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Religion briefs: Friday, June 3

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. Matins begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 5, with Sunday school for children during Matins. Divine Liturgy starts about 9:20 a.m., with a potluck meal afterward. 

Midday prayers continue at 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday. Weekday Vespers will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, with Divine Liturgy at 6:40 a.m. Thursday, June 9. For more 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, June 5, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:15 a.m. in the parish hall, the Rev. Matt Engleby will report on the two students of El Hogar school in Honduras who are sponsored by St. Mark’s. Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.


Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford. Music will be provided by the Grace Notes Bell Choir. The church is hosting the Rogue Ringers in a handbell concert at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. 

Vacation Bible school at Ascension Lutheran Church is August 1-5. The church is now accepting registration for ages 5 through fifth grade. Call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Medford Christian Science Church

Medford Christian Science Church and Reading Room is now located at 111 Genessee St., Medford. Sunday service and school is held at 10 a.m., and Wednesday testimony meetings are at 7:30 p.m. The Reading Room is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Services and meetings at the new location start Sunday, June 5 and Wednesday, June 8. The Reading Room will open the week of June 6. Call 541-772-3609 for more information.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Kurt Katzmar will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 5, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Communion will be served. Church school for youth ages kindergarten to middle school is offered during the service.

“Embracing an Alternative Orthodoxy: Richard Rohr on the Legacy of St. Francis” will be the topic of an adult study at 11 a.m. Tuesday, in Lidgate Hall. The Justice and Peace Ministry Team will sponsor a showing of the film by Naomi Klein, “This Changes Everything,” at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12, in Lidgate. Call 541-772-8860.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins' message is "When Prayers Aren't Answered" during service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Pre-service meditation begins at 10 a.m. Musical inspiration is by Bridget Wolf. The monthly Drumming Circle is after the service at 12:15 p.m. See www.cslroguevalley.org.

Eastwood Baptist Church

The message will be "Words of Life in the Key of Mercy," and Holy Communion will be served at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford. 

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

The church will hold a potluck luncheon and Youth Auction following the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, June 5, at First Presbyterian Church, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point. All proceeds from the auction go toward sending youth delegates to the Presbyterian Triennium at Purdue University in July. Sunday school and child care are provided. Adult Bible study begins at 9 a.m. Call 541-664-1828.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond’s message is “The Power of Compassion” for both the 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, June 5, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service features contemporary music and the traditional service has a full Chancel Choir and Shoenstein Pipe Organ music. The anthem will be “We Are One With You, O Lord” by Jay Althouse. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Medford First Christian Church

The church will celebrate "Memorial Day From Another Angle" in worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 5, at Medford First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Worship will be in the Fellowship Hall through the summer months.

Join Pastor Bill Jacobs at 9:15 a.m. in the church library for an exploration of what the Bible tells us about some important aspects of our lives. This three-part series, "For the Bible Tells Me So," begins Sunday, June 5. Week One will explore poverty and wealth. Call 541-772-8030 or see www.mfccor.org.


There will be an Ashland community HU song at 7 p.m. Monday, June 6, in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-851-1189.

A spiritual discussion will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, in the Community Room of the Phoenix library, 510 W. 1st St. Call 541-897-4036.

Trinity Episcopal Church

On the occasion of the 2016 season opening of the outdoor Allen Theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Ashland’s “Feast of Will,” Trinity Episcopal Church will present a public offering, the Elizabethan Eucharist, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 6, at the church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. There will be a Holy Communion service according to the 1559 "Book of Common Prayer," with an abridged sermon from the 1562 Tudor "Book of Homilies" in period vestments with choral selections from William Byrd's "Mass for Three Voices." Admission is free and all are welcome.

Bethel Church

The Ugandan Kids Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Bethel Church at Vista Pointe, 4245 Vista Pointe Drive, Medford. For more information see www.medfordbethel.com, email info@medfordbethel.com or call 541-779-5771.

Faith Lutheran Church

South Medford High School 2016 graduating seniors and families are invited to a graduation Baccalaureate given by Pastor Matthew Crick at 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. Regular Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. Call 541-261-1280 or see www.flc-medford.org.