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Religion briefs: Friday, May 6

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Paschal Hours will be read at 11:45 a.m. Friday, May 6, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. On Bright Saturday, May 7, the last Bright Week liturgy begins at 8 a.m. At 6 p.m., Great Vespers is served. Matins begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 8, with Sunday school for children, followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m., with a potluck feast after Liturgy. 

Starting Monday, May 9, midday prayers will continue Monday through Friday. For information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Between services at 9:15 a.m., a farewell party will be given for the Rev. Canon Linda Potter, interim rector for the church, in the parish hall. Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond's message is "1 + 1 = 1" for an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, May 8, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service features contemporary music and the traditional service has a full choir and pipe organ music. The choir’s anthem will be “One Faith, One Hope, One Lord,” by Craig Courtney. The organ postlude will be “Joyous Day” by John Leavitt. 

Jazz Vespers will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 8, featuring the Joe Diamond Trio. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford, will celebrate Ascension Sunday May 8. Music will be provided by the Ascension Choir and Grace Notes Bell Choir. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sundays with education for all ages at 10:45 a.m. Call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Waters Edge Community Church

Service is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at Waters Edge Community Church, at the Central Medford High School Commons, 815 S. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Children's class is available.

A book discussion group meets at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and is currently reading “Carry On, Warrior - Thoughts On Life Unarmed" by Glennon Doyle Melton. For information, call 541-601-8651.

Zion Lutheran Church

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

Eckankar

A Community HU will be held at 10 a.m., followed by a service at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St., Phoenix. A Community HU will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11. Call 541-897-4036 for information.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Kurt Katzmar will talk about Jesus’ admonition to “pay attention,” at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Communion will be served. Church school for youth kindergarten to middle school is offered during the service.

A study of Eckhart Tolle’s "The Power of Now" is at 7 p.m. Mondays in Lidgate Hall and will continue through May 23. “Embracing Spiritual Awakening” is at 11 a.m. Tuesdays in Lidgate Hall. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Rev. Nan White will speak about the tradition of Mother's Day and the role of Julia Ward Howe at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The service will be followed by coffee and snacks. 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 will be "What Would Mama Bear Do?" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Meditation starts at 10 a.m. Music is by Kathy Kali and Aaron Blenkush.

Faith Lutheran Church

A Mother's Day service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. 

An interactive, easy, interesting and brief special-needs service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14. For information, call 541-261-1280 or see www.flc-medford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

The youth group from First Presbyterian Church, at 456 W. Pine St., Central Point, will serve a Mother's Day Tea Sunday, May 8, immediately following 10:30 a.m. worship. Call 541-664-1828 for more information.

Medford First Christian Church

On Mother's Day, the church will celebrate the women in our lives at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8, 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.

Unity in Ashland

Unity in Ashland, 185 N. Mountain Ave., welcomes the Rev. Norma Burton for a morning of insight and song at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 8. A children's program is also available.