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Faith guide

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Craft fair at Open Bible Christian Center, 302 19th St. W.: Enjoy homemade crafts from multiple vendors, a bake sale and lunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the EPIC Youth Group. For more information, call 656-4946.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: Volunteers are needed for indoor and outdoor clean-up projects from 9 a.m. to noon. Coffee and rolls are served.

Women of the ELCA spring event meeting at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd: All women are invited to the event, themed “Weave,” for devotions, music, a guest speaker, basket raffle, cluster meetings, luncheon and worship service. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Anglican Church of Billings meeting at Eastgate Weslyan Church, 625 Mattson Lane: The Rev. Keith Andrews, bishop at Western Anglican Diocese of ACNA, and the Rev. Kevin Jones of Grace Anglican Church in Sheridan, Wyoming, lead a Holy Eucharist service at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is served after the service. Everyone is invited.

Bahá’i presentation at Billings Public Library, 501 N. Broadway: The public is invited to hear, “How to Stay Spiritually Balanced in a Fear-Based Society,” presented by Dan Geiger at 3 p.m. This is the first of a six-month series of presentations hosted by the Billings Bahá’i community, in preparation of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’i Faith.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: Paul Freeman shares a musical offering on finger-style guitar during the 5 p.m. worship service.


St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Pastor Jean Hay, of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, leads worship in the Ocee Johnson Chapel at 7 p.m.

Unity Church, 9 14th St. W.: The Rev. Terri Steinbrink, interfaith minister, speaks on “Spiritual Hunger” during the 10 a.m. worship service. Dan Geiger presents, “How to Stay Spiritually Balanced in a Fear-Based Society,” at 11:15 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: The guest at the 9:15 a.m. Church and Society class is Gene Jarussi, lawyer at Bishop, Heenan, and Davies Law Firm. He discusses “Our Christian Principles, the Law, and a Court Case.” Jarussi, who has worked with Montana’s campaign finance laws for years, presents information about a 2016 case, how the evidence was collected, what was presented to the jury, and the final verdict. At the 10:30 worship service, Pastor Dave Thompson leads a new sermon series, “Snapshots of Faith,” a closer look at the stories of Jesus after his resurrection, as told in the Gospel of John.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At 10:30 a.m., Lynn Mullowney Cabrera presents “Putting a Face on Alzheimer’s.” Increasingly, Alzheimer's and related dementias affect those we know and love. This presentation by Cabrera, the executive director of the Montana chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, explores the growing epidemic of Alzheimer's, including warning signs, risk factors and available local resources.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: Services celebrating the second Sunday of Easter start at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. At 9:35, the Rev. Dr. Paul Hanson begins a five-part series celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, with “How Martin Luther Changed Your World.”

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: After the 8:45 a.m. Adult Education class, the first Sunday after Easter is celebrated at the 10 a.m. worship service. Linda Smith, soprano, sings.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: After the 10 a.m. worship service, everyone is invited to help make sandwiches for the Salvation Army and prepare rooms for the families of Family Promise.

First Congregational UCC, 310 N. 27th St.: The Rev. Barbara Archer leads Celtic Earth Mass at 7 p.m.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: Mike Ferguson teaches “How to Study a Bible Passage” during Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. He introduces basic steps to help people read and study the Bible with increased confidence. Holy Humor Sunday is celebrated during the 11 a.m. worship service. Some medieval theologians considered Christ’s resurrection God’s laugh at death, called “risus paschalis.” Pastor Susan Barnes preaches about indescribable and glorious joy, based on 1 Peter 1:3-9, and Acts 1:14-32. 

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 36th St. S.: Pastor Steve Heppner leads the 10 a.m. worship service with the theme “God is worshiped for his mission of forgiveness.” The choir shares special music.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: God’s Kids offer special music during the 10 a.m. worship service. After the service, everyone is invited to help pack boxes for Baskets of Promise, to benefit families in need.

Billings Association of Humanists meeting at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: Ralph Scott presents “Is Natural History Science?” at 1 p.m. Americans place great emphasis on science education, especially with programs like STEM and school science fairs. But which “science(s)” do we emphasize? Scott questions this push for scientific literacy and suggests that it probably fosters more ignorance than enlightenment, especially regarding the natural world where we live. Scott examines the historic causes for the steady decline in scientific natural history as an academic necessity for good citizenship, personal well-being, scholarship, and how it is fundamental and foundational for environmentalism, social and political matters, and all of science.


Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: At 6:30 p.m., Rebecca Flores, intuitive teacher self-empowerment mentor, facilitates the workshop “Take Back Your Power!” The interactive workshop helps participants identify where their power is going and why. Attendees will also learn how to call back their power and live aligned to their personal core of power by directing it, to create their best lives. Tuition costs $35. Register online at For more information, call the church at 254-9554 or Rebecca at 696-1968.


Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: At noon, the Women of Mayflower meet for a luncheon with special guest Katie Bennett of Mac’s Floral, who shares a program about flowers and herbs. Everyone is invited.

Youth of First Congregational and Mayflower Congregational meeting at Mayflower: Youth in first through sixth grade meet at 5 p.m. Dinner for all is served at 6. Youth in seventh through 12th grade meet from 6:30 to 8:30.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: A Holden Evening Prayer Service starts at 7 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: God’s Kids meet at 5 p.m. for devotions, games and service time. A meal for all is served at 6 p.m. The youth group meets for a service project at 6:30.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At 7 p.m., Joan McCracken shares her observations on “Two Illnesses: Cancer and The Other,” relating personal experiences of how people with certain diseases are treated more nicely than those with mental illness.


Bethany Church, 8885 Danford Ave.: Bethany Church is hosting an evening of fellowship with members of Christians United for Israel Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the gathering that will feature Maj. Elliot Chodoff, political and military analyst with Israel Defense Forces, and Randal Neal of the CUFI. For information, visit


Black Lite Neon Night at Friendship House, Café, 3123 Eighth Ave. S.: First English Lutheran Church invites teens ages 13-18 to meet for galactic games and cosmic coloring from 7 to 11 p.m.

Saturday, April 29

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: A class, “Youth Mental Health First Aid Training,” takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presented in partnership with RiverStone Health, the class is recommended for anyone working with youth, or involved in a youth’s life. Cost is $10. To register, call Kim Harris at 855-4317 or the church office at 656-5414.

Other news

Bible Reading Marathon: New Life Church is looking for site captains to help oversee shifts for the May 1-4 Bible Reading Marathon. To volunteer, call Patti Brown at 656-0171 or 208-4091.

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The deadline for submitting information for the Faith Guide is noon Tuesday for consideration for publication in the upcoming Saturday edition. The items should be special events open to the public and of interest to readers outside your congregation.

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