Religion briefs: Friday, Jan. 26

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. At 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, Matins prayers are offered, followed at 9:30 a.m. by Divine Liturgy. A potluck meal will be shared after the services. At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, a vigil will begin. At 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Divine Liturgy will be served. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. A pizza brunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. in the parish hall, and at 11:45 a.m., the annual meeting will be convened in the sanctuary. Jan. 28 is also Sock-It-to-Me Sunday, and congregants are encouraged to bring new socks to be donated to homeless youths and families for the Maslow Project. Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

St. Martin's Episcopal

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. The Rev. Tom Murphy will officiate. For information, call 541-878-2166.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins' talk will be titled “Conversation in Heaven,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by Liz Jones and Dorian Britton. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. For information, see www.cslroguevalley.org.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Sunday school begins at 10:45 a.m. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered at 9 a.m. for all children so adults can attend a contemporary issues class, prayer or choir practice. At 10 a.m., Sunday school is provided for children in fifth grade and younger during worship. Evening prayer services are held 6 p.m. Wednesdays

The church will host its 15th annual crab and shrimp fest at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance no later than Monday, Feb. 5. Dinner will include salad, bread, beverage and dessert. For more information or for tickets, call 541-772-8860 or email at office@medforducc.org.

Kagyu Sukha Chöling Meditation Center

Kagyu Sukha Chöling, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation center, 109 Clear Creek Drive, Ashland, will hold a newcomer's night of calm, abiding meditation at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Afterward, the lamas will provide an introduction to Buddhism and the programs offered at KSC.

Havurah Shir Hadash

At 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Rabbi David Zaslow and Morah Cyrise Beatty Schachter will lead a musical Kabbalat Shabbat and Celebration of the Trees, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Tu b'Shevat, the most ancient ecological holiday, is a ritual passed down by the 16th century mystics of Safed. Fruits and nuts will be tasted on the journey through the four worlds to celebrate the emergence from winter into the time of the awakening of the trees. Admission is free. Bring a potluck veggie dish to share. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

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