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Religion briefs: Friday, Aug. 4

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, a vigil in honor of the Transfiguration of our Lord will begin at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. At 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, Divine Liturgy will be served. Bring a small basket of fruit or grapes to be blessed at the end of Liturgy. As we are in the midst of the Dormition Fast, a potluck meal featuring fish follows the service. No meat or dairy is allowed, but fish, wine and oil are permitted on this Sunday. Please take note of the change in our usual service times, and of the fasting guidelines. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford. Children will sing songs they learned during vacation Bible school, and Ascension members will host an ice-cream social after worship to help fund the church’s “Shoe Project.” For more information, call 541-773-3594.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "Seek and Find God" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. Silent Unity prayer service is at 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.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered for children 5 and younger. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Tai chi classes are held at 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

“Peace troubadour” Cecilia St. King will present a message of world peace and transformation through music at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at 87 Fourth St. in 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/.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, 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.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford, the Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will explain why in our world today, kindness is not a luxury, but a necessity. Music this week is by Bridget Wolf. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. Monthly Drumming Circle is at 12:15 p.m. Extra drums are available. See www.cslroguevalley.org

St. Martin's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, with the Rev. Tom Buechele officiating. Coffee will be available after. The church's Sunday, Aug. 13, service will be at Kathryn Hardy’s home. Carpooling from the church will start about 9:45 a.m.

First Phoenix Presbyterian Church

Worship at First Phoenix Presbyterian Church, 121 W. Second St., Phoenix, begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. This week, first Sunday, communion is observed. A free community dinner is served the second and fourth Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church. For more information, call the Rev. Kathleen Waugh at 541-535-1119.