Religion briefs: Friday, May 26
Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church
At 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27, Great Vespers will be celebrated at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. At 8 a.m. Sunday, May 28, Matins will precede the 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy. A potluck meal will be shared following the services. At 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, there will be a matins service. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, Vespers will be served. At 7 a.m. Thursday, June 1, Divine Liturgy will begin. For information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, May 28, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. "Gather, Transform, Send," the last of a forum series, will be held in the parish hall. Children's Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.
Zion Lutheran Church
Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 28, 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
Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 28, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr. Pastor Randolph Miller will speak about, "God is Kind, Continuing Reflections on the Fruit of the Spirit."
Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley
The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will lead a special Taize service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 28, at the Center for Spiritual Living, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. The hour-long service will conclude with community candle-lighting and silent personal prayers. Music will be performed by Kathy Kali and Bridget Wolf. Pre-service meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs are start at 10:30. For details, see www.cslroguevalley.org
The Havurah Synagogue
At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, will host Brian Schachter-Brooks, Laura Berman, Rabbi David Zaslow and Ayala Zonnenschein for an evening of music, poetry and storytelling to welcome the 46th day of the Omer, the period between Passover and Shavuot that celebrates the receiving of the 10 Commandments. The event is free. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.
Ascension Lutheran Church
Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 28, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr. The church will present a quilt made by the women of the church to a student graduating from high school. Coffee and cookies will follow the service. For information, call 541-773-3594 or www.ascensionlutheran.com.
Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Mary Rexford and others will interweave Memorial Day and World Hunger Day, honoring people who face hunger, homelessness and poverty, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, May 28, 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/.
Medford Congregational United Church of Christ
The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 28, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Church school and nursery care for children in grades 4 and younger are offerred. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Tai chi classes start at 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860.
Beacon Baptist Church, Central Point
Dale Cohen of Little Rock, Arkansas, will conduct services at Beacon Baptist Church, 320 W. Pine St., Central Point, May 29 through June 4, talking about the Hebrew Roots of Christianity. A special service Tuesday evening will focus on Shavuot, the festival of Pentecost. For information, call 541-261-4837 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.