“Giving Care, Taking Care”: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway, for caregivers of the elderly. In the center’s main auditorium, Tom Zordani, Catholic author and financial counselor, will discuss the rising cost of health care for seniors.

Back-to-School Workshop: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway, open to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and their parents with free school supplies, refreshments and such speakers as Amy Westbrook, deputy superintendent for the Louisiana Department of Education, and Nicole Grimes, principal of Crestworth Learning Academy.

Back To School Expo: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., New Ark Baptist Church, 1344 Terrace St., with free school supplies, door prizes, opportunities to meet teachers and principals and information provided on such programs as I Care and the free lunch program.

Grandparenting Conference: 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Parkview Baptist Church, 11795 Jefferson Highway, led by Ken Sneed.

Community Outreach Fellowship 2011: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1334 Napoleon St., with free clothes and school supplies as well as refreshments, dance music, spacewalk and professionals available to discuss spiritual, health and safety concerns.

Back-to-School Extravaganza: 10 a.m., Donaldson Chapel Baptist Church, 2501 Gracie St., with District 6 School Board Member Craig Freeman as the guest speaker. The program will also include free school supplies, refreshments, a career workshop for high school students and a homeowner seminar conducted by Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance.

Men’s and Women’s Ministry Meeting: 10 a.m., First Unity Church, 6262 McClelland Drive.

Back to School Program: 10 a.m. to noon, Greater Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 1414 Sora St., with Judge Lisa Woodruff-White as speaker and school supplies given out.

School Uniform Give-Away: 11 a.m. to noon, First Unity Church, 6262 McClelland Drive.

Fourth District Ushers Ministry Meeting: 2 p.m., Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 950 Seventh St., Port Allen.

Men’s Day Musical: 5 p.m., Elm Park Baptist Church, 5150 Landis Drive.

Country Community Celebration: 7 p.m., Parkview Baptist Church, 11795 Jefferson Highway, featuring the Kingdom Bound Quartet, of Jena. A buffet, served from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., costs $3 for adults and $2 for children.

Open Dance: 8 p.m. to midnight, St. Luke’s Family Center, 910 Cross Gates Blvd., Slidell, with snacks and door prizes; $15. (985) 590-1063.


Men’s Day: 8 a.m., Elm Park Baptist Church, 5150 Landis Drive, with the Rev. James Randolph as speaker.

Deacon and Deaconess Anniversary: 8 a.m., Mount Gillion Baptist Church, 346 E. Buchanan St., with the Rev. Marva Coleman as guest speaker.

Got Really Good News?: 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, 8470 Goodwood Blvd., with guest vocalists Marie Flowers, Helen Hoffpauir, Cathy McManus and Sean Joffrion joining a gospel choir in services that focus on the theme of universalism.

Pastor’s 21st Anniversary: 11 a.m., McKowen Missionary Baptist Church, 1255 Louise St., in honor of the Rev. Gerard A. Robinson Sr. with the Rev. Antroy Gavin, of Heidelberg, Miss., as guest speaker.

Family and Friends Day: 11 a.m., St. Luke Baptist Church, 240 Van Buren St., with Bradford Family 15th Biennium Reunion attendees as guests.

Back-to-School Program: 11 a.m., Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road, with 1st Circuit Court of Appeal Judge John Michael Guidry as guest speaker.

Back to School Bash: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Changing a Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church, 10148 Greenwell Springs Road, Suite A, with free food, school supplies, uniforms, a basketball tournament and free haircuts for the first 20 school-aged boys to arrive.

Family and Friends Day: 1 p.m., Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 12144 La 416, Lakeland, with the Rev. Albert J. Haynes and the Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Livonia as guests.

Deacon Benjamin Major’s First Sermon: 2 p.m., New Philadelphia Baptist Church, 9027 Sanford Lane, Slaughter.

Back 2 School Give-A-Way: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Higher Ground Outreach Ministries, 3515 N. Sherwood Forest Drive, with free food, entertainment, haircuts and school supplies. Children must attend and be between the ages of 5 and 17. Call (225) 273-6115 to register. The limit is 300.

Men and Women’s Program: 3 p.m. King Solomon Baptist Church, 2612 72nd Ave., with the Rev. Roy Miller, of Jackson, as guest speaker.

ACT prep: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. Continues weekly through Sept. 4.

Gospel Concert: 4 p.m., The New Christ Land Baptist Church, 5685 Robertson St.

146th Church Anniversary: 4 p.m., Union Chapel Baptist Church, 12489 Union Chapel Lane, Clinton, with the Rev. Mitchell J. Stevens Sr., the Mount Zion Baptist Church, of New Orleans, and the Pilgrim Baptist Church, of Kenner, as guests.

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

Holy Communion: 7 p.m., Israelite Baptist Church, 1841 Thomas H. Delpit Drive.


Going On After Loss (G.O.A.L.) Grief Support Group: 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Eden Park Branch Library, 5131 Greenwell Springs Road. (225) 907-8114.

Revival: 6:30 p.m., F.T. Missionary Baptist Church, 4712 La. 10, Jackson. Continues nightly through Friday with the Rev. Sterling Wright as guest evangelist.


East Baton Rouge Parish Woman’s Auxiliary Meeting: 3 p.m., New Gideon Baptist Church, 2552 Balis Drive.


Intimacy Ignited: Keeping the Magic in Your Marriage: 6:30 p.m., Courtyard by Marriot, 142 Library Drive, Houma, a conference sponsored by Living Word Church. $75 per couple (includes a romantic candlelight dinner on Friday and a picnic lunch on Saturday.) (985) 223-8996.

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Ability Awareness Training: 8:30 a.m., Crossroads Church, 1006 N. Oak St., Hammond, with Kay Lewis, of Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge, and Tara Hudgins, of the 1on1 ministry, leading a program about reaching out to individuals with disabilities and families of children with disabilities. Includes continental breakfast. (504) 952-0504.

Wee-Peats Fall Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 1255 Canal Blvd, Thibodaux, featuring gently used high-end children’s clothing, maternity clothing and gear, strollers, high chairs and other baby/kid gear. (985) 414-9192.

Honoring Music Legends: 4 p.m., Shiloh Baptist Church, 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, with Earl Taylor, the Rev. Van Smith, Jr., Leroy Pero, Mary McCoy Johnese, Oscar L. Williams Jr., Helen M. Gist and Lenora Lafayette (posthumously) as honorees and a concert featuring Baton Rouge soprano Kayla D. Pitcher and The Shiloh Chamber Chorale. The celebration is a prelude to the church’s 139th anniversary, scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 14.

Benefit Program: 6 p.m., Ambassador For Christ Missionary Baptist Church, 977 North 48th St., with the Little Angels, The Singing Angels, The Gospel Expressions and The Gospelettes. (225) 610-4712.

Louisiana Messianic Congregations Havdalah Service: 6 p.m., Lifepoint Church, 12345 La. 16, Denham Springs. (225) 953-0516.


Fall Semester cLASSES BEGIN: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16, The Ministry of Love School of Ministry, 5956 Hooper Road, with orientation at 2 p.m. Aug. 14. (225) 356-2713

DivorceCare Support Group: 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14, Francis Asbury United Methodist Church, 15447 Old Hammond Highway, and continuing. $15 for workbook. Scholarships are available. (337) 456-6106 or email

Chronologically Gifted and Talented Luncheon: Noon, Aug. 17, Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd. for adults 50 and older. Saxophonist Brian Babin will perform. $10, cash only. Reservations are due by Wednesday. (225) 924-4271.

Financial Peace University:

Dave Ramsey’s 13-week video course on managing money is being offered at these churches:

  •  Broadmoor United Methodist, 10230 Mollylea Drive, at 5 p.m. on Sundays beginning Aug. 14. Contact Robert Manes at (225) 924-6269.
  •  Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 865 Hatchell Lane, Denham Springs, with a free preview class at 7 p.m. Aug. 17. (225) 664-1211.

Community Prayer Breakfast: 7 a.m., Sept. 14, Boudreaux’s, 2647 Government St., sponsored by the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge. The Rev. Jeff Day, former federation executive director, will speak during this 25th anniversary celebration. Tickets are available at University Presbyterian, Unitarian and Greater New Guide churches as well as at the federation office, 3112 Convention St. Call (225) 267-5600. $15.