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Religion briefs: Friday, March 10

Medford Friends Church

Phoenix High School graduate Rich Swingle, a former Medford Friends Church attendee who now lives in New York City and ministers around the world using drama and acting, will be at Medford Friends Church, 525 DeBarr Ave., Sunday, March 12. He will perform a one-man play he wrote called "The Acts." Worship begins at 9:30 a.m.

His Valley Church

An old-fashioned revival will be held at His Valley Church, 4812 S. Pacific Highway, Phoenix, from Wednesday, March 15 through Saturday, March 18. Services will begin at 6 p.m. Speakers are Pastors Harmon and Carol Dickey, who were pastors in the Rogue Valley for several years. Admission is free, and child care will be provided. 

Eastwood Baptist Church

675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford; Journey to the Cross: Taize Prayers at 6 p.m. Wednesday. "Nicodemus at Night" Sunday sermon at 10:30 a.m.

Havurah Shir Hadash

The Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, will hold a free Purim celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 11. The story of Queen Esther of Persia is acted in playback theater style — in the most silly of ways. Kids and families welcome. Costumes encouraged. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

First United Methodist Church

Church of the Rogue/First United Methodist Church, 607 W. Main St., Medford, will hold a free workshop on how to make mats for the homeless out of plarn (plastic yarn) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11. The workshop will teach participants how to make plarn out of grocery bags and how to weave the plarn into mats and pillows. (It takes approximately 800 bags to make one mat, keeping those bags out of the landfill.) Bring a sack lunch, scissors and clean grocery bags. Drinks provided. Peg looms will be available for a $15 donation to the church’s Local Needy Fund. For details, contact Linda Wikstrom at 619-204-4890 or lindasuu@gmail.com.

Faith Lutheran Church, Medford

A special-needs worship service starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. A Gospel-based puppet show will be presented. For details, call Pastor Matthew Crick 541-261-1280 or see flc-medford.org.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 11, 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 12, with Divine Liturgy 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 14. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, Lenten Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be served, followed by a Lenten potluck supper. Mid-day prayers will be offered at 11:40 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. At 7 a.m. Friday, March 17, Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be served. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, will hold an art show and silent auction starting Sunday, March 12. Original art is being donated by members of the church, and the money raised will help support a youth trip to Seattle in June. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12, followed by an education hour. For information, call 541-773-3594 or www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins’ message will be “Boxes and Webs” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12, at Center for Spiritual Living, Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by Kathy Kali and Aaron Blenkush. Candlelight Meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. For information, see www.cslroguevalley.org

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Rev. Nan L. White will highlight the benefits of living from our right brain, supporting our need for connection to the universe, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 12, 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.

South Mountain Friends Meeting

Liz Olson will lead a discussion on race and privilege, based on the exhibit "39 Questions for White People," at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12, at the Meeting House, 543 Mountain Ave., Ashland.

United Congregational Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 12, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. The church will celebrate its prayer shawl ministry. Contemplative services of prayer are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Tai chi classes are held at 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12, 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 Church, Medford

Services will be held at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., in Medford. The church will hold its next Jazz Vespers at 5 p.m. Sunday, featuring the Thor Polson Trio, with Thor Polson on piano, Dave Miller on bass and Theresa McCoy on drums. There will also be a visual arts display. For information, call 541-779-1711.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, March 12, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. the Rev. Tom Sramek will present the second in a Lenten forum series. Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m. A Lenten soup supper and study on Adam Hamilton's "Creed: What Christians Believe and Why" will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Medford First Christian Church

Pastor Bill Jacobs will preach on “The Moonlit Road” in at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 12, at Medford First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. A free community dinner is held at 5 p.m. Thursdays. Enter on the Brookhurst Street side of the building.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a talk titled "Imagination — A Perfect Path" at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 12, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. A silent Unity prayer service is at 11 a.m. Wednesdays followed by a metaphysical Bible discussion at 11:30. For more information, call 541-772-6902 or see www.spirit@unitymedford.org.