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Religion briefs, Sept. 23

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

The church, at the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix, will hold a great vespers service at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. A Divine Liturgy service will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Call 541-690-8822 or see gabriel.church.

Ascension Lutheran Church

The church, at 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford, will hold an in-person worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Sunday school begins at 10:40 a.m. A livestream of the service is available on the church’s website. For more information or to access the livestream, see ascensionlutheran.com or call 541-773-3594.

Ashland Zen Center

The temple, at 740 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland, will offer beginners an introduction to Zen meditation at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. The introduction will be followed by Zen meditation (zazen), a loving kindness service, a teaching, tea and treats. Vaccination required. Masks available at the front door for those who choose to wear one. Wear loose, comfortable clothing for meditation. Register at ashlandzencenter.org, call 541-552-1175 or email info@ashlandzencenter.org.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The center will meet at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Unity of Medford, 540 N. Holly St. Guest speaker Reverend Eric O'del will deliver his message is “Everything is Going to be All Right,” with musical inspiration by Anton Mizerak & Laura Berryhill. Pre-service meditation is at 10 a.m. Livestream and past recordings are available via Facebook, YouTube or the center’s website. For more information, see cslroguevalley.org.

Central Neighborhood Church

The church, at 4777 Pacific Highway, Phoenix, will hold a special outdoor service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Blue Heron Park, 4385 Pacific Highway, Phoenix. Bring your own seating. Following the outdoor service look for a free hot dog lunch and kids games. The church holds regular service at 10 a.m. Sundays. Call 541-535-2970.

Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon

Rabbi Avi Zwiebel of Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon will offer a brief, open-to-all, 30-minute Rosh Hashanah ceremony that includes the primary observances of the holiday. “Shofar in the Park” will take place at 4:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, on the lawn at the entrance to Lithia Park in Ashland. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown Sunday, Sept. 25, and extends until nightfall Tuesday, Sept. 27. For more information about this ceremony, contact Chabad Jewish Center at 541-482-2778, info@chabadofashland.org or see chabadofashland.org.

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point

The church, at 456 W. Pine St., Central Point, will hold a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Call 541-664-1828.

First Presbyterian Church Medford

The church, at 85 S. Holly St., will offer a contemporary service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Recorded video services are available at firstpreschurchmedford.com. The church offers free bag lunches for the hungry from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays. Call 541-779-1711 or see firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Grace Lutheran Church

The church, at 660 Frances Lane, Ashland, will hold Sunday school at 8:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, followed by a worship service at 10. A livestream of the service is available. Women’s Bible study meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Choir practice will be at 7 p.m. Wednesdays with director Stu Turner. Call 541-4872-1661 or see gracelutheranashland.org for more info or to access the livestream.

Havurah Synagogue

The Jewish New Year begins Sunday, Sept. 25, at sundown. Rabbis David Zaslow, Sue Morningstar, Emanuel Ben-David, music director and para-rabbinic leader Cyrise Beatty Schachter, storyteller, Debra Zaslow, the Asiyah Trio and other prayer leaders and storytellers will offer a High Holy Day season. For a full schedule of services and to preregister online for the sunagogue’s hybrid services, both in-person and live streaming via Zoom, see the Havurah website havurahshirhadash.org, or call 541-488-7716.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The church, at 1801 E. Jackson St., will hold in-person worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, officiated by the Rev. Deborah Tyler. Masks are encouraged. The service will be livestreamed on the church’s website and YouTube channel. Call 541-772-8860 or find a link to the livestream at medforducc.org.

Medford First Christian Church

The church, at 1900 Crater Lake Ave., will hold worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The service will also be livestreamed via the church’s Facebook page. The church holds a weekly ACCESS food pantry from noon to 2 p.m. Mondays and a free community dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Call 541-772-8030 or see mfccor.org.

Medford First United Methodist Church

The church, 607 W. Main St., will hold a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Pastor Ben Devoid will give the sermon “What does it mean when we say: Worthy is the lamb?” Child care is available for children through second grade. Please wear a mask when entering the church. The church food pantry is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 541-773-3691, email churchoffice@medfordumchurch.org or see medfordumchurch.org.

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church

The church, at 56 Williams Lane, Shady Cove, will offer confession at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, and Holy Mass at 10 a.m. Call 541-779-4661.

Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church

The church, at 987 Hillview Drive, Ashland, offers Mass at noon Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. First Friday Mass and holy hour are from 8:30 to 10 a.m., first Friday adoration will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and first Saturday Mass is at 9 a.m. Weekend services include confession from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, except for first Saturdays, when confession is from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 to 11a.m. Weekend Mass times are: Saturday vigil Mass at 5 p.m. and Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m., noon (in Spanish) and 5 p.m. For more information, see ourladymt.org or call 541-482-1146.

Rogue River SDA Christian Church

The church, at 4300 N. River Road, Rogue River, will continue its Friday night vespers series “Faith Workout,” by Pastor Tom Bentley at 6 p.m. Fridays. On Friday, Sept. 23, special guest Gary Parks will speak. Call 541-582-1262.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

The church, 517 W. 10th St., Medford, offers Mass at 8:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, with rosary at 8 a.m. and divine mercy following Mass. Weekend Mass will be offered Saturday, Sept. 24, with vigil at 5:30 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish. Mass services Sunday, Sept. 25, are offered at 8:30 a.m. and noon in English, at 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Spanish and at 3:30 p.m. in Latin. Confession is offered from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. Saturdays. Call 541-779-4661 or see sacredheartmedford.org.

Shady Point Seventh-day Adventist Church

The church, at 14611 Highway 62, Eagle Point, will hold Bible studies at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. A worship service will follow at 10:40 a.m. See spadventistchurch.com.

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church

The church, at 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will meet to celebrate the service of Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. During the time normally appointed for the sermon, a member of the Gideons will present a report on their ministry. A time of fellowship and refreshments will take place after the service. For more information, or to view the service online, see standrewsanglican.org or call 541-899-1956.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

The church, at 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford, will hold a worship service with communion at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The 10 a.m. service will also be available on YouTube and Facebook. Sunday school will be at 10 a.m. Bible studies are held Wednesdays. The church opens its food pantry at 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays. Call 541-773-3111 or see stmarks-medford.org.

St. Peter Lutheran Church

The church, 1020 E. Main St., Medford, will hold an in-person worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. An adult Bible study class will follow. Audio recordings of sermons are available at stpeterlutheran-medford.org. Call 541-772-4395.