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Religion briefs, Dec. 17

Westminster Presbyterian Church

The church, at 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford, will offer a free Christmas drive-thru experience called “The Story in Lights — Never Alone,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, through Monday, Dec. 20. The church will hold in-person worship services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. An online service is offered at 9 a.m. Sundays through its Facebook page and on wpcmedford.com. For more information, call 541-773-8274.

Shady Point Seventh-day Adventist Church

The church, at 14611 Highway 62, Eagle Point, will hold beginner and advanced Bible studies at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. Pastor Tanner Martin will lead a worship service at 10:40 a.m., and a fellowship lunch will follow. Masks are required. See spadventistchurch.com.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

The church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford, will hold communion services at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. The 10 a.m. service will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Zoom. The church opens its food pantry at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, a women’s theology discussion group meets at 9 a.m. Saturdays, and a Bible study group meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays. For more information, call 541-773-3111 or see stmarks-medford.org.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

The church, at the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, will hold a Divine Liturgy service at 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. A vigil for the Feast of Nativity will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24. For more information, call 541-690-8822 or see gabriel.church.

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, Dec. 19. An adult Bible class will follow. A Christmas Eve service will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, and a Christmas Day service will be at 9:30 a.m. Social distancing and masks are required. Audio sermons are available at stpeterlutheran-medford.org. For more information, call 541-772-4395.

Ascension Lutheran Church

The church, 675 Black Oak Drive, will hold in-person and livestream worship services at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Sunday school will follow at 10:40 a.m. To make reservations for in-person worship, call the church office at 541-773-3594. For a link to the livestream, see ascensionlutheran.com.

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, Dec. 19. Masks are required. The church is planning two reservation-only Lessons and Carols services at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24. To register for the services, 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 office@medforducc.org.

Grace Lutheran Church

The church, 660 Frances Lane, Ashland, will hold an in-person and Zoom worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Pastor Josh Heimbuck will give the homily, and refreshments, including coffee and snacks, will follow. Masks and social distancing are required. Call 541-482-1661 or see gracelutheranashland.org.

Medford First United Methodist Church

The church, 607 W. Main St., will hold a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Pastor Ben Devoid will give a sermon for the fourth Sunday in Advent titled “When Mother Mary Sang” that will include performances by the Melody Bell Choir and United Methodist Samoan Choir. Child care is available for kids through second grade. Masks are required. The church opens its food pantry from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the back parking lot door. For more information, email churchoffice@medfordumchurch.org, call 541-773-3691 or see medfordumchurch.org.

Medford First Christian Church

The church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., will hold an in-person worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. The service will also be livestreamed on the church’s Facebook page. The church will hold an in-person Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. It holds a weekly Access food pantry from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays and offers free community dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call 541-772-8030 or see mfccor.org.

St. Andrews Anglican Church

The church, 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will hold an in-person and livestream service with Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Music will be provided by organist Robin Stroh. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. See standrewsanglican.org.

First Presbyterian Church Medford

The church, 85 S. Holly St., will hold an in-person service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Masks are required. Bag lunches are provided free for the hungry from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays. For more information and prerecorded video services, see firstpreschurchmedford.com or call 541-779-1711.

Unity of Medford

The spiritual center, 540 N. Holly St., will hold a “Season of Joy” concert and service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. The event will include music by Julie Wright and friends, Gary Eby will give a sermon titled “True Meaning of the Holidays” before concluding with a “Power of 8” meditation. Masks are required, and the center follows all CDC recommended guidelines. Unity of Medford will partner with Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley for a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. For more information, call 541-415-4918 or see unitymedford.com.

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. On Christmas Eve, mass in English will be at 4:30, 7 and 11:30 p.m. and in Spanish at 9 p.m. Dec. 24. Christmas Day services include mass in English at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 25 and mass in Spanish at 10 a.m., an Our Lady of Fatima service in Spanish at 10:15 a.m. and Feast of Holy Family vigils at 5:30 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish. On Dec. 26, Our Lady of Fatima services will be offered offered in English at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., in Spanish at noon and 3:30 p.m. and in Latin at 3:30 p.m. Masks are required. See sacredheartmedford.org or Facebook.com/sacredheartmedford.