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Religion briefs: Friday, July 1

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. Divine Liturgy will be served at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 2, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the repose of St. John Maximovitch. Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. July 2. Matins starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 3, followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. with a potluck meal afterward. 

The parish will participate in Ashland's 4th of July parade with a Cross Procession and have a booth at Lithia Park. The 11:45 a.m. weekday prayer services will be suspended during July and August. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Central Neighborhood Church

A free classic movie night will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Central Neighborhood Church, 4777 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix. The movie will be the adventure classic "The African Queen." Bring a snack to share. Call 541-512-1616 for information.

First Presbyterian Church, Ashland

Former members, friends and visitors are invited to a homecoming Sunday, July 3, at First Presbyterian Church, 1615 Clark Ave., Ashland. Worship is at 8 a.m. in Heritage Chapel or 10 a.m. in the sanctuary, preceding a hot dog, veggie burger and root beer float lunch. Bring a salad, veggies or fruit, baked beans, chips or dessert to share. Call 541-482-3536 or see www.firstpresashland.org.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, July 3, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. 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 will be “Make Me a Combine” for an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, July 3, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. Communion will be celebrated. The informal service has contemporary music and the traditional service features pipe organ music. A special musical presentation will be provided by Ruth Engle singing “I Will Sing of Thy Great Mercies” by Felix Mendelssohn. The pipe organ postlude will be “America the Beautiful” by Richard Purvis. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 3, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford. Vacation Bible school is from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 1-5. The church is accepting registration for ages 5 through fifth grade. Call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com. The church office will be closed July 4.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 3, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study begins at 8:15 a.m. and Sunday school is held at 10:45 a.m. Call 541-772-4674.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Kurt Katzmar will speak about “Returning Home” at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 3, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Monday movie nights begin at 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, in Lidgate Hall with "Cinema Paradiso." The movie depicts the childhood of the filmmaker when he fell in love with movies and formed a deep relationship with a projectionist. Call 541-772-8860.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Sunday, July 3, sermon will discuss what the 4th of July means at 10:25 a.m. 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 will be "The Freedom of Forgiveness" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 3, 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 Bridget Wolf. A monthly drumming circle is at 12:15 p.m. See www.cslroguevalley.org.

Eastwood Baptist Church

Pastor Randolph Miller will preach about "Journey Mercies" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 3, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford. Holy Communion will be offered.

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 3, at First Presbyterian Church, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point. Sunday school and child care are provided. Adult Bible study begins at 9 a.m. The church will have a float in the 4th of July parade and a booth in Pfaff Park. There will be free water, candy and lemonade. Call 541-664-1828. 

Medford First Christian Church

Pastor Bill Jacobs will preach on "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 3, at Medford First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. Call 541-772-8030 or see www.mfccor.org.

Butte Creek Baptist Church

Worship will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 3, at Butte Creek Baptist Church, 429 N. Royal Ave., Eagle Point. Bible study is at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 6. Child care is provided. Call 541-830-4588.

First Presbyterian Church

From July 3 to Sept. 4, one service will be held at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 425 Middle St., Jacksonville. Sunday school is included. Call 541-899-1287.

Historic First Presbyterian Church

A traditional service and hymn sing will be held at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Historic First Presbyterian Church, 405 E. California St., Jacksonville. Call 541-899-1287.