Religion Briefs: Friday, Sept. 23

Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Divine Liturgy will be served at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, following the 8 a.m. Matins prayers. A potluck lunch will follow the liturgy.

Matins begins at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Vespers is held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, followed by a question-and-answer session on Orthodoxy at 7 p.m. Brief midday prayers are offered at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Vespers will a special guest will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. For more information, call the Rev. Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.


Gold Hill Christian Church

Pastor Aaron Veach's sermon Sunday, Sept. 25, at Gold Hill Christian Church, at Dardenelles and Sixth Avenue in Gold Hill, will be the third in a series entitled "Living in Holiness and Hope." Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school is available. For more information, call 541-665-1565 or email


First Presbyterian Church, Medford

Pastor Murray Richmond’s message will be “The Great Reversal” at an 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, Sept. 25, at First Presbyterian Church, Medford, 85 S. Holly St. The early service features more contemporary music. The later service features a full Chancel Choir and pipe organ music. For information, call 541-779-1711 or see


Ascension Lutheran Church

On Sunday, Sept. 25, Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford, will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Pastor Doug Vold’s ordination. Bishop David Brauer-Rieke from the Oregon Synod will give the sermon. The service starts at 9:30 a.m., and a reception will follow. During the service, children will collect coins during a "noisy offering." Money collected will be sent to ELCA Good Gifts for refugee services. For information, call 541-773-3594 or see


Unity in Ashland

At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Unity in Ashland, 185 N. Mountain Ave., will welcome Steven Scholl, who will speak about "What Everyone Should Know About Muhammad ... and Rumi.”


Zion Lutheran Church

Worship is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study is at 8:15 a.m. and Sunday school at 10:45 a.m. A healing prayer service is held Wednesday at 11 a.m., and Bible study is Thursday at 9 a.m. Call 541-772-4674.


United Church of Christ

Marge Zettler will talk about the power of fear in our lives and some ways we might lessen its control over us, at 10 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 25, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford.

Adult study, “Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith,” is held at 11 a.m. Tuesdays in Lidgate Hall. The video-based program discusses the communion of science and faith, and the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. To register, email

A book discussion of "The Rebirthing of God" by John Philip Newell will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in Lidgate Hall. Copies of the book are available at a group discount from Marge Zettler, the discussion leader. For information, call 541-772-8860.


Christian Science Church

Worship at Christian Science Church, 111 Genessee St., Medford, will start at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The sermon is titled "Reality." Susan Olson-White, who was the soprano soloist in Gabriel Faure’s Requiem at First Presbyterian Church of Medford in memory of Sept. 11, will sing “How Beautiful Upon the Mountains." The pianist/organist is Georgia Weidman-Clarke.







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