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Religion briefs: Friday, Dec. 30

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Matins prayers will be offered at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, followed at 9:30 a.m. by Divine Liturgy. A potluck meal is shared after the services. At 6 p.m. Sunday, Great Vespers begins. Divine Liturgy will be served at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1, followed by cutting and sharing of the Vasilopita bread, and a potluck brunch. Royal Hours will be read at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5. A baptism will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, followed at 5:30 p.m. by the Theophany Vigil. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will conduct a Burning Bowl Ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. Silent Unity prayer service is at 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.

St. Martin's Episcopal

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist, at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate. For information, email stmshadycove@gmail.com or call 541-878-2166.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered during the 9 a.m. hour so adults can attend a contemporary issues class, centering prayer or choir practice. At 10 a.m., Sunday school is provided for children in fifth grade and younger. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The church's 15th annual crab feast is coming Feb. 9-10. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

This week’s service at RVUUF, 87 Fourth St., Ashland, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, addresses “A Mindful Life: Looking Backward, Looking Forward with Hope and Intention.” Religious explorations classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see http://rvuuf.org/.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 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 a New Year’s message at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, the Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will share spiritual practices for wrapping up 2017 and unwrapping a fulfilling New Year, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Sunday’s service includes a new twist on the year-end Burning Bowl Ceremony. Music will be provided by Liz Jones. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs are at 10:30 a.m. For more information, see cslroguevalley.org

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Following the service, congregants are invited to an all-parish potluck with a New Year’s celebration theme in the parish hall. Call 541-772-2582 for information. For general information, call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford, continues to celebrate Christmas at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, with a service of readings and hymns. The Joyful Noise Gospel Groups will sing. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.