St. Mark's sets schedule for Christmas services

St. Mark's Episcopal Church will offer a family Christmas Eve Service with Holy Eucharist Rite II, a Christmas pageant and carol sing-along at 4:30 p.m. today, Dec. 24, at Fifth Street and Oakdale Avenue, Medford. There will be a similar service with choir and handbell concert and carol sing-along beginning at 9:30 p.m. today.

At 10 a.m. on Christmas Day, St. Mark's will offer a Holy Eucharist Rite II service with music. All services are free. For more information, call 541-773-3111.

The First Congregational United Church of Christ plans a Children's Christmas Eve Service at 5:30 p.m. today, Dec. 24, in which children are invited to participate in the telling of the Christmas story. A candlelight Christmas Eve service with readings and carols will follow at 9 p.m. The church is at 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. For more information, call 541-482-1981.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is planned at 4:30 p.m. today, Dec. 24, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The Rev. Leslie Becknell Marx will lead a celebration including carols, stories and reflections. The service will close with glowing candles and the song "Silent Night." Childcare is available for young children and infants. Call 541-708-1046 or see

St. Andrew's Anglican Church will hold the "Lighting of the Christ Candle and the Festive Nine Lessons and Carols" at 5 p.m. today, Dec. 24, at the historic church, 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville.

Desmond Armstrong will be the organist for the Christmas Eve service. Refreshments will be served. Holy Communion will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. For more information, call 541-899-1956.

A Christmas Eve service will be offered from 6 to 7 p.m. today, Dec. 24, at Hope Christian Church, 325 Oak St., Central Point. The family-oriented Christmas Eve service will include Christmas carols, a short drama and Communion. For more information, call 541-664-3905.

A nondenominational Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is planned from 7 to 8:15 p.m. today, Dec. 24, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St., Ashland. The service will include a community carol sing-along and additional music of the season by Heather Hutton and Richard Williams.

A message for the evening will be offered by Neale Donald Walsh.

Faith Lutheran Church will celebrate the birth of Christ with a candlelight service at 6 p.m. today, Dec. 24, and a song service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, at 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. For more information, call 541-776-3828.

Center for Spiritual Living will offer a Candlelight Christmas Eve service with the Rev. Jim Hatton at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 24, at 1119 Ellen Ave., Medford. There will music, readings, meditation, singing of carols and candlelight.

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26, drummers are invited to bring their instruments and participate in a free "Drumming Celebration" led by guest musician and drum leader Bridget Wolf. The celebration will be from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., following the Sunday Service. All levels of experience are welcome and beginners are especially encouraged.

"Havurah Women Illuminate the Darkness with Story and Song" is planned at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, at the Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

The concert will feature Rabbi Sue Morningstar, Rabbi Sarah Etz Alon, storyteller Devorah Zaslow, Laura Berman Benelli of 4 Stories High, Cyrise Beaty Schachter, artistic director of the Rogue World Ensemble, singer Andrea Shupack and chantress Mia Shoshana Cohen. For more information, call 541-488-7716. The event is free but donations will be accepted.

The Unitarian Universalists will hold a burning bowl ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 26, to free the negative aspects of the past year and embrace the coming year with renewed energy. The Rev. Leslie Becknell Marx will lead the service at 10:30 a.m. at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland, and again at 4 p.m. at the Red Cross Auditorium, 60 Hawthorne St., Medford.

The first part of the ceremony will involve reflection upon the challenges, changes, regrets and joys from the past year, followed by an experience of "letting go" via the burning bowl. The second part of the ceremony will focus on the Phoenix process of being reborn into a new life of opportunities, resolve and hope for the year to come. There will be nursery care for young children and older children are encouraged to participate in the service. See or call 541-708-1046.

Trinity Baptist Church plans a concert by Art and Wanda Peace during a 10:45 a.m. service Sunday, Dec. 26, at 2555 Corey Road, Central Point. A free potluck will follow. The community is invited to meet Trinity's new pastor, Brian Farrar, and his wife, Arlene. Call 541-855-8694.

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