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Religion briefs: Friday, June 30

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

At 6 p.m. Saturday, July 1, Great Vespers will begin at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Matins starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 2, followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30. A potluck picnic will follow the services, weather permitting. The parish will join the July 4 parade Tuesday morning in Ashland with a procession of the cross. Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 5. Divine Liturgy will be served at 7 a.m. Thursday, July 6. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "A Fundamental Change" at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 2, 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.

First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville

A patriotic hymn singing event will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 405 E. California St., Jacksonville, at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Call 541-899-1287 or email jvillepres@jvillepres.org for more information.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 30, 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, July 2, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, the book club meets for potluck and discussion of "The Benedict Option — A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation" by Rod Dreher, chapters 1 and 2. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 2, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered for children 5 and younger. A free puppet show, "Dogs to the Rescue," which entertains kids and adults alike while explaining how we can cut climate pollution in half by 2030, will be held in Lidgate Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6. Appropriate for ages 3 and older. 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.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 2, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford. Organist Bob Lindahl will perform a patriotic medley during the service. The church is accepting registrations for vacation Bible school, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 4, for children kindergarten through fifth grade. See www.ascensionlutheran.com or call 541-773-3594.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 2, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will examine the spiritual significance of our country’s original motto, “Out of Many, One.” Music will be performed by Bridget Wolf. Candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. A monthly drumming circle starts at 12:15 p.m. See www.cslroguevalley.org.

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point

Worship at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St., is held at 10:30 a.m. Child care is provided. Adult Bible class is held at 9 a.m. Sunday. Vacation Bible school is offered Monday-Friday, July 10-14.