Religion briefs: Friday, March 2

    First Presbyterian Church, Ashland

    A local World Day of Prayer service is scheduled for Friday, March 2, at First Presbyterian Church, 1615 Clark Ave., Ashland. The ecumenical service will begin at 1 p.m., with refreshments and fellowship time to follow. A liturgy written by women of Suriname will be used in gatherings around the globe. The theme is “All God’s creation is very good.” Environmental concerns will be raised, and Risa Buck, who writes the WasteNot column for the Ashland Daily Tidings, will lead a conversation about changes in recycling. The event will be led by women from five different denominations.

    Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church

    Great Vespers begins the weekly service schedule at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Archangel Gabriel Orthodox church, in the Shoppes at Exit 24, 205 Fern Valley Road, Suite Z. Services begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 4, followed at 9:30 a.m. by Divine Liturgy. A meat-free and dairy-free Lenten potluck meal will be shared after the services. At 6 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, Lenten Matins prayers will be offered. At 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 7, a Liturgy of the pre-sanctified Gifts will be served, followed at 7:30 a.m. by a light Lenten potluck supper. At 7 a.m. Friday, March 9, the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts again will be served. For more information, call Father Andreas Blom at 541-690-8822.

    Eastwood Baptist Church

    Don Hildebrand will speak during the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday, March 4, at Eastwood Baptist Church, 675 N. Keene Way Drive, Medford. Holy Communion will be celebrated. Bible study begins at 9:15 a.m., and a fellowship hour will follow the service. Hildebrand was executive director of Rogue Valley Youth for Christ for 20 years and director of pastoral services at Rogue Valley Manor from 1995 to 2012. He and his wife, Donna, a retired teacher from Crater High School, live in Medford.

    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

    St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 95 Cleveland St., Shady Cove, will hold Holy Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 4. The Rev. Tom Buechele will officiate, and Ann Manlove will be the organist. Soup will be served downstairs after the service. For information, email or call 541-878-2166.

    Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    To honor International Women’s Day, this week’s service at RVUUF, 87 Fourth St., Ashland, will examine the waves of feminism and its impact in North America and the world. The service starts at 10:25 a.m. Sunday, March 4. Religious explorations classes are available for children. Coffee and snacks follow the service. For information, call 541-482-4755 or see

    Medford Congregational United Church of Christ

    The Rev. Laura Lee Kent will preach at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 4, at Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford. Child care is offered at 9 a.m. for all children so adults can attend the contemporary issues class, centering prayer or choir practice. At 10 a.m., Sunday school is provided for children in fifth grade and younger during worship. Evening prayer services are held Wednesdays at 6 p.m. For information, call 541-772-8860.

    Ascension Lutheran Church

    Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 4, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford. Family Sunday school begins at 11 a.m. For information, call 541-773-3594 or see

    Zion Lutheran Church

    Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 4, 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.

    Eckankar event

    A spiritual discussion, "Let God Speak," will be hosted by Eckankar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the Ashland library, Guanajuato Room, 410 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. For information, call 541-851-1189

    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

    Sunday, March 4, is Family First Sunday at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 140 N. Oakdale Ave., Medford. Children will join families in the sanctuary instead of in classrooms. Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 8 and 10 a.m. by the Rev. Tom Sramek, Jr. At 9:15 a.m. an adult forum featuring “Max’s Mission” will be presented following coffee. During Lent, a Sacramentum series is offered from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays, followed by potluck supper (optional) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Call 541-773-3111 or see

    Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley

    In her message Sunday, March 4, the Rev. Kimberly Hawkins will share photos, videos and spiritual lessons from her recent whale-watching trip in Mexico, at Center for Spiritual Living Rogue Valley, in The Scottish Rites Center, 3581 Lear Way, Medford. Musical will be provided by Andy Anderson. Candlelight meditation begins at 10 a.m. The service starts at 10:30 a.m. Youth and teen programs start at 10:30 a.m. as well. See

    St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Jacksonville

    St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, 305 N. Fifth St., Jacksonville, will mark the third Sunday in Lent with the celebration of Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 4. Fellowship and refreshments will take place after the service. See for more information.

    First Presbyterian Church, Central Point

    The Shepherd's Bell Choir will perform during the worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 4, at First Presbyterian Church of Central Point, 456 W. Pine St., Central Point. Adult Bible class is held at 9 a.m. Sunday, and child care is provided.

    Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church

    Our Lady Of the Mountain Catholic Church, 987 Hillview Drive, Ashland, will sponsor a workshop on "A Call to Climate Action" from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10. The workshop will be led by Valerie Chapman, climate ambassador with Catholic Climate Covenant and will draw from Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si," published last year. Suggested donation is $5. RSVP encouraged by Saturday, March 3, at 541-708-1062.

    United Church of Christ, Ashland

    A Cuba film series begins at 7 p.m. Monday, March 12, with "The Power of the Weak," the story of a disabled person whose life takes a sudden turn for the better. All screenings will be at United Church of Christ, Siskiyou Boulevard at Morton Street, in Ashland. Another film, "Maestra (Teacher)," traces a 1961 literacy campaign in Cuba in which thousands of students fanned out across the island to teach reading and writing. For information, call 541-482-8915 or see

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