Religion briefs: Friday, March 25
Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church
The church will hold a Vesperal Liturgy at 7 a.m. Friday, March 25, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, at the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. Great Vespers is offered at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 26. Matins begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 27, with Sunday school for children. Divine Liturgy is at 9:30 a.m., with a potluck lunch following.
Midday prayers are at 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lenten pre-sanctified liturgy is offered at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a potluck supper afterward, and at 7 a.m. Friday, April 1. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.
Trinity Episcopal Church
A reposition of blessed sacrament and morning prayer will be at 8 a.m. Friday, March 25, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. A reading of the "Contemplative Way of the Cross" will be at 11:30 a.m., the liturgy of Good Friday and adoration of the Holy Cross will be at noon and quiet contemplation and prayers from 1 to 3 p.m.
Holy Saturday chanted morning prayer will start at 8 a.m. and the great Vigil of Easter at 7 p.m. March 26. Sung choral Eucharist Easter services are at 8 and 10 a.m., followed by evening prayer at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 27. Call 541-201-3418 or see www.trinitychurchashland.org.
Ashland Christian Fellowship
A community Good Friday service will be at noon March 25, at Ashland Christian Fellowship, 50 W. Hersey St., Ashland. Call 541-482-8539.
First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville
Good Friday worship will be at noon March 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 425 Middle St., Jacksonville. Easter worship celebrations are at 6:30, 8:55 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27. Call 541-899-1287.
Lozier Lane Baptist Church
An Easter egg hunt, games, storytelling and more will be offered from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Lozier Lane Baptist Church, 794 Lozier Lane, Medford. Call 541-773-4778.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Live streaming of Handel's "Messiah" performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2900 Juanipero Way, Medford. Call 541-772-9078.
Ascension Lutheran Church
Good Friday services begin at 7 p.m. March 25, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford. Easter worship is at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 27. Easter brunch will be served by the church youth at 10 a.m. Donations for the brunch support their summer activities. Children can hunt for eggs at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.
Christ Unity Church
The "Last Seven Words of the Christ" will be at 7 p.m. Good Friday, March 25, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. Rev. Rob Wheeler will celebrate Easter at 11 a.m. March 27.
Silent Unity Prayer service is offered at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, followed by a metaphysical Bible discussion at 11:30 a.m. Call 541-772-6902 or see www.unitymedford.org.
First Presbyterian Church, Ashland
The labyrinth is open from 2 to 7 p.m. in Calvin Hall, Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at First Presbyterian Church, 1615 Clark Ave., Ashland.
Good Friday Tenebrae worship will be at 7 p.m. March 25, in the sanctuary with the Harmony Ensemble, soloist Lindsay Panero and guests, and the Ashland First United Methodist choir. Easter worship is at 10 a.m. March 27. An Easter egg hunt for children will be at 11:15 a.m. Call 541-482-3536 or see www.firstpresashland.org.
First Baptist Church of Phoenix
An Easter sunrise service will be at 7:30 a.m. March 27, at First Baptist Church, 4655 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. The church will hold a Bible study at 9:45 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. Pastor Bruce Pearson will preach a special Easter sermon. An evening service is held every Sunday at 6 p.m. Call 541-512-1881.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Holy Eucharist will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Following the 10 a.m. service, a children’s Easter egg hunt will be held on the lawn of Hafer House.
Parishioners are asked to bring canned and packaged food to stock the food pantry, which is held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays in the parish hall. A Holy Eucharist service will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, in the sanctuary. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.
Easter services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at Bethel Church, 4245 Vista Pointe Dr., Medford. An Easter egg hunt will be at 10:30 a.m. for children. Call 541-779-5771 or see www.medfordbethel.com.
First Presbyterian Church, Central Point
The church will offer an Easter breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by a children's Easter egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point. Easter worship includes children flowering the cross, Holy Communion and music by the Shepherd's Bell Choir. An Easter sunrise service with Gold Hill United Methodist Church will start at 6:30 a.m. along the banks of the Rogue River at the Gold Hill Sports Park, Highway 234, Gold Hill. Call 541-664-1828.
First Presbyterian Church, Medford
An informal service will be at 8:30 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. Pastor Murray Richmond's message will be "Look Into The Light" for both services. The informal service has contemporary music and the traditional service has a choir and pipe organ music. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.
Waters Edge Community Church
An Emmaus meal will be provided during the Easter service at 9:30 a.m. March 27, at Waters Edge Community Church, at the Central Medford High School Commons, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Church youth traveling to Europe in 2017 will serve the meal. Call 541-601-8651.
Faith Lutheran Church
An Easter service will be at 10 a.m. March 27, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. Brunch is at 11 a.m. and an Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Pastor Matthew Crick at 541-261-1280 or email@example.com.
Medford Congregational United Church of Christ
Rev. Kurt Katzmar will tell about how to perceive the heavenly realm at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Call 541-772-8860.
Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Easter service will include hymns, readings and presentations at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Coffee and snacks will follow. Religious explorations classes are available for children. Call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.
Ashland First United Methodist Church
The church will hold an Easter service at 10:30 a.m. March 27, at Ashland First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. There will be brass and traditional Easter hymns.
Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley
Rev. Kimberly Hawkins' message will be "Rolling Away the Stone" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Pre-service meditation begins at 10 a.m. Music will be provided by Kathy Kali and Aaron Blenkush. Call 541-734-8581 or see www.cslroguevalley.org.
Medford First Christian Church
Pastor Mary Jacobs will preach about "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at Medford First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Brunch will be at 9:15 a.m. and an Easter egg hunt will follow.
A Communion service with elements of Passover will be held at 6:30 a.m. Friday. Call 541-772-8030 or see www.mfccor.org.
Medford First United Methodist Church
A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at Church of the Rogue/Medford First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford. For more information, see www.churchoftherogue.org.
Unity in Ashland
The church will welcome Rev. Norma Nakai Burton at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The talk is titled "Easter the Second Resurrection." Call 541-488-9220.
Medford Unitarian Universalists
A program titled "Cottage Meeting" will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 27, at Medford Unitarian Universalists, in the classroom annex of the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St., Medford. The Medford Unitarian Universalists meet the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Call 541-899-1026.