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Religion briefs: Friday, March 3

Valley View Seventh-day Adventist Church

Jim Ayer, president of Better Life Broadcasting Network, will talk at 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Valley View Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3677 S. Stage Road, Medford. For details, see http://valleyview.adventistnw.org.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday March 4, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Matins prayers begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 5, and Divine Liturgy is at 9:30 a.m., followed by a meat and dairy-free Lenten potluck brunch. Wine and oil are allowed. Early Matins begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 7. Lenten Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be served at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, followed by a Lenten potluck supper. Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be served at 7 a.m. Friday, March 10. For information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 5, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. A silent Unity prayer service is held at 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.

Eastwood Baptist Church

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 5, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford. Wednesday evening Taize service is at 6 p.m.

The Havurah Synagogue

A Jewish film series at The Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, will include "Prince of Egypt," Disney’s animated adaptation of the biblical Exodus story, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Appropriate for young children. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St., will celebrate Women's Sunday at 10:30 a.m. March 5. The theme is "Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart." Adult Bible study begins at 9 a.m. Child care is available.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Mar. 5, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. the first in a series of Lenten forums, "Gathering at the Table," will be presented in the parish hall. Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will deliver a message based in Ecclesiastes March 5, this first Sunday of Lent, at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. For information, call 541-779-1711.

Center for Spiritual Living, Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will deliver a talk titled “How Does Your Garden Grow?” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 5, at Center for Spiritual Living, Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by Bridget Wolf. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs are at 10:30 a.m. A drumming circle starts at 12:15 p.m.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Donna Barrett will offer a message about Sarah Winnemucca and Clara Barton, and Diane Werich will tell about Julia Ward Howe and Olympia Brown, four women in the 1800s who used their talents to help humankind, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 5, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Religious explorations classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see http://rvuuf.org.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 3, 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.