St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St W.: Join a spiritual experience of mediation, sacred readings and music in a special service at 6:30 p.m. based on the Taize tradition. This is a Christian worship service that welcomes the wisdom of other religious communities. Members of all faiths and traditions are invited to participate in this unique worship service while seeking peace and centering in the midst of a hectic world.
St. Joseph’s Church, Fromberg: The fall dinner is from noon to 3 p.m. and features a menu of roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls, pie, coffee and cold drinks. The cost is $8 for ages 11 and up, $3 for ages 3-10 and free for those younger than 3.
Community Garden Harvest Festival dinner: A potluck dinner at 12:15 p.m. at St. Andrew Community Garden, 180 24th St. W., features the gardeners’ favorite dishes and the last of the fresh sweet corn from the garden. All gardeners, as well as others who are interested in the community garden movement, are invited.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: It’s Rally Day for the youth during the 10 a.m. service. There are games, music and ice cream. At about 11:30 a.m., there is an open forum titled “Water” with David Mumford of the Billings Water Department.
Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B: There is a training session from noon to 2 p.m. for the new Grace Educational Enrichment Program, with lunch provided. GEEP provides enrichment activities for children from the Rose Park Elementary School on Mondays after school. Teens Gathered in Faith for students in sixth to 12th grades meets at noon for lunch and then goes to the Women and Children Shelter for a service project.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: The fall schedule of activities resumes: A Rally Day for all Sunday school classes is at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. There are Sunday school classes for all age groups and nursery care is available.
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: The 11 a.m. worship features the Rev. Walter Everett, a retired United Methodist minister who will share his experiences of moving from grief and anger to forgiveness toward the man who murdered his son. The Rev. Tom Hall and Everett will conduct a dialogue sermon on the topic of the role of the death penalty in light of the Christian faith. Everett is also the key speaker at the 10 a.m. Adult Forum.
Eckankar (The Religion of the Light and Sound of God): The public is invited to a service and discussion on “Karma, God’s Love in Action” at 10:30 am. Call 672-3539 for location.
First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: At the 9:15 a.m. Church and Society class, session members give a “State of the Church” talk. Mission work, outreach to the community, programming and planned building projects are explained.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: All are welcome to two new Exploring Faith adult classes at 10:30 a.m.: “Opening the Psalms” and “Where on Earth Is the Church?” Sunday school for children and youth ages 2 years through sixth grade and Bubba’s Bible Study for junior and senior high youth begins at 10:15 a.m.
American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Third-graders meet with Pastor Elizabeth Sillerud at 12:15 p.m. for a Bible class. The children receive Bibles at the Sept. 30 worship. At the 9:45 a.m. Sunday school, students learn about the Salvation Army’s sandwich ministry in Billings and how American Lutheran participates.
First English Lutheran Church, 1423 N. 31st St.: At the 10 a.m. service, children read the lessons about Abraham and present songs about him.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: Caring and Resourceful Daring Stampers (CARDS) meet at 7 p.m. to make cards for the congregation to take and use.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: Backyard Theologians meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the church’s backyard to discuss “From Fear to Serenity” with Anthony deMello. There will be a fire pit and the makings for s’mores. Bring your own lawn chair and beverage.
Prayer group: The group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday each month to remember Israel through prayer. For information, call 861-9565.
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: A Taize service is held at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary under the leadership of Barbara Gulick. This contemplative worship service features repetitive music, Scripture readings and extended quiet. All are invited.
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: Mayflower youth meet at First Congregational Church. Youth in grades one to six meet at 4:30 p.m. There is an all-youth dinner at 6 p.m. Youth in grades 7-12 meet at 6:30 p.m.
Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Rickard Ross, former Yellowstone County deputy sheriff, talks about his great-grandfather, who might have been the first white man to discover the dead at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Ross speaks at the community lecture series at 7 p.m.
Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: On Wednesdays, a group is studying the book of James from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the dining room. The class will view slides and videos of faces and maps plus define words and concepts which shape theology. Facilitators are the Rev. Dana Keener and Arla Beal. A light snack is provided. Use the north entrance to the building behind Lithia Toyota.
First English Lutheran Church, 1423 N. 31st St.: Little Lutherans, God’s Kids, Youth Group and Confirmation meet at 6:15 p.m. for games, devotions and activities. Gods Kids work on cards for their elderly friends.
Seeker’s Harbor Gatherings: The GEM group resumes at 5:30 p.m. in the Good Earth Market’s Community Room. Join us for DVD lectures by Prof. Amy-Jill Levine as she explains Old Testament Scriptures. A light meal is provided.
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: The Rev. Kay Tostengard leads a “Spiritual Practices” class from noon to 1 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The younger youth group goes to see “Finding Nemo” in 3D at Shiloh 14. The time will be announced closer to the date. The older youth group is invited to participate.
Book sale: The fall book sale at Central Christian Church at 1221 16th St. W. is open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19-22. There are more than 25,000 titles along with DVDs, puzzles and CDs.