Religion briefs: Friday, June 23

    Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

    Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. At 8 a.m. Sunday, June 25, Matins is followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. A potluck picnic follows the services, weather permitting. At 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, Matins prayers will be offered. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, Vespers will begin. Divine Liturgy is served at 7 a.m. Thursday, June 29, in honor of Ss. Peter and Paul, ending the Apostles' Fast. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

    St. Mark's Episcopal Church

    Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, June 25, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:10 a.m. an adult forum featuring the last of a series on "Ourselves: Our Souls and Bodies" will be held in the parish hall. Call 541-773-3111 or see

    First Presbyterian Church, Medford

    Pastor Murray Richmond will speak at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, June 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. The early service features contemporary music led by the Son Shine Singers in a casual atmosphere. The later service features a full Chancel Choir and pipe organ music in a formal sanctuary. For information, call 541-779-1711.

    Christ Unity Church

    The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "The degree of your attention" at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 25, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. Silent Unity prayer service is 11 a.m. Wednesdays followed by a Mmetaphysical Bible discussion at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 541-772-6902 or see

    Ascension Lutheran Church

    Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 25, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Dr., Medford. The church is accepting registration for vacation Bible school, which runs from July 31 to Aug. 4 for children kindergarten through fifth grade. Register at For more information, call 541-773-3594.

    Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

    Services at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford, start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 25. The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins’ message will focus on an ancient Hawaiian spiritual practice for forgiveness and healing the heart. Music will be performed by Kathy Kali and Aaron Blenkush. Candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. For information, see

    Zion Lutheran Church

    Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 23, 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.

    Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

    The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 25, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered for children 5 and younger. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Tai chi classes start at 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772- 8860.

    First Baptist Church of Phoenix

    Art and Wanda Peace will hold a concert at First Baptist Church of Phoenix, 4655 S. Pacific Highway, at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 25, during the service. The church also holds services at 6 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Pastor Bruce Pearson teaches Bible studies Sunday evenings. For more information, call 541-512-1881.

    Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    The Rev. Margaret Keip, guest minister, will present a quick tour through process theology at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, June 25, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 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

    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold regular Sunday service at 10 a.m. June 25, with Fr. Tom Buechele officiating. A coffee hour will follow the service.

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