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Religion briefs: Friday, Sept. 15

Ascension Lutheran Church

On Saturday, Sept. 16, Ascension Lutheran Church women will hold a parking lot sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 675 Black Oak Dr. Proceeds will support college scholarships for Ascension youth and several local community groups. Worship begins at 9:30 Sunday, Sept. 17, followed by an education hour. For information, see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. On Sunday, Sept. 17, 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. 19. Vespers is held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20. Tea and talk with Father Andreas follows Vespers. On Thursday, Sept. 21, there will be a 7 a.m. Divine Liturgy. For information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, 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.

First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix

First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix, 121 W. Second St., will hold its worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. For information, call the Rev. Kathleen Waugh at 541-535-1119.

Ashland First Congregational Church

At noon Sunday, Sept. 17, Ashland First Congregational Church, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., will host the Rev. Karen McClintock, who will talk about her new book, "My Father's Closet," in which she shares her journey to uncover her father's secretive gay life.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins’ message Sunday, Sept. 17, will be “Choosing Where to Give,” at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by Bridget Wolf. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. The service begins at 10:30 a.m. For information, see www.cslroguevalley.org

Medford Christian Science Church

Medford Christian Science Church will sponsor a free talk by Enrique Smeke entitled "Are You Ready for the First Step?" The talk will be held at Hawthorne Park Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1:30 p.m. in English and at 3 p.m. in Spanish.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. an adult forum on “Being a Beloved Community” will be led by the Rev. Tom Sremek Jr. in the parish hall. Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Celtic Evensong and Communion will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. The theme, "Take off your shoes: You are standing on holy ground," will be reflected through Celtic harp, readings, poetry and music composed by Jodi French. The Rev. Anne Bartlett will lead the worship, and a brief reflection will be given by Rachael Resch, member of Havurah Shir Hadash. For information, call 541-201-3418.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Tai chi classes are offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "The Size of the Aperture" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, 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.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Rev. Sean Parker Dennison will introduce a few of his ideas on the role of Unitarian Universalism and why we need each other in these times, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, at 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.

Eastwood Baptist Church

Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, will host an outdoor worship, hymn sing and picnic lunch at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, with special guests "The Old Time Fiddlers" playing during and after the service. Boy Scout Troop No. 5 will assist during the service and picnic.