Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: Members of the Habitat for Humanity Apostle Build give an update about the project during the 5 p.m. worship service. Habitat leaders will be around for a Q&A after the service.


American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: The three-week Reformation 500 series continues at 9:45 a.m. Rick Steves’ video on the Reformation and the PBS special on Martin Luther are featured. Everyone is welcome to learn about the forces that shaped the Reformation and led Europe out of the Middle Ages and into the modern age.

Billings Association of Humanists meeting at First Congregational Church UCC, 310 N. 27th St.: “The Science of Perception” is the theme at 1 p.m.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: Andrew Smith, lay pastoral assistant, leads worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Coffee fellowship takes place after the services. An alternative worship service is offered at 6:30 p.m. Think of it as a conversation among friends, over bread and wine or water.

Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1221 16th St. W.: The Rev. Doug Garner is installed as the pastor at 2 p.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Warren Frank, retired pastor, leads worship in the Ocee Johnson Chapel at 7 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: The guest in the Church and Society class at 9:15 a.m. is Virginia Smith, freelance writer and lecturer, presenting, “Everything you Wanted to Know About the Saint John’s Bible.” In 1998, a well-known calligrapher was commissioned to handwrite and hand-illuminate what was to become the Saint John’s Bible. It took seven years to complete and is considered a work of art. Smith elaborates on the process and shows a copy of the series. The annual pie auction takes place at 11:30 a.m. Many pies are auctioned, and all proceeds support the church’s youth ministry programs. A soup-and-bread lunch is also served with a freewill offering received to cover the cost. Everyone is welcome.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Margaret English discusses “Ethics: An Exploration in Personal Morality,” at 10:30 a.m. People often say, “My neighbor’s political and religious beliefs are the exact opposite of mine, but she is the nicest neighbor I ever had." In this nation of differing beliefs, how then does one judge the ethos or character of another, and do beliefs have anything to do with ethics? There is no easy answer, but it is a checkup we need to periodically do with ourselves and others. How can we strengthen our ethics and connect them to our beliefs? This is an introduction to questions which will be addressed in an eight-week discussion group this fall.

Circle the Cities With Love at Angela’s Piazza, 420 Grand Ave.: The monthly prayer service for women and men of all ages and faith traditions takes place from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Refreshments are served after the service.

Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: A celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Little White church takes place with a song and celebration service at 1 p.m. A blessing of the work that will soon begin on the walkway between Atonement and the Little White Church follows. Everyone is welcome. The church also hosts the first anniversary celebration of WyndStone at 1920 Wyndstone Way with refreshments, music and self-guided tours from 1:45 to 3 p.m. For more information, call Vivian at 655-7700.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: Sunday school for all ages takes place at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Susan Barnes teaches adult Sunday school on “Praying the Psalms.” She says, “Even though the book of Psalms is thousands of years old, the words of hope and lament are contemporary. When we don’t have the words for our prayers, the psalms can provide them for us.” Later, at the 11 a.m. worship service, she preaches on the Ten Commandments, found in Exodus 20, and the parable of the wicked tenants in Matthew 21:33-46, responding to these questions: How can we respond to evil in the world and still be people of peace? What can we do to find the strength to exhibit love for all people, even the ones that annoy us? How do we live out God’s call for peace in the face of violence?

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: Peace’s Folk Group offer special music during the 10 a.m. service. Also, Habitat for Humanity representatives give a temple talk. They remain after the service, to answer questions.

Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road: Pastor Tyler Amundson continues the sermon series "Half Truths" at the 8 and 10:15 a.m. worship services. Choir practice and the Adult bible study “Animate” start at 9 a.m. Dry soup mixes are assembled after the services. They will be distributed to the Free Store, the Montana Rescue Mission and the MRM Women’s and Family Shelter. For more information, go to shilohbillings.church.

Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: At the 10 a.m. service, the Rev. S. Culliver Brookman, Unity minister, shares her message, "What Can I Do?" Brookman explores what it takes for us to ask, "How can I contribute to making a difference? Just what is mine to do? Does there come a time when we are called to ‘put feet under’ our thoughts and prayers? What are the possibilities available for the next step of being conscious and aware as we continue on our spiritual path?" Everyone is welcome.

Billings First Congregational UCC, 310 N. 27th St.: Travis McAdams, executive director of Montana Human Rights Network, concludes a forum on the subversion of human rights, including the misuse of Christian tradition, at 10 a.m. Sundays@Seven: Practices for Resilience & Renewal includes “Meditative Walking,” with a labyrinth, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 259-3622.

King of Glory Lutheran Church-ELCA, 4125 Grand Ave.: Special music is given by the Sunday School Choir at the 10:30 a.m. service.

Mayflower Congregational UCC, 2940 Poly Drive: The Adult Education Hour featuring the video series "Eclipsing the Empire" continues at 9:45 a.m., with discussion led by Mike Downing and Ken Crouch. At the 10 a.m. worship service, the Rev. Steve Gordon gives the sermon, "Listen," based on Deuteronomy 32:1-2 (The Song of Moses). Sunday school for all youth also starts at 10. A coffee fellowship follows. At 3 p.m., is a Rocky Mountain Band and Choir concert.

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 because He is the Savior of the Church,” based on Matthew 21:33-46. The scripture reader is Hayley Sohn. Special music is by Leatha Rush.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th Street W.: Good Shepherd Bells handbell choir plays during the 9 a.m. worship service. The first of new member classes begins at 10:15 a.m.


WyndStone Theater, 1920 Wyndstone Way: Trudi Paulson, LCSW, presents the first of a two-part documentary series, “Being Mortal,” at 3:30 p.m. Paulson is a worker for Senior Independence and Hospice at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries. The documentary is based on Atul Gawande’s bestselling book and is full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling. It asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience, even to the end, providing not only a good life, but also a good end. The documentary explores difficult end-of-life issues and allows time for discussion. The second half takes place at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Billings First Congregational Church UCC, 310 N. 27th St.: The 7 a.m. book group discussing “Ground Zero” is led by professor Walt Gulick. For more information about the group, call the church office at 245-6477 or email katie@firstchurchbillings.org.

King of Glory Lutheran Church-ELCA, 4125 Grand Ave.: Everyone is welcome to a Bible study at 9:30 a.m.

Mayflower Congregational UCC, 2940 Poly Drive: Everyone is welcome to Lydia’s Prayer Group at 11:30 a.m.


Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Elisabeth DeGrenier, community historian at Western Heritage Center, discusses the Sedition Act of World War I during the Community Lecture Series at 7 p.m.

Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: “Don't Have a Cow!” based on Exodus 32:1-20 and 30-35 is the theme of the adult Bible study at the Little White Church at 10 a.m. The Friendship Club hosts its monthly potluck at noon with a guest speaker from Billings Adult Resource Alliance.


WyndStone Theater, 1920 Wyndstone Way: Trudi Paulson, LCSW, presents the second half of the two-part series, “Being Mortal,” at 3:30 p.m.


Mayflower Congregational UCC, 2940 Poly Drive: Fellowship Fun Night with games, hot chocolate and cider takes place at The Maize at Grandpa's Farm from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost $10 per person and free for ages 3 and younger. RSVP by noon Oct. 12 to Kim Harris by calling 855-4317.

Saturday, Oct. 14

Bake sale & chili lunch at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: The annual bake sale and chili-and-pie meal is hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lefse is also available.

Other news

The Episcopal Diocese of Montana convening in Helena: The Episcopal Diocese of Montana will host its annual convention Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8. The Rev. Joan Yetter will attend and Pastor Robert Leaverton, of Absarokee, will preside, as well as lead worship at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7. Shelly Nauman will lead the congregation in prayer at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8.

LCGS Chili Cook-off at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Sign up at the church for the annual cook-off and bake sale, taking place Oct. 14.

ECK service at Lexington Inn and Suites, 3040 King Ave. W.: The public is invited to the ECK Light and Sound Service, “Learning to Trust Your Inner Guidance,” at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 15. The service is sponsored by ECKANKAR, The Path of Spiritual Freedom. For more information, call Shayla at 245-4771.

“Same Kind of Different as Me” movie premier at AMC Shiloh 14, 1001 Shiloh Crossing Blvd.: The Montana Rescue Mission will host two showings of the movie at 7 and 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18. Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased at the MRM office, located at 2902 Minnesota Ave.

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