Religion Briefs: Friday, Dec. 15

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

    Parishioners are invited to attend an Advent home Eucharist and supper at the home of Jan Martin at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Attendees may bring cookies or an adult beverage. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m., the last of a three-part series on “The Benedictine Promise” will be given. Also, greening of the church will follow the 10 a.m. service. Names of loved ones who have died may be submitted for commemorating at the Longest Night Service — Blue Christmas at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21. Call 541-773-3111 or see

    Havurah Shir Hadash Synagogue

    Hanukkah Fest, the Jewish festival of light, will open at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland, beginning with a traditional latkes meal with all the trimmings. There will be Hanukkah gifts to purchase, as well as gift certificates donated by local restaurants and wineries. Children will be entertained with the dreidel games and making menorahs, followed by a community candle-lighting (bring your menorahs). The evening will culminate with storytelling and a Hanukkah sing-along for all ages. The event is free. Food will be available to purchase. For information, call 541-488-7716 or see

    Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

    Great Vespers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Matins prayers begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, with Divine Liturgy served at 9:30 a.m. A Lenten potluck meal with fish allowed follows the service. At 6 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, Matins prayers will be offered. Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.  At 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, Divine Liturgy will be served. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

    Ascension Lutheran Church

    The children of Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford, will presenting a Christmas program, “Traditions of a German Christmas”  during 9:30 a.m. worship Sunday, Dec. 17. At 10:45 a.m., there will be a reception with German food and treasures. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see

    Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

    The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will examine the metaphysical meaning of the Christmas story in her message, “Good Tidings of Great Joy,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 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 start at 10:30 a.m. See

    Eastwood Baptist Church

    Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford, will hold worship and baptism at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 17. The  sermon is titled "Joy, Joy, Joy." Wednesday advent prayers start at 6 p.m.

    St. Martin's Episcopal Church

    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will celebrate Holy Eucharist for the third Sunday in Advent at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, with Fr. Tom Buechele officiating. An Advent soup gathering will be held after the service.

    First Presbyterian Church, Medford

    Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at both the 8:30 a.m. informal service and the 10:30 a.m. traditional service 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. The traditional service features a full Chancel Choir and pipe organ music in a formal sanctuary. The choir will sing “A Tiny Child Will Come” by Don and Nancy Besig. For information, call 541-779-1711.

    Gold Hill Christian Church

    Worship begins at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 17, at Gold Hill Christian Church, 396 Sixth Ave., Gold Hill, and the choir will present "Glorious Song, Marvelous Light," a Christmas Celebration. Potluck to follow. For more information, call 541-665-1565 or email

    Christ Unity Church

    The Rev. Rob Wheeler's lesson for the third week in Advent is titled "Love," at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 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

    Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

    The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Sunday School is offered at 9 a.m. for children in first grade or above. Child care is offered for children 5 and younger. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call the church office, 541-772-8860.

    Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    This week’s service addresses Hanukkah’s “two stories in one,” why they are important, and what people can learn from the Macabbees and the Miracle, at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 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

    Zion Lutheran Church

    Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study is at 8:15 a.m., and Sunday school starts at 10:45 a.m. A healing prayer service is held at 11 a.m. Wednesdays, and Bible study is at 9 a.m. Thursdays. For information, call 541-772-4674.

    Eagle Point Community Bible Church

    A Christmas Eve service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at Eagle Point Community Bible Church, 27 S. Shasta Ave., Eagle Point.

    First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville

    First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 405 E. California St., will host a carols of Christmas singing event at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17.

    Christmas Eve services will be held at 8:55 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, at 425 Middle St., Jacksonville. There will also be a family candlelight worship at 5 p.m., followed by a traditional candlelight worship at 7 p.m. Nursery care will be available for infants up to 3 years old at each service. For more information, call 541-899-1287 or email

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