Hope United Methodist Church, 244 Wicks Lane: The Hope UMC annual rummage sale fundraiser is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Sunday school and vacation Bible school program.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., all women are invited to a cluster meeting with guest speaker Nancy Thorson. Come for lunch, worship and fellowship.
Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 134 N. Fourth St., Columbus: Kyle Dillingham, “The Gospel Fiddler,” will perform during the 10:30 a.m. service.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: During the 10 a.m. worship, the Mayflower graduating seniors will give their senior sermons. There will be special music by tenor Dan Jurovich. After worship, there is cake to celebrate the graduating seniors and all those having April birthdays. Family Promise guests return to Mayflower at 5 p.m. to stay for the week through May 4.
Billings Association of Humanists, meeting at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: At 1 p.m. the topic is “Are There Limits to Religious Freedom?” The Rocky Mountain College Debate team will hold a parliamentary style debate on the pros and cons of Arizona’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which expanded First Amendment rights to businesses and other legal entities acting from sincerely held religious beliefs.
King of Glory Lutheran Church-ELCA, 4125 Grand Ave.: It’s “ELCA Stamp Out Malaria” Sunday at the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. worship services.
Unity Church Billings, 9 14th St. W.: The guest speaker for the 10 a.m. worship is the Rev. Russell Wilson. He is a congregant and Unity board member. After the service, there will be birthday cake in the fellowship area in honor of congregants with April birthdays.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: The 10 a.m. worship features musician Sue Lundby. Vacation Bible school registration starts after worship and at peacelutheranbillings.com. The new youth director, Vanessa Steiger, is welcomed.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: A new adult education opportunity begins at 9 a.m. in the multipurpose room. The topic is “Spiritual Maturity,” with an emphasis on mentoring, death and awareness. Donna Welch will lead the discussion. A Burger Bash (hamburgers on the grill) will follow the 10 a.m. worship service. The Contemplative Prayer group meets at 1 p.m.
Hope United Methodist Church, 244 Wicks Lane: Confirmation Sunday is celebrated during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Hope UMC’s newest members will be honored with a confirmation reception in the fellowship hall after the worship.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: Pastor Karl Guhn will preside over the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services as part of Atonement’s year-long 50th anniversary celebration. The church is inviting past pastors back to preach. Guhn served at Atonement from 1996-1997. At 9:15 a.m., everyone is welcome to a meeting to plan Atonement’s 50th anniversary. Forms are available to register for vacation Bible school, which will be held June 16-20.
Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At 10:30 a.m., Charlyn Scheffelman will talk about “The Origin of Myths.” Our ancestors recorded their messages in caves and on rocks. What were they trying to tell us? Did the subsequent myths reflect actual events in our solar system, witnessed but not understood? New theories and evidence in the sciences of cosmology, astrophysics and other scientific disciplines point us to an alternative picture of earth’s history and the formation of our solar system.
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: The 11 a.m. worship will focus on this Sunday being Hilarity Sunday. A rap will be used for the call to worship. Coffee and fellowship are held before the service. At 5:30 p.m., the youth group will hold its annual spaghetti supper, followed by a talent show. Tickets are $20. The "Beyond Words" art exhibit by students from Montana State University Billings will be on display this week in the narthex. This is part of the United Campus Ministry program headed by the Rev. Rob Kirby. The students were invited to submit art as an expression of spirituality that goes beyond words.
Billings First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: There is a New Member Café luncheon at 11:45 a.m. for anyone who is interested in joining the church or just wants to find out more about Billings First and United Methodism. The luncheon will last about 1-1/2 hours, and child care (with lunch) will be provided. Pastor Tim Hathaway and various staff members will talk about Methodist beliefs, the many activities and worship opportunities at Billings First and answer any questions that you may have.
First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: The Rev. Paul Hanson is the guest worship leader for the 10 a.m. service.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: The women’s prayer group will meet at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast at Denny’s, at 2010 Overland Ave.
Community Congregational United Church of Christ, 134 N. Fourth St., Columbus: There is a community lasagna dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Danny Choriki will explain “How to Think Like a Scientist” at the 7 p.m. community lecture series. He will start with the scientific method, the experimental method and how the tools of science can be used in public policy as well as daily life.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: There is a community dinner of Sloppy Joes at 6:30 p.m.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: At 7 p.m., CARDS (Caring and Resourceful Daring Stampers) have their final meeting for the season to make cards for the congregation to take and use.
King of Glory Lutheran Church-ELCA, 4125 Grand Ave.: Pastor Ben Quanbeck will start a four-part Bible study of Colossians in the Fireside Room at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: The men’s breakfast is at 7 a.m. at Denny’s at 501 N. 27th St.
Church Women United: The group meets at noon for a potluck lunch at Evangelical United Methodist Church at 345 Broadwater Ave. May Friendship Day will be celebrated.
Faith E, 3145 Sweetwater Drive: All women are invited to the Spring Delight at 6 p.m. The guest speaker is Jennie Allen, a Bible teacher who is passionate about inspiring a new generation of women to encounter the invisible God. Purchase tickets online at www.faithe.org for $15 per person or host a table of eight for $110. Tickets are also available by emailing Christy Vogel at email@example.com or by calling the Faith E office at 656-8747.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: Backyard Theologians begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, in the backyard (in case of bad weather, come to the multipurpose room). The book to be discussed in May is Rob Bell’s latest, “What We Talk About When We Talk About God.” It is available in the church office for $10.50. Bring a lawn chair, your favorite beverage and an open mind — be willing to discuss ideas that Bell brings up in the book. The church will supply the fire and s’mores. The group will be facilitated by the Rev. Dana Keener.
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University: The nine-week financial planning course for families and individuals meets once a week for a DVD lesson followed by a small-group discussion. Classes are available at 4 p.m. Sundays beginning May 18 at Mercy Baptist Church at 115 Second St. E. in Roundup. For more information about the program, costs and registration, call Luke Curtis at 406-323-1483.
Jehovah's Witnesses: The Holiday Inn Convention Center will be the site Saturday and Sunday for more than 1,200 delegates from central and eastern Montana who will gather for the Special Assembly Day with a theme of "God's Word Exerts Power," based on Hebrews 4:12. Through talks, demonstrations and interviews, the program will help each of the delegates to fully utilize the power of God's Word in their own lives and learn how they can use it effectively to assist others. Mark Molle, a representative of the New York headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses, will deliver two discourses. The public is invited to any part of the program that runs from 9:40 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Seating is free and no collection will be taken.
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