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Religion briefs, Sept. 30

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

The church, at the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix, will hold a Vespers service at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 and Wednesday, Oct. 5. A Divine Liturgy service will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 and at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. 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. 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.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The center will meet at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at Unity of Medford, 540 N. Holly St. Reverends Kimberly Hawkins and Michelle Arellano will begin a three-part series on divine abundance. Music will be provided by Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill. Youth and teen programs will be served at 10:30 a.m. 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.

First Presbyterian Church Medford

The church, at 85 S. Holly St., will offer a contemporary service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, 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, followed by a worship service at 10. A livestream of the service is available. Women’s Bible study meets at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, to continue the study of the book of Acts. Call 541-4872-1661 or see gracelutheranashland.org for more info or to access the livestream.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The church, at 1801 E. Jackson St., will hold in-person worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, 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. The service will also be livestreamed on 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, Oct. 2. Pastor Ben Devoid will give the sermon “What does it mean to claim victory in this life?” Holy Communion will be served. The service will be followed by conversation with coffee, tea and snacks. The church food pantry is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays. The church will hold a community fall party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. Food trucks will have food and beverages available for purchase, and live music will be provided by the Old Time Fiddlers and guitarist Jeff Stanley. 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, and Holy Mass at 10 a.m. Call 541-779-4661.

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, Oct. 1, with vigil at 5:30 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish. Mass services Sunday, Oct. 2, 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.

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. Music will be provided by organist Robin Stroh. 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. Pets blessed both services (Assisi). The service will also be available on YouTube and Facebook. Sunday school will be held at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see stmarks-medford.org.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

The church, at 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold indoor distance-seating worship at 10 a.m. Sunday. Services will include prayer, scripture readings, sermon, music and Holy Communion.The Rev. Laura Sheridan-Campbell will officiate. Masks will be available at the door for those who choose to wear one. Call 541-878-2166 or email stmshadycove@gmail.com.

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. An adult Bible study class will follow. Audio recordings of sermons are available at stpeterlutheran-medford.org. Call 541-772-4395.

Westminster Presbyterian Church

The church, at 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford, will hold an indoor worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday. All children, nursery through sixth grade, will join their families in the sanctuary. Children’s activities and snacks will be provided. An online service will be available at 9 a.m. on the church Facebook page and at wpcmedford.com. Call 541-773-8274.

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, Oct. 5. The introduction will be followed by Zen meditation, a loving kindness service, a teaching, tea and treats. A beginners retreat will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct 8. Vaccination required. Register at ashlandzencenter.org, call 541-552-1175 or email info@ashlandzencenter.org.