Religion briefs: Friday, Sept. 9
St. Andrew's Anglican Church
The church, which meets in the historic Methodist-Episcopal building at 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will be open during the citywide yard sale from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 9-11. Volunteers will be present to share information about this piece of Southern Oregon history and the congregation that calls this church home.
Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley
The World Day of Service is Saturday, Sept. 10. All are invited to meet at the Scottish Rite Center parking lot at 10 a.m. for prayer, followed by distribution of “Love and Listen” gift bags to those living without shelter in the Rogue Valley.
The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins' message is "Out of the Ashes" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rite Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Pre-service meditation begins at 10 a.m. Musical inspiration is by Kathy Kali and Aaron Blenkush. See www.cslroguevalley.org.
Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church
Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z, Phoenix. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, following 8 a.m. Matins prayers. A potluck will follow liturgy. Matins starts at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, with a Vigil for the Elevation of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in honor of the Elevation of the Most Holy Cross at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. There will be a Q&A at 6 p.m. For more information call the Rev. Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, by the Rev. Thomas Sramek Jr., rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m, an adult forum on Safety, Security and Saving Grace will be held in the parish hall. Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Members of the community are invited to attend a service of prayer and remembrance on the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.
First Presbyterian Church, Medford
Pastor Murray Richmond’s message is “Of Judgment and Grace” for the 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Sept. 11, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service has contemporary music and the traditional service usually has a full Chancel Choir and Shoenstein Pipe Organ music. For the anthem, the choir will sing “With a Voice of Singing” by Martin Shaw. The pipe organ postlude will be “Benediction” by Alexander Schreiner. Call 541-779-1711 or see www.firstpreschurchmedford.com.
Lynn Sjolund, conductor emeritus of the Rogue Valley Chorale, will lead Rogue Valley singers in a performance of Gabriel Faure's "Requiem" at 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. The shows mark the 15th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The community is invited. Seating at the church is limited, so admittance will be by complimentary ticket only. Tickets are available from choir members, church members, or by calling 541-826-7736.
Ascension Lutheran Church
Worship will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.
Zion Lutheran Church
Worship service is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study is at 8:15 a.m. and Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. Call 541-772-4674.
Eastwood Baptist Church
Pastor Miller will preach on "Joy in Heaven" in worship at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. A Celebration of Life for the Rev. Jerry Gilmer will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Medford Congregational United Church of Christ
Kathleen Davis, church organist and choral musician, will reflect in words and song on why music is important to the experience of worship at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Children’s church school is available.
Dr. Laura Robin of Rosa Transformational Health will speak on “Transformational Health: How We Can Empower Ourselves for a Lifetime of Optimal Health” on Sunday, Sept. 11, after worship in Lidgate Hall. A light lunch will be provided by the Health Ministry Team. Movie night is at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, and will feature “Philomena” in Lidgate Hall.
A new adult study, “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith,” begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Lidgate Hall. Register at email@example.com. Call 541-772-8860.
Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Small containers of water will be added to a common bowl during the annual Water Ceremony that commemorates a new program year at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. A welcome-back luncheon takes place after the service. Religious Explorations classes are available for children. Call 541-482-4755 or see www.rvuuf.org.
There will be a community HU at 10 a.m. and worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. Call 541-897-4036. Join the spiritual discussion "Do You Have Trouble Loving God?" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Call 541-851-1189. There will be a community HU at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the community room of the Phoenix library. Call 541-897-4036.
Unity in Ashland
Unity in Ashland welcomes the Rev. Norma Burton with singer Jane Sterling at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 to honor the day, at 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. There will be a children's program.
First Baptist Church of Phoenix
The church presents the music and ministry of Art and Wanda Peace Sept. 11-14 at the First Baptist Church of Phoenix, 4655 S. Pacific Highway. The meetings will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, and at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Art and Wanda will minister through music, singing and preaching of the word. Call 541-512-1881.
Medford Unitarian Universalists
The Medford Unitarian Universalists will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, in the Annex to the Medford Senior Center, 510 E. Main St. Member Gretchen Hamilton will describe her recent trip to Norway. A social time follows the service. All are welcome.
First United Methodist Church
Soprano Pauline Sullivan, alto Barbara Evans O'Donnell, guitarist Jim Malachi and pianist Jennifer Schloming will perform music from the classical and Romantic period at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at First United Methodist Church, 175 N. Main St., Ashland. The concert will be followed by a labyrinth walk in the church hall. Donations will be accepted.
Medford First Christian Church
The church is celebrating five years of preparing and sharing free community meals. The over 30,000 meals served represents the coming together of persons for various reasons. The celebration will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Medford First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. From 6 to 6:20 p.m., everyone will take a brief time to celebrate the commitment that undergirds the meal, the community that has been created and the many meals served. Reserve a spot by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 541-772-8030.