Religion briefs: Friday, Aug. 25

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, Great Vespers will begin at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. At 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, Matins prayers will begin, and Divine Liturgy will be served at 9:30 a.m. A potluck meal follows the service. All foods are permitted. At 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, there will be a Vespers service. At 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, Divine Liturgy will be served for the beginning of the church new year. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

First Presbyterian Church of Central Point

Music Connection will perform a free concert singing old time favorites at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St., at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Sunday worship starts at 10:30 a.m. Adult Bible study begins at 9 a.m. Child care is provided.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at both the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, Aug. 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. For more information, call 541-779-1711.

St. Martin's Episcopal Church

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate. The food pantry will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday. Contact stmshadycove@gmail.com or 541-878-2166.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Parishioners are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to replenish the food pantry, which is open from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays. Following the services, at noon, a children's summer event and Sunday-school registration will be held at the Nilles farm in Central Point. Call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmarks-medford.org.

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered for children 5 and younger. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Tai chi classes are held at 11:15.a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call the church at 541-772-8860.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

As RVUUF prepares to welcome a new minister, the congregation will reflect on “who we are, and what does ‘welcome’ look like,” at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at 87 Fourth St. in 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/

Christ Unity Church

The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "The Conscious Presence" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, 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.

First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix

First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix, 121 W. Second St., Phoenix, will celebrate 142 years Sunday, Aug. 27. Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. A food pantry and clothing closet are held Wednesdays 1 to 3 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 541-535-1119.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will have advice about how to stay centered when we are continually bombarded with negativity from the media. Music will be provided by Kathy Kali and Aaron Blenkush. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. See www.cslroguevalley.org.

The Havurah

The Jewish New Year begins Wednesday, Sept. 20, and Rabbi David Zaslow, Rabbi Sue Morningstar, Cyrise Beatty Schachter and a team of musicians, prayer leaders and storytellers will present a music-filled, spiritual and meaningful High Holy Day season at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. See the Havurah website for a full schedule of services and to register at https://havurahshirhadash.org/high-holy-days-2017/ or call 541-488-7716. The Havurah Synagogue’s Wisdom Garden school opens Saturday, Sept. 16. The program provides a hands-on, pre-teen educational program culminating in a bar or bat mitzvah for participants. The program culminates with the ritual of the bar or mat mitzvah. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

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