Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: The Easter vigil service begins at 7 p.m.
Billings Adventist Church, 3200 Broadwater Ave.: From April 7-28, there is a free “Revelation Speaks Hope Prophecy” seminar, starting at 7 p.m. most nights, that covers a wide array of Bible topics, with a special focus on the most important prophesies that concern the present time. The nightly materials are free, as are the children’s activities.
Faith E Church, 3145 Sweetwater Drive: There is an egg hunt for ages up to fourth grade at 11 a.m., and an Easter service at 5 p.m.
King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4125 Grand Ave.: The Great Vigil of Easter from 8 to 9:30 p.m. is the turning point of darkness to light within Holy Week. Individual candles, Bible stories, baptism affirmation and the first Holy Communion of Easter are celebrated.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: From noon to 8 p.m., individuals and families are encouraged to participate in a quiet prayer vigil in the sanctuary. Bibles, prayers, poetry and more are available for use. You can also bring your own materials or simply choose to sit in silence for the vigil experience.
The Rock Church, Laurel: A free community-wide Easter egg hunt is being held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 820 W. Ninth St., with the actual age-appropriate egg hunt beginning at 11:20 a.m. for the youngest. There are thousands of eggs, free snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn. Bring family and friends for games, inflatable moon bounces and door prizes and meet the Easter Bunny. For more information, call 628-6200 or go online www.therockmt.com.
St. Bernard’s Parish, 226 Wicks Lane: The Holy Saturday vigil begins at 8 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Catholic lay leaders lead a Stations of the Cross service at 9:45 a.m. in the Ocee Johnson Chapel.
Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road: The sanctuary is open from 2 to 5 p.m. for the Holy Saturday Easter vigil so each person can individually reflect on Jesus’ sacrifices.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: There is a worship service at 5 p.m.
Unity Church of Christianity, 9 14th St. W.: Sue Miller presents a “Roll Away the Stone” class at 10 a.m., which is designed to help people move from darkness into the light.
Yellowstone United Methodist Free Store: The store is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 345 Broadwater Ave. During April, there will be no limit on winter clothing. Gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and small kitchen appliances and goods are available at no cost. The store is especially in need of household goods and men’s clothing. Tax receipts are available. For more information, email Freestoremt@gmail.com or call 406-794-3202 (message phone).
American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Easter festival worship services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Congregation youth serve breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m.
Apostles Lutheran Church, 3140 Broadwater Ave.: Festival worship services are at 8 and 10:30 a.m., with an Easter breakfast at 9:15 a.m.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 407 Wicks Lane: The sunrise service is at 6 a.m. at the Little White Church at 1260 Sierra Granda Blvd. Worship services at Atonement are at 8 and 9:45 a.m. All services include Holy Communion. Easter breakfast is served at Atonement from 7 to 9:45 a.m. The breakfast freewill offering will help pay expenses for the trip to New Orleans for the national youth gathering. An Easter egg hunt begins at 11 a.m.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: An Easter breakfast is served between the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: At 6:15am TGIF (Teens Gathered in Faith), a combined youth group of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Grace United Methodist Church, leads worshippers in a sunrise service. Gather on the terrace at Grace UMC for singing led by Kristin LaVe and a casual worship service. There will be a bonfire, but dress warmly. A continental breakfast follows in the dining room. At Central Christian Church, there is a coffee fellowship at 9 a.m. From 9:30 to 10 a.m., enjoy a pre-Easter praise jam with Piere and Kristin LaVe in the sanctuary. There is a baptism and worship at 10 a.m. with special music by Kristin LaVe and family, and an Easter egg hunt on the lawn at 11:30 a.m.
East Gate Wesleyan Church, 625 Mattson Lane: The sunrise service is at 7 a.m., followed by a breakfast served by the Youth Group. There is an Easter egg hunt after breakfast. The Easter worship service is at 9:30 am. The Destination Rider Worship Service begins at 4 p.m., followed by an Easter egg hunt. Everyone is welcome.
Faith E Church, 3145 Sweetwater Drive: Easter services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. A delicious Easter brunch is served from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
First Christian Church, 522 N. 29th St.: Breakfast is served in the fellowship hall at 8:30 a.m. All donations from this breakfast benefit camp scholarships. There is an Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. for ages 2-11. Sunday school class for all ages is at 9:15 a.m., before the worship service at 10:30 a.m.
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: A blended Easter Sunday worship at 11 a.m. features the Chancel Choir, along with trumpets and trombones playing. All are welcome to join in the end of worship, singing the “Hallelujah Chorus.” There is Sunday school for children during worship along with an Easter egg hunt. Dress is casual.
First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: The Easter celebration starts with breakfast at 8:30 a.m., provided by church youth as a fundraiser to help them go to the Lutheran youth gathering in New Orleans this summer. At the 10 a.m. worship, there is an Easter garden with a white cross and lilies. After worship, all children are invited to an Easter egg hunt.
First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: Come to the 6:30 a.m. sunrise service at Shelter No. 2 at Riverfront Park. Back at the church, an Easter breakfast is offered from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in Brother Van Hall, and Easter worship services are at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B: Teens Gathered in Faith lead the 6:30 a.m. Easter sunrise service on the patio in front of the fellowship hall. There is a fire pit for warmth, music and youth-led worship. Afterward, the youth serve a breakfast of scones and fruit at 7 a.m. The 10:15 a.m. Easter celebration service is in the sanctuary. Following a long tradition, congregants are invited to join the choir in singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” at the end of the service. There is an Easter egg hunt sponsored by the youth group at 11:30 a.m. on the church lawns for ages 2 through fifth grade. Bring your own basket. At noon, the youth have their own Easter egg hunt.
Hope United Methodist Church, 244 Wicks Lane: Easter “Sonrise” worship is celebrated on the church’s front patio at 7 a.m. There is an Easter brunch at 7:30 a.m. Easter worship services are at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., and there is no Sunday school.
Joy Lutheran Church, worshipping at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3200 block of Broadwater Ave.: An Easter continental breakfast is served at 9 a.m. The Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m. includes special music with Paxton Marler, trumpet; Grace Lamdin, violin, and Doreen Ostenson, vocalist.
King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4125 Grand Ave.: The 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Easter Sunday services feature the Adult Choir, Glory Ringers Handbell Choir, Children’s Choir, Festival Brass, Holy Communion and Hallelujah Chorus. There are pastries and muffins between services.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd: For Easter Sunday, there is a sunrise service with Holy Communion at 6:30 a.m., and celebration worship services with Holy Communion, choirs and brass ensemble at 9 and 11 a.m. An Easter breakfast is served by the LCGS Youth from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The Easter breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. features egg casseroles, breads, muffins, fruit, juice, coffee and tea. There is a freewill offering with proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society via Mayflower’s Relay for Life team. The 10 a.m. worship includes joy, color and celebration of the day with music. There is an Easter egg hunt for all youth at 10:15 a.m., during the Adventure Hour.
Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2336 St. Johns Ave.: The Easter sunrise Communion service begins at 7 a.m., followed by Easter breakfast in the fellowship hall at 8:30 a.m. There is also a 10:45 a.m. Easter service that does not include Communion.
New Life Church, 3950 Temple Place: Come just as you are and join New Life Church to discover the promises behind Easter at the 10 a.m. service. For more information, go online to www.nlcmt.org.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: Easter Sunday worship celebrations are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. A trumpet accompanies the hymns. The youth serve breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 S. 36th Street: The Easter Sunday celebrations begin with a sunrise service at Riverfront Park at 6:30 am. This is a joint service with All Nations Church. There will be music, prayer and Bible reading of the resurrection passages. Participants must bring their own chairs and blankets. The Easter Sunday worship at the church begins at 10 a.m. with the decoration of the cross. There is special music and a biblical message. Easter memorials are being collected for different ministries of the church. Donations for the Teen and Dress-a-Child programs will be received. There is no adult Bible class. The church is also offering a 30-minute worship service in the dining room at Valley Health, at 1807 24th St. W., at 2:30 p.m. for the residents that includes music, fellowship and Bible reading.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: The Rev. Jim Bell leads the Easter worship at 11 a.m. Children gather at 9:30 a.m. for an Easter egg hunt. There are no Sunday school classes.
St. Bernard’s Parish, 226 Wicks Lane: Easter Sunday Masses are at 8:30 and 11 a.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: St. John’s Pastoral staff leads Easter worship services in the Shiloh dining room at 8:50 a.m., in the Garden Court at 9:30 a.m., in the Ocee Johnson Chapel at 10 a.m. and in Rimview Square at 11:30 a.m. Check with individual cottages for Easter worship times. Family and friends of residents are welcome. There is no evening worship in the Ocee Johnson Chapel.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bridger: There is an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., followed by an Easter breakfast. An Easter Festival begins at 10:30 a.m.
Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road: There is a sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. and regular worship services at 8 and 10 a.m. An Easter egg hunt is held on the lawn at 11:15 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: An outdoor sunrise service begins at 6:30 a.m. at 1416 Canyon Trail Road in Lockwood. Services at the church are at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Unity Church of Christianity, 9 14th St. W.: The Easter sunrise service is at 6:15 a.m. at Zimmerman Park. The service at the church begins at 10 a.m. and includes the traditional Unity “Wreath of Life” ceremony.
The Vista, 3840 Rimrock Road: Catholic lay leaders lead an Easter Communion service at 9:45 a.m. St. John’s pastoral care staff leads an Easter service at 11 a.m.
Yellowstone Lutheran Brethren Church, 852 Governors Blvd.: The Easter service is at 10:30 a.m.
Billings Association of Humanists: The group meets at 1 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St., for a book discussion of Sam Harris’ “The End of Faith,” Chapters 5 and 6. All are invited, even if you haven’t read the book.
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 S. 36th S.: The Friendly Circle meets at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall to listen to Mary Lou Wagner’s account of her recent trip to the Holy Land and surrounding countries. Coffee and desserts are provided. During the meeting, donations for the social ministries of the circle are being collected.
ECKANKAR, Religion of the Light and Sound of God: A community HU chant begins at 6 p.m. at The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 2032 Central Ave.. A key to a happier life can be as simple as singing “HU,” an ancient name for God. People of all faiths are welcome. For more information call 245-4771 or 672-3539.
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 S. 36th St: The “Learning the Bible Together” study group meets at 10 a.m. at the parsonage for fellowship, cake, coffee and tea and a discussion of “The Pentecost Experience in the 21st Century.”
Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship,2032 Central Ave.: Chuck Tooley, former mayor of Billings, presents “Dominion” at the 7 p.m. community lecture series. He will talk about faith and the environment and also explore the connections with issues such as population, politics and citizenship.
First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: From 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Little Lutherans, God’s Kids, youth group and Confirmation are back on their regular schedule of games, devotions and activities. God’s Kids are sending their pictures with cards to their elderly friends in the congregation.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The weekly youth groups from First Congregational and Mayflower meet at Mayflower. Youth in grades one to six meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and grades seven to 12 meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Both groups have dinner together at 6 p.m.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: It’s time for the open craft night from 6 to 9 p.m. for adult crafters of every sort.
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 S. 36th St.: Pilgrim Church goes to the chapel on the sixth floor of Prairie Tower Apartments at 725 N. 25th St. at 2:30 p.m. for a 30-minute worship service with the residents that includes music, fellowship and Bible reading. The prayer service at 6:30 p.m. in the adult Bible classroom at the church focuses on the Christian experience with prayer and its healing effects on people’s lives.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: The Spring Book Sale is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 12-13, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. There are more than 20,000 books, CDs and DVDs for sale. Hardcovers are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. Homemade cinnamon rolls are also for sale.
Christian Motorcyclists Association: The annual Montana State Seasons of Refreshing is being held Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, at the Neighborhood Assembly of God Church at 2475 Stuart St. in Helena. Hiram Villaseñor, CMA Rocky Mountain regional evangelist, is the featured speaker. Friday’s events begin at 6 p.m. and close at 9 p.m., followed by an on-site ice cream social for which a donation is asked. Activities resume at 8 a.m. Saturday with coffee and breakfast before an all-day session, which is scheduled to end at 4 p.m. Lunch is available on site for $7. Registration is $15 per adult. RSVP to Jeanette Montgomery at 406-422-0362 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The theme for the two-day event is “Growing Healthy Chapters.” For further details, contact CMA Montana state coordinator Larry and Liz Banister in Missoula at 406-728-8914 or email@example.com. The public is welcome.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: A New Member’s Class is offered at 10:30 a.m. April 15 and 22 in the church sanctuary. New members will be received during the 9 a.m. service on April 29. If you are interested in joining Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, contact interim pastor the Rev. Kay Tostengard at firstname.lastname@example.org or interim pastor the Rev. Joel Westby at email@example.com, or call 656-1080.
Christian Women’s Club brunch: “Stepping Into Spring” is the theme for the meeting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Billings Hotel, 1223 Mullowney Lane. The cost is $11.50. There is a style show of spring fashions from Sears, moderated by Joan Braaton. Don Dillavou of Billings, a biblical dramatist and creative communicator, gives his testimony as he portrays his life through the biblical character of Nicodemus. Reservations are required; call Elsie Mae at 969-2480.
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