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Religion briefs: Friday, March 11

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. Matins will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 13, with Sunday school for children. Divine Liturgy starts at 9:30 a.m. followed by a potluck lunch. Orthodox Lent will be introduced at 4 p.m. with Forgiveness Vespers. 

Midday prayers will not be held at 11:45 a.m. the week of March 13, as there will be 6 a.m. Matins services Monday through Thursday, pre-sanctified liturgy at 7 a.m. Friday and daily at 6 p.m. Lenten services (5:30 p.m. on Friday). For information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

The Rev. Canon Linda Potter will celebrate Holy Eucharist at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, March 13, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Between services at 9:10 a.m. in the parish hall, John Richardson will present a forum on Eucharistic ministry at the church. For information, call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond’s Lenten message will be “Politics of Imitation” at an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service, Sunday, March 13, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service will feature contemporary music, and the traditional service will have a choir and pipe organ music. 

Jazz Vespers will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Vocalist Leslie Kendall and jazz guitarist Ed Dunsavage will perform. For information, call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Waters Edge Community Church

A service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 13, at Waters Edge Community Church, at the Central Medford High School Commons, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Lenten teaching and discussion will continue. Children's church will be provided. 

Eckankar

A Community HU sing will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 13, at Phoenix library, 510 W. First St., Phoenix. A service will be held at 11 a.m. For information, call 541-897-4036.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Kurt Katzmar will discuss what the ancient concept of “Messiah" could mean in the 21st century at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 13, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. “Embracing Adult Faith," a video adult study series, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the church social hall. Register through the church office. Katzmar offers an adult study series about faith journeys at 7 p.m. Mondays in Lidgate Hall.

Palm Sunday, March 20, will feature a send-off for participants in a Walk for the Climate from Medford to Salem between Palm Sunday and Easter. Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m. March 24 in Lidgate Hall. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Rev. Nan White will speak about "Death: A gift of life" during a service at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 13, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. A service will be followed by a social time of coffee and snacks. Religious explorations classes are available for children. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

Rev. Kimberly Hawkins' message will be "Weeding the Garden" during a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 13, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Pre-service meditation will begin at 10 a.m. Music will be provided by Meredith McFadden and Aaron Blenkush. For information, call 541-734-8581 or see www.cslroguevalley.org.

Eastwood Baptist Church

Rev. Randolph Miller will speak on "The Beauty of a Farewell Blessing" during a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 13, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford. 

A Chinese lunch will be held March 20 following a Palm Sunday service. Reservations are requested by calling 541-779-7831.

Medford First United Methodist Church

A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 13, at Church of the Rogue/Medford First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford.

The Lenten Sermon Series will feature a Christian reaction to Gandhi's Seven Deadly Social Sins and will last until Easter, March 27. For information, see www.churchoftherogue.org.

Medford Unitarian Universalists

A program titled "What Does it Mean to be a People of Resilience?" will be delivered at a 1 p.m. service Sunday, March 13, in the classroom annex at the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St., Medford. The Medford Unitarian Universalists meet every second and fourth Sunday. Call 541-899-1026 for information.

Havurah Shir Hadash

A Purim costume party for young families with children 18 months through 8 years, and their siblings, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The event is free and open to all. Snacks will be provided. For information, call 541-292-0805.

Grace Church

The Blackwood Legacy Quartet, from Nashville, Tenn., will perform at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, at Grace Church, 100 Oak St., Central Point. Admission is free. For information, call 541-664-2428.