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Community invited to raise voices for Handel’s ‘Messiah’ ‘sing-in’

Photo provided by TERRY R. BOWMAN -- About 200 local residents have shown up in past years to take part in the 'Messiah Sing-In' at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, which has room for about 300. Everyone is invited to join the Dec. 6 event.

2 There’s nothing that proclaims the joy of Christmas more than the “Hallelujah Chorus” of Handel’s “Messiah.” That’s why the community is invited to a free “Messiah Sing-In” and to become the choir at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The audience/choir will accompany some outstanding local soloists… Continue reading →

Baptist students host LSU internationals for dinner for special Thanksgiving

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- LSU international students, from left, Angi Wang, Eli Roblero, George Zhao and Xiao Guang-En, show their approval and empty plates at the Thanksgiving dinner at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at LSU.

For most Americans, Thanksgiving means turkey dinner with more side dishes than there is room on the table. But some of LSU’s international students got their first taste of the traditional meal Monday evening at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. Thanksgiving turkey was not the only item on the menu, said Sarah Farley, the… Continue reading →

Chanukah celebration planned at State Capitol

Chabad of Baton Rouge will host a Chanukah celebration on Dec. 6, the fist night of Chanukah on the steps of the State Capitol. Hot latkes, chocolate gelt, soufganiyot (traditional jelly doughnuts) children’s activities, along with the lighting of the city’s largest menorah, are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. and go until 6 p.m. The… Continue reading →

Centenary College Choir to visit south Louisiana

The Centenary College Choir takes its 2015-2016 program, “It’s About Time!,” on the road to south Louisiana Nov. 21-22. On Saturday, Nov. 21, the choir will perform at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise, Hammond. The concert is sponsored by FUMC Hammond, FUMC Ponchatoula and Well UMC Ponchatoula. On Sunday, Nov. 22,… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Helping youths personal mission for Baton Rouge officer

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The Rev. Dr. Herman O. Kelly Jr., right, pastor of Bethel African Methodist Church listens as Baton Rouge Police Lt. Herbert ‘Tweety’ Anny speaks Thursday during a 2014 gathering of local law enforcement in the 70802 community.

Helping youths and young adults make the right decisions in life has become personal to Herbert “Tweety” Anny, a lieutenant and chaplain with the Baton Rouge Police Department. Anny said it was a poor decision by his 28-year-old son that led to his death last year. “To experience something so personal in your own life, it… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Trove of unknown Fanny Crosby hymns found

Provided photo -- Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby is a compilation of songs Crosby that were found recently. Crosby was a prolific, popular hymn writer responsible for thousands of hymns. Thousands more were discovered in an archives recently.

Ask people to list their favorite hymns, and pieces written by Fanny Crosby are sure to be listed. Among her thousands of hymns are “Blessed Assurance,” “To God Be the Glory,” “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross” and “Rescue the Perishing.”… Continue reading →

Bishop from Canada celebrating anniversary Mass in St. Martinville

Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, archbishop of the Diocese of Quebec, will celebrate the St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church 250th anniversary Mass on Wednesday. The Mass, which begins at 7 p.m., closes out the yearlong celebration of the church’s anniversary. A reception will follow in the Parish Presbytere and at Maison… Continue reading →

Here are this week's religion bulletins: Nov. 7-14

The Greenes

WORSHIP SERVICES: 11 a.m., New Covenant Christian Center, 6515 Myrtle St. HOUR OF POWER PRAYER: 6:30 p.m., New Covenant Christian Center, 6515 Myrtle St. Bible study follows at 7:30 p.m. FELLOWSHIP FRIDAYS: 6 p.m., New Covenant Christian Center, 6515… Continue reading →

Pumpkins provide fun, photos and fundraiser for church missions

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Phillip Rispone, 4, loads another pumpkin into their wagon as his sister, Hazel, 2, watches. The youngsters were gathering their haul at the Jefferson United Methodist Church's Pumpkin Patch with their parents, Kevin and Sarah Rispone.

Four-year-old Phillip Rispone and his little sister Hazel, 2, were having so much fun loading pumpkins into their wagon it was almost too heavy to move. “Whoa, whoa, we don’t want all of them,” their father, Kevin Rispone, told the children with a laugh as little Phillip lifted another pumpkin off a nearby pile and added… Continue reading →

Broussard woman sews quilt to aid teen girls in Africa

Photo provided by Sister CARMELITA LATIOLAIS -- Sister Carmelita Latiolais, gathered with girls in Kibera, Africa, is raising money to build a dormitory so the girls can attend school safely.

Growing up isn’t easy for high school girls, but it shouldn’t be as hard as it is in Kibera, Africa. Located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, there are a million residents crowded into Kibera’s nearly 600 acres. It’s through this densely populated slum Kibera girls must walk everyday to school. Sister Carmelita Latiolais would like… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Zondervan, NIV issue study edition

Photo provided by Zondervan -- Cover of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible.

Over the past few years, the New International Version of the Bible has done much updating of its text. And 2015 is the translation’s 50th anniversary. As part of that celebration, the NIV Zondervan Study Bible has been recently released. Many features in the new study Bible are ones that have long been… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Hunger Walk set Nov. 1

The Baton Rouge Hunger Walk will be held on Sunday, Nov. 1. The two-mile walk raises money to benefit The Holy Grill of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. All of the proceeds stay in the community to fight poverty and hunger. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m., with… Continue reading →

Congregation B’nai Israel sets ‘Art & Soul’ fundraiser to pay for new istruments, sound equipment

Bill Grimes

Congregation B’nai Israel will host its “Art & Soul” fall fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. The one-night event at the Baton Rouge synagogue, 3354 Kleinert Ave., includes an auction; wine and signature cocktails; heavy hors d’oeuvres; and a live performance at 7:30 p.m. by LSU professor and jazz legend Bill Grimes. He will perform… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Supporting sisters through cancer journey

Sisters Supporting Sisters

A strong faith has been the biggest weapon in the fight against cancer for Linda Daniel and Sherrill Johnson. “I have had breast cancer twice. The medical professionals say I’m a survivor, I’m in remission. As a Christian, I’m healed,” said Daniel, of Alsen. “(God) put doctors and nurses and researchers to help us along this… Continue reading →

Building dedicated for inmate students

For the past 20 years, the inmate students of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola had to share space with those studying for their GED certificate or other subjects in the prison’s Education Center. Now the seminary students have their own space just outside the front… Continue reading →

Irish band Rend Collective focuses on changing hearts

Photo provided by CMA Promotions -- Irish band Rend Collective will open for Chris Tomlin on Oct. 20, 2015.

Chris Tomlin’s Baton Rouge show will start with an Irish accent. Rend Collective, a band that formed in Bangor, Northern Ireland, will be the opening act. Bandleader Gareth Gilkeson explained the unusual name stems from a community gathering that started 12 years ago. Rend “is an old… Continue reading →

Franklin Graham to hold political prayer rally in Baton Rouge

Evangelist Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association will conduct prayer rallies in all 50 states next year, including Baton Rouge on Jan. 13, 2016. “I do not believe Republicans or Democrats or any other party can turn this nation around — only God can,” said Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,… Continue reading →

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 →