Soles4Souls collection point: The St. Pius X Young Adults are sponsoring a Soles4Souls collection at masses at 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Soles4Souls has a simple mission: Collect new and “gently worn” shoes to donate to victims of natural disasters and those living in extreme poverty. Bring the new and/or gently worn shoes (all ages needed) to St. Pius X Catholic Church, 717 18th St. W., for the collection on either Saturday and Sunday.
First Baptist Church, 218 N. 34th St.: A celebration to honor Pastor Hugh Huntley is being held from noon to 2 p.m., and a soup-and-dessert luncheon will be served.
Billings Association of Humanists: The group is having a picnic at 1 p.m. at South Park on South 28th Street between Sixth and Eighth Avenues South. For the potluck, bring a dish to share and your own choice of drinks. Coolers and ice will be available. Burgers will be provided.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: High school students gather at 11:30 a.m.
First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: It’s Confirmation/Communion Sunday during the 11 a.m. worship. Five people will be confirmed. They are Cody Solberg (mentor Tom Tollefson), John Degges (mentor Bill Hawk), Tiffany Degges (mentor Jan Hawk), Bulent Helvaci (mentor Dan Struckman) and Adeline Cooper (mentor Lyla Dyer). Kim Harris will lead a special Communion service. During the 10 a.m. adult education, there is a presentation on the events at the annual conference of the Montana-Northern Wyoming United Church of Christ that was in Missoula the first weekend of May. There is coffee and conversation before and after worship. All are welcome and dress is casual.
First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: The worship is at 10:30 a.m. Compassion Sunday is an inspiring and rewarding experience. More than 25,000 churches have participated through the years, resulting in more than 250,000 children being reached, served, loved and released from poverty in the name of Jesus. Come to hear a few of these stories as well as ways you can make a difference in the lives of children around the world. Joyce Jensen will be in Brother Van Hall after worship to answer questions and offer sponsor packets with children from around the world.
Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At 10:30 a.m., “The Tree” is presented by the Children’s Religious Exploration class. Based on the children’s book by the same name, explore what trees mean to us and to our planet. By recognizing our symbiotic relationship to trees, perhaps we can help to save and protect our forests. The children will present the entire service: songs, poems, music and the seven principles that are the guidelines for our faith.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The guest speaker for the 10 a.m. Communion Sunday will be the Rev. Dr. Marc Stewart, Montana-Northern Wyoming Conference minister. Julie Bishop, soprano, will provide special music. There will be Adventure Hour for the kids during the service.
St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Pastor Will Sappington from Peace Lutheran Church, leads the 7 p.m. worship in the Ocee Johnson Chapel.
Eckankar, Religion of the Light and Sound of God: The public is invited to a community HU chant at 5:30 p.m. at the Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 2032 Central Ave. For more information, call Shayla at 245-4771.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: At 5:30 p.m., kindergartners and first-graders meet at Mayflower for the last “Our Whole Life” program, along with kids from Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and First Congregational Church.
Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Adrian Jawort, a freelance journalist, will discuss American Indian storytelling and literature in the past, present and future, along with his recently released anthology featuring some of Montana's top young American Indian writing talent, at the 7 p.m. community lecture series.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: Backyard Theologians meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The book for June is “The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion,” by Martin Thielen. Books are available in the church office for $10; call 252-1828 for more information. If you have been hurt by church and have left Christianity because of it, this is the book for you. Bring a friend, a lawn chair, your favorite beverage and an open mind for discussion.
Program: At 7 p.m., Joseph P. Infranco, a senior adviser of the Alliance Defending Freedom, will address issues of religious freedom as it relates to the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance in Billings. ADF was formed in order to counteract the ACLU and has been highly successful in defending religious freedom. The event is hosted by the Billings Family Action Committee and is free and open to the public at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center Ballroom at 1223 Mullowney Lane. For more information, call Dick Pence at 534-2019.
Saturday, June 7
Billings Aglow: Pamela Strong is the speaker for the meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, in the Alberta Bair Conference Room at St. John's Lutheran Home at Rimrock Road and Shiloh Road. The theme is "The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy" (Rev. 19:10). Strong is a hospice nurse at RiverStone Hospice. She coordinates Grief Share at Faith Chapel and is a co-leader of Women's Bible Studies. Strong has walked through the loss of a husband and two sons and shares about the overcoming strength of Jesus Christ. For more information, call 406-322-8474.
Joliet Christian Church, Highway 212: The church is part of the Joliet community yard sale and will have tables for vendors. The sale is on June 21. For information, call 406-962-3092.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: Join in the joy of gardening with Mayflower’s Community Garden. For $20, you can rent a 4-foot-by-8-foot plot for the year, beginning in June, growing whatever you choose. Gardeners are expected to help with the spring and fall work and share in growing food to donate to nonprofit groups. All growers are encouraged to come to Garden Committee meetings. For more information or an application, call the office at 656-5414. If you had a plot last year and wish to keep it, call the office.
Vacation Bible School
LifeWay Church, 3100 Rimrock Road: Agency D3 VBS. June 8-12. 6:30-8:35 p.m. For ages 4 through sixth grade. For information, call 672-1754.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: June 16-20. 9 a.m.-noon. For ages 4 through fourth grade. For more information, call 245-7004.
Gospel Baptist Church, 1246 Cook Ave.: Bible Boot Camp. June 16-20. 9 a.m.-noon. For ages 4-12. The VBS is free and no preregistration is required. For more information, call 254-9398.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: Weird Animals VBS. June 16-20. 9 a.m.-noon. For ages preschool through sixth grade. $10 per child. Explores the themes that Jesus loves you, even if you’re left out, are different, don‘t understand, you’ve done wrong or even when you are afraid. Call the church office at 656-5414 or Kim Harris at 855-4317 to register your kids.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: Faith Alive VBS. June 16-20. 9 a.m.-noon. Register for free online at peacelutheranbillings.com/vbs.
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