Religion briefs: Friday, Aug. 18

    Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

    Great Vespers will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Matins prayers will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, and Divine Liturgy will be served at 9:30 a.m. A potluck meal will follow the service. All foods are permitted. There will be no weekday services this week. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

    Christ Unity Church

    The Rev. Rob Wheeler will give a lesson titled "Call Failure Good" at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 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 information, call 541-772-6902 or see

    St. Martin's Episcopal Church

    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate. See or call 541-878-2166.

    First Presbyterian Church of Medford

    The church will hold a community worship service in Alba Park at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. The Rogue Valley Harmonizers will sing at the event. Plan to bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on during the service.

    Eastwood Baptist Church

    Worship at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, will start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, with a sermon on "Covenants and Promises" by Pastor Randolph Miller.

    First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix

    First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix, 121 W. Second St., will hold a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. The talk will be on peace. A food pantry and clothing closet are open from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information, call the Rev. Kathleen Waugh at 541-535-1119.

    St. Mark's Episcopal Church

    Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Flowers for the chancel were donated by Caitlin Finley and Brendan Butler, and following the services they will be delivered to shut-ins by Pat Ayers and Kit Nilles. Call 541-773-3111 or see

    Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    Music Director Shaun Garner will lead a “songfest” of hymn favorites at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 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

    Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

    Guest speaker the Rev. Arleen Bump Austin will deliver a talk titled “Do You Have a Dream for Your Life?” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be performed by Heather Hutton and Bridget Wolf. Pre-service candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30. See

    Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

    The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, 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 are held at 11:15 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. For information, call 541-772-8860.

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