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Religion briefs, Oct. 29

Shady Point Seventh-Day Adventist Church

The church, 14611 Highway 62, Eagle Point, will hold “new beginners” and “advanced” Bible studies at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. A worship service will follow at 10:40 a.m. Masks are required in the church sanctuary. See spadventistchurch.com.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

The church at the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix, will hold vespers services at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, followed by catechism/inquirer classes. Divine liturgy services will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, and 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. For more information, call 541-690-8822 or see gabriel.church.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

The church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford, will hold an in-person worship service with communion at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The service will be livestreamed on YouTube and Zoom. The church opens its food pantry at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. A “Theology on Tap” event will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at 4 Daughters Irish Pub, 126 W. Main St., Medford. For more information, call 541-773-3111 or see stmarks-medford.org.

Westminster Presbyterian Church

The church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford, will hold in-person worship services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 3. Guest speaker Steve Karithii with the nonprofit Hope’s Promise will share how the charity is helping vulnerable and orphaned children in Kenya. The service will be livestreamed at wpcmedford.com and on the church’s Facebook page. For more info, call 541-773-8274.

Ascension Lutheran Church

The church at 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford, will hold in-person and livestream worship services at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Sunday school will follow at 10:45 a.m. To attend online, see ascensionlutheran.com and find the livestream link. To make reservations for in-person worship, call the church at 541-773-3594.

St. Peter Lutheran Church

The church, 1020 E. Main St., Medford, will hold an in-person worship service with Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. An adult Bible study class will follow. Social distancing and masks are required. Audio recordings of sermons are available at stpeterlutheran-medford.org. For information, call 541-772-4395.

Grace Lutheran Church

The church, 660 Frances Lane, Ashland, will hold an in-person and livestream worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Physical distancing and masks are required. A women’s Bible study will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. See gracelutheranashland.org or call 541-482-1661.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

The church, at 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold an in-person worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The Rev. Laura Sheridan-Campbell will lead a service with prayer, scripture readings, sermon and Holy Communion. Masks are required, and extras are available at the door for those who don’t have one. For more information, email stmshadycove@gmail.com, call 541-878-2166 or see stmartinshadycove.org.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The church, at 1801 E. Jackson St., will hold a livestream service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, on the Medford UCC YouTube channel. Call 541-772-8860.

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church

The church, at 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will hold a worship service with Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. The service will include music from organist Robin Stroh, and a time of fellowship and refreshments will follow. For more information, see standrewsanglican.org.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The spiritual group is temporarily meeting online only. Guest speaker and musical artist Karen Drucker will give a sermon titled “My Religion is Kindness” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, via the Center's Facebook page and its YouTube channel. Recordings of past services are also available. See cslroguevalley.org.

Medford First United Methodist Church

The church, at 607 W. Main St., Medford, will hold an in-person worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Pastor Ben Devoid will give a sermon titled “Bread from Heaven, Food for the Soul.” Those attending are asked to wear a mask inside the church, and child care is available for kids through second grade. The church opens its food pantry from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at its back parking lot. For more information, contact the church at churchoffice@medfordumchurch.org, call 541-773-3691 or see medfordumchurch.org.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The fellowship in Ashland will hold an online service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Services are available on its website at rvuuf.org and on its YouTube channel. A Zoom coffee hour follows the online service. To reserve a link, subscribe to the fellowship’s weekly News to Note newsletter at rvuuf.org/newcomers/newsletter.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

The church, at 85 S. Holly St., will hold an in-person service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Masks required. Adult Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. The church offers free bag lunches from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays. For video services and additional information, see firstpreschurchmedford.com or call 541-779-1711.

Unity of Medford

The spiritual group, at 540 N. Holly St., Medford, will host guest speaker and author Al Huth at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. Huth will share insights from his book “Creating an Extraordinary Life.” Following the service, at 12:15 p.m., will be an “Updated Course in Miracles” discussion group. For more information and to RSVP for the service, see the Medford Unity Meetup Group on Meetup.com or call 541-415-4918.

Baha’is of Ashland

The Baha’is of Ashland will hold online services through its Meetup.com page. A service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 31. A “Meaningful Conversations” discussion on the topic of “Mind full or Mindful” will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. For more information, see Meetup.com/Ashland-Social-Movements-Meetup-Group/ or call 541-708-1935.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

The church, at 517 W. 10th St., Medford, offers Mass at 8:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, preceded by a Rosary at 8 a.m. and Divine Mercy following Mass. An English language vigil is offered at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Reconciliation is from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. Saturday, and a Spanish Language vigil is at 7 p.m. Saturday. English language services are offered at 8:30 a.m. and noon Sundays, Spanish language worship is 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 Sundays, a Latin Mass is at 3:30 p.m. Masks are required. See sacredheartmedford.org or Facebook.com/sacredheartmedford.

Ashland Zen Center

The Zen Center, 740 Tolman Creek Road, will hold a beginner’s retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. The retreat will explore the foundations of Zen Buddhism in a small group with a Zen teacher, along with introductions to seated and walking meditation. Vaccination and face masks are required. Registration is $25, and includes lunch. Email info@ashlandzencenter.org, call 541-552-1175 or see ashlandzencenter.org.