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Trunk or Treat at the Naz

Medford First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford, will hold its eighth annual "Trunk or Treat" party from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The free, family event will include an inflatable bounce house, hot dogs, cotton candy, a cake walk, and an opportunity to win a Samsung Galaxy tablet.

The church meets for worship at 6 p.m. Saturdays, and 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sundays. Call 541-779-7777 or see www.mednaz.com.

Canned food drive at St. Mark's

Members of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford, are encouraged to bring canned food donations during services at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, for the church's weekly food pantry, which is available from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays at the church parish hall.

A marimba concert will be offered at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the church. The performance will be presented by Southern Oregon University students of Terry Longshore in the church sanctuary. The program is free, and donations will be accepted. Call 541-821-0977.

First Presbyterian church services

Interim minster for First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, Rev. Kathy Keener, will give a sermon titled "Always Being Re-Formed" at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the church, 1615 Clark Ave., Ashland. Call 541-482-3536 or email presbyashland@yahoo.com. 

Service at First Presbyterian Church of Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will give a service titled "On Fighting Giants" at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, Oct. 26, at First Presbyterian Church of Medford, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. A contemporary service is offered at 8:30, and a traditional service with full choir and pipe organ performances are at 10:30 a.m. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Worship service at Center for Spiritual Living

Center for Spiritual Living interim spiritual director Neale Donald Walsch will continue his multi-part series "Getting to Know God" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3581 Lear Way. 

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

Services at MCUCC

Rev. Kurt Katzmar will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. A progressive church school is offered for elementary and middle school students.

"Living the Questions" adult study programs are offered at 7 p.m. Mondays and 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the church.

A study group meets to discuss the book "Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in Without Going Crazy" by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone at 1 p.m. Thursdays at Round Table Tea Room, 406 E. Main St., Medford. For information on the study, email caren@medforducc.org. Call 541-772-8860.

RVUUF service

A service titled "Building a New Way" will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The Alan Berman Trio will perform as guest musicians. On its way to the 2015 annual UU General Assembly in Portland, the 21-pound, bronze, General Assembly chalice will be on display during the service. Call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.

Halloween harvest festival

Families are encouraged to arrive in costumes for a free harvest festival at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St. The event will include food, games, bobbing for apples, and costume contests with prizes. Call 541-664-1828.

Christ Unity Church events

Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a sermon titled "Your Importance to God" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. A children's Sunday school is offered during the service.

A "Healing from the Heart" service is offered at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the church. The service seeks to improve relaxation and reduce stress.

A "Silent Unity Prayer Service" is offered at 11 a.m. Wednesdays. A metaphysical bible discussion follows at 11:30 a.m. Call 541-772-6902 or see www.unitymedford.org.

Vegan luncheon and discussion at SDA church

Healthy Living Ministries, the temperance ministry of the Central Point Seventh-day Adventist Church, will offer a vegan luncheon and lecture titled "Exploring the World's Grains" at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the church, 625 N. 10th St. The luncheon will include lesser-known grains, including gluten-free ones, and Dr. Jim Said will give a lecture about "Thyroid, Adrenal and Brain Chemistry." Cost is a requested donation of $8. RSVP by calling 541-550-7543 or emailing sdahealthylivingministries@gmail.com.

Upcoming Family Life Conference

Lighthouse Family Worship Center, 3500 Arrowhead Drive, Medford, will offer a Family Life Conference from Friday to Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Friday events will include a harvest party for kids from 5 to 7 p.m., and children are encouraged to come dressed as a Bible characters to earn raffle tickets. An evening service will be offered from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday events will include sessions for married couples, singles and children's activities from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m., with a complimentary lunch from 12:15 to 1 p.m. The conference will conclude Sunday with a service for all at 10:30 a.m. Call 541-778-1255.

Spiritual workshop in Ashland

Rev. Ruth Kirby will hold a workshop titled "Harvesting our Abundance" from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Headwaters Building, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Cost is $25 at the door. Call 541-292-3821.

Grace Bible Church services

Grace Bible Church, 303 E. Main St., Talent, will begin offering two services, at 9:15 and 11 a.m., on Sunday, Nov. 2. Child care, children's Sunday school and the church's disability ministry class will be available during the 11 a.m. service. Call 541-951-9901.