DeeDee Coleman

Rev. Dr. DeeDee Coleman

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Baton Rouge

Dec. 14-16

The Gift of Christmas: 7 p.m. nightly, The Church International, 2037 Quail Drive. The production includes high-tech effects, along with a cast and choir, a live nativity and more. Virtual scenery is used to bring the Christmas story to life. Free. (225)769-6760.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Carolyn Gee's Free Toy Giveaway: 9 a.m. to noon, Greater Mount Canaan Baptist Church, 5820 Evangeline St. Child must be present to receive a toy. Everyone is invited. For more information, call (225) 229-0762.

Spiritual Retreat: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ambassadors of Light Yoga Center, 635 S. Acadian Thruway. The local group of the Dharmata Foundation is presenting the retreat with Anam Thubten. Cost is $50. The focus will be on letting go of negative mental patterns and expanding your heart and mind to bring about joy, peace and inner freedom. For more information, contact Cristian Elliot at (225) 921-3323 or visit dharmata.org

Various Programs: 10:30 a.m., The Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4555 Fairfields Ave. The church will conduct its baptism ceremony at 10:30 a.m., followed at 11 a.m. by its Youth and Young adult program, with a theme of "Joy to the World" with co-youth director Roquel McCarter as speaker. The 5 p.m. youth hour will present a drama to continue the celebrating of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (225) 356-4052.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Service: 7:30 a.m., Greater King David Baptist Church, 7305 Harry Drive. (225) 927-4035.

Sunday School & New Members' Class: 9:30 a.m., Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road. Worship service at 11 a.m. (225) 358-7772.

Sunday School: 9:45 a.m., Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road. Men's Day Service at 11 a.m. (225) 775-2343. 

Service: 10 a.m., The Church of Scientology Mission of Baton Rouge, 9716 Airline Highway. (225) 928-7804. 

Christmas Cookies & Games: 10 a.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. All children and their families are invited to decorate sugar cookies and play fun Christmas-themed games in Witter Hall. (225) 926-5343.

Youth Sunday Worship Service: 10:30 a.m., Highest Praise Family Worship Center, 1965 Highland Road. (225) 733-4648.

Service: 11 a.m., Campus of Camelot College, 2618 Wooddale Blvd. Join Power in the Word World Ministries with Ronnie L. Williams, pastor. pwwm.org.

Christmas Program: 11 a.m., Second Mount Olive Baptist Church, 11741 Perkins Road. All are invited for the second annual Christmas Program. (225) 769-8859.

Pre-Christmas Program: 11 a.m., Beech Grove Baptist Church, 9455 Elm Grove Drive. The Rev. Emma Woods will speak.

Remembrance Service: 11 a.m., Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1359 South Blvd. In remembrance of the five-year mark of the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy, and in recognition of those killed in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as the 500,000 American victims and survivors of gun violence since December 2012, the church is joining the local group of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America for a service. 

Cooking Class: 2 p.m., The Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4555 Fairfields Ave. The vegetarian cooking class meets in the church's annex building. (225) 356-4052.

Recognition Ceremony: 3 p.m., Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 185 Eddie Robinson Drive. Southeast Regional Biblical Institute will hold its fourth Recognition Ceremony Program, where 16 people will receive their diplomas in Biblical Studies from Samford University Ministry Training Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. The Rev. Dr. DeeDee Coleman, pastor of the Russell Street Baptist Church of Detroit and president of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity, will speak. Dr. Kevin Blackwell, director of the Ministry Training Institute, will confer the diplomas, and music will be provided by Clarence Jones and Heritage.

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Bible Study: Noon, Greater King David Baptist Church, 7305 Harry Drive. (225) 927-4035.

Bible Study: 6:30 p.m., Greater King David Baptist Church, 222 Blount Road. (225) 775-2343.

Midweek Service: 7 p.m., Promised Land Baptist Church, 7234 Plank Road. Bible study and children's church. (225) 358-7772.

Bible Study: 7 p.m., Campus of Camelot College, 2618 Wooddale Blvd. Join Power in the Word World Ministries with Ronnie L. Williams, pastor. pwwm.org.

Thursday, Dec. 21

Bible Study: 6:30 p.m., Highest Praise Family Worship Center, 1965 Highland Road. (225) 733-4648.

Longest Night Service: 6:30 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. A service of remembrance and healing. Coinciding with the winter solstice, the service is designed to honor and recognize a loss, whether it’s a person, a dream or any other. Open to everyone. (225) 926-5343.

Sunday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Service: 10 a.m., Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd. No Sunday School. The Rev. Judy Roeling, guest pastor, will officiate at Holy Communion and lead worship. All are welcome. (225) 924-4271.

Christmas Eve Services: St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. A modified Sunday schedule of regular worship service at 10 a.m. followed by Christmas Eve services at 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. (225) 926-5343.

Monday, Dec. 25

Christmas Service: 10 a.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8833 Goodwood Blvd. (225) 926-5343.

Clinton

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Bible Study: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 6148 Gilead Road. Every Wednesday. (225) 683-5070.

Denham Springs

Sunday, Dec. 17

Christmas Cantata: 6 p.m., The Church of Jesus of Latter-Day Saints, 25367 Riverton Drive. A musical celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ presented by the Denham Springs Stake Choir. Eight congregations will come together to sing carols of Jesus' birth. 

Lessons and Carols: 6 p.m., Riverside Baptist Church, 36890 La. 16. All are invited to attend this special Christmas worship service celebrating the joy of the birth of Jesus with scripture and song. For more information, visit us at riversidebc.com or call (225) 664-1278.

Livingston

Friday, Dec. 24

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: 11 p.m., Unity Prayer Center, 28145 Frost Road. (225) 686-1519.

Morganza

Sunday, Dec. 31

Watch Meeting: 10 p.m., The Little Rock Baptist Church, 7191 La. 1. (225) 694-3772.

Plaquemine

Sundays

Church Musician Sought: 9:45 a.m., St. Peter Baptist Church, 58116 Court St. (225) 687-6618 or (225) 938-2474.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Appreciation Service: 11 a.m., St. Matthew Baptist Church, 22910 Warren St. The church will honor Nolon C. Carlin, the pastor, on his 33rd anniversary. The Rev. Lionel Johnson, pastor of Mount Airy Baptist Church, will speak. (225) 687-6983.

St. Francisville

Sunday, Dec. 17

Ministers Conference and Ushers Ministry: 3 p.m., The Saint Peter Baptist Church, 9109 Tunica Trace (La. 66). Join West Feliciana Parish Ministers Conference Chorus and Ushers Ministry for their first-year appreciation. Guests will include the East Feliciana Male Chorus, West Baton Rouge Ushers and the District Ushers of the EBCAA. (225) 635-6768.

Tickfaw

Friday, Dec. 31

Christmas Concert: 6:30 p.m., Good Fellowship Church/Mike Vaughn Ministries, 13101 La. 442 West. Mike Vaughn and Glynn Fendalason host a Southern Gospel Christmas Fest with artists Randy and Sherri Miller, of Nashville. Free concert; a love offering will be taken. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and singing starts at 6:30 p.m. Concession stand available with plate lunches. For more information, call (985) 974-0507, or visit mvmgoodnews.com.

Zachary

Sunday, Dec. 17

Service: 8 a.m., Oak Grove Christian Center, 8755 Port Hudson-Pride Road. (225) 654-7392.

Service: 9 a.m., Open Door Fellowship Life Center, 4415 Avenue A. (225) 654-1000.

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Bible Study: 6:30 p.m., Oak Grove Christian Center, 8755 Port Hudson-Pride Road. (225) 654-7392.