Oregon Women of the Word Seminar starts today

GRANTS PASS — Guest speaker Joanna Weaver will present "Finding Your Place in the Heart of God" at the Oregon Women of the Word Seminar from 5-9 tonight and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Parkway Christian Center, 229 N.E. Beacon Drive.

Cost for the seminar is $35 with preregistration, or $40 at the door. Those interested in attending can register at Evangel bookstores or online at www.oregonwomenoftheword.org.

The Rev. Joy-Anne Huth will continue her September theme, "Acts of God," at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Center for Spiritual Living of Rogue Valley, 1119 Ellen Ave., Medford.

The Rev. Ruth Kirby will conduct the "Fountain of Youth" children's church during the service.

For more information, or for a confidential prayer or treatment request, call 541-734-8581.

ASHLAND — The Rev. Leslie Becknell Marx will consider gender identity in all its forms in the service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 97 Fourth St.

Unitarian Universalism has been a leading denomination in supporting bisexual, gay, lesbian and transgender equality, and the congregation is a sponsor of Southern Oregon Pride.

Child care and religious exploration classes will be available for children of parents and guardians attending the service. For more information, call 541-482-4755 or visit www.RVUUF.org.

ASHLAND — A one-hour informational session with the minister will be provided following the Sunday service for visitors and people new to Unitarian Universalism from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St. The introduction includes a brief video, a light lunch and a tour of the facility.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP by calling 541-482-4755 or emailing jaro15@me.com.

Zion Lutheran Church will be holding a Bake or No-Bake sale following the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday, Sept. 25 in the Fireside Room of the church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. The fundraiser benefits Brian Ditch, who is battling Histiocytic Sarcoma, an extremely rare cancer in humans. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will match a portion of the funds raised. For more information, call 541-772-4674.

ASHLAND — Here is the schedule for Rosh Hashanah services at Temple Emek Shalom, 1800 E. Main St.:

  • Erev Rosh Hashanah service — 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Attendees are encouraged to bring cake, cookies or fruit to share for a potluck dessert.
  • Family service at 9 a.m. and a morning service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. A Tashlich ceremony will follow the service.
  • Second Day service — 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

For more information, call the temple at 541-488-2909.

ASHLAND — The Havurah synagogue, led by Rabbi David Zaslow, offers services that are infused with music and joy and open to all for Rosh Hashana, which literally means the "head of the year," and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. No tickets or reservations are needed.

For a list of all High Holy Day services and events, visit the Havurah's website, www.havurahshirhadash.org, and click on coming events, or call 541-488-7716.

Sundown on Wednesday, Sept. 28, marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year and the High Holy Days. Wednesday's service begins at 7 p.m. at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a special children's service at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at 11:30 a.m. led by Mia Cohen.

For more information, call 541-488-7716.

Cornerstone Christian Church will hold a lecture series from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, with Dr. Derek Thomas, distinguished visiting professor of systematic and historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary.

The cost is $15 in advance for students and $25 for nonstudents. Tickets at the door cost $20 and $30. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Preregister by email at churchinfo@cccm.org, or call 541-773-8163.

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