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Saturday, May 24, 2003

Today Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: The service at 5 p.m. will have an American Sign Language interpreter.

Sunday Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Ave. D: The summer schedule begins with one service at 9:30 a.m.

Bethel Baptist Church, corner of Clevenger and Jackson: Desert Reign performs at 7 p.m. The group has received the Country Gospel Music Association award as vocal group and band of the years for four consecutive years. Desert Reign has been together for seven years and is currently in full-time ministry. The musicians are RC Reynolds (lead guitar), Sam Horn (bass guitar), Buddy Banks (drums) and Lori Reynolds (pedal steel and dobro).

New Apostolic Church, 500 15th St. W.: All of the New Apostolic Montana congregations will have a combined service at 10:30 a.m. to welcome the guest minister, the Rev. Richard Freund from New York.

Kateri Indian Ministry: A liturgy is at 4 p.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, followed by a feed for Brother Bede Baldry and his family. Bring something to share.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: The summer schedule includes services at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Between services, volunteers are asked to help make sandwiches for the Montana Rescue Mission's Mobile Outreach van.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: The summer schedule begins. There is one service at 9:30 a.m. Applications are available in the church office for those who want a garden plot in the church's newly developed community garden. For information, call 656-9256.

Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Ave. B: The congregation will remember those special people of the church family who have passed away in the last year during the 10:15 a.m. service. A candle of remembrance will be lit by a family member or friend for each individual.

Cowboy Church: A service begins at 8 a.m. at Parker's Horse Sale in the Billings Livestock Barn.

Tuesday Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Circle of Prayer meets at 8:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Interfaith Hospitality Network meets at 7 p.m.

Wednesday Mayflower Congregational Church, 2940 Poly Drive: The women of Mayflower meet for a program at 12:30 p.m. on "bird watching" and will also have dessert. This is the last meeting until September.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: The "Filling Station" begins with a meal at 5:45 p.m. before the 6:30 p.m. worship. A new study of C. S. Lewis' book "Mere Christianity" is at 7:15 p.m.

Thursday Cowboy Church: A service begins at 7 p.m. at the Public Auction Yards at 18th Street and Minnesota Avenue. The special speaker is Terry Keith, a teacher of God's word who pioneered a YWAM base in Cuba. Keith has also traveled to South and Central American teaching in churches and discipleship training schools.

Other News Thomas the Apostle Retreat Center, Cody, Wyo.: The church will host a "Creation Spirituality" seminar June 6-8. The seminar, "Rediscovering the Earth All Over Again," addresses how human beings can better appreciate the natural order and learn how to better live in harmony with creation. The three presenters are the Rev. Warren Murphy on "Getting Into Harmony with Creation," Diane Corsick on "Deep Listening: Connecting with the Earth, Self and Each Other" and Willie LeClair on "Seeking the Red Road." There is also time for individual spiritual exploration in the nearby area.

Murphy has been rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Cody since 1989. He grew up in New Jersey's famous Pine Barrens and has spent a 26-year ministry in Wyoming, working to develop a deep appreciation of how God is experienced in nature.

Corsick from Lander recently received a master's of liberal arts in creation spirituality through the University of Creation Spirituality with Matthew Fox in Oakland, Calif. She is a retreat facilitator, artist, musician and spiritual advisor.

LeClair was born in Ft. Washakie and re-discovered his Native American spiritual path through dancing. He has studied with both Shoshone and Arapaho tribal elders as he sought the spiritual path of his ancestors. People from all over the world gather at his sweat lodge near Riverton, Wyo.

In addition to the talks, participants will have an opportunity for meditation, journaling, nature study, walking the labyrinth and creating a Sunday worship experience at the Wayfarer's Chapel outside Yellowstone National Park.

There is a $50 registration fee for the seminar, and housing is available through the Thomas the Apostle Center. For more information, call (307) 587-4400.