Religion briefs: Friday, Jan. 5

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Royal Hours begins at 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. At 4 p.m. Friday, a baptism will be followed at 5:30 by the Theophany Vigil. At 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, Divine Liturgy will be served, followed at 9:30 a.m. by the Greater Blessing of the Waters in church. Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. At 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, Divine Liturgy begins early, followed by a potluck meal. At noon, everyone will proceed into Ashland, to the Fairy Pond at the top of Lithia Park, for the Greater Blessing of the Waters for the entire community. At 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, Matins prayers will be offered. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, Vespers will begin. At 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, Divine Liturgy will be served. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will begin a month-long series, reviewing the basic spiritual principles of science of mind, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by the Rev. Andy Anderson. Candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. For information, see

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Bible study resumes at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, in Hafer House. Sunday school for children and adult forums will resume Sunday, Jan. 14. fore more information, telephone 541-773-3111 or see

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

This week’s service focuses on the power of our intentions and what they ask of us, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at RVUUF, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. Religious explorations classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. For information, telephone 541-482-4755 or see

Ascension Lutheran

Worship at Ascension Lutheran Church begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Sunday school begins at 11 a.m. For more information, telephone 541-773-3594 or see

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered at 9 a.m. for all children. 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 scheduled for Feb. 9 and 10. For information, call 541-772-8860.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate. For more information, email or call 541-878-2166.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Jan. 7, 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. The traditional service features a full chancel choir and pipe organ music. For more information, call 541-779-1711.

Life Path Church of the Nazarene

Pastor Wes will be starting a Monday night Bible study at  6 p.m. Jan. 8, going through each book of the Bible. A study of the Beatitudes will be held Thursdays at 10 a.m. Regular Sunday morning service is held at 10:45 a.m. at Life Path Church of the Nazarene, 1481 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. Services and studies are open to all. For more information call 541-779-0190.

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