Religion Bulletins for Dec. 7, 2013


Dec. 15

Holiday Marché: Noon to 6 p.m., Addis Community Center, 7520 La. 1 South, Addis. The Holiday Marché marketplace will feature vendors and holiday celebrations with entertainment, musical groups and food., (225) 627-9914 or (225) 202-4279.

Baton Rouge

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 15

Hope survives in christmas on miracle street: 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, Jefferson Baptist Church, 9135 Jefferson Highway. This is the 17th season the choir, orchestra and cast of more than 200 at the church perform the Broadway-style show. It features an original story by Lisa Parker, orchestra music and more than 150,000 lights on the church’s twin trees. Following the Dec. 15 performance, there will be a Snow Party on the church lawn with four tons of real snow. For tickets, call (225) 926-0902.


church garage sale: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Union Grove Baptist Church, 327 Tuscaloosa Ave.

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.

Seventh Annual Christmas Love Fest: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Greater Morning Star Baptist Church, 1002 Mavis Drive. Gardere Initiative will present the celebration, which will include the telling of the Christmas story and gifts for children on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents must accompany children. The church will provide transportation starting at noon. (225) 766-1510.

Fourth District Ushers’ Christmas Fellowship: 2 p.m., St. Mary Baptist Church, 1252 N. Acadian Thruway East.

Banking on a Steak-Out for Christmas Feast: 3 p.m., Of the Way Bible Church. The feast will feature a free steak dinner with trimmings, live performance by the Baker High School Band and gospel artists, free toy banks for children and a toy giveaway. The giveaway will include bicycles, Xboxes and more. Tickets will be on sale from midnight to 3 p.m. Saturday. (225) 588-0777.

Grand Opening for ”All Star Arts Academy”: 3 p.m., Ravens All Faith Church, 1913 North St. The church will hold a grand opening for the “All-Star Arts Academy,” which will have visual arts, performing arts, dance, poetry, drama, culinary and more. Register for classes at the grand opening or by calling (225) 588-5622.

Weighed in the Balance: 4 p.m., Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4555 Fairfields Ave. The youth department will host the program, which will be presented by a traveling drama team from several Seventh-day Adventist churches in the Westbank and New Orleans area. A reception will follow in the Berean Community Wellness Center, 5100 Osborne Ave.

Kids’ Orchestra Winter Concert: 4 p.m., Christian Life Fellowship, 2037 Quail Drive. The third annual concert will feature students showcasing their musical skills and the church’s multiple orchestras. (225) 769-6760.

Christmas Musical: 5 p.m., True Light Baptist Church, 3836 North St. The church’s Mass Choir will hold its Christmas Musical.

ReachNations Concert: 6:30 p.m., The LIFE Church of Baton Rouge, 8731 Greenwell Springs Road. The third annual ReachNations Benefit Concert will feature local artists, including Hip Hop Doc, Love N Pain, Young Zo and more. It will also have a debut performance from ReachNations, which will collect toys to give away for Christmas in Baton Rouge and the Congo (D.R.), Africa. Admission is free.


Youth Program: 7 a.m., New St. Luke Baptist Church, 538 South Blvd.

christmas concert: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, 19421 Greenwell Springs Road. The church’s resident 100-voice choir and 15-piece orchestra, with guest musicians from LSU and Southeastern Louisiana University, will perform their new Christmas concert, “Two Worlds.” Taking the name from their pastor Jeff Meyer’s Christmas sermon series “When Two Worlds Collide,” the Christmas concert confronts the challenge of creating a vibrant Christmas worship service while balancing the desire for Christmas tradition. Free. For more information, visit or call (225) 261-2246.

Grief During the Holidays: 9:45 a.m., Center for Spiritual Formation at First United Methodist Church, 930 North Blvd. The supportive three-session program will help those who are having a difficult time during Christmas after losing a loved one. Kathy Vilas, director of the Grief Recovery Center, will facilitate. or (225) 383-4777.

Deacons Installation and Dedication Service: 11 a.m., New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 318 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive. (225) 939-3081 or

Pastor Anniversary: 2 p.m., Fairview Baptist Church, 1636 Braddock St. The church will celebrate its fourth pastor anniversary with the Rev. Rene F. Brown as the guest speaker.

ministerial honors: 3 p.m., Little Rising Sun Baptist Church, 1275 South 16th St. Elder Marshall Hall Sr. The pastor will honor ministerial staff of the Rev. Julia Kennedy, the Rev. Emma Woods and Minister Faith Ashton. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Levert Kemp.

Founder’s Day and Church Anniversary: 4:45 p.m., First Unity Church, 6262 McClelland Drive. The annual event will start with intercessory prayer followed by praise and worship. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Melvin L. Carter, senior pastor of Greater New Bethel Full Gospel Baptist Church.


InterDenominational International Fellowship Monthly Meeting: 7 p.m., New St. Luke Baptist Church, 538 South Blvd.


Christmas Concert: 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd. St. Paul Choir and the St. Paul Handbell Choir will perform along with Hasmig Aroian, choir director and opera singer, and Angela Balis. The concert will also have a trumpet duet by Brian Falcon and Craig Heinzen, a guitar performance by Peter Wright and a flute solo by Angela Balis. It will conclude with a sing-a-long. Admission is free. Donations of nonperishable food or monetary donations for the St. Paul Good Samaritan Food Bank are appreciated.

Friday-Dec. 15

The Living Nativity: 7-9 p.m., Florida Boulevard Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd. Journey through 12 scenes depicting the prophecy and the birth and life of Jesus Christ, featuring a cast of characters, live sheep and Bubbles the Camel. Admission is free. (225) 272-3740 or

Dec. 14

Advent Retreat — The Liberating Stories of Jesus: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Joseph’s Academy, 3080 Kleinert Ave. Participants will learn about Jesus’ parables and prayer exercises that will personalize each parable point. Event is in Mother Alice Hall, Commons. Francis Vanderwall will be the presenter. The fee is $50, which includes lunch. or (225) 383-3349.

Victory International Ministries Leadership Luncheon: Noon, Kizzy’s Kitchen, 10450 Florida Blvd. The luncheon is for church leaders and aspiring church leaders. Bishop Ewart Forde will be the leadership expert.

Shimmy for the Shelter — Jingle Bell Raqs: 6-8 p.m., University Presbyterian Church, 3240 Dalrymple Drive. Join local belly dancers for an evening of performances to help raise money for the Baton Rouge Battered Women’s Shelter and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Admission is $10 or $8 with canned food donation. Free for children ages 12 and younger.

Dec. 15

Holy Communion Service: 11 a.m., New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 318 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive. Pastor Green will deliver the Communion message and the Senior choir will provide music. (225) 939-8827 or

Baton Rouge Concert Band Christmas Concert: 3 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St. Join the Baton Rouge Concert Band for their Christmas Concert, which includes selections from The Nutcracker Suite, music from the movie “Home Alone” and Sleigh Ride. Free.

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.

Dec. 15-16

“JOY!” A Chapel Christmas Celebration: 7 p.m., The Chapel in the Oaks, 9611 Siegen Lane. The two-day celebration will feature collegian and adult Worship Bank members from both chapel locations, the 40-voice Chapel Choir and Orchestra. The Chapel Choir will perform carols, worship songs and new anthems. Free. (225) 766-7000 or

Dec. 20

Trinity Lutheran Church’s Christmas Cantata: 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, LCMS, 10925 Florida Blvd. The Trinity Lutheran Church Adult Choir will present its annual Christmas Cantata. Free. (225) 272-3110 or

Denham Springs

Dec. 14

Holiday Fashion & Jewelry Show: 6 p.m., New Zion Baptist Church, 126 East St. Models of all ages will walk the runway. Exposure Spotlight Magazine, Tracilynn Jewelry and Step In & Step Out Clothing Store will sponsor. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. 1 (866 ) 971-0444.



Fall Festival: Noon to 4 p.m., Shekinah Glory Christian Fellowship Church, 10164 N. Line St. The theme is “Riding with the Saints.” It will feature horseback rides, crafts, games, refreshments, photos and more. (225) 257-4443.



Pastor’s Anniversary & Musical: 7 p.m., Beachum Grove Baptist Church, 8877 Battle Road. The church will honor Pastor Sterling Wrights for 21 years of service with a musical on Saturday and an anniversary service on Sunday at 4 p.m. The guest speaker will be Pastor Perry Wrights, of the Promised Land and Traveler’s Rest Baptist churches.


Dec. 19

Christmas! Celebrating the Music of John Rutter: 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 2200 Rue Denise. Northlake Performing Arts Society will perform its holiday concert featuring John Rutter’s arrangements of favorite carols and lesser known Christmas songs. Tickets are $15.



Revival: 6:30 p.m., Asphodel Baptist Church, 4091 La. 68. Guest speaker for the three-day revival will be the Rev. Reginald Holmes, of Friendship Community Baptist Church in Kenner.



The Big Chill Women’s Event: 7 p.m., The Family Church, 223 Stone Ave. The event has a New York City theme and is open to women, ages 18 and older. It will feature Broadway-style productions, special guests, dinner in China Town and Little Italy, dessert at Dylan’s Famous Candy Bar and Christmas cheer. Seating is limited. Tickets are $10 for the first 200 tickets then the price goes up. For tickets, email or call (337) 234-0214

Dec. 14

Bag Mat Ministry: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Blvd. The Bag Mat Ministry workshop will provide instruction about making sleeping bags for the homeless from recycled plastic shopping bags.


Dec. 15

Trevor Thomas Drama Ministries: 5 p.m., Patterson United Methodist Church, 1204 Main St. A love offering will be taken up.



The Iberville Parish Choir Christmas Concert: 4 p.m., (doors open at 3:15 p.m.), St. Peter Baptist Church, 58116 Court St. Program includes Pastor Van Smith Jr., music coordinator/director; Alcide Simmons, musician and director; and musicians Bobby Williams, Richelle Richardson, the Rev. Michael Pearl, the Rev. Calvin Emery, Denise Walker, Donald Richardson and Brandon Sparks. Narrators include the Rev. Gregory Coates, the Rev. Clyde McNell, Chris Butler, Shauna Johnson, John Jordan and Lee T. Wesley. The Prophecy, The Birth, the Life, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus will be performed through scripture, narratives, drama and song. Event is sponsored by the Iberville Parish Ministers Conference. Wesley is president; Smith is the vice president and music coordinator.

Dec. 15

Pastor Appreciation: 11 a.m., St. Matthew Baptist Church, 22910 Warren St. The church will celebrate the Rev. Nolon C. Carlin’s 29th pastor anniversary. The theme is “Honoring a Man of Good Steward-God’s Chosen One.” The Rev. Marques A. Braggs, of New St. John Baptist Church in Plaquemine, will be the guest speaker.



Day of Prayer with Sister Rose Bowen: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road. The program will reflect on God’s friendship and will start with coffee and fellowship followed by the talk and lunch. It will also have a celebration of the Eucharist.

Dec. 20-22

Ignite Retreat: 5 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, 39003 Rosaryville Road. Teens and young adults, ages 16 and older, are invited to a retreat that answers Pope Francis’ call for a “New Evangelization.” It will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and end at 11 a.m. Sunday. The cost is $100. Scholarships are available by emailing or by calling (225) 294-5039.



Community Christmas Celebration: 6-8 p.m., Dutchtown Baptist Church, 36495 C. Braud Road. The celebration will include a living nativity with a narration of Jesus’ birth, gingerbread house and sugar cookie decorating, crafts, Christmas stories, Christmas music and refreshments.

Friday-Dec. 15

Living Nativity: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Little Prairie Baptist Church, 40497 La. 42. The living nativity has a drive-through viewing and is free. (225) 647-1454.


Dec. 15

Lord Supper: 11:30 a.m., St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 10151 Noel Thomas Lane. Pastor Huddleston will deliver the message.

St. Francisville


Christmas Program: 11 a.m., Sherobee Baptist Church, 10064 John Vaughn Creek Road. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Linda Ward.


Dec. 21

Annual Christmas Program: 11 a.m., Magnolia Baptist Church, 7329 Magnolia Road. The church invites youth and congregations to join the service, which will include activities and worship service.