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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Today

Laurel bazaar: Our Savior's Lutheran Church at 707 W. Third St. in Laurel is holding its annual bazaar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafts, baked goods, lefse, coffee and lunch will be available.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: A transgender memorial service begins at 5 p.m. Roxie Howard is the guest speaker for this special service of memory for transgender victims of crime. A reception follows the service.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd: 1108 24th St. W.: Shekinah Praise Team leads worship and Good Shepherd Women participate in the service. After the service, the Faith group shares a Thanksgiving dinner followed by family activities.

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

Sunday

Grace United Methodist Church 1935 Ave. B: The annual Thanksgiving potluck and Advent Festival opens at 5:30 p.m. A-F bring salad; G-N potatoes (mashed or sweet); O-R vegetable, relish tray or rolls; and S-Z dessert. Turkey and ham, dressing and gravy are being provided. There are activities for children and families who will have the opportunity to make an Advent wreath to take home.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: For Consecration Sunday, pledges are brought to the altar during worship. At the 9:45 a.m. adult forum, Pastor Tim Tostengaard leads the discussion on the Book of Faith.

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: Pumpkin pie is served during the noon fellowship time, followed by decorating for Advent.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: After the 10 a.m. worship, there is an orientation class at 11:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room for all who would like to become a church member.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd: 1108 24th St. W.: Good Shepherd Women participate in their annual Thankoffering service, and a special offering for missions is taken. The Faith group is selling pies for Thanksgiving during the education hour. Classes for all ages also meet with two adult classes, "That All the World May Know" and "How We Pray and Images of God." At 5:30 p.m., Alpha class meets.

Atonement Lutheran Church, 407 Wicks Lane: The youth and families who attended camp at Christikon this summer lead worship at 8 and 9:45 a.m.

Called to Romania: Christopher "Bud" Lyon, a Billings Skyview High graduate, will serve in the Romania, Bucharest Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The mission also includes Moldova. A sophomore at Brigham Young University, he begins his training at the Provo, Utah, Missionary Training Center on Dec. 17. Lyon, a son of Steve and Kim Lyon, is speaking at 1 p.m. at the Hilltop Ward at 1640 Broadmoor Drive.

St. John's Lutheran Ministries,3940 Rimrock Road: Tonia Fisher-Clark of the Montana Synod and a member at King of Glory Lutheran Church leads worship at 7 p.m. in the Ocee Johnson Chapel.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: The Advent devotional booklet written by church members is available after worship. At 5 p.m., the Girl Scouts are cooking a Thanksgiving dinner for parents and the congregation. Dinner is by reservation only.

First Presbyterian Church, 13th Street West and Poly Drive: At the 9 a.m. Church & Society class, the Rev. Jacquelyn Pinkowski, stated supply pastor at First Presbyterian Church, discusses what is happening in the Presbyterian Church (USA) today. Included is a discussion of the church's mission, how the denomination assists individual churches and leaders, the resources that are provided and the hopes for the denomination's future. There is a churchwide potluck at 11:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., the 13th Street churches have a Thanksgiving service.

Tuesday

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd: 1108 24th St. W.: Good Shepherd hosts St. Pius X at a joint Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m., followed by a fellowship hour.

Wednesday

Atonement Lutheran Church, 407 Wicks Lane: A Thanksgiving worship service with Holy Communion is at 7 pm. Special music is provided by the Chapel Choir.

Hope United Methodist Church, 244 Wicks Lane: A Thanksgiving Eve worship service begins at 7 p.m.

Thursday

Thanksgiving worship: Mount Olive Lutheran Church at 2336 St. Johns Ave. invites the public to a Thanksgiving Day service at 9 a.m.

Thanksgiving Day service: A service begins at 10:30 a.m. at First Church of Christ, Scientist at Division Street and Burlington Avenue. The president's "Thanksgiving Proclamation" is read, followed by a short Bible lesson, expressions of gratitude from the congregation and hymns. Child care is available. All are welcome. For more information, call 248-8661.

Thanksgiving evening worship: There is a Thanksgiving worship service at 6:45 p.m. at American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave. Bring nonperishable food items for the Billings Food Bank.

Friday

First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: The church will take part in the Holiday Parade. It will also host a hospitality table on the sidewalk near the 28th Street entrance during the parade.

Volunteers are needed to bake Christmas cookies for the fellowship table, sing on the van and walk along the parade route.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: Youth meet to finish the float and then participate in the Holiday Parade. Pastor Mark participates in the lighting of the community Christmas tree near Central High School.

Saturday

Grace United Methodist Church 1935 Ave. B: Help decorate the church for the Advent season with the "Hanging of the Greens." Decorating begins at 2:30 p.m. and ends at 4:30. Stay for the chili supper.

Other News

Thanksgiving convention: Full Gospel Revival Tabernacle's 16th annual Thanksgiving convention is Nov. 26-30. Begin the convention at the Tabernacle at 3307 Third Ave. N. on Nov. 26 with Pastor Elwood "Woody" Brien of Billings and on Nov. 27 with Pastor Bernard "Hoss" Jack of Sinteluta, Saskatchewan. Both programs are at 7 p.m.

On Nov. 28-29, events move to the Holiday Inn Grand Montana Ballroom (Stillwater and Missouri Rooms) at 5500 Midland Road. On Nov. 28, evangelist Johnny Curtis of Fort McDowell, Ariz., speaks at 7 p.m. The Nov. 29 event is led by evangelist Lott Thunder of Winnipeg, Manitoba, beginning at 6 p.m. Gospel singers include Johnny Curtis, Jessica and Joan Jack, Anita Bull Chief, Linda Birdinground and Kim Brien. House band members are Martin Black Eagle, Duane and Bear Bull Chief, Dwayne Birdinground and Dean Goodluck.

Other Nov. 28 sessions include "Spiritual Warfare" at 9:30 a.m. and "Reclaiming the Lands" at 1:30 p.m., both led by apostle Jay Swallow.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 29, in the poolside terrace, there is a no-host breakfast with a talk by evangelist Tim Johnson titled "Release the Sent Anointing."

A children's church and nursery is available Nov. 27-29.

The convention returns to the Full Gospel Revival Tabernacle on Nov. 39. Services are at 11 a.m., led by Tim Johnson, and at 7 p.m., led by Lott Thunder.

For more information, call host Pastor Rhea Goes Ahead at 245-5856 or Associate Pastor Bev Huber at 245-0063.

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