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Teen Challenge fund-raiser is April 26.

Teen Challenge/Montana Outreach is having its spring fund-raiser at the Holiday Inn Parkside at 6 p.m. April 26.

Guest speaker is chaplain Lt. Col. John A. Melendez, a 1965 Teen Challenge graduate from Spanish Harlem in New York City. He will talk about how his beliefs changed his life.

Tickets are $25 per person. For information and to order tickets, call 543-1912.

Easter service to be held on UM campus

Clark Fork City Church will be hold a special Easter service at the University Center Ballroom on the University of Montana campus Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

"Due to our overflow crowds last year," said senior Pastor Steve Valentine, "we decided to look around for a larger venue. With a seating of over 1,000, there will be plenty of room for guests." A special drama presentation will accompany Valentine's message. Child care will be offered for children aged 6 months through first grade.

Atonement announces sunrise worship

Easter Sunrise Service at Atonement Lutheran Church, 34th and Schilling, will begin at 6:30 a.m. Easter Festival worship services are at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion will be celebrated at all three services.

The youth and men of the congregation will serve a pancake breakfast throughout the morning, beginning after the sunrise worship service.

Easter schedule is early at Our Savior

Our Savior Lutheran Church of Stevensville will celebrate Easter with a sunrise service and communion at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Following, at about 7:45 a.m., a traditional Easter breakfast will be cooked and served by the men of the congregation. Proceeds raised from the breakfast freewill offering will be pledged to missions.

At 8:45 a.m. is an egg hunt for children. Sunday school will follow. The adult Bible class will meet at 9:15 a.m., with the Easter festival service beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The church is located at 184 Pine Hollow Road. One mile south of Kutter's IGA on the Eastside Highway, turn east on Pine Hollow, across the tracks and canal.

Sign language at both Messiah services

Messiah Lutheran Church, 3718 Rattlesnake Road, will hold a sunrise Easter service at 7:30 a.m., followed by a traditional southern Easter breakfast (freewill offering) and a 10:30 a.m. worship service. Both services will be signed in American sign language.

Visiting rabbi to speak today on Passover

Visiting Rabbi Gershon Winkler is speaking Saturday as part of the Congregation Har Shalom's Passover events. His "Saturday Night Live" topic is "Bird Woman, Snake Man and Miriam's Wellspring," about ancient oral traditions around the story of Passover, drawn from Aramaic and Hebraic Kabbalistic sources.

The talk is at 7 p.m. at the University Villages Community Center.

Holy Spirit celebrates Easter today

Holy Spirit Parish, 130 S. Sixth St. E., begins its Easter celebration Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with an Easter Vigil service during which a group of children will be baptized. At the conclusion of the vigil is a light buffet, followed by ice cream sundaes.

Easter Day Choral Eucharist services will be at 9 and 11 a.m. A coffee hour will follow the 11 a.m. Eucharist. A nursery will be provided at all of the services.

Sonrise worship at 7 a.m. on Ravalli Hill

The Annual Community Easter Sonrise Resurrection Celebration, sponsored by Mission Valley Churches, is Sunday at 7 a.m. on top of Ravalli Hill at the Highway 93 rest stop, three miles south of St. Ignatius.

The celebration is sponsored by St. Ignatius Alliance Church, Arlee Alliance, Ronan Alliance, St. Ignatius Christian Church, Pinehaven Youth Ranch and other churches in the valley.

The program will include scripture and drama; special music by the Country Mission Singers, led by Del Nicholson, Fred Matt and friends from Missoula; Sharon Young, gospel singer from Dixon; and the Pinehaven Youth Choir.

A continental-style breakfast will be served at the site, or you may choose breakfast at the Pinehaven Ranch. For more information, call Norman Schafer, 745-3151.

Special vigil service tonight at St. Mary's

St. Mary's Parish in Stevensville will hold an Easter vigil service Saturday at 9 p.m. and mass will be celebrated on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in Stevensville and 11 a.m. in Florence. Call 777-5574.

Tonight's Diner Show features TV anchor

Jill Valley, TV celebrity from KPAX-TV, is co-host at The Good News Diner Show's Easter special Saturday at the Calvary Church Theater, 2023 S. Higgins. This family musical variety show is free. Beginning at 7 p.m., the Good News Band kicks off the show. Other entertainment includes the group Power Plant; Dawn Douglass, local singer and voice teacher; music, dance and comedy; and door prizes. The snack bar opens at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 728-9972.

Faith Evangelical meets Easter at Missoula park

Faith Evangelical Free Church will celebrate Easter sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. Sunday at the Missoula Equestrian Park field on North Avenue and 35th Street.

A pancake breakfast will be shared following the service at 2526 Sunset Lane at the Valley Christian School auditorium. In case of poor weather the service will be moved inside at the Valley Christian School auditorium. For information call 728-3966.

Special music, time for First Lutheran service

First Lutheran Church's Easter sunrise worship is at 7 a.m. Sunday, and the Easter festival worship at 10 a.m. will include special choral and instrumental music. First Lutheran High School youth will serve breakfast from 8:15-9:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall. For details call 549-3311 or go to

Methodist Sunday School canceled for Easter

There will be no Sunday School on Easter Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 300 E. Main St. Instead, a pancake breakfast between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. is offered, hosted by the church youth group. A freewill offering will be accepted.

Missoula church hosts Presbyterian gathering

The spring meeting of Presbyterian Women of Glacier Presbytery will be hosted by the women of Missoula's First Presbyterian Church on April 21 and 22. Moderator Pat Cantrell, from Corvallis, will preside. The theme for this spring is "Feed My Sheep." The coordinating team will meet Monday morning with the general meeting beginning at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., Janet Harper will speak about "Affinity Fraud" and from 3:30-4:30 p.m., Barbara Stephani will speak on the Heifer Project.

For the complete two-day schedule, contact the church office at 549-5144, 235 S. Fifth St. W.

Stevensville church to present musical

STEVENSVILLE - Light of the Valley Assembly of God Church presents "He Has Been Good," April 19-20. This musical features Light of the Valley's Worship Choir, Called to Worship Ensemble, soloists, men's and women's trios and drama cast.

The performances will be at 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday with an Easter message by Pastor Art Huwe. There will also be an Easter breakfast on Sunday at 8 a.m. Childcare is provided.

Light of the Valley is located at 103 N. Kootenai Creek Road.

Orthodox worshippers celebrate Passion Week

Holy Passion Week and the Paschal Easter feast are just beginning for 225 million Orthodox, including several dozen families in northwestern Montana. The week of local Paschal services includes:

Saturday, at 10 a.m., "St. Lazaros Liturgy," after which the faithful adorn the church with palms and pussywillows; Palm Sunday of Psalms and prayer, 9-9:40 a.m., followed by "ReflectTime," 9:40-10 a.m., and Divine Liturgy and Procession.

Monday and Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., "Christ the Bridgegroom/Man of Sorrows" Service; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Healing Service of Anointing; Thursday, 8 a.m., "Last Supper" communion liturgy. 6 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m., morning prayer and parishioners adorn the church and Christ's sepulcher with flowers. 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m., St. Basil's Liturgy of the Prophecies.

Services are at the church, 301 S. Sixth St. W. Father Gregory Wingenbach is pastor of Missoula's Church of the Annunciation.


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