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Religion briefs: Friday, Dec. 11

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

A Christmas sing-along will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point. A contemporary service will follow at 5 p.m.

The church will offer a children's program titled "A New Star" during its service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. The church's annual Christmas bazaar will follow. Call 541-664-1828.

Medford First Christian Church

Pastor Mary Jacobs will preach on "Over the River and Through the Woods" during worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Medford First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Call 541-772-8030.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Social time with coffee and snacks will follow. Call 541-482-4755.

Waters Edge Community Church

Waters Edge Community Church will continue its Advent celebration at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Commons at Central High School, 815 Oakdale Ave., Medford. Malcolm Munson will lead a discussion of the sermon on the mount. For information, call 541-601-8651.


Eckankar will lead a group Hu sing at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Phoenix library Community Room, 510 W. First St., Phoenix. The Hu, considered a love song to God, has been used in the Sufi and other mystical traditions. At 11 a.m., an Eckankar worship service will explore "Keys to Living Without Fear." For  information, call 541-897-4036.

Central Neighborhood Church

A classic movie night will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Central Neighborhood Church, 4777 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. The movie will be "A Southern Yankee." Call 541-512-1616 for information.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

"Joy Comes In The Morning" is Pastor Murray Richmond's message for both an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Dec. 13, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. 

The 12th annual "Ringing In Christmas" concert will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. The concert is free and open to the public. Information is available at 541-779-1711 or at www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Center for Spiritual Living, Rogue Valley

"Peace on Earth" is Rev. Kimberly Hawkin's message for the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 13, at Center for Spiritual Living, Rogue Valley, 1750 Delta Waters Road, Medford. Call 541-734-8581.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Worship services will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. An Advent tea in the parish hall will follow the 10 a.m. service.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Celebrate the third Sunday of Advent at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. For information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Faith Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran Church invites people with special needs to its "Jesus Cares" service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. The 45-minute, interactive service is geared for special-needs children and adults and their families. For information, contact Pastor Matthew Crick at 541-261-1280 or pastorcrick@yahoo.com.

Jerusalem Center Church

The annual Community Christmas Program will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Jerusalem Center Church, 6 Mace Road, Medford. Call 541-770-7086 for information.

United Church of Christ

Observe the nationwide Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath and third Sunday in Advent at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. 

The Justice and Peace Ministry Team will sell fair trade chocolates, coffee and tea for Christmas gift baskets after worship in the social hall.

The 2008 film "Lars and the Real Girl" will be shown in Lidgate Hall at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14.

The Hospitality Team will host a Christmas luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in Lidgate Hall with entertainment by the singing group the Steeple Bells. The luncheon supports local charities. Register by calling the church office at 541-772-8860.

Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ

The church's Climate Ministry Committee will hold a discussion on the proposed LNG pipeline at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

Medford Unitarian Universalists

A discussion of an Amnesty International letter-writing campaign, "Right for Rights," will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, in the annex/classroom of Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St., Medford.