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Religion briefs: Friday, Dec. 22

Faith Lutheran Church

Faith Lutheran Church invites all to Sunday Service at 9 a.m Dec. 24. The church is located at 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. Reach Pastor Gullixson at 507-340-7153.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Advent Holy Eucharist will be presented in a combined service at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 4:30 p.m. a family Christmas service with pageant will be held, and at 10 p.m., a Festival Christmas communion will be served by the Rev. Tom Sramek Jr. At 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25, a Christmas Day communion service will be celebrated. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

St. Andrews Anglican Church

There will be a morning Christmas Eve prayer service at 10 a.m, Sunday, Dec. 24,  at 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. At 5:30 p.m. the church will celebrate "The festival of nine lessons and carols," a night of classic Christmas carols and Bible readings. The church will celebrate Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 25.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

A candlelight Christmas Eve service will start at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, in the sanctuary. There will be singing, and Open Communion will be celebrated. All are welcome at 85 S. Holly St. in Medford. Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at the 8:30 a.m. informal service and the 10:30 a.m. traditional service on Sunday. 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 Schoenstein Pipe Organ music in the sanctuary. More information is available at 541-779-1711.

Eastwood Baptist Church

There will be a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at the church, 675 N. Keene Way, Medford.

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point

The Fourth Sunday in Advent will be celebrated Sunday, Dec. 24, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St., with lighting of the Advent Wreath during a 10:30 a.m. worship service. There will be a Christmas Eve celebration with candles, carols and communion at 7 p.m. Special music will be presented by the choir and bell choir. Child care is provided during both services.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler's lesson for the fourth week in advent is titled "Joy," and will be delivered at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. A Christmas Eve candle-lighting service is also scheduled at 7 p.m. 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.

Gold Hill United Methodist Church

The Fourth Sunday in Advent will be celebrated Sunday, Dec. 24, at Gold Hill United Methodist Church, 416 Dardanelles St., with lighting of the Advent Wreath during a 9 a.m. worship service. There will be a Christmas Eve service celebration with carols and candles at 4 p.m.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

Reverend Kimberly Hawkins and the Prayer Practitioners of CSL Rogue Valley present “The True Gifts of Christmas" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford (Behind Costco and Walmart) See www.cslroguevalley.org.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

At 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 22, Royal Hours will be read at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23. Divine Liturgy will be served at 9 a.m. Dec. 24, followed by Holy Supper, the final shared Lenten meal before Nativity. At 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, the Nativity Vigil begins. At 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25, Divine Liturgy will be served. Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

Worship begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child Care is offered at 9 a.m. for all children. A service of lessons and carols will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Ascension Lutheran

Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford, has scheduled three services for Sunday, Dec. 24. A service for the fourth Sunday of Advent will start at 9:30 a.m. Christmas Eve candlelight services will be at 6:30 and 9 p.m.  Ascension youth will provide music at the 6:30 service, and the Ascension choir will be joined by the Rogue Valley Symphony Brass Quintet at 9. The Brass Quintet will perform a pre-service concert at 8:40 p.m. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville

Christmas Eve services will be held at 8:55 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at 425 Middle St., Jacksonville. There will also be a family candlelight worship at 5 p.m., followed by a traditional candlelight worship service at 7 p.m. Nursery care will be available for infants up to 3 years old at each service. For more information, call 541-899-1287 or email jvillepres@jvillepres.org.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, 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.