Religion briefs

Youths ages 10 to 18 can attend an event with interactive group games, pizza, dessert and a short devotional from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at First Baptist Church of Phoenix, 4655 S. Pacific Highway. Free. Call 541-512-1616.

Trinity Episcopal Church will hold its annual Quilt and Mincemeat sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Trinity Parish Hall, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Proceeds will benefit local organizations, and 26 quilts will be donated to Lithia Springs boys and girls homes. Quilts also will be donated to the St. Vincent de Paul shelter and the Ashland shelter project. Call 541-488-5620.

Shoshana Alexander and Rev. Norma Nakai Burton will lead a poetry reading during the Unity in Ashland service titled "Into the Mystic" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Call 541-488-9220.

Members of the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will remember those who have died in the past year in a service titled "Remembering in Gratitude" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Religious exploration programs will be offered for children and youth. Call 541-482-4755 or see

Christians from a variety of different parishes will gather for an ecumenical Thanksgiving service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at First Presbyterian Church of Medford, 85 S. Holly St. The service will include a combined choir composed of members of several churches. Call 541-779-1711.

Worship services will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The congregation will prepare Thanksgiving for needy families between the two services.

The church will celebrate Consecration Sunday with a luncheon following the 10 a.m. service at Hafer House, 426 W. Sixth St. Reserve seats by calling 541-773-3111. See

Author Neale Donald Walsch will be guest speaker for the Center for Spiritual Living at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3581 Lear Way, Medford. A children's program will be provided during the service.

Bridget Wolf will lead a one-hour drumming workshop at 12:40 p.m. Sunday. Cost is a $10 suggested donation.

Will Richardson will lead a spiritual study group that is reading "Conversations with God, Book Two," from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27. Books are furnished. Call 541-734-8581.

Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a sermon on "Walking the Line" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford.

A silent unity prayer service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the church. A metaphysical Bible discussion will follow at 11:30. Call 541-772-6902 or see

Zion Lutheran Church will host a Thanksgiving eve service at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Nonperishable and canned food donations will be gathered during the service.

The rededication of the Zion Lutheran Church sanctuary will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Fellowship and refreshments will follow in the Fireside Room. Call 541-772-4674.

Services begin at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ with contemplative prayer at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at 1801 E. Jackson St. Worship services and children's church school will be held at 10 a.m. Rev. Kurt Katzmar will give a sermon remembering the events following JFK's assassination 50 years ago.

A support group for people in grief during the holidays will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays in Lidgate Hall. Registration is requested, but drop-ins will be welcome. Call 541-772-8860.

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point and St. Vincent de Paul will co-sponsor a turkey dinner from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2424 N. Pacific Highway, Medford. Call 541-772-3828.

First Presbyterian Church of Ashland will hold Thanksgiving worship services at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at 1615 Clark Ave., Ashland. Christian education opportunities will be offered for all ages at 9 a.m., and a coffee fellowship will be offered at 11 a.m. Call 541-482-3536.

First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville will hold its annual Thanksgiving eve worship service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 425 Middle St., Jacksonville. Call 541-899-1287.

The 30th annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Celebration will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at Wesley Hall behind First Methodist Church in Ashland, 175 N. Main St. The event will include leaders from a variety of spiritual traditions, and those attending are encouraged to bring blankets and sleeping bags to donate to the homeless. Call 541-482-1025.

The Havurah will hold its annual Hanukkah Faire at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The event will include craft activities for children, hot latkes with trimmings and a communal candle-lighting ceremony with music and storytelling.

Participants are encouraged to bring a menorah and candles. Admission is $3 per person, and children 2 and younger will be admitted free. Call 541-488-7716.

Rev. Ruth Kirby will lead a workshop on "Reclaiming our Holiness," from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Headwaters Building, 84 Fourth St., Ashland. Cost is $25 at the door. Call 541-482-1025.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church will hold its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at 517 W. 10th St., Medford. Proceeds will go toward purchasing the church's new sound system. Call 541-779-4661.

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