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How you can help: Drive seeks warm clothing for homeless in Baton Rouge

Photo provided by DEBBY GAUTREAUX -- Debby Gautreaux visits with women at a downtown bus shelter. She and husband Russell are working to aid the homeless in Baton Rouge. 'We help them find resources, to find a job, to get transportation to a job or to get bus tickets to get home,' says Debby Gautreaux.

With the first stings of cold weather in the air, two ministries to Baton Rouge’s homeless men, women and children are teaming up to collect 1,000 coats in the next few weeks. Catherine Comeaux, of Signs and Wonders Outreach Ministry, and Russell and Debby Gautreaux, of Fire House Ministries, are asking for for coats,… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: For King & Country to play Istrouma Baptist Church; check out the band’s plans for the show

Photo provided by King & Country, a duo of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, will be bringing their 'You Matter' tour Nov. 1 to Istrouma Baptist Church.

Two Australian brothers who found themselves in Nashville, Tennessee, as young people want to make sure that others know “You Matter.” Joel and Luke Smallbone are the band For King & Country, which released its second album “Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.” in the past month. The “You… Continue reading →

Religious bulletins for Oct. 25, 2014, in Baton Rouge

CRAFT SHOW, TRUNK OR TREAT: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Blackwater United Methodist Church, 10000 Blackwater Road. Craft show on Saturday. Trunk or Treat on Sunday, with trick or treating out of cars and lots of games. No scary costumes please. or (225) 261-4646.… Continue reading →

South Louisiana Youth Federation set to hold ‘WIFI: Are You Connected?’ rally in Baton Rouge

The South Louisiana Youth Federation, which represents 16 Seventh-day Adventist churches from an 11-parish region, will meet Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, in Baton Rouge. The theme is “WIFI: Are You Connected?” and will include a discussion on “We’re in Final Introspection, Intervention & Investigation.” The gathering begins the night of Oct.… Continue reading →

‘Roots & Promises’ musical set for First Presbyterian in Baton Rouge

Photo provided by First Presbyterian Church -- Steve Rushing, left, as God and Ray Gaspard as Abraham will perform in 'Roots & Promises: A Genesis Musica,l' which will be staged Nov. 1-2 at First Presbyterian Church on North Boulevard.

First Presbyterian Church Baton Rouge will present two free performances of “Roots & Promises: A Genesis Musical.” Performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the church, 763 North Blvd.. The musical was co-written by Gerrit Dawson, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church, and the production will be in celebration… Continue reading →

Professor, author to lead discussion, worship services at University Baptist in Baton Rouge

The Rev. Canna Carter Florence will speak about vocation at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at University Baptist Church, 5775 Highland Road, Baton Rouge. Florence is the Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary. Her research focuses on testimony, feminist theology, the performative dimensions of worship and the role of experience in… Continue reading →

La. church establishes mission, ties in tiny village

Photo provided by The Mission Church -- The fifth mission team to Haiti in 2014 was, from left, Michael Perez, Cullen Chapin, Youth Pastor Jon Vidrine, Jim Grega, Andrew LaBorde, Erika LaBorde, Conner Chaffin, Tammy Chaffin and Bruce Chaffin. This was the fifth trip to Haiti for the father-daughter LaBordes, and the second trip for the Chaffins as their vacation.

During a post-earthquake mission trip to Haiti in 2010, Deven Pedeaux got a message from God. “Pastor Deven said he felt like God said, ‘Go to Jeremie,’ ” Jim Grega recalled. Pedeaux and his wife, Kathy, are lead pastors of The Mission Church in Hammond, while Grega serves as… Continue reading →

Catholic group seeks bigger place for priest, to assist community

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Charbel Harb, a leader in the St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission of Louisiana, says the congregation would like to one day build a church on the Antioch Road property it purchased last year.

The congregation of St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission of Louisiana is so small it doesn’t even have its own place of worship or a full-time priest, but they’re praying that will soon change. The Most Rev. A. Elias Zaidan, bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon,, headquartered in St. Louis… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Long journey to new home nears its end

The move to a new location was nearly 20 years in the making for Jehovah Ministry World Evangelistic Outreach Church. The church has been on Wenonah Drive before completing its new $1.3 million center at 6356 Airline Highway in the Brookstown area of Baton Rouge. “It’s a testament to… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Oct. 18, 2014

HEALTH FAIR: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greater First Church, Emmett W. Bashful/Huel D. Perkins Fellowship and Activity Center, 4669 Groom Road. Discussion of diabetes, diagnosis, treatment and preventative measures. Door prizes. CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: 3 p.m., Evening Star Baptist Church, 16301 Al Sanford Road. Pastor Henry… Continue reading →

Churches to sponsor Stephen Ministry workshop

On Saturday, Nov. 1, St. Aloysius Catholic Church and St. Luke’s, St. James and Trinity Episcopal churches are co-sponsoring a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s, 8833 Goodwood Blvd., in Baton Rouge. Participants will learn how to minister to people in grief in a distinctively Christian… Continue reading →

EBR Ministers Conference services scheduled

The annual revival services of the East Baton Rouge Parish Ministers Conference will be held Oct. 27-31 at 7 p.m. each night. The revival services will be held at the following churches: Monday — Magnolia Baptist Church, 960 E. Buchanan St., the Rev. J. Bertell Davis, pastor Tuesday — Elm Grove… Continue reading →

4th District sets annual session

Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Jesse Bilberry

The Fourth District Missionary Baptist Associationwill hold its 140th annual session Nov. 9-14. This year’s theme is “A Call to Unity.” All meetings and services will be held at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge. Dr. Jesse B. Bilberry Jr. is moderator of the association. A Youth Explosion will kick off the… Continue reading →

Bethel marks 200th year in Pride

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER --  The

The congregation of one of Louisiana’s oldest Methodist churches, Bethel United Methodist, will celebrate its 200th anniversary on Sunday and a big crowd of former members, friends and relatives is expected. From its humble beginnings as a rural, one-room, hand-hewn timber church served… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Kari Jobe to perform in Baton Rouge

Kari Jobe will perform Thursday, Oct. 16, at Bethany Church's South Campus in Baton Rouge.

Kari Jobe is in a majestic season. Her album “Majestic,” released in March, won Praise and Worship Album of the Year at the Dove Awards on Tuesday night. Her Majestic tour will stop in Baton Rouge on Thursday, Oct. 16. And oh yeah, she’s recently engaged.… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Oct. 11, 2014

Baker HEALTH FAIR: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greater First Church, Emmett W. Bashful/Huel D. Perkins Fellowship and Activity Center, 4669 Groom Road. Health fair includes discussion of diabetes, treatments and preventative measures. Door prizes. 119TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY: 3 p.m., Evening Star Baptist Church, 16301… Continue reading →

Contra & Square Dance set today at St. Alban’s

A Contra & Square Dance will take place 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Alban’s Chapel, at Highland Road and Dalrymple Drive in Baton Rouge. Live music will be by Back Up & Push. Dancers need no experience. A basics for beginners session will be at 4:45 pm. Admission is $6. Call… Continue reading →

Hospice of BR hosting panel discussion Oct. 21

Rev. Amy Ziettlow

To mark the 30th anniversary of The Hospice of Baton Rouge, a panel discussion on the topics of elder care, end of life and the commandment to honor your mother and father will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 21, at First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd., in the conference center.… Continue reading →

St. Michael High marks 30 years

Photo provided by Sean Beauvais -- In celebration of St. Michael the Archangel High School's 30th anniversary, students, faculty, parents, alumni and supporters all gathered in the school gym for Mass said by the Rev. Matthew McCaughey with St. Michael alumnus, Deacon Brad Doyle, assisting.

St. Michael the Archangel High School in Baton Rouge marked 30 years of education on Sept. 29 with a Mass and celebration, held in conjunction with the feast of St. Michael. St. Michael’s chaplain, the Rev. Matthew McCaughey, presided over the Mass with St. Michael alumnus Deacon Brad Doyle giving the homily. Students, faculty, parents,… Continue reading →

‘Arise and Celebrate’ women’s conference set

“Arise and Celebrate,” the Greater Louisiana Baptist Convention’s Woman’s Conference, will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, at Second Baptist Church, 914 N. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge. The conference opens Oct. 17 with a meet and greet at 6 p.m., following by a worship service at 7 p.m. with Tawana Thomas-Johnson, of Greenbelt, Maryland, as speaker.… Continue reading →

Presiding bishop to speak at La. AME conference

The Right Rev. Julius H. McAllister will speak on Oct. 23 as part of the 150th session of the Louisiana Conference of The African Methodist Episcopal Church being held in Baton Rouge. McAllister, who is presiding bishop, and Joan M. McAllister, Episcopal supervisor, will speak at the 7 p.m. Ecumenical Service at Bethel African Methodist… Continue reading →

Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church to host GospelFest

Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church will host its annual GospelFest, a two-day music ministry workshop and showcase for music, dance, comedy, poetry and mime, Oct. 24-26. The church is located at 9700 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge. Participants will receive lyrics, Biblical teachings and guidance on how to enhance their skills from nationally acclaimed recording artist the Rev.… Continue reading →

‘Left Behind,’ filmed in area, makes debut

Photo provided by Stoney Lake Entertainment -- A car crash is staged for 'Left Behind,' filmed in Baton Rouge last summer.

Suddenly, millions of people vanish into thin air and the world careens into chaos. Cars, trucks, boats, planes and trains crash out of control. Tens of millions of people frantically search for missing loved ones and don’t understand what just happened. They are “Left Behind” in… Continue reading →

Church pumpkins help change lives

Photo provided by Blackwater United Methodist Church -- Pumpkins are lined up at last year's Pumpkin Patch.

— The theme for the 7th annual Pumpkin Patch at Blackwater United Methodist Church is “Changing lives one pumpkin at a time,” and if all goes according to plan, thousands of lives will be changed for the better. Beginning Oct. 4th and running until the end of the month, many thousands of pumpkins and… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Empowering women through faith

Photo provided by JANE WALKERThe Rev. Jesse Bilberry, of Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, speaks during the

The women of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge are celebrating with a purpose during their annual women’s day. And this year, they have invited a national speaker whose main purpose in life is helping empower women for what God has for them. The Women’s Day service is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 19… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Oct. 4, 2014

Alexandria Saturday, Oct. 18 WALK THE WALK CHRISTIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL: 7 p.m., Alexandria River Front Center, 707 Main St. Tickets are $25; VIP, $50 and includes early entry for preferred seating and event shirt. (318) 290-0818 or Baker Sunday I Can, Gifted & Blessed: 9:15 a.m., Wayside Christian… Continue reading →

Warden Cain to speak at St. Aloysius

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain is shown in this July 2012, Advocate file photo.

Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain will discuss the Kairos Ministry and its impact on inmates at the state’s maximum security prison on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The warden will speak on “Bringing the Love of Christ to Those Who Live at Angola through Kairos” at St. Aloysius Parish Hall, 2025 Stuart Ave., Baton Rouge. Doors open at… Continue reading →

Philip: Guy who gets it done

Apostles pictured in Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper are, from left, Bartholomew, James Minor, Andrew, Peter (also called Simon Peter), Judas Iscariot, John, Jesus, Thomas, James Major, Philip, Matthew, Thaddeus, Simon the Canaanite (also called Simon the Zealot).

Philip was the go-to guy. There’s one in every group, the guy who does the everyday tasks to keep things running smoothly. That’s not to say Philip didn’t adhere to Jesus’ mission. He was just as much a part of it as his fellow disciples, and he took it seriously.… Continue reading →

Oak Grove Baptist Church celebrates 100th anniversary

Photo provided by Oak Grove Baptist Church -- The present Oak Grove Baptist Church was built under the auspices of H. Clayton Waddells ministry and completed in 1962. Renowned architect A. Hays Town designed the sanctuary.

Oak Grove Baptist Church in Prairieville will celebrate 100 years of spiritual growth and community impact with its free Celebration in the Oaks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. The event will be marked with lots of family-friendly activities, including inflatables and a petting zoo, refreshments, live Christian music and a gallery… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Crowder bringing front porch — and lasers — to Greenwell Springs

Photo provided by David Crowder will be performing with his new group Crowder on Oct. 24 at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church. While the show is based on traditional music, he promises lasers, too.

Get ready for some folktronica on Oct. 24 when Crowder performs at Greenwell Springs Baptsit Church. David Crowder, formerly the front man for the David Crowder Band, created the word folktronica to describe his CD and tour “Neon Steeple.” It’s “a blend of folk and electronic music. ... banjo and… Continue reading →

Musician Crowder finds football spirit

A few years ago, David Crowder was inspired to write “Rise Up,” a fight song for Baylor University, his alma mater. “That’s when things turned around for sure. I’m certain it has nothing to do with (coach) Art Briles and the quality of the program. It’s got to be music,” Crowder said.… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Sept. 27, 2014


Baker Sunday church anniversary: 11 a.m., Shady Grove First Missionary Baptist Church, 16443 Plank Road. Pastored by the Rev. Kenneth Chandler, the church celebrates is 120th anniversary, with Dr. Jasper Roper as guest speaker. Sunday, Oct. 5 I Can, Gifted & Blessed: 9:15 a.m., Wayside Christian Fellowship, 201 Sherron Ave. Free. Baton… Continue reading →

Sacred Heart in BR sets lecture on its ‘Art and Soul’

Photo by CINDY HUNT -- 'Art and Soul of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church,' a presentation about the architectural design of the church and its historically significant murals and artifacts, will be at 6:30 p.m. in the church on Thursday, Oct. 9.

“Art and Soul of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church” will be presented in a community lecture in the church at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. The lecture, which is open to the public, will feature speakers on the architectural design of the church and its historically significant murals and artifacts, as well as the guidance for… Continue reading →

Eden Park derelict house transforming into community resource center

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- The Rev. Mary Moss holds a lemon from one of the fruit trees planted in front of the soon-to-be Eden Park Village Resource Center at 765 N. Acadian Thruway. The once-delapidated home behind her is being renovated to serve the neighborhood with educational and spiritual resources.

Thirteen months ago the abandoned house on North Acadian Thruway was just one eyesore among many. But a labor of love is slowly transforming the house into something worthwhile. The Eden Park Village Project is also slowly transforming some of the rest of the low-income neighborhood. And it’s not even finished yet.… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Healing Place group works with homeless kids

Claudia Berry

Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge is well-known for its service and outreach throughout the community and even the world.… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Sept. 20, 2014

Rev. Gloria Johnson of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

Addis Sunday Taste Feast: 3 p.m., Addis Community Center, 7520 La. 1 South. Fourth District Young People annual Taste Feast. Donation of $5 to benefit Youth Ministry activities. (225) 778-1710. Baton Rouge Saturday Women’s Empowerment Conference: 8 a.m., Wisdom Rock Ministries, 3770 Maribel Drive. The theme is “I Ain’t Going Out Like That, Because The Purpose of My Pain is to Possess My Promise.” Ruthel… Continue reading →

Loves ‘being able to share the Gospel’

Associated Press file photo -- Aeneas Williams, recently inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, preaches in a suburban St. Louis church in 2008.  ORG XMIT: NY426

In a dark high school auditorium, hundreds gather every Sunday to listen to a former St. Louis Ram who has traded in an athletic career for a life of coaching. Aeneas Williams is specifically interested in coaching souls. Williams is pastor of… Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Michael Card encourages informed imagination

SInger, songwriter and author Michael Card speaks during a retreat on the Gospel of John, base on his Biblical Imagination series of books on the Gospels. The retreat was in August outside of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Michael Card, best known as the man who wrote the song “El Shaddai,” stayed busy through the years doing what he loves: teaching. He does this through CDs, books, concerts and in-person retreats. At a recent retreat he led in the Eureka Springs, Arkansas, area, Card used his latest… Continue reading →

Broadmoor United plans first Day of Compassion

Broadmoor United Methodist Church will hold its first Day of Compassion from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. As many as 20 volunteer teams will be working on 17 different projects throughout Baton Rouge on this day, the goal of which is to serve the community and give back to the neighborhoods surrounding… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Sept. 13, 2014

Rev. S.C. Dixon

Baton Rouge Saturday women’s ministry conference: 8-9 a.m., Magnolia Baptist Church, 960 E. Buchanan St. Theme is “Spiritual Warfare.” Speakers are the Rev. Mary Moss, of St. Alma Baptist Church; and Sister Tonya Granville, of True Light Baptist Church. Fee is $20, includes breakfast, lunch and door prizes. (225) 383-2913. Tribes of Israel Tribal Encounter: 9… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Pastors travel from same starting point

Rev. S.C. Dixon

Two pastors with a shared past have been entrusted with helping to lead a prominent Baptist organization into the future. The Rev. S.C. Dixon, pastor of the Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, will be installed as general secretary of the 3.5 million member National Baptist Convention of America International Inc. during a special… Continue reading →

Momentum gathers for men's ministries

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- The Rev. Mark Lubbock, executive director of Gulf South Men, prays for the more than 160 men gathered at Istrouma Baptist Church for the 2014 Iron Sharpens Iron conference in March. Lubbock says he sees a growing momentum of ministries to men around southern Louisiana, especially in Baton Rouge.

If the growing number of conferences, meetings and groups geared to helping men become more godly husbands and fathers is any indication, a wave of positive spiritual promise seems to be gathering momentum across southern Louisiana. Several hundred men of all denominations attended an Iron Sharpens Iron conference at Istrouma Baptist Church in March… Continue reading →

Stockstill’s latest book a model for men

'Model Man,' a new book by the Rev. Larry Stockstill, is the cornerstone of an upcoming men's conference and 50-week course to restore godly integrity to men individually and to America as a whole.

The Rev. Larry Stockstill, already well known for his ministries to men, has authored a new book, “Model Man: From Integrity to Legacy,” and along with a six-week lesson plan wants to “kick start a movement that will see a million men saved in the United States,” he says in a video posted at “Model Man’s” website.… Continue reading →

Fixing the ‘brokenness’ of sports

Associated Press file photo -- Lance Armstrong has become on of the most prominent faces of what's wrong in sports today. The legendary cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping.

The impact of sports on the American culture stretches from the NFL, Major League Baseball and NBA all the way down to pee-wee football, Little League baseball and church basketball and softball leagues. But sports also reflects the culture. Newspaper headlines and TV news often report the criminal behavior of professional and college… Continue reading →