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Faith guide

November 4, 2016 GMT


Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: Church Work Day starts at 8 a.m. Bring work gloves, yard tools, etc. A small Bible study also starts at 8. Donations and cards of support are collected for 14-year-old Karianna Jinguji, daughter of David and Kristen Jinguji, who has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Anyone wishing to donate may also call Trinity Lutheran School at 656-1021 or go to gofundme.com/2eckeng.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University and noted author, continues her Community Lecture Series with “Jesus of Nazareth: Piety, Politics, Practice and Prayer” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and “Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per lecture and are available at the door.

St. Patrick Co-Cathedral, 215 N. 31st St.: A Diocesan Mass concluding the Jubilee Year of Mercy is celebrated at 5 p.m. with Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings presiding.


First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.: All Saints Day and Communion Sunday are celebrated at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Citywide dodge ball for youth in sixth through 12th grades takes place from 4 to 6 p.m.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: Pastor Jean Hay is installed at 2 p.m. A reception follows.

Harvest Dinner at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shepherd: The annual roast beef dinner, bake sale, auction and quilt raffle takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6 to 12.

First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W.: Jim Gransbery, retired political and agricultural reporter for The Billings Gazette, discusses “The Rule of St. Benedict: A Spiritual Guide for the 21st Century” at the Church and Society Class at 9:15 a.m. St. Benedict composed meditations on the rule 1,500 years ago amid a time of great economic, societal and political turmoil. Gransbery discusses how these rules were historically developed and applied, proving that they are as relevant for our lives today as they were when St. Benedict wrote them. At the 10:30 a.m. worship service, Pastor Dave Thompson continues the “Making a Difference” series as Bill Lorentz, a member and part of the West Park Village ministry team, discusses giving with a cheerful and joyful attitude.

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

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 36th St. S.: Pastor Steven Heppner ministers on “Eternal Salvation” at the 10 a.m. worship service. Everyone is invited to the Harvest Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost of the meal is $9 for ages 8 and older. Children 7 and younger eat for free.

Messiah Lutheran Church, 2939 Colton Blvd.: The Rev. Elisabeth Daniels, chaplain at St. John’s Lutheran Ministries, is the guest pastor at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to wear white in celebration of All Saints Sunday.

King of Glory Lutheran Church-ELCA, 4125 Grand Ave.: All Saints Sunday worship services take place at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: The Rev. Ken Crouch leads Bible study at 9:10 a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated and stewardship is the focus of the message at the 10 a.m. worship service.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: At the 10:30 a.m. service, Diana Mann, a former mental health worker at Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge, presents “Mental Health Work in Prison” and shares some of her observations about the prisoners and staff.

Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: The Rev. Culliver Brookman shares her message “Self-Talking Ourselves to a New Creation” at the 10 a.m. service. A monthly potluck and fellowship follow. Everyone is welcome.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: At 9:30 a.m., adult Sunday school explores how faith impacts decisions in the voting booth with “How Should Christians Vote?” All Saints Sunday is celebrated at the 11 a.m. worship service. Betty Whiting plays music and Holy Communion is served to all who wish to partake. Also, the Rev. Susan Barnes reads the names of beloved people who have passed away in the last year and an elder tolls a chime for each name. Anyone wishing to include a name should call the church office at 656-9256 and leave a message.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: Bishop Jessica Crist of the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America leads the worship services, and music is provided by the Good Shepherd Bells at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Amy-Jill Levine is the featured speaker at the adult education class and all children are invited to the Sunday school’s Friends Day at 10:15.

Billings First Church, 310 N. 27th St.: Communion Sunday is celebrated and Laura Keating is the guest pastor at the 11 a.m. worship service.


Election Day Communion at Grace United Methodist Church, 1935 Avenue B: Everyone is invited to the church at noon for the sacrament of Holy Communion and to pray for the candidates, country, kingdom of God, each other and the ties that bind us. In the midst of one of the most divisive political seasons yet, it’s important to remember that what holds us together as the body of Christ is so much more powerful and important than what divides us.


Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: “Elections 2016: What just happened? What should we do about it?” is the theme as the Rocky Mountain College Debate Team returns to the Community Lecture Series at 7 p.m., to talk about the recent election, with a focus on solutions.

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: Older youth groups from Billings First Church and Mayflower Congregational meet at Mayflower at 6 p.m.


King of Glory Lutheran Church-ELCA, 4125 Grand Ave.: The Bible study of 2 Kings continues at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.


First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St. W: The United Church Women invite others to a potluck lunch at noon.


Laurel United Methodist: The LUM Women host their annual bazaar with a large variety of vendors from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5. A soup lunch with rolls and homemade pie is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch costs $6. Proceeds benefit the church’s mission projects.

Hope United Methodist Church, 244 Wicks Lane: The annual United Methodist Women’s craft bazaar and harvest lunch takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fresh cinnamon rolls are available until noon, when lunch begins.

Other news

Earthshine concert at Mayflower Congregational Church, 2940 Poly Drive: The acoustic duo of Kris and Scott Prinzing perform “Songs for a Complex World: A Musical Exploration of War, Justice, Peacemaking and Hope” at 7 p.m. A $3 donation to nonprofit MusEco Media is suggested. For more information, go museco.org.

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