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Religion briefs: Friday, July 21

First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

Melody Makers will perform a free patriotic concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St. Sunday worship is at 10:30 a.m. Adult Bible study begins at 9 a.m. Childcare is provided.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. At 8 a.m. Sunday, July 23, Matins is followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30. A potluck picnic at the park follows the services, weather permitting. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, a Reader's Vespers will be held. An annual two-day rummage sale begins at 8 a.m. Friday, July 28, and continues at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 29. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

St. Martin's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland, Shady Cove. A potluck picnic in Tiller will follow the service. An arts and crafts show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 30. Email lehai3@embarqmail for more information.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

Worship will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Childcare is offered for children 5 and younger. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Tai chi classes begin at 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, July 23, at First Presbyterian Church, Medford, 85 S. Holly St. For information, call 541-779-1711.

Christian Science Reading Room

A weekly podcast can be heard from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays in the Christian Science Reading Room, 111 Genessee St., Medford. A librarian is available to answer questions.

Unity in Ashland

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 23, Unity in Ashland will offer "Alive in Spirit," an interactive musical and spoken word event, with Gary Malkin and the Rev. Norma Nakai Burton at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. For details, see http://unityashland.com.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Alison Duren-Sutherland will explore the connection between the lunar cycle and the "three faces of the Triple Goddess: Maiden, Mother and Crone" at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Religious exploration classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see http://rvuuf.org/.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 23, the Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will deliver a message at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be performed by Heather Hutton. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. For details, see www.cslroguevalley.org.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Parishioners are encouraged to bring nonperishable food to replenish the food pantry, which is open to the public from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays. At 9:15 a.m., an adult forum will present a representative of the Northwest Seasonal Workers. At 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, a concert of Berlin sonatas will be performed by Elinor Frey and Lorenzo Ghielmi, with a reception following. The concert is free and donations will be accepted. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Vacation Bible school at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, runs from July 31 to Aug. 4, for children kindergarten through fifth grade. See www.ascensionlutheran.com or call 541-773-3594.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "Living Stillness" at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 23, 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 information, call 541-772-6902 or see  www.sirit@unitymedford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Phoenix

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 23, at First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. Second St., Phoenix. The homily is "What does worship mean to you?" The church hosts Phoenix Community Kitchen's free community dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27. For information, call 541-535-1119.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, July 23, 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.