Religion briefs

Cornerstone Christian Church will host Dr. Derek Thomas in a lecture titled, "Getting the Gospel Right," from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at 608 N. Bartlett St. Thomas serves as associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., has written and edited 15 books and produced a biblical commentary series published by Banner of Truth Trust and Evangelical Press. He is editorial director for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and editor of its e-zine, Reformation 21. Admission is $20 for students or $30 general, and includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments. For more information, email or call 541-773-8163.

The Medford Stake Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold its annual conference Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19. Elder Richard Hansen of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy will be the presiding authority.

The adult session will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Medford Stake Center, 2900 Juanipero Way. The general session will start at 10 a.m. Sunday. Television coverage will be available at LDS church sites in Etna, Happy Camp and Yreka, Calif.

Several training and instructional classes will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 541-772-9078 for more information.

The Revs. Norma Nakai Burton and Laura Derocher will speak on "Surrender" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19, for the Unity in Ashland service at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave. Call 541-488-9220.

Events scheduled at the Center for Spiritual Living

The Rev. Joy-Anne Fournier will speak on the "Architecture of Health" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. A children's program will be given during the service.

Following the service will be a Spiritual Cinema event at noon featuring speaker Michael Bernard Beckwith. A spiritual study group will continue discussing "Conversations with God, Book One" by Neale Donald Walsch from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the center. Books are furnished.

Call 541-734-8581 for information, directions or a confidential prayer request.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church will celebrate the Pentecost during services Sunday, May 19, at 140 N. Oakdale, at the corner of Fifth Street and Oakdale Avenue in Medford. Parishioners are encouraged to wear red.

Communion services are at 8 and 10 a.m. in the sanctuary, and an adult forum is at 9:10 a.m. The adult forum will feature a presentation from registered nurse Karen Griffin on "Cardiac Health: Heart Smart 101." Call 541-773-3111 or see

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a sermon on "Use What You Have" at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 19, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford.

A Silent Unity Prayer Service will be held Wednesday, May 22, at the church. A metaphysical bible discussion will follow at 11:30 p.m. Call 541-772-6902 or visit

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ will celebrate Pentecost during its worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 19, at the church, 1801 E. Jackson St. Congregants are encouraged to wear fiery colors such as red and orange. Call 541-772-8860 or visit

Marlene Bischoff will sign copies of her professionally illustrated and published children's book "Charming Chirp" from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Medford Adventist Book Center, 632 Crater Lake Ave. The event will feature free treats, and book characters Hailey and Emma Bischoff and others will sign copies as well. Call 541-734-0567. (Correction: The name of the book has been corrected.)

First Baptist Church of Phoenix will hold a free gospel concert with Heaven's Connection at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at 4655 S. Pacific Highway. Call 541-512-1881.

High School graduates from Ashland, Phoenix as well as homeschoolers can attend First Baptist Church of Ashland's baccalaureate ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at 2004 Siskiyou Blvd. Graduates should wear their caps and gowns, and extra gowns will be available for those who don't have them. Call 541-482-3836.

Pastor/counselor Bill Gallagher will hold a weekend workshop on "Growing through Divorce" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 30-31, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Saturday, June 1, at Trail Christian Fellowship, 18881 Highway 62, Eagle Point. The event is to assist those who have gotten a divorce or are presently going through a divorce. Topics will include dealing with an ex-spouse, forgiveness and establishing healthy relationships, among others. Cost is $25 in advance and includes child care. Call 541-858-3501 or email

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