Faith guide

2014-08-09T00:00:00Z Faith guide The Billings Gazette
August 09, 2014 12:00 am

Faith guide


Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: The 5 p.m. worship service will use Ralph Sappington’s country/gospel liturgy.


Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: Rev. Paul Hanson will preside at the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services, and LPA student Andrew Smith will give the sermon. School supplies are being collected for Washington Elementary School.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The annual patio worship service begins at 10 a.m., led by Rev. Steve Gordon. Liz Hoy, whose home church is Mayflower, is a recent graduate of Andover-Newton Theological Seminary. She will give the sermon. Special music will be by Jory Lokken, a member of the joint youth group. Think of your favorite hymns for the “Hymns of Choice” with Kathy McLain at the piano.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: At 10:15 a.m., Good Shepherd welcomes back member Keenan Weatherford from his yearlong mission in South Africa under the auspices of Young Adults in Global Mission. Following a potluck brunch, Weatherford will share his experiences and answer questions.

Gender Spectrum class: The public is invited to a class from 11 a.m. to noon at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W., which will focus on the challenges and needs of transgendered people. For many years, transgendered people tried to blend into the world and, as a result, experienced harassment and violence. Come for answers to questions such as: Does every transgendered person have surgery? What pronouns should I use? Why is it bad to expect transpeople to use the bathrooms for their anatomy? Why would anyone want to change their gender? Are all transwomen drag queens? Why is the word transvestite offensive? How should I treat a transgendered person? Not In Our Town Board member Marty Elizabeth Ortiz will give the presentation, followed by a question and answer session.

Billings Association of Humanists, meeting at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: At 1 p.m., come for a brainstorming session for community action(s). The board meeting will follow, and all are invited.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At 10:30 a.m., “Hemingway and Existentialism, Creating Meaning for the Disillusioned ” is presented by Randall LeCocq, a student of Hemingway who will focus on Hemingway’s existentialist views about finding meaning in life — not worrying about the big questions, just learning “how to live it.”

Unity Church, 9 14th St. W.: At the 10 a.m. service, Orlinda Worthington will present a program on “You Matter — Whether You Like it or Not!” Worthington previously worked as a newscaster or KULR-TV and is now co-hosting a morning radio program in Helena.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: At 10 a.m., meet at Veteran’s Park at 13th Street West and Poly Drive for a joint service with Peace Lutheran Church. A “pick-up” choir meets at the park at 9:15 a.m. Peace Pastor Will Sappington will lead the worship. All are welcome. Bring folding chairs.


Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At the 7 p.m. community lecture series, Rep. Daniel Zolnikov presents “Privacy Rights in Montana — A Legislator’s View on the Uphill Battle.” Zolnikov was recognized in the Forbes’ Magazine “30 under 30” for his work on these issues.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: The Wednesday ReFuel meal will be “Eat a Sandwich, Make a Sandwich” for the Salvation Army feeding program. Come at 6:30 p.m. to make sandwiches and stay for Compline Prayer at 7 p.m.

Other news

Women’s retreat: Liz Hoy will lead the women’s retreat, “ReAwaken the Vision” Aug. 15-18 at Camp Mimanagish. Come for a weekend beside the river in the beautiful mountains. Through meditation, art and poetry, explore the possibilities of faith. Call the United Church of Christ Conference office at 406-767-8688 for more information.

Helena Patriot Day: The annual commemorative prayer breakfast will begin with the meal at 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Helena First Assembly of God Church’s Youth First Auditorium. The public is invited. With a theme of “American Heroes,” the event is held to honor all uniformed services, military and civilian, remembering the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States of America. The program starts at 7:30 a.m. U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran Richard “Dick” Juvik is the scheduled guest of honor. The breakfast is $10, and tickets go on sale Aug. 15 on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 406-475-3766 to RSVP. Seating is limited. For more information, call Karan Lapham, chair, at 406-475-3766.

Retrovaille of Montana: This peer ministry and lifeline for troubled marriages is holding a program from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, Sept. 19-21 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center at 1223 Mullowney Lane. If you are thinking about separation or divorce, feeling frustrated, angry, hurt or disillusioned with your spouse, Retrouvaille can help. Though this is a Catholic, lay-led ministry, the weekend is not a spiritual retreat, a sensitivity group, a social gathering or counseling. Couples of all ages who want to start again are invited regardless of religious background. The program begins with the weekend program and follows up with 12 presentations offered within six weeks. For more information or to register, call 1-800-470-2230 in Montana or 406-761-4830 outside of Montana.

Challenge grant received: Ambassadors of Reconciliation at 2110 Overland Avenue, Suite 101 B, has received a $40,000 challenge grant from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The grant will help Ambassadors of Reconciliation employ a new vice president of advancement that will advance ministry services and improve long-term sustainability through teaching, reconciliation services, marketing and fundraising.

Ambassadors of Reconciliation was founded as a nonprofit in 2004 to equip Lutherans and their churches for living, proclaiming and cultivating lifestyles of reconciliation. Ambassadors of Reconciliation has served Lutheran church leaders from more than 35 different countries. To thank the community for its continued support, the group will hold an open house with refreshments from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 at its office. To learn more, view the organization’s website at

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