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Religion briefs: March 17

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 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 19, with Divine Liturgy for the Precious Cross at 9:30 a.m., followed by a meatless and dairy-free Lenten potluck brunch. Wine and oil are allowed. Early Matins begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 21. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, Lenten Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts will be served, followed by a Lenten potluck supper. Midday prayers will be offered at 11:40 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. At 5 pm.m. Friday, March 24, there will be a Vigil for Holy Annunciation. St. Basil Liturgy will be served at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 25. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Eastwood Baptist Church

Worship starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 19, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keeneway Dr. Taize prayers start at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will deliver a Lenten message based in Ecclesiastes at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The early service is more informal and features contemporary music led by the Son Shine Singers. The later service is more traditional and features a full Chancel Choir and pipe organ music. For information, call 541-779-1711.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 19, 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.

St Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, March 19, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m., the third in a series of Lenten forums will be presented on "Church and the World." Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m. A vestry orientation retreat will be held Saturday, March 18, at St. Rita's Retreat Center in Gold Hill. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "Conservation - Mindfully Using Our Spiritual Resources" at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 19, 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 more information, call 541-772-6902 or see www.spirit@unitymedford.org.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will use a Star Trek analogy to illustrate how people might connect more deeply to god and to each other at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 19, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30. For information, see www.cslroguevalley.org.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland

Celtic Evensong and communion service will be held at 7 p.m, Sunday, March 19, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. The Lenten theme is "Brokeness and Blessed" expressed through readings, poetry, Celtic harp and music by Bob Adams. The Rev. Anne Bartlett will lead the worship. No sermon, only a brief reflection by a member of the congregation. For information, call the church office at 541-201-3418 or see trinitychurchashland.org.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Rev. Katie Larsell, executive director of Oregon Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice, will address hope as a way to prevent being overwhelmed by the problems of the world, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 19, 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.

The Havurah Synagogue

Reservations are being taken for the annual Passover Seder at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The music-filled Seder ritual and meal, led by Rabbi David Zaslow, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, and will be catered by Karen Caird of Creative Celebrations. Tickets are available online at http://havurahshirhadash.org/product/passover-seder/. Cost is $40 for adults, $18 for children 3-13 before March 30. Registration is required by April 6. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.