Religion briefs: Friday, Feb. 16

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17,  at the church in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Matins prayers will be offered at 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. A meat-free potluck meal featuring dairy foods will be shared after the services. At 1 p.m. after the potluck, the annual Forgiveness Vespers service will begin the season of Great Lent. Lenten Matins will be offered at 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19. Compline prayers with part 1 of the Great Canon of St. Andrew will begin at 6 p.m. Lenten Matins prayers will be offered at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. Part 2 of the Great Canon of St. Andrew will be prayed with the Compline service at 6 p.m. Lenten Matins prayers will be offered at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. The Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts will be served at 6 p.m. Lenten Matins prayers will be offered at 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. The last part of the Great Canon of St. Andrew will be prayed with the Compline service at 6 p.m. At 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts will be served, followed by a Moleben to St. Theodore the Recruit. At 5 p.m. Friday, an Akathist to the Mother of God will be prayed. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Community Celtic Evensong and Communion will be offered at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland.  This "Holy Hungering" is the theme of the quiet, candlelight and reflective service that includes Celtic harp, poetry, readings and music. The Rev. Anne Bartlett will lead the worship, and the Rev. Bert Anderson of Trinity will give a personal reflection: "Finding A Thin Place." Jodi French is the music director, pianist and composer for the Celtic service. Shelly Cox-Thornhill, cantor and soloist; The Rev. Dr. Anthony Hutchinson, Celtic harp. For more information, call 541-201-3418.

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at the 8:30 a.m. informal service and the 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Feb. 18, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., in Medford. The informal service features more contemporary music 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. Martin’s Episcopal Church

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate. To celebrate the beginning of Lent, soup will be served downstairs after the service. For more information, email or call 541-878-2166.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. in an adult forum, Anne Zauner will present “The Jesus Movement — GO” in the parish hall. Sunday school is at 10 a.m. For information, call 541-773-3111 or see www.stmark’

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered during the 9 a.m. hour for all children so adults can attend the contemporary issues adult class, centering prayer or choir practice. At 10 a.m., Sunday school is provided for children in fifth grade and younger during worship. Fellowship follows the service. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in the sanctuary. For information, call the church office at 541-772-8860.

Zion Lutheran Church

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study starts at 8:15 a.m. Sunday school starts at 10:45 a.m. A healing prayer service starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21. Lenten soup supper and devotions will be offered at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Bible study is held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. For more information, call 541-772-4674.

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

Guest speaker the Rev. Victoria Olson’s message will be is “Follow Your Heart” at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the center, located at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by Heather Hutton and Dorian Britton. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. See

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

At 10:25 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 18, the service at RVUUF, 87 Fourth St., Ashland, will center on a message of hope that acknowledges and accepts the brokenness and imperfection in our lives. Religious explorations classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see

Ascension Lutheran

Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the church, 675 Black Oak Drive. Sunday school begins at 10:45 a.m. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see

Medford Adventist Church

Dr. Randall Younker, professor of archaeology at Andrews University, will share a presentation, "Ancient Worlds of the Bible," at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the church, 1900 Greenwood St., Medford. Learn about the latest research in Biblical archaeology and how it gives people sound reasons to believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. For more information, see or call 541-772-6021.

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