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Religion Briefs: Friday, Dec. 2

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. On Sunday, Dec. 4, Matins prayers begin at 8 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m., with a vegetarian potluck afterward using fasting guidelines; fish is allowed. Brief midday prayers will be offered at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Great Vespers begins at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, followed by a St. Nicholas celebration at 5 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be served at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in honor of St. Nicholas. Vespers will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, followed by a discussion of orthodoxy at 7 p.m. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St., will hold a Christmas sing-along concert by The Melody Makers at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. A service for the second Sunday in Advent will start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, with lighting of the Advent wreath and music by the choir. Child care is provided. Pastor Terry Graunke will lead an Advent study titled "Names for the Messiah," based on a book by Walter Brueggeman, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Eastwood Baptist Church

Pastor Randolph Miller will deliver an Advent sermon titled, "The Practice of Peace," at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford.

Gold Hill Christian Church

Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Gold Hill Christian Church, located at Dardenelles Street and Sixth Avenue in Gold Hill. Pastor Aaron Veach's sermon will be “Joseph’s Tenacious Love.” Sunday school is available. For more information, call 541-665-1565 or email aaronpveach@gmail.com.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "Your Love Light" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. Silent Unity prayer service is at 11 a.m. Wednesdays followed by a metaphysical Bible discussion at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 541-772-6902 or see www.spirit@unitymedford.org.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m. At 9:10 a.m., the Rev. Thomas Sramek Jr. will conduct a training session for eucharistic ministers and acolytes in the sanctuary. There also will be two opportunities for lector and prospective lector training from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. Call 541-773-3111 or see stmarks-medford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond’s message will be “The Demo Before the Reno” for both an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., in Medford. For more information, call 541-779-1711.

United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach about “Love in the Midst of Hate” at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Children’s Sunday school is available. Christmas Unplugged, a service for those who wish to "unplug" from the busyness of the holiday season, will be held twice, once at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at First Christian Church, 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford, and at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at Medford United Church of Christ. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Center for Spiritual Living

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins’ message will be “Out of the Dark” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Center for Spiritual Living, at The Scottish Rite Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Candlelight meditation will begin at 10 a.m. A first Sunday monthly drumming circle begins at noon. For details, see www.cslroguevalley.org.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Worship leader Mary Rexford will facilitate personal stories of different perspectives and pathways through the divisive wounds in our nation and world at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Religious exploration classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks will follow. Call 541-482-4755 or see http://rvuuf.org.​

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 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.

First Presbyterian of Ashland

An Advent Faire is planned from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at First Presbyterian Church of Ashland's Calvin Hall at the corner of Walker Avenue and Siskiyou Boulevard. Participants can make their own wreaths, centerpieces, candles, ornaments, gingerbread houses and more, decorate a sock/glove tree and donate gifts to the Maslow Project, which helps homeless youth in Southern Oregon. A soup lunch will be available for $1 for adults and free for kids. Cost for individual crafts are free, $1 or $2; or participants can buy access to all 12 crafts and lunch for $10 each ($5 for kids), with a maximum cost of $15 per family.

Christian Science Reading Room

The Christian Science Reading Room, 111 Genessee St., Medford, has two audio programs available to hear: "Sentinel Watch," a weekly podcast of the Christian Science Sentinel, and "Record of Truth," a monthly podcast of the Christian Science Journal. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.

Rogue Valley Live Nativity

A live Nativity scene can been seen from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, at The Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. Admission is free. This year's event is being spearheaded by Renee Hewitt of Lumen Dei Church, who, with Clarinda Wyant of Ruch Community Church, revived the live Nativity in 2015. In the past, the annual event has drawn as many as 3,200 visitors.