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Today

Fall bazaar at Laurel United Methodist Church: The bazaar runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 at Third Avenue and West Fourth Street in Laurel. There is a wide assortment of handcrafted items and other merchandise plus, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a lunch of homemade soup, drink, roll and pie for $5. The church is also hosting Mercy Market, which is managed by Denise Hammer. Mercy Market extends hope and mercy to a hurting world through the sale of international artistry. If you would like to host a Mercy Market showing, call Denise at 628-4851.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: Find new spiritual experience in a Taize service at 6:30 p.m. People of all faiths are invited to this service of prayerful centering with meditative singing, readings and calming silence. It is an experience that blends the ancient with the modern, drawing on liturgy and music from the tradition of the Taize community in Europe.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: The youth group meets at 10 a.m. at the church to build a float for the Holiday Parade.

Central Christian Church. 1221 16th St. W.: Disciple Women meet at 10 a.m. for a continental breakfast and  a program featuring a speaker from a local health club. All women are welcome.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: Men of Mayflower serve breakfast at 7:15 a.m. at Aspen Meadows. Park in the east end of the parking lot.

Sunday

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: At the 10 a.m. worship, a healing service is incorporated into the regular service. A musical offering is given by Craig Pierson with a hand bell solo. After worship, there is an Advent event in preparation for the beginning of Advent next Sunday. Soup and sandwiches are prepared and Advent crafts are available. All are welcome.

Thanksgiving pie auction: At 6 p.m., Yellowstone Lutheran Church at 852 Governors Boulevard holds its annual auction. The public is invited to prepare for the Thanksgiving feast early by getting a pie. Proceeds benefit church projects. Auctioneers Ole and Lena, straight off the boat from Norway, provide entertainment and laughs. For more information, call Pastor Matt Lundgren at the church at 252-5363.

First Congregational Church, UCC, 310 N. 27th St.: The Adult Church and Society Forum meets at 10 a.m. in the parlor to discuss “How Do We Live In Good Conscience in the Face of Need?” For those 55 and up, join Teresa Kennedy for the Prime Timers’ Study from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. After the 8:45 and 11 a.m. services, stay for the traditional “Hanging of the Greens” and decorate the sanctuary for the upcoming Advent season. A special tree is available to younger worshippers to participate in adorning with ornaments.

First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: There is a reception for new members after the 10:30 a.m. worship.

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Paul Skatrud-Mickelson from Peace Lutheran Church leads worship at 7 p.m. in the Ocee Johnson Chapel.

Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B: The annual “Hanging of the Greens” begins at 4 p.m. The children rehearse for the Christmas pageant while adults and youth decorate the church for the Advent season.  A shared meal concludes the church-wide event.

First Presbyterian Church, 13th Street West and Poly Drive: At the 9:30 a.m. Church and Society class, Kathleen O’Neal, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, talks about “It All Starts at Home — Building on Faith” and the 16 years that Habitat for Humanity has been in Billings.

13th Street Thanksgiving service: The joint worship of the churches in the 13th Street West neighborhood begins at 3 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D.

Pentecostals of Billings Church, 2335 Lewis Ave.: There is a singspiration with special guest musician and minister Nathan Thompson. The 2 p.m. service includes a variety of gospel music as well as drama. Everyone is welcome.

Central Christian Church. 1221 16th St. W.: Members and friends are asked to bring their 2010 pledge or financial commitment during “Celebration Sunday.” After the 10:45 a.m. traditional service, there is a potluck dinner. Each individual or family is asked to bring one vegetable dish, salad or a dessert. Meat is provided by the church.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: The 9:45 a.m. adult forum on the 2010 church budget is led by Blair Dear, congregation president, and  Kathy Buszmann, congregation treasurer.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: After the 10 a.m. worship, there is a celebration and open forum with Intermountain Children’s Home representatives to share in celebrating 100 years of creating nurturing and therapeutic environments for children under severe emotional distress. The public is invited to the service or to have cake and listen to a brief presentation at about 11:20 a.m.

Monday

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: At 7 p.m., CARDS (Caring and Resourceful Daring Stampers) make holiday cards for the congregation to take and use. No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome. Supplies are provided.

Tuesday

Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B: The All-Church Conference opens at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the work of the church and plan for the coming year.  District Superintendent David Burt leads the meeting.  Dessert and coffee are being served.

Wednesday

Central Christian Church. 1221 16th St. W.: For Christmas “Prepday” from 9 to 11 a.m., help sort through and rearrange Christmas decorations before the upcoming “Decoration Day.” Any donation of decorations would be appreciated. Doughnuts and coffee are being provided.

Thursday

Mount Olive LCMS Lutheran Church, 2336 St. Johns Ave.: The Thanksgiving Day service is at 9 a.m.

Christian Science Church, Division Street and Burlington Avenue: The public is invited to a Thanksgiving service at 10:30 a.m. to express gratitude for all the many blessings. Child care is available.

Friday

Free movie “The Hiding Place”: The movie is being shown at no charge to the public at 7 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave. In wartime Holland, Corrie ten Boom and her family quietly sheltered Jews in their small houses until the Nazis discovered the hiding place and arrested them all. This is the gripping story of Corrie and her sister’s  endurance of the horrors in a death camp and their sure hope that God alone is the true hiding place. Videos for children are being shown  in the Youth House south of the parking lot. “Movie Nite” is presented monthly on the fourth Friday by Trinity’s Evangelism Committee.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: At 10 a.m., the youth group meets to finish the float for this  evening’s Holiday Parade.

Mount Olive LCMS Lutheran Church, 2336 St. Johns Ave.: The Mount Olive youth group is riding in the downtown Holiday Parade on the float the group made.

To submit information

The deadlines for submitting information for the Faith Guide is 4 p.m. Tuesday for consideration for publication in that Saturday’s edition.

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