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Sunday

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: At the 10 a.m. service, guest speaker is Reno Charette, Montana State University Billings director of Indian Outreach. There will be special music by the new Children’s Choir, under the direction of Terra McKinsey. The “40 Days of Prayer for Children” begins. Forty days occurs through the Bible as a time of transformation. Each adult or family is invited to take at least one name from the tree of names in the narthex, and then find creative ways to let the child know that he or she is being thought of and how important the child is. Following the service, cake will be served in celebration of September birthdays. At 6 p.m., a speaker from Montana Human Rights will conduct an open forum. 656-5414.

First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: Montana Honor Flight presentation with board member Charlie Reed, World War II vets Peg and Bill Woolston, and WWII and Korean War vet John Reamy will be at 9:15 a.m. All four members of the church were on Montana's first Honor Flight. Reed will explain the beginnings of Honor Flights and the efforts accomplished to send the veterans to Washington, D.C. The other three will tell of their experiences on the trip.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: LCGS third-grade Sunday school students receive their Bibles at the 9 a.m. worship service. Sunday school for preschool through sixth grade and Bubba’s Bible study for junior high and high school grades begins at 10:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the Adult Ed: Exploring Faith Series continues. The Sandwich Ministry assembly line begins at 10:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: All are invited for blended worship at the 11 a.m. service featuring the Chancel Choir. There are several Adult education classes at 10 a.m.: Adult Forum, Your Faith and You class, and Primetimer’s study time. Sunday school for children is during worship. Coffee and conversation are before and after worship. All are welcome. Dress is casual.

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Stephanie Davis, director of music at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Billings, will lead worship at 7 p.m. in the Ocee Johnson Chapel.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: Education hour for ages 3 through adult is at 9 a.m. Adult education is looking at Walt Wangren’s “Book of God,” the Bible as a novel. All are welcome. At the 10 a.m. worship service, the youth are ushers. The theme for the day is the story of Moses and the Passover meal. The youth will be taking donations for the Interfaith Hospitality Network’s Box City event that takes place on Oct. 6.

Wednesday

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Woody Henry talks about “The Doctrine of Discovery and How It Relates to Immigration” at the 7 p.m. community lecture series.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: At 4:30 p.m., youth groups from First Congregational and Mayflower meet at First Congregational. First- to sixth-grade youth meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Grades seven through 12 meets from 6 to 8:30 pm. Both groups will have dinner at 6:30 p.m. 656-5414.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: All are welcome to the study "Bible Encounters of the Prophetic Kind" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Confirmation class is at 6 p.m. LCGS choir rehearsals are under way and all voices are welcome. Girls Choir for grades seven through 12 practice at 5 p.m. Cherub Choir for children in kindergarten through second grade and Joyful Singers for children in third through sixth grades practice from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. LCGS Senior Choir practices at 7:30 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: Youth program for ages 3 years old through junior high is from 6:15-7:15 p.m. God’s Kids will be starting their “God and Me” books. The high school youth meet for games, activities and Bible study at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to all these groups.

Friday

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Pastor Kay Tostengard leads a Spiritual Practices class from noon to 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Roberts United Methodist Church: The Harvest Dinner with turkey, trimmings and pie is from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., with the auction starting at 6 p.m. The dinner is $8 for adults, $4 for children and kids preschool and under eat for free. Extra features are a craft table, fish pond and fundraisers with calendars and caramel corn.

Women's meeting: The Billings Church Women United unit will meet at 1 p.m. in Laurel at the United Methodist Church, 307 W. Fourth St., with Norma Smith presiding. The program is "Sights and Sounds." Used eyeglasses, phones and cleaning items for Gateway House will be collected. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Betty at 252-1836.

Next Saturday

Special speaker: The Rev. Paul Neshangwe from Zimbabwe, Africa, will be speaking at the First Presbyterian Church of Billings at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6. Neshangwe will talk about the challenges and opportunities Christians experience in Zimbabwe. He is a dynamic speaker who has seen great growth in the Christian church in Africa. This free event is open to anyone in the community. Pie and coffee will also be served at no cost. The church is located at the corner of Poly Drive and 13th Street West. More information about this event can be found on the church’s website, www.fpcbillings.org.

Other News

Jehovah's Witnesses meet: Approximately 700 delegates from central and Eastern Montana will gather at the Circuit Assembly of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Holiday Inn Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday. The theme, “Safeguard Your Mind,” is based on Matthew 22:37. The program, through soliloquies, demonstrations and interviews, will help delegates analyze thoughts with a view to make them more pleasing to Jehovah. The public address at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday will be, “Keep Close In Mind Jehovah’s Day.” The speaker is Joe Leming Jr., visiting speaker from New York headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The public is invited to any part of the program, from 9:40 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 9:40 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Sunday. Seating is free and no collection will be taken.

Mary Queen of Peace Parish: Everyone is invited to the parish family dinner featuring a baron of beef with all the trimmings. It will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Holy Rosary church hall at 501 Custer Ave. The dining room is handicapped-accessible through the Custer Avenue entry and elevator. The meal costs $7 for seniors, $8 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 4-12 and those ages 3 and younger eat for free. For more information, call 259-7611.

Billings Association of Humanists: The group will meet at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th Street, at 1 p.m. on Oct. 7 for a book discussion of John Brockman’s “The New Humanists: Science at the Edge,” from page 197 to the end of the book. Pick the chapters that interest you, but especially read the epilogue for discussion. The public is invited, including those who have not read the book.

Community lecture: Karen Peterson will speak on “Matter! Does it Matter?” concerning the Higgs Boson particle at the Wednesday evening Community Lecture Series, 7 p.m., on Oct. 10, at Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave. 7 p.m.

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