Faith guide

Faith guide



St. Agnes Parish Altar Society Craft Fair at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Red Lodge: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The annual craft fair features a bake sale, as well as Christmas and fall gifts and decorations, canned items, baby quilts, toys, jewelry, western art and much more. Lunch is available starting at 11 a.m.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: A Taizé prayer service begins at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to this gentle time of prayer with music, Scripture and silence, which invites the spirit into relaxation and a sense of peace. Sandra McKee leads the service, and Betty Whiting leads the music.

First Presbyterian Church Singles Group meeting at McCormick Café, 2419 Montana Ave.: The group meets at 10 a.m. For more information about the group, which meets monthly for various activities, call the church office at 252-3434.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D.: The 5 p.m. worship service features special music by Robin Goodheart.


Billings Association of Humanists meeting at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: At 1 p.m. is a Socrates Café discussion, “How Do We Know the World We’re Experiencing is Real?” Socrates Café is an open and thoughtful discussion on a specific question. Prior research is encouraged. All are welcome.

Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road: The sermon series “Half Truths” continues during the 8 and 10:15 a.m. worship services. This week's topic is, "God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It!" Choir practice and the Adult Bible study "Animate" start at 9 a.m. The annual Harvest Dinner is served after the service, at about 11:15 a.m. Everyone is invited to share a meal of many seasonal foods.

Bicentennial of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh celebration at Prescott Hall, Rocky Mountain College: Everyone is invited to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í faith, from 2 to 4 p.m. His call was to recognize the oneness of the human race and to celebrate its unity, revel in its diversity and uphold justice for all.

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: The Rev. Kris Mitzman, pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church, leads worship in the Ocee Johnson Chapel at 7 p.m.

Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: At 10 a.m., the Rev. Karen Brannon, Billings Clinic chaplain coordinator, shares her message, "Let's Make a Deal,” inspired by the game show. Brannon plans fun surprises for attendees.

First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: Dr. Don Harr, retired psychiatrist, and Sharron Hoy, psychiatric nurse, present, “No Hope? Don’t Believe It,” at 9:15 a.m. With a focus on suicide prevention, hope, resilience and anti-Christian behavior, the presentation explains how mental illness is a medical problem and explores avenues of available help. Hoy, an author and member of the Mental Health Advisory Board, also discusses her journey to wellness. Also at 9:15, Pastor Dave Thompson begins a two-week Sunday school class titled, “Happy 500th!” He explains the Reformation that began on Oct. 31, 1517, and its impact on us now. Everyone is welcome.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: New members are received during the 9 a.m. worship service. A meet-and-greet potluck follows at 11:15. All are invited to enjoy the fellowship.

Billings First Congregational Church-UCC, 310 N. 27th St.: “Sundays @ Seven: Practices for Resilience and Renewal” continues with yoga led by Lisa Harmon at 7 p.m. For more information, call Barbara Gulick at 259-3622.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Margery Pease presents “The Unitarian History of the Bond Industrial School for Crows” at 10:30 a.m. In 1979, Pease found the history of the American Unitarian Association’s project to educate Indian children at a boarding school on a tribal reservation in an era of sending children to East Coast boarding schools. From 1886 to 1896, the Rev. Henry Bond built Bond’s School, a boarding school for Crow children, and the Rev. A.A. Spencer continued it. Pease reviews and evaluates those years and discusses the centennial celebration in October 1986 that she, her family, the Crow Education Commission and Billings UU Fellowship organized.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D.: Everyone is invited to join a time of fellowship after the 10 a.m. worship service.

Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: “How Lutherans Interpret the Bible — The Word of God,” is the theme of the Adult Forum at 9:15 a.m.

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 36th St. S.: After the 9 a.m. coffee fellowship, Pastor Steve Heppner leads the 10 a.m. worship service, themed “Jesus is worshipped for His civil righteousness,” based on Matthew 22:15-22, and provides special music with Joan Heppner. The Scripture reader is Gary Becker.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Dr.: The Adult Education Hour featuring the video series "Eclipsing the Empire," with a discussion led by Mike Downing, continues at 8:45 a.m. The Rev. Steve Gordon gives the sermon “Three Loves,” referencing Mark 12:28-31, during the 10 a.m. worship service. Sunday school for all youth also takes place at 10. Coffee and fellowship take place after the service. New member orientation starts at 11:15 a.m. 

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Newcomers Class starts at 9:45 a.m. Newcomers and anyone interested in learning more about the congregation are welcome to meet the staff and learn about the church’s projects and programs. The nursery is available for those with young kids. Registration is not necessary. For more information, call the church office at 252-4171.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 N. 24th St. W.: Sunday school for all ages takes place at 9:30 a.m. Mike Ferguson leads the adult class in exploring the question, “What do Presbyterians Believe?” The youth continue learning about Noah in the book of Genesis. At the 11 a.m. worship service, Pastor Susan Barnes preaches on generosity, using the story of Moses seeing God’s glory, found in Exodus 33:12-23, Paul’s kind words in 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 and Jesus’ words about taxes in Matthew 22:15-22. Also, Lauren Reineking, flutist, plays for the prelude, offertory and postlude, and Virginia Allen gives a moment for generosity.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: At 10 a.m., Global Sunday is celebrated with Spanish and African hymns and liturgy to commemorate sister synods in Bolivia and South Africa. Also, a music offering is given by Emerson Eckhardt accompanied by Kylie Eckhardt.


Atonement Lutheran Church’s Marvelous Monday Meal at Bull Mountain Grill, 2376 Main St.: The meal starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 245-7004.


Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: Volunteers are invited to help Trinity’s quilters at 9 a.m. No quilting experience is necessary. Activities involve cutting and arranging fabric, putting kits together, helping tie quilts, packing boxes and cleaning up. Snacks are provided. Volunteers may work as long as they choose. The group meets weekly on Tuesdays, but no commitment is required.

Billings First Congregational Church-UCC, 310 N. 27th St.: The Breakfast Book Group discusses Ian Buruma’s “Year Zero: A History of 1945” at 7 a.m. For more information, contact Walt Gulick at 259-3622.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: Everyone is invited to Lydia’s Prayer Group to share inspiration and prayers at 11:30 a.m.


Harvest Festival at Open Bible Christian Center, 302 19th St. W.: The Harvest Festival takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is welcome to enjoy a family-friendly night of chili, hot dogs, carnival games, prizes and candy, all at no cost. For more information, call 656-4946.

Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road: Pastor Tyler Amundson leads the prayer class "God Hunger" at 11:30 a.m.

Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: In the Little White Church, the new adult Bible study “Luther and the Psalms” begins with the topic “Prophecy,” based on Psalm 2, 8 and 22, at 10 a.m. The Psalms were foundational in Martin Luther’s theology. All aspects of a Scripture-centered Christian life, particularly as expressed in the Psalms, relate to Christ, because all prayers, petitions and laments found their fulfillment in Christ. The study explores five categories of the Psalms with reflections from Luther, and is led by Pastor Darren Paulson. Youth group for grades seven through 12 starts at 6:30 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: God’s Kids explore Commandments six through 10, practice the Reformation Rap and press grapes they picked to make juice for Communion. Dinner for all is served at 6 p.m. The youth group meets for the study “Love Your Enemies” and Australian dodgeball at 7 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: The Community Lecture Series features John Carlson, lead staff member of the Sage Grouse Implementation Plan at the Bureau of Land Management. He discusses Sage Grouse conservation issues at 7 p.m.


King of Glory Lutheran Church-ELCA, 4125 Grand Ave.: Bible studies take place at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd fundraiser at Pizza Ranch, 2505 King Ave. W.: Pizza Ranch hosts a fundraiser for the church to furnish its new classrooms in the Education Center when it is built. Twenty percent of the proceeds from sales from 5 to 9 p.m. will be donated. A “preschool coupon” is required to participate. Coupons are available at the church office.


Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road: At noon, everyone is invited to help make more than 200 sandwiches to be distributed to Family Services and the Montana Rescue Mission.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D.: A free Halloween carnival takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Everyone is invited for trunk-or-treat outdoors, and games and activities indoors. Costumes are encouraged.

Saturday, Oct. 28

Constructive Conversation hosted at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: From 2:30 to 5 p.m., the Peace Team leads a Constructive Conversation on the topic, "Should the U.S. upgrade its nuclear weapons capabilities?" Constructive Conversation is free and open to the public, but registration before Oct. 26 is required. To register, call 652-1092, state your name and contact information, and whether or not you think the U.S. should or should not upgrade its nuclear weapons capabilities.

Other news

Habitat Apostles Build volunteer sought: Mayflower Congregational Church invites volunteers to help construct a Habitat for Humanity House on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. For more information or to sign up for the Habitat Apostle Build project, call the church office at 656-5414.

“Summit on Justice: Understanding Hate” meeting at Billings Public Library, 510 N. Broadway: Not In Our Town Billings invites the public to presentations, a panel discussion and lunch, starting at 10 a.m. on Nov. 4.

Third annual Fair Trade Market: The market is being held Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave. It is a gathering of vendors selling ethically sourced international products, providing dignity and a fair wage to those who make them. A wide variety of products will be available from more than 15 different countries. Many of the funds generated help rescue and restore victims of sexual exploitation, and money raised will help the artisans and their families.  

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The deadline for submitting information for the Faith Guide is noon Tuesday for consideration for publication in the upcoming Saturday edition. The items should be special events open to the public and of interest to readers outside your congregation.

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