Religion briefs: Friday, April 20

    First Presbyterian Church

    Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at both the 8:30 a.m. informal service and 10:30 a.m. traditional service Sunday, April 22, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. 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 pipe organ music in a formal sanctuary. The choir will sing “Sheep May Safely Graze” from Cantata No. 208 by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Thomas Frost. They will be accompanied by a flute. Artwork from Marilyn Hurst will be on display in the hallway gallery during the month of April. 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 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 22, the fourth Sunday of Easter. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate, and Ann Manlove will be the organist. All are welcome to coffee after the service. For more information, email or call 541-878-2166.

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

    The Right Rev. Michael Hanley, bishop of Oregon, will celebrate Holy Eucharist and preach at the 8 and 10 a.m. worship services Sunday, April 22, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. He will also confirm and receive people into the Episcopal Church. At 9:10 a.m., Hanley will present an adult forum. Sunday school will be held at 10 a.m. At 11:30 a.m. the congregation will host a reception for the bishop and the vestry will host a luncheon and meeting for the bishop at 1 p.m. The Southern Convocation of Episcopal Churches will convene a meeting from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the parish hall at St. Mark’s. Call 541-773-3111 or see for more information.

    Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

    In her message Sunday, April 22, “Mind Your Body,” The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will explore the power of the mind/body connection and how people might heed the body’s wisdom when they experience illness or pain. Candlelight meditation will begin at 10 a.m. The service starts at 10:30 a.m., at the Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by Liz Jones and Dorian Britton. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. For information, see

    St. Andrew’s Anglican Church

    St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will meet for morning prayer at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 22. Children’s Sunday school will be held at The Woodcarving Place next to the church. Refreshments will be available after the service. See for more information.

    Eastwood Baptist Church

    The Rev. Linda Bergeon’s message will be “Staying Calm” at the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, April 22, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Dr., Medford. Bergeon is the church’s interim pastor. Bible classes start at 9:15 a.m., and a fellowship time follows the service.

    Christ Unity Church

    The lesson Sunday, April 22, will be “Living in Harmony,” by the Rev. Rob Wheeler. A silent unity prayer service is held at 11 a.m. every Wednesday, followed by Bible discussion. Every second Saturday is a sacred healing service at noon. Christ Unity Church is at 540 N. Holly St., Medford. For more information, call 541-772-6902, or see, where the Sunday service is live-streamed.

    Ascension Lutheran Church

    Worship at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, will start at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 22. Sunday school begins at 10:45 a.m. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see

    Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    An Earth Day-themed service will address how to impact global climate change from our home in the Rogue Valley, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, April 22, at 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

    Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

    The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 22, 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 a contemporary issues adult class, centering prayer or choir practice. At 10 a.m., Sunday School starts for children in fifth grade and younger. A time of fellowship follows the service. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860.

    Faith Lutheran Church

    Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford, announced the inaugural service of its new pastor, the Rev. Edward Bryant, will be held Sunday, May 6. Bryant has served at churches in Tacoma and Port Orchard, Washington, as well as in Lombard, Illinois.

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