Religion briefs: Friday, Oct. 20

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 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, Oct. 22, and Divine Liturgy will be served at 9:30 a.m. A potluck meal follows the service. Matins starts at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24. Vespers is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, followed by a special presentation by Krista West on beauty in the Orthodox Church. Divine Liturgy begins at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. At 6:30 p.m. Thursday at SOU Diversions Room at Stevenson Union, Krista West will present information about aesthetics in ancient Christian traditions. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond of First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford, will speak Sunday, Oct. 22, at the church's 8:30 a.m. informal service and the 10:30 a.m. traditional service. 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 in a formal sanctuary. The church works to relieve hunger and help those in need in the downtown Medford area. For information, call 541-779-1711.

Eastwood Baptist Church

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive. Pastor Randolph Miller will speak about "The Disorienting Journey of Jesus."

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. in the parish hall, Mary Lou Brophy will give an adult forum on “Saving Yourself First.” Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. At 4 p.m., Music @ St. Mark’s will present Christine Potter on alto and bass flutes performing “Musical Postcards: Flutes from Around the World.” The concert is free and a reception will follow in the parish hall. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

In her message Sunday, Oct. 22, “The Perfect Relationship,” at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford, the Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will offer spiritual practices to transform our relationships with ourselves, with others, and with our God. Music this week is by Kathy Kali and Aaron Blenkush. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. Youth and teen programs at 10:30 a.m. To help celebrate the church's 35th anniversary, special guest Rev. Dr. Marilyn Leo will present a slideshow at 12:30 p.m. featuring her family’s relationship with the founder of the Science of Mind philosophy, Ernest Holmes. For information, see www.cslroguevalley.org

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point

All are welcome to listen to Shepherd's Bell Choir perform during 10:30 a.m. worship Sunday, Oct. 22, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St. Adult Bible class is held at 9 a.m. Sunday and child care is provided.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, followed by an education hour. A chili lunch and music by Joyful Noise gospel group will follow the service. For more information, see www.ascensionlutheran.com.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

The Rev. Sean Parker Dennison will address the subject of “Courageous Love” at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 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/.​

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, 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.

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