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Faith Lutheran Church, Medford

Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford, will hold a Christmas special needs service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. For details, call Pastor Matthew Crick at 541-261-1280 or see flc-medford.org.

Havurah synagogue

"A Third Way," a film about intercultural and interfaith trust between Israelis and Palestinians, will screen at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Havurah synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Director Harvey Stein will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening. Tickets are on a $5 to $10 sliding scale and are available at the door. Call 541-488-7716.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Matins prayers begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. and a vegetarian potluck afterward using fasting guidelines; fish is allowed. Brief midday prayers are offered at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. A special Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. At 7 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, Divine Liturgy will be served in honor of St. Herman of Alaska. Vespers is held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, followed by a class on orthodoxy at 7 p.m. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Medford First Christian Church

Pastor Bill Jacobs will preach on “Inconceivable” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Medford First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "Peace Be Still" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 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 a.m. For more information, call 541-772-6902 or see http://unitymedford.org.

Gold Hill Christian Church

Pastor Aaron Veach's sermon at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, will be “The Shepherds' Greatest Joy,” at Gold Hill Christian Church, located at Dardenelles and Sixth Avenue in Gold Hill. Children's Sunday school is available. For more information, call 541-665-1565 or email aaronpveach@gmail.com.

Eastwood Baptist Church, Medford

Pastor Randolph Miller will preach at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, about "The Practice of Advent: Putting on your Glad Rags," at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. For details, see www.ebcmedford.org.

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point

The 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 11, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St., will include the lighting of the Advent wreath and music by the Shepherd's Bell Choir. Children will present a Christmas play, as well. The church's annual bazaar will follow the service. Child care is provided.

At noon Wednesday, Dec. 14, Pastor Terry Graunke will lead an Advent study titled "Names for the Messiah."

Ascension Lutheran Church

From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford, will sell Scandinavian treats, including lefse, krumkake and other traditional Christmas goodies. At 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, the church will celebrate the third Sunday in Advent. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach about “Joy in the Midst of Despair” at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Children’s Sunday school is available.

Christmas Unplugged, a service for those who feel unplugged and those who wish to unplug from the busyness of the holiday season, will be held twice, once at the First Christian Disciples of Christ Church at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, and once at the Medford United Church of Christ at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.

A Christmas Eve service of readings and carols will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Christmas Day will be celebrated with Communion at 10 a.m. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Gold Hill United Methodist Church

Gold Hill United Methodist Church, 416 Dardanelles St., will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, with the lighting of the Advent wreath. At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, Pastor Terry Graunke will lead an Advent study entitled "Names for the Messiah."

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The service will include Advent lessons and carols, and lectors will be commissioned by the Rev. Thomas Sramek Jr. At 9 a.m. fellowship and coffee will be enjoyed in the parish hall. Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Rev. Nan L. White will share “Lessons from the Dark,” at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Religious exploration classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. Call 541-482-4755 or see http://rvuuf.org.​

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study is at 8:15 a.m., and Sunday school starts at 10:45 a.m. A healing prayer service is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, and Bible study is at 9 a.m. Thursdays. For information, call 541-772-4674.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond’s message will be “The Evidence of God” at an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Dec. 11, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., in Medford. The informal service will feature more contemporary music led by the Son Shine Singers in a casual atmosphere. The traditional service will include a full Chancel Choir and pipe organ music in a formal sanctuary. For information, call 541-779-1711.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will explore how to keep the light and sacredness in this holiday season and darkest time of the year with a talk titled “Into the Light,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at The Scottish Rite Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music is by Kathy Kali and Aaron Blenkush. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs are offered at 10:30 a.m. For details, see www.cslroguevalley.org.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland

Celtic Evensong and Communion will be offered at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Trinity Episcopal Church of Ashland, 44 N. Second St. The theme will be light and darkness, Advent and the winter solstice. Rabbi David Zaslow will give the reflection. Music will be directed by Jodi French, and the Rev. Anne Bartlett will preside. For information, call the church at 541-201-3418 or see trinitychurchashland.org.

Trail Christian Fellowship

Trail Christian Fellowship will hold an hour of Christmas caroling, cookies and hot drinks at an outdoor event from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Butte Creek Mill, 402 N. Royal Ave., Eagle Point. The mill, built in 1872, was destroyed in a predawn fire on Christmas Day 2015. The event is free, and there will be an opportunity to donate toward the rebuilding of the mill.

Kagyu Sukha Chöling

Kagyu Sukha Chöling, a Buddhist center at 109 Clear Creek Drive, Ashland, will hold a New Year’s Eve Day retreat with Devon and Craig Hase titled "A Shamatha Day to Welcome the New Year." The retreat will be from 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. People can attend either session. Cost is a suggested donation of $20 per session, $40 for the entire day; cash or check only. Pre-registration is not required. For more information, see www.kscAshland.org or call 541-552-1769.