Religion briefs, Friday, March 31
Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church
At 7 a.m. Friday, March 31, there will be a Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified Gifts at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday Apr. 1. At 8 a.m. Sunday, April 2, 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, April 4. At 6 p.m. Wednesday April 5 there will be a Liturgy of the Pre-sanctified gifts followed by a Lenten potluck. Mid-day prayers are offered at 11:40 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.
Unity in Ashland
At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 2, Unity in Ashland, 185 N. Mountain Ave., will welcome musician Laura Berman: "Marrying the Divine: Living a life of Love Making."
First Presbyterian Church, Medford
Pastor Murray Richmond will deliver a Lenten message at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. For information, call 541-779-1711.
Christ Unity Church
The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "Overcoming-Embracing the Truth of our Being" at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 2, 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 a.m. For information, call 541-772-6902 or see firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shady Cove Assembly of God
Sunday service begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 2, at Shady Cove Assembly of God, 60 Mallory Lane, Shady Cove. A potluck will follow. Call 541-621-9737 for more information.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, April 2, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:15 a.m., the fifth forum in the Lenten series will be on "Mission and Ministry" in the parish hall. Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Lenten soup supper and book study is on Adam Hamilton's "Creed: What Christians Believe and Why" at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.
Zion Lutheran Church
Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 2, 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.
Eastwood Baptist Church
Pastor Randolph Miller will speak about "The Promise of the Resurrection" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 2, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive. Taize Prayer Service is at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.
Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Drawing from the inspiration of Rebecca Ann Parker’s book "Blessing the World, What can Save Us Now?" the Rev. Nan L. White will share at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, April 2, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Religious explorations classes are available for children. New members will be welcomed into the fellowship, followed by a salad luncheon. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see http://rvuuf.org/.
Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley
Guest speaker Rev. Soni Cantrell-Smith will give a talk called “Don’t Fence Me In” Sunday, April 2, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. As part of the service, the Rev. Kristin Hawkins, from Huntington Beach, California, will perform the installation ceremony for her sister, the Rev. Kimberly Hawkins, the spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley. Musical will be provided by Melissa Phillippe and Z Egloff. Candlelight Meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs are at 10:30 a.m. For information, see www.cslroguevalley.org.
Children at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford, collected coins in 2016 and donated them to a Lutheran organization that works in refugee camps. Ascension will celebrate a year of giving with a simulation activity allowing participants to learn more about refugees during the education hour at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 2. Sunday communion worship begins at 9:30 a.m. For information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.
Living Praise Church
A gospel sing is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Living Praise Church, 115 Gibbon Road, Central Point. Performers will be No Turning Back, Heavens Connection and Tina Williams. Admission is free. For more information, call 541-826-2061.
Valley View Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Chef Mark Anthony will present a live vegetarian performing arts cooking show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at Valley View Seventh-day Adventist Church Fellowship Hall, 3677 South Stage Road, Medford. For information, see http://valleyview.adventistnw.org. Reservations are limited and can be made by calling 541-773-6097.