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First Christian Church, 522 N. 29th St.: Members of the congregation meet at 10 a.m. for the Hanging of the Greens. After decorating the church, pizza is served in the fellowship hall.

Central Christian Church, 1221 16th St. W.: Friends and members of the church meet at 9 a.m. to decorate the church for the upcoming Christmas season.


St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: The Feast of St. Andrew is celebrated with a special meal at noon after the worship service. St. Andrew's Day is recognized throughout the Christian world and is celebrated on Nov. 30. He is also the patron saint of Scotland and represents our heritage of the reformed church and the Presbyterian tradition. Guests are particularly welcome.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Scott Peterson has returned after serving a year in the Guatemala City Central Mission. Peterson, a Senior High graduate, is the son of Doug and Kim Peterson of Billings. Peterson, an Eagle Scout, served as a district leader, zone leader and trainer for other missionaries. Most of his two-year mission was served in the mountain villages of Guatemala where he learned the ancient Mayan dialect of K'iche'. He is speaking to the Metra Ward at 1000 Wicks Lane at 11 a.m. All are welcome.

Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B: A new one-hour adult class, "Hymns to our Heart," begins at 9 a.m. in the Fireside Room, taught by the Rev. Susan Otey. Participants are examining the Christmas-story Scriptures through familiar and not-so-familiar hymns.

First Presbyterian Church, 13th Street West and Poly Drive: At the 9 a.m. Church & Society class, MarCee Neary, clinical co-coordinator of Community Crisis Center, provides background on the history of its formation and an overview of the services provided. She profiles the type of clients served since the center's opening in June of 2006, what constitutes a crisis and the model that is being followed for treatment.

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: For the first Sunday in Advent, there is a service of morning prayer and Holy Communion at 8:45 a.m. and a traditional family worship with choirs at 11 a.m.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: At the 10 a.m. service, the first Sunday of Advent is celebrated with the candle lighting by the Dan and Susan Jurovich family and the hanging of the greens. Everyone is encouraged to bring an ornament to place on the tree during the children's time. All new members are received and welcomed into membership during the worship. A chili-and-corn-bread lunch follows in the fellowship hall, hosted by the Christian Education Committee, and then everyone make crafts.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Patty Skates will present a study titled "Prayer as Relationship" during the education hour. Skates has been a prayer leader in the Laurel Methodist Church for the past five years and has attended national workshops on prayer. She is a trained physician and is an assistant professor for the Rocky Mountain College Physician Assistant Program.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: At the 9:45 a.m. adult forum, Jane Koons shares her missionary experiences in Tamil Nadu, India.

First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: Hanging of the Greens takes place on Sunday. It starts with a soup luncheon in Brother Van Hall at 11:30 a.m., followed at noon with crafts and cookie decorating for children and families, assembling cookie plates for shut-ins and various kinds of decorating.


World AIDS Day prayer service: An ecumenical prayer service begins at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.

Memorial candle lighting: A service is being held at American Lutheran Church at 5 Lewis Ave. at 6:30 p.m. Family and friends are invited to join Compassionate Friends for a special holiday service and candle lighting starting at 7 p.m. to honor the memories of children who have died. A potluck fellowship follows the service, so bring a food item to share. If you also bring an unwrapped gift, it will be donated to Family Service Inc. in memory of your loved one.


Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B: "Adjusting for Advent," a gathering time to learn and practice prayer techniques, is from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and repeats from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Child care is provided. Lectio Devina, breath prayer, meditation, popcorn prayer and silence are some of the prayer techniques explored. This is a time to really prepare for Advent and control the stress of the season.

First Christian Church, 522 N. 29th St.: Men and women gather at 9 a.m. for a work party to clean the inside of the church building.


Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2336 St. Johns Ave.: Advent services are at 1 and 7 p.m.


Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2336 St. Johns Ave.: The men's early-morning Bible study meets at the church at 6:30 a.m.


Advent recital series: American Lutheran Church at 5 Lewis Ave. is hosting a series of recitals at noon on Fridays during the Advent season to which the public is invited. A light lunch follows each recital at 12:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall. The recitalists are:

• Dec. 5: An Advent Hymn Sing with Thomas Keesecker, director of music at American Lutheran Church.

• Dec. 12: Seasonal music with harpist Daisy Eddy.

• Dec. 19: Dreams and Dreamers with Barbara Gulick, ALC organist emeritus, assisted by Betty Whiting.

Church Women United: The group meets at 1 p.m. at First Christian Church, 522 N. 29th St., and the public is welcome. This will be a shower for Gateway House. Items to help set up housing are needed. For more information, call Edna Best at 252-2930.


Holiday bazaar: First English Lutheran Church at 1243 N. 31st St. is holding its bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6. There is live music, supervised kids' activities, Christmas corner, craft vendors, baked goods, lefse and white elephants. There is also a raffle. At 9 a.m., cinnamon rolls will be ready, and there is a lunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nativity display and bazaar: Mayflower Congregational Church, 2940 Poly Drive, hosts the annual "No Room at the Inn" nativity display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 in conjunction with the Mayflower Christmas bazaar. Money raised will go to Habitat for Humanity and Interfaith Hospitality Network. An estimated 200 nativities will be displayed. This is the fifth year the nativity scenes have been on display at Mayflower. The bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. features handmade crafts, baked goods and a $5 salad luncheon, which begins at 11 a.m.

Advent concert: Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W., will present its second annual Advent concert on Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. The concert features a 40-piece in-house orchestra of youth and adults, a 35-member adult choir, a junior/senior high girls' choir, upper elementary children's choir and an intergenerational hand bell choir. Admission is free, and a free-will offering will go to establish a scholarship fund for college-aged singers and accompanists participating in the music program. The concert is coordinated by Stephanie Davis, director of music ministry at the church. For information, call the church at 656-1080.

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Friendship Weekend: Whenever a fifth weekend occurs, members of Trinity Lutheran Church at Sixth Street West and Grand Avenue are encouraged to bring a friend to one of the worship services at 5 p.m. Saturday or at 8 or 10:30 a.m. Sunday, sharing with others "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." Special music is provided. All of the "Friendship Weekend" services are open to the public.

Billings After 5 Dinner Connection: All women are invited to the program, "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, It's Going to What?" with Marc Moraniec, who is giving a winter forecast. Josie Fisher, a Pennsylvania transplant, talks about "A Spacious Place." Fisher is a retired certified psychiatric registered nurse and a pioneer in today's time. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Elks Lodge at 934 Lewis Ave. Dinner and the program cost $10 inclusive. Reserve a seat by Thursday by calling Sue at 256-9133. Any cancellations must be made by Friday.

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