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Religion briefs, Sept. 8

Medford First Church of the Nazarene

Liberty Men’s Quartet, a Southern gospel group, will perform a concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Medford First Church of the Nazarene, 1974 E. McAndrews Road. The concert is free. For more information, phone 541-779-7777 or visit www.libertyquartet.com.

Eastwood Baptist Church

Pastor Randy Miller will speak on "The Lord's Prayer" during worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. For more information, call 541-779-7831.

Medford First Christian Church

The 20th anniversary of Medford First Christian Church's Small Steps Preschool/Childcare will be celebrated with an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1900 Crater Lake Ave., Medford. The public is invited to join the staff and families. For more information, call the church office at 541-772-8030.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

RVUUF welcomes the Rev. Sean Parker Dennison, its new developmental minister, who will give his first sermon at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland.

Dennison is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry and was ordained in 2000. He has served congregations in Stockton, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Luis Obispo, California; and McHenry, Illinois. He's been posting daily prayers on Twitter and Facebook since 2011. In 2015, he was selected to present the Berry Street Essay at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. Dennison is married to the Rev. Theresa Soto, also a UU minister. Religious Explorations classes are available for children. A social time of coffee and snacks follows the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or visit http://rvuuf.org/.

The service will include the annual Water Ceremony, a UU tradition. Visitors and congregants are invited to bring a small amount of water from a special place, whether from home or a place visited over the summer. Each person then will pour the water into a large communal bowl and explain why it is special. The combined water is symbolic of the many sources that together form the shared Unitarian Universalist beliefs, values and community, according to a release.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. On Sunday, Sept. 10, Matins prayers begin at 8 a.m. and Divine Liturgy will be served at 9:30 a.m. A potluck meal follows the service. The weekday Matins service is at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. A vigil is held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. On Thursday, Sept. 14, there will be a 7 a.m. Divine Liturgy for the Elevation of the Cross. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Life Path Church of the Nazarene

Worship service begins 10:45 a.m. at Life Path Church, 1481 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. On Sept. 10, Dr. JeDene Reeder, who serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators, will share her experiences in West Africa and the impact Bible translation is having on the lives of the residents there. Dr. Reeder has been serving Wycliffe in West Africa for 24 years. Refreshments will be served.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in the sanctuary. Tai Chi classes are offered from 11:15 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call the church office at 541-772-8860.

Ascension Lutheran

On Sunday, Sept. 10, Ascension Lutheran Church will participate in a Lutheran service day, "God’s Work, Our Hands." Members will be doing outreach projects both at the church and in the community. Worship at Ascension begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the outreach projects. The church is located at 675 Black Oak Drive. For more information, visit www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will give a talk on "YOU can change the world!” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, held at the Scottish Rite Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by Heather Hutton and Aaron Blenkush. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs begin at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.cslroguevalley.org.

Zion Lutheran Church

Adult Bible study begins at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Sept 10, at the church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. The worship service begins at 9:30 a.m., Sunday school at 10:45 a.m.

A healing prayer service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, and Bible study at 9 a.m. Thursday. Call 541-772-4674.

St. Mark's Episcopal

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. The Rev. Tom Sramek Jr. will lead an adult forum on “Being a Beloved Community" at 9:10 a.m. in the parish hall. Children’s Sunday school resumes at 10 a.m. Greeter and usher training will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the parish hall and Bible study resumes at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Hafer House. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "I Am Peace" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, 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 visit www.Spirit@UnityMedford.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at both the 8:30 a.m. informal service and the 10:30 a.m. traditional service at 85 S. Holly St. The informal service features more contemporary music led by the Son Shine Singers in a casual atmosphere. The traditional service features a full Chancel Choir and Schoenstein pipe organ music in a formal sanctuary. Both the Son Shine Singers and the Chancel Choir are back from summer break and will sing. There will be a postlude featuring the pipe organ entitled “Prelude in Classic Style” by Gordon Young. The community is invited and very welcome to this growing and active church. The church works to relieve hunger in the downtown Medford area. Call 541-779-1711.

Jazz Vespers at First Presbyterian Church, Medford

This month, First Presbyterian Jazz Vespers is pleased to present an evening of jazz featuring the Jeremy Durst Quintet. The free event will be held on Sept. 10 and every second Sunday at 5 p.m. at the church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. This month’s artists are local residents who are well known locally. Featured are Jeremy Durst on saxophone, Randy Scherer on trumpet, Ian McCarty on piano, Ryan Johnson on bass and Ian Harland on drums. The visual artist is an illustrator, Judith Karen Grillo. All are welcome.