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Saturday

Hope United Methodist Church, 244 Wicks Lane: The Spring Unit Meeting of the Hope United Methodist Women will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sabrina Currie, development director for Tumbleweed House, will discuss homeless children in Billings. For more information, call Dorothy Evans at 259-9328.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Worship will be at 5 p.m.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: At 3:30 p.m., Justin Tigerman will present "Reading, Writing, Praying 2." Worship with Holy Communion follows at 5 p.m.

Unity Church: 9 14th St. W.: At the 10 a.m. service, "The Mythical Jesus? Historical Jesus?" is presented by Bible scholar Dr. Susan Elliott of Red Lodge. A fellow of the Jesus Seminars, Elliott has studied extensively the revelations which have come from the Dead Sea Scrolls and how that information has affected what is known of early Christian history.

Sunday

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At 10:30 a.m., “The Mystique and Meaning of the Green Man: an Ancient Archetype in a New Ecological Era,” will be presented by Kirsten Prinzing. The Green Man is a symbol of humankind’s oneness with the natural world. In European art and architecture of the past millennium, he is most commonly associated with the “foliate head” — a man’s face formed by emerging leaves. What are his ancient origins? How is he relevant to contemporary life?

Billings Association of Humanists, meeting at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: At 1 p.m., Ralph Scott will present “Rethinking Nature: A Naturalist’s Odyssey into the Anthropocene Epoch.” This PowerPoint lecture will represent his personal six-decade journey as a professional naturalist-entomologist exploring, studying and thinking about the natural world, wildness and the environmental changes that have occurred over his lifetime — beginning with a survey of geological time, climate changes, invasive species — and his personal rethinking the world where humans dominate and manage everything everywhere.

Mayflower Congregational Church, 2940 Poly Drive: Claudia Reitz and Carol Blades present “Centering Prayer: A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God,” during Adult Education at 8:45 a.m. Centering prayer is silent prayer without words but with intention, used to open the heart to God. A 10- to 15-minute DVD will be followed by a brief discussion and 20 minutes of centering prayer. At the 10 a.m. service, the third Sunday of Lent will be observed with “Art and The Sacred, Focusing on the Face of Christ.” In honor of Camp Mimanagish Sunday, all are encouraged to wear camp T-shirts, hoodies and hats, and be ready to sing and enjoy familiar camp songs.

King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4125 Grand Ave.: At 9:40 a.m., families will join the congregation in the commons to make sandwiches and other items for the Salvation Army. Bring socks of all sizes for donations.

First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: At 8:30 a.m., JOY! Chimes Choir will perform. Coffee and fellowship will follow at 9 a.m. Sunday School will be at 9:15 a.m., and worship at 10 a.m. Revelation Choir rehearsal will be at 1:30 p.m.

First Congregational UCC, 310 N. 27th St.: Adult Forum begins at 10 a.m. with Rev. Kim Woeste, campus minister at Rocky Mountain College, who will discuss several archetypes used to interpret who Jesus was: hero, martyr, Lord. Pastor Teresa Kennedy will lead the older adult class on Aging and Spirituality. Coffee and refreshments will be available. The 11 a.m. service will include the special One Great Hour of Sharing. Jan Hawk will speak on this special offering. Liturgist will be Sherman Oland. Henry Crist, son of John and Cindy Crist, will present his senior recital at 2 p.m. All people welcome.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St. At the 10 a.m. worship, a collection of toothbrushes for “Baskets of Promise,” a program assembling health kits for Lutheran World Relief, will be taken. The children will collect them during the children’s sermon time. Bring new toothbrushes in closed containers.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Worship will be at 9 a.m. “Route 66” Pastor’s Bible class will be at 10:15 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: At 9:15 a.m., Dr. David McGinnis, director of grants and sponsored programs at MSUB, presents "Sustainability: Can We Achieve it?" Dr. McGinnis will explain the issues involved in achieving sustainability with maintenance of well-being, which has ecological, economic, political, cultural and religious dimensions. In 2011, he was appointed the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program Officer for the National Science Foundation and has studied the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem extensively.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: Worship will begin at 10 a.m. Justin Tigerman will present "Reading, Writing, Praying 2" at 11:15 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Pastor Chuck Sider, staff chaplain at St. John's, will lead worship at 7 p.m. in the Ocee Johnson Chapel.

Monday

Revival meetings: Evangelist Jessie Clark speaks at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the Pryor Community Center in Pryor.

Wednesday

Joint Lenten soup and program: In a session jointly sponsored by First Congregational UCC, Central Christian and Mayflower UCC, soup and bread will be served at 6 p.m. at Mayflower UCC at Poly Drive and Rehberg Lane. The discussion features the Rev. Steve Gordon sharing “Lydia — A Person of Interest.” All are welcome to the free session.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: A Lenten dinner is from 5 to 6 p.m. with the Lenten worship service beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Steve Lackman, Yellowstone County Extension agent, will talk on "Montana Agriculture: Feeding our State, our Nation and the World" at the 7 p.m. community lecture series. This presentation will focus on the role of agriculture as it relates to food distribution and poverty issues.

Mayflower Congregational Church, 2940 Poly Drive: At noon, Women of Mayflower will meet for a luncheon. Sharon Tietema, principal of Riverside Middle School, will discuss the school’s new food pantry program, designed to help provide food staples and cooking lessons for Riverside students and families. A short meeting will follow. At 6 p.m., a bread-and-soup supper for all ages will be served. At 6:30 p.m., Rev. Steve Gordon will present “Lydia,” as part of the “People of the Bible: Real Life Celebrity Profiles,” Lenten program series shared with First Congregational and Central Christian churches.

King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4125 Grand Ave.: At 5:15 p.m., Holy Communion Milestone Class will meet in the Fireside Room. Lenten soup supper will follow in the commons from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Lenten Evening Worship will be at 7 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: Gather for soup and bread starting at 6 p.m. Youth will meet from 6:15 to 7 p.m. Lenten worship time will begin at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Lenten services using Holden Evening Prayer will be at noon and 6:30 p.m. Tom Wagner, as David, will present this week’s dramatic monologue.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: At 5:45 p.m., soup supper will begin. At 7 p.m., Holden Evening prayer worship and teaching of new spiritual practices will explore using chanting as a tool for personal meditation.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: Lenten ReFuel will offer soup supper at 6 p.m. Worship will follow at 7 p.m. Eddy Popp will share his faith story.

Friday

Family Spring Spectacular: Zoe Bible Church is sponsoring a free community event for kids and families. This is a fast-paced, multimedia experience with adrenaline blasted games, lasers and robotic light show. The fun begins at 7 p.m. at Lockwood School in the Sturdevant Gym. A free bag of school supplies will be given to the first 100 kids through the door. For more information, call 860-2527.

First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: A free Lenten recital at 12:05 p.m. in the sanctuary will feature the vocal trio of Patricia Burg, Karen Simmons and Rebecca Larson. They are accompanied by pianist Maureen Booth and violinist Rosie Weiss. A soup-and-bread lunch is served in the parlor/library after the recital; suggested donation is $5.

Other news

Spring book sale: Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W., holds its annual sale with more than 38,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other videos, puzzles and teaching aids. Paperbacks are 50 cents; hardcover books are $1. Homemade cinnamon rolls and lunch are also available. The hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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