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.
missionary sunday: 10:30 a.m., Faith AME Zion Church, 3919 Groom Road. The Parent Body will sponsor Missionary Sunday. There will be singing, testimony and a message by Sis Sonya Felders. The public is invited.
Iron Sharpens Iron conference: 8:30 a.m., Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Dr. Designed for men ages 13 and older to help them become better husbands, fathers and men of integrity in the home, workplace, church and community. Speakers are Ted Roberts and NFL pro and Dallas Cowboys chaplain Jonathan Evans. There will be 16 seminars and regional and national exhibitors. Teenagers are admitted free when accompanied by their biological or spiritual father. istrouma.org.
Auction Gala: 6-9 p.m., Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd. Silent and live auction items include jewelry, collectibles, dining at fine restaurants, art works, gourmet food items, overnight stays and more. Admission of $15 at the door includes a reception. (225) 926-2291. peacestones.org.
Ebr minister wives and widows: 3 p.m., New St. Luke Baptist Church, 538 South Blvd. East Baton Rouge Parish Minister Wives and Widows’ 79th year anniversary. Eveyone is invited.
Finding Financial Freedom — Your Money and Your Soul: 7 p.m., Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Center, 4555 Fairfields Ave. Pastor Robert Davis will conduct the free seminar.
mortgage burning: 7 a.m., The New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1627 Thomas H. Delpit Drive. Ceremony to burn the mortgage note on the church’s Fellowship Hall, which was completed and dedicated in 2002. Special music by the church’s Mass Choir. Sermon by Pastor Van Smith Jr. Breakfast will follow.
Friends and Family Day: 9 a.m., Gethsemane Baptist Church, 1101 America St.
Family and Friends Day: 9 a.m., Oasis Christian Church, 4524 E. Brookstown Drive.
Church Anniversary: 10 a.m., The Hour of Power Family Worship Center, 9130 Scenic Highway, celebrates its sixth anniversary.
Mission Program: 11 a.m., Israelite Baptist Church, 1841 Thomas H. Delpit. The Rev. Emma Woods will speak. (225) 937-1159.
Women’s Missionary Society Day: 11 a.m., Bethel AME Church, 1358 South St. Guest speaker is Tayisha M. Beard.
Church Anniversary: 11 a.m., Camelot College, 2726 Wooddale Blvd. Power in the Word World Ministries celebrates its 12th anniversary with Pastor Ronnie L. Williams. Guest speaker will be Elder Edward “Chipps” Taylor III.
scholarship jazz brunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Le Bon Temps Bar and Grill, 8342 Perkins Road. The Baton Rouge chapter of the Xavier University Alumni Association is holding its annual scholarship jazz brunch and silent auction. Tickets are $50. Call (225) 939-7346. The fundraiser provides financial assistance to Xavier students.
taste of pilgrimage luncheon: Noon, Broadmoor Presbyterian Church Activities Building, 9340 Florida Blvd. A program luncheon designed to acquaint guests with a three-day renewal weekend, a Pilgrimage, which will be held June 19-22 at the Wesley Retreat Center in Woodworth. The luncheon, which will include a 10-minute film and brief talks by past participants, is free and open to all denominations. (225) 445-7517.
church Anniversary: 4 p.m., Greater Greene Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1232 N. 32nd St. The church celebrates its 87th anniversary.
Four Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John: 6 p.m., Fairview Baptist Church, 1636 Braddock St. The pre-anniversary program will celebrate the church’s upcoming 80th anniversary.
Dameon Roberson’s Birthday Musical Celebration: 6 p.m., Living Faith Christian Center, 6375 Winbourne Ave. Praise and worship service to celebrate Dameon Roberson’s 37th birthday. Contact Nikisha Roberson at (225) 439-1511 or Fiona James at (225) 614-0000. livingfaith-cc.org.
Southeast Regional Biblical Institute Certificate Program: 6 p.m., Baton Rouge Community College-Small Business Training Center, 350 N. Donmoor. Laypersons and ministers are invited to expand their biblical and theological education through the Samford University Extension Division. Registration starts at 4 p.m., classes are at 5 p.m. Classes include “Survey of the New Testament” and “Introduction to Spiritual Formation.” email@example.com or (225) 772-0307.
Minority Health Month Lunch and Learn: Noon, New Hope Baptist Church, 5356 Greenwell Springs Road. In recognition of the start of Minority Health Awareness Month, this program outlines diseases that disproportionately affect minorities. Participants will leave with assessments, information and resources supporting lifestyle changes that reduce risks and improve health/wellness. Lunch will be provided at this free event. Registration is required. (225) 926-0246.
College Metro Conference: Noon, Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Drive. The conference provides an opportunity for church-based college leaders and their spouses to be encouraged and equipped for better ministry. Registration is $99. There will be seminars, roundtable discussions, speakers, idea-sharing and networking. (225) 295-0775.
Taize Service: 6 p.m., Faith Presbyterian Church, 12855 Old Hammond Highway. This contemplative Lenten service is based on the Taize community in France and will be held on Wednesdays until April 9. (225) 275-7393 or faithpcbr.org.
Pre-Easter Musical: 7 p.m., Greater St. Luke Baptist Church, 132 N. 23rd St. (225) 387-1293.
passover seder demonstration: 7 p.m., Hosanna First Assembly, 8850 Goodwood Blvd. Rabbi Jack Zimmerman will demonstrate Passover Seder.
Saturday, April 5
Church 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 ministries of the church. (225) 752-7961 or lcosbr.org.
4 Life Choice (Pre-Cana): 9 a.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway. A one day Pre-Cana program for engaged couples seeking to get married in the Catholic Church. It combines talks with personal reflection and couple dialogue in a classroom setting. diobr.org.
As By a New Pentecost: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Our Lady of Mercy Activity Center, 445 Marquette Ave. The retreat will feature local presenters and a DVD presentation by Ralph Martin, Peter Herbeck, Patti Mansfield and David Mangan. Participants should bring a lunch. Snacks and drinks are provided. (225) 766-3873.
Glen oaks baptist church community outreach day: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., BREC’s Maplewood Neighborhood Park, 8200 Maplewood Ave. Join the Glen Oaks community for an afternoon filled with family games, inflatables and more. There will also be an opportunity to register for BREC’s 2014 summer camps. Call (225) 272-9200 ext. 574 or brec.org.
HopeKeepers of Baton Rouge-Chronic Illness Support Group: 11 a.m., St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 12663 Perkins Road. A nondenominational support group for anyone affected by chronic pain or illness, mental or physical. (225) 337-1633.
Sunday, April 6
Holy Communion Service: 7 a.m., Israelite Baptist Church, 1841 Thomas H. Delpit Drive. (225) 344-3553 or israelitebc.net .
Lord’s Supper Worship: 10 a.m., Ravens All Faith Church, 1913 North St. (225) 571-1179.
Monday, April 7
Baton Rouge Christian Women’s Connection Luncheon: 11 a.m., Oak Lodge Reception Center, 2834 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Barbara Bourgeois with the American Red Cross and Carrie Griffin will speak. $22, reservations only by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 362-3588.
HOPE Grief Support Groups: 6:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 3552 Morning Glory Ave. The Hospice of Baton Rouge hosts six-week support group sessions. (225) 767-4673 or trinitybr.org.
Saturday, April 12
Easter For Kids: 9:30 a.m. to noon, Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, 5500 Stumberg Lane. Children from preschool through fifth grade are invited. There will be crafts, a guitar singalong and an egg hunt. Free. (225) 752-5503 or crossofglorylutheran.com.
Easter Egg Hunt: 2-4 p.m., Family of Faith, 10748 Perkins Road. Free and open to families with children third grade or younger. (225) 769-4783 or familyoffaithsbc.com.
Starlight Gospel Singers Reunion: 7 p.m., Beachum Grove Baptist Church, 8877 Battle Road.
women’s missionary society worship service: 8 a.m. Trinity AME Church, 1420 S. Darla Ave. Sister Lucendia Wells Mulberry will be the speaker. She is a member of St. Landry UMC, where she serves as president of United Women and lay servant leader.
Tuesday - Friday
The holy ghost Merger Conference: 7 p.m. and noon, Life Cathedral Worship Center, 2103 S. Philippe Ave. The conference is presented by World Link of Churches & Ministries. (225) 644-5445.
Saturday, April 12
Free One Day Easter Vacation bible school: 9 a.m., Crossroads Church, 1006 N. Oak St. Free one-day Vacation Bible School for ages pre-K to fifth grade. Songs, crafts, snacks and story time. Contact Rhonda Frederick at email@example.com or Crossroads Church Office at (985) 429-1299.
Joie de Vivre 2014 “Girl on Fire”: 6:30 p.m., Crossroads Church, 150 Verona Drive. Special guests include Helen Burns (Relate Church, Canada), Marilyn Skinner (Watoto founder) and Watoto Choir.
Kidz Boys Lock-In: 7 p.m., The Family Church, 223 Stone Ave. Boys in grades 3-5 are invited to attend the Ninja Night Lock-in. There will be food, movies and games that all have ninja themes. Early bird registration is $25 by March 30, $40 at the door. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, April 6
Women Spring Event: 6 p.m., The Family Church, 223 Stone Ave. This free event serves as a night to unite women from all walks and seasons of life. Ages 15 and up. Preregistration required. (337) 234-0214
Saturday, April 12
Bag Mat Ministry: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 518 Roselawn Blvd. Learn how to make sleeping mats from shopping bags for the homeless. Contact email@example.com
Saturday - Sunday
Pastor Appreciation Weekend: 6 p.m., St. Alma Baptist Church, 12861 La. 416. The church will honor its pastor, the Rev. Mary W. Moss, with a weekend celebration. It starts with a Family and Friends Evening Saturday night. On Sunday, the church will have a pastor’s anniversary service with the Rev. Essie Clark-George. stalmabc.org.
Friday, April 11
Spring Women’s Retreat — Living for God’s Glory: 2 p.m., Feliciana Retreat Center, 10274 La. 422. Workshops will include activities tailored to help identify your unique personality and spiritual gifts. There will also be personal reflection time, fellowship and activities. $138 double occupancy and $160 single occupancy prices includes two nights, meals and materials. Transportation available. Registration deadline is April 1. (225) 772-5640 or P.O. Box 1294, Prairieville, LA 70769.
Wednesday, April 9
Iberville Parish Chorus Rehearsal: 7 p.m., Plymouth Rock Baptist Church, 58830 Iron Farm Road. The rehearsal will be for Good Friday service.
Saturday, April 12
Bible Encounter: 8 a.m., Logos & Life Bible Church, 57945 Trosclair St. Experience an in-depth, intense study of the Word of God.
women’s ministry fellowship program: 11 a.m., Sherobee Baptist Church, 10064 John Vaughn Creek Road. Rev. Purnell Williams from Mount Zion Baptist Church will speak.
Friday Night Live with Free Spirit Church: 7 p.m., St. Gabriel Civic Center, 5054 Iberville St. (225) 368-5339.
Saturday - Sunday
focus on family conference: 10 a.m. Saturday until conclusion at 9:15 a.m. worship services on Sunday, Shekinah Glory Christian Fellowship Church, 10164 North Line St. Special guest teach and speaker will be Dr. K.D. Barnes, of Oakland, Calif., author of “Successfully Raising Young Black Men.” Workshops will by Pastor Ronald D. Harbin Sr. and the Shekinah Glory Youth & Teen Department. sgcfc.com.
gospel concert: 6:30 p.m., Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 La. 442 W. Special guests are Men of Music, of Jackson, Miss. A love offering will be taken. Food will be available for purchase. (985) 974-0507 or mvmgoodnews.com.
Saturday, April 12
Lead Like Jesus - Training for Leaders: 8 a.m., Walker United Methodist Church, 30167 Stump St. The one-day workshop is designed to help people to lead like Jesus. Meal, book and workbook included. (225) 664-7770.
Kids Easter Event: 9 a.m., Revival Temple, 28521 Walker South Road. Event will include breakfast, professional pictures with the Easter bunny, crafts and music for ages 10 years and younger. revivaltemple.com.
Saturday, April 5
Heritage Ranch Cook-Off For the Kids: 2-6 p.m., Heritage Ranch Christian Children’s Home, 20090 The event held on Heritage Ranch’s 52-acre campus and will provide food and fellowship for families.