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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Today

Holy Rosary Church, 501 Custer Ave.: The Seasons Change Craft Fair opens at 9 a.m. with a huge selection of handmade items by local crafters. The church is also a Salvation Army toy drop-off location. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to help local families.

First Christian Church, 522 N. 29th St.: The annual Christmas dinner with entertainment begins at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Mayflower Christmas Fair: The annual fair is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ at 2940 Poly Drive. The craft bazaar features handmade gift items, handcrafted decorations and a cooks’ nook sale with home-baked and canned goods, candies and goodies. The salad lunch begins at 11 a.m. and costs $6 for ages 13 and up, $4 for ages 6-12. Kids ages 5 and under eat for free. Desserts and coffee are served all day. There is also the annual “No Room at the Inn” display of Nativity scenes from around the world. A donation is asked for Habitat for Humanity and Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Sunday

Live Nativity: Laurel’s Christmas to Remember event includes a live Nativity at 4:15 p.m. at Town Square.

First United Methodist Church,2800 Fourth Ave. N.: The award-winning movie “Where God Left His Shoes” is being shown at 4 p.m. in Caton Chapel. This heartwarming story of a family dealing with homelessness is appropriate for all ages. Fresh popcorn will be served, and a freewill offering benefits Interfaith Hospitality Network of Yellowstone County, which provides temporary housing for families within a network of local churches. FUMC partners with First Congregational Church to help IHN, a nonprofit organization, which provides intervention and training with the goal of lifting people out of homelessness and helping families get back on their feet and in their own homes.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: During the 10 a.m. worship, Chris Sheppard provides music.

First Congregational Church UCC, 310 N. 27th St.: Between the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services, the Alternative Christmas Fair and Sweets Bazaar begins at 10 a.m. to benefit various ministries. Homemade treats and desserts are for sale in the narthex of the church to promote youth ministry. The sale of other items benefits Global Village, Mayflower Circle, Christian Education, Interfaith Hospitality Network and Outreach. At 6 p.m. the award-winning documentary “Where God Left His Shoes” is being shown in the fellowship hall. Free popcorn and drinks are being served, and a freewill offering is being taken to benefit Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: The full-length feature film “Where God Left His Shoes” is being shown at 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. This Sundance award-winning film is a fundraiser for Interfaith Hospitality Network and is the story of hope for a homeless family at Christmas time. The movie is open to the public.

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Chaplain Tom Schleder, weekend chaplain at St. John’s, leads worship at 7 p.m. in the Ocee Johnson Chapel.

Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B: Justin Perkins provides special keyboard music at the 10:15 worship. Dorothy Young and Judy Rowse light the Advent candle this week.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: At the 10 a.m. service, Shelly Mangen and her daughter Joele light the Advent candle, and there is music of the season. A nursery is provided.

First Presbyterian Church, 13th Street West and Poly Drive: At the 9:30 a.m. Church and Society class, David Kenat, deputy sheriff and regional coordinator for the Northwest Gang Investigators Association, talks about “Gang Awareness — A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Churches to Understand the Gang Phenomena in Yellowstone County.” At 3 and 7 p.m., Rocky Mountain College presents the annual “Lessons and Carols.”

Christmas celebration: At 6 p.m., everyone is welcome at the Pentecostals of Billings at Lewis Avenue and 24th Street West to join in singing Christmas carols and songs, and to watch a drama celebrating the birth of the Savior.

Tuesday

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: Peace Pals meets for Bible story, crafts, music, games and snacks from 6 to 7 p.m. Peace Pals is open to all youngsters from kindergarten through sixth grade.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Theology on Tap meets at 7 p.m. at the Rex.

Wednesday

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: Women of the church meet at 11:30 a.m. for a Christmas potluck lunch and gift exchange.

Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: Family Fun Night begins at 5:30 p.m. There is a light meal and birthday cake to celebrate December birthdays and then Christmas crafts are made. All are welcome.

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Thursday

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The public is invited to view the Emmy-winning film “Made in L.A.” This 70-minute documentary follows the remarkable story of three immigrants working in Los Angeles and reveals the impact on each woman’s life as the three are gradually transformed by the experience. Admission is free, and discussion and refreshments follow the viewing.

Friday

Congregation Beth Aaron, 2031 Broadwater Ave.: At 6 p.m., there is a lay-led Chanukah service followed at 7 p.m. by a latkefest, potluck and Hanukkah party. Bring a family Hanukkiah. Call 248-6412 for more information.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Michael Everson plays organ at the noon Advent recital, which is open to the public. A soup lunch is served at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.:  Need to go Christmas shopping without the kids? The Youth Group is providing baby-sitting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church. Donations will go to purchase gifts for children in foster care. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sixth Avenue South and South 29th Street: Bishop Michael Warfel celebrates Mass at 6 p.m. After the Mass, CCW hosts a potluck supper of Mexican food; everyone is welcome. There is also a raffle of Christmas gift baskets to raise funds to support the church’s operation. The $1 tickets are now on sale.

Other News

Christian Women’s Club brunch: The group meets for “The Bells Are Ringing” from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Billings Hotel, 1223 Mullowney Lane. Music is provided by Melissa Rich and her hand bells. The speaker is Delores Vigesaa of Billings, who talks about “Life Is Like a Collection.” For a reservation, call Faye at 245-7311 or Luella at 651-0706 by Dec. 13.

Donation given: The Pool of Living Water Fund from the Montana Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America is making a donation to the board of The Lutheran Center, at 2902 Glenwood Drive, to help pay off the house principal. More than $2,000 was collected at the annual WELCA convention this fall from members’ change donations.

“A Christmas to Remember”: On Friday through Sunday, Dec. 11-13, Emmanuel Baptist Church at 328 S. Shiloh Road presents the annual musical/drama performance featuring the Singing Christmas Tree. Admission is free. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The public is invited to an uplifting time of music and drama in celebration of the Christmas season. Call 652-3161 for more information.

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