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New youth leader

Ascension Lutheran will install new youth leader Stephanie Risner during the worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at 695 Black Oak Drive, Medford. The church belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Holy Communion is offered every Sunday. Call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Events at MCUCC

The Rev. Kurt Katzmar will give a sermon drawing from the book "Christianity after Religion" by Diana Butler Bass during the worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St. The church will begin a study on the book at 7 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 19 at the church's Lidgate Social Hall. The service will be given in cooperation with First Presbyterian Church of Medford.

A study of the book "This Changes Everything" by Naomi Klein will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month, beginning Jan. 22, at the church.

A film and panel discussion about child sex trafficking will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at the church. The program will include a showing of the documentary film "Chosen," which tells how two American teenage girls were tricked into the sex industry. The panel presentation that follows will include Detective Jim Williams of the Medford Police Department, attorney Faith Morse, Caleb LaPlante of Abolish Child Trafficking of Southern Oregon, and advocate Randy Ellison, author of the book "Boys Don't Tell."

The church is selling tickets for its annual all-you-can-eat Crab and Shrimp Feast fundraiser, with seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7. Proceeds benefit the church's local charitable programs. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children. For reservations call 541-772-0489 or email mkey7845@charter.net.

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

First Presbyterian service

Pastor Murray Richmond will give a sermon titled "Ear Tingling Good" during worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at First Presbyterian Church of Medford, 85 S. Holly St. An informal service is offered at 8:30 a.m., and a traditional service with full choir and pipe organ is held at 10:30 a.m.

Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Unity celebrates MLK

The Rev. Norma Nakai Burton will present "Martin Luther King Jr. meets Thich Nhat Hahn: The Call of Restorative Justice" during the Unity in Ashland service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Call 541-488-9220 or see www.unityashland.org.

 RVUUF focuses on King

The Rev. Nan White will celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The Rogue World Ensemble will provide music during the ceremony.

Following the service will be a social time of coffee and snacks. Religious explorations classes are offered for children during the service. Call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.

 Center for Spiritual Living

Author Neale Donald Walsch, interim spiritual director for the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, will present "God is on Our Side" during the worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at 3581 Lear Way. A guided meditation is offered before the service at 10 a.m.

The center's annual meeting will follow the service. The board will give updates regarding the search for a new minister and about the center's new volunteer program.

A study group meets at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Book 5 of the "Conversations with God" series by Walsch. See www.cslroguevalley.org.

 Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a sermon titled "Take No Thought" during the worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. A children's Sunday school is available during the service.

A Silent Unity Prayer Service is offered at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the church. A metaphysical Bible discussion follows at 11:30 a.m.

Call 541-772-6902 or see www.unitymedford.org.

 Australian evangelist speaks

Evangelist Dan Nolan from Australia will speak during worship services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at Shady Cove Assembly of God, 60 Mallory Lane, Shady Cove. Call 541-621-9737.

 Healthy Living Ministries

Dr. Philip Paden will give a lecture titled "Surgery and Pills vs. Proper Nutrition: Which is better 'Medicine'?" during Healthy Living Ministries' whole food plant-based luncheon at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Point Seventh-day Adventist Church, 625 N. 10th St.

The luncheon will also include instructions to make vegan Yumm Bowls. Cost is a suggested donation of $8. RSVP by calling 541-890-5969 or email godslilwarrior2@hotmail.com.

Newcomers' night at DSC

Tibetan Buddhist meditation center Kagyu Sukha Chöling will hold a Newcomers' Night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at 109 Clear Creek Drive, Ashland.

The service begins with meditation. Following meditation the lamas will answer questions and provide an introduction to to Buddhism and the center's programs. Call 541-552-1769 or see www.kscashland.org.

Right to Life event

Jackson County Right to Life will hold its annual Standing for Life event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at First Baptist Church, 649 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Speakers will include Patrick Doyle of Vertias Counseling, Pastor Greg Spires of First Baptist Church and Perry Atkinson of The Dove. Counselors will be available following the program. See www.jacksoncountyprolife.org.