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Faith guide

December 31, 2016 GMT

Saturday

New Year’s Eve for youth at Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: All youth are invited to attend a matinee on Saturday, Dec. 31. For details, call the church at 656-5414.

Labyrinth walk at Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: Sharlene Inglis, a Vereditas certified labyrinth facilitator, hosts a New Year’s labyrinth walk from 1 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited to walk the labyrinth in quiet contemplation of their intentions for the coming year.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: A New Year’s Eve Communion worship service takes place at 5 p.m.

Faith E Church, 3145 Sweet Water Drive: The Rev. Roger Dayton shares “Tough Questions … Tough Answers” at the New Year’s Eve worship service at 5 p.m.

Sunday

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1108 24th St. W.: A New Year’s Day service takes place at 10 a.m. After the service, everyone is invited to help make sandwiches for the sandwich ministry. More than 450 sandwiches will be delivered to the Montana Rescue Mission.

American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Ave.: The second Sunday of the Christmas season is celebrated at 10 a.m.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 40 10th St. W.: A worship service takes place at 9:30 a.m.

Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 36th St. S.: After the 9 a.m. coffee hour, Pastor Steve Heppner shares a message that God is worshipped for his creation with the Word, based on John 1: 1-5, at the 10 a.m. worship service.

Joy Lutheran Church meeting at 3200 Broadwater Ave. (Seventh-day Adventist Church building): A New Year’s Day worship service takes place at 10 a.m.

King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4125 Grand Ave.: A New Year’s Day worship service takes place at 10:30 a.m.

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

Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, 2940 Poly Drive: Communion Sunday is celebrated at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Doug Johnson leading the worship service and providing special vocal music accompanied by Ginny Herrick. The families of Family Promise are hosted at 5 p.m. For more information about the program, call the church at 656-5414.

Unity of Billings, 9 14th St. W.: The Rev. S. Culliver Brookman, Unity minister, presents the annual Bowl Burning Ceremony at 10 a.m. The ceremony offers a refreshing way to begin the New Year with meditation for releasing and letting go of old habits, the burning of which we are willing to release and be free of, and meditation for setting intentions for the coming year. A potluck to celebrate the New Year takes place in the fellowship hall after the service. Everyone is invited.

Atonement Lutheran Church, 1290 Sierra Granda Blvd.: A New Year’s Day service takes place at 9:15 a.m.

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Jaq Quanbeck shares “Moving On … Together” at the 10 a.m. worship service. As the calendar turns from a year of usual joys and sorrows, both personal and global, we face the coming year with less certitude than usual. We will share, move on and build strength together to face an uncertain year. Participants are welcome to bring an inspirational short reading or poem.

Faith E Church, 3145 Sweet Water Drive: The Rev. Roger Dayton shares “Tough Questions … Tough Answers” at the New Year’s Day worship service at 11 a.m.

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 180 24th St. W.: Mike Ferguson teaches “New Year’s Resolutions” at Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Susan Thomas shares the message “Opening the Door,” based on Luke 11:1-13, Revelation 3:20 and John 10:7-15 during the 11 a.m. worship service. Refreshments are served after the service.

Billings Association of Humanists meeting at Riverfront Park: Ralph Scott leads a Winter Tree Walk at Riverfront Park at 1 p.m. (Meet under the South Billings Bridge that heads toward Blue Creek.) Tree identification is unique in the winter when the trees have no leaves. The focus of the walk is on the buds, twigs and bark of deciduous trees and shrubs. Participants should bring magnifying glasses or binoculars and dress in warm, layered clothing. The walk includes many stops for tree identification and natural history discussions.

Wednesday

Billings Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2032 Central Ave.: Leila Farnum leads an exercise on making up and keeping reasonable resolutions during “Workshop on Resolutions,” at the Community Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Ask yourself what you want to accomplish, what you want to change and how long it takes to make or break a habit.

First Congregational and Mayflower Congregational Church youth meeting at First Congregational, 310 N. 27th St.: Youth in first through sixth grades meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Youth in seventh through 12th grades meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., after dinner for all youth is served at 6.

Friday

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 310 N. 27th St.: “Women’s Christmas: Illuminating the Threshold,” takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. In Ireland, Jan. 6 is also known as Women’s Little Christmas, which acknowledges women’s hard work during the Christmas season and celebrates “wise women.” An illuminated labyrinth is open for meditative walking, and participants are asked to bring a sweet or savory Christmas treat for informal wisdom sharing. Beverages are provided. For more information, contact Barbara Gulick, spiritual director-in-residence, by calling 259-3622 or emailing bjgulick@bresnan.net.

Other news

Holy Land Tour with Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave.: A first-class tour of Israel and Jordan, departing from Billings, is planned for April 26-May 7, 2017. Special couple and family fares are available before Jan. 1. Contact Pastor Darold Reiner by calling 890-1149 or emailing imhis38@gmail.com.

New Year’s Revival at Full Gospel Revival Tabernacle, 3307 Third Ave. N.: Pastor Dr. Rhea Goes Ahead hosts the annual revival with Evangelist Maynard LaVallie. The Watchnight Service is at 9 p.m. on Saturday, and a final service is at 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 245-5856.

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