Religion briefs: Friday, Nov. 20
Central Neighborhood Church
Central Neighborhood Church, 4777 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, will hold a free classic movie night showing "The Devil and Miss Jones" at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Call 541-512-1616.
Medford First Presbyterian Church
Pastor Murray Richmond will give a sermon titled "What King is This?" at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at First Presbyterian Church of Medford, 85 S. Holly St., Medford.
Rev. Kurt Katzmar of Medford Congregational United Church of Christ will speak at an ecumenical Thanksgiving service collecting several Medford-area churches together at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at First Presbyterian. Call 541-779-1711
Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Rev. Nan White will give a sermon titled "Keepers of the Light" at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The service will include a Founders Day celebration remembering those who have served Unitarian Universalism in the Rogue Valley. Call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.
Faith Lutheran Church
Pastor Matthew Crick will give a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. Call 541-261-1280 or email email@example.com.
Medford First Christian Church
Pastor Mary Jacobs will give a sermon titled "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Medford First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford.
The church will hold a free community Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.mfccor.org.
Christ Unity Church
Reverend Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled, "Thanksgiving," at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. A silent Unity prayer service is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, followed by a metaphysical Bible discussion at 11:30. Call 541-772-6902 or see email@example.com.
Water’s Edge Community Church
Water’s Edge Community Church will hold a service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Central High School Commons, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Children will gather at 9:45 for stories and crafts. Attendees can bring food for the Central High School Thanksgiving meal. Academy of Learning students will meet at noon. For more information, see www.twecc.com.
Ashland Congregational Church
Ashland Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, will celebrate the beginning of Advent Saturday, Dec. 5, with the traditional "Hanging of Greens" and tree decorating. Church member Zach Light will lead participants in the search for the "perfect tree." Participants will gather at the church at 10:30 a.m. and will be back by 3 p.m. to decorate the church.
Christian Science Church
Guest speaker Roy Gessford will talk about The Lord's Prayer at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Christian Science Church, 100 Windsor Ave, Medford. The talk will give insights and explore the prayer's relationship to its original writings in Aramaic. The sermon at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, will be "Soul and Body," with vocal solo "Arise, Shine, For Thy Light Is Come," with music by James G. MacDermid. The church will hold a Thanksgiving day service at 10 a.m. See christiansciencemedford.com
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church Women of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford, will hold a holiday luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Rogue Valley Country Club.
Holy Eucharist services will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m Sunday, Nov. 22. Between services in the parish hall, Thanksgiving baskets will be assembled. Delivery will be made Tuesday, Nov. 24, to needy families. After the 10 a.m. service, the Sunday school team will make family Advent wreaths, followed by ice cream sundaes. Call 541-773-3111 or see stmarks-medford.org.
Ascension Lutheran Church
Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford, will hold a service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. The church will host a free Thanksgiving day community dinner at 4 p.m. All are welcome. For information, call 541-773-3594 or www.ascensionlutheran.com.