Religion briefs: Friday, Sept. 1

    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 85 South Holly St., Medford. The informal service features more contemporary music led by the Son Shine Singers in a casual atmosphere. The traditional service features the Schoenstein pipe organ music in a formal sanctuary.  Special music will be “God So Loved the World” by the Stainer Sextet. There will be a postlude featuring the pipe organ titled “The God of Abraham Praise” setting by Michael Burkhardt. Information available at 541-779-1711.

    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church at 95 Cleveland St. in Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate. Coffee hour after the service. or 541-878-2166.

    Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

    Divine Liturgy will be served at 7 a.m., Friday, Sept. 1, for the beginning of the Church New Year, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. At 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, Great Vespers will begin. Matins prayers begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, and Divine Liturgy will be served at 9:30 a.m. A potluck meal follows the services.  At 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, the weekday Matins service returns. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, a special evening of Tea and Talk with Father Andreas Blom is offered.

    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Central Point

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is organizing two projects during its annual day of service, scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 16. Volunteers will work on the IOOF Eastwood Cemetery in Medford and on the Butte Creek Trail that runs through downtown Eagle Point. Those wishing to help with either of these projects can sign up on

    The Havurah

    The Jewish New Year begins Wednesday, Sept. 20, at sundown. The public is welcome to join Rabbi David Zaslow, Rabbi Sue Morningstar, Morah Cyrise Beatty Schachter and a team of musicians, prayer leaders and storytellers for a music-filled, spiritual and meaningful High Holy Day season. See the Havurah website at for a schedule of services, or call 541-488-7716. The Havurah Synagogue is at 185 N. Mountain Ave. in Ashland.

    Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

    Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. The center's three reverends will create their talk by answering written questions from members. Music will be performed by Kathy Kali and Aaron Bridget Wolf. Candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30. An open drumming circle starts at 12:15 p.m. See

    Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    Worship begins at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 87 Fourth St., Ashland. The service will focus on the “Inherent Worth and Dignity of Work,” and the language used to talk about work, labor, professions and occupations. Religious explorations classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or visit

    St. Mark's Episcopal Church

    Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Choir practice is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 6. Theology on Tap, a men's ministry, is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7. Greeter and usher training runs from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9. Bible study resumes at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Hafer House. Call 541-773-3111 or see

    Zion Lutheran Church

    Worship will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 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.

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