

Blessing of the Animals service at St. Mark's

Holy Eucharist services will be at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave. A "blessing of the animals" service will be held at the 10 a.m. service, and congregants are encouraged to bring a pet to be blessed. Those who don't have pets are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal that can be blessed and donated to the Family Nurturing Center. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Communion event at First Presbyterian of Medford

First Presbyterian Church of Medford will celebrate World Communion Sunday at its worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at 85 S. Holly St., Medford. Pastor Murray Richmond will give a sermon titled "Dare to Dream," and congregants are encouraged to bring personal care items to donate for the church's food bank program. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

MCUCC services

In celebration of World Communion Sunday, Medford Congregational United Church of Christ will focus on the book "Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy" by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Church school will be offered for elementary and middle school students during the service. Nursery care will be available.

The church will offer its Living the Questions adult study program at 7 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Tuesdays.

An "Active Hope" book study group will begin meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Limestone Coffee, 217 E. Main St., Medford. More information on the study is available by emailing caren@medforducc.org. 

Call 541-772-8860 or see www.medforducc.org.

RVUUF service

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold a worship service titled "I Will Meet You There" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at 87 Fourth St., Ashland. A social time with coffee and snacks will follow, and religious exploration classes are available for children. Call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.

Service at Unity in Ashland

Rev. Laura Derocher will serve as guest speaker for the Unity in Ashland service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Laura Berman will be the musical guest. Call 541-488-9220 or www.unityinashland.com.

Center for Spiritual Living events

Author Neale Donald Walsch, interim spiritual director for the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, will give a talk titled "Never Condemn Anything, Ever" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Heather Hutton will perform music during the service, and a children's program will be offered.

A spiritual study group will continue its discussion of book three of the "Conversations with God" series by Walsch at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the center. See www.cslroguevalley.org.

Christ Unity Church service

Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a sermon titled "Try the Light Touch" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford.

A "healing from the heart" service is offered at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. The service seeks to help people reduce stress and improve relaxation to help the body heal.

A silent unity prayer service is offered at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the church.  Following is a metaphysical bible discussion at 11:30 a.m. Call 541-772-6902 or see www.unitymedford.org.

Blessing of the animals service

In observance of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Trinity Episcopal Church will hold an informal "blessing of the animals" service for individuals and their pets at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in the labyrinth garden at the church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Call 541-201-3418 or see www.trinitychurchashland.org.

Healthy cooking class

A free, vegan, whole-food, plant-based cooking class will be offered at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at Valley View Seventh-day Adventist church, 3677 S. Stage Road, Medford. The class will include healthful holiday recipes, diabetic-friendly options and dairy-free food replacements. Dr. Philip Paden of Paden Eye Care will serve as guest speaker. Call 541-773-6097 or see www.vvsda.org.

Divorce recovery workshop

Counselor and pastor Bill Gallagher will offer a divorce recovery workshop for those who have been divorced or are in the process of a separation or divorce, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 23-24, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Fireside Room at Trail Christian Fellowship, 18881 Highway 62, Eagle Point. Topics will include handling the loss, dealing with an ex-spouse, tips for helping children cope, and forgiveness. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and child care is available for those who preregister. See www.trail.org or call 541-878-3501.