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Healing service at St. Mark's

A healing service will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford.

Holy Eucharist services will be at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the church sanctuary. Parishoners will give personal testimonies at the services in observance of stewardship month. Church school is at 10 a.m. in the parish hall. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Concert at First Presbyterian, Central Point

Local musician Beau Berry will give a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St. Free ice cream sundaes will be served at 6 p.m. Call 541-659-8192.

Choir sing-along

A sing-along titled "America at War and Peace" will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Coffee and socializing will follow. The event is free, and donations toward the church's music program will be accepted.

A third Sunday Celtic Eucharist service will be offered at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the church. Call 541-201-3418.

Ashland First Presbyterian services

Interim minister Rev. Kathy Keener will give a sermon titled "Children's Sabbath" at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark Ave., Ashland. Call 541-482-3536 or email presbyashland@yahoo.com.

Services at First Presbyterian, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will give a sermon titled "Answering the Call" at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at First Presbyterian Church of Medford, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The church's contemporary service is offered at 8:30 a.m., and a traditional service is offered at 10:30 a.m., with organ music by Christopher Uehlein and choir music. Call 541-779-1711.

Services at MCUCC

Rev. Kurt Katzmar will give a service titled "Active Hope, a Wider Sense of Self" at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St. The sermon will draw from the book "Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy" by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone. A progressive church school is offered for elementary and middle school students.

A "Living the Questions" adult study program is offered at 7 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the church.

An "Active Hope" book study group is held at 1 p.m. Thursdays at the church. Caren Caldwell leads the study, and can be reached at caren@medforducc.org.

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

RVUUF service about climate

Kathy Conway of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now will explore with Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship members ways to preserve the environment, and ways these efforts are part of moral, ethical and spiritual practices, in a service titled "Keepers of the Earth" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Religious explorations classes are offered for children during the service, and following will be a social time with coffee and snacks. Call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.

CSL begins seven-part series Sunday

Author Neale Donald Walsch, interim spiritual director of the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, will begin a seven-part sermon series titled "Getting to Know God" with "Is God a Being to be Feared?" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Guest musician during the service will be Meredith McFadden. A children's program will be held during the service.

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

Methodist church honors longtime choir member

First United Methodist Church of Ashland will honor longtime parishioner and choir member Dave Deller with a potluck luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at Wesley Hall, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. The event is a celebration of Deller's 77th birthday, and his 58-year dedication to the church choir. Deller has also sung for years with the Siskiyou Singers and Rogue Valley Harmonizers, and was a member of the quartet Delusions of Grandeur. Deller taught science at Ashland Middle School from 1965 to 1995, and all who remember him as colleague or teacher are encouraged to attend.

Those who cannot attend but would like to send greetings may mail cards in care of the church, or email offmgr@ashlandmethodist.org. Call 541-472-3647.

Border crisis presentation at Ashland UCC

Southern Oregon University professor James Phillips will present "Asylum, Refugees and the Border Crisis" at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at  Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd. Phillips will review the ancient historical and religious tradition of providing asylum to the vulnerable, discuss the difference between regular immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees, and highlight basic legal principles relevant to refugees. Phillips will also look at conditions in Central America driving young asylum seekers north. Call 541-482-1981.

Divorce recovery workshop at Trail Christian Fellowship

Pastor and counselor Bill Gallagher will hold a divorce recovery workshop from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, and 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Fireside Room at Trail Christian Fellowship, 18881 Highway 62, Eagle Point.

The program is geared for those who have been divorced or who are currently going through a divorce or separation. Topics will include handling the loss of the marriage, dealing with an ex-spouse, how to help children cope, how to forgive, discussion and Q&A sessions. Cost is $25 and includes materials, snacks and a continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Child care is offered for those who register in advance. Call 541-878-3501 or see www.trail.org.