Religion briefs: Friday, May 11
Prayer in the Park
A Prayer in the Park event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Bear Creek Park amphitheater, 1520 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford. Forty Rogue Valley churches have been invited to participate in a time of prayer and worship with a live gospel band led by singer Jennifer dePuglia. A gospel message will be given by Bruce Sherbourne. The event will be filmed by Media 14 Production. For information, call Sherbourne at 541-941-2660.
LDS Church, Central Point
Every Child, a nonprofit organization that works to help meet the needs of children and families in foster care, in connection with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is putting on a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the church, 2305 Taylor Road, Central Point. There are more than 11,000 children in foster care in Oregon. There is also an extreme shortage of foster families to meet the needs of these children. Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, who was a foster parent himself, will be the closing speaker at the concert. For more information, contact Allison Nadauld at 541-842-0832.
Zion Lutheran Church
Worship at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford, begins at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, May 13, 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. on Thursday.
For information, call 541-772-4674.
Christ Unity Church
Mother’s Day is the subject of the Rev. Rob Wheeler’s talk, given at the 11 a.m. service Sunday, May 13, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. Every mother will be recognized and receive a token of appreciation. The silent Unity Prayer service is at 11 a.m. every Wednesday, followed by a Bible discussion. The hands-on sacred healing service is always the second Saturday of every month at noon. Call 541-772-6902, or watch a live-streamed Sunday service at www.UnityMedford.org.
First Presbyterian Church, Medford
Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at both the 8:30 a.m. informal service and the 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, May 13, at 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 Schoenstein pipe organ music. The Chancel Choir will sing “Chorale and Alleluia” by John Purifoy. There will be a handbell postlude after the traditional service. The artwork of Marilyn Hurst will be on display in the hallway gallery. More information is available at 541-779-1711.
This month, First Presbyterian Jazz Vespers, held at 5 p.m. Sunday, will present the Ed Dunsavage Trio featuring saxophonist Bob Rawlings. The group includes Ed Dunsavage on guitar, Jeff Addicott on bass, and Chicken Hirsch on drums. The artwork of Susan DeRosa will be featured in the Hallway Gallery.
Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley
In her message Sunday, May 13, “How Big is Your Dream?” the Rev. Kimberly Hawkins speaks about effective prayer and how to manifest deepest desires, whether for physical or financial health, harmonious relationships, or creative expression. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. The Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. at the Scottish Rite Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Youth and teen programs are at 10:30 a.m. as well. Thursday evening candlelight meditations are from 6 to 6:45 p.m. at 825 E. Main St., Suite A, Medford. For more, visit www.cslroguevalley.org.
Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church
Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 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. Sunday, May 13, followed at 9:20 a.m. with Divine Liturgy. After Liturgy, a potluck meal will be shared, continuing to celebrate the Resurrection.
There will be a Matins service at 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 15. There will be a vigil followed by a class on speaking the truth taught by Father Isaac Skidmore at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. Divine Liturgy will be served in honor of the Ascension at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 17.
For a virtual visit to the parish, visit www.stgabrielashland.org. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.
Trinity Episcopal Church
Community Celtic Evensong and Communion will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 13, at the church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Church and non-church members of Ashland and surrounding communities are welcomed to this quiet, candlelit and reflective service. Holy mothering is the theme honoring Mother’s Day. Celtic harp, readings, poetry and music are part of the service. The Rev. Jan Holland leads the worship. The Rev. Anne Bartlett gives the reflection. Jodi French and Shelly Cox-Thornhill provide the music. For more information, call the church office, 541-201-3418.
Sunday worship at Ascension Lutheran Church will be at 9:30 a.m. May 13 at 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Sunday School education hour begins at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or visit www.ascensionlutheran.com.
Medford Congregational United Church of Christ
The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 13, 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. Adults can 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. Older children are invited to attend worship. Fellowship time is offered afterward. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in the sanctuary. For information, call the church office, 541-772-8860.
Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
The theme of this week’s service is “Creating Peace: Hearts, Hearths, Earth,” set for 10:25 a.m. Sunday, May 13, at 87 Fourth St. in Ashland. Religious explorations classes are available for children. A social time of coffee and snacks follows the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or visit http://rvuuf.org/.
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church will meet for Morning Prayer at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 13, at 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville. The children’s Sunday School will be held this week at “The Woodcarving Place” next to the church. A time of fellowship and refreshments will take place after the service. Please visit standrewsanglican.org for more information or to contact the church office.
Faith Lutheran Church
Pastor Ed Bryant will lead the Sunday, May 13, service at 9 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. Bible study is at 8 a.m. The sermon draws from the “Book of Comfort” section of the book of Jeremiah. Please see flc-medford.org or call 541-816-4040.
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 13. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate and Ann Manlove will be the organist/pianist. All are welcome to coffee after the service. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-878- 2166.
A Eckankar Light and Sound Service, “Letting God Speak,” will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 13, at the Phoenix library, 510 W. First St. This service offers a chance to explore direct connection to the divine. For information, call 541-851-1189.