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Religion briefs: Friday, Jan. 29

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Guest speaker Janine Larsen will help kick off a process to gain a unified mission for Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, interwoven into an abbreviated service. Sunday service is at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The service is followed by a social time of coffee and snacks. Religious explorations classes are available for children. For more information, call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins wraps up a four-week series on "Creating a World that Works for Everyone." Her message is "1 + 1 = 1" for a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Pre-service meditation begins at 10 a.m. Musical inspiration by Bridget Wolf. For more information, call 541-734-8581 or see www.cslroguevalley.org.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. The Ascension Choir will sing and the Grace Notes Bell Choir will play. The annual meeting and a potluck will follow the service. For more information call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com. 

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers will be served at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, at the Shoppes at Exit 24, Suite Z, 205 Fern Valley Road, Phoenix. Matins begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, with Sunday school for children. Divine Liturgy begins at 9:30 a.m. with potluck lunch following.

A vigil to honor the Presentation of the Lord will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, and Festal Divine Liturgy is at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, followed by a blessing of candles. Daily prayers are offered at 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Medford Seventh-day Adventist Church

A missional small-group training with Don James will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at Medford Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1900 Greenwood St., Medford. Call 541-772-6021 for more information.

Faith Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford, will hold a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. For more information, contact Pastor Matthew Crick at 541-261-1280 or email pastorcrick@yahoo.com.

Eckankar

A comunity Hu sing will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at the Ashland library Guanajuato Room, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-851-1189 for information. 

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

The church will hold a service at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The annual meeting will convene after the post communion prayer and closing hymn. An all-parish potluck will follow in the parish hall.

The church will host the Linfield Concert Choir from McMinnville. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org for more information.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Kurt Katzmar will present an unconventional, theology-stretching view of "being made in the image of God" during a service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. For information, call 541-772-8860.

A crab feast will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6. Tickets cost $35. Contact the church to make reservations.

"Embracing Adult Faith," a video adult series by Marcus Borg on what it means to be Christian, will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the church social hall. Register through the church office.

Waters Edge Community Church

Waters Edge Community Church will hold a service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Central Medford High School Commons, 609 W. 10th St., Medford.

The church is also announcing a 2017 trip to Italy, Austria and Germany that will include an audience with Pope Francis; pilgrimage to Assisi and St. Francis sites, Munich and the Alps; pilgrimage to Berlin and the Dietrich Bonhoeffer sites and the 500-year anniversary celebration of the Reformation in Luther's Wittenberg. All ages welcome. Limited spots available. For information, call David Rapp at 541-601-8651.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond's message is entitled "On Not Hearing What You Really Don't Want To Hear" for both the 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Jan. 31, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service has contemporary music and the traditional service features a full choir and pipe organ music. For information, call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Medford First Christian Church

Pastor Bill Jacobs will preach on "Maybe God Has Other Plans" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Medford First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. The church serves a free community dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday evenings. All are welcome. For information, call 541-772-8030.

The Rising

Pastor Ian Ahlstrom will give a sermon on "Worry Less, Live More" during worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, The Rising, Jackson Elementary School gymnasium, 713 Summit Ave., Medford. For more information call 541-779-0414 or see www.therisingnw.org.