Senior Citizens Breakfast: 9 a.m., Greater Mount Canaan Baptist Church, 5820 Evangeline St., Baton Rouge, with a presentation from Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and former police chief Jeff LeDuff will talk about safety measures for the holiday season.

Fall Festival/Mini Health Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Scotlandville, 1246 Rosenwald Road, Baton Rouge, with furniture, Christmas items, green plants, jewelry and collectibles for sale as well as such food as seafood gumbo and homemade cakes, pies, candies and pastries. There will also be a silent auction.

Home Mission Ministry Clothes Closet: 10 a.m. to noon, Little Rock Baptist Church, 2585 Sherwood St., Baton Rouge, with free clothes and shoes for men, women and children.

Senior Saints Christmas Luncheon: noon, Shiloh Baptist Church, 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, Baton Rouge, with 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Judge John Michael Guidry as guest speaker.

GOOD NEWS PARADE: 1 p.m., from the 2100 block of Highland Road, to Terrace Street, to Thomas Delpit Drive to Roosevelt Street to Highland Road, with those in the parade distributing Bibles as they go.

Teaching Peace — A Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Abdu’l-BahÁ Visit to America: 6 p.m., Baha’i Faith Unity Center, 4270 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, with a dinner theater and multi-media program featuring Karen and Mike Watt portraying Louisa and Louis Gregory, an interracial couple whose marriage was encouraged by Abdu’l-Bahá.


29th Church Anniversary Celebration Weekend: 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Metropolitan Community Church, 7747 Tom Drive, Baton Rouge. Saturday night’s events include an anniversary dinner and show, “Steps of Faith,” a drama written and performed by the Rev. Eric Buter, guest for the weekend. On Sunday Butler, a Messianic Jew from Long Beach, Calif., will speak and lead Interfaith Communion. A potluck lunch will follow Sunday’s service.


Holy Communion Service: 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Israelite Baptist Church, 1841 Thomas H. Delpit Drive, Baton Rouge.

The Rev. Emma Woods as guest speaker: 7 a.m., Little Rising Sun Baptist Church, 1275 S. 16th St., Baton Rouge.

Pastor’s 18th Anniversary: 8 a.m., Elm Park Baptist Church, 5150 Landis Drive, Baton Rouge, with the Rev. Murlon Webb and the Star Hill Baptist Church of St. Francisville as guests.

”Winter Wonderland” Food Festival: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 15710 La. 16, French Settlement, with a variety of food, more than 40 craft booths, a Christmas Village, a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., live music featuring the GraceNotes from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and St. Joseph Children’s Bell Choir from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and fireworks at 6 p.m. Children activities will include hay rides, face painting, crafts, inflatables for $3 and Santa pictures for $5. The cost for a plate of food is $7.

Pastor appreciation: 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Hope Christian Baptist Church, 9915 Ave. A, Baton Rouge, in honor of the Rev. Horace Early with the Rev. Frank Rideau Jr. as guest speaker in the morning service and the Rev. Thomas Bessie in the evening service.

Christmas Celebration: noon, Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 1448 Thompson Creek Road, Norwood, with the Rev. William Wells and the St. Matthew Baptist Church of Woodville, Miss., as guests.

Pastor’s Sixth Anniversary: 2 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 1405 La. 409, Slaughter, in honor of the Rev. James M. Turner with the Rev. Ronald Sutton and the congregation of Ebenezer Baptist Church as guests.

Minister’s Appreciation Service: 3 p.m., Little Rising Sun Baptist Church, 1275 S. 16th St., Baton Rouge, in honor of ministers Julia Kennedy and Emma Woods with the Rev. Murlon Webb as guest speaker.

Saint Alma Baptist Church’s Pre-Christmas Bazaar: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., West Baton Rouge Parish Community Center, 749 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, with a meal, entertainment and a variety of vendor booths with such products as jewelry, purses, fragrances and makeup. $10 for adults and $5 for children with proceeds benefiting the Saint Alma Baptist Church Capital Campaign.

Pre-Christmas program: 3 p.m., Sweet Home Baptist Church, 10300 Church St., Maringouin, sponsored by the church’s Mass Choir with Carolyn Gee as mistress of ceremonies.

Pastor’s Appreciation: 4 p.m., Cathedral World Worship Center, 5810 McCann Drive, Baton Rouge, in honor of the Rev. Lloyd Benson Sr.’s 28 years of ministry and 14 years as pastor. Bishop Gregory Cooper will be a guest.

Advent Choral Evensong: 4 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Chapel, LSU campus at Dalrymple Drive and Highland Road, Baton Rouge, with the choirs of St. Augustine’s and St. Michael’s Episcopal churches along with individual choristers from St. Luke’s Episcopal and University Methodist churches singing. This year’s officiant is the Rev. W. Patrick Edwards. A reception will follow in the Commons Room.

Founder’s Day/Church Anniversary: 4:45 p.m., First Unity Church, 6262 McClelland Drive, Baton Rouge, with the Rev. Melvin L. Carter as guest speaker. It will start with intercessory prayer followed by praise and worship.

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

Diva’s Night of Gospel: 6 p.m., Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road, Baton Rouge, presented by the Ladies of Baton Rouge Quartet with Audrey Ferguson and The Voices of Distinction, The New Orleans Spiritualettes, The Leviticus Offsprings of New Orleans, The Williams Family, Sister Shirley Johnson and The Gospel Determinators and Unity.


Contemplative Prayer in the style of Taizé: 7 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center Chapel, 39003 Rosaryville Road, Ponchatoula.

Iberville Parish Choir Rehearsal: 7 p.m., St. Peter Baptist Church, 58116 Court St., Plaquemine, in preparation for “The Sounds of Christmas” concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 9. (225) 687-6618.


Fall Revival: 7 p.m., Greater Hollywood Baptist Church, 8819 Sligo Road., St. Francisville, with a devotional service nightly followed by a lecture.


Ministry Management Workshop: 9 a.m., Living Faith Christian Center, 6375 Winbourne Ave., Baton Rouge, with a six-minute overview on Servant Keeper software for churches. Email

Tuesday and Friday

Christmas by Candlelight Concert: 7:30 p.m., St. John Cathedral, 914 Saint John St., Lafayette, featuring the Chorale Acadienne performing music that spans the ages from Gregorian chant to contemporary settings of beloved carols. The Middle School Choir from Ascension Episcopal School will also perform. Call (337) 349-5342 or visit for tickets.


COFFEE AND LAGNIAPPE: 9:30 a.m., First Christian Church, 8484 Old Hammond Highway, sponsored by the Lagniappe Chapter Of Olli At LSU with the Bells Jubilate, an ecumenical bell choir sponsored by University Baptist Church, providing Christmas music.

Spaghetti dinner: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Rosaryville Spirit Life Center Chapel, 39003 Rosaryville Road, Ponchatoula. $5 for pickup and $7 to deliver. (225) 294-5039 to order.

Advent Worship communion Service: 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave., Baton Rouge.


Intro to Computers: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mirror of Grace Outreach, 921 N. Lobdell Blvd., Suite E, Baton Rouge. (225) 300-4528.


Christmas Concert: 7 p.m., Mike Vaughn Ministries/Good News Fellowship Church, 13101 Highway 442 West, Tickfaw, featuring Glynn Fendlason and Chronicle. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The concession stand will sell plate meals.

Friday Night Live: 7 p.m., New Creation Gospel Assembly, 1350 Main St., Baker, with Lisa Gordon, director of Inspired Christian Academy, as sponsor. (225) 284-6343.

“Arrest These Merry Gentlemen!” Christmas Play: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave., Baton Rouge, presented by the children and youths.

Freedom in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: 6 p.m. Praise Church, 36452 C Braud Road, Prairieville, with a light supper served at 6 p.m., praise and worship at 6:30 p.m. and Lorraine Wimberly teaching on the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit as outlined in 1 Corinthians 12 beginning at 7 p.m.

Christmas Dance: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., St. Paul the Apostle Church, 3912 Gus Young Ave., Baton Rouge, with Patrick Henry and The Revelation Band providing the music. Food and beverages will be allowed in the Parish Center. $20.

Friday-Dec. 8

“Radical Christian Life — Equipping Ourselves for Social Change” Webcast conference: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Dec. 8, St. James Center for Spiritual Formation, 205 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge. The webcast from Trinity Church in New York City features Sister Joan Chittister. On Friday registration starts at 4:30 p.m. On Dec. 8 registration starts at 7 a.m. The fee is $10 for Friday and $15 for Dec. 8, which includes lunch. Preregistration is available online at or by calling (225) 387-5141.

”Mary, Did You Know?” Drive-through Living Nativity: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., CrossPoint Baptist Church, 14965 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge.

Friday-Dec. 9

Drive Through Living Nativity: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Dec. 8 and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 9, Florida Blvd. Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, featuring live animals and more than 150 volunteers bringing to life 12 Nativity scenes.

Living Christmas Tree: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Dec. 8 and 2 p.m. Dec. 9, St. John Theatre, 115 W. Fourth St., Reserve, with an adult choir and a children’s chorus as well as a living Nativity scene and an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus who will be available for photographs with children. $10 for adults, $8 for senior adults ages 60 and older and $6 for children ages 12 and younger.

Dec. 8

Jesus, Luke, You and Me Advent Retreat: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Academy Chapel and The Commons in Mother Alice Hall, 3080 Kleinert Ave., Baton Rouge, with the Rev. Donald Blanchard presenting. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. $50, which include lunch. (225) 383-3349.

Holiday Clothes Drive: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mount Herman Baptist Church, 1293 N. 36th St., Baton Rouge, with free clothes available for all ages.

Men’s Fellowship: 10 a.m., New Sunlight Baptist Church, 1777 America St., Baton Rouge, presented by the Men of Valor with the Rev. Johnny Anderson as guest speaker.

Sisterhood Ministry conference: 10 a.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 5856 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge. (225) 926-0246.

Community Christmas Celebration: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dutchtown Baptist Church, 36495 C. Braud Road, Prairieville, with a living Nativity, such family stories as “The Legend of the Candy Cane,” crafts and refreshments.

Greater Baton Rouge Children’s Chorus Christmas Concert: 7 p.m., University United Methodist Church, 3350 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, featuring traditional Christmas carols, congregational singing and a performance of Randall Thompson’s “The Place of the Blest,” a multi-movement work that journeys through Christ’s infancy to resurrection.

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Lamar Family Chamber Concert: 8 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St., Baton Rouge, featuring Christmas Brass, Percussion and Harp and sponsored by Carole and Charles Lamar and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System. $25. (225) 383-0500 ext. 100.