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Joliet community yard sale: Joliet Christian Church on Highway 212 is a major stop in the yard sale circuit, and lunch is available.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave D.: Guest musician John Goodheart will be at the 5 p.m. worship. The one-year anniversary celebration of Community Food Pantry is this week. Please bring a nonperishable food item to share.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: Four youth leave for Christikon, the church’s camp on Boulder River.


Mayflower Congregation United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive.: Dr. Ed Stickney provides special organ music at the 10 a.m. worship. Adventure Hour for kids in kindergarten through fourth grade takes place instead of regular Sunday school. Nursery is provided. 656-5414.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave D.: Songs from vacation Bible school are featured during the 10 a.m. worship. Please bring a nonperishable food item to celebrate Community Food Pantry’s one-year anniversary.

Unity Church, 9 14th St. W.: Guest speaker is local musician Almeda Bradshaw. At 10 a.m., she performs "My story in Narration and Song."

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Jordan Jolly and Derek Stevens, counselors at Christikon Bible Camp, will be part of American Lutheran camper blessing at morning service. 

Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B.: At 10:15 a.m. worship, the congregation celebrates the ministry of the Rev. Susan Otey as she prepares to move to her new appointment in Great Falls. Gary Treglown and David Otey provide special music. A farewell luncheon for Susan and David follows at the fellowship hall.

First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: Coffee and fellowship is at 10 a.m. Worship follows at 10:30 a.m. 245-3001.

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: At Ocee Johnson Chapel, the Rev. Eric Thorson of Bethlehem Lutheran Church leads worship at 7 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: At 10 a.m. worship, guest speaker is the Rev. Rob Kirby, campus pastor at Montana State University Billings. Dennis Anderson and Ed Pierson play special music on guitar and mandolin.

First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: A celebration of the closing of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Hall's interim ministry is at 10 a.m. A litany of farewell and letting go concludes the service and the choir will sing. A reception sponsored by the Board of Deacons for Tom and Laura Hall follows in the narthex. A nine-minute slide presentation of the search committee’s recommendation for the next senior pastor is available for viewing in the narthex before and after the service.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At 10:30 a.m., Ronn Smith discusses “Self-Reliance or Self-Sacrifice? Where Do We Fit In?” It examines whether every choice a person makes is ultimately self-serving, no matter how unselfish it may appear, and if any benefit to society is just a happy coincidence. Can individualism and altruism coexist? Smith has performed volunteer work in many different capacities. Licensed as a mechanical engineer, he has spent 23 years as an independent consultant, performing environmental and process engineering, developing simulation and database software and designing industrial products. 


St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Children from First English Lutheran Church sing for the monthly birthday party.


Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave D.: ReFuel meal at 6:30 p.m. is grilled cheese, and all are invited. Holden Evening Prayer is at 7 p.m.

Other News

Skyview graduate joins German mission: Aaron Lyon, a 2014 Skyview graduate, will serve in the Berlin Germany Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Aaron received the 2014 Falcon Medallion Award, is an Eagle Scout and Search and Rescue certified scuba diver. He begins training at the Provo Utah Missionary Training Center on July 30, and will serve for two years. Aaron is the youngest son of Stephen and Kim Lyon of Billings. He will speak at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Alkali Creek Ward, 1640 Broadmoor Drive.

Billings missionary returns: Justin William Ward returns to Billings after serving in both the Mesa Arizona Mission and the Gilbert Arizona Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as an assistant to the mission president, district music leader, district leader and zone conference coordinator during the past two years. He was also able to help with the Gilbert Arizona Temple dedication in March 2014.  A Skyview High graduate, he will be a sophomore at Montana State University Billings this fall. Ward speaks to the Alkali Creek Ward, 1640 Broadmoor Drive, at 11 a.m. on July 27. All are welcome to attend.

Jubilee celebrated: The Rev. John Houlihan's 50 years of ministry as a priest will be celebrated on June 29 with a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral and then a reception from noon to 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall at 2216 Grand Ave. in Billings. 

Vacation Bible School

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: Vacation Bible School is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 23-26.

Billings SDA Church, 3200 Broadwater Ave.: VBS “Investigation Station: Galactic Quest,” a program where kids investigate God’s word. June 23-27. 9:30 a.m.-noon. For ages 4-12.

First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: “Workshop of Wonders” is from 9 a.m.-noon June 23-26. Register kids (ages 3 years old through entering sixth grade) by printing registration forms found on the church’s website,, or by calling the church at 245-3001. Preschool class is limited to first 25 kids, but there is still room.

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