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Religion briefs: Friday, March 24

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

At 5:30 p.m. Friday March 24, there will be a Vigil for Holy Annunciation, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. St. Basil Liturgy will be served at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 25. Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 25. At 8 a.m. Sunday, March 26, Matins prayers begin, leading into Divine Liturgy 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 28. At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, there will be a Matins service with the reading of the life of St. Mary of Egypt. Midday prayers will be offered at 11:40 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. At 7 a.m. Friday, March 31, there will be a Liturgy of the Presanctified gifts. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Faith Lutheran Church

Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. For information, call Pastor Matthew Crick at 541-261-1280 or email pastorcrick@yahoo.com.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will deliver a message for Lent based in Ecclesiastes at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, March 26, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. For information, call 541-779-1711.

Ashland Congregational Church

Rabbi David Zaslow will talk about his new book, "Reimagining Exodus," at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Ashland Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. The book explores the Exodus saga from Jewish and Christian perspectives. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the talk.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, March 26, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Parishioners are encouraged to bring nonperishable food to replenish the food pantry. At 9:15 a.m., the fourth in a Lenten series on "Think Anglican" 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.

Eastwood Baptist Church

The Rev. Steve Bils will speak about reconciliation at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford. Taize prayer is held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Medford First Christian Church

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26, Bill Jacobs will preach on “Here's Mud in Your Eye” at Medford First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. A free community dinner is held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays. All are welcome.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will explore the challenges and gifts of Elderhood in her message “The Spiritual Practice of Aging” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26, at  Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be performed by Heather Hutton and Aaron Blenkush. Candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs at 10:30 a.m. See www.cslroguevalley.org

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St., will have a "Blessing of the Quilts" during the service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26. The quilting group meets every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon to sew quilts, which are donated to local and international organizations. Adult Bible study begins at 9 a.m. Child care is provided.

Zion Lutheran, Medford

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26, 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.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Joan Dean, stewardship chairperson, joined by the Rev. Nan L. White and the choir, will introduce the theme for a pledge drive for the 2017-18 fiscal year, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 26, 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/.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., will present “Mikiko and Friends,” a concert featuring the church’s musicians, at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 26. Sunday communion worship begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "Sabbath-Resting in Divine Mind" at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 26, 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.

Havurah Synagogue

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Unity in Ashland will welcome Donna Benjamin, Richard Williams and Destiny Love with "Music As the Portal to the Divine." See http://unityashland.com