Religion briefs: Friday, Jan. 19

The Havurah Synagogue

Morah Cyrise Beatty Shachter and Rabbi Sue Morningstar will lead a Kabbalat Shabbat service with prayer and song at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at The Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, a Shabbat morning service and Torah talk on the portion of the week, Parshat Bo, will tell of the hardened heart of Pharoah and the last three plagues in Egypt. Call 541-488-7716 for more information.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Rabbi David Zaslow and Morah Cyrise Beatty Schachter will lead a musical Kabbalat Shabbat & Celebration of the Trees!! Tu b'Shevat, the most ancient ecological holiday, is a ritual passed down by the 16th century mystics of Safed. Fruits and nuts will be tasted on the journey through the four worlds to celebrate the emergence from winter into the time of the awakening of the trees. Free. All are welcome. Donations gratefully accepted. Bring a potluck veggie dish to share.

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24 at 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Matins prayers are offered at 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, followed at 9:30 a.m. by Divine Liturgy. A potluck meal is shared after the services. Matins prayers are offered at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be served at 7 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 24-25. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

Trinity Episcopal Church

A quiet, candlelight and reflective community Celtic evensong and communion service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. "Holy action" is the theme, reflected through Celtic harp, readings, poetry and music. The Rev. Jan Holland will lead the worship. A reflection will be given by Don Felt, from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Jodi French and Shelly Cox-Thornhill will provide music. For more information, call 541-201-3418.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9 a.m. an adult forum previewing the annual meeting Jan. 28 will be held following coffee. Jan. 28 is also Sock-It-to-Me Sunday as church members are encouraged to bring warm socks to be donated to the Maslow Project. Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see

Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered at 9 a.m. for all children so adults can attend a 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. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. The church's 15th annual crab feast is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9 and 10. For information, call 541-772-8860.

Ascension Lutheran Church

Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Sunday school begins at 10:45 a.m. A "Safety at Home" health fair will be held after worship, with door prizes and healthful snacks. A SMART book sale will be held after service, as well. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see

Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

A guest speaker, the Rev. Ruth Kirby, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, 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 at 10:30 a.m. See

Eastwood Baptist Church

A guest speaker, the Rev. Steve Bils, will speak during worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford, followed by the annual meeting of the Eastwood congregation.

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. 21. The Rev. Tom Murphy will officiate. For more information, call 541-878-2166.

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

RVUUF, 87 Fourth St., Ashland, will welcome new members, and will focus on the power of intention to bring good to the world, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. Religious explorations classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see

First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at both an 8:30 a.m. informal service and the 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Jan. 21, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The informal service features more contemporary music in a casual atmosphere. The traditional service features a full chancel choir and pipe organ music. For more information, call 541-779-1711.


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