Religion briefs: Friday, May 4
Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church
Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Sunday Matins prayers will be offered at 8 a.m. May 6, followed at 9:20 a.m. with Divine Liturgy. After liturgy a potluck meal will be shared. A Matins service will start at 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 8. A class on forgiveness will be taught by Father Isaac Skidmore at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 9. Vespers will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10. The Hours will be prayed at 7:40 a.m. Friday, May 11 before the 8 a.m. Divine Liturgy will be served. For a virtual visit to the parish, see www.stgabrielashland.org. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.
Zion Lutheran Church
Worship at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford, begins at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 6, preceded by adult Bible study at 8:15 a.m. Sunday School is offered at 10:45 a.m. On Wednesday a healing prayer service begins at 5 p.m., and an adult Bible study is held at 9 a.m. Thursday. For information, call 541-772-4674.
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. May 6, the sixth Sunday of Easter. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate, and Ann Manlove will be the organist/pianist. All are welcome to coffee after the service. The annual art show will be May 5-6 at the Shady Cove auditorium in conjunction with the wildflower show. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-878-2166.
Faith Lutheran Church
Pastor Ed Bryant was installed last week as the new pastor at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. He begins his ministry Sunday, May 6. Bible study is at 8 a.m. and worship starts at 9 a.m. Call 541-816-4040 for more information.
First Presbyterian Church, Medford
Pastor Mike Hubbard will speak at both the 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, May 6, 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 artwork of Marilyn Hurst will be on display in the hallway gallery. For information, call 541-779-1711.
Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
RVUUF will conduct its annual flower ceremony at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, May 6, at 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Bring a flower to share. Religious explorations classes are available for children. A social time of coffee and snacks follows the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see http://rvuuf.org.
Christ Unity Church
Worship begins at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 6, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. The Rev. Rob Wheeler’s lesson will be “Belief Comes Easy When …” The theme for May is “We live the truth we know.” A silent unity prayer service is held at 11 a.m. every Wednesday, followed by Bible discussion. A sacred healing service is held at noon every second Saturday of the month. For more information, call 541-772-6902, or see www.unitymedford.org, where the Sunday service is live-streamed.
Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley
The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins’ message will be “No Matter What,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 6, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Special guest musical artist will be Laura Berman. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. See www.cslroguevalley.org.
Ascension Lutheran Church
Worship at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford, begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 6. Sunday school begins at 11 a.m. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will meet at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 6, to celebrate the service of Holy Communion. A time of fellowship and refreshments will take place after the service. The church will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday to visitors during Jacksonville’s Historic Home Tour. See standrewsanglican.org for information.
Medford Congregational United Church of Christ
The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 6, 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 while adults attend the contemporary issues adult class, centering prayer or choir practice. At 10 a.m., Sunday school is provided for children in fifth-grade and younger during worship. A special time of fellowship will follow the service. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860.
A spiritual discussion entitled “Finding the Spiritual Gold in Daily Spiritual Exercises” will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 7, in the Ashland library’s Guanajuato Room, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Another discussion, “Death, Dying and the Hereafter,” will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at the Phoenix library’s Community Room, 510 W. First St., Phoenix. Call 541-851-1189 for more information.
Revelations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood sparked the #metoo movement and a nationwide discussion. In the spirit of education and healing, the Havurah Synagogue invites the public to attend a free evening of storytelling, music and learning called “Unholy Betrayal: Confronting Sexual Abuse by Spiritual Leaders,” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Havurah, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Voluntary donations will be accepted on behalf of Dunn House Shelter and other related nonprofit causes. For more information, call 541-488-7716.