Religion briefs: Friday, Nov. 17

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Matins prayers begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, with Divine Liturgy served at 9:30 a.m. A Lenten potluck meal with fish allowed follows the service. A Vigil will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20. At 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, Divine Liturgy will be served. A Typikon and Readers Class meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22. A Thanksgiving Akathist prayer will be offered at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23. For information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

St. Martins Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold a special 60th anniversary service at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. The Bishop Michael J. Hanley and FR. Tom Buechele will officiate. A celebration dinner will be served after the service. For more information, email stmshadycove@gmail.com or call 541-878-2166.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study is at 8:15 a.m., and Sunday school starts at 10:45 a.m. A healing prayer service is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, and Bible study is at 9 a.m. Thursdays. For information, call 541-772-4674.

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, Nov. 19, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., in 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. For information, call 541-779-1711.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. on Pledge Ingathering Sunday, Nov. 19, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:15 a.m., 200 Thanksgiving baskets will be assembled and distributed to needy families from area schools, and "friendly baskets" to parishioners who are housebound. At 4 p.m., Music @ St. Mark’s will present the Gothic Voices Medieval Choir directed by Pat O’Scannell performing “Missa Notre Dame — Mass of Our Lady,” by Guillaume de Machaut. Also performing will be the Ensemble Fontegara (Renaissance Recorders) presenting "The Music of Shakespeare’s Contemporaries.” Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for students, free for those younger than 21. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "Thanks-giving" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. Silent Unity prayer service is 11 a.m. Wednesdays followed by a metaphysical Bible discussion at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 541-772-6902 or see www.spirit@unitymedford.org.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

In her message at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, “What You Appreciate Appreciates,” The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will continue a month-long series on financial health and prosperity at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by Heather Hutton. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. For details, see www.cslroguevalley.org.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Ashland

Celtic Evensong & Communion will be held at 7 p.m, Sunday, Nov. 19, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. Holy Harvest — Samhain (pronounced sow’inn) is the Celtic darkening time of year for gathering-in and letting go. The meditative season is celebrated by Celtic harp, music composed by Jodi French, readings, poetry and Holy Communion. The Rev. Anne Bartlett will lead the worship, and a brief reflection will be given by Donna Ritchie, a member of Trinity.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Sunday school is offered at 9 a.m. for children in first grade or above. Child care is offered for children 5 and younger. Following worship, the church's Justice and Peace Team will offer handmade items for sale created by the Women’s Cooperative of HEPAC (Home of Hope and Peace) in Nogales, Mexico, on the Arizona-Mexico border. The sale helps women and children prepare for a better future. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

RVUUF member Alison Duren-Sutherland will explore ways in which investing ourselves in our church community allows us receive its abundant gifts, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, at 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/.

Christian Science Church

A Thanksgiving service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, at Christian Science Church, 111 Genessee St., Medford. It will include songs of thanks, a reading of a Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation to the nation. Child care will be provided.

First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville

First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 425 Middle St., will hold a Thanksgiving Eve service, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Church officials refer to the event as a "time of praise, sharing and Communion." Nursery care will be available for children up to 3 years old. For more information, call 541-899-1287 or see www.jvillepres.org.

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