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Religion briefs: Friday, Sept. 16

Ascension Lutheran Church

The women of Ascension Lutheran Church are having a parking lot sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford. Money raised will be donated to charities in the community. Worship starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. Divine Liturgy is served at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, following 8 a.m. Matins. A potluck will follow. Matins starts at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Vespers will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, followed by a class on orthodoxy at 7 p.m. Divine Liturgy is at 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. an adult forum will present "Safety, Security and Saving Grace" in the parish hall. Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond’s message is “Dear Prudence” for an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service has contemporary music and the traditional service features a full chancel choir and pipe organ music. For the anthem, the choir will sing “Outburst of Joy” by Dale Wood. The pipe organ postlude will be “Presto from Sonata in C Minor” by Giovanni Pescetti. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Eastwood Baptist Church

An inter-generational Sunday school brunch will be at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford. The sermon will be "Torn Between Two Lovers," by Dr. Randolph Miller.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study is at 8:15 a.m. and Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. Call 541-772-4674.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

Mariska Pactwa will give a talk called “Be Still and Know” at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Children’s church school is available. Movie night is at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 and will feature “Smoke Signals” in Lidgate Hall. Call 541-772-8860.

An adult study, “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith,” is held at 11 a.m. Tuesdays in Lidgate Hall. The program discusses the communion of science and faith. Register at office@medforducc.org.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

In a sermon titled “Mission with Meaning: Embrace,” the Rev. Nan L. White will examine the first word in the church’s new mission statement, to “Embrace Diversity, Empower Connection, Engage in the Work,” at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Coffee and snacks follow. Religious explorations classes are available for children. Call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins' message will be "Coming Home" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Meditation begins at 10 a.m. Music will be performed by Bridget Wolf. See www.cslroguevalley.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

Music Connection will perform a free concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point. The public is invited. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Sunday school and child care will be provided. Adult Bible study begins at 9 a.m. Call 541-664-1828.

Gold Hill Christian Church

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Gold Hill Christian Church, at Dardenelles and Sixth Avenue in Gold Hill. Children's Sunday school is available. The church will host a Western Roundup and BBQ after the 10:30 a.m. service. Pastor Aaron Veach is leading a study of First Peter on the theme “Living Well in a Troubled World.” This week’s message will be “Our Precious Faith.” Call 541-665-1565 or email aaronpveach@gmail.com.

Medford First Christian Church

Pastor Bill Jacobs will preach on “Now You See Me” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Medford First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Call 541-772-8030 or see www.mfccor.org.

Unity in Ashland

Unity in Ashland welcomes Kathy Zavada at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland.

First Church of the Nazarene 

The Liberty Men’s Quartet will perform a free concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 E. McAndrews Road, Medford. Call 541-779-7777 or see www.mednaz.com.

Trinity Episcopal Church 

A monthly Celtic evensong begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. It features candle lighting, poetry, prayers and music in the Celtic tradition. The theme for this month is “for everything there is a season.”