Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The 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.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D.: Ralph Sappington’s Country/Gospel service is the theme of the 5 p.m. worship service.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: At the 9:30 a.m. Sunday school, Mike Ferguson teaches a lesson on Psalm 84 called “Understanding Happiness.” At the 11 a.m. worship service, Sandra McKee, teaching elder, preaches about the Emmaus Road story in Luke 24:13-35, as part of the church’s Easter theme, “Rejoice and Be Renewed.” Those who attend are welcome to stay for refreshments after the joyful service.
Christikon Camp auction at Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave.: Local Lutheran churches host an annual camp benefit auction at the Billings Depot from 4-7 p.m. Admission is $15 and includes hors d'oeuvres from Top Notch Catering, a cash bar, silent auction, special Sojourner (at-risk campers) bidding and a live auction beginning at 5:30.
Billings Association of Humanists meeting at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St.: Book Club meets at 1 p.m. to discuss “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, an allegorical novella published in 1946 in which Orwell consciously tries to fuse political and artistic purposes.
St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Pastor Karl Guhn, staff chaplain, leads worship in the Ocee Johnson Chapel at 7 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: Dr. Terry Bouck, superintendent of Billings Public Schools, is the guest at the Church and Society class at 9:15 a.m. In recognition of Jesus being directly addressed 90 times in the Gospels, 60 times when he was called “teacher,” Bouck gives an overview of the Billings school system, including the challenges and successes. He also discusses improvements to be made to the upcoming bond issue, if it passes.
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 36th St. S: Pastor Steve Heppner leads worship service at 10 a.m. The focus is “God is worshipped for overcoming fear of faith” and June Karst and Shelly Moats provide special music. Registration for the May 12 Mother/Daughter Banquet is available at the church, or by calling 252-8390.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: After the 10 a.m. worship service, the youth sponsor the Fun and Filling Fundraiser, a spud-and-salad luncheon featuring baked potatoes with all the toppings, salad, dessert, coffee and lemonade. Birthday cake, in celebration of those with April birthdays, is also served. A freewill offering is collected for lunch.
Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: The 2017 confirmation students are honored during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.
Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: The Rev. Terri Steinbrink, interfaith minister, speaks on "Spiritual Hunger, Part 2," and the ways it can manifest in our lives, during the 10 a.m. service. Birthday Sunday is celebrated after the service, and everyone is invited to stay for fellowship and birthday cake.
Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D.: After the 10 a.m. worship service, the Rev. Liz Frey, intern pastor, connects people as prayer partners. Everyone is invited.
American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: As a follow-up to the Lenten forums on emotional intelligence, Pastor Tim Tostengard leads the last session on the topic at 9:45 a.m., focusing on two of the more difficult demands of discipleship: forgiveness and loving our enemies.
First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: The walk to Emmaus is celebrated during the worship service at 10 a.m. A reception for two church members who are leaving the area follows.
Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At the 7 p.m. Community Lecture Series, Danny Choriki presents “Walkable Lifestyles: Visions of a More Human Suburbia” and “Walking and How We Live: The End of Suburbia?,” two TED Talks about the walkability and retrofitting of suburban spaces toward a more livable, sustainable lifestyle.
Youth from First and Mayflower Congregational meeting at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: First through sixth grade meets at 5 p.m. Dinner for all is served at 6 p.m. Seventh through 12th grade meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: God’s Kids (ages 3 through fifth grade) meet for games, devotions and activities based on “Love Is,” what love means to Jesus, at 5 p.m. A meal for all is served at 6. The youth group meets at the church at 6:30, for a trip to the skate park. Bring skateboards, skates and helmets.
Mayflower Community Garden: Dedicated gardeners are invited to rent a 4-foot-by-8-foot plot for $20 to grow items of their own choosing. Gardeners are expected to attend spring and fall work days and garden meetings, and to mow and weed the mission plots. Garden cleanup days are scheduled for 2 p.m., Sundays, April 30-May 7. The spring meeting will be scheduled when 75 percent of the plots are rented. Space will be assigned by May 30. For an application, or to reapply for last year’s plot, call the church office at 656-5414. For more information, call LuAnn Engh at 698-0121.
Spiritual warfare talks: Talks on spiritual warfare will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 715 Fourth Ave., in Laurel. Zachary King, a former high wizard satanist will speak about how people can protect themselves from exposure to the practices of witchcraft, magic and other occult activities. The talk on Thursday is geared for teens, while the Thursday and Friday meetings are for adults only. For information, call the church at 628-7182.
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