Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: A Lutheran Hymn Sing in celebration of Reformation 500 starts at 6 p.m. with a meal of brats, beer, root beer, gluten free cider and more. Hymns are sung at 7 p.m.

Bahá’i presentation at Billings Public Library, 510 N. Broadway: Lyon A. Virostko, member of the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Billings, speaks on "The Promise of World Peace” from 3 to 4 p.m. The promise is clearly defined in the sacred writings of the Baha’i faith. All are invited.


Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road: Blessing of the Animals takes place during the 8 and 10:15 a.m. worship services. Everyone is invited to bring their pet (or a picture) and receive a bronze medallion with a blessing.

Billings Association of Humanists meeting at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: A presentation and discussion of the 2016 Billings growth plan takes place at 1 p.m. with Denise Joy and Danny Choriki.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: The Rev. Sara Schurr, the fellowship’s primary contact for Pacific Western Region Congregational Life Staff, presents “Our Sources: a Surprising Path,” at the 10:30 a.m. service. Unitarian Universalists rely on six key sources in the search for truth and meaning. Schurr will talk about these sources and answer the question of how rational UUs make sense out of these experiences.

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Pastor Pateng Makdoh, staff chaplain, leads worship in the Ocee Johnson Chapel at 7 p.m.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The 8:45 a.m. Adult Education Hour continues the video series, "Eclipsing the Empire: Paul, Rome & the Kingdom of God" with Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, followed by a discussion led by Mike Downing and Ken Crouch. The Rev. Steve Gordon is welcomed back after his three-month sabbatical during the 10 a.m. worship service. Coffee and fellowship take place after the service. Messy Game Night and pizza for youth in sixth grade and older starts at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to Kim at 534-1981 by Sept. 23.

Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: As part of Spiritual Enrichment Week, Sandra Gail Pierson, former minister, shares her message "Let the Spirit Soar." Pierson says our magnificent spirit might be held hostage by the choices we make — let's choose wisely. A reception for her takes place after the service.

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 S. 36th St.: After the 9 a.m. coffee fellowship, Pastor Steve Heppner leads the 10 a.m. worship service, themed “Jesus is worshipped because of equality in grace,” based on Matthew 20:1-16. The Scripture reader is Haley Sohn.

Billings First Congregational Church UCC, 310 N. 27th St.: All children are welcome to the 10 a.m. Sunday school. Also at 10, the Adult Forum continues to look at Scripture passages with Dr. Walt Gulick for a better understanding of what interpretive steps today’s Christians can take to figure out what is meant for them. Coffee fellowship follows the 11 a.m. family worship service. “Practices for Resilience and Renewal” with Barbara Gulick takes place at 7 p.m. For information about this “body prayer,” call Barbara at 259-3622.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Pastor Tim Tostengard leads a forum on upcoming events that celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at 9:45 a.m. Included are a quiz and discussion on Reformation and Martin Luther history.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: A forum on what it means to be an ELCA congregation takes place at 9:30 a.m. An alternative evening service is offered at 6:30 p.m. Think of it as a conversation among friends over bread and wine or juice.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Everyone is invited to help make more than 450 sandwiches for the Montana Rescue Mission men’s shelter at 10:15 a.m. The youth fundraiser at Exchange City Golf Course (Par 3), hosted by Team “By Grace Through Faith,” starts at 3 p.m. All proceeds go toward the travel costs for LCGS youth to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering 2018 in Houston. A barbecue potluck and awards ceremony is hosted at the church after the tournament. Bring a salad or a desert to share; burgers, hot dogs and all the fixings are provided. The families of Family Promise are welcomed at 5 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: At the 10 a.m. worship service, the music offering is given by God’s Kids choir and age-appropriate Bibles are given to third-graders, 3-year-olds and babies. A congregational potluck takes place after the service.

King of Glory Church, 4125 Grand Ave.: Pastor Darchuk shares what he learned during his sabbatical, at the Adult Education hour at 9:40 a.m. All are invited to join in the discussion as he talks about worship, preaching, church staffing and other topics. The series continues weekly through Oct. 15. Confirmation of youth is celebrated at 10:30 a.m. An introduction to King of Glory at 1 p.m. is open to anyone wanting to know about becoming a member and includes a church tour. For more information, call Pastor Ben Quenbeck at 652-1690.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: Sunday school for all ages starts at 9:30 a.m. Mike Ferguson teaches “Class Warfare,” showing how politics and economics influenced the people and events in the Bible. The youth Sunday school continues a study of Genesis. At the 11 a.m. worship service, Pastor Susan Barnes preaches on Psalm 105, celebrating God’s wonderful works.


King of Glory Church, 4125 Grand Ave.: A book study takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call Pastor Ben Quenbeck at 652-1690.


Billings First Congregational Church UCC, 310 N. 27th St.: The 7 a.m. book group features breakfast and a viewing of an interview with Ben Steele on the Bataan Death March. To order a copy of the book “Ground Zero,” which will be discussed at the Oct. 3 group, call the church office at 245-6477 or email katie@firstchurchbillings.org.

"The Muslim Threat? Or the Threat to Muslims?” lecture & discussion at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: A free lecture and discussion, open to everyone, takes place at 6:30 p.m. How can we evaluate conflicting claims about Islam? Pastor Steven Benson sheds light on issues relating to the religion, drawing on his experiences and conversations over many years with Muslims and Christians in America, the Middle East and South Asia. He also offers insights from the past 1,400 years of Christian-Muslim encounters and studies of modern propaganda campaigns.


Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road: Bring a sack lunch and have "Lunch with Pastor Dave" at 11:45 a.m.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At the Community Lecture Series at 7 p.m., Eileen Morris, director of the High Plains Women’s Museum, talks about the diversity of women’s lives in Billings, midway between downtown and the river during the 1930s. Morris, the 2015 Jeannette Rankin Peace Award recipient, works for Our Montana.

Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: The adult Bible study on the book of Exodus continues at 10 a.m. at the Little White Church with “Let My People Go! How does God lead and provide for the needs of all?” based on Exodus 14:19-15:1 and 16:11-15.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: Families of youth ages 3 to fifth grade meet at 5 p.m. for Family Night with board games and take-home lessons. A meal for everyone is served at 6 p.m. Youth group meets at 7 p.m.


Atonement Lutheran Church 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: A forum on planned giving starts at 7 p.m. Rachel Simonson, certified financial planner at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, discusses the wide range of options from which to choose when giving to the Atonement Lutheran Endowment Fund. Dessert is served. RSVP to Donna Newell by calling 248-1899.


Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road: Everyone is invited to help make more than 200 sandwiches for the Montana Rescue Mission and the Women and Family Shelter at noon. For more information, go to shilohbillings.church.

Other news

Trinity Lutheran Church golf scramble at Pryor Creek Golf Course: A four-person scramble in two playing divisions starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. Dinner follows. Thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes will be awarded. Cost is $90 person ($70 for players age 18 and younger or 65 and older). For more information, contact Jonathan Boll at 245-3984 or jboll@trinitybillings.org.

Mayflower Congregation raises money for suicide prevention: The walkers of Mayflower Congregational UCC raised nearly $1,000 to benefit suicide prevention efforts at the recent Out of the Darkness Walk.

“Another Voice” airing on Community Seven TV: The television show features local pastors, including the Rev. Steve Gordon of Mayflower Congregational UCC, and offers different perspectives on Christian rhetoric and theology biweekly at 6:30 p.m. on Sundays and 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

New member classes at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Classes begin Oct. 8. Anyone interested in joining may call the church office at 656-1080.

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