Baptists come to BR for annual session

Louisiana Home and Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention convenes in Baton Rouge beginning Sunday with organizers expecting from 1,000 to 2,000 messengers to attend the week’s various events.

Convention President Samuel C. Tolbert Jr., of Lake Charles, will preside during the 94th annual session with Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Baton Rouge and the Third District Bogue Chitto Association serving as hosts.

During the week, congress classes will be offered at McKinley High School and various churches will serve as host to other meetings and activities. Other events include:

•Pre-convention musical, 3 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 5856 Greenwell Springs Road.

•Introductory program, 7 p.m. Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 3155 Victoria Drive, with the Rev. Solomon Shorter Sr., of Alexandria, as speaker.

•Welcome and convention musical program, 7 p.m., Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, featuring the Mass Choir.

•Convention Banquet, Debutante and Beau Cotillion, 7 p.m., F.G. Clark Activity Center at Southern University, with the Rev. Thomas Woods, of Birmingham, Ala., as speaker. $45.

•Home and foreign mission night, 7 p.m., Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Thomas of Nashville, Tenn., as speaker.

•President’s Night, 7 p.m., Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, with Tolbert as speaker.

•Memorial service/closing session, 9 a.m., Greater Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, with the Rev. George Davis, of Bridge City, as speaker.

•Late night worship services, 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 736 North 35th St., with different speakers and choirs featured nightly.


Trinity Lutheran to get new pastor

After years spent ministering to Hurricane Katrina survivors, the Rev. David Buss is returning to Trinity Lutheran Church in Baton Rouge, this time as pastor.

His installation service is scheduled for 3 p.m. July 31 at the church, 10925 Florida Blvd.

Buss replaces the Rev. Scott Schmieding, who left Baton Rouge in 2010 to serve as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Saint Charles, Mo.

After graduating from Concordia Seminary in?Saint Louis, Mo., in 2004, Buss served as associate pastor at Trinity, leading the church’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.? He organized volunteers into “chainsaw brigades” ?to clear out fallen trees, “muck” out flooded homes, and distribute?food and clothes to those in need.?

When the Southern District of Lutheran Church Missouri Synod moved its offices from New Orleans to Trinity in Baton Rouge, Buss was tasked to manage the national volunteer effort coming to Louisiana.

In 2006, he left Trinity and was further tasked by the Southern District to set-up RAI Ministries, a nonprofit organization with the mission to “Restore Faith, Home and Community to the Survivors of Katrina in the Name of Jesus.” RAI operated volunteer camps in Biloxi, Miss., and New Orleans to rebuild homes and lives destroyed by the hurricane.

Buss completed his service to RAI on the fifth anniversary of the storm making landfall in Louisiana. Since then, he has served as interim pastor at St. James Lutheran Church in Gonzales. Buss’s wife, Lynette, is a registered nurse, who works in the emergency room at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center in Baton Rouge. They have three children.