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Religion briefs: Friday, April 29

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Royal Hours will be read for Great and Holy Friday at 8 a.m. Friday, April 29, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. Vespers with the Shroud of Christ will begin at 4 p.m., then Matins with Lamentations at 6 p.m. There will be Psalm readings through the night. On Holy Saturday, April 30, the Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil the Great begins at 9 a.m., followed by Holy Baptism at 11 a.m. The Book of Acts will be read by parishioners beginning at 8 p.m. At 11:30 p.m., the Midnight Office will precede the Paschal Easter celebration, which starts at midnight Sunday, May 1, including Divine Liturgy followed by blessing of Easter baskets and breaking the fast with a potluck feast. Agape Vespers will be served at 4 p.m. followed by the parish picnic and egg hunt.

Midday prayers resume Monday through Friday of Bright Week beginning Monday, May 2. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

A rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, in Lidgate Hall at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford..

The Rev. Kurt Katzmar will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 1.  Communion will be served. Church school for youth kindergarten through middle school is offered during service. A study of Eckhart Tolle’s "The Power of Now" is at 7 p.m. Mondays through May 23. “Embracing Spiritual Awakening" is at 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Call 541-772-8860.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:15 a.m., following coffee, Kit Nilles will give an update on the nursery and classroom renovation. Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. in the parish hall classroom.

At 11 a.m. Fridays in the sanctuary, Holy Eucharist for healing will be offered. At 9 a.m. Saturday, April 30, parishioners will convene a work party at the community garden. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond's message is "A Love Not Affected By Distance" at an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, May 1, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. 

The informal service features contemporary music while the traditional service has a full Chancel Choir and pipe organ music. The Handbell Choir will perform and the Chancel Choir’s anthem will be “At The Table Of Our God” by Douglas E. Wagner. The organ postlude will be “The Rejoicing” by Handel. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford. Education for all ages begins at 10:45 a.m.

A book sale to benefit the SMART Reading Program will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Bring a bag to fill. Books will be sold for $5 a bag. Proceeds will be used to purchase new books for children participating in the SMART program.

The church will host a concert, "Almost German," featuring Mikiko Petrucelli on piano and Janet O'Donovan, soprano, at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Waters Edge Community Church

A service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Central Medford High School Commons, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Children's church is provided. All are welcome.

Zion Lutheran Church

A service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study is at 8:15 a.m. and Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. Call 541-772-4674 for more information.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins' message is "Downloads, Uploads and Oracles" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 1, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Pre-service meditation begins at 10 a.m. A monthly "Drumming Circle" is at 12:15 p.m. Music will be performed by Bridget Wolf. See www.cslroguevalley.org for more information.

Medford First Christian Church

Pastor Bill Jacobs will preach on "Life is a Journey: Get Moving!" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 1, 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. 


A spiritual discussion on "ECK Wisdom on Inner Guidance" will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-851-1189 for more information.

First Presbyterian Historic Church

A service will be held for the National Day of Prayer at noon Thursday, May 5, at First Presbyterian Historic Church, 405 E. California St., Jacksonville. Call 541-899-1287 for more information.