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Faith guide: Billings-area churches plan Easter services

Faith guide: Billings-area churches plan Easter services

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Easter communion

The Rev. Mark Morgenstern and Associate in Ministry Kathy Slehofer give worshipers communion in the Little White Church during Easter sunrise services on April 24, 2011.


Tree of Life Wesleyan Church, 3608 Custer Ave.: Register to hunt for Easter eggs at 11:30 a.m. before the hunt begins at noon. This is a free egg hunt for ages up to 12 years old. There are hot dogs, candy and prize drawings for all ages. Prizes include games, Easter baskets and bikes.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: An Easter vigil service at 7 p.m. includes Holy Communion.

Faith E Church, 3145 Sweetwater Drive: At 11 a.m., come hunt for some of the 25,000 eggs. There is an Easter service at 5 p.m.

Mary Queen of Peace, 3411 Third Ave. S.: The Easter vigil begins at 8 p.m.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The Easter vigil, a time of prayer, reflection and meditation, will be all day Saturday. This is a special opportunity for stillness and reflection — a quiet time to share a moment of sanctity with others and to meditate on readings.

St. Bernard Parish, 226 Wicks Lane: The Easter vigil begins at 8 p.m.

St. Patrick Co-Cathedral, 215 N. 31st St.: The Easter vigil begins at 8 p.m.

St. Pius X Church, 717 18th St. W.: The Easter vigil begins at 8:30 p.m.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2055 Woody Drive: The Easter vigil begins at 8 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: A worship service begins at 5 p.m.


American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Easter festival worship services are 8:30 and 11 a.m. Breakfast is served by the youth group from 8 to 11 a.m.

Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: Holy Communion is offered at all services. The sunrise service is at 6:30 a.m. at the Little White Church next to Atonement. The festival worship services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. are at Atonement. The Easter egg hunt will be held immediately after the 10:30 a.m. worship; kids should bring their own baskets. An Easter breakfast is being served by the Atonement youth from 7:30 to 10:15 a.m. Atonement has a long-standing tradition of creating a flower cross on Easter. If you can, bring a flower or two to transform a wooden cross into a beautiful sign of Christ’s love.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: Breakfast will be served between the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Easter services, beginning at 9 a.m. A freewill offering at the breakfast will help send some of the youth to Christikon camp this summer.

Billings First Church, 310 N. 27th St.: Come to the 11 a.m. service to celebrate after a time of mourning and solidarity. In keeping with the tradition of the church, join in singing the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: Gather in the narthex for a coffee fellowship at 9:30 a.m. before the Easter service at 10 a.m. Child care will be provided in the Family Room beside the sanctuary, and there are children’s activity tables in the sanctuary. An Easter egg hunt follows the worship service. Children of all ages may bring baskets and meet in the backyard.

Faith E Church, 3145 Sweetwater Drive: Services on Easter are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. with child care for kids ages 0 to 3 years available. The Easter brunch is from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: The Easter celebration starts from 8:30 to 8:45 a.m. with a breakfast sponsored by the church’s youth. Donations are used for scholarships to camp and mission trips. At 10 a.m., enter a darkened sanctuary and dress the space for worship. With a trumpet fanfare, the lights go on and the opening hymn is sung. There will be five children baptized during this service. The instrumentalists are Q Stanton, Kayla Stanton, Micah Donald, Alec Donald and Sky Stanton. After worship, there is an Easter egg hunt for all children.

First Presbyterian Church, Poly Drive and 13th Street West: Easter Sunday worship services are at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. A free Easter brunch will be served by the youth group at 9:15 a.m. in the church’s fellowship hall. An Easter egg hunt for the kids at 9:30 a.m. features hundreds of eggs to be found and prizes to be given away.

First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: A sunrise Easter worship begins at 6:30 a.m. at Shelter No. 2 in Riverfront Park. An Easter breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, coffee and orange juice is being served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in Brother Van Hall at the church. Services at the church are at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., if you’d like a quick rehearsal of the “Hallelujah Chorus," drop in. Everyone is invited to sing at the close of the 10:30 a.m. service.

Fresh Life Church: Fresh Life Easter is at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m at 4120 King Ave. W. This is a family worship experience that all are welcome to attend. Child care is available. For more information, call Fresh Life Church at 406-257-3339 or email to

Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Avenue B: The 10:15 a.m. celebration of Easter will conclude with the traditional singing of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” where all are invited to join the choir. Following worship, children should bring a basket to church with them to hunt for Easter Eggs on the church lawn.

Hope United Methodist Church, 244 Wicks Lane: The Easter “Sonrise” worship will be held on the front patio at 7 a.m. An Easter brunch will be served from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Easter worship will be celebrated at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school resumes next week.

King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4125 Grand Ave.: For the Easter worship services, the Glory Ringers Bell Choir is featured at the 8 a.m. service, and the King of Glory Choir leads the “Hallelujah Chorus” at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. Holy Communion is offered at all services.

Mary Queen of Peace, 3411 Third Ave. S.: The Easter Sunday services are at 9 and 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, muffins, fruit and beverages. There is a freewill offering with proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society’s 2015 Mayflower’s Relay for Life team. The Easter celebration service at 10 a.m. includes Holy Communion, joy, color and music. At 10:15 a.m., the youth go to Adventure Hour for an Easter egg hunt hosted by the Board of Christian Education. At 5 p.m., the church begins hosting Family Promise for the week.

Messiah Lutheran Church, 2939 Colton Blvd.: Celebrate the Resurrection at 9:30 a.m. A nursery will be provided, and caramel rolls will be served in the fellowship hall after worship.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: There is an outdoor sunrise Easter worship at 7 a.m., and festival worship at 9 and 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. An Easter Egg hunt for kids follows the 9 and 10:30 services. An Easter breakfast of Stella’s rolls and fruit is being held from 7:30 to 10:15 a.m. and benefits the youth program.

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 36th St. W.: There is a sunrise service at 7 a.m. at Riverfront Park which includes music and Scripture from the All Nations Church and Pilgrim Congregational Church on the shores of the lake closest to the entrance. Both churches will follow this service with a breakfast at Pilgrim Congregational Church, and everyone is invited. Worship will follow at Pilgrim beginning at 10 a.m. with special music by the Chancel Choir. For more information, call the church at 252-8390.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W. The Easter service at 11:00 will celebrate with a sanctuary full of tulips, glorious music and liturgical art created during the worship service. Artist Cynthia Kessler will create a painting in response to the hymns, Scriptures and sermon. Organist Betty Whiting will play Easter anthems including variations on “Awake My Heart With Gladness” by Flor Peeters and renditions of “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” by Diane Bisch. The choir will perform “Gaudeamus Hodie,” accompanied by Karen Eddy on French horn.

St. Bernard, 226 Wicks Lane: The Easter services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries: There is a 9 a.m. worship in the multipurpose room at the Vista and a 10:30 a.m. worship in the Ocee Johnson Chapel on Chapel Court. There is no service at 7 p.m.

St. Patrick Co-Cathedral, 215 N. 31st St.: Easter services are at 8 and 10:30 a.m.

St. Pius X, 717 18th St. W.: Services for Easter are at 9 and 11 a.m.

St. Thomas the Apostle, 2055 Woody Drive: The Easter services are at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: An outdoor sunrise service will begin at 6:30 a.m. at 1416 Canyon Trail Road in Lockwood. At 9 a.m., an Easter breakfast will be served by the high school youth downstairs in the fellowship hall. There are worship services with communion at 8 and 10:30 a.m. at the church.

Unity Church, 9 14th St. W.: The Easter service begins at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Culliver Brookman, a Unity consultant minister. Come early for some coffee, orange juice and hot cross buns in the fellowship area, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Billings Association of Humanists, meeting at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: At 1 p.m., the topic is “Headlines and Update on Legislative News.” Bring local, state, national and international news stories to share. A cognitive dissonance/scathing atheist podcast-type format will be followed. M. Murray will facilitate the readings and discussions. This discussion potpourri is always lively, fun and full of surprises.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At 10:30 a.m., Tom Nurmi presents “Emerson and the Mercy of Mourning.” Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Experience,” composed in 1842 after the death of his young son Waldo, offers a momentary glimpse into a coherent and tragic Emerson, during a sustained period of grief that profoundly altered how he understood his life and his place in the world. This lecture explores a few key passages from “Experience,” to consider the power of mourning to open new horizons of thought, spirituality and time through the veil of loss. Nurmi is assistant professor of English at Montana State University Billings, where he teaches American literature, philosophy and writing.


Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: At 7 p.m. Family Promise (formerly IHN) is having a time of training and information. Everyone is welcome.


Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Danny Choriki will present “Environmental Footprint: A look at how our lifestyles consume the planet” at the community lecture series at 7 p.m. As an individual human, the resources of the Earth are limitless. Multiplied by the billions, humans are consuming resources twice as fast as they can be renewed. Come to look at the logic behind how the size of the impact or footprint of our daily lives on the resources of our planet is calculated.

Next Saturday

Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: Atonement Lutheran WELCA is having its spring luncheon at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11. All ladies from all churches are invited.

Other News

Spiritual Retreat: Reservations are due by Tuesday for a spiritual retreat steeped in the forms of sharing and listening, developed by Parker Palmer and sponsored by The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ.) The retreat is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at the Laurel Public Library at 720 W. Third St. The retreat’s purpose is to connect with yourself, with community and with the source of your courage. The registration fee is $35 for adults and $25 for students. Lunch is provided. The theme is “Geode: Journey to the Self.” For more information, call Central Christian Church (DOC) at 252-1828 or find registration information at under the Events tab.

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