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Church group helps widows cope after spouse's death with spiritual, social support

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Carole Anne Brown, Judy Marley and Nancy Curry, from left, are part of the Widow's Walk, a support group for women who have lost their spouses, which meets at First United Methodist Church downtown to help each other get through rough times.

“The Widow’s Walk,” says Mary Louise “Lulu” Wemple, “is a place to tell your story. Just to know that you are not alone is comforting, and it helps being around other women who have experienced a spouse’s death.” Started in January 2012 by Wemple, with help from the Rev. Susie Thomas, the peer-to-peer support group of widows… Continue reading →

Salvation Army taking Angel Tree applications

The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge is taking applications for its Angel Tree Giving Program, which provides gifts of new clothing and toys to children in the greater Baton Rouge area who otherwise would receive little or nothing for Christmas. Families can apply for Christmas assistance in October at the corps center, 7361 Airline Highway, Baton… Continue reading →

King’s Men sponsors ‘Into the Wild’ retreat

The King’s Men is sponsoring a men’s retreat Nov. 12-15 at Chico State Park in Ville Platte. The “Into the Wild Weekend” retreat, for Catholic and non-Catholic men, is primarily an outdoor, skill-oriented weekend focused on providing men with experiences, including orienteering, topography, self-defense, survival skills, outdoor construction, fishing, wild-game food preparation and more. Early mornings consist… Continue reading →

Fairs, festivals set at area Baton Rouge churches

Several area churches will be holding fairs and festivals in the next few weeks. Scheduled are: St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 3912 Gus Young Ave., Baton Rouge, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. The church fair will feature local blues artists from noon to dusk commemorating the… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Woman sings praises of God, ministry

Kerwin Fealing

The arts were Shaffon Grodger’s first love. “I love to sing. I love to write my own songs. I love dancing,” said Grodger, a native of Jamaica and a fine arts student at Baton Rouge Community College. In 2009, Grodger got saved and experienced a newfound love relationship with God. “I love going to church,”… Continue reading →

Anniversary concert features restored Steinway piano

Photo provided by First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge -- Steinway Artist Stephen Nielson will perform at First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge on Sunday, Sept. 27.

The Steinway piano at First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge has produced six decades of music for the congregation and the community. So as the church celebrates its 60th anniversary of worshipping in its sanctuary, the baby grand will be in the spotlight at 5 p.m. Sunday. “The church has been in existence for 104 years,… Continue reading →

‘Grand Day Mass and street party set at St. Joseph

Grandparents, parents and their children from throughout the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge are invited to be guests of honor at the Seventh Annual Grand Day, which begins with noon Mass on Sunday, Oct. 4, at historic St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Baton Rouge. The Rev. Paul D. Counce, pastor of the cathedral, will preside at this… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Bethany launches Mid City services at BRCC

Lamar Batiste

Bethany Church is reaching out into the heart of the city. The new Bethany Mid City location officially launches with services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday at Baton Rouge Community College. “This is what the Lord has placed in our church,” said Dustin West, who will serve as the new campus pastor along with… Continue reading →

State religious leaders to discuss moral challenges

Louisiana religious leaders will gather in Baton Rouge for the fall board meeting of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 28-29, at the Bishop Tracy Center, Westerfield Conference Room, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway. All speaker presentations and the evening worship service are open to the public. The theme of the board… Continue reading →

Interfaith group to host prayer breakfast Sept. 30

Advocate file photo -- A dancer performs during a past World Peace Day event at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. This year's Louisiana World Peace Day is Sunday, Sept. 27.

The Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge is holding its annual Community Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government St. The theme of the breakfast, “What Makes for Peace?” will be addressed by speaker Dr. Mary Jones Wade. Wade is an avid peacemaker in her hometown of Philadelphia and has… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Sounding the call to enter Holy Days

The Jewish High Holy Days start Sunday evening with the beginning of Rosh Hashana and end with Yom Kippur, which begins at sunset on Sept. 22. A Facets of Faith column from 2004 concentrated on the shofar, the ancient instrument that is a prominent visual and aural symbol of the ceremonies. Here’s a look at some… Continue reading →

Annual church art show exhibits children's works

Photo provided by Amy Crane -- 'Bird Party' by Maki Johnson, first place winner ages 10-13

Eight young artists captured ribbons Aug. 30 at River Community Church’s fourth annual children’s community art show. Sixteen artworks from student ages 5-13 were entered in the Gonzales exhibition. Jan Hebert, a Prairieville artist, was judge, while Jeanie Liehe coordinated the show. Those receiving ribbons were: 1st:… Continue reading →

Anchor Chapel to use Varsity Theatre for Sunday morning services

Photo provided by Anchor Chapel -- Instead of a rock band, the Varsity Theatre will be home to Anchor Chapel on Sunday mornings. Josh Bourgeois, 34, and wife Brooke, along with about 60 of their friends, are launching the new non-denominational church on Sept. 13.

The Varsity Theatre has a new act. Anchor Chapel, a “church-without-walls” founded and co-pastored by Josh and Brooke Bourgeois, will launch at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in the historic theater just outside LSU’s North Gate. “Jesus said we are to seek and to save those that are lost. That’s why… Continue reading →

‘Deacon’ Dan Haggerty: From Irish Channel brawler to FBI chaplain

Photo by George Gurtner --- Dan Haggerty, FBI chaplain. ORG XMIT: BAT1508041421484962

Dan Haggerty takes great delight in recalling the biblical story of Saul, the one-time scourge of Christians, and how Saul became St. Paul on the road to Damascus. The white-maned, white-bearded, “Irish to the bone” Haggerty held a thumb and index finger inches apart as he likened Saul’s bolt from the blue to his own.… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Leaning on the Lord secret to longevity

Ivory Boatner

A steadfast faith and a hearty laugh have served Ivory Boatner well for most of her 101 years. “Do you want to live that long?” she asked last week, shortly after being treated to a birthday celebration at a Baton Rouge nursing facility. Boatner, who has been a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church for 72… Continue reading →

Worship In Pink breast self-awareness program planned

Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge will hold its annual Worship In Pink educational program during October, which is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The organization is offering free breast health educational materials to local congregations and faith-based organizations within its 10-parish service area, which includes Ascension, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge area religion bulletins for Sept. 5, 2015

Photo provided by GALE DANIELS -- Paul Beasley and the Gospel Keynotes

RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS WOMEN’S GROUP: 6 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 La. 1 S. Group is for individuals seeking freedom from destructive habits. Free. (225) 776-1652. RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS MEN’S GROUP: 7 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 La. 1 S.. Group is for individuals seeking freedom… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge faith community responded to Katrina evacuees in many ways

Associated Press file photo by DAVE MARTIN -- Many of the thousands who evacuated from the New Orleans area during Hurricane Katrina ended up in Baton Rouge, where churches opened their doors to provide food, water and shelter.

As tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina evacuees poured out of New Orleans, the people of faith of Baton Rouge opened their arms and doors to welcome them. “It was quite amazing,” Mayor-President Kip Holden said. “The church answered the call. … A lot of churches took in a lot of folks. They fed people.… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Christmas gifts that appeal worldwide

This time of year, many area residents gear up for a Christmas project: the annual collection of shoeboxes filled with gifts for children around the world. Many churches gather Operation Christmas Child boxes from members. Those boxes then go to Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, which acts as a collection point for the region and loads the… Continue reading →

Religion bulletins for Aug. 29, 2015

RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS WOMEN’S GROUP: Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color6 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 La. 1 S. Group is for individuals seeking freedom from destructive habits. Free. (225) 776-1652. Sunday WORSHIP SERVICES: 11 a.m., New Covenant Christian… Continue reading →

Author returns to Baton Rouge in new Christian novel

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Sammy Tippit ran track at Istrouma High School, now closed, in the 1960s, a background shared by Win Bass, the lead characters in Tippit’s new Christian mystery-thriller ‘Running Home.’

American novelist Thomas C. Wolfe famously wrote in the 1930s, “you can’t go home again,” but Baton Rouge native Sammy Tippit isn’t on the same page. In his latest novel, a Christian mystery-thriller, Tippit does just that. Tippit, who lives in San Antonio with his wife Debara, better known as “Tex,” grew up in Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Religious bulletins for August 22, 2015

 The Rev. Geoffrey Sykes, pastor of Greater St. Mary Baptist Church of Plaquemine

Sunday RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS WOMEN’S GROUP: 6 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 La. 1. Group is for individuals seeking freedom from destructive habits. Free. (225) 776-1652. Sunday WORSHIP SERVICES: 11 a.m., New Covenant Christian Center, 6515 Myrtle St. (225) 775-3127.… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Churches need to fight death

Manuel Scott

Too many sick and dying churches in the country are in denial over their dire situations, a nationally renowned speaker, author and evangelist told a recent Baton Rouge seminar. “Most churches are moving toward death because they refuse to acknowledge their condition. Stop living in denial,” said the Rev. Manuel Scott Jr., of Los Angeles. Scott… Continue reading →

Church program offers boys guidance on education, community, current events

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Veterinarian Dr. Raphael Malbrue quotes Pope Paul VI to those attending 'A Gathering of Neighborhood Boys': 'Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.'

The question was put to a group of youngsters on a Saturday morning as they assembled in New St. John Baptist Church for “A Gathering of Neighborhood Boys,” an initiative the church began this year in conjunction with its monthlong “Boy’s Academy,” which provides third-grade boys an academic boost into fourth grade. The gathering is the next… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: New Jersey teen shows Muslim hijab can have many forms

A New Jersey teen is receiving attention because she was selected by her senior class as the best dressed. It was unusual because she wears a Muslim head covering. The word used to indicate this type of garment is hijab, which means cover, but Muslim women interpret hijab in different ways. Here’s a… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for August 15, 2015

Dennis Swanberg

RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS WOMEN’S GROUP: 6 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 La. 1. Group is for individuals seeking freedom from destructive habits. Free. (225) 776-1652. SONSHINE FELLOWSHIP SENIOR ADULT MINISTRY: 11:30 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 La. 1. Dr. Florent Hardy Jr., director of the Louisiana… Continue reading →

'Cops and Clergy' training sessions help build bonds between police, clergy

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr. tells a group of faith leaders at a meeting of Cops and Clergy that he is dedicated to improving relations with the pastors and their neighborhoods. Sgt. Riley Harbor III, standing left, a police officer and pastor of two small churches, heads up the Cops and Clergy program.

When the Rev. Bland Washington was shot during a recent “Cops and Clergy” training session, he didn’t die and go to heaven, but he did see the light. Fortunately, Washington’s wounds were only of the make-believe kind, delivered by an angry man during a violent role-playing scenario, the kind Baton Rouge police officers face… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Energetic Rev. Darryl Tate finds fit at St. Andrew

Photo provided by DONNA LEGGETT -- The Rev. Darryl Tate, St. Andrew's United Methodist Church

The move to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church has been the “right fit” for the Rev. Darryl Tate, who came to Baton Rouge with an exuberance for evangelism and ministry. “This church has given me even more energy,” said Tate, who took over at the church at the end of June after a three-year stint in Rayville,… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge religion bulletins for Aug. 8, 2015

Pastor Ronald A. Sutton and Lady Mary C. Sutton

RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS WOMEN’S GROUP: 6 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 La. 1. Group is for individuals seeking freedom from destructive habits. Free. (225) 776-1652. RECOVERY SUPPORT ADDIS MEN’S GROUP: 7 p.m., Church at Addis, 6781 La. 1. Group is for individuals seeking freedom from… Continue reading →

Leaders unite in prayer against crime in cities

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- About 200 people march from the Governor's Mansion to the State Capitol on July 25 as part of the 12th annual World Link of Churches and Businesses 'Save Our Cities Now Prayer Initiative.' The group spent two hours in preaching, music and praying on the Capitol Steps for America and its cities.

The sounds of gospel music and fervent prayers to heaven boomed through loudspeakers across downtown as hundreds of people attending the 12th annual Save Our Cities Now Prayer Initiative gathered on the State Capitol steps under a scorch-ing sun. The Saturday morning rally was hosted by the World Link of Churches and… Continue reading →

Speakers rally crowd with fiery political rhetoric

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- State Rep. Randall Gaines told about 200 people gathered on the State Capitol steps on July 25 that their voting rights are being eroded.

At times, World Link’s Save Our Cities prayer rally on the State Capitol steps last Saturday seemed more like a political rally with elected officials and speakers from the NAACP, the Nation of Islam and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference speaking to the crowd. “Right now, the rights that were won in the ’60s are being eroded,”… Continue reading →

Preschool’s new director is 1st who also attended it

Sherry Kairdolf Beard

Sherry Kairdolf Beard spent her preschool years at Broadmoor Presbyterian Preschool. Now the 39-year-old is in charge of it. Beard is the first director of the 56-year-old preschool to have attended it. Prior to being named director, Beard taught 4-year-olds at the school for 10 years. The school starts on Aug. 10, with orientation on Aug.… Continue reading →

Food, exhibits featured at Faithfest on Aug. 7-9

Photo provided -- James Linden, left, and his father, Jim Hogg

Faithfest 2015 is being held Aug. 7-9 and will include Christian music, films, food, book-signings and presentations. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7; from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, and from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, ending with a faith rally. It will be… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Animals of the Bible

In this week’s Pray section, a story tells of families from New Jersey who will sleep in buildings at the Philadelphia Zoo as a cost-cutting measure on a trip to hear Pope Francis. The zoo buildings house insects and birds. Will any of those critters they are sharing quarters… Continue reading →