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Religion briefs: Friday, March 9

Interfaith event at Havurah Synagogue

The Rev. Matthew Fox, scholar and author, will present a two-day interfaith event, "Ecology & Deep Ecumenism," Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Admission for the weekend costs $95, which includes Friday evening dessert and Saturday lunch. Tickets are available online at bpt.me/3233117 or by calling 1-800-838-3006. The weekend will include a Saturday evening panel featuring Dan Wahpepah from Red Earth Descendants, the Rev. Norma Burton of Unity, the Rev. Fr. Tony Hutchinson from Trinity Episcopal Church, Rabbi David Zaslow from the Havurah, Lama Yeshe Parke from the KSC Buddhist center, the Rev. Christina Kukuk of United Church of Christ, and Fr. Joel S. Garavaglia-Maiorano from Rogue Valley Manor. For information, call 541-488-7716.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins the weekly service schedule at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Sunday services begin at 8 a.m. March 11, with Matins prayers, followed at 9:30 a.m. by Divine Liturgy. A meat- and dairy-free Lenten potluck meal will be shared after the services. At 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, Lenten Matins prayers will be offered. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, a Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts will be served, followed at 7:30 by a light Lenten potluck supper. At 7 a.m. Friday, March 16, the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts again will be served. For information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, at 95 Cleveland St. in Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate and Ann Manlove will be the organist. All are welcome to soup served downstairs after the service. Email stmshadycove@gmail.com or call 541-878-2166 for more information.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, March 11, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Following coffee and fellowship, an adult forum will be held at 9:15 a.m. in the parish hall. At 4 to 5:30 p.m. a Lenten series, Sacramentum Session 6: Politics, will be presented in the parish hall, followed by a potluck supper (optional) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.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, March 11, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service features more contemporary music in a casual atmosphere in the Fellowship Hall. The traditional service features a full chancel choir and pipe organ music in a formal sanctuary. For information, call 541-779-1711.

The church's next Jazz Vespers event, at 5 p.m. Sunday, will feature the Thor Polson Quartet performing a tribute to Grammy winner Herbie Hancock. The quartet includes Thor Polson on piano, Dave Miller on bass, Steve Davidson on saxophone and Theresa McCoy on drums. The event is free.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler’s talk at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 11, will be “Into the Realm of Spirit.” A silent Unity prayer service is held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Bible study at 11:30 a.m. A sacred healing service is the second Saturday of each month at noon. Christ Unity Church is at 540 N. Holly St., Medford. For information, see unitymedford.org or call 541-772-6902.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins' message, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11, will be "It's Not Personal," at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by guest artists Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill. Candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m, youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. See www.cslroguevalley.org

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Jacksonville

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will meet for morning prayer at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11. Children’s Sunday school will be held during services at The Woodcarving Place next to the church. Refreshments will be available after the service. See standrewsanglican.org for information.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study starts at 8:15 a.m. and Sunday school starts at 10:45 a.m. A healing prayer service starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Lenten soup supper and devotions will be offered at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. Bible study will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 541-772-4674.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 11, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered during the 9 a.m. hour for all children. At 10 a.m., Sunday school is provided for children in fifth grade and younger during worship. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Eastwood Baptist Church

The Rev. Barbara Haddon will be guest speaker at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, March 11, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. The service will be followed by refreshments. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister. She and her husband, Bob, live in Medford, and she is an active member of First Presbyterian Church in Medford.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Sunday school begins at 10:45 a.m. For information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

This week’s service addresses balancing the needs of the world with the needs of our own hearts and spirits, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 11, 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/.


An hour-long ECK Light and Sound Service, themed "Dreams and Reality," will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St., Phoenix. The group will explore the nature of dreams from a spiritual perspective. 

A free discussion, "Finding the Spiritual Power of Gratitude," will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Phoenix library. For information, call 541-779-3019.

Faith Lutheran Church, Medford

Worship at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford, is at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 11.

United Church of Christ, Ashland

The first screening of a Cuba film series will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, with "The Power of the Weak," at United Church of Christ, 717 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Future films will me held April 9, May 7 and June 4. For information, call 541-482-8915.