Religion briefs, Nov. 19
Rogue River SDA Church
The church, 4300 N. River Road, Rogue River, will hold the second of his three-part Friday vespers series at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. Pastor Tom Bentley will lead the series titled “Good Things 1, 2, 3” The service continues at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 26. For more information, call 541-582-1262 or see rrsda.com.
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.
Shady Point Seventh-day Adventist Church
The church, 14611 Highway 62, Eagle Point, will hold a worship service at 10:40 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. Beginner and advanced Bible studies are offered prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. During services, the church will introduce its new pastor, Tanner Martin and his wife, Stephanie. Masks are required. 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 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, followed by a catechism/inquirer class. A divine liturgy service will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. At 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, the church will hold a hymn of Thanksgiving service. 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 worship services with communion at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. The 10 a.m. service will be livestreamed via YouTube and Zoom. The church opens its food pantry at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. A women’s theology group will pick up again at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27. The church’s Zoom meeting ID number is 825 0754 2502. For more information, call 541-773-3111 or see stmarks-medford.org.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
The church, 2000 Oakwood Dr., Medford, will hold worship services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. The 9 a.m. service will be held in the church sanctuary, and the 10:45 a.m. service will be held in the church’s worship hall. An online service is offered at 9 a.m. Sundays on wpcmedford.com or the church Facebook page. For more information, call 541-773-8274.
St. Peter Lutheran Church
The church, 1020 E. Main St., Medford, will hold an in-person worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Masks and social distancing are required in the church. Audio recordings of sermons are available at stpeterlutheran-medford.org. For info, call 541-772-4395.
Zion Lutheran Church
The church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford, will hold an in-person worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Masks are required inside the church building. For more info, call 541-772-4674.
Christian Science Church Medford
The church, 111 Genessee St., will hold a worship service in-person and via conference call at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. A conference call testimony meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 24, and an in-person and conference call Thanksgiving service of gratitude will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25. To call in, dial 541-249-5855. For more info, see christiansciencemedford.org.
Grace Lutheran Church
The church, 660 Frances Lane, Ashland, will hold an in-person and livestream worship service with Holy Communion at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Pastor Jim Kabel will give the homily during the service. A women’s Bible study will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23. Call 541-482-1661 or visit gracelutheranashland.org.
Medford Congregational United Church of Christ
The church, at 1801 E. Jackson St., will hold an in-person worship service for those with reservations at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. To register, visit signup.com/go/uqZXFtj. The service will be livestreamed on the Medford UCC YouTube Channel. For more information, call 541-772-8860 or email email@example.com.
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
The church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold an indoor distance-seating worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Masks are required, and extras will be available for those who don’t have one. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 541-878-2166 or see stmartinshadycove.org.
Medford First United Methodist Church
The church, 607 W. Main St., will hold a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Pastor Ben Devoid will give a sermon titled “Slinging Seeds Everywhere.” Child care is available for children up to 8 years old. The church asks those attending to wear a mask. The church opens its food pantry from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the back parking lot door. For more information, email email@example.com, call 541-773-3691 or visit medfordumchurch.org.
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church
The church, at 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will hold an in-person worship service with Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. The service will also be livestreamed on the church’s YouTube channel linked to the church website. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. See standrewsanglican.org.
Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley
The center is temporarily meeting online only. The Rev. Michelle Arellano will be the guest speaker for a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, via the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley Facebook page and YouTube channel. Video recordings of past services are also available on the two platforms. See cslroguevalley.org.
First Presbyterian Church Medford
The church, 85 S. Holly St., will hold an in-person worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Masks are required. An adult Sunday School is offered prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. in the church fellowship hall. The church offers free bag lunches for the hungry from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays. Find video services and more info at firstpreschurchmedford.com or call 541-779-1711.
Unity of Medford
The spiritual center, 540 N. Holly St., will hold a service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21. Author Jean Hanna will be guest speaker and host a Thanksgiving service titled “In Gratitude We are One.” Julie Wright will provide special music during the service. RSVP for the service at the Medford Unity Meetup Group on meetup.com. Call 541-415-4918 or visit unitymedford.com
Baha’is of Ashland
The Baha’is of Ashland will hold online services through its Meetup.com page at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 21 and a talk on the topic of "Is Equality Unfair?“ at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22. The group is also in the early stages of planning in-person ”spiritual empowerment” groups geared toward middle-school aged kids. For more information, call 541-708-1935 or see Meetup.com/Ashland-Social-Movements-Meetup-Group.
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.
The synagogue in Ashland will host a celebration of the eighth night of Hanukkah at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, via Zoom. Rabbi David Zaslow will be joined by San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Achi Ben Shalom and storyteller Debra Zaslow for a singalong. For the Zoom link or to register, see havurahshirhadash.org/product/zot-hanukkah/ or call 541-488-7716.