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Faith guide

January 7, 2017 GMT

Saturday

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: Margaret Klein returns for a special weekend of worship at 5 p.m.

Sunday

Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: High school youth gather at noon for a FIRE servant meeting at TYM Square.

Men’s basketball at Trinity Lutheran School, 2802 Belvedere Drive: All men are invited to basketball at 8 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: Sunday school resumes with classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Pastor Dave Thompson leads a class titled “New Year, New You.” With the New Year comes all kinds of resolutions to start afresh, change bad habits and begin the year on the right foot. The six-week class explores how to set realistic goals and provides a biblical blueprint to change. Jean Posusta, a local novelist and journalist, is the guest at Church and Society Class. During “You Go First, No You Go First — What Not to Say/Do to a Dying Person,” she presents research from her next book of fiction, a novel depicting how three sisters lose their parents and continue their lives. Posusta, whose creations are light, humorous and insightful, offers skill development for next-of-kin circumstances. A new sermon series, “Living Full,” begins at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The series explores various topics including purpose, adversity and living our faith. The series is designed to help followers of Jesus Christ reach their full potential. Everyone is welcome.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The Rev. Ken Crouch leads a new adult study group, a discussion on TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) at 9:15 a.m. The choir offers music at the 10 a.m. worship service. An informational meeting for parents of youth in eighth grade and older who are interested in confirmation starts at 11:30 a.m.

Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: At 10 a.m., the Rev. Terri Steinbrink shares the message “Anything?”

St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, 3940 Rimrock Road: Pastor Paul Hanson leads worship in the Ocee Johnson Chapel at 7 p.m.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: Sunday school and confirmation classes are at 11:15.

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 36th St. S: At the 10 a.m. worship service, Pastor Steve Heppner ministers on “All Things Become New,” as God is worshiped through his ability to re-create through baptism, based on Matthew 3:13-17.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: Epiphany is celebrated. Jim Tarr teaches “Freedom: A Christian Understanding” during Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., and Betty Whiting plays organ music and Pastor Susan Barnes preaches during the 11 a.m. worship service, which includes how our ideas of planets, stars and the moon have changed through the centuries. A light lunch is served after the service to everyone helping with taking down and packing Nativity sets, Chrismons, candles and wreaths.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At the 10:30 a.m. service, Jim Bungert, assistant professor of music at Rocky Mountain College, presents “Guilty by Music.” He discusses Damien Echols and Echols’ conviction for murder, which was largely based on his taste in music and his spirituality, which was viewed as satanism. Echols’ experiences are an example of how the justice system can falsely accuse someone based on innuendo and guilt by association.

Central Christian Church, 1221 16th Street W.: A benefit taco bar for Burlington Elementary’s backpack meal program takes place after the 10 a.m. worship service. Suggested donation is $6 per adult and $3 per child.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: Christ’s baptism by John is celebrated, and the Ring Alleluia Bell choir offers music at the 10 a.m. worship service.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Regular worship services resume at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school resumes at 9:45 a.m.

Wednesday

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Brent Cromley gives an update on the Billings City Council at the Community Lecture Series at 7 p.m.

Mayflower and First Congregational Church youth meeting at Mayflower, 2940 Poly Drive: The older youth from First and Mayflower Congregational Churches meet at 6 p.m.

Peace Lutheran Church, 1301 Avenue D: Everyone is invited to a Compline worship service at 7 p.m.

First English Lutheran Church, 1243 N. 31st St.: God’s Kids (age 2 years through fifth grade) meet for games, stories and activities at 5 p.m. Dinner for God’s Kids, parents and Youth Group (grades 6-12) is served at 6 p.m. The youth groups meet after dinner. All are welcome.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: Kids Club meets at 5 p.m. Praise Team practice takes place at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. The youth group meets at 6:30 p.m. Confirmation classes and Chancel Choir practice are at 7 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: Bible study takes place at 10:30 a.m.

Friday

Family Fun Night at Crooked Line Studios, 3330 Fourth Ave. N.: Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ hosts canvas painting from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call Kim at 855-4137.

United Church of Women meeting at First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: The United Church of Women meet for a potluck luncheon at noon.

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