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Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. On Sunday, Nov. 20, Matins prayers begin at 8 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. with a vegetarian potluck after following fasting guidelines; fish is allowed. At 5:30 p.m.. a vigil will be served.

At 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, a special Liturgy begins. Brief midday prayers are offered at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Vespers will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, followed by a question-and-answer session on Orthodoxy at 7 p.m. On Thursday, Nov. 24, a Moleben prayer service will begin at 7 a.m. For information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

St. Andrews Anglican Church

On Sunday, Nov. 20, St. Andrews Anglican Church, 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville will celebrate the Sunday Next Before Advent with a Holy Communion service beginning at 10:30 a.m. The church will celebrate Holy Communion Thursday Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day, at 10:30 a.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Celtic Evensong, a quiet, candlelight, reflective service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday Nov. 20 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Gratitude is the theme that will be expressed through music directed by Bob Adams, cantor Marianne Adams, a poem by Rumi, "The Guest House," and a reflection by Sarah Seybold, a church member. For information, call the church at 541-201-3418.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Rev. Nan L. White will deliver a sermon titled “Passing on the Story: Which Parts?” during a Founders Day Celebration that commemorates 63 years, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Religious Explorations classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. Call 541-482-4755 or see http://rvuuf.org.​

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins’ message will be “S.I.P. or Swig?” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, which meets at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be performed by Firefly Walter and Bridget Wolf. A pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. or details, see www.cslroguevalley.org

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. in the parish hall, parishioners will assemble Thanksgiving baskets for needy families. Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "Train our Mind in Trust" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. Silent Unity Prayer Service is 11 a.m. Wednesdays followed by a metaphysical Bible discussion at 11:30 a.m. For information, call 541-772-6902 or see www.spirit@unitymedford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond’s message will be “A Different Sort of King” at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, Nov. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. For information, call 541-779-1711.

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

Shepherd's Bell Choir will perform three pieces during a 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, Nov. 20, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St. Child care is provided. Also Sunday, from noon until 2 p.m., a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will be prepared and served by church members at St. Vincent dePaul, 2424 N. Pacific Highway, Medford. Entertainment will be provided by Old Time Fiddlers. Free to all. For information, call 541-664-1828.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study is at 8:15 a.m., and Sunday school starts at 10:45 a.m. A healing prayer service is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, and Bible study is at 9 a.m. Thursdays. For information, call 541-772-4674.

Eastwood Baptist Church

Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford, will celebrate Thanksgiving with worship and dinner. For free reservations, call 541-779-7831. Pastor Randolph Miller will speak on "The Redemptive Power of Thanksgiving."

Faith Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford, holds a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. For information, call Pastor Matthew Crick at 541-261-1280, see flc-medford.org, or email pastorcrick@yahoo.com