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Religion briefs: Friday, April 8

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

A Liturgy of pre-sanctified gifts will be offered at 7 a.m. Friday, April 8, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, at the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. Great Vespers will be offered at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Matins begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 10, with Sunday school for children. Divine Liturgy follows at 9:30 a.m., with a vegan potluck lunch afterward.

Daily midday prayers are at 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lenten pre-sanctified Liturgy is offered at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, with a potluck supper afterward, and again at 7 a.m. Friday, April 15. For more information call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Central Neighborhood Church

The church will host a free classic movie night at 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Central Neighborhood Church, 4777 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. The movie is the Cary Grant comedy "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer," and viewers can bring a snack to share. Call 541-512-1616.

Havurah Synagogue

"Sisters, Saints, Sinners, Shamans and Samurais," a concert of interfaith stories, poetry and music featuring Rabbi David Zaslow and Debra Zaslow, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission is on a sliding scale of $5 to $20. Proceeds will benefit the Rose Circle Mentoring Network and the Havurah. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist services will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, April 10, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. An adult forum will be offered between services at 9:10 a.m. in the parish hall. At 6 p.m. Wednesdays, a book group will provide potluck hors d' oeuvres and discuss the book "Life Together" by Dietrich Bonhoffer. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond's message is "A Tale of Two Troubled Truants" for both an 8:30 a.m. informal service and a 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, April 10, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service has contemporary music and the traditional service features a choir and pipe organ music. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

The church will hold Jazz Vespers, featuring the Polson, Miller and McCoy Trio, at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 10. The trio features Thor Polson on piano, Dave Miller on bass and Theresa McCoy on drums.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 10, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford. Education for all ages is at 10:45 a.m. For information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Waters Edge Community Church

A service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 10, at Waters Edge Community Church, at the Central Medford High School Commons, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. A children's class is available. Call 541-601-8651 for information.


A Community HU sing will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Community Room of the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. A service will follow at 11 a.m. A spiritual discussion will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Call 541-897-4036 for information.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Kurt Katzmar will preach about three levels of consciousness at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 10, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford.

A study of Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now" will be held 7 p.m. Mondays in Lidgate Hall and continue through May 23. "Embracing Spiritual Awakening," a study with Diana Butler Bass, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesdays in Lidgate Hall and continue through May 10. A rummage sale will be held Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, in Lidgate Hall. Call 541-772-8860.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Rev. Nan White will speak about her revelations of an inward journey at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, April 10, 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.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins' message is "The Butterfly Effect" for a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 10, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Pre-service meditation begins at 10 a.m. The guest musician is Jami Lula from Agape International Spiritual Center. Call 541-734-8581 or see www.cslroguevalley.org.

Medford First Christian Church

Pastor Mary Jacobs will preach on "Living in the Shift" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 10, at Medford First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. The church serves a free community dinner at 5 p.m. Thursdays. Call 541-772-8030 or see www.mfccor.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

The church will host a free community dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at St. Vincent de Paul, 2424 N. Pacific Highway, Medford. The menu will include beef stew, rolls, fruit salad, cake and ice cream. Call 541-664-1828 for information.

Ashland Congregational Church

The church will host a series of adult educational films from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays until June, at Ashland Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Call 541-482-1981.