Local religion briefs

MEDFORD — The Medford Seventh-day Adventist Church will celebrate its 100th anniversary Saturday at the church, 1900 Greenwood St.

The celebration will include a special mission report at 9 a.m., Bible study classes and children's divisions at 9:30 a.m., and Dr. Floyd Bresee will speak during the church service at 10:30 a.m. The Rogue Valley Adventist School will provide music for the celebration, which will include a dedication of the school's India Mission Team that will depart for India on Dec. 16.

The Medford Seventh-day Adventist Church began in 1907 when W.L. Black, an Adventist minister from Arizona, began conducting evangelistic meetings in a 14-member church. Meetings were first held in the kitchen of Black's home, before moving to two rooms made up of a lodge hall and storage building in the 200 block of East Main Street. In 1908, a church was built on North Riverside Avenue. This church burned down in 1925 and members met at the Methodist Church while building a new church on the corner of Edwards and Beatty streets in east Medford. Church membership continued to grow, and on Aug. 6, 1960, a vespers praise service was the first service held at the church's present location on Greenwood Street.

For more information, call 772-6021.

ASHLAND — Clair Pfann, academic dean and instructor in New Testament at the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Rivergate, an Assembly of God church at 188 Garfield St.

Pfann has been featured in several documentaries on CNN, BBC and the History Channel. She is a member of the research team and content advisor for the Nazareth Village, a historical museum in Nazareth, which recreates Jewish town life in the 1st century A.D. based on literary and archaeological sources and contemporary ethnoanthropological studies.

MEDFORD — Former Oregon Ducks wide receiver and punt returner Terry Obee, who played for the NFL's Chicago Bears, will tell his story during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service at Lighthouse Family Worship Center, across from Costco, at 3500 Arrowhead Drive.

Call 773-7064.

ASHLAND — The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Rogue Valley's Sunday service will consider "Laying Foundations, Repairing Bridges, Building Community."

We worry about the infrastructure of such things as our cities and highways, but what about our "spiritual infrastructure?"

The Rev. Heather Lynn Hanson will officiate at the 10:30 a.m. service at the Unitarian Center, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Tami Marston directs the choir and musical guests include flutist Esther Halverson Hill and Ashland High School student Zhawen Wahpepah playing the violin.

For more information call 482-4755 or visit rvuuf.org online.

ASHLAND — The Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon invites the community to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public Menorah lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, on the Plaza in downtown Ashland.

Sen. Alan Bates and Mayor John Morris will assist with the lighting of the 10-foot "Menorah of Freedom." The lighting will be followed by live music, a children's presentation and hot latkes.

ASHLAND — Havurah Shir Hadash will host Rabbi Gedalia Fleer for three days of teaching.

Fleer will teach at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 3-5. The topics will include "The Teachings of Rebbe Nachman," "Prayer — A Service of the Heart," and "The Deeper meaning of Hanukkah," in that order.

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, Fleer will do an additional in-depth teaching on Nachman. Fleer teaches and counsels in the Old City of Jerusalem, and is the author of two books on Nachman and several articles. The Havurah is at 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

The class fee is $4 to $12 on a sliding scale per class. For more information, call 488-7716 or see havurahshirhadash.org online.

MEDFORD — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will present "Sing We Now at Christmas," a program of sacred music, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7, at the church, 2900 Juanipero Way, near Rogue Valley Manor.

Music will be performed by the Rogue Valley Youth Ensemble, St. Mary's High School Choir, the United Methodist Church Melody Ringers Bell Choir, the Medford Stake choir and other ensembles. Refreshments will be served following the program.

MEDFORD — The Fourth Annual Handbell Christmas Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St.

Handbell choirs and small ensembles from five Rogue Valley churches will gather to present Christmas music. In addition, the newly formed community handbell choir, "Rogue Ringers" will participate.

The program will consist of the ringing of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs and the audience will be invited to sing traditional carols. The program is free and open to the public.

Donations will be taken to cover expenses and support food banks.

MEDFORD — "Glory In The Highest," a Ladies' Christmas Celebration will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Mountain Christian Fellowship, 1 E. Main St. at Front Street.

Junior high and high school girls also are welcome. A dessert reception will follow. Attendees are asked to bring a canned food item for the church pantry for a family in the community. No childcare will be provided. Call 770-1623.

Compiled from staff reports

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