Religion Bulletins for April 12, 2014

Baton Rouge Saturday Christian Women Ministry: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., In His Hands Baptist Church, 8767 Gov. Claiborne Drive. The Christian Women in Prayer Ministry presents “Empowered to Pray, A Prayer Workshop.” There will be classes for all ages. Call (225) 413-5063. Easter For Kids: 9:30 a.m. to noon, Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, 5500 Stumberg … Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Business owner found motivation in faith

Family has always been a motivating factor in Larry Lundy’s life. It was the example of his God-fearing parents that motivated Lundy to go into business; he eventually became one of the wealthiest black restaurant owners in the country. And it was his family and his faith that gave Lundy the motivation he needed in the … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for April 5, 2014

One Voice

Baton Rouge Saturday, April 5 Garage Sale: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 3555 Jones Creek Road. Proceeds will be used to support homeless and other church ministries. Call (225) 752-7961. Church Work Day: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd. All ages are … Continue reading →

Remembering Angels rescheduled April 12

The second annual Remembering the Angels Car & Bike Show has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 13. The event, a fundraiser for The Little Angels Foundation, a nonprofit which makes caskets for children, begins at 1 p.m. at Don’s Seafood Hut, 2405 W. Cabela’s Parkway, Gonzales. Admission is free. The cost to participate in the show … Continue reading →

James Apostle left his nets to join Jesus’ ministry

Apostles, 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).

Before he became an apostle, James was in the fishing business with his brother John and their father Zebedee. They employed several hired hands, and their business partners were Peter and Andrew. “They were businessmen, they were industrious,” says the Rev. John “Bud” Traylor. “And they cast their nets aside in the Sea … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for March 29, 2014

Ronnie L. Williams

Baker Saturday musical: 6 p.m., Faith AME Zion Church, 3919 Groom Road. A musical featuring the church’s male chorus, praise team and other singers. Sponsored by the Stewardess Board. Refreshments will be served. Sunday missionary sunday: 10:30 a.m., Faith AME Zion Church, 3919 Groom Road. The Parent Body will sponsor Missionary Sunday. There will … Continue reading →

African Children’s Choir to sing in BR, Lafayette areas

Photo provided by Watoto Children's Choir -- The Watoto Children's Choir will bring their energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm to several free concerts in the area.

The Watoto Children’s Choir, which has traveled here from Africa, will be giving several free performances of “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation” in the area. The choir acts as Watoto ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution initiated to serve … Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Iron sharpens iron

Mark Lubbock

Most men desire a life of value, of purpose and worthy of pride, but they just don’t know how to get there, says a leader of an interdenominational group that helps disciple men for service in the church and their community. Mark Lubbock, CEO of the Gulf South Men, says much of the blame lies with the … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for March 22, 2014


Baton Rouge Saturday Garage Sale & Chicken dinner sale: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., garage sale; 8 a.m. chicken dinner sales start, ACTS Outreach Ministries, 6892 Hopper Road. Dinners, $7, include fried chicken wings, red beans and rice, peach crunch dessert and roll. Garage sale includes boutique-style suits, clothing, furniture, tools, electronics and more. Proceeds will benefit … Continue reading →

Training offered on My Brother’s Keeper

President Barack Obama recently announced the launch of his My Brother’s Keeper Initiative through the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Working with foundations and businesses, and faith and community leaders, this initiative will take a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to build ladders of opportunity and unlock the full potential of boys and young men of … Continue reading →

Chapel on Campus gets new worship pastor


Richie Fike has been hired as the worship pastor at Chapel on the Campus at LSU. Fike, a writer for Integrity Music, will begin on Easter Sunday, April 20. This is a homecoming for Fike, who is a Baton Rouge native, as is his wife, Dana. Richie Fike is the son of Baton Rouge residents … Continue reading →

Mardi Gras mission St. Michael students visit Nicaragua

Photo provided by St. Michael High School -- Camille Savoie, left, and Kyle Buvens are two of eight St. Michael High School students who spent a week in Managua, Nicaragua, as part of the International Samaritans volunteer program.

While some students spent their Mardi Gras vacation partying, a group from St. Michael High School took a weeklong trip to Managua, Nicaragua, to work in the nearby “garbage dump” community of Ciudad Sandino. “Ciudad Sandino has 4½ square miles of garbage that locals dig through to find anything they can refurbish or resell just to … Continue reading →

Methodist group starts new leadership program

The United Methodist Foundation of Louisiana has begun a new class of Leadership Excellence Advancement Program. The LEAP retreat, the first of six to be held during the two-year intensive training course, was held March 10-13 at the Feliciana Retreat Center in Norwood. LEAP is designed to develop potential for fruitful leadership among clergy. … Continue reading →

BR group travels to Houston for faith event

Photo provided by -- More than 11,000 women, including 18 from the Baton Rouge area, gather for a Women of Faith conference at Lakewood Church in Houston. 'I feel like I should find ways to tell people who need to be told how Jesus loves them,' says 12-year-old Wynter Granier after conference.

The cavernous arena. The Grammy-nominated singer. The high-profile main acts. The 11,000 women filling the seats. “Whoa.” That’s all 12-year-old Wynter Granier could muster when she first walked into the sanctuary of the Lakewood Church in Houston for a recent Women of Faith conference. Granier was with … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for March 15, 2014

Saundra Yancy McGuire

Baker Saturday First Love Missionary Baptist Church Nursing Home Ministry Visit: 10 a.m., North Ridge Community Nursing Home, 3612 Baker Blvd. The Rev. Frank Rideau Jr. and Elder Maxine Williams will speak. Friday Choir Anniversary: 7 p.m., Evening Star Baptist Church, 16301 Al Sanford Road. The choir will celebrate its 51st anniversary. Baton Rouge … Continue reading →

Faith Matters: BR’s Treme teaches Hebrew in area classes

A burning desire to teach and preach God’s word has taken Buz Treme from Baton Rouge to adventures around the world as a missionary and church planter. “I teach and preach Bible all the time,” says the 65-year-old Treme. “That’s what I’m about.” Since returning to Baton Rouge 11 years ago, Treme is expanding his teaching … Continue reading →

Religion bulletins for March 8, 2014

John Michael Guidry

Baton Rouge Saturday Life Choice (Pre-Cana): 9 a.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway. The one-day program is for engaged couples seeking to get married in the Catholic Church. It combines talks with personal reflection and couple dialogue in a classroom setting. Focused, Fit And Fabulous — A Seminar For Women: 9 a.m., … Continue reading →

Baton Rouge General program teaches spiritual care in hospital

Photos by MARK H. HUNTER --   Laura Laub, right, a volunteer chaplain and student in the Center's Clinical Pastoral Education program, visits with Dorothy 'Dotty' Major, a patient at Baton Rouge General Medical Center Mid City.

When Dorothy “Dotty” Major returned to her fifth-floor room at Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s Mid City campus after a physical therapy session, she found a new friend waiting. Laura Laub, a student in the hospital’s Clinical Pastoral Education program, was eager to hear how the 89 year-old was progressing with her recovery from … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for March 1, 2014

John Michael Guidry

Baton Rouge Saturday Church Garage Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Union Grove Baptist Church, 327 Tuscaloosa Ave. Items, including clothing, shoes, hats, purses and more, will be priced to go. HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge-Chronic Illness Support Group: 11 a.m., St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road. HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge is a nondenominational support group for … Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Youth told be cool with Jesus, school

Father Richard Rohr

Young people can do anything they want in life by focusing on two important components, a speaker said Thursday during a school Black History Month program. “You want to be hip and you want to cool — get some Jesus and get some education,” the Rev. Leroy Taylor said. Taylor spoke to students, parents and other … Continue reading →

Program helps efforts to support family caregiver

Churches, pastors and leaders of faith-based organizations who are providing supports of any kind to those caring for children, adults with disabilities or older adults in their homes are invited to attend a free webinar teleconference at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, sponsored by the Louisiana Lifespan Respite Coalition. Participants may preregister by reserving … Continue reading →

Talk set on Buddhist thought

Internationally acclaimed master teacher Anam Thubten will speak on Buddhist thought, including meditation practice, at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28. The public talk will be followed by an intensive retreat with Thubten on Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, at the Agame Yoga and Meditation Center here. “As a teacher, I’m … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Feb. 22, 2014

John Michael Guidry

Baton Rouge Saturday Faith Venture Campaign Banquet: 6 p.m., Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government St. Banquet for Greater First Church in Baker to eliminate its mortgage debt. Theme is “Keeping the Vision Alive.” The Rev. Fred Jeff Smith, of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, will be guest speaker. The Music Ministry will present “Songs in a Spiritual Genre.” (225) … Continue reading →

Young Africans choir visiting 2 BR churches

Photo provided by Presto Public Relations -- The Young Africans will be performing at Mount Pilgrim Baptist CHurch and First Baptist Church on Feb. 16.

The Young Africans of Uganda and Kenya, a gifted group of singers, musicians and dancers, will be in concert at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at two locations in Baton Rouge. At 9 a.m., the group will perform at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church Family Life Center, 9700 Scenic Highway. The evening performance will be … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Feb. 15, 2014


Baton Rouge Saturday 2014 Life Choice (Pre-Cana): 9 a.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway. One-day pre-cana program for engaged couples seeking to get married in the Catholic church. It combines talks with personal reflection and couples dialogues in a classroom setting. Daughters of Naomi: 9:30 a.m., Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, 8742 Scenic Highway. … Continue reading →

‘Mahalia!’ on tap for UpStage

Photo provided by UpStage TheatreTremaine Sanders, right, will portray the Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson, left, in UpStage Theatre's production of the musical 'Mahalia!,' which opensSaturday in the Louisiana State Police Training Academy Auditorium.

A lot of Hollywood offers came Mahalia Jackson’s way, but she never wavered. Singing the blues was out of the question, no matter how much Bessie Smith inspired her in childhood. Mahalia reserved her talent for God. Many will remember seeing her in the 1959 film “Imitation of Life.” But her role was as a … Continue reading →

Faith Matters for Feb. 8, 2014

J Keith McAllister

Some heartache in his own life has only served to give Keith McAllister a greater heart of compassion for others. “When I meet people, I’m very careful,” said McAllister, the pastor of White Dove Church in Baton Rouge. “You never know what kind of difficulty or what kind of pain they’re experiencing. They may not even open … Continue reading →

Tommy French new chairman of board at Louisiana College

11 03 06 REL Clergy Profile photo by mark h. hunter, Rev. T.C.

The Louisiana College Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Tommy French to serve as the new chairman of the board of Louisiana College. French founded and served as pastor of Jefferson Baptist Church for more than 50 years in Baton Rouge. “I am honored to welcome such a distinguished leader of our Baptist … Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Feb. 8, 2014


Baton Rouge Saturday 2014 Life Choice (Pre-Cana): 9 a.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway. One-day pre-cana program for engaged couples seeking to get married in the Catholic church. It combines talks with personal reflection and couples dialogues in a classroom setting. Rebecca Ann Parker Seminar: 9 a.m. to noon, Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, … Continue reading →

Musical tracks history of gospel music

April Louise, who plays the narrator/main characterSista Eloise in

Humanity is never perfect. That’s something reserved for heaven, to which the songs of “Shout!” aspire. And though Greg Williams Jr.’s musical exploration of the history of gospel music was a hit last May, it wasn’t perfect. New Venture Theatre performed it only twice, and audiences cheered for more, and he … Continue reading →

Facets of Faith: Snow finds place in Scripture

While in the middle of the Deep Freeze 2014, my husband was reading his nightly Psalms passage when he started laughing. Reading from the English Standard Version, one of his Psalms for the night was Psalm 147. Verses 16-18 say: “He gives snow like wool; he scatters … Continue reading →

Jewish, Christian rituals to be shared at BR event

Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center is hosting Rabbi Barry Weinstein and the Rev. Mark Beard in an interfaith celebration of Passover at 6 p.m. Feb. 26. Both Jewish and Christian rituals will be shared at the event, which will be held at White Oak Plantation, 17660 George Oneal Road. In an opening presentation, Weinstein, of … Continue reading →


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