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Religion briefs: Friday, Dec. 8

St. Martin's Episcopal

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will decorate the parish hall for High Tea at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, and will decorate the sanctuary for Christmas at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The church will celebrate Holy Eucharist for the second Sunday in Advent at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, with Fr. Tom Buechele officiating. At 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Martin’s will celebrate a Lessons and Carols worship followed by High Tea.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will hold an Advent Eucharist at the home of Kit and Jerry Nilles at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Parishoners are asked to bring cookies or an adult beverage. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at St. Mark’s, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Christmas gifts for the children of the Family Nurturing Center are due. Names of loved ones who have died may be submitted for commemorating at the Longest Night Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 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, Dec. 10, with Divine Liturgy served at 9:30 a.m. A Lenten potluck meal with fish allowed follows the service. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, Great Vespers will be offered. At 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, Divine Liturgy will be served. At 6 p.m. Wednesday is Tea and Talk with Father Andreas Blom. For more information, call 541-690-8822.

Ascension Lutheran

Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford, will hold a bake sale from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Lefse, spritz cookies, krumkake and many other traditional treats will be sold. The money earned will be donated to charity. The church will celebrate the second Sunday of Advent at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 10. At 10:45 a.m., children of the congregation will practice for a Dec. 17 Christmas program. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Sunday School is offered at 9 a.m. for children in First Grade or above. Child care is offered for children 5 and younger. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Eastwood Baptist Church

Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, will hold an Advent service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. An Advent candlelight prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give the second lesson of Advent, titled "Peace," at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 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 see www.spirit@unitymedford.org.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

Special guest speaker the Rev. Victoria Olson’s message Sunday, Dec. 10, will be “The Eternal Gift,” at the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by Kathy Kali and Aaron Blenkush. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, see www.cslroguevalley.org.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at both the 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Dec. 10, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service features more contemporary music led by the Son Shine Singers in a casual atmosphere in the Fellowship Hall. The traditional service features a full chancel choir and pipe organ music in a formal sanctuary. The choir will sing “Every Valley” by John Ness Beck. For information, call 541-779-1711.

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St., will mark the second Sunday in Advent at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10, with lighting of the Advent wreath. Children of the congregation will present a Christmas play, and the Presbyterian Women will hold their annual bazaar following the service. Child care is provided. At noon Wednesday, Dec. 13, Pastor Terry Graunke will lead an Advent study entitled "A Thrill of Hope," a DVD series of the Christmas story in word and art featuring the paintings of John Swanson.

ECK Light and Sound

An ECK Light and Sound service, featuring speakers, contemplation and small-group discussion of spiritual principles at work, will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Phoenix library, 101 W. First St. The group has also planned a discussion titled "Have you had a spiritual experience?" from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the library community room. For information, call 541-851-1189.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland

Celtic Evensong and Communion will be offered at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 10, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. "Holy Waiting" is the theme, reflected through Celtic harp, readings, poetry and music. The Rev. Jan Holland will lead the worship, and a brief reflection will be given by Trinity member Ann Gagnon. Jodi French, Shelly Cox-Thornhill and guest violinist Duane Whitcomb will provide the music. All are invited for a simple meal served in the Trinity Parish Hall at 5:45 p.m. For more information, call 541-201-3418.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

At 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland, will address "Hope as a call to action." Religious explorations classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see http://rvuuf.org.

Havurah Shir Hadash

Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, will celebrate Hanukkah at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. A traditional latke meal will be available, as well as activities such as dreydel games, menorah and candle crafting, followed by a community candle lighting. The evening will culminate with storytelling by Debra Zaslow and a Hanukkah sing-along with Rabbi David Zaslow, Cyrise Beatty Schachter and friends. Admission is free, with food and gifts available to purchase. Bring a menorah for the candle lighting. For details, call 541-488-7716.

First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville

First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 405 E. California St., will host a carols of Christmas singing event at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17. For more information, call 541-899-1287 or email at jvillepres@jvillepres.org.