Religion briefs

First Church of the Nazarene will hold its annual Trunk-or-Treat event from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford. Events will include food, games, candy and the opportunity to gather treats from decorated vehicles. Call 541-779-7777.

A young couples class at the church will begin a new series on "Conversational Discipleship and the Big Questions" from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the church.

The nine-week course will focus on ways to engage people in discussions about faith. The class will use role-playing, skits and discussion. Call 541-779-7777.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ will participate in the Jackson County Plastics Round-up Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26. Clean, soft, hard and nursery plastics can be dropped off at the church for $5 per load at 1801 E. Jackson St.

Sunday activities will begin with prayer at 9 a.m. at the church. Rev. Kurt Katzmar will give a sermon on "The Consciousness of Love" at 10 a.m., and the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers will give a concert at 3 p.m.

An adult study on Celtic Christianity will be held at 7 p.m. Mondays from Oct. 28 through Nov. 11. Call 541-772-8860.

West Main Church of Christ will celebrate 63 years as a congregation at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at 1701 W. Main St. Community residents and former members are encouraged to attend a 9 a.m. Bible study and 10:15 a.m. sermon. Call 541-772-9640.

"This I Have Learned About Life" will be the topic at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Call 541-482-4755 or see

Neale Donald Walsch, author of "Conversations with God" and other books, will be the guest speaker Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Center for Spiritual Living, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Bridget Wolf will provide music at the 10:30 a.m. service and encourages people to bring their own drums to participate in a drumming circle after the service.

An ongoing study group will continue discussing "Conversations with God, Book Two" at 6:30 p.m. Wendesdays. Call 541-897-0298.

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a sermon titled "Keep My Word" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford.

A silent unity prayer service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. followed by a metaphysical bible discussion at 11:30. Call 541-772-6902 or see

The congregation at St. Mark's Episcopal is encouraged to bring food for the church pantry at the 8 and 10 a.m. services Sunday, Oct. 27. Children's services are at 10 a.m.. The church is at 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford.

The pantry is open weekly from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays. A healing service is held at 11 a.m. Fridays. Call 541-773-3111 or see

Wholesome dishes from the cuisine of Puerto Rico, Africa, The Philippines and the Ukraine will be covered at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Healthy Lifestyle Center at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4300 N. River Road, Rogue River. The event will include samples. Cost is $8 per person. Call 541-499-8862 or email

Dr. Roger Howe will give a sermon on "Reproductive Justice: The Issue That Will Not Go Away" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Masonic Center, 975 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. Howe first gave his sermon in Ashland in 2012, and was the first layperson to win the award of Social Justice Sermon of the Year. Call 541-899-1026.

Trinity Episcopal Church will read from the Episcopal Church liturgy for Halloween, the evening before All Saints' Day, beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the church, 44 N. Second St.

Children and families are encouraged to attend after the Ashland Halloween parade in costume in the Parish Hall, where ghost stories from the Bible and prayers about scary things will be told. Call 541-201-3418.

First Baptist Church of Phoenix will hold a ladies' tea time at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at 4655 S. Pacific Highway. The event will include pastries, tea and music. Vivian White will speak about "Christian Women, Tested and True." Call 541-821-2732.

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