The German-Austrian-Swiss Historical and Heritage Society of the Ozarks (G.A.S.) will host a traditional German Advent program, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 2, at the historic St. Peter's Evangelical United Church of Christ, at the corner of Pine Street and Highway 14 in Billings.

This year’s Advent event, presented in both the German and English languages, will highlight Advent traditions, special music and familiar hymns that mark the Advent and Christmas seasons. Also included will be a special presentation by Dr. John Schmalzbauer, of the Missouri State University Religious Studies Department, regarding the impact of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation on the Advent/Christmas season.

The program will be followed by a reception in the Church Hall, which will include traditional treats. St. Peter’s Church was founded by German and Swiss settlers in 1880. The church’s sanctuary was built in 1892 and continues to reflect its German-speaking heritage.

The German-Austrian-Swiss Heritage Society of the Ozarks seeks to recall and highlight the traditions and the contributions of the German-speaking people who settled in the Ozarks.

All are welcome to attend this special event. For additional information, call David Rauch, at 669-6180.