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Religion briefs: Friday, Aug. 12

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. Divine Liturgy will be served at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, following Matins prayers at 8 a.m. The potluck will observe fasting guidelines of mostly vegetarian foods and shellfish in honor of the Dormition Fast, which continues until Aug. 15. At 5:30 p.m. Sunday there will be a vigil in preparation for the Feast of Dormition.

Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in honor of the Dormition of the Mother of God at 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, followed by a blessing of flowers. Matins begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. Vespers will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. For more information call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. A potluck picnic for Sunday school children and their families will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Don Jones Memorial Park in Central Point. Call Pam at 541-479-0452 for information.

On Sunday, Sept. 4, parishioners will welcome their new rector, the Rev. Tom Sramek Jr. and his family to their new church home. Call 541-773-3111 or see stmarks-medford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond’s message is “A Very Holy Vintage” for the 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Aug. 14, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service features contemporary music and the traditional service usually has a full Chancel Choir and Shoenstein Pipe Organ music. The choir is on recess. A special musical presentation will be done by Eric Smith. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship service is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, 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.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Jim Martin will talk about “Walking the Path” at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Children's church school is available.

Movie night at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15, will feature "Best in Show" in Lidgate Hall. Call 541-772-8860.

Table Rock Bible Church

A Martin Luther Conference will be held Sunday, Aug. 14, at Table Rock Bible Church, 10545 Table Rock Road, Central Point. The topic is "The Theology of Martin Luther: What Was the Reformation About?" There will be three sessions at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The speaker is Will Custis, pastor of Trinity Bible Church of Portland, graduate of the Master's College and the Master's Seminary. Call 541-441-5070 for more information.

Eckankar

There will be a community HU at 10 a.m., followed by worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, in the Community Room of the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. The topic for worship service is "Do You Have Trouble Loving God?" Call 541-897-4036.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Rev. Margaret Keip of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Grants Pass will exchange pulpits with the Rev. Nan L. White, and she will reflect on courage and risk, inspired by an anecdote about the Flying Wallendas, the near-legendary high wire act, during the service at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. A social time of coffee and snacks follows service. Religious Explorations classes are available for children. Call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

Service will be a pet blessing in Bear Creek Park, Medford. The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins' message is "All of God's Creatures, Great and Small" during service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Bring photographs of any other pets, living or deceased, and your own lawn chair. Parking is available at the Highland Avenue park entrance. Service will be held in the outdoor amphitheater. A picnic lunch will be served after the service; you may bring a dessert or side dish to share. Musical inspiration is by Kathy Kali and Aaron Blenkush. Call 541-734-8581 or see www.cslroguevalley.org.