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Religion briefs: Friday, Feb. 23

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Central Point

Southern Oregon native and former major league pitcher Jeremy Guthrie will speak to youth at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the LDS church, 2305 Taylor Road, Central Point. He will also address the church’s women’s organization, the Relief Society, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the same location. Visitors are welcome at either presentation.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate, and Ann Manlove will be the organist. Soup will be served after the service. The bishop’s advisory committee will meet after the service. Email stmshadycove@gmail.com or call 541-878-2166 for more information.

First Presbyterian Church

Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at both the 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Feb. 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. For information, call 541-779-1711.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9 a.m. coffee and fellowship will be offered in the parish hall, followed at 9:15 a.m. by an adult forum on the history of Lent and what Lent means to Episcopalians. Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler’s message at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Christ Unity Church, 540 Holly St., Medford, will be “Unique Contributions,” continuing the theme of “Our essence is of God, therefore we are inherently good.” A silent Unity prayer service is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, with Bible discussion at 11:30 a.m. A sacred healing meditation service is held at noon the second Saturday of every month. For more information, see unitymedford.org or call 541-772-6902.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study starts at 8:15 a.m. Sunday school starts at 10:45 a.m. A healing prayer service starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Lenten soup supper and devotions will be offered at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. Bible study will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 541-772-4674.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

This week’s service at RVUUF will address resilience during and after the storms of life, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at 87 Fourth St. in Ashland. Religious explorations classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see http://rvuuf.org/.

Eastwood Baptist Church

The Rev. Everett Denniston will present the message at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, Feb. 25, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. Coffee and refreshments will follow. Denniston served at Eastwood as youth pastor from 1976-79. He retired at Merlin Community Baptist Church, where he served from 1986 to 2015. He and his wife, Sue, now reside in Sunriver. Worship follows Bible study at 9:15.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered during the 9 a.m. hour for all children so adults can attend the contemporary issues adult class, centering prayer or choir practice. At 10 a.m., Sunday school is provided for children in fifth grade and younger during worship. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in the sanctuary. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Laura Derocher, guest speaker and musical artist, will talk at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Her message will be “Love Ain’t Like They Told You It Was.” An interfaith minister, Derocher has spoken and sung at New Thought Centers across the country since 2000. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. A youth program starts at 10:30 a.m. See www.cslroguevalley.org

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford, begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Sunday school begins at 10:45 a.m. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

The Havurah Synagogue

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, Purim, the holiday that recounts the saving of the Jews from a threatened massacre during the Persian period (539-330 BCE), will be celebrated at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., in Ashland. The story of Esther will be presented in the form of a spoof. This year’s Shpiel features the theme of "Me Too! Times Up!" with music, rapping, dancing and a crazy cast of characters. Costumes are encouraged. Refreshments will be available. For information, call 541-488-7716.