Religion bulletins



A Morning with Susanna Wesley: 10:30 a.m., First United Methodist Church, 800 N. Duncan Ave. Denise Reichard, of Buffalo, N.Y., will portray Susanna Wesley, mother of John and Charles Wesley, who founded the Methodist movement. The program is free. A nursery is available. (985) 474-9036.

Baton Rouge


Annual Garage Sale: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd. Electronics, clothing, antiques, collectables, books, furniture and more. Pulled-pork sandwiches will be sold for $6. Proceeds go to the church’s outreach programs that help women and children in crisis, particularly crises related to poverty, health and domestic violence. (225) 923-3133.

Healing Scripture for an Anxious World: 9 a.m. to noon, St. Joseph’s Academy, 3080 Kleinert Ave., with the Rev. Matthew Linn, Jesuit priest and author, as presenter. The retreat will focus on Jesus’ criteria for interpreting confusing and sometimes threatening scripture in a healing and hopeful way. The suggested fee is $40. To register, email or call (225) 383-3349.

Behold the Bride Groom Cometh: 2 p.m., Hughes United Methodist Church, 802 N. 38th St.


A Mortgage Burial and Jazz Funeral with second line: 9:30 a.m., Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd. The congregation will bury the canceled bank note and spoof a funeral for old “Mort Gage.”

5th Pastor Anniversary: 10 a.m., Hour of Power Family Worship Center, 9130 Scenic Highway, in honor of Pastor Lonnie Jefferson. The Rev. Roy James, of the Greater New Galilee Baptist Church, will be the guest speaker. Dinner will follow at Lagniappe Steak and Seafood, 14030 Plank Road.

ANNUAL SENIOR CITIZENS SALUTE: Greater Beach Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 5352 Ford St. Deacon Oscar Woods, of Elm Grove Baptist Church, will be the speaker. (225) 255-0086.

Hat and Heels Fashion Show: 3 p.m., New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 650 Blount Road. (225) 308-1261 or (225) 235-9535.

Family and Friend Day: 3 p.m., Union Grove Progressive Baptist Church, 327 Tuscaloosa Ave., with the Rev. Johnny Robertson, associate minister at Mount Moriah Baptist Church, as speaker.

Youth Explosion: 4 p.m., InterDenominational International Fellowship, 538 South Blvd.


Meditation Workshop: 10:30 a.m., Tam Bao Temple, 975 Monterrey Blvd., with a theme of “Waging Peace: Listen.” Thich Dao Quang and John Pickering will lead the workshop. It is part of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s “Women’s Week.” Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will sponsor.

Communication Skills Workshop: 1 p.m., Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, 3555 Jones Creek Road, with a theme of “Waging Peace: Understand.” The Rev. Nancy Andrews will lead. It is part of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s “Women’s Week.” Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will sponsor.

Financial Peace University Course: 6:30 p.m., Rosehill Baptist Church, 3765 N. Acadian Thruway West. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University is a nine-week course on gaining control of finances. To register, call (225) 356-5814.

Melting Hearts of Stone to Peace: 7 p.m., St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11441 Goodwood Blvd., with a theme of “Waging Peace: Forgive.” The Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade will lead. It is part of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s “Women’s Week.” Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will sponsor.


Jewish Bread-Baking Workshop: 10:30 a.m., Beth Shalom Synagogue, 9111 Jefferson Highway, with a theme of “Waging Peace: Collaborate.” Julie Hoffman and Celia Strickler will lead. It is part of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s “Women’s Week.” Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will sponsor.

Discovering God’s Way of Handling Money: 6 p.m., Scotlandville Branch Library, 7373 Scenic Highway, with topics such as getting out of debt, saving, investing and teaching children how to handle money. To register, call (225) 774-1553 or email

Islamic View of Peace: 7 p.m., Islamic Center of Baton Rouge, 285 E. Airport Ave., with a theme of “Waging Peace: Proclaim.” The seminar will feature local Muslim leaders explaining the Quran’s teaching on peace. It is part of the Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s “Women’s Week.” Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge will sponsor.


Gentle Hands Ministry Annual Memorial Service: 6:30 p.m., St. Aloysius Church, 2025 Stuart Ave. The ministry supports families that have lost a child. Participants should come early to attend a moment of reflection in the church’s garden. All faiths are welcome.

Wednesday and Thursday

Outpouring of the Spirit Revival: 7 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 5856 Greenwell Springs Road. Tellis Chapman, of Detroit, Mich., will be the evangelist.

Oct. 4-6

destiny’s woman ministry: 7 p.m., Praise Church, 36452 C. Braud Road, Prairieville. Monthly meeting with guest speaker Dorothy Wallis, president and CEO of Caring to Love Ministries/Care Pregnancy Clinic. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare will be available. Women and teenage girls of any denomination are welcome. (225) 673-9855.

second Pastor Anniversary Weekend Celebration: 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, New Revelation Church, 2864 Weller Ave. The celebration will mark the Rev. Earnest Thibodeaux’s second anniversary. It will start off with a “Night of Praise Musical” Friday. An anniversary service will end the celebration at 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at the church with the Rev. Sterling Wrights as the guest speaker.

Oct. 5

Community Health Fair: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., In His Hands Baptist Church, 8767 Governor Claiborne Drive, with food, games and IDs for children.

34th Annual St. Luke’s Episcopal Arts and Crafts Fair: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd., with handmade jewelry, pottery, needlecrafts, woodwork, Christmas d├ęcor, children’s clothes and more. The fair will also have food and a bake sale. Proceeds go to church activities. Admission and parking are free. (225) 926-5343 or

Sistaz on Fiyah Pep Rally 2013: 10 a.m., S.E. Mackey Center, 6534 Ford St., with Sheletta Matthews as host. The pep talkers will be Pastor Tammie Jackson Traylor, Martisa “Sophisticated Ladie” Henderson, Minister Naisha Cooper, Life Coach Marvin Anderson, Shirley Neal, Dawn Ursin, Shawlonda Harris and Twahna P. Harris. The rally will also have entertainment from bands, cheerleaders and liturgical dancers, vendors and a concession stand. (225) 384-0061.

Stagg-Tolbert Forum: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., University Baptist Church, 5775 Highland Road, with Sarah Shelton as guest speaker. She will talk on “Finding Our Story in the Biblical Story.” To register, visit

HopeKeepers Support Group: 11 a.m., St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road. The group is for anyone affected by chronic pain or illness, physical or emotional. (225) 337-1633 or hopekeepersbr/

gospel artist eazy performance: 1-3 p.m., Music Treasure Chest, 410 Acadian Thruway. Eazy’s music is inspired by Michael Jackson, James Brown and Prince.

Ole School Gospel Musical: 6 p.m., Greater Mount Canaan Baptist Church, 5820 Evangeline St. The Electrifying Crownseekers, of New Orleans, and other groups will perform at the musical. It is an open door program.

Oct. 6

Holy Communion: 7 a.m., Israelite Baptist Church, 1841 Thomas H Delpit Drive. (225) 344-3553 or

Pastor Appreciation: 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Little Rising Sun Baptist Church, 1275 South 16th St. The church will honor Elder and Mrs. Marshall Hall for their 24 years of dedicated service. The Rev. Emma Woods and the Rev. Mark Litt will be the speakers.

Communion Service: 5:30 p.m., New St. Luke Baptist Church, 538 South Blvd.

Israeli Folk Dance Class: 7 p.m., Congregation B’nai Israel, 3354 Kleinert Ave. All experience levels are welcome to attend the free class. Israeli folk dance is a living art form with choreographers in Israel and around the world creating new dances all the time. (225) 756-5291.



appreciation service: 3 p.m., Greater Matthews Chapel AME Church, 1438 Otis & Willie Matthews Road. Honoring the pastor, the Rev. Robert Lee Johnson III, who recently received his Masters of Divinity degree. Special guest will be the Rev. Larry Crockett, First Love Missionary Baptist Church in Kenner.



Women Day: 9 a.m., Nazarene Baptist Church, 206 Williams St., with the Rev. Catherine Scott Brown, of Baton Rouge, as guest speaker.

Oct. 6

15th Pastor Anniversary: 9:15 a.m., Shekinah Glory Christian Fellowship Church, 10164 N. Line St., in honor of Pastor Ronald D. Harbin, Sr. Lorenzo Carter, pastor of Center Ridge Baptist Church in Shubuta, Miss., will speak.



15th Annual Pastoral Banquet: 5 p.m., Gonzales Civic Center, 219 S. Irma Blvd., in honor of Pastor Ronald D. Harbin, Sr., of Shekinah Glory Christian Fellowship Church. Lorenzo Carter, of Center Ridge Baptist Church in Shubuta, Miss., will speak. Donations are $20 per guest. For tickets, visit



St. Philomena Church Festival: 10 a.m., St. Philomena Catholic Church, 118 Convent St., outdoor Mass, followed by chefs’ specials, free children’s activities and silent and live auctions. (985) 526-4247.

Pine Grove


Building Fund Drive: 2 p.m., Apostolic Assembly of Christ Temple, 48123 La. 16, with Bishop Mac A. Lee as the featured speaker. The event will honor the church’s Senior Mother, Mother Cora W. Lee.



28th Encouragement Service: 3 p.m., St. Peter Baptist Church, 58116 Court St., with music from a combined choir and the Rev. Moses Gordon III, pastor of the First African Sixth District Baptist Church in New Orleans, as guest speaker. The service is in honor of the Rev. and First Lady Van Smith.

Oct. 6

celebration service: 2 p.m., Second Baptist Church, 24830 Railroad Ave. Eighth-year celebration service of Pastor & First Lady, the Rev. Mark I. Stewart Sr. and Clonise Stewart. Pastor Henry J. Brown, of Star of Bethlehem & First Emmanuel Baptist Churches in Baton Rouge, will speak.



Dream Retreat: 7 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road, with Janice Bachman, O.P., Dominican Sister of Peace and Jungian analyist, as the presenter. The retreat focuses on dreams and how to use them in the context of prayer. The retreat will start with arrival, dinner and the first session. It will end at 4 p.m. Wednesday. (225) 294-5039, ext. 101.


Taize Prayer Services: 7 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Rd., Ponchatoula, The candlelight prayer services consist of music, scripture reading and reflection and take place on the first Monday of each month. All are welcome.



Family & Friend’s Day: 11:30 a.m., St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 10151 Noel Thomas Lane, with food and fellowship for all ages.

St Francisville


3rd Annual Family & Friends’ Day: 11 a.m., Galilee Full Gospel Baptist Church, 8052 Galilee Church Road, with the Raspberry Baptist Church congregation and its pastor, the Rev. Lanquois Payne, as special guests.



October Concert: 6:30 p.m., Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 La. 442 West. The free concert will feature Al Fike, a Christian comedian from Richardson, Texas, who has appeared on TBN, James Robinson and Fox News. There will be a concession stand with plate lunches, hot dogs and nachos. The church will take up a love offering for the guest. Doors open at 6 p.m. (985) 974-0507.



Homecoming Program: Noon, Magnolia Baptist Church, 7329 Magnolia Road. (225) 655-3638.



Senior Choir Anniversary: 10 a.m., Union Baptist Church, 4624 Old Slaughter Road, with Judge John Michael Guidry as speaker. (225) 654-6113.

10th Year Pastor Appreciation: 3 p.m., Oak Grove Christian Center, 8755 Port Hudson-Pride Road, in honor of the Rev. Oren Ruth, Sr. The guest speaker will be the Rev. George Veal, pastor of Richland Baptist and Mount Calvary Baptist churches in Norwood.