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Religion briefs: Friday, Sept. 29

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Matins prayers begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 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, Oct. 3. Vespers is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, followed by Tea and Talk with Father Andreas Blom. On Thursday, Oct. 5, there will be a 7 a.m. Divine Liturgy. For more information, call 541-690-8822.

St. Martin's Service

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate. For information, see stmshadycove@gmail.com or call 541-878-2166.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Sunday, Oct. 1, First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford, will host the "Inspirational Set" of the Southern Oregon Music Festival during the church's 10:30 a.m. traditional service, featuring the Midiri Brothers with Bob Draga. Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at the church's 8:30 a.m. informal service and at the 10:30 service. For information, call 541-779-1711.

First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix

First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix, 121 W. Second St., will hold communion service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. For information, call the Rev. Kathleen Waugh at 541 535-1119.

Ashland Community Center

Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice, Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon and community partners will celebrate the peace, culture and community of Ashland with music, games, food and fun from 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, at 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Rabbi David Zaslow of Havurah Shir Hadash will share prayers, song and discussion — kid friendly, everyone invited. For information, call 541-841-8341.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. in the parish hall, an adult forum on “Friends of Hospice” will be presented by Dr. John Forsyth, one of the founders of Holmes Park House, Medford’s newest group hospice space. Call 541-773-3111 for information or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 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

In her message Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford, the Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will use the analogy of a gym spotter to describe how people are called to support one another. Music will be provided by Bridget Wolf. Candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. The service is at 10:30 a.m. Youth and teen programs are at 10:30 a.m. A monthly drumming circle starts at 12:15 p.m. Extra drums are available. See www.cslroguevalley.org

Eastwood Baptist Church

Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford, will meet for worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. Pastor Randolph Miller's sermon will be "Seek and Ye Shall Find."

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Sunday, Oct. 1, service at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland, will focus on “The Courage to Be Whole” by being true to yourself. The service starts at 10:25 a.m. Religious explorations classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see http://rvuuf.org/.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "Direct Access" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 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.spirit@unitymedford.org.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., followed by an education hour. Members are asked to bring food items to support the church's bag lunch program. Examples of items are individual servings of fruit, pudding and crackers with cheese or peanut butter. For more information, see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Sunday school starts at 9 a.m. for first-graders and older. Child care is offered for children 5 and younger. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Tai chi practice is held at 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860.