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Religion briefs: Friday, Jan. 15

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers will be served at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, at the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. Matins is held at 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, with Sunday school for children during Matins. Divine liturgy begins at 9:30 a.m. Daily prayers are offered at 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Rev. Nan White will honor the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a service at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The service will be followed by a social time of coffee and snacks. Religious Explorations classes are available for children. Call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org for more information.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford, will welcome new members Sunday, Jan. 17. Worship is at 9:30 a.m. Call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Christian Science Church

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Christian Science Church, 100 Windsor Ave., Medford. The sermon is titled "Time Disappears in God's Infinite Day!" For information, see www.christiansciencemedford.com.

Waters Edge Community Church

Ethan and Megan Ellis will present their daughter, Avery, for baptism at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Waters Edge Community Church, in the Commons at Central Medford High School, 609 W. 10th St., Medford. Call 541-601-8651 for information.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. It is also "Sock It to Me Sunday," a special project in which the congregants are asked to donate a new pair of socks to distribute to the teens at Maslow Project. 

Between services at 9:15 a.m., an adult forum will present "Membership Growth, Part 2" by the Rev. Norman Somes. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org for information.

Havurah Shir Hadash

A Celebration of the New Year of the Trees will be held for families with young children at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Havurah Shir Hadash, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Cyrise Beatty Schachter will lead a ritual of eating organic fruits and nuts that the trees provide for each season of the year.  The event is free. Call 541-292-0805 for information.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond's message is entitled “Vintage Church” for both an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Jan. 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service will feature contemporary music and the traditional service features a full choir and pipe organ music. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com for information.

Medford First Christian Church

Pastor Bill Jacobs will preach on "No Crib For a Bed" in service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Medford First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. All are welcome. Call 541-772-8030 for information.

The Rising

The theme is "Heroes and Villains" for a service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at The Rising, held in the Jackson Elementary School gymnasium, 713 Summit Ave., Medford. Call 541-779-0414 or see www.therisingnw.org for information.

Faith Lutheran Church

A worship service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. Contact Pastor Matthew Crick at 541-261-1280 or pastorcrick@yahoo.com for information.

Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ

An adult education program will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The Lunch and Learn program will include a DVD presentation entitled "Countering Pharaoh's Production-Consumption Society Today," featuring commentary by Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann. Call 541-482-1981 for more information.