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Religion briefs: Friday, July 8

Faith Lutheran Church

"Jesus Cares," a special needs worship service, is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 9, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. Call 541-261-1280 or see www.flc-medford.org.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 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, July 10, followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. with a potluck afterward. Matins will be served at 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 12. In honor of Archangel Gabriel a special vespers will begin at 5 p.m. July 12, with visiting clergy to celebrate. A barbecue will follow at Blue Heron Park.

With the archbishop present, Divine Liturgy will begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 13. Immediately after everyone will proceed to the church property at exit 19 in Ashland. There the bishop will bless the area where the church altar will be built, and a cross will be planted. Call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ

The 27th annual Cuba Caravan will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at Ashland First Congregational United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. A potluck dinner will follow, with music by Las Senoras Locas and talks by caravan speakers. All are welcome. The event is sponsored by Pastors for Peace. Call 541-482-8915.

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

A patriotic concert by the Melody Makers, including a salute to our military forces, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point.

Worship is at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 10, with Sunday school and child care provided. Adult Bible study begins at 9 a.m. Vacation Bible school is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 11-15. The theme is "Jesus Is Our Super Hero." Preregistration is desired; call 541-659-8192.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m Sunday, July 10, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. following coffee, the Rev. Anne Bartlett will present an adult forum on the Book of Common Prayer. On Wednesdays, a book group will discuss “The Death of Adam: Essays on Modern Thought” by Marilynne Robinson beginning at 6 p.m. in the parish hall with a potluck dinner. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond's message will be "One Very Large, Humongous Neighborhood" at an 8:30 a.m. informal service and a 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, July 10, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service features contemporary music and the traditional service has pipe organ music. A musical presentation will be performed by a trio featuring Kathy Gordon and Doris and Lynn Sjolund singing “All Praise to God Our Heavenly Father” by George Frideric Handel. The organ postlude will be “An Early American March” by Jon Spong. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

For Jazz Vespers, jazz drummer and vocalist Dave Tull will play with local musicians John Dabaco on piano and John Zalabek on bass at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 10.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 10, 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.

Zion Lutheran Church

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

Bethel Church

Josh Bidwell will be guest speaker at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 10, at Bethel Church, 4245 Vista Pointe Dr., Medford. He played football for the University of Oregon and currently works as the Ducks football chaplain. Call 541-779-5771 or see www.medfordbethel.com.

Eckankar

A Community HU will be held at 10 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 10, in the Community Room of the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-897-4036. 

A spiritual discussion, "What is Soul's Purpose in this World?" will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, July 11, in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-851-1189. 

A Community HU will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in the Phoenix library.

First Church of Christ, Scientist

The First Church of Christ, Scientist is conducting service at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 10, at 111 Genessee St., Medford. 

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Rabbi Joshua Boettinger will share his perspectives on social justice issues at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, July 10, 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.

Eastwood Baptist Church

Father Joel Maiorano, director of pastoral services at Rogue Valley Manor, will preach a sermon titled "Being Wrong" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 10, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 657 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford.

Unity in Ashland

Molly Brown will share Joanna Macy’s work "The Work That Reconnects" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 10, at Unity in Ashland, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. There will also be music by Cornflower.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

Guest speaker Anton Mizerak’s message will be “Music Mythology and Stories of Transformation" Sunday, July 10, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, in the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. The talk will be interwoven with music by Anton and partner Laura Berryhill. Pre-service meditation will begin at 10 a.m. At 12:15 p.m., the duo will present a concert including Celtic song, Sanskrit chant and Tibetan bowls. See www.cslroguevalley.org.

Medford Unitarian Universalists

Medford Unitarian Universalists will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 10, in the classroom annex at the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St., Medford. A community meeting will discuss a possible new relationship with RVUUF and Covenant. All members and friends are urged to attend and participate as we make changes based on the groups' preferences. Call 542-899-1026.

West Main Church of Christ

The church will have a free vacation Bible school for children who have finished kindergarten through fourth grade, from 8:45 a.m. to noon July 11-15, at West Main Church of Christ, 1701 W. Main St., Medford. Call 541-772-9640.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

A free vacation Bible school for children ages 3 through sixth grade will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon July 11-14, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 745 N. 10th St., Central Point. Call 541-664-3724.