Religion Bulletins for July 19, 2014

PRAY St Paul center story, photo by mark h hunter, This sign in the entry of St. Paul Adult Learning Center welcomes students who want to learn how to read and write and solve math problems.

Baker Saturday Nursing home visit: 10 a.m., North Ridge Community Nursing Home, 3612 Baker Blvd. The First Love Missionary Baptist Church Nursing Home Ministry will visit the home. The Rev. Frank Rideau Jr. and Elder Maxine Williams will speak. Baton Rouge Saturday Building Healthy Communities Health … Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: What about hell?

What do you think of hell? Is it a real place — perhaps a fiery pit or lake? Are there levels of hell? Is it eternal separation from God? Is purgatory real? Can one work his or her way from hell to heaven? All of these views can be found … Continue reading →

Local volunteers shot award-winning project in Baton Rouge

Advocate photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Brock Kaufman and David Coleman Mills, from left, show off two of the nine awards 'My Choice is Clear' earned at the Louisiana Independent Filmakers Awards Benefit. Kaufman took top actor honors and the film won Best Faith-based film and the audience choice award.

A few miles south of Baton Rouge along the side of Interstate 10, a homemade, white cross adorned with red hearts, plastic flowers and photographs reminds passing motorists of a fatal accident. What’s the story behind that cross? And what if that terrible situation and other tragedies could be divinely altered so they never happened? … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for July 12, 2014

Cathy Moffitt

Albany Friday Divorce Workshop: 6-9 p.m., St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 30300 Catholic Hall Road. “Return to Life,” a four-part series to help those who have been or are going through a divorce. Marianne Skrobiak, the series developer, will administer a Day of Healing on the last day. Cost is $50, which includes all materials and lunch. For … Continue reading →

Churches partner to improve lives in north Baton Rouge

Advocate photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- The Rev. Donald R. Hunter Sr., pastor of New Beginning Baptist Church in north Baton Rouge, watches a crew from Premier South Roofing finish installing a new steel roof on his church. The project was funded through a partnership with The Chapel near LSU, which dedicated its Easter Sunday offering to New Beginning and several other local projects.

The roof of New Beginning Baptist Church needed repairs, but the small congregation couldn’t afford to fix it. The roof of Glynnitra Ellzey’s house on Oaklon Avenue sagged in spots, but she didn’t have the money to repair it, and she said her insurance company wouldn’t pay for it. Down the street and … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for July 5, 2014

Cathy Moffitt

Baton Rouge Saturday International 78th Anniversary/Homecoming: 9:15 a.m., Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Center, 4555 Fairfields Ave. Theme is “Eyes on the Prize for Christ Jesus.” It begins with Bible study, followed by an 11 a.m. service featuring Pastor Helvius Thompson as speaker and a fellowship dinner in the Wellness Center, 5100 Osborne Ave. HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge-Chronic … Continue reading →

Summer Sounds returns for St. James Concert Series

The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation is bringing back its popular Summer Sounds at St. James series of musical concerts for a fifth year. Concerts are scheduled at 7 p.m. each Wednesday in July at St. James Episcopal Church, at the corner of Convention and North Fourth streets in downtown Baton Rouge. Admission is $10; … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for June 28, 2014

Pastor Shannon J. Warner

Baton Rouge Saturday Evangelistic Rally: 8 a.m., Magnolia Baptist Church, 960 E. Buchanan St. Rally begins with class for all ages, followed by a trip to the streets of south Baton Rouge to speak to those lost and/or unchurched. They will be invited to Magnolia where Pastor J. Bertell Davis will speak. Dinner, prayer, singing and counseling … Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Club seeks literature that inspires faith

The Seekers Book Club seeks more than just a book to read. The organization deals with books that inspire and often lead to discussions of faith and seeking a better relationship with God. “God is the center of what happens here,” club member Regina Roberston said. “The books are all inspirational books that are selected and … Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Jesus’ tomb sacred site

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Inside the Holy Sepulchre in the walled city of Jerusalem.

Editor’s note: In May, Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, met in Jerusalem with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, “first among equals” among the various patriarchs of 300 million Eastern Orthodox Christians. Advocate photographer Bill Feig was there. This is the first in an occasional series of photos from Feig’s journey. … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for June 21, 2014

Photo provided by TASHA HICKERSON -- Anniversary celebration -- The Voices of Distinction will celebrate their 14th anniversary at 6 p.m. Sunday at Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road. Scheduled guests include The Eternal Light Gospel Singers, of Arkansas; the Williams Family, of Baton Rouge; Light House Senior Gospel Singers and the Crown Seekers. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children at the door. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Baker Monday-Friday vacation bible school: 6-8 p.m., Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church, 16443 Plank Road. Classes for all ages. Baton Rouge Saturday Gospel Fest: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., ACTS Outreach Ministries, 6892 Hooper Road. Gospel music, food and entertainment. Free. (225) 246-0374. Life Choice (Pre-Cana): 9 a.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 … Continue reading →

St. John Bible Institute graduation set Sunday

St. John Bible Institute will hold its 2014 commencement at 6 p.m. Sunday. The event will be held at St. John Baptist Church, 820 Rafe Meyer Road. The speaker for the event will be the Rev. David Jones, pastor of St. John Baptist Church in Jeanerette. SJBI is accredited by the Association of Independent Christian Colleges … Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Glorifying God despite debilitating disease

Clydette Rispone.

The familiar voice that for so many years allowed Clydette Rispone to pray and speak blessings and encouragement over her family, students and others has been silenced. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, also has robbed the 54-year-old Greenwell Springs woman of her ability to walk or eat. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for June 14, 2014

Charlie Granger

Baker Saturday Health Fair: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church, 16443 Plank Road. Free eye exams, cholesterol and glucose testing, STD and hepatitis testing, blood drive and blood pressure checks. Children’s activities include fatal vision goggles, book mobile, free ID badges, fingerprinting, gun safety and Home Depot will do woodworking. A … Continue reading →

Gwendolyn Honore to release ‘Wives’

Local award-winning author Gwendolyn Perry Honore, will release her most recent book “Wise Wives Don’t Run” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Renaissance Hotel. Honore’s book is a guide to help maintain healthy relationships whether married or single. The book consists of testimonies contributed by different women from various walks of life who share … Continue reading →

4 honored for work in human relations

Photo provided by THELMA DEAMER -- Patrice Melnick, Tony Pryer and Professor Patt Foster Roberson, from left, accept their honors from the The Louisiana Council on Human Relations and the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations in a June 7 program.

The Louisiana Council on Human Relations and the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations presented awards to four individuals who have worked to improve human relations in Louisiana at their joint meeting on June 7. The Louisiana Council honored Patrice Melnick and Gloria Trahan Linton with the Oliver-Sigur Humanitarian Award, and the Baton Rouge Council … Continue reading →

Guidry set to speak at Boys to Men Banquet


Judge John Michael Guidry will be the keynote speaker for the Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention’s Laymen’s Department Boys to Men Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The banquet will be held at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church Family Life Center, 9700 Scenic Highway. For more information, call (225) 775-2740. … Continue reading →

Christian values guide youth theater group

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  Captain Crewe, played by Evan Chesney, dances with daughter Sara Crewe, played by Alyssa Rainey, as he says goodbye before sending her from Africa to London for school in the Christian Youth Theater's production of  'The Little Princess.'

A few minutes before the curtain would rise for the Christian Youth Theater’s performance of “A Little Princess,” many of the cast, crew and orchestra formed a circle, held hands and prayed. “We prayed for encouragement, and it was really helpful and brought us all together,” said Alyssa Rainey, 14, who played the lead role of … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for June 7, 2014


Baker Saturday-Sunday Youth Empowerment Conference: Greater First Church Baptist, 4669 Groom Road. The theme is “Breaking Every Chain.” Bowling outing on Saturday. On Sunday at 11 a.m. is the annual Youth Day with a theme of “An Attitude of Gratitude, Keeping God’s Commandments to Break Every Chain That Would Bind Us.” Call (225) 778-4788. Sunday … Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Plug in to summer meetings

Church camp is a special memory for many. As adults, denominational or group meetings can be a way to participate in a similar event. These meetings can be regional, state, national or even international. Activities can include prayer times; social meetings divided by geography, age groups or special interests; activities for children; ministry opportunities; … Continue reading →

Several area conferences, programs set

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELONAmong those receiving 2011 Angel Awards from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation Executive Director Christy Reeves, centrer, are Baton Rougeans Thomas Groves, left, and Lloyd Benson II.

Advocate news services Those who have a passion for peace are invited to gather with like-minded other for the Shalom Academy. Classes are designed around key principles of dialogue, learning through experiences and shared leadership. The dates and locations for the academy are: … Continue reading →

La. Council on Human Relations to honor 4


Four individuals who have worked to improve human relations in Louisiana and the capital area will be honored on June 7 when the Louisiana Council on Human Relations and the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations hold their first joint meeting. The program is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway. … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for May 31, 2014

Rev. Van and Leola Smith

Addis Sunday Dallas Holm in Concert: 6 p.m., The River Ministries International, 7615 La. 1 South. (225) 907-4664. Baker Tuesday Community Bible Study: 10 a.m., Rock Zion Baptists Church, 1768 Alabama St. Pastor Michael A. Otkins Sr. will facilitate. Call (225) 328-7708. Baton Rouge Saturday … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for May 24, 2014

Addis Sunday, June 1 Dallas Holm in Concert: 6 p.m., The River Ministries International, 7615 La. 1 S. Call (225) 907-4664. Alexandria Friday Women’s Conference, ALIVE 2014: 6:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday. Impact Christian Center, 2403 Harris St. Women Who Worship Women’s Conference is open to all women. … Continue reading →

BR man elected to Methodist board

Omer Davis

Omer Davis, of Baton Rouge, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana at the annual meeting in April. Davis returns to the board this year after serving from 2002-2012. During that time he served as chairman of the Investment Committee and of the Loan Committee chair. He … Continue reading →

Facets of Faith for May 24, 2014

Today is Aldersgate Day in the Methodist Church. Its beginnings came 275 years ago in 1738 when John Wesley had what he called his “conversion,” an event that would ultimately lead him to start the Methodist church. While Wesley was a Christian, he reached a low point in … Continue reading →

Stephen Ministries reaches those in crisis

No matter how caring and sincere a pastor or priest of any church or denomination is, he or she just can’t meet everyone’s needs for pastoral care. That’s where Stephen Ministries comes in. The nonprofit ministry trains and organizes lay people to provide one-to-one Christian care to others. “It’s really been very helpful being … Continue reading →

Spreading the word, one barbecue pit at a time

Photo provided by Destination America --Jeff Petkevicius, of Ponchatoula, prepares meat for the grill on 'BBQ Pitmasters.'

Many a cook would say love is the most important ingredient. For Jeff Petkevicius, it’s love of God. The Ponchatoula man has incorporated spreading the Lord’s message into his competitive barbecuing, from his team’s name, Give It to God, to the cooks’ church service he conducts at contests around the country. Saturday, Petkevicius will put … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for May 17, 2014

Rev. Gloria Johnson

Alexandria May 30-31 women’s conference, Alive 2014: 6:30 p.m. May 30, 10 a.m. May 31, Impact Christian Center, 2403 Harris St. Women Who Worship Women’s Conference. Registration will cover breakfast and lunch on Saturday and a gift for all who give $10 or more in advance. Space is limited. Baker Saturday … Continue reading →

Young moviemaker Cody Dedon wants to share the Gospel via film

Photo provided by CODY DEDONIn the film 'Lost and Found,' Don Landry, center, plays the elderly Reggie Kelly, who, after suffering in his loneliness, is visited by two versions of his younger self. Filmmaker Cody Dedon, left, plays young Reggie, while the Rev. Steve Foster, right, tackles the role of middle-aged Reggie.

Cody Dedon wants to be the best filmmaker in Christian media, and he’s well on his way to achieving that goal. The home-schooled senior won first place in the 2014 National Christian Forensics and Communications Association’s first Short Film Contest for his eight-minute movie “Lost and Found.” Dedon, 18, wrote, directed, … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for May 10, 2014

M. Hall

Baker Saturday, May 17 Picnic & Church Anniversary: Noon to 4 p.m., Greater First Church-Baptist, 4669 Groom Road. The celebration will continue on May 18 with worship at 11 a.m. Call (225) 778-4788. The church celebrates its eighth anniversary, the theme of which is “Moving Forward in Faith,” under the leadership of Senior Pastor Anthony Kelley. The … Continue reading →

$10,000 grant to help fund spiritual, social justice program

The St. Joseph Spirituality Center has again been awarded a $10,000 grant to promote spiritual growth and social justice work, Dianne Hanley, executive director of the Baton Rouge-based organization, said. Grant funds will be used to continue and further develop the “True Fasting: Contemplation in Action” program, Hanley said. Now moving into its second year, the … Continue reading →

Faith Matters: After salvation, pastor gives life to God

Psalmist Alicia Hardy at “Pumps and Praise” event at The Center of Attraction.

Once he gave his life to Christ nearly 40 years ago, the Rev. Frederick Jackson started taking life — and church — seriously. “I just got saved, and I didn’t want to play church like a lot of people do,” said Jackson, senior pastor of the Ministry of Reconciliation Fellowship in Baton Rouge. “Most people just go … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for May 3, 2014

Baker Saturday, May 17 anniversary celebration: Noon. Greater First Church-Baptist, 4669 Groom Road. The church celebrates its eighth anniversary, the theme of which is “Moving Forward in Faith,” under the leadership of Senior Pastor Anthony Kelley. The annual Family and Friends Day Picnic will be held on the church grounds from noon to 4 p.m. There will … Continue reading →

CommUNITY concert Sunday

Vivian Walker

The 24th Sounds of CommUNITY concert will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 544 Government St. This year’s concert will be in tribute to two African-American leaders in the community — Vivian Walker, a longtime member of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge and past coordinator of the concert, … Continue reading →


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