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Religion briefs: Friday, June 17

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

A vigil for Pentecost begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. There will be no Matins Sunday, June 19, but Divine Liturgy will begin at 9 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 22, with 6:40 a.m. hours followed immediately by Divine Liturgy at 7 a.m. Thursday, June 23. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

Skip Bessonette of the Sons of Oregon will perform country, gospel and ballads at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at First Presbyterian Church, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point. Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 19, with Sunday school and child care provided. Adult Bible study begins at 9 a.m. Call 541-664-1828.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, June 19, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. the Rev. Anne Bartlett will present an adult forum on the Book of Common Prayer in the parish hall. Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist is offered at 10 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays at Rogue Valley Manor. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond's message is "Peace of God" for an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, June 19, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service features contemporary music and the traditional service features pipe organ music. Music will be provided by the trio of Lynn and Doris Sjolund and Kathy Gordon. The pipe organ postlude will be “Toccata on Great Day” by Adolphus Hailstork. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 19, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford. Vacation Bible school at the church is Aug. 1-5. The church is accepting registration for ages 5 through fifth grade. Call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Kurt Katzmar will reflect on the headline in last Monday’s Mail Tribune, “Unimaginable!” referring to the mass shooting in Orlando, at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 19, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Church school for kindergarten to middle school youth 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. Call 541-772-8860.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Rev. Nan White's sermon will about "buyer’s choice," at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, June 19, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Service is 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 is "Father Knows Best" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 19, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Pre-service meditation begins at 10 a.m. Music is by Firefly Walter and Bridget Wolf. See www.cslroguevalley.org for more information.

Eastwood Baptist Church

The sermon will be "Dealing with Demons: A Healing Mercy" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 19, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford. Music is provided by the Eastwood Ukulele Band.

Medford First Christian Church

Pastor Bill Jacobs will preach on "The Bread That We Need" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 19, at Medford First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. A Father's Day cookout and potluck will follow. Call 541-772-8030 or see www.mfccor.org.

Trinity Episcopal Church

A monthly Celtic service will be preceded by a mini concert of Celtic music on the Trinity Labyrinth at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. The concert features local musicians Pat O'Scannell and Kevin Carr on fiddle, pipes, bodhran, guitar and whistle. There is no charge. A candlelit Celtic Evensong follows in the church at 7:30 p.m.

Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ

Beginning Sunday, June 19, the Rev. Christine Kukuk will present a six-week sermon series on the Psalms as a guide for real life spirituality, at Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The annual meeting of the congregation will be at noon Sunday, June 29, in the sanctuary.

Medford Adventist Church

Vacation Bible school, for ages 4 to 11, is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 20-24, at Medford Adventist Church, 1900 Greenwood St., Medford. Call 541-772-6021.

Medford Friends Church

Rich Swingle, who graduated from Phoenix High School in 1987, will be in Southern Oregon to screen the film "Providence," in which he plays one of the leads. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Medford Friends Church, 525 DeBarr Ave., Medford. See www.medfordfriendschurch.org for more information.