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Religion briefs: Friday, June 12

Focus on Habitat for Humanity at St. Mark's

Services will be offered at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, June 14, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. A forum about Habitat for Humanity and the organization's local summer build will be held at 9:10 a.m.

A book group will discuss "Road to Character" by David Brooks at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Call 541-773-3111 or stmarks-medford.org.

Stained-glass service at Medford First Presbyterian

Pastor Murray Richmond will continue his series about the historic stained-glass windows in the church's main sanctuary with a sermon called "Parable of the Sower" during services Sunday, June 14, 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 offered at 10:30. The choir will take a break for summer after the June 14 service. Call 541-779-1711 or see firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Bell choir plays at Ascension Lutheran

The Grace Notes Bell Choir will perform during the service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 14, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. A barbecue will follow.

The church is taking registrations for vacation Bible school from children ages 5 through fifth grade Monday through Friday, Aug. 3-7. For information, call 541-773-3594 or see ascensionlutheran.com.

Sustainable farming events at Ashland First Presbyterian

Dr. V. Paul Rao of India will speak about his work providing training to impoverished farmers about water management, adapting to climate change and developing non-GMO seed banks in India at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark Ave., Ashland.

Dr. Rao will serve as guest pastor with a sermon titled "Genesis and humans genetically modifying things" during the service at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 14. A potluck will follow. Call 541-482-3536 or see firstpresashland.org.

Christian Science service

A sermon titled "God is the Preserver of Man" will be presented at the service at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 14, at Christian Science Church, 100 Windsor Ave., Medford. Grace Bryan will serve as guest pianist during the service. See christiansciencemedford.com.

Outdoor service at MCUCC

Rev. Kurt Katzmar will lead a dedication of the new landscape at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford, with an outdoor worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 14.

The Green Ministry Team will meet following the service. Greg Holmes, Southern Oregon Advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon, will described climate impacts from the proposed Medford Urban Growth Plan. Call 541-772-8860.

RVUUF recognizes old and new board members

Rev. Nan White will mark the beginning of Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's new board leadership for the new fiscal year with a service titled "Endings and Beginnings in Community" at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, June 14, at 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Call 541-482-4755.

CSL services

Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will give a sermon titled "Shift Happens" during the service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 14, at Center for Spiritual Living, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. A guided meditation is held at 10 a.m., and a monthly Heart Resonance Circle will follow the service.

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

Service at Faith Lutheran

Faith Lutheran Church will hold a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 14, at 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. Call 541-261-1280 or see flc-medford.org.

Guest speaker at Christ Unity

Rev. Dr. Eleanor Richard will serve as guest speaker with a sermon titled "It's Beyond Reality" at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 14, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. Richard founded the Yreka Center for Spiritual Growth, later relocating to Mt. Shasta and Dunsmuir, Calif.

A silent Unity prayer service is offered at 11 a.m. Wednesdays. A metaphysical Bible discussion is at 11:30. Call 541-772-6902 or see unitymedford.org.

Church Divine service

Rev. Chris Johnson will give a sermon titled "Words of Wisdom" at noon Sunday, June 14, at Church Divine, 748 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. A potluck luncheon will follow. Call 541-301-8695 or churchdivine.org.

New meeting time for Medford UUs

Medford Unitarian Universalists will explore themes about "Fathering" during its meeting at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at the classroom annex at Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St. The group now meets at 1 p.m. second and fourth Sundays. Call 541-899-1026.

Movie nights at Zion Lutheran

Zion Lutheran Church will hold movie nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays June 19 through Aug. 28, at 516 W. Fourth St. All films will have a rating of G or PG, and admission is free. Call 541-772-4674.

Bible school at Ashland First Baptist

Children preschool to fifth grade can attend free vacation Bible school from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 22-26, at First Baptist Church of Ashland, 2004 Siskiyou Blvd. Bus service will be available. To register or for information, call 541-890-1561 or see fbcashland.com.