Faith guide

2014-04-05T00:00:00Z Faith guide The Billings Gazette
April 05, 2014 12:00 am


Unity Church of Christianity, 9 14th St. W.: From 10 a.m. to noon, multiplatinum songwriter and composer David Friedman will present a workshop titled "Finding Your Inner Voice." After a long career in Broadway musicals and a three-year stint with Walt Disney Studios, Friedman has created a life-transforming singing workshop for singers and nonsingers alike based on the book he authored, "The Thought Exchange — Overcoming our Resistance to Living a Sensational Life." A $20 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned away. Call Donna Beth at 254-9554 for details.


First Presbyterian Church at 2420 13th St. W.: The church plays host to its 15th annual Youth Auction at 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Lots of items will be auctioned with all proceeds going to support the church’s youth ministry programs. A beef tenderloin lunch will be served as well.

Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: Confirmation is part of the 10:30 a.m. service. There will be a reception for the confirmands at 9:15 a.m. Set-up for Family Promise begins at noon. 

First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: Billings Association of Humanists meet at 1 p.m. in the Socrates Café to discuss the following topic: “What is the role of ritual in secular Humanism?” The board meeting will follow. All are invited.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: All are welcome to join a pick-up choir rehearsing at 9:15 a.m. before the 10 a.m. worship. Justin Tigerman leads “Reading, Writing, Praying” at 11:15 a.m. 

King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4125 Grand Ave.: During the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services, there are Holy Communion milestone celebrations. There is also a cake reception between the service to honor the kids.

Joy Lutheran Church, Unsell Center, Billings Adventist Church, 3200 Broadwater Ave.: The Lenten service begins with a soup supper at 6 p.m., before the Holden evening prayer service, which starts at 6:45.

Unity Church of Christianity, 9 14th St. W.: During the 10 a.m. service, multiplatinum songwriter and composer David Friedman will be the guest speaker. Hailing from New York, Friedman, after a long career in Broadway musicals and a three-year stint with Walt Disney Studios, has created "The Thought Exchange," a workshop which examines the thoughts participants have that keep them from achieving their goals. He will speak on "Prosperity Has Nothing to do with Money." At noon Friedman will present "Songs that Have Written Me" — messages from the universe in five original compositions, offered on a donation basis. For more information, call 254-9554.

First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: At the 9:15 a.m. Church and Society class, Jean Noble talks about "My Experiences in Wartime England." A native of England, Jean was 9 years old when World War II began. She will detail the efforts to move children to safety from London, nightly bombing for six months during the Blitz, being near the Spitfire English planes fighting German planes coming across the English Channel and enduring the buzz bombs in London. She will also discuss the war's effects on the churches and the people of London.

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: At the 10 a.m. Adult Forum, Chuck Tooley and Margie MacDonald will discuss the events leading up to the placing of menorahs in the windows of the citizens of Billings home, which became known as the "Not in Our Town" event. They will also be the guest speakers at the 11 a.m. worship service.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31 St.: At the 10 a.m. worship, Alison Blee, a piano student, gives the music offering. After worship, stay for a potluck lunch and town hall meeting in the fellowship hall. 

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: “Centering Prayer: A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God” will be presented by Claudia Reitz and Carol Blades at 8:45 a.m. Communion Sunday is celebrated at the 10 a.m. service. After worship, stay for Spud Sunday, a spud dinner with lots of toppings, salad and dessert. A freewill offering will be taken.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At 10:30 a.m., “Faith in Politics,” features the Rev. Kierstin Homblette. Homblette, who  serves as the beloved community minister for 10 Unitarian Universalist Congregations on the Front Range of Colorado, will look at such questions as how can we prepare ourselves spiritually to be a faithful presence in the political arena. And how can we, as people of faith, go beyond the bitterly divided world of state and national politics to engage with our political system and our neighbors in ways that honor our most deeply held beliefs? In her post, Homblette helps congregations deepen their understanding of justice making as a spiritual practice and to coordinate their justice efforts with each other and their community partners.


Joint Lenten soup and program: In a session jointly sponsored by First Congregational UCC, Central Christian and Mayflower UCC, soup and bread will be served at 6 p.m. at Central Christian Church at 1221 16th St. W. The discussion features the Rev. Steve Gordon sharing “The Woman at the Well — A Person of Interest.” All are welcome to the free session. SALT (Serving And Learning Together) also meets at 6 p.m. and begins with an intergenerational dinner. The SALT program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: “The Long Strange Trip — In The Beginning” will be shown during the 7 p.m. community lecture series. The one-hour DVD will examine the roots of liberal religious thought prior to the Reformation, highlighting the sacrifices of “heretics” who now are honored for their advanced thinking.

Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: A simple supper at 6 p.m. is followed by the Holden evening prayer service at 6:45 p.m. The Rev. Tom Peterman shares his faith story.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: There is a soup supper at 6 p.m. before the Lenten worship at 7 p.m. Debbie Hedrick shares her faith story during worship.

King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4125 Grand Ave.: At 5 p.m. Pastor Jen Quanbeck holds a conversation meeting with parents and the LOGOS staff regarding new ideas for the LOGOS Kids program. All parents and children are welcome to the meeting in the Fireside Room. There is a soup supper from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. in the commons before the 7 p.m. Lenten service.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Lenten worship services are at noon and 6:30 p.m. Soup is served at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. At the evening service, Dave Kinnard gives the monologue as Peter.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: The soup supper begins at 5:45 p.m. before the Lenten worship with a service of healing at 7 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31 St.: At 6 p.m., meet for a soup-and-bread supper before the 7 p.m. service.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: The soup-and-bread supper is at 6 p.m. before the 7 p.m. Holden evening prayer service.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: The Lenten dinner begins at 5 p.m. before the worship service at 6:30.


First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: The free Lenten recital at 12:05 p.m. features Palma Wolverton, pianist. A $5 soup lunch follows the recital.

Saturday, April 12

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: As a service project, the YACHT Club (Young Adult Christians Hanging Together) will be at Friendship House from 10 a.m. to noon doing spring yard clean-up.

Methodist Church in Huntley: There is a garage and bake from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is also free coffee.

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