Pastor Marshall and Elnora Hall
Pastor Marshall and Elnora Hall

Baton Rouge


Community Health Fair: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., In His Hands Baptist Church, 8767 Gov. 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. Artists and craftsmen will feature handmade jewelry, pottery, needlecrafts, woodwork, Christmas decorations, children’s clothes and more. Food and bake sale available. All proceeds go to church activities. Free admission and parking. (225) 926-5343 or

Sistaz on Fiyah Pep Rally 2013: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., S.E. Mackey Center, 6534 Ford St. Freedom Coach Sheletta Matthews will 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. There will be 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 Rd., guest speaker Sarah Shelton will talk on “Finding Our Story in the Biblical Story.” Register at

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 anyone affected by chronic pain or illness, mental or physical. (225) 337-1633.

Usher’s Ministry Bi-montly Meeting: 2 p.m., Progressive Baptist Church, 998 Julia St.

Old School Gospel Musical: 6 p.m., Greater Mount Canaan Baptist Church, 5820 Evangeline St. The Electrifying Crownseekers, of Marrero, The Providence Tones of Joy, of LaPlace, and other groups will perform at the musical. It is an open door program.


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 S. 16th St. The church will honor Elder and Mrs. Marshall Hall for 24 years of service. The Rev. Emma Woods and the Rev. Mark Litt will speak.

Breast Cancer Awareness Service: 8 a.m., Greater Mount Canaan Baptist Church, 5820 Evangeline St. The program will have information on breast cancer services.

Communion: 10 a.m., Ravens All Faith Church, 1913 North St., Raven’s All Faith Church. Pastor Andrew Whitner will deliver the message. The public is invited. (225) 571-1179.

Worship in Pink Service: 11 a.m., Sister Sandra Christal, a four-time breast cancer survivor, will sponsor a pink T-shirt sale and new wig donation during the service to supply funds and wigs for women who lost their hair from chemotherapy. (225) 356-9708.

Food for the soul, Open House Party: 4:30 p.m., The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St. The free program has imaginative activities and delicious delicacies.

Pastor Anniversary: 5 p.m., New Revelation Church, 2864 Weller Ave. The church will end its weekend celebration marking the Rev. Earnest Thibodeaux’s second anniversary. The Rev. Sterling Wrights will speak.

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. Open to everyone. (225) 756-5291.


Baton Rouge Christian Women’s Connection Lunch: 11 a.m., Oak Lodge Conference and Reception Center, 2834 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Brenda Copeland, former Miss America preliminary winner and award-winning recording artist, will perform a mini concert and speak. Cost is $22. Reservations required. (225) 362-3588 or

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


East Baton Rouge Parish Woman’s Auxiliary Monthly Meeting: 3 p.m., Greater Beulah Baptist Church, 955 East Polk St. All members invited.


An Evening of Fellowship and Dining: 7 p.m., Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. The banquet is part of the Pastoral Anniversary Celebration for the Rev. Wilfred and First Lady Judith Fontenot. It will include dinner and a presentation of gifts. The Rev. Ronald Johnson, of Union Bethel Family Church in St. Francisville, will speak. Donations are $25. For tickets, call (225) 993-0062 or (225) 447-9434.

The Louisiana Gospel Tradition: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center, 275 S. River Road. The concert and community-wide project will celebrate the state’s Gospel music and will include local churches, businesses, the Baton Rouge Symphony and chorus and other local musicians. or (225) 383-0500.

Oct. 12

Prayer and Praise on the Bluff: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Scenic Highway near Swan Avenue. The North Baton Rouge Area Church Ministry will host the annual event.

Cross Culture Youth Summit: 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Higher Ground Outreach Church, 3730 N. Sherwood Forest Drive, with Pastor Domonique. Irishea Hilliard is the featured guest. To register, visit

Public Square Rosary for America: Noon, front lawn of the Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway. Participants should bring their rosary and lawn chair. (225) 769-0271 or

Oct. 13

Bishop’s Respect Life Mass: 10 a.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St. A light reception will follow Mass in the parish hall. or (225) 242-0164.

Pastoral Anniversary Service: 2 p.m., Greater St. James Baptist Church, 1627 N. 44th St. The church concludes the Pastoral Anniversary Celebration of the Rev. Wilfred and First Lady Judith Fontenot with a service. The Rev. Carl Fontenot Sr., of Mount Triumph Baptist Church in Jennings, and Emma Zion Baptist Church in Melville, will be the celebrants.


Monday, Oct. 13

Pumpkin Patch: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Blackwater United Methodist Church, 10000 Blackwater Road. A fundraiser for missions trips support. Roam through pumpkins, take hayrides and play games. Pumpkins also will be available for purchase. (225) 261-4646.

Denham Springs

Oct. 13-31

18th Annual Pumpkin Patch at St. Francis Episcopal Church: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, St. Francis Episcopal Church, 726 Maple St. Pumpkins, gourds and pumpkin bread. (225) 665-2707 or



Pastor Anniversary: 9:15 a.m., Shekinah Glory Christian Fellowship Church, 10164 N. Line St. The church will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Pastor Ronald D. Harbin Sr.’s with Lorenzo Carter, pastor of Center Ridge Baptist Church in Shubuta, Miss., as guest speaker.



15th Annual Pastoral Banquet Honoring Dr. Ronald D. Harbin Sr.: 5 p.m., Gonzales Civic Center, 219 S. Irma Blvd. The banquet honors Pastor Harbin, of Shekinah Glory Christian Fellowship Church. Lorenzo Carter, pastor of Center Ridge Baptist Church in Shubuta, Miss., will be guest speaker. Donations are $20 per guest.

Gospel Singing: 6 p.m., Ascension Baptist Church, 13432 Airline Highway. The Mid-South Quartet is gospel singing at the church. Tickets are $5. (225) 644-0111.


Oct. 12

Bag Mat Ministry: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Blvd. The ministry makes sleeping mats for the homeless using recycled plastic shopping bags. Participants can bring a lunch and help the ministry all day or stay for an hour.



Pastor Anniversary: 3 p.m., 29790 S. Magnolia St. Destiny Fellowship Church will celebrate Pastor Charles Brumfield Sr.’s anniversary. The Rev. Robert Smith, of The Bethleham Baptist Church in Killian and St. James Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, will be guest speaker.


Oct. 13

139th Church Anniversary: 2 p.m., Little Rock Baptist Church, 7191 La. 1. The church will celebrate homecoming and its anniversary. Special guests will be Pastor Arthur Ray Young and the Second Mount Olive Baptist Church from Houston.

New Roads

Oct. 12

Fried Fish Fundraiser: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kiwanis Park, across from St. Mary of False River on West Main Street. Tickets will be pre-sold at $8 and will include fried fillet catfish, hushpuppies, french fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce. (225) 638-3998 or (225) 603-2645.



Taize Prayer Services: 7 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road. The candlelight prayer service consists of music, scripture reading and reflections and takes place on the first Monday of each month. All are welcome.