Messiah Lutheran Church, 2939 Colton Blvd.: The annual garage sale, along with a mini flea market, is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: Intern pastor Paul Myers is welcomed at the 5 p.m. worship service. A potluck meal follows worship.
Old-time gospel worship service: First English Lutheran Church Women are sponsoring the service, which begins at 10 a.m., followed by a farm dinner prepared by the church’s women; a country fair, complete with vendors selling wares; fresh produce stands; a bluegrass music concert with Dennis Anderson on guitar and Ed Pierson on mandolin; and an antique car display. The Rev. Rob Kirby, campus pastor at Montana State University Billings, is the worship leader. Everyone is invited to come to Rock Island Park across from First English Lutheran Church, at 1243 N. 31st St. The fun continues until 2 p.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: The Rev. Mike Mulberry is welcomed as the church’s new senior minister. His wife, the Rev. Tracy Heilman, is also ordained in the United Church of Christ. Mulberry has served as ordained clergyman for more than 20 years and has been a leader and community builder around issues of homelessness, immigration and food justice. He served as a United Church of Christ missionary and delegation leader to southern Mexico. He loves to write biblical stories as fractured fairy tales. His first service at First Congregational begins at 10 a.m.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: Special music, “Meditation from Thais,” from Jules Massenet’s opera “Thais,” will be performed by Fred Binckes on the piano and Maria Fulton on the cello. Fulton, a musically gifted youth member of Mayflower, leaves next week for St. Olaf College.
ECK service/discussion: “Recognizing God’s Gifts in Our Daily Life” is the topic at 10:30 a.m. at Pioneer Park on the Third Street West side north of the tennis courts. The public is welcome. A potluck picnic follows the service. You may want to bring a camp chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, meet at the Elks Lodge at 934 Lewis Ave. (south entrance). The program is sponsored by Eckankar. For more information, call 245-4771 or 371-1096.
Billings Association of Humanists, meeting at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: At the 1 p.m. Socrates Café, the discussion topic is “How is Community a Humanist Need?”
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: Sue Lundby will offer special music during 10 a.m. worship. Intern Pastor Paul Myers will be welcomed with a potluck meal after the worship.
Unity Church, 9 14th St. W.: At the 10 a.m. service, the guest speaker is Orlinda Worthington, who will talk about “12 Steps to Your Spiritual Facelift.” Worthington previously worked as a newscaster of KULR-TV and is now co-hosting a morning radio program in Helena.
Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At 10:30 a.m., Susan “Elli” Elliott presents “Running for Office as a Spiritual Discipline.” She will share some reflections on the spiritual experience and personal changes she is undergoing as she runs for the Montana Legislature. Elli lives and works in Red Lodge and was asked to be a candidate to represent the Montana Senate District that includes all of Carbon and Stillwater counties and the eastern portion of Sweet Grass County. She is a member of Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship as well as a New Testament scholar, a fellow of the Westar Institute (Jesus Seminar) and a former minister in the United Church of Christ. The talk will be informal and nonpartisan.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: The Burger Bash will follow the 10 a.m. worship, with the proceeds benefiting the Pastor’s Help Fund. The suggested cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Pastor Steve Loy’s book study on Marcus Borg’s “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time” meets at 10:15 a.m.
Christian Women’s brunch: The group meets at 9 a.m. at the Billings Hotel at 1223 Mullowney Lane. The special feature is “Custom Creations,” by Nicole and Terri Redmond, speaking about beads. Music is by Sherri Richterich and Joanne Mayer. Speaker Sereta Taylor of Great Falls will talk about “Life is like making a necklace — string one bead at a time.” Reservations are required; call Elsie Mae at 969-2480.
Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At the 7 p.m. community lecture series, Rickard Ross will share “The Story of Five Montana Pioneer Families,” taken from interviews, personal memories and other sources. Learn how one researcher found out details and recorded the lives of pioneers in his extended family. His latest book contains pictures, maps and an index of more than 400 names. Is your family listed?
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: Volunteers are needed to “adopt” teachers at Highland Elementary from 9 a.m. to noon and help them prepare for the school year. ReFuel has a community meal of pizza at 6:30 p.m.
Gospel music concert: Gospel Express, the Sean and Lori Bontrager family with their seven kids from Columbus, N.C., will sing at the Atnip family residence at 39 Road 6SS in Cody, Wyo. Take Southfork Road (Highway 290) for eight miles, go left on Road 6RT and follow the signs. There are refreshments, and everyone is welcome to the concert which begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 307-899-5988.
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