Religion briefs, March 16

    Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

    Great Vespers will begin the weekly service schedule at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Sunday services begin at 8 a.m. March 18 with Matins prayers, followed at 9:30 a.m. by Divine Liturgy. A meat- and dairy-free Lenten potluck meal will be shared after the services. At 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, Lenten Matins prayers will be offered. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, a Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts will be served, followed at 7:30 p.m. by a light Lenten potluck supper. At 7 a.m. Friday, March 23, the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts again will be served. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

    Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

    The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will explore the difference between requests made by your personality and those made by your soul, at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18, 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 state at 10:30. See

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

    Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:15 a.m., following coffee and refreshments, the Rev. Tom Sramek will present an update in the parish hall on Building for the Future. Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. From 4 to 5:30 p.m., the Sacramentum Session 6 will be held in the parish hall. This class explores the history and heritage of the Episcopal Church and serves as our Inquirer’s Class for those who wish to be confirmed, received or to reaffirm their baptismal vows. Call 541-773-3111 or see

    Zion Lutheran Church

    Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at Zion Lutheran Church, 516 W. Fourth St., Medford. Adult Bible study starts at 8:15 a.m. and Sunday school starts at 10:45 a.m. A healing prayer service starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Lenten soup supper and devotions will be offered at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. Bible study will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday. For more information, call 541-772-4674.

    St. Martin’s Episcopal

    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St. Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate and Ann Manlove will be the organist. Soup will be served after the service. For inormation, email or call 541-878-2166.

    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, March 18, at 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 Oorgan music in a formal sanctuary. For information, call 541-779-1711.

    Ascension Lutheran Church

    Worship starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Sunday school begins at 10:45 a.m. For more information, call 541-773-3594 or see

    Trinity Episcopal Church

    Community Celtic Evensong and Communion will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second St., Ashland. The theme of the quiet, candlelight and reflective service is Holy Paths, reflected through Celtic harp, poetry, readings and music. The Rev. Anne Bartlett will lead the worship. Peter Smurthwaite will give a short reflection. Jodi French is the music director, pianist and composer for the Celtic service. Celtic harp music begins at 6:30. For more information, call the church at 541-201-3418.

    St. Andrew’s Anglican Church

    St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Jacksonville, 305 N. Fifth St., will begin the two-week period of Passiontide with the celebration of Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 18. Fellowship and refreshments will take place after the service. See for information.

    Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    The Rev. Sean Parker Dennison will share his passion about the vital connection between art and spirituality at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at RVUUF, 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

    Faith Lutheran Church

    Worship begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 Columbus Ave., Medford. Palm Sunday service held at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 25. Good Friday service held at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30. Easter Sunday service held at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 1.

    Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

    The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 18, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered at 9 a.m. for all children. Sunday school is provided at 10 a.m. for children in fifth grade and younger. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. For information, call the church office at 541-772-8860.

    The Havurah Synagogue

    Cyrise Beatty Schachter will teach a class on Women of Passover from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Rabbi David and Cyrise Beatty Schachter will welcome Shabbat at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 23. At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 24, rabbis Sue Morningstar and David Zaslow will co-lead a Torah service beginning with 4 minutes of prayer, followed by learning what the Torah means by keeping our fires burning perpetually. Call 541-488-7716 for more info.

    Bahai’s of Ashland

    The Bahai’s of Ashland and the Rogue Valley will offer a screening of the film “Light to the World,” at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Varsity Theater, 166 E. Main St., Ashland. The film showcases Baha’-u-llah and his teachings of Oneness and Unity as told through the transforming accounts of people from diverse nation. Admission is free.

    Ashland Christian Fellowship

    A Good Friday service will be held at noon, Friday, March 30, at Ashland Christian Fellowship, 50 W. Hersey St., Ashland.

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