Religion briefs, March 23

    First Presbyterian Church of Central Point

    A free concert featuring Ben McReynolds will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St. First Presbyterian’s choir will perform during the Palm Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. March 25. Child care is provided. Adult Bible class is held at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings.

    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold an art workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the basement of the church. Holy Eucharist will begin at 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday, March 25. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate, and Ann Manlove will be the organist. For more information, email or call 541-878-2166.

    Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

    A Vigil for the Feast of the Annunciation will begin the weekly service schedule at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Holy Annunciation services begin at 8:40 a.m. Sunday, March 25, with prayers of the Hours, followed at 9:30 a.m. by Divine Liturgy. A meat- and dairy-free Lenten potluck meal with fish allowed will be shared after the services. At 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, Lenten Matins prayers will be offered. At 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, a Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts will be served, followed at 7:30 p.m. by a light Lenten potluck supper. There will be no service Friday, March 30, due to Lazarus Saturday services, to be announced, for March 31. For information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

    Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    RVUUF services take place at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 25, 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

    First Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville

    A Palm Sunday “cross walk” event will be held at 8:55 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 425 Middle St., Jacksonville. A hymn sing will be held at 2:45 p.m. at the historic church, 405 E. California St., Jacksonville. The event includes scripture readings. A “cross roads” event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29. A Good Friday “cross bearing” event will be held at noon Friday, March 30. For information, call 541-899-1287 or see

    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 Sunday, March 25, 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 in the Fellowship Hall. The traditional service features a full chancel choir and pipe organ music in a formal sanctuary. There will be a hand bell postlude after the service. There is also an art display by local artist Gordon Pelton through April 5. For information, call 541-779-1711.

    Faith Lutheran Church

    Palm Sunday worship begins at 9 a.m. March 25, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1773 S. Columbus Ave., Medford. A Good Friday service starts at 7 p.m. Friday, March 30. For information, see or call 541-500-1939.

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

    Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. Palm Sunday, March 25, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. At 9:15 a.m., an adult forum in the parish hall will be presented on the AACT Ministry Supporting the Diocese of Jerusalem. Prior to the 10 a.m. service, the congregation will gather at the corner of Sixth Street and Oakdale, proceeding to the church waving palm branches and singing “Dona Nobis Pacem.” Upon entering the sanctuary, the cross will lead the congregation to their seats, followed by the hand bell choir, the chancel choir and the ministers, all singing the processional hymn. Children’s Sunday school is at 10 a.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see

    Christ Unity Church

    Palm Sunday services will begin at 11 a.m. March 25, at Christ Unity Church, 540 N. Holly St., Medford. The Rev. Rob Wheeler’s talk will center on the theme, “We form our experience through thoughts held in mind.” Guest musician will be Bridget Wolf. Silent unity prayer service is at 11 a.m. each Wednesday, followed by Bible discussion. Sacred healing service is at noon the second Saturday of each month. See or call 541-772-6902.

    Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

    The Rev. Kimberly Hawkins’ topic will be “When We Forget,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 25, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, at The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Music will be provided by Liz Jones and Dorian Britton. Candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. See

    Zion Lutheran Church

    Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 25, 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 5 p.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. Andrew’s Anglican Church

    St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will celebrate Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday, March 25. Fellowship and refreshments will take place after the service. Holy Week services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, March 29, and Good Friday, March 30. See for details.

    The Havurah Synagogue

    At 7 p.m. Sunday, March 25, Ani Tuzman will read from her novel “The Tremble of Love: A Novel of the Baal Shem Tov,” followed by discussion and book signing, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave. Ashland. Call 541-488-7716. Rabbi David Zaslow will teach about the Passover ritual of Counting the Omer during the 49 days between Passover and Shavuot at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29. Cost is $5 per person. Call 541-488-7716 to register. Live streaming is available — ask for a link when registering.

    Ascension Lutheran Church

    Worship services begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 25, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. For information, call 541-773-3594 or see

    Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

    The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. on Palm Sunday, March 25, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered at 9 a.m. hour for all children. At 10 a.m., Sunday School is provided for children in fifth grade and younger. Evening prayer services are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Maundy Thursday candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. March 29. For information, call 541-772-8860.

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